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If the holidays, a big birthday, or an upcoming in-law visit is approaching, you'll no doubt be shopping for family gifts. And when it comes to your father-in-law, you'll want to find something thoughtful that expresses your love and appreciation for him. But, you may find that shopping for your own dad is practically impossible. (There are at least five unopened boxes of gadgets and accessories sitting in the back of a drawer somewhere to prove it.) So how are you supposed to choose the perfect gift for someone else’s father?
We can help. We’ve compiled a list of incredible gifts that will surprise and delight any kind of father-in-law—whether he's an adventurer, athlete, foodie, or creative. He might say he already has everything he needs, but let’s prove him wrong, shall we? From practical to indulgent to downright ridiculous, these gifts are guaranteed to put a smile on your father-in-law’s face.
Read on for the best gifts for fathers-in-law.
Uncommon Goods Urban Map Glass
These etched glasses make an excellent gift for a cosmopolitan dad. Each tumbler is engraved with an intricate and detailed city map. Choose from over 30 cities across the nation including Boston, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Seattle, and San Francisco. You won’t have a hard time finding a few that hold special meaning for him. In the future, he’ll be able to enjoy his drinks with fond memories of his favorite places.
Jungle Gifts Store Personalized Dopp Kit
Help your father-in-law sat goodbye to all those Ziploc bags he usually travels with. Now he can store his toiletries in this luxurious leather Dopp kit whenever he hits the road. This structured, durable bag is watertight and roomy enough to hold everything from nail clippers to shaving gear. Get his initials embossed in a blind monogram or with gold or silver foil for an extra touch—talk about traveling in style!
Lilian Pines Photo Desk Calendar
If he’s a big softie, this photo calendar is sure to make him tear up—I mean “get something in his eye.” Just choose twelve favorite photos and Lilian Pines will take care of the rest. Each card is professionally printed on fade-resistant, heavy paper and the rustic-modern wood clipboard stand fits in with any decor. When each month is over, he can cut each card down the middle and save the photos.
Uncommon Goods Old Fashioned Carry-On Cocktail Kit
Whether your Father-in-law is a nervous flyer or simply enjoys kicking back and relaxing on long flights this is one item he won’t forget to pack. This travel-sized cocktail kit includes everything he’ll need to turn that airplane bottle of whiskey or rye into a real drink: two packs of pure cane sugar, a tiny bottle of aromatic bitters, a mini stirring spoon/muddler, and a linen coaster for a little extra flare.
The kit makes two drinks, so he can share with his favorite travel companion (or not). If he’s not an Old Fashioned man, Margarita and Moscow Mule kits are also available.
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
If he’s a techie and a coffee lover who likes his morning cup of joe to be super hot, he’s going to love this temperature-controlled smart mug of his dreams. When fully charged, the Ember mug will keep his coffee toasty for 80 minutes.
If he’s a slow drinker, he can set the mug on its charging coaster to keep its contents piping hot all day long. With the Ember app, he can even use his smartphone to control the exact temperature of his beverage. Good morning, indeed!
Bellroy Note Sleeve Wallet
Just like your father-in-law, this leather billfold is one of a kind. It’s simple, classy, and comes in 10 bold shades, but the design features are what truly impresses. The Note Sleeve holds a lot but it isn’t bulky and cumbersome like other wallets.
In addition to being remarkably slim, it features quick-access slots for the cards you use every day. It even has a coin pouch that doubles as a business cardholder. Looks like good things really do come in small packages.
Spiceology BBQ Spice Rubs
Is he a science nerd who believes that variety is the spice of life? Then he’s going to love this set of spice blends whose names are all based on different elements of the periodic table. These mouth-watering flavors—like Ch (Chile Margarita), Bb (Black and Bleu), Kb (Korean Barbeque), Hb (Smokey Honey Habanero), and T (Tandoori Glory)—are going to make him oh so excited to start conducting some experiments in the kitchen.
Mark and Graham Power Up Luggage Tag
Every traveler knows how frustrating it is when you’re on the road or in the airport and your device runs out of juice. You have to find an outlet and then dig through your luggage for the charger you (hopefully) packed. This high tech tag is specifically designed to eliminate this troublesome situation by hiding a concealed lightning connecting to a USB charger, right there where you need it.
Jimmy Lyon Sock Gift Pack
The father-in-law who embraces dad jokes and likes to show off his goofy side will get a kick out of these fun socks. Made from high-quality, combed cotton (which also makes them ridiculously comfortable), the company is best known for its silly and colorful designs. With over one hundred and fifty bright and cheery socks to choose from, you’re sure to find a few pairs with as much personality as your father-in-law.
