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23 Best Father's Day Gifts for Every Type of Dad in 2024

Father's Day stumping you? Try out these great gift ideas this year.

David Watsky Senior Editor / Home and Kitchen
David lives in Brooklyn where he's spent more than a decade covering all things edible, including meal kit services, food subscriptions, kitchen tools and cooking tips. Before, during and after earning his BA from Northeastern, he toiled in nearly every aspect of the food business, including as a line cook in Rhode Island where he once made a steak sandwich for Lamar Odom. Right now he's likely somewhere stress-testing a blender or tinkering with a toaster. Anything with sesame is his all-time favorite food this week.
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Father's Day is just around the corner. So, if you're on the hunt for the perfect gift and hoping to splash out on something awesome for Dad this year, we're here to help. Although practical gifts are often a big hit, we say go for broke and spoil your old man this year -- along with Grandpa, your father-in-law and any other important father figures in your life. 

Here you'll find a guide full of thoughtful gifts that our editors have touched, tested and fully approved. These are gifts we'd get our own dads. And we're betting your pops will love 'em, too. There are gifts here for the music lover, the outdoorsy type, the stylish dad, the chef or grill master dad, or maybe a dad who just likes to mess around with toys (we found some of those too). 

Read on to see our hand-picked selections for the absolute best Father's Day gifts that 2024 has to offer.

Timbuk2

Little secret about dads: Most of us love feeling like we've found a way to cheat the system. If you have a dad in your life who spends time flying, there's a good chance he has put some thought into how to travel without needing to check a bag. If you've got a travel dad in your life, the folks at Timbuk2 have a backpack just for them. 

As the name suggests, the Never Check backpack from Timbuk2 is designed to let you get away for a weekend without multiple bags. This backpack has a ton of great little organization spots throughout, has handles on both the top and side if you don't feel like wearing it like a backpack, and a quick zipper on the back can be undone to allow for more room in the center chamber. This backpack holds way more than you would think by looking at it, which is the whole point.

If you're looking for a backpack you can toss a laptop and some clothes into so you can disappear for a weekend, this is what you want. Timbuk2 has a history of making bags that last, and this one is plenty comfortable no matter how you hold it. 

This California show company is brought to you by the minds behind Ugg and Hoka, we assumed they'd be comfortable -- we just never could have guessed they'd be this comfortable.

The Sequence 1's look pretty cool, too, without being overly flashy. They're available in four colors and in low, mid or high top. The chunky midsole gives loads of bounce and the lifted toe keeps you moving forward without toppling over.

The Tumbler knife sharpener is a good way to do a maintenance task that can otherwise be very dull. Despite what the TikTok videos might show, it takes way more than three or four swipes on either side. If you are patient, you can get a nice sharp edge on the dullest of knives. The magnet holds the knife at the perfect angle while you sharpen it so you know each knife is going to cut the way it should.

For a gift, it's probably best to buy the set with the stand and strop, but if you are trying to keep the price down, the magnet and roller are really all you need to make this a great Father's Day gift.
-- James Bricknell (Dad of 5)

Someday we'll think back on duvet comforters without zippers with the same dumb wonder as we do luggage without wheels. Make Dad's life easier with this soft and smart duvet cover that can be removed for washing with one swift zip. The luscious 100% supima cotton comforter is available in white, navy and seafoam.

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The only thing better than a good flask full of your favorite drink is a good flask full of your favorite drink that you can easily share with someone else. As its name suggests, the Firelight Flask 750 can hold 750ml of liquid, but its real feature is the unique way in which the top and bottom of the flask are actually large tumblers.

This matching set magnetically attaches to the top and bottom and genuinely feels like a single object until you apply a little force. The two tumblers can separate together or just the one, and like the flask itself, both are vacuum insulated to keep your drink at the right temperature. This feels a little like bringing the home bar with you, and at a minimum is a great party trick at an outdoor gathering. 

Playing games with your kids can be incredibly rewarding, and so can playing games with just you. The GoCube gives you the chance to do both. I've always wanted to know how to complete a Rubik's cube but could never get the hang of it. The GoCube connects to your phone or tablet and takes you through the steps of solving a cube using "algorithms." It's the first time I've felt I had a handle on manipulating a puzzle cube without it being completely random.

