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

    Also 28 puns, because I couldn't help myself.

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    1. A jerky subscription box, for discerning paleo dads.

    🎶 Lean on meat, when you're not strong... 🎶

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my dad. He is pretty picky when it comes to jerky. He LOVED the jerky that was sent each month! Staying with Sumo... I like to see the smile on my dad's face :)" —Curry

    Get a box of two jerky flavors a month from CrateJoy for $14.95/month.

    2. A lightweight, packable down vest, so stylish dads won't have to sacrifice fashion for warmth.

    Trust me, he'll be down with this.

    Promising review: "Very well made, has a great cut, so looks quite flattering if you get a nice close fit. I have worn this under a plaid wool mackinaw jacket or just as an outer over a check shirt or a plain sweatshirt.

    Amazing quality and packs down to nothing." —RedBaron

    Get it from Uniqlo for $49.50 (available in sizes XS–3XL, in nine colors).

    3. A fancy electric water flosser that practical dads will flip for (in a restrained and dignified way, of course).

    The best gift for pik-y dads.

    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 $57.99+ (available in three colors).

    4. Or merino wool socks, for practical dads who are secretly fancy dads.

    These socks are the Bomb-as.

    Get a pack of four from Bombas for $68.40.

    5. A packable camping hammock for outdoorsy dads who are also nap dads.

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    This hammock is a real tree-t.

    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 $25.99+ (available in four colors).

    6. A silly-yet-highbrow wall calendar, to make witty dads chuckle all year.

    Make this the year of the dog and monkey walking into a bar.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.06, or from Barnes & Noble for $13.37.

    7. A moisture-wicking top to keep running dads warm and dry(ish).

    It's wick-ed good.

    Get it from MR PORTER for $55.

    8. A pair of super-cozy slippers for hygge dads who sometimes need to leave the house to get the mail., chris d williams / Via

    Hard-soled, soft-souled.

    Promising review: "I love Minnetonka slippers and won't ever buy anything else. I'd still be wearing my last pair but the rubber sole split on the inside heel on my right side so had to throw them out. They were about 6 years old and in need of replacement anyway. These new ones felt tight and narrow but actually, they are perfect for the long run and will loosen up so don't be concerned about what may feel like a tight fit as they will relax. They are so comfortable and warm but not too warm. You can wear them outside because of the rubber sole. My favorite slippers, and I am glad I discovered them years ago." —chris d williams

    Get them from Amazon for $39.47+ (available in sizes 7–16, in six colors).

    9. A RFID-blocking wallet, to ease the minds of paranoid-about-being-hacked dads.

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    Hack-free holidays!

    Promising review: "Very nice leather wallet. My husband really likes it. There are a lot of card slots and ample room for bills. There is a middle section for his ID cards, etc. He says the cards are easily accessible when needed and not hard to remove like other wallets. Highly recommend — I purchased this as a gift for him and he loves it." —maria schwarz

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (available in three colors).

    10. A leave-in conditioning balm to keep your bearded dad's facial hair game strong 'n' soft., Tim Dhillon / Via

    It might be December, but the forecast is balmy.

    Promising review: "This is the best stuff on earth. Its heavy until your beard dries. Mine is like a toilet brush after a shower. This is the best softener/controller. It'll last most of the day. This smells citrusy and mild, the wife and daughter love the scent. It'll add a little shine to a clean beard, in the sun. It really is transformative. You can go longer between trims and touch ups because it moistens everything, which keeps errant, kinky guys from stickin' out all over. Just a bloody brilliant product!" —Tim Dhillon

    Get it from Amazon for $12.87.

    11. A set of the tasting glasses used at every distillery in Scotland, for whiskey dads.

    No other glass can com-peat.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these whiskey glasses. I've never used a dedicated glass for my bourbon before and I'm very happy I bought these. They bring a new level of enjoyment to sipping. The smell of the drink is more concentrated and that adds to the enjoyment. The glass is flawless, it's heavy on the bottom so it feels good in the hand and they're just the right size. I worried a bit when I first started using them as the seem extremely delicate. But they've held up quite well and I haven't had any break so far, even after several cycles through the dishwasher. I highly recommend these glasses." —Carl S

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $30.14.

    12. A wireless photo printer, the best gift for besotted new granddads.

    A pixel is worth a thousand words.

    Promising review: "I am totally floored about how well this picture printer works. IMO it's just as good as those other one that are $150-200 or maybe even more. For $95, it's a steal and it's top quality. It's also so easy to use that I was able to explain it to my late-60s parents who are not into tech stuff. They love this for pics of their first grandchild." —Michael C.

    Get it from Amazon for $107.72.

    13. A make your own hot sauce kit, for mad scientist dads who complain that grocery store hot sauce is "kid stuff."

    Har-issa great gift.

    The kit comes with chilis, spices, vinegars, bottles, and labels, so he can brew and bottle his own sauces, and give them all punny names.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34.95.

    14. A "vigorous, insightful" (—The Washington Post) biography of Leonardo Da Vinci, full of information to stock any fun-fact dad's arsenal.

    Because your dad's a real Renaissance man, too.