The North Face ETIP Recycled Glove
Have you heard your partner’s dad grumble about just how inconvenient smartphone use in winter can be? He’ll be able to text message and still feel his fingers with these rugged gloves. Featuring ETIP functionality on all five fingers, the four-way stretch fleece and silicone gripper palm mean these gloves are comfortable, functional, and stylish. What dad doesn’t love that?
Courant Wireless Charging Accessory Tray
If your father-in-law is always forgetting to charge his phone overnight or can’t leave the house without a protracted search for his watch or wedding ring, this wireless charging tray is going to spare him a lot of hassle.
It fits nicely on his nightstand but is still large enough to include a charging surface for his phone and a slot for his small accessories. Bonus: the gorgeous Italian leather comes in a range of soft hues and has a modern, yet classic, vibe.
Hedley & Bennett All Day Crossback Apron
This rugged apron means business. Crafted out of a durable cotton canvas material, it has two deep, sturdy pockets for utensils (and perhaps a cold bottle of beer). Adjustable cross-back straps ensure that the apron will fit him perfectly and will stay comfortable for a whole day of grilling. Choose from a range of colors and either denim or canvas and twill finish.
Scotch Porter Beard Collection
If he’s serious about his facial hair, he’s going to love taking care of it with this collection of beard-care products. The set includes everything he needs to keep his beard in tip-top shape, including a moisturizing wash, a conditioner, balm, and soothing finishing serum.
Together, these products help to reduce dandruff and flaking, repair and strengthen hair, promote hair growth, and increase shine. He’s going to be ecstatic about his softer, fuller, and more lustrous beard!
Mark and Graham Growlerwerks UKEG with Tap Handle
This beautifully designed stainless steel growler keeps beer, champagne, sparkling cocktails, and any other bubbly beverage carbonated and fresh for up to two weeks. It comes in two sizes and is perfect for your father-in-law’s personal use and for any small gatherings he hosts.
The dispensing tap makes self-serving a breeze, and the easy-to-read pressure gauge and sight glass will help him keep tabs on the quality and quantity of the drink inside. Be sure to have the wood and stainless steel tap handle engraved so everyone knows who’s the man.
Southern Bourbon Stout Beer Brewing Kit
We know he loves to drink beer, but has he ever made his own? If not, it’s time he learned. This brewing kit makes a gallon of beer for him to share with his friends or hideaway in his personal fridge.
It includes all the tools he’ll need (a glass fermentor jug, rubber stopper, transfer tube, etc.) and almost all of the ingredients (specialty grains, high-quality yeast, fresh hops, etc.). You can even add a DIY bottling kit if he’s the type that likes to savor rather than chug the fruits of his labor.
MOBOT Big Bertha 40-Ounce 2-in-1 Foam Roller Water Bottle
This water bottle and foam roller combo will be a total game-changer for your favorite fitness enthusiast. He’ll have everything he needs to hydrate and roll out those knots in one convenient package.
The water bottle itself is made of 100% recycled steel and has been tested to withstand up to three hundred and fifty pounds of pressure. That’s one mighty bottle!
Echelon for Men
Your father-in-law might already look like a million bucks, but does he smell like it? With a spritz or two of this fragrance, he surely will. This bold cologne leads with top notes of orange zest and spicy anise, progresses to black peppercorn and musk, and finishes with base notes of leather and mahogany. He’s sure to feel confident and refined when he’s wearing this.
Bevel Trimmer + T-Blade Bundle
Bevel’s trimmer and t-blade bundle make an excellent gift for the father-in-law who likes to look sharp. This cordless trimmer is made for comfort, convenience, and precision.
Its soft-touch grip makes it easy to hold and control for long periods of time. It features tool-free blade adjustment, and the t-blade attachment outlines, fades, and trims those hard-to-reach spots with astonishing precision. The bundle also comes with a charging cord, a microfiber storage bag, a brush, and blade oil.
Bradley X KBT
This watch is stylish and sophisticated, but, more importantly, it is accessible to everyone. The makers at Eone began creating watches to meet the needs of those with visual impairments, and they continue to create their products using inclusive design principles.
The results are simple, elegant watches that everyone can use. The Bradley X KBT is a particularly special limited-edition watch; a portion of the proceeds from each watch sold goes to helping children in East African read, write, and learn through braille. This gift will warm your father-in-law’s heart and make his wrist shine.