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24 Gifts That'll Make Your Dad Cry Tears Of Joy

More like Father John Misty-eyed.

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

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!" —VickGet it from Uncommon Goods for $49.95.
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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 pillow massager with heat he can use when he's stuck in traffic after an especially long day at work.

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 $39.95.
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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 $39.95.

3. The recently released Kindle Paperwhite for the bookish dad (who is potentially also accident prone).

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It's the thinnest and lightest Kindle Amazon has released to date! And — as is made abundantly clear by the photo above — it's 100% waterproof.

Promising review: "I love the fact that I can read on this Kindle in both daylight and dim light conditions. It is so light and compact, which makes it easy to hold, easy to travel with, and the battery lasts forever. I love it." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

Learn more about the 2018 waterproof Kindle Paperwhite in our full breakdown.

4. A pack of warm merino wool socks to get him through winter, comfortably.

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $16.99 (available in eight colors/varietypacks).
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Get a five-pack from Amazon for $16.99 (available in eight colors/varietypacks).

5. A sleek amenity kit for the always-traveling-for-business dad who is one sleepless flight away from becoming Larry David.

The kit includes a pair of foam ear plugs, a sleeping mask, slippers (with foam padding and synthetic suede outsole), and an inflatable neck pillow (with storage pouch). Get it from Amazon or NeedSupply for $30 (available in S/M and L/XL).
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The kit includes a pair of foam ear plugs, a sleeping mask, slippers (with foam padding and synthetic suede outsole), and an inflatable neck pillow (with storage pouch).

Get it from Amazon or NeedSupply for $30 (available in S/M and L/XL).

6. A brushed-twill baseball cap so he can hat tip his actual favorite child, the Volvo stationwagon.

Get it from Amazon for $14.98.
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Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

7. 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 fl. oz. glass containers.Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34.95 or a similar kit from Amazon for $44.95.
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The kit includes gloves, sterilizing solution, a small funnel, bottle labels, and six 5 fl. oz. glass containers.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34.95 or a similar kit from Amazon for $44.95.

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

Promising review: "This is a professional quality turntable at a great price. Though it took a little time to set up, the time was well spent. I can play everything from my 45s and 33 LPs to my 78s. I can use the USB card to attach it to my computer and digitize my vinyl or I can use the attached cords to hook it into my sound system receiver and have a real stereo surround sound. It comes with great features such as a weighted tone arm, a light to place the tone arm precisely where you want it, and a lift/lower lever for your vinyl. Heavy and sturdy with a lid that lifts and stays in place, the turntable is better than I expected. This is my second Audio-Technica turntable. I bought the smaller one for 45s & 33 LPS several years ago, but wanted this one to record my collection of very old 78s. Fantastic turntable for vinyl lovers!" —JoyGet it from Amazon for $229.99+ (available in black or silver).
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Promising review: "This is a professional quality turntable at a great price. Though it took a little time to set up, the time was well spent. I can play everything from my 45s and 33 LPs to my 78s. I can use the USB card to attach it to my computer and digitize my vinyl or I can use the attached cords to hook it into my sound system receiver and have a real stereo surround sound. It comes with great features such as a weighted tone arm, a light to place the tone arm precisely where you want it, and a lift/lower lever for your vinyl. Heavy and sturdy with a lid that lifts and stays in place, the turntable is better than I expected. This is my second Audio-Technica turntable. I bought the smaller one for 45s & 33 LPS several years ago, but wanted this one to record my collection of very old 78s. Fantastic turntable for vinyl lovers!" —Joy

Get it from Amazon for $229.99+ (available in black or silver).

9. And to go with that: Bruce Springsteen's newest vinyl box set (10xLPs spanning1987-1996) for the dad who only answers to one Boss.

