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Christmas

You once saw mommy kissing Santa Claus and it probably scarred you for life, but that?s no excuse for punishing present-day dad with a skimpy stocking or lackluster gift. Be a good little elf and have a jolly holly holiday when you surprise your papa with something even Santa himself couldn?t produce. We?ve made a list and checked it twice and every gift here gets our stamp of approval ? and we think they?ll get yours too. Ditch the naughty and celebrate the nice with gifts that range from weird and wacky to sweet and sentimental and he may even forget all about that ugly sweater mom made him wear. 'Tis the season to change how you find your stocking stuffers and holly jolly surprises. You've never reveled in those boring boxes of socks you got for Christmas, and chances are your mother-in-law isn't exactly looking forward to something equally uninspired. Flip the script with a Santa-approved gift from this carefully curated stash of our holiday best. From foodie delights to wearable art, they're all elf-appreciated and reindeer-approved. Mistletoe and Christmas morning mimosas sold separately.


Birthday

Over the years, you?ve given dad some doozies. From breakfast in bed that was little more than cold cereal and burnt coffee to school projects that contained more glue than glitter, your presents haven?t had much, well, presence. That all changes now. This year, pair the birthday candles with a new set of cutlery and swap out balloons for beer-themed goodies that?ll thrill both him and his buddies. He?s given you so many valuable lessons over the years, the least you can do is give him a gift that he?ll treasure just as much as you treasure him.


Father's Day

Go on ? make his day! Every June, the discount tie rack at the local department store gets a thorough ravaging as kids of all ages race to grab a last minute gift for dear old pops. He?ll grin and bear it, of course, but wouldn?t it be nice to watch your role model jump for joy instead? Delight his inner child with innovative gadgets that stretch the imagination, tickle his funny bone with quirky gifts that are guaranteed to evoke a giggle, or honor his hobbies with gifts for fishing, golfing, cooking, camping, and more. You can get something sentimental or something sophisticated, just don?t get another plaid tie.



Unique

Is your dad one of those fun-loving fools who prefers a lame joke to another boring lecture? Was your childhood full of gags and pranks that embarrassed you then but kind of thrill you now? Is your father more likely to be found whittling penguins out of wood scraps than watching football with boys? For dads who live life outside the box, an ordinary gift just won?t do. That?s why we?ve taken such care in putting together a collection of unique presents with dads like yours in mind. From the wonderfully weird to the uncommonly cool, we?ve got the best and brightest represented and they?re yours for the picking. Kitten calendars, ironing boards, and scented candles - oh my! We've all accidentally achieved the bad gifting trifecta over the years. It's not that we don't care; it's that some gifts are just so terribly common. You want - no you need - so much more. Leave the bad and boring behind and turn over a new leaf with these unique gifts that are bound to inspire, entertain and enchant. Think your mother-in-law is hard to please? Shop outside-the-box and you'll be rewarded with miles of smiles.


Personalized

What do you get for the dad who has everything? Something he couldn?t possibly buy himself. Surprise him with a personalized gift and he?ll be receiving a custom creation crafted just for him. From whiskey and beer goodies emblazoned with his last name to birthday books detailing everything of cultural significance that happened the year he was born, these gifts are about as far from generic as you can get. Celebrate his individuality, satisfy his desire for something new and different, and rejoice in the idea that you?ve finally given him something that no other dad has. Nothing says "I got this just for you" quite like a personalized gift. Our selection of one-of-a-kind items gives you the opportunity to get a tailor-made present that's crafted with your mother-in-law's signature attributes in mind. You're honoring her kids, her favorite pastimes, unforgettable memories and her go-to style. It proves that you're paying attention and that you enjoy the little key characteristics and quirks that make her her. Kick dime-a-dozen gifts to the curb and honor everything that makes her so extraordinary.


Experience

Dad was there the first time you pulled yourself up and tried to toddle around the living room. He held the back of your bike as you tried to balance on a two-wheeler for the fest time, ushered you into class on the first day of school, and handed you the keys with only a hint of reluctance when you finally got your license. He?s been there for every adventure and now you can return the favor. Give him a thrill with a prepaid experience that?ll send him soaring, swimming, racing, sipping, chowing, exploring, or traveling the countryside. You can only wrap up a present once, but the memories made with this gift will last a lifetime. Is your mother-in-law the kind of lady who's still talking about that family trip to Niagara Falls in 1992? Or maybe she's got a bucket list the size of her arm and a lingering desire to hit the road on a Harley. For adventure-seekers and nonstop dreamers, there isn't a present anywhere in the world that holds a candle to a pre-paid experience. Strap your mom into a stock car, introduce her to a dinner-of-the-month club, or send her off on a gasp-inducing helicopter tour. The options are almost as endless as the excitement!


Gifts By Interest

Gadgets

It?s almost impossible to go wrong with a traditional gift, but sometimes the occasion calls for something a bit more novel. For the dad who is always tinkering with the appliances or reading up on the latest technology, these gifts of gadgetry are the key to a whole new world of fun-filled science, robotics, and unabashed geekery. Whether he?s more techie or Trekkie, cutting-edge items like astronomy guides, virtual reality gizmos, fitness accessories, wireless wonders, and life-size arcade classics will drive his brain over the brink of awesomeness, and that?s something you really need to see.


