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10 Gift Ideas for Dad

Fathers are irreplaceable, and their gifts should be too. Unfortunately, dad gifts can be a lot like dad jokes: the good ones are mighty hard to find. Luckily some fun options are available if you’re willing to look around. Here are 10 great gift ideas for Dad, starting from highest price to lowest. Whether your father is a techie, a reader, a photo enthusiast, or just a guy who likes to stay healthy, you’ll certainly find something to inspire you from this lineup.

Fitness Wristband

Far from being just a step tracker, the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband can catch your dad up on any fitness goals he might have. Sure, it tracks steps, but it also records heart rate, gives reminders to move when he’s been stationary too long, and even has personalized breathing sessions for calming down. The OLED display has notifications for calls, texts, and calendar alerts as well. This wristband could be one of your best gift ideas for Dad. It costs $149.88, and you can purchase it together with both a 6-pack of screen protectors and a stainless steel metal bracelet strap for $171.63.

Fitbit Heart Rate Fitness Wristband

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Waterproof Camera

The Nikon COOLPIX S33 Waterproof Digital Camera is great for creating memories at locations ranging from the golf course to the water park. Freeze-proof, shockproof, and waterproof up to 32 feet, this camera has a 13.2 megapixel sensor and glass Nikkor zoom lens; it can also take full HD video. Plus it has oversized buttons and easy controls, so he can probably even set it up without you! You can buy this for $106.95; the optional two-year data recovery plan is an additional $11.99.

Nikon COOLPIX S33 Waterproof Digital Camera

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Digital Photo Frame

The NIX Advance 8-inch digital photo frame displays Dad’s favorite photos and HD videos, which play continuously as a slideshow. To use it, you plug in an SD/SDHC card or a USB stick. A motion sensor turns the frame on when people enter the room and off again when they leave it. This costs $79.99 plus shipping.

NIX Advance 8 inch Digital Photo Frame

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Bluetooth Speaker

The Anker Premium Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker means not having to sacrifice sound quality for portability. The speaker connects to a phone or tablet via Bluetooth and plays the tunes he loves. $59.99 buys the speaker, Micro USB cable, welcome guide, and 18-month warranty. Additional warranties are available at additional cost.

Anker Premium Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker

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All-New Echo Dot

Echo Dot is one of those gift ideas for Dad that really bring him the comforts of modern life. This is the Amazon Echo in a compact package, just about the size of a hockey puck, and with one speaker. The Echo Dot responds to voice commands: it turns down lights, answers informational questions, orders a pizza, and loads more. While it does have one built-in speaker, it can also connect to external speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or a stereo cable. This is a standalone device: Dad doesn’t need to already have the Amazon Echo for it to work. $49.99 will get you the Echo Dot, power adapter, Micro USB cable, and quick start guide. The optional two-year warranty and accident prevention is $9.99.

Amazon Echo Dot

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Streaming Stick

The Roku Streaming Stick allows Dad to stream video from his phone, tablet, or computer to his HDTV. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play, and many more services are accessible when it is plugged into the television’s HDMI port. It also comes with a mobile app for iOS and Android that allows him to use his phone as a remote and to use his phone’s headphones to listen privately while video plays on the television. WiFi is necessary for this item to work! It comes with a remote, USB/Micro USB cable and a USB wall plug for $47.59. Optional protection is available.

Roku Streaming Stick 3600R

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Wool Plush Slippers

Vonmay Men’s Wool Plush Fleece Lined Slip-on Memory Foam Clog House Slippers prove that classic gifts can be the way to go. Super comfortable, with three layers of memory foam, these stitched wool and faux suede house shoes can also be worn outside because the side-seamed outsole doesn’t let moisture in. Go up one size as these run small. These hand- and machine-washable slippers are currently on sale for $22.99 with a no-risk money back guarantee.

Vonmay Men's Memory Foam House Slippers

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Funny T-Shirt

Embrace the cheese with a T-shirt that memorializes Dad’s simpler times: It reads “Never Forget,” with an image of a floppy disk, VHS tape, and cassette tape. It’s screen printed and 100% preshrunk cotton, so there won’t be any unfortunate sizing surprises down the line. This shirt comes in 15 colors and runs from XS to XXXXX-L. Helping your dad relive his glory days will cost from $12.99 to $16.99 depending on size, plus $3.99 shipping.

Never Forget Funny T Shirt Grey

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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, who both have experienced a world of sorrow, exile, and oppression, still manage to live joyfully; following their lead, maybe the rest of us can too. In 2015, they got together and traded stories, and this inspirational book is the result. Dads, as well as anyone else, can learn the nature, obstacles, and pillars of joy in this inspirational spiritual powerhouse that was co-authored by Douglas Carlton Abrams. The hardcover price is $14.54 plus shipping. This thoughtful present is one of the best gift ideas for dad you could offer.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

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Thumb Drive

The Transcend 32GB JetFlash USB 3.0 Flash Drive is great for helping Dad carry data from place to place, whether he’s traveling internationally with important files or just moving photos into a digital frame. This compact, capless drive has a LED usage indicator and is USB powered, so it doesn’t need a battery or external power source. With USB 3.0 data transfer performance, it is still backward compatible with USB 2.0. A generous 32 GB — or about 15,000 photos — is avaiable for $10.49 plus shipping. Additionally you can buy a one-year photo and data recovery plan for $1.99 or a two-year plan for $2.99.

Transcend 32GB JetFlash 790 Flash Drive


Next time you’re looking for gift ideas for Dad, don’t stop at ties or gift cards. There are many more creative, useful, and enjoyable gifts out there. Just a few are named in this article, but countless are waiting to be discovered. To get inspiration for a gift that will please both Mom and Dad, check out our list of the best gift ideas for parents. Meanwhile, what are your no-fail ideas for the man who gave you everything?

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