Promising review: "This is a really nice box for vinyl enthusiasts, especially because of the scarcity and cost of the originals. I have both Tunnel of Love and Chimes of Freedom on vinyl, and you can get them fairly easily for about $5. But Human Touch and Lucky Town in good condition run in the neighborhood of $40 apiece. MTV Plugged wasn’t widely released and can fetch $70 and up. Ghost of Tom Joad (alone) will run you $150 or up. Plus you get Blood Brothers for the first time on vinyl, the box, and a nice but no-frills book. Audio quality is solid and good reproductions of the original artwork. A must for Springsteen on vinyl enthusiasts." —MookieGet it from Amazon for $164.15.
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Promising review: "This is a really nice box for vinyl enthusiasts, especially because of the scarcity and cost of the originals. I have both Tunnel of Love and Chimes of Freedom on vinyl, and you can get them fairly easily for about $5. But Human Touch and Lucky Town in good condition run in the neighborhood of $40 apiece. MTV Plugged wasn’t widely released and can fetch $70 and up. Ghost of Tom Joad (alone) will run you $150 or up. Plus you get Blood Brothers for the first time on vinyl, the box, and a nice but no-frills book. Audio quality is solid and good reproductions of the original artwork. A must for Springsteen on vinyl enthusiasts." —Mookie

Get it from Amazon for $164.15.

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

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 times now, still fits fine." —the wanderer Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in sizes S-3XL).
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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 times now, still fits fine." —the wanderer

Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in sizes S-3XL).

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.

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." —LaurenGet it from Amazon for $89.99.
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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 $89.99.

12. A Dollar Shave Starter Kit that'll shave hours off your search for the perfect gift.

Get a starter kit from Dollar Shave Club for $5 (includes four Executive razor cartridges, an Executive razor handle, the Sh*t, Shower & Shave trial kit, and The Bathroom Minutes magazine).
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Get a starter kit from Dollar Shave Club for $5 (includes four Executive razor cartridges, an Executive razor handle, the Sh*t, Shower & Shave trial kit, and The Bathroom Minutes magazine).

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

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 DGet it from Amazon for $82.57.Find the acrylic a little too hip for your pooping needs? Check out the original Squatty Potty for $24.99.
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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 $82.57.

Find the acrylic a little too hip for your pooping needs? Check out the original Squatty Potty for $24.99.

14. A pair of Dr. Martens for the cool dad who will remind you he was repping this footwear brand ages before Hypebeast was a thing.

Get them from NeedSupply for $220 (available in 7-12).
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Get them from NeedSupply for $220 (available in 7-12).

15. 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.

Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best Caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend." —FreshMomGet it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $189.99 (available in three colors).
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Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best Caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend." —FreshMom

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $189.99 (available in three colors).

16. A hiker subscription box for the dad who likes to hit the trails — but never before packing an awe-inspiring variety of organic granola bars.

Each box includes two–three pieces of gear and three–six snacks for the trail.Promising review: "The Hiker Crate is awesome, the new gear every month is quality. Every month we get our box sent to our house like a monthly Christmas Present. The edible snacks are from some of the newest companies on the market. The trail fuel that we get ends up eaten on campouts and family day hikes. I love getting new food, especially from companies I've never even heard of and if you like the food or any items there is usually a discount promo codes from your next order. For the value this box is untouchable to the weekend hiker or survivalist/prepper. Great stuff." —Cratejoy userGet it from Cratejoy for $35/month (and use code MARKET at checkout for 10% off your first month!).
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Each box includes two–three pieces of gear and three–six snacks for the trail.

Promising review: "The Hiker Crate is awesome, the new gear every month is quality. Every month we get our box sent to our house like a monthly Christmas Present. The edible snacks are from some of the newest companies on the market. The trail fuel that we get ends up eaten on campouts and family day hikes. I love getting new food, especially from companies I've never even heard of and if you like the food or any items there is usually a discount promo codes from your next order. For the value this box is untouchable to the weekend hiker or survivalist/prepper. Great stuff." —Cratejoy user

Get it from Cratejoy for $35/month (and use code MARKET at checkout for 10% off your first month!).

