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    30 Gifts That'll Probably Make Your Dad Cry Tears Of Joy

    A quality record player, a fresh pair of Dr. Martens — he won't be able to blame seasonal allergies when those waterworks start.

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    1. A customized New York Times front-page puzzle to let him know that he's A1 material.

    Puzzle of New York Times front page
    Uncommon Goods

    Your choice of literally any New York Times front page to be turned into a 500-piece puzzle. (Our recommendation: something not incredibly bleak.)

    Promising review: "Challenging enough to take a few days, but not so hard that it is discouraging. My dad enjoyed checking out the news events from the day of his birth!" —Vick

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $49.95.

    2. A quality record player if you want to turn the tables on him and gift a piece of his own youth.

    Audio-technica turntable

    Promising review: "Perfect gift for my husband! This turntable was super easy to set up and we were playing records within 10 min. This is a quality, yet simple product that will bring us years of listening pleasure. We paired it with the Edifier R1280T powered speakers and are getting superb sound and enjoyment from this setup! Pulled all our albums out of the closet and can’t wait to listen to all of them again!" —C. Sourber

    Get it from Amazon for $99 (available in black or silver).

    3. A pair of Nike ACG "Smith Summit" cargo pants, because dads love a cargo pant — but has yours experienced a premium cargo pant?

    Black cargo pants

    Get it from Nike for $180 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in black and khaki)

    4. A portable hammock he can take with him and be the most enviable guy on the campsite.

    Model in hammock with red beanie and sunglasses

    Promising review: "Bought this for my dad and he absolutely loves it. Took it on our camping trip and he couldn't stop talking about it. Very easy to set up, especially when purchased with the straps. It is able to hold him and his girlfriend so they can sit back and relax while the kids run the camp. Compared very well if not better than my ENO double nest, and definitely would purchase again in the future." —Ezra Eckerman

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95+ (available in 15 colors and two sizes).

    5. A tactical balaclava for the dad who is always complaining about being cold.

    Black balaclava
    Under Armour

    Promising review: "Great gear for hiking/jogging in the cold. Fits very well, is comfortable, and protects well from the cold/wind. Washed it several times, did not lose shape. Love it and can really recommend it!" —Dreamchaser

    Get it from Under Armour for $24.99.

    6. A pack of warm merino wool socks that'll get him through winter comfortably.

    Stack of merino wool socks

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $15.99 (available in eight colors/varietypacks).

    7. A professional Japanese chef's knife so he can experience the joy of a smooth, seamless cut in the kitchen.

    Japanese chef's knife resting on cutting board

    Promising review: "After using whatever was in the knife drawer to trim fat off of meat, a friend highly recommended this knife as his experience with it was equal to another knife by the same manufacturer for nearly twice the price. After having used the knife to trim fat on a prime rib and then on a brisket, all I can say is WOW! The knife is comfortable in my hand, trims and cuts beautifully, and is an essential item in my kitchen." —BYUcougarfan

    Get it from Amazon for $31.95.

    8. A T-shirt to pay homage to the bone-chilling blue screen of death — classic techie-dad humor he'll surely appreciate.

    "Blue screen of death" graphic t-shirt won on model

    Promising review: "Hubby works in the computer industry and is a Mac fan. But most of his coworkers prefer PC. So he loves to wear this shirt to the office (very casual office environment) and everyone gets a kick out of it. He says this is the only way he has to deal with the blue screen of death anymore LOL. Has been washed a couple of times now, still fits fine." —the wanderer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in sizes S–3XL).

    9. A tailored merino wool running suit so he can look impossibly slick as he tears up the streets on his winter run.


    The jacket is dripping with impressive features including: a reflective sash on the back of the collar, reflective thread woven on the cuffs, water resistance, a bungee cord hem to cinch the waist, and a mesh-lined back vent to maximize airflow.

    The pants are what really get me though — they're pleated (!) and have an unusually flattering drape (for running pants), relaxed with a slight taper. Like the matching jacket, they come with reflective detailing on the inside of the hem.

    Both feel great on your body during sub-50 degree days which...we're about to be getting a lot more of here in Brooklyn.

    Get the jacket from Tracksmith for $198 (available in sizes S-XL and in nay and walnut) and the pants for $198.

    10. A pillow massager with heat he'll be glad to have on hand (or on back, rather) when he's stuck in traffic.

    A pillow massager attached to car seat

    Promising review: "I just received this and I LOVE it. It adequately relieved the knots in my neck, the base of my skull, and my legs. I'm going to try my feet also. I've been wanting something like this for quite some time and I'm thrilled with this product. This item definitely delivers. I highly recommend it. The price for this item given the relief provided is wonderful." —Stephanie T.

    Get it from Amazon for $54.95.

    11. A Philips sunrise simulation alarm clock for the dad who's forgotten there's an alternative to being jolted awake by a grating beep sound every morning.

