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Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas for Dad

Updated on October 5, 2016

Fathers are Remarkable Human Beings

It may have taken me over 25 years to realize how much I had in common with my father, but I cannot express how grateful I am that I came to this resolution early enough to form a relationship with him. Today, I am so proud to have him as a dad.
It may have taken me over 25 years to realize how much I had in common with my father, but I cannot express how grateful I am that I came to this resolution early enough to form a relationship with him. Today, I am so proud to have him as a dad.

My dad is an avid reader, but I don't always know what books he wants and what he has already read. Because of this, I got him this e-reader which allows him to

For the Father Who's a Bookworm

If you have a father who loves to keep his nose in a book as often as he can, then you have several great options for the holidays when it comes time to shop!

If he doesn't have one already, your father will love you forever if you get him a Kindle from Amazon. I got my father one a few Christmas's back, and he never puts the thing down! With Amazon Prime users can subscribe to the Amazon Unlimited program, where many of the books available through the site can be read for free!

If your father already has a Kindle, then gift ideas can include things like gift cards to the Kindle bookstore, Kindle books, or even a Prime membership so your dad can read as much as he wants to!

For the Kindle loving father who already has all of the above, Amazon offers a boatload of fun accessories for the Kindle, like book lights, cases, portable chargers and more!

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For the Dad Who Doesn't Get to See You as Often as He Would Like

For some dads, well, most dads, the greatest gift of all is seeing their children during the holidays. If you have a father who doesn't get to see you often, odds are that nothing in a store could ever replace quality time together.

Despite this, there are some great gifts for fathers who live far away. Digital picture frames, customized products with pictures of the family and other personalized gifts make great options for the dad who can't get enough of their kids.

For the Dad Who Never Misses a Game

Is your dad a die hard sports fan? Whether he happens to love basketball, football, soccer, or just sports in general, focusing on your dad's passion can be a great way to think of the perfect holiday gift.

Some good ideas for sports fans include tickets to a game, jerseys from their favorite players, memorabilia and personalized team items and actual sporting equipment.

The perfect part about buying a sports themed gift for the father who can't miss a game is that you can find the perfect present no matter what your budget is! From bottle openers to front row seats, just showing your dad that you took the time to think about something that he would like will make your gift the best gift of all.

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For the Dad Who Loves to Make His Spouse Happy

Some fathers have everything they could ever want, and live to please those they love.

If this sounds like your father, here is a list of gift ideas for 2015:

  • For the dad who could help out with the chores more often - the Neato robotic vacuum
  • For the dad who doesn't mind going above and beyond - massage or couples' massage courses
  • For the dad who knows his way around the kitchen - the Kitchenaid Classic 17-piece Tool Set

For the Dad Who Loves to Entertain

Is your dad the hostest with the mostest? If so, then gifts to help him entertain are probably right up his alley! From surround sound speakers to wine carafes, here is a list of entertaining gifts sure to make your dad smile this holiday season:

  • For the wine afficianado who appreciates style as much as a good glass of chardonney - the Sagaform Wine Carafe with Oak Stopper combines class and taste
  • For the dad who believes the key to entertaining is all about the sound - the Bose Wave Music System makes music and television feel like your at the concert or watching the show happen in real life
  • For the father who believes comfort is crucial to a good party - bean bag chairs from Comfort Research are a great addition to any room

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One of the gifts I got recently for my dad was the BBQ tool set. He loved it and it includes every accessory needed for the avid griller.

For the Father Who Knows that its Never to Cold Outside to Fire Up the Barbeque

Most dads know that nothing beats grilling outside on a warm summer day. Some dads however are such huge fans of grilling that they do it year round.

Gift ideas for the grill fanatic father:

  • A sauce, rub, or dip that matches your fathers taste, as well as his love for food on the grill
  • A Cuisinart Art Griddler that brings the joy of grilling outdoors right to your dad's countertop
  • A stovetop smoker for fathers who could always go for the perfect steak
  • A nice set of grilling tools and accessories that will make him look forward to summer more and more each day

For the lover of barbecue, you have a wide variety of gift options. Whether you opt for the perfect barbecue sauce or rub, or choose something more unconvential like an indoor grill, your father is sure to reward you with a delicious steak!

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For the Dad Who Can Name More Craft Beers than States

There is something about being a guy and drinking a cold beer that seem to go hand in hand, literally. Nothing hits the spot like a nice refreshing craft beer after a long hard day at work.

One Christmas, I got my dad a kit to help him make his own beer, which I think he liked, but I know I didn't have a large budget, so the quality wasn't great. There are however a plethora of beer brewing kits on the market if this is something you think your father would appreciate.

Another Christmas, I was able to get my dad a Kegerator, the essential beer accessory for any man cave. Kegerators keep small kegs cool and provide taps so your dad can enjoy a nice beer on tap from the comfort of his own home!

For the Father Who's Obsessed with Weird Gadgets and Electronics

Do you have a dad who needs to have the latest, flashiest gadget on the market? If so, then here are some of the hottest items available for 2015:

  • For the dad who needs the latest tablet - the Windows Surface Pro
  • For the father who loves to explore new sights - the GoPro Hero4 Silver
  • For the guy who needs the perfect audio in his car at all time - Boss Audio Systems Chaos Series 3 way speakers
  • For the dad who always entertains- the Roku Streaming Stick

For the Dad who Needs a Break

Does your dad work tirelessly week in and week out? Does he put family first, clocking in long hours on the job without ever taking time out for himself? If so, these gift ideas may be right up your father's alley!

A Trip for Two - For the father who doesn't get enough time with his partner, a getaway can be the ideal gift. With sites like,,, as well as, finding gifts to help your dad get away are only a click away!

No matter what your budget, you can find the perfect gift for your dad, whether it is an excursion for the day, airfare to his favorite getaway, or accommodations, travel planning websites help cater to any budget!

Is your dad a bachelor? Sometimes nothing can be more relaxing than a vacation for one! A gift certificate for a massage or a Fandango gift card is a great way to help your dad unwind.

Even dads need time to relax, reflect, and appreciate all that life has given them.

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For the Dad Who Needs to Just Sit Back and Relax

I don't know about your father, but almost every father I have met cannot get through a trip to the mall without stopping in Brookstone to try out the massage chairs. There is something about a man's chair that makes the end of the day either relaxing, or well, not.

I grew up knowing that as long as my father wasn't home, that giant recliner in front of the television was all mine; but once my dad got home, I knew I had to be out of the seat and quick! My dad's recliner was his oasis after a long day at work, and I have encountered many dads just like him.

For the dad who needs a new oasis, I present the Flash Furniture Plush Leather Recliner, with extra wide design, this chair is sure to make any dad feel like king of the household. Available in black, brown, and beige, you can find the perfect chair to match your dad's mancave!

© 2014 Kathleen Odenthal


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