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The 13 best holiday gifts for dads in 2021

We've rounded up some cool things to surprise your dad with this Christmas, including a tap-like beer dispenser, a heavy-duty cooler, a massager and more.

This story is part of Gift Guide, our year-round collection of the best gift ideas.

Every dad is different, which is why it can be difficult to get them the right gift (it's the same with moms). Some dads are more into comfort and relaxation, while others enjoy the wilderness and exploration, and while you can always play it safe with an evergreen gift, maybe it's time to get risky and go for a unique gift that's more interesting. If you are pondering how to buy the perfect present for a dad in your life this holiday season, this gift guide will help you find the best gift.

Whether your dad is an outdoorsman, a foodie, a tech dude or an athlete, we've got great gift ideas for all types of dads: a massage gun that fits in the palm of your hand, a bacon sampler pack with premium pork and a subscription to his favorite sports site, to name just a few. Check out these thoughtful gifts and more in the holiday gift guide below.

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The Fizzics DraftPour makes any beer better by converting natural carbonation into micro-foam, which gives beer the aroma and flavor you usually only get from a bar tap. The beer dispenser works with most beer cans and bottles, and any type of beer: lagers, IPAs, ambers, porters and more.

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Maybe you've eyed pricey Theragun massagers (which we're big fans of, by the way) but haven't pulled the trigger. The affordable Mini size is here to change that -- and fulfill your holiday shopping needs. With the Theragun Mini, Dad can knead his sore muscles using three different speeds. The ergonomic handle is easier to use than a bulkier, bigger massage gun and reduces wrist strain. The Theragun Mini provides 150 minutes of battery life and it's actually quiet, making it nicely portable. The new fourth generation is available in black, dusty rose, white and red.

The Baconer

Imagine Dad's delight when he finds five packs of premium bacon products under the Christmas tree. This sampler from pork purveyor The Baconer includes two packs of Small Batch Bacon, one pack of XXL Bacon Steaks (extra thick slices), one pack of Smoked Lardons and one pack of Ground Bacon. If Dad doesn't devour his whole gift right away, this responsibly sourced, premium pork will last up to a month in the refrigerator or up to six months frozen.

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