Do you ever notice that dads can get short shrift come holiday gift time? There’s grooming kits, cufflinks, slippers, and — always — ties, as well as lots of monogrammed stuff. Why is this? Dads shouldn’t be difficult to shop for. And now gift-giving is a whole new experience because there is literally something out there for everyone. A truly thoughtful, inventive holiday gift guide for dads eschews gift cards and shaving brushes and goes straight for interests, hobbies, and downright passions. So start with the stuff Dad likes, and assume there’s a really cool present out there for him.
Nowadays, there’s pretty much a tech version of everything, so you can buy Dad a tech-savvy gift that dovetails perfectly with whatever he’s into, whether it’s fitness, nature, cooking, or beer. Or if your father isn’t so into apps and electronics, you can give him a more traditional gift that still has a decidedly modern, ultra-convenient spin. If he's into sports, then you know to go specifically for whatever team, athlete, or activity gives him the feels. If he’s fond a particular actor, but him a box set or book about the star’s life. And here are 15 other ideas that will take the things he loves into new levels of awesome.
1For The Beer Afficianado
The Draftmark 1-Pack Tap System ($50) is a hop-lover's dream, makin it possible to have draft beer whenever you want it. It fits in your fridge and it’s low-maintenance, too — buying refills is really going to be the main responsibility.
2For The Techie
Small, sleek, and at a surprisingly affordable price, the Amazon Echo ($180) is like having your own personal robot, one that answers you when you ask it to play your fave tunes or gives you a weather report or answers random questions about time and space.
3For The Carnivore
Although Dad may not have the time (or appropriate climate) to fire up the grill, he can still have a BBQ of the Month Club membership ($200 - $700) nd have delish barbecued meats delivered to his door every month.
4For The (Loud) Music Lover
Music lovers who want to pump up the volume know that the right wireless speaker is one with a streamlined design that you can tote throughout the house and doesn’t need to be recharged every ten minutes. The SoundBot Wireless Speaker ($29) fits the bill and is very reasonably priced, to boot.
5For The Caffeine Junkie
Whipping up some perfectly brewed espresso can come at a price, whether it’s at the local coffee shop or at home on a super-fancy espresso machine. But fancy meets financially feasible with the De’Longhi Espresso and Cappuccino Maker ($99).
6For The Comic Fan
If your beer enthusiast also has Comic Con marked on his calendar year after year, The Comic Book Story of Beer ($13) is a super-fun, graphically rendered history lesson of the beloved beverage.
7For The Gamer
A luxe headset like the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset ($80) will provide your favorite gamer with surround sound. Bonus: family members won’t have to listen to the game-playing!
8For The Fitness Fanatic
The Garmin Vivoactive ($170) is on the pricey side, but it's worth it. It’s a watch with a touchscreen that pairs with your smartphone and manages your workouts, fitness routines, and basically all of your active life.
9For The Cinephile
A true movie lover's dream is to pull out a projector and have an old-school movie viewing. And now that’s possible with the AAXA Pico/Micro Led Projector ($369).
10For The Chef
Kick-ass breakfasts in the morning, meats and veggies grilled to perfection in the evenings. Yup, the Lodge Cast-Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle ($36) covers both bases, providing a griddle for DIY pancakes and bacon as well as a grill for burgers and sausages.
11For The Tool Man
With its own carrying case, this Dremel Rotary Tool Kit ($78) is awesome not just for home repairs and improvements, but also for the artist who incorporates his handyman skillz into his craft.
12For The Health Fanatic
Dad can whip up a superfood smoothie with the Ninja Master Prep ($40), which has such a cool name and allows for seamless blending of fruit, ice, protein powder, wheat germ… whatever floats his healthy boat.
13For the Kid at Heart
Having one’s own remote-controlled drone that takes videos and photographs may not have any truly practical use, but holy crap, does the Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter ($104) look like fun.
14For the Dad Who Loves Nature
This astounding, zero-maintenance, made-with-Kickstarter Back to the Roots Water Garden ($55) utilizes something called aquaponics to give you a self-cleaning fish bowl and self-watering plants for a pretty herb garden plus betta fish home.
15For the Star Wars Collector
Sweet little droid BB-8 is sure to be the breakout star of the new Star Wars movie, and Force lovers can now have one of their very own. While the Apple site somewhat creepily advertises the BB-8 App-Enabled Droid ($150) as “more than a toy — it’s your companion,” the little guy’s various attributes (voice command capabilities, holographic recordings, and alleged personality-of-its-own) sound too awesome to miss.