Learning a new skill as a dad, especially one that can impress your kids, is always worthwhile, and the app even lets you play battle games with your kids to make it more family orientated
-- James Bricknell (Dad of 5)

Ekster

Ekster's Parliament leather wallet is sleek, sophisticated, and smartly designed. Credit cards and other plastic are fanned out with the push of a button for quick and easy access. They're protected by an aluminum casing that makes the wallet a bit stiff, so it's not the best for a back pocket, but it'll slide effortlessly into a jacket pocket or front pants pocket.

The Parliament is available in eight colors. You can also add a tracker card if Dad is the type to misplace his wallet every now and then.

These sandals were designed by comfortable summer footwear gurus Sanuk and pellet grill maker Traeger and are engineered to repel even the sauciest of sauce spills. They also sport a sneaky bottle opener on the strap so you're never without relief while tickling the flames.

Atlas Coffee Club

I've been on a coffee kick lately. Not necessarily drinking more, but trying more varieties from various regions and producers. How do I do it? With a coffee subscription. It's loads of fun and most subscriptions are fully giftable. You can set Dad up with six months of deliveries via Atlas Coffee Club for under $100.

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If you suspect Dad has healthy goals he'd like to hit this year, a health and fitness tracker can keep him on track. After testing every single Fitbit model, CNET's Jessica Rendall determined this model to be Fitbit's "most robust tracker yet," with easy navigation and features like heart rate broadcasting -- though you'll need a subscription to access the music control features.

Solo Stove

Backyard fire pits are a keystone of family hangouts and neighborhood get-togethers -- and this is the best of them, hands down. Built from durable stainless steel and with a vented design that promotes airflow, the Solo Stove produces a beautiful and deeply warming fire with little smoke or airborne ash. (Perhaps best of all, your clothes do not reek of smoke the morning after.) 

Though the grandiose, 30-inch Yukon is the king of the lineup, there is also the entry-level 13-inch Ranger, which costs about $200. They're not cheap -- but they're a slam-dunk gift for any fire pit enthusiast. 

And, finally, Solo Stove makes a range of nice accessories, but the stand -- and especially the cover -- are particularly useful for protecting your stove and fire pit area. 

Everdure

Everdure's Cube portable charcoal grill has a lot going for it. It's small enough to carry down to the beach or on a camping trip. It's also multifunctional, with a food-grade storage tray and prep board for dredging meats in seasoning or dicing vegetables. The Cube ain't bad to look at either and comes in a handful of colors.

Porter Road

If he already has the grill setup in good form, how about something truly special to throw on top? Based in Nashville, Porter Road offers a variety of cuts of prime beef, pork, lamb and chicken, sourced from Kentucky and Tennessee. Most of the company's meat is shipped fresh, not frozen. The "best of" box is $128, or you could get the BBQ bundle for $135.

VistaPrint

Sometimes an overdone or cliche gift becomes that for a good reason. While it's not the most original gift in history, there's no way Dad is not going to love a coffee mug with his partner, kids, grandkids, cat or dog plastered across it. Vistaprint can make it happen all online and starting at around $10.

For fans of whiskey, Flaviar is the way to go. This fine booze membership club entitles your giftee to one premium bottle along with a themed tasting box every quarter. Plus you'll get access to rare, exclusive bottlings, tailored recommendations and invitations to unique members-only events. 

Flaviar costs $190 for two deliveries, $255 for three, or $320 for four deliveries in total. Each delivery comes with the aforementioned full-size bottle of whisky, along with three themed tasting flights housed in cool little vials. 

Closca

Bicycle helmets are a great idea, but they can also be a pain to lug around before and after the ride. This foldable bike helmet will protect his dome but then collapses in on itself when not in use to be easily stashed in a backpack.

Beer Drop

This beer delivery service offers different plans, but with all of them, you can select the type of beer and specific beer styles that go into Dad's monthly craft beer subscription box shipments. Options include hoppy IPAs, fruit-forward beers, rich stouts, Belgian wheats and more. 

Monthly drops of microbrewery offerings start at $49 per month (plus $8 for shipping) for 10 beers. The subscription can be canceled at any time.

The James Brand

Every dad deserves a good knife. Something that looks nice, is relatively easy to maintain, and will last a while. There are a ton of inexpensive knives on Amazon in a shockingly wide range of quality, and the bad ones are really quite bad. If you want to gift someone a truly nice knife, my first recommendation is usually something from The James Brand.

The Chapter 2 is a simple-looking knife with a ton of quality parts. The scale, clip and spacer are all 6AL-4V titanium, the drop point blade is S35VN stainless steel with a black coating, which means it's resistant to scratches even when you're doing something silly with it. This is a great-looking small knife, and the sealed ceramic bearings mean the blade both opens and closes with nearly perfect smoothness.

