The feeling of giving a perfect gift is unlike any other. It's a true high to see someone's eyes light up when you surprise them with something they really want, and it's even better when they didn't even know they really wanted it. Of course, getting to that moment can be a struggle, and I have the hardest time picking out gifts for the wonderful and oh-so-practical men in my life. If you're in the same boat, here are 20 practical holiday gifts for dad that he'll both love and actually use.
Don't bother asking your dad what he wants for the holidays, because nine times out of 10 he'll respond, "Oh, I really don't need anything." Helpful! However, he definitely does need something, even if he doesn't realize it yet. All of these gifts on this list will make his life a bit easier in some way, and he'll surely be impressed with your gift-giving prowess. Shopping for the sensible and down-to-earth can be a difficult task, but don't fret. Use the items on this list as inspiration to get you started, or make things even easier and shop straight from this list. Your dad is your favorite person, and it's only right to get him what will inevitably be his favorite gift.
1. Hard Working Man's Hygiene Kit
2. Cologne Sampler
3. Ultimate Shaving Kit Set
4. Three-Pack Cotton Boxer Briefs
Technically, these are a gift I'd buy my husband (but I'd just say they're from the kids). Why do so many men insist on wearing their underwear until they're hanging by a thread? They refuse to buy new ones, and they'd never buy *nice* new ones. Treat them to this three-pack, and they'll get worn until they're rags.
5. Stainless Steel Water Bottle/Travel Coffee Mug
Everyone needs a high quality water bottle and travel mug, and this is both things in one. Your dad can use this for water while he's at the gym or mowing the lawn, and coffee on his morning commute. The stainless steel keeps cold things cold and hot things hot.
6. Monogram Leather Mens Toiletry Bag
7. Couch Bowls (Set of 2)
My stepdad loves ending his day with a bowl of ice cream in front of whatever show my parents are currently binging. These ergonomic ceramic bowls are designed for "maximum couch-eating comfort and convenience," and your dad will think of you every time he kicks back with a bowl of something tasty.
8. 19-Piece Grill Tools Set
9. Slim Sleeve Leather Wallet
10. Packing Cubes (4 Pack)
11. 6-Bottle Beer Caddy With Integrated Bottle Opener
My husband got my father-in-law hooked on craft beer, and now he loves to bring his newest discoveries to any and every family outing. This cool beer caddy has an adjustable shoulder strap and keeps beers cool and insulated.
12. Foot Massager Machine
If you really want to spoil your dad this holiday, you're looking at the right gift. This foot massager machine is one of those items he'd never buy for himself, but absolutely use. The deep-kneading Shiatsu massage nodes massage the feet while the warming function makes them nice and toasty.