It’s not that he has everything exactly, but when Father’s day or Christmas rolls around, the dad in our family seems to have everything he needs, so finding a unique and practical gift for him can be challenging. I asked my husband what gifts he’s enjoyed most and he helped me brainstorm to make this gift list of the best presents for a dad who has everything.
Top on his list are any gifts that help create an experience with the kids. As a dad, he loves presents that encourage play, fun family adventures or games together. His other favorite gifts are the ones that are functional, make-life-easier type gifts. Together we came up with what we think are some of the best gifts for dads who have everything. This post includes affiliate links.
Best Gifts for Dads Who Have Everything
Experience Based Gifts for Dad
These presents are based on making memories (Would that be presents about presence?…sorry couldn’t resist the pun. My 11 year old is cringing somewhere…). They are either experiences (such as shows or things to do together) for dad, or gifts that help make an experience with the family fun and memorable.
Gifts for getting outside – camping, hiking or picnics
- Extendable Marshmallow Roasting Sticks – everyone likes smores and these extendable sticks give dad the chance to impart his wisdom on how to roast the perfect marshmallow.
- Titanium Spork – The usefulness of a pocketknife, the comfort of real flatware. Probably what James bond would use while camping. Only his would have the option to explode.
- A Flask for having a wee nip by the fire
- Luxury Camp Chair – who doesn’t want to sit by a fire and put their feet up?
More gifts for Getting Outdoors Together
- Bike Trailer – our bike trailer gave us so much joy as it gave us the possibility to get out on our bikes as a family when our youngest child couldn’t yet keep up on her bike.
- Durable Picnic Blanket – this picnic blanket from JJ Cole has lasted for years and many, many outings in our family and it has a super durable, thick backing. It folds up and has an easy to carry strap. This is what we bring to music in the park during the summer. Pair it with some stainless steel pint glasses and a little carry-able cooler and you’re all set.
- Travel hammock – for setting up the prime relaxation and snuggle spot wherever you go.
Projects to do together – look for a kit or a book for him to make memories with the kids.
- Geek Dad – DIY project guide for tech savvy dads and their kids
- Maker Dad – Instructions for making awesome gadgets and crafts like a drawing robot or kite video camera.
- Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction – our kids love making these things with their dad. Your office supplies will never be safe again though.
List of 10 things they love to do with Papa – this is a sweet handmade gift to give from a child to their dad. You can let your child dictate the list to you if needed, then they can decorate the paper, and perhaps include a family photo.
Tickets to a show – Many movie theaters offer gift certificates. You could also look into upcoming bands, plays, comedians or other shows coming up in your town and grab tickets for a present. One of our boys’ (and their dad’s) favorite memory-making experiences this year was going to the Mythbusters live show.
Tour of a local Winery or Brewery
Practical Gifts for Kids to Give Dad
(Many of these gifts would make good stocking stuffers for dads too)
Messenger bag – We love the Timbuk2 bag because of it’s versatility and durability. A fun way to personalize this gift and make it unique is to have the flap embroidered with initials – a local embroider shop can do this.
Write-in-the-shower Notepad — This is awesome! You can actually write down notes in the shower and capture those brilliant ideas and pressing to-dos that always float to the surface while the warm water pours down. You might pair it with a Fog Free Shave Mirror (AKA – the best stocking stuffer of last Christmas).
Yeti Travel Mug – super durable, fits in car cup holder, keep drinks insulated for ages. In our family my favorite travel mug is one like the Yeti (but made by Canyon Coolers which is a company that’s based in my town!). My husband likes his 14oz tumbler made by Thermos. You may also find less expensive versions such as this one by RTIC, online or at stores like Walmart or Target.
Subscription to Dollar Shave Club – After joining this subscription service over two years ago we still really love it because of the convenience, the always sharp razor and the other useful add-ins he can try occasionally like a new shaving lotion.
Gifts for Active Dads
Hiking or National Parks Guide for your local area.
Darn Tough Socks – Socks? Yes. These are not just any socks. These socks have an unconditional lifetime guarantee, not to mention they’re darn comfortable and as this is the list for a dad who ‘has everything’, we’re trying to think of really useful items. For someone who loves hiking or biking, having a great pair of socks makes a difference!
Mixed pack of sports drinks – head to store and make a variety pack of sports drinks – he may find a new favorite.
Gear for whatever sport the family likes – whether it’s basketball or disc golf is there something dad would like that would increase his enjoyment of the sport?
Food and Drink Gifts for Dads:
Beer brewing kit – You may or may not know that my husband and I are the founders of Mother Road Brewing – we have a brew team now, but we started as homebrewers, and at the very beginning it was a brewing kit that got us started. Another fun addition for craft beer lovers if you’ve got the space is a Kegerator so you can buy a keg from your favorite local brewery and enjoy it on tap at home.
Gary West Beef Jerky – this is my husband’s favorite because he grew up near where it’s made; it’s still delicious and now ships all over.
A more economic option is this Chicago Cutlery 15-piece set and it comes with a very sturdy block to hold the knives. Interested in creating your own knife set? This guide to kitchen knife sets will help you create the perfect set for the dad in your life. If you have a set already, it’s always good to have an electric sharpener handy to keep the knives in tip-top shape–here is my favorite, the Chef’s Choice M120.
Cheese making kit – This beginner kit contains instructions and all the ingredients (except the milk) to make: Mozzarella, Chevre, Goat Cheese, Queso Blanco, Queso Fresco, Marscapone and Ricotta. And it has enough of those ingredients to turn 20 Gallons of milk (goat, cow or sheep’s milk) into cheese!
Vita mix blender – This multi-purpose kitchen tool is super powerful and good for a lot more than smoothies. It can be used for making soups, flours, nutbutters and ice cream. My brother who got one of these a few years ago for Christmas says this is why he loves it: “It’s easy to use, easy to clean and doesn’t get clogged (because it’s just a straight shot down to the blade).”
Stovetop Popcorn Popper – We absolutely love our stainless popcorn popper. We don’t usually go for ‘single-use’ kitchen gear, but this is a worthwhile exception. We never buy microwave popcorn anymore and our family has enjoyed so many fun movie nights with homemade delicious popcorn – the kids like using it and both parents like using it. The kids especially love it when papa makes kettle corn as a treat.
Gas/charcoal grill – I know, it’s super cliche to mention a grill..and a dad who has everything probably has one of these, but I had to mention it because years ago I (Alissa) actually asked for one my my birthday because I wanted the ease of grilling without the charcoal, while my husband likes making a wood fire, and this has been a great gift in our family – we both have gotten a ton of use out of it.
Good luck on your mission to find just the right gift. We hope this list helps you think of something unique for the hard to shop for dad in your life.