    Promising review: "Magnificent Biography of one of the worlds great innovators. This book is massive, not only in length but in depth. Isaacson's biographical narrative is seamlessly interwoven with analysis and context of the work of da Vinci. The book itself is beautifully printed on high quality paper with numerous well rendered illustrations abundantly presented. In presenting da Vinci's personal thoughts and events of his life, Isaacson identifies sources supported by plenty of end notes and citations. You really see the scope of research and care that went into completing what will easily become the biography of record of the great master. Having read previous da Vinci biographies I contend that one of this versions strengths is its interpretation of da Vinci's relationship to the artists, scientists and philosophers of not just his contemporaries, but of his continued influence on those disciplines throughout human history and contemporary thought. Really quite an accomplishment. The downside of reading about da Vinci is how it can make you feel a great personal loss for time wasted on meaningless pursuits." —MARK YERGER

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88 and up, Barnes & Noble for $16.99 and up, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

    15. An all-in-one golf club cleaner to help fastidious golf dads keep looking sharp.

    If you think your dad's hard to shop for, join the club!

    Promising review: "I purchased two of these for my husband and his father. Both love making sure their clubs are in perfect condition. When they've used it the phrase - why didn't I think of this.... was spoken a few times. Great little gift for the golfer who has everything." —Kerry

    Get it from The Grommet for $24.95.

    16. A pocket-sized multitool, for prepper dads to add to their bug-out bags.

    Because his self-reliance is ins-plier-ing

    This little guy includes needlenose and regular pliers, wire cutters, scissors, a wire stripper, a knife, a package opener, a ruler, can and bottle openers, wood/metal file, and three kinds of screwdrivers.

    Promising review: "I heard the best things about Leatherman, I used to worked in a manufacturing plant and this is the day to day tool I used (I wasn't a mechanic). Back then I used a simple Leatherman Kick, meh nothing out of ordinary. Now this Wingman is the way to go!! This is so easy to work with, very tough and very functional. I recommend this Leatherman to everyone." —Omar Rivera

    Get it from Amazon for $37.75 or from Jet for $39.95.

    17. A memoir journal where raconteur dads can record their lives and times.

    The perfect hobby for his anec-dotage.

    My Life Story — So Far is divided into sections like "Early Years," "Family Roots," "Significant Events and People," and includes writing prompts ("My funniest or most awkward dating experience," "My favorite family tradition") as well as blank pages.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30.

    18. A combination shampoo/body wash to help beauty-junkie dads streamline their morning routine.

    Time to spill the (lemongrass) tea: dads love luxury beauty too.

    Get it from MR PORTER for $18.

    19. A smart notebook, so gadget dads can keep their thoughts in the cloud., Amazon Customer / Via

    Truly a note-worthy gift.

    Promising review: "This product amazed me and exceeded my expectations. It works exceptionally and as described. The Rocketbook app is so simple and easy to use. The scanning is perfect, it captures the colors, exposes the page with the right lighting, and crops and adjusts the page properly. Each scan takes less than a second, and you can combine multiple pages into one scan and upload them as one document. The product is great, and definitely worth the $35." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.47+ (available in two sizes) or from Jet for $31.11.

    20. A countertop compost bin, all the better to feed a plant dad's garden.

    This little can is very ap-peel-ing.

    Promising review: "This is such a great compost bucket, it is large, has a carbon filter and a nice handle on it. It looks nice in your kitchen and not like a bunch of food scraps — the cover is great, it keeps fruit flies away and just looks stylish. This is my second purchase of one of these — I give them as gifts now and they are very well received." —Michelle Dunn

    Get it from Amazon or Jet for $21.99.

    21. A quality record player that's a worthy splurge for music dads.

    Your dad has been spending money on you for your whole life, and the time has come to turn the tables.

    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).

    22. A heated massage pillow, which is basically an on-call masseuse for hardworking dads.

    According to reviewers, this pillow is the shiatsu.

    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.

    23. A hiker subscription box to keep mountain dads on the straight and narrow.

    Each box include two–three pieces of gear and three–six snacks for the trail. Less Krampus, more Camp-us!

    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.

    24. A T-shirt that will let woke dads fly their feminist flags.

    🎶 All I want for Christmas is huuuuuuuuu-man rights! 🎶

    Get it from Feminist Apparel for $29.95 (available in sizes S–5XL, in three colors).

    25. A customized jigsaw puzzle, for the indoor dad who has everything.

    You can choose any New York Times front page, and they'll turn it into a 500-piece [on earth] puzzle.

    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.

    26. A squatty potty, for dads who poop (and anyone who lives in a home with them).

    He might pooh-pooh it at first, but it'll convert him in the end.

    Promising review: "I wrote and deleted probably 100 versions of this review, but it can easily summed up here: I like this because it helps you poop better, and it works. You legit poop better. Also, when looking at your toilet with the Squatty Potty tucked against it, it kind of looks like the Starship Enterprise." —Chase Belafonte

    Get it from Amazon or Jet for $24.99.

    27. A custom photo book full of pictures of your sentimental dad's family, to warm his heart and give him plenty to brag about.

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    Treat yo' (father's) shelf.

    Get it from Snapfish for $19.99+.

    28. A pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet that will serve chef dads well for years to come.

    'Tis the (pre-) season!

    Promising review: "I love these pans. I have owned the pans for several months and these are the only pans I cook in now. They really hold the heat, and they really are non-stick...especially if you season them. Yes, the pans are heavy, but you'll get used to it. I use these pans on the stove top and in the oven. The best part is when a recipe requires cooking in a pan and then transferring the contents into bakeware, so it can be placed in the oven. Nope! I just slide my cast iron pan into the oven and bake away!" —Lisa A. Hawkins

    Get it for $6.99+ from Amazon (available in eight sizes) or from Jet for $7.99+ (available in four sizes).

    When your dad is king of the world:

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    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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