Published on November 22, 2018

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Illustration by Phuong Nguyen

The people you know best are often the hardest to buy gifts for. You might know their quirks, hobbies, and habits, but that doesn’t always make it easy to pinpoint the perfect thoughtful item. If anything, the stakes are higher. For that reason, we’ve compiled an edit of practical yet stylish gifts for one of the most important men in our lives: dads. Whether he’s a tech fanatic, passionate home cook, or nature-lover, there’s something in here for every type of dad.

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Snake Plant, The Sill, $40

Gift dad a hardy plant he can care for when you’re not around. Choose from a variety of planter colors then select the type of greenery based on his home’s light.


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Courtesy of Snowe

Whiskey Set, Snowe, $98

If he is part bartender, part dad, this whiskey glass and decanter set is made for him. It’s also made in Italy and is blown to be durable and long-lasting. It’ll make the perfect addition to his bar cart at home.

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Courtesy of Best Made Co.

Hatchet, Best Made Co., $98

If dad regularly feels the call of wild, consider grabbing him some very official, very good-looking tools of the trade. Or, if fishing is more his mode, purchase these special Wheatley Box with Dette Flies ($298), which are hand-tied in the birthplace of American fly fishing—Roscoe, New York. Basically, it’s a very big deal for those in the know. If that’s your dad, this is the gift for him.  

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Courtesy of Burrow

Armchair in Crushed Gravel, Burrow, $495

In partnership with Burrow: For the dad who considers his favorite chair an extended member of the family, this cozy, customizable Burrow armchair is sure to be a favorite. Trade in that old, eyesore recliner for one that pairs Midcentury modern design with serious comfort. It’s handmade in North Carolina with reversible (super comfy, proprietary foam-filled!) cushions—one side is tufted, the other solid, so he can change the look as often as the TV channel. Did we mention it’s got a built-in USB charger so he doesn’t have to leave? Yes, be prepared to win Christmas.


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Go Easy Hair Care Set, Ursa Major, $48

If your dad never wants to invest in good quality shampoo and conditioner, save him the effort and gift this duo. Made by Vermont-made brand Ursa Major, it was created to wash out quickly yet effectively, for the person on the go. It just so happens to be entirely sans-chemical and parabens, too.

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Courtesy of Darn Tough

Striped Micro-Crew Socks, Darn Tough, $39.93

Handmade in Vermont, these socks are, as the name would suggest, tough. Made of lightweight wool, they’re both somehow breathable, yet warm and cushioning. They’re the perfect, high-quality gift for the dad that loves to be out and about in nature. Bonus: They’re guaranteed for life, and highly recommended on Amazon.

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Courtesy of Material

3-Piece Knives Set, Material, $155

This three-piece knives set by Material will be the talk of the kitchen, with their Japanese-steel, razor-edge design, and comfortable, pick-your-color handle. Who needs tons of knives when three can do it all?

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Cashmere Sweater, Naadam, $75

A hand-knitted, fair-trade, Mongolian cashmere sweater for $75? Praise be, it does exist, thanks to upstate cashmere company Naadam. It somehow costs much, much less than it both looks and feels.


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Terra Cotta Comb Fountain, Lily Clark, $295

If dad is a fan of sculpture or art, give him the gift of his own little installation with this handmade fountain. It’s handmade by ceramist Lily Clark and though small, it’s a work of art in its own right.

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MH30 Wireless Headphones, Master & Dynamic, $299

A solid pair of headphones is always a great gift idea, especially when they are this cool. These over-ear wireless headphones wireless are made from soft leather with lambskin ear pads.

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Digital Touchscreen Gloves, Walmart, $29.95

This cost-conscious version is so good, they were awarded Wirecutter’s pick for best touchscreen gloves. They’ll be perfect for dad to seamlessly change the music on his slick new headphones and text you while on his brisk morning walk.

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Courtesy of The Art of Shaving

Razor, The Art of Shaving, $75

The gift of a beautiful and very useful razor will never go unused. This is the type of gift he’d never buy for himself but would treasure forever if it was from you. Bonus points for its longevity—the razor base is meant for a lifetime.


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Courtesy of Misc. Goods

Black Playing Cards by Miscellaneous Goods, The Odells, $15

If your dad is a card shark and taught you how to play all your favorite games, these black playing cards will bring back old memories, amp up the game, and make for a good decor piece in his home.

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Courtesy of MoMA Design Shop

Compact Tool Box, MoMA Design Store, $100

Leave it to MoMA Design Store to take dad’s old sad toolbox and sub in a fresh coat of Yves Klein blue and slate grey. It’s handmade in a small, family-owned factory in northern Italy.


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Electric Toothbrush, Quip, $40

If your dad has been a slave to simple, plastic toothbrushes his whole life, show him the path to enlightenment with Quip. The toothbrush practically makes brushing a joy, thanks to a sleek design, clever attachments, and easy-to-change toothbrush head (a new one will come to dad every three months). We’re partial to the new, special edition (RED) version, which provides 30 days of life-saving HIV medicine with the purchase of each electric toothbrush.

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Tower Deskbar, Yamazaki Home, $30

Your dad probably just takes off his watch and sets his phone on the bedside table, but now, there’s a way to keep everything organized and tidy. He can also use this in the entryway as a place to stow keys and other knick-knacks.