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46 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: They always claim they have everything they could possibly want. Obviously, this makes them impossible to shop for, so this holiday season we’ve collected 46 gifts for dads who absolutely “don’t want anything.” Whether it’s cozy slippers and sweatpants or new tech toys, buy him something from this gift guide and you’re sure to get a grumble or smirk of approval — the highest form of dad praise.

What to get your amateur-chef dad …

He won’t let anyone else near his grill, meticulously plates his meals, takes photos of his creations on his giant iPad, 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.

A grill, griddle, and panini press all in one; he might never leave the kitchen.

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

Any home chef would appreciate an air fryer to create crispy treats that don’t require a ton of cooking oil.

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.

This sous-vide device is guaranteed to cook a great cut of steak, chicken, or duck.

If he spends all his time in front of the 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.

If he’s a baker, get him this vanilla paste that’s beloved by chefs, fancy pastry people, and regular folks who just make a lot of cookies. It’ll leave these lovely black vanilla-bean specks, plus it gets bonus points for being ethically sourced.

Vejibag Starter Kit

Extend the life of his farmers’ market haul with these veggie bags — they’re thick, organic-cotton sacks that you dampen before storing. In the fridge, they’ll keep most vegetables fresher for days longer, or in the case of cabbage, weeks.

What to get your dapper dad …

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.

Slim fit and true to size; he’ll want this corduroy gem in every color.

Redefine the dad sneaker with this sleek, vintage-look leather pair he can wear with almost anything.

Gift Dad this not-so-basic basic he can wear long after the holidays.

He probably owns a pair of sleek leather boots, but it’s time for a suede upgrade that reviewers praise for being very comfortable.

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

Classic white sneakers will go with everything in his carefully curated closet.

What to get your La-Z-Boy-loving dad …

He’s happiest when he’s ensconced in his special chair — the one no one else is allowed to use — watching guys run around on a field with a ball on the TV. Since you can’t exactly buy him a second beloved chair, try taking his comfort to the next level instead.

Mom isn’t the only one who deserves a cozy pajama set this year. He’ll love lounging in this cotton-flannel option.


These faux shearling-lined slippers were made for easing into cold winter mornings.

He’ll love how warm and cozy this plush robe feels against his skin.

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

Why not give him an array of hot sauces he can always keep handy for couch dinners? (Food is the perfect gift for the man who doesn’t like possessions, since it will soon be gone.)

The Theragun craze is real for a reason: It works. He can lounge after a long day and use it to release tension and stress.

What to get your outdoorsy dad …

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

This fold-flat coffee drip can be stashed in camping packs so he can brew the perfect cup, even deep in the woods.

These sturdy hiking boots get rave reviews for their ability to grip the trail and keep toes warm and dry, even in deep snow.

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

Not your finance bro’s vest. This version is made from a water-repellent, wind-resistant matte fabric from Japan.

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

A scent that is directly inspired by the relaxing effects of nature and smells like being in the great outdoors.

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 techy gifts.

He won’t forget to charge his devices with this easy catchall wireless charger.

He can keep his hands warm with these wool-lined buttery-leather gloves that will work with all his devices.

A zingy scented hand soap–body wash that will zap him out of the lull of too much screen time.

All he has to do is drop his phone into this cup, and it will charge and sanitize it at the same time.

So he’s ready to cut the cord? Get him this device that’s super-easy to set up, and throw in a subscription to his favorite streaming service too.

Apple iPad Air
From $570

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

What to get your office-dwelling dad …

Whether he’s still commuting to the office or just commuting to a desk in his bedroom, these items will make him feel professional in our new normal.

A classic, comfy sweater that’ll go from couch to meeting.

Nothing says “power move” more than a handsome Tom Ford watch made from ocean plastic.

A classic that smells really good (and not too strong) on the inside collar of a button-down shirt.

A digital picture frame will remind him of what he loves most whenever he’s sitting at his desk.

Go in with your siblings to get a sleek suitcase that’ll have him extra excited to travel again.

What to get your beverage-loving dad …

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 elegantly simple glasses.

Barfly Cocktail Set

This set comes with a shaker, jigger glass, strainer, and bar spoon, so he can whip up the perfect old-fashioned or Negroni.

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


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

Ullo Wine Purifier

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

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

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