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

Promising review: "I thought this was a really cool gift idea, and my dad loved it! I've seen many other brands that were more expensive, but the reviews on this gave me confidence that it would be fine for occasional use, so I went with it. I got the blue one, and it came with everything needed to set it up, plus it's not too heavy and it folds up very easily so you can throw it in your backpack and hit the trails!" —ElizabethGet it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in khaki/grey, dark green, red/charcoal, and sky blue).
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Promising review: "I thought this was a really cool gift idea, and my dad loved it! I've seen many other brands that were more expensive, but the reviews on this gave me confidence that it would be fine for occasional use, so I went with it. I got the blue one, and it came with everything needed to set it up, plus it's not too heavy and it folds up very easily so you can throw it in your backpack and hit the trails!" —Elizabeth

Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in khaki/grey, dark green, red/charcoal, and sky blue).

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

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." —JasonGet it from Amazon for $59.99.
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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 $59.99.

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

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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 $13.21 (available in eight varieties).

20. A pair of sworn-by performance Bluetooth headphones, perfect for the dad who can't go a day without his morning jog.

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. —CubichiGet them from Amazon for $29.97.
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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 $29.97.

21. Michael Chabon's heartwarming essay collection Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces sure to get him a little verklempt with its reflections on what it means to be a dad.

Promising review: "I admire Michael Chabon’s writing and enjoyed the reflections on fatherhood — the writer’s own fatherhood as well as his relationship to his own father (would that be a reflection on sonhood?). I gave this essay collection as a gift to my brother, who is a father to three sons. I was delighted when he told me how much he enjoyed this book — so much so that he’s looking for other books by Chabon to read. (I recommended The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.) —Anne HudsonGet it from Amazon for $10.98, Barnes & Noble for $17.99 (signed versions available), or a local bookseller through Indiebound.
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Promising review: "I admire Michael Chabon’s writing and enjoyed the reflections on fatherhood — the writer’s own fatherhood as well as his relationship to his own father (would that be a reflection on sonhood?). I gave this essay collection as a gift to my brother, who is a father to three sons. I was delighted when he told me how much he enjoyed this book — so much so that he’s looking for other books by Chabon to read. (I recommended The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.) —Anne Hudson

Get it from Amazon for $10.98, Barnes & Noble for $17.99 (signed versions available), or a local bookseller through Indiebound.

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

Promising review: "Early yesterday we decided to challenge this cooker with the tough-meat challenge. As you may know, one of claims of sous vide cooking is it can make the toughest cut of meat tender. So...we asked the butcher to provide us with a cheap cut of meat, which was a chuck underblade steak (also sometimes called a bottom chuck steak) — these are cuts that all too often turn out really tough. Be aware that tough meats need to cook for a much longer period of time. Following the instructions for cooking a tough cut of beef to medium rare. We cooked ours at 149 degrees for 19 hours (recommended time is 16 to 24 hours). The result was a delicious melt-in-your-mouth delight, no-knife-needed, cut-it-with-the-side-of-a-fork dinner. Really amazing." —Espresso FanGet it from Amazon for $123.
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Promising review: "Early yesterday we decided to challenge this cooker with the tough-meat challenge. As you may know, one of claims of sous vide cooking is it can make the toughest cut of meat tender. So...we asked the butcher to provide us with a cheap cut of meat, which was a chuck underblade steak (also sometimes called a bottom chuck steak) — these are cuts that all too often turn out really tough. Be aware that tough meats need to cook for a much longer period of time. Following the instructions for cooking a tough cut of beef to medium rare. We cooked ours at 149 degrees for 19 hours (recommended time is 16 to 24 hours). The result was a delicious melt-in-your-mouth delight, no-knife-needed, cut-it-with-the-side-of-a-fork dinner. Really amazing." —Espresso Fan

Get it from Amazon for $123.

23. A minimalist travel tumbler for the dad who has an eye for good design.

Get it from NeedSupply for $38.
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Get it from NeedSupply for $38.

24. And a 2019 New Yorker cartoon calendar so your high-brow dad can start every day with a chuckle.

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Get it from Amazon for $10.39, Barnes & Noble for $14.99, or a local bookseller through Indiebound.

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

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