Barbecue

Some men are born to sit on thrones, but your dad is at his most regal when he?s lording over the grill while holding a spatula like a scepter. Before he yells ?off with your head? to the next person requesting a well-done burger, pay tribute to his culinary mastery ? or is it majesty? ? with barbecue gifts that celebrate everything deliciously al fresco. Whether he?s known for his weekly wienie roast, seasonal clam bakes, or Sunday night parties that draw brisket enthusiasts from all over the neighborhood, this collection of utensils, serving platters, personalized gadgets, and eye-catching wearables will cement his rightful place as king of the cookout.


Golf

Before dad hits the range, prepare him for an afternoon of smack talk and double birdies with a bag of golf gifts that celebrate his love of putters, bye games, and the perfect caddy. There are coolers for toting drinks and snacks around the green, personalized accessories that ensure no one steals dad?s style, desktop gadgets that bring the game indoors, and so much more. From golf-themed grilling goodies to wearable gear that has a definite sense of humor, these gifts are the next-best thing to hearing that magical ?tink? as the ball sinks into the most difficult hole on the course.


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Shopping for Dad is not so hard if you think about what he loves. Good barbecue! In fact, your dad is a bit of a grillmaster out there on the weekends (and weekdays, rainy days, whenever!). So upgrade his grilling toolkit with gifts that make it easy to make some tasty barbecue. We scoped out gift ideas that feel like the ultimate splurge to small gifts that add that oh-so-perfect flavor. And any of these gifts will up Dad's barbecue game.



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This year, you want to go all-in on gifts for Dad that charge him up in a good way. Clearly, that's not going to be fun socks for the guy who loves anything that's powered by a USB. That's why we stepped up the search for what's the latest and greatest in tech, what gadgets are most useful, and what's simply fun to play with in this ultimate gift list of tech ideas. Because Dads need toys, too.



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Shopping for dads is no laughing matter. There's a lot to consider with likes, dislikes — not to mention Dad's wacky sense of humor. Here's a way to make it easy on you. Focus in on funny gifts for that guy who appreciates a good joke like no one else. We've scouted out gifts big and small for dads — with ideas that all tickle his funny bone since he's always up for a good laugh.



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Dad looks to you to know what's cool and what's not. And you don't want to let him down with some gift that's expected, ordinary, or simply ho-hum. Nope, cool gifts are the focus here, and we've got you covered with a long list of gift ideas that are just what dads want. We're thinking outside-the-box with cool gifts that show Dad he's hands-down the coolest father. He'll be feeling the love.



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Out of everyone, Dad is the hardest to shop for. And here’s why. He’s pretty much got everything he needs. So how do you surprise him? How do you find a gift he'll really love? It’s not easy, we get it. That’s why we’re digging deep with gift ideas that are less than expected. Follow this gift list for how to crack the code on finding gifts for Dad, that he'll never suspect.



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Dads don’t expect much when it comes to gifts and special occasions. But that doesn’t mean you should give any less. Instead, surprise him with more! More gifts that make him laugh. More gifts that he’ll actually use. More gifts that show you thought ahead to give a gift that really speaks to him. Because he deserves it. This gift list delivers on all that, and more.



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Dads don’t often give out clues as to what gifts they'd like. Your dad probably hasn’t drawn up a wishlist, or mentioned something he’d like while out running errands. He’s a bit of a mystery. But you don’t want to be shopping blindly for what to give Dad. That’s why we tapped the most-liked gifts for dads to make it easy on you. Here’s a handy gift guide to impress dad with the right gift without prying him for information.



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Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Gifts for Dad

The answer depends on who your dad is. Sure, he's the man who raised you, but he's also an individual with his own interests and opinions. Cater to the man who was your very first role model and is your biggest supporter with a gift that says, "I love you unconditionally, too."

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Consider his interests

Is dad the sporty type? Golf lessons might fit him to a "tee." Is he a top-notch chef? Try a customized apron or a killer set of cookware. There's something out there to delight every kind of dad.

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Introduce him to a new hobby

Did dad just retire? Sounds like he might need something new to fill up his time and stimulate his mind. A home-brewing kit or a chess set are a few ways to keep dad active - and far from bored.

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Play up his personal style

Sometimes the best gifts for dad are things that make him feel dapper. You know dad's personal style; now kick it up a notch with little things like cuff links or cool shades, or more statement-making pieces like a blazer or even a bow tie.

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Feed him

Yes, you know what they say about the way to a man's heart. You may already have dad's heart, but that doesn't mean you can't still please his stomach. A monthly food subscription or a basket full of magnificent munchies are some of the best gifts for dad.

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Educate him

People who love to learn never stop looking for opportunities to educate themselves. If this sounds like dad, gift him a historical book or a documentary DVD set that will enrich his mind.

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Comfort him

Maybe he wears a suit to work. Maybe it's a uniform. Whatever his daytime get-up, when he gets home, a hardworking dad just wants to kick back and relax. Help him get comfy with a luxurious robe, a warm set of flannel PJs, or an oh-so-cushy pair of slippers.

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Deck out his man cave

If dad's got a spot that's all his own, help him fill it up with things he'll love to be surrounded by. Wall hangings, throw blankets, and picture frames with photos of the family are a few good places to start.