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The 49 Best Gifts (That You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Type Of Dad

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Christmas is just around the corner, and if your dad is tricky to buy gifts for, we’re here to help. We put our heads together to source the best kinds of gifts for any dad, from cheffy dads to outdoorsy dads, via golf dads and “got your nose” dads (you know the ones). Here are 49 options (at a variety of price points) that you can buy on Amazon for every type of dad. Lastly, as it’s edging closer to Christmas, we’ve checked to make sure that everything featured will arrive on your doorstep before December 25.

For the dad who just got into “proper” coffee

A stylish French press that will make enough coffee to get him through all the Sunday supplements.

For the dad who will talk to you for 30 minutes about French-roast versus Italian-roast beans

For the dad who still uses a sandwich bag as a wash bag


Sometimes the best gifts are the most functional, not flashy. Case in point: an easy-clean, right-side-of-stylish wash bag.

For the dad who’s really a big kid

For the dad who isn’t competitive enough for Mario Kart

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Indulge his love of pottering (and gossiping over the garden fence) with a game that rewards both.

For the dad who now commutes to the dining-room table

Give his (hopefully temporary) work space a little character with this charming scale model of the planets.

For the dad who insists on WFS (Working From Sofa)

Time to get him a proper home-office setup. [Editor’s note: This will arrive a little after Christmas – the first week of January.]

For the dad who swears he’s one-quarter Scottish on his mum’s side

Like anything ascribed to taste, you’ll know best what your dad’s into. But this single malt is a real crowd-pleaser.

For the dad who insists on running a marathon in 2021

Seedlip Garden 108

A nonalcoholic gift would be perfect to keep his training on track.

For the dad who needs a hobby

Jauntier than a keyboard and far easier to fit in your pocket, this comes straight from our own recommendations of the best harmonicas for beginners (even if dad says he was a pro “back in the day”).

For the dad who needs to hydrate his skin

For the dad who seems a bit frazzled

File under “Things dad will never ask for but would secretly love”.

For the dad who is unorganised

Because there are only so many important things you can write on the back of receipts.

For the dad who chews his Biros

Get him a proper pen, like this sophisticated one by Caran d’Ache.

For the dad who has taken a virtual tour of the Design Museum

It’s called culture, look it up!

For the dad who has taken a virtual tour of the National Portrait Gallery

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Featuring portraits and powerful stories, including those of frontline workers and Black Lives Matter protesters, this coffee-table book is a fascinating glimpse at Britain in 2020.

For the dad who’s eco-conscious

For the dad who is struggling with his face mask

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If his glasses aren’t staying on over his mask, these silicone grippers (as recommended by Strategist writer Chris Mandle) should help.

For the pasta dad

For the breakfast-for-dinner dad

This chef-approved waffle maker produces restaurant-quality waffles, at a home cook-price.

For the dad who takes wine seriously

Yep, Le Creuset does more than casserole dishes.

You could also consider some nice glasses that are dishwasher (and dad) safe.

For the dad who takes beer seriously

For the dad who doesn’t really want anything

How to make toothpaste giftable: offer a flavour for every day of the week.

For the dad who’s into protein shakes now


When we scoured Amazon for the highest-rated blenders, the NutriBullet came up tops.

For the dad who loves leftovers

Meal-prep dads to the front: This is a good alternative to Tupperware.

Throw in a bamboo cutlery set for the good of the planet.

For the dad who prefers a hot lunch

A Strategist-approved portable, battery-free slow cooker that means he can cook risotto (or ratatouille) at his desk.

For the dad with a bare study

For the dad with a bare patio


These lanterns would brighten up any outdoor space.

For the dad who just heard about mirepoix

A chef’s knife is a kitchen all-rounder — and this option, by German brand Mercer, is an affordable way for him to hone his skills.

For the dad who messes up the bathroom

Wahl Super Trimmer

When we asked barbers to recommend us their favourite beard trimmer, both celebrity hair stylist Charley McEwan and Mark Maciver of Hackney’s SliderCuts and author of Shaping Up Culture recommended the Wahl Super Trimmer.

For the dad who Hinches


A weirdly satisfying motorised squeegee: perfect for using on the shower screen.

For the dad who sticks to the classics

From £11

Because his Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh T-shirt is looking a little patchy.

For the dad who can’t stop asking questions


“Alexa, where were the 1956 Olympics held?”

For the dad who hits snooze


Because he still keeps his mobile phone in a drawer somewhere.

For the dad who takes out the bins

These slippers have a rubber sole, so he won’t slip.

For the dad who loves to drizzle


Bonus points: This oil comes in a fancy canister you could use for something else.

For the dad who cheats at Monopoly

Consider a backgammon set if he’s liable to bend the rules on game night.

For the dad who’s in a book club

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This Pulitzer Prize–winning book about a 50-year-old who embarks on a globe-trotting world tour would be perfect.

For the dad who’s outdoorsy … ish

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This classic raincoat can handle the great outdoors but is just as appropriate for a city break.

For the northern dad who takes gravy seriously

He’ll be bragging about his Sunday roasts for months.

For the dad who got seriously into Folklore

Nothing says autumn like stews (and repeatedly listening to “Cardigan”).

For the dad with a weak spot for pilaf

Even if he claims to have perfected his rice-cooking technique, chefs (and home cooks) agree: A rice cooker can’t be beaten.

For the dad who loves to travel (but can’t right now)

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A chef-recommended cookbook that’s quick and easy — and will suffice until he can visit Delhi in real life.

For the dad who says today’s musicians aren’t wild enough

‘Me,’ by Elton John

Packed with raucous anecdotes and Elton’s frank assessment of everyone in the music industry. They don’t make musicians like this anymore.

For the dad who is constantly on 20 percent battery

For the dad who turns it up to 11

One of the best features of these hyperenthusiastic reviewed buds is their noise-cancelling ability. One customer said they bought them to drown out the sirens that are always going off outside their flat, while another said he could listen to the football with these on and his wife wasn’t disturbed at all.

For the dad who turns it up to 11 (to listen to the World Service)

We like this (deceptively modern) old-timey radio, which has Bluetooth and Spotify capabilities.

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The 49 Best Gifts (You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Dad