    Phillips sunrise simulation alarm clock turned on in dark room

    Promising review: "So I am the multiple alarms type of person. I use my phone and set like four alarms, just in case. Because when that horrible ring erupts in my bedroom every morning, I hit snooze immediately. I hit snooze multiple times and usually end up freaking out by the last alarm and running to get ready in time. This makes mornings unenjoyable and sets a sour mood for the day. I'm 26, a teacher, and have been like this my entire life. Until I got this amazing light! I wake up before the radio starts. It's a lovely way to wake up and truly the best money I've spent on Amazon (which is a lot.) I get up earlier now and am much more pleasant for the rest of the day." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $78.35.

    12. The Noma Guide to Fermentation if you fermeant to cop this piece of exquisite culinary literature for your foodie dad when it dropped back in 2018.

    Promising review: "The Noma Guide to Fermentation doesn't just teach you 'how' to ferment, it teaches you 'why.' And the biggest why is that the ferments in this book will make your food delicious. The book starts with very easy projects like lacto-fermentation (typical recipe: fruit, salt, jar, time) on through the complexities of making shoyu, the world's most popular fermented flavor. Yes, you can make your own soy sauce! More than that, this guide gives you the foundation (the 'whys') that you can use as a jumping point to go beyond the recipes in the book to #fermentallthethings. Thank you, Rene and David, for sharing your knowledge." —AimsInBrooklyn

    Get it from Amazon for $26.63.

    13. A pair of faux-fleece collar boots with WinterGrips so he can confidently strut his way through the next snow storm.

    Black Dr. Martens boots with faux-fleece collar accents
    Dr. Martens

    Get it from Dr. Martens for $170 (available in sizes 7-14 and in black and brown).

    14. A Theragun that'll give him the gift of a free deep-tissue massage at the end of a taxing day.

    Model applying Theragun to chest

    Promising review: "I only wish I started using it before the fourth month. Using the tension-relief drill on my legs, hips, and low back has become the part of my day that I now look forward to the most. It works like this: It pounds your muscles with percussive therapy, aka vibrations that break up knots in the muscle tissue. Basically, it’s a really deep pressure massage you have at your fingertips whenever you need it. Thinking of it like that helps justify the steep price tag, too. Tbh, though, can you really put a price on pain relief?" —Marissa G. Muller (read her full review here)

    Get it from Therabody for $399 (or get the simplified Theragun Prime for $299).

    15. A midweight terry hooded robe he won't mind being locked down with.

    Model wearing black Reigning Champ robe
    Reigning Champ

    Get it from Reigning Champ for $160 (available in sizes S/M-L/XL and in black, heather grey, and navy).

    16. A pair of District Vision's "Junya Racer" sunglasses for some comfortable (and futuristic) anti-reflective sun protection on his runs.

    A pair of District Vision Junya Racer sunglasses in black
    District Vision

    Get it from District Vision for $249.

    17. A waterproof Kindle Oasis with adjustable warm light so nothing will get in the way of him and his reading.

    Hand holding Kindle Oasis in bathtub

    Promising review: "I do like the adjustable amber tint, but I also really like the ability to invert the colors to white print on a black background. I also am really happy to have buttons to turn the page again. It’s the ultimate laziness to be able to just keep your thumb in the button and depress it to turn the page instead of having to actually move your thumb a half inch to touch the screen, but hey, why move a half-inch when your can push down one-sixteenth of an inch? All that extra movement add up over the years.

    The real reason I like the buttons is this: I live in Alaska and we have very long, cold nights. But even in the winter, we turn down the heat at night. I read in bed every single night, tucked all cozy and warm under my down comforter...except for having to have my hand out in order to touch the screen on my Paperwhite to turn the page. My hand starts to get very cold. It’s uncomfortable. My half frozen hand takes away from my happy bedtime reading experience. With the Oasis, I can keep my hand under the blankets and just push the button. You don’t know what a big deal this is until you spend night after night with a frozen hand." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99+ (available in 8GB or 32GB and in champagne gold or graphite).

    18. A pair of Birkenstock Bostons because it is required in the year of 2020 that every Cool Dad be equipped with an elevated house shoe.

    Model wearing Birkenstocks with orange pants

    Get it from Birkenstock for $145 (available in US 6–13.5, five colors, and in narrow and regular).

    19. A DIY hot sauce kit for the dad who should really just be making his own condiments at the rate he offers his feedback to restaurant servers.,

    The kit includes gloves, sterilizing solution, a small funnel, bottle labels, and six 5-fluid-ounce glass containers.

    Get it from Amazon for $54.95.

    20. A retro-pile Patagonia fleece, because there's nothing quite like throwing on a nice, warm Patty in the dead of winter.

    Model wearing pile-fleece navy Patagonia zip-up

    Get it from Backcountry for $96.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in purple, grey, navy, and khaki).

    21. An acrylic Squatty Potty, because he's your number one and you wish him nothing but the best for his number twos.

    Acrylic squatty potty in clear colorway

    Promising review: "This thing is SLEEK! I bought this for my new home's main floor guest bath. We wanted to provide guests with the convenience of the Squatty Potty without the eyesore of the white 7" one. I feel like if Kim and Kanye had a Squatty Potty, it would be this one." —Durga D

    Get it from Amazon for $76.94.

