As December creeps up on us, you know it’s time to find a holiday gift for the amazing dad(s) in your life. But honestly, as much as we moms love shopping for ourselve— er, I mean, our sisters, it can be super tough to find the right gift for the dudes. Maybe Dad always insists he want something small, or he says something super vague, so you’re stuck browsing and heavily sighing at your computer while trying to find the perfect present that he’ll actually like. But you don’t have to go the whiskey-stones / tie / random book about sports route (please). Whether you’re shopping for your dad, your partner, your baby daddy, your stepdad, or the man who’s been your biggest father-figure-type-person your entire life, you want what he unwraps to be something he’ll actually use. After all, he’s likely been giving you stuff for a long time: love, support, advice (good and bad), opinions (welcome and unwelcome), and if he’s anything like my dad, possibly a ton of financial help and plenty hand-me-downs.
Hopefully Dad knows how much you appreciate him, but it’s always good to reinforce that with a great gift during the festive season. If you ask him what he wants, he’ll probably say he doesn’t need anything, or he has everything he could possibly want (i.e. you), so you’re going to have to put some thought into it. Think about what he likes to do as well as what he’d like to do but hasn’t gotten around to doing yet and what he might like to do if he’d only make some time to do it. Here are 14 gifts to get you started.
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A version of this story was originally published December 3, 2019.