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42 Gifts for the Dad Who Doesn’t Want Anything

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No two dads are exactly alike, but all dads have something in common, something that transcends boundaries to bond them under the vast umbrella of dadhood: They always claim that they don’t want any gifts. Obviously, this makes them impossible to shop for, so this holiday season, we’ve collected 42 gifts for dads who absolutely don’t want anything. Buy your dad something from this gift, and it’s sure to get a grumble of approval — the highest form of praise.

What to get your Amateur Chef Dad who doesn’t want anything…

He won’t let anyone else near his grill, meticulously plates his meals, and can’t stop talking about how much he loved Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Get him something that will make him feel worthy of competing in his favorite Food Network show.


Like everyone’s favorite sous vide, guaranteed to cook the perfect cut of steak, chicken, or duck.

Reviewers on Amazon love this lightweight knife — it’ll hold an edge but still feel balanced in his hands.

With deep grooves to catch all the drippings and a pour spout in the corner, this cutting board can be used for everything from slicing meat to chopping salads.

Esschert BBQ Tool Set

If he spends all his time in front of his grill, get him a set he’ll be proud to show off.


You know he dreams of perfectly re-creating Julia Child’s beef bourguignon, so give him the proper pot to do so.

What to get your Dapper Dad who doesn’t want anything…

Your dad has never met a cashmere sweater he didn’t love. He’s sure to appreciate a few more looks to add to his rotation.

He probably owns a pair of sleek leather boots, but it’s time for a suede upgrade.

A stylish polo shirt made in super soft cotton will look great under his many blazers.

It’s tricky to buy sunglasses for someone else, but stick to a classic silhouette and you can’t go wrong.

Dapper gloves to match his dapper overcoat.

Thank goodness for the new wave of affordable cashmere. Get him a sweater in this golden yellow shade — it looks good on every skin tone.

There’s nothing better than a well-made coat, especially in rich camel.

The award for best-smelling dad is going to go right here.

What to get your La-Z-Boy-Loving Dad who doesn’t want anything…

He’s happiest when he’s ensconced in his special chair — the one no one else is allowed to use — watching people yelling at each other on the TV. Since you can’t exactly buy him a second beloved chair, try taking his comfort to the next level instead.

He’ll love how plush and cozy this cotton terry robe feels against the skin.

If the robe is too informal, why not get him a fancy hoodie?

To go with his new hoodie, throw in some cool sweatpants as well. The brand is donating proceeds to Eden Reforestation Projects and planting 10,000 trees.

Comfort should extend to his feet. Try these very nice slippers.

Throw in an array of cheese that he can snack on for the next week. (Food is the perfect gift for the man who doesn’t like possessions, since it will soon be gone.)

If he’s more of jerky guy, this brand features flavors like hickory, habanero, and bourbon.


He binge-watched Games of Thrones, so of course he’ll want to smell like Jon Snow.

What to get your Outdoorsy Dad who doesn’t want anything…

Your dad was gorpcore before there was gorpcore. It’s time to send him back into the wild with some new gear.

He’ll love wearing these durable, comfy, sweat-wicking shorts on his runs.

This pocket-size gym features more than 100 isometric workouts that are coached and tracked through an app, so he can squeeze in a workout anywhere.

If he hates being trapped inside a gym, get him a warm jacket that’ll keep him comfortable outside no matter how cold it gets. This one is a splurge, of course, but it will last for years.


Does it even count if you don’t share your workout on Strava? Obviously not, so get him a watch that’ll record his every movement.

What to get your iPad Addict Dad who doesn’t want anything…

Your dad loves taking approximately 4,000 photos on his iPad at every event, and he WILL show you all of them. Prove to him that you care with these tech-y gifts.

A handsome little pouch for his wireless earphones.

Over 20,000 reviewers love these very affordable earbuds for their sound quality and fit.

Because he wants to take photos outdoors too, get him tech-friendly gloves.


If his iPad is from circa 2013, consider chipping in with the siblings for the latest model.

A handy way to stream shows or FaceTime with you.

What to get your Frequent Flier Dad who doesn’t want anything…

For the dad who spends most of his time between business meetings, eating peanuts 30,000 feet above the earth.

A classic and comfy sweater that’ll go from plane to meeting.

A sleek alternative to those unsightly nylon messenger bags scattered around the airport lounge. Gather your siblings and split the cost for something that he’ll really appreciate.

This warm vest folds in to create a cushy neck pillow.

A crisp button-up that’ll withstand any carry-on suitcase.

Nothing says “power move” more than a handsome watch.

He’ll be looking modern and fancy since this tie has a slimmer shape.

There’s nothing more irritating than being stuck in a foreign country with a dead battery, so get a few of these for his travels.

What to get your Beverage-Loving Dad who doesn’t want anything…

Whether his hobby is being too into mixology or too into fancy coffee, make sure your dad is never parched.

So he makes an old-fashioned worthy of a fancy bar? Have him show it off in these elegant tumblers.

A true coffee snob invests in a kettle to create the perfect pour-over.

Theo Coffee Maker

For the real pour-over fanatic, this mini coffee maker is just the right size for his desk.

The better to show off his rare whiskey collection.

For the wine snob, this purifier will filter out any sediment and sulfites, plus it aerates the wine so that every glass tastes delicious.

Beverage to go? Only if it’s in this highly rated thermos.

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42 Gifts for the Dad Who Doesn’t Want Anything