This is a knife for actually doing things, while looking like something you'd see in a display case as a collectible. If you've got a dad in your life who would like a quality EDC knife, this is where to start. 

AAXA

A projector is one of the best gifts I've ever received and if Pops loves firing up a live concert video or action flick, there's no better way to make 'em pop than with a projector. This model is compact and portable so you can bring it on vacation or easily set it up outside for movie night. The 1080p resolution hits the image resolution benchmark we look for in a projector, too.

Coral Vita

Coral reefs are integral to the health of the planet and support more species per unit area than any other marine environment. They're also vanishing at an alarming clip, but nonprofit Coral Vita is hoping to reverse the trend by planting a wide variety of climate-change resilient corals in the Grand Bahamas.

You can adopt a coral reef microfragment to be planted on Dad's behalf for $50 or a cookie (seven fragments) for $350. He'll get a personalized, printable adoption certificate, access to an exclusive member space and email updates from the farm.

Kammock

The Kammok Roo Double hammock is equally well-suited for backwoods camping and a backyard. It's big enough for Dad plus one -- or maybe two other pint-size companions -- as long as you keep the total to under 500 pounds. And, crafted from ripstop nylon, it's lightweight enough to throw in any backpack or day bag.

You'll need some sturdy straps to rig the hammock to trees. If you're willing to splurge, however, I'd recommend Kammok's Swiftlet hammock stand: It's lightweight, surprisingly simple to assemble and adjust and it comes with a nice carrying case.

Demer Box

There are plenty of great waterproof Bluetooth speakers on the market but perhaps none quite as distinctive as the DemerBox. The sound quality of this Bluetooth speaker is top-notch: This thing has audio that's loud and crisp, with a big-time low end. Built in the US, the "crush-proof" Pelican case is waterproof and nearly indestructible, and the DB2 model is big enough to carry Dad's favorite beer and a handful of other valuables. The rechargeable battery lasts for roughly 40 hours. 

DJI

DJI's Mavic Air 2 delivers everything you want in a drone: more than 30 minutes of flight time, a 6-mile range and safety features including high-quality obstacle avoidance and air traffic alerts. And the camera hardware is legit: This drone can capture 48-megapixel photos and 4K video at 60 frames per second. If you're looking for something a bit cheaper for dear old Dad, the excellent Mavic Mini is also a great dad gift at a lower price.

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The father in your life absolutely has a favorite movie, sports team or TV series. Every one of those fathers would smile ear to ear to see a personal video from someone on that favorite thing wishing them a great day. Cameo allows you to seek out the person you think would delight dad and pay for a quick video from them. Prices vary quite a bit, but the end result is always pure joy.

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When Dad's ready to move beyond his TV's built-in speakers, this is where we suggest you start. On of our longtime favorites, the V21 comes with a compact but powerful subwoofer, HDMI connectivity, and terrific overall audio quality. This is a great soundbar if you're looking for value.

Read our Vizio V21 review.

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This tank of a cooler is for a dad that takes his food, drink, and outdoor adventures seriously. The Trailmate has useful accessories in spades. Those include (*takes breath*) oversized, never-flat wheels, a metal telescoping locking handle that pulls double-duty as a mounting point for the included serving tray, a dry/food basket, a padded glove box, two accessory/bottle holders, four cup holders on the lid, a built-in mobile device stand, two bottle openers, four tie-down points, an outside pocket, and a removable serving tray securely stored on the underside of the lid. Oh, and the drain plug for ice melt, can't forget that. 

Tidbyt

Yes, the $199 price is a bit steep, but the Tidbyt display is a fun piece of functional decor that's well-built and stylish, with some serious retro charm. The Tidbyt can display all sorts of useful info on rotation, including the local time, weather, stock ticker, sports scores, event reminders, and even the next departing train for your local subway stop. 

It also displays pictures, but the LED matrix lights make them look very pixelated. It's all part of Tidbyt's throwback charm, and there's no question it'll look cool on Dad's desk or bookshelf.

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The AirPods Pro are great for noise canceling, but if you want earbuds that are designed specifically for sports like running, you might want to consider the Shokz OpenFit, which are lightweight and have one of the best ear-hook designs we've tried. For open earbuds, the sound is surprisingly good, and the "dual-layered liquid silicone" offers premium comfort.

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