    Is your dad not *that* design-minded? Check out the original Squatty Potty that's pure functionality for $24.99.

    22. An indoor herb garden with an LED light kit that'll give him something to rave about, and/or eat, at the next family dinner.

    Model picking herbs from their stainless steel AeroGarden

    Promising review: "The AeroGarden is an attractive addition to my home and adds some much needed light and greenery during the drab winter months. More importantly, after only 30 days my herbs are in need of pruning! I couldn’t be more pleased with this purchase and look forward to a healthy harvest in the weeks ahead. Additionally, the website is well-built and informative and makes for pleasant perusing. Their guarantee of seed germination is a major plus as well. Pods that fail to germinate are replaced for free so you can purchase from them knowing they back up their products fully. Highly recommended for cooks and hobbyists from beginners to pros." —Rich

    Get it from Amazon for $119.37+ (available in black, white, stainless steel, and sage).

    23. A pair of truly luxurious comfort boots he'll be able to dress down as a light work boot or dress up as a formal boot.

    R.M. Williams

    Get it from R.M. Williams for $495 (available in 5–12, four colors, and in narrow, regular, and wide).

    24. A water flosser for the dad whose idea of fun is responsible dental hygiene.

    Model smiling while holding a water flosser

    Promising review: "Well, the dentist said I needed to floss more, but I always seem to butcher my gums when I do it so I bought this. It works great. This is so gross, but it's blasted stuff out from between my teeth, even after brushing with a high end electric brush AND rinsing with mouthwash. The setting range from very gentle to paint remover, so you do need to be careful where you set the knob, especially with some of the included attachments. Please read and follow the directions about different attachments and settings. This is a great tool for our whole family, we all love using it. On a low pressure setting on Massage, it makes your gums feel great. Easy to clean and use. Simple instructions and it WORKS. My dentist noted that I had indeed been flossing on my last visit." —Jason

    Get it from Amazon for $64.53.

    25. A wine saver with two vacuum stoppers so any leisurely drinker dad can hold onto his precious grapes for as long as he pleases.


    Promising review: "My dad often drinks just one glass of wine with dinner and he always has wine bottles full of 'vinegar' that he has to throw out. I bought him this as a gift, and he loves it. I would recommend this product to someone who likes to enjoy a bottle of wine over a longer-than-average period of time." —Thomas J Croyle

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89 (available in eight varieties).

    26. A pair of sworn-by performance Bluetooth headphones he won't have to sweat about ruining during a high-intensity workout.

    A pair of Senso performance Bluetooth headphones

    Promising review: "After going through three sets of headphones in one year and damaging them due to sweat and having to clean the headphone pads to avoid them from stinking of dry sweat, I broke down and searched for a pair of earbuds with a clip around the ear to help keep them in place better. Like most of us, I searched for them here on Amazon. I figured I'd take a chance on these earbuds for $34, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by their performance and quality. The sound coming out of these earbuds is just incredible to me. At the gym, I have them paired with my iPhone 5S, and at 50% they are loud as hell. I will probably never need to go higher than that. Connection with my iPhone was easy and I had no issues. The fact that they are sweat-proof was a must for me. The 30-foot distance in my home worked fine through two walls to the other end of my home. I made calls with them and the mic worked well. I tested the running time of eight hours, and it was on point with what they said. —Cubichi

    Get them from Amazon for $22.96.

    27. A Bluetooth-enabled sous vide precision cooker, because nothing can get a dad reeling quite like some perfectly cooked meats and/or veggies.


    Promising review: "Since I started cooking with the sous vide, my family says my cooking has gone to a new level. I started with the original Anova and just recently picked up the Nano. The Nano is awesome because it's much smaller vs the first Anova, making it easier to store in a drawer. It sounds trivial but by making it easier to grab I'm more likely to use it vs the Anova which I kept in a special case in the pantry. I have given up cooking in the Rubbermaid container with the silly lid and now just cook in a stockpot with this silicone lid from cellar made. Setup is so much quicker and I can cook a beef roast for 30 hours without adding ANY water. If you're just starting out in sous vide I recommend this cooker." —Jeff Nichols

    Get it from Amazon for $129.

    28. A minimalist travel tumbler for the dad with that design eye.

    Minimalist drinking vessels in neutral shades

    Get it from Food52 for $38.

    29. A 2021 New Yorker cartoon calendar so your high-brow dad can start every day with a chuckle.

    The New Yorker cartoon 2021 calendar

    Get it from Amazon for $14.39.

    30. A subscription to Atlas Coffee Club to go all-in on the coffee thing and give him a taste of some fresh exotic beans.

    An unboxed Atlas Coffee Club delivery
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    What they get: Gourmet exotic coffee, each batch's tasting profile, brewing recommendations, postcard.

    Get it from Atlas Coffee Club for $60+/three months.

    Read our full review of Atlas Coffee Club.

    Is your dad ready for the quality gifts that are in store for him? No he is not.


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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