11 Thoughtful Gifts for Dad
By Lucas Reilly
This holiday season, spoil your old man with gifts that will help him kick back, pick up a new hobby, or spruce up his space.
1. Pit Boss Single-Burner Portable Tabletop Grill
This portable single-burner grill features a 305-square-inch stainless steel cooking area, making it perfect for picnicking, tailgating, and camping. With a set of folding legs, the grill can be easily collapsed and stored in a trunk or truck bed.
Find It at Amazon for $61 and also at these other retailers:
2. Apple Watch Series 4
This watch is perfect for active men: Sporting Apple's largest display yet, this "swimproof" timepiece comes equipped with electrical and optical heart sensors, an accelerometer, and even a gyroscope that can detect when dad trips while he uses the hiking workout feature.
Find It at Best Buy for $429 and also at these other retailers:
3. Cocktail Courier Subscription
A boozy version of Blue Apron, Cocktail Courier promises to surprise dad with a monthly shipment of ingredients—such as bitters and garnishes—needed to make some of the tastiest cocktails. Along with the ingredients, the shipment comes with a card providing step-by-step instructions from some of the world’s best bartenders.
Find It at Cocktail Courier.
4. Whiskey Appreciation Crate
When dad is finished making those drinks, he might want to proudly display them for all to see. Thankfully, this box (or “Man Crate”) comes with a personalized whiskey decanter and a personalized pair of rocks glasses. Also included are two slate coasters, two sphere molds for making ice, a whiskey drinking journal, and an assortment of savory snacks.
Find It at Man Crates for $150.
5. Bushnell Phantom Gold Course GPS
Preloaded with maps of 36,000 golf courses from more than 30 countries, this Bluetooth-enabled GPS tells dad just how far he need to launch his next shot. The device boasts a battery life that can last up to two rounds, meaning dad can spend as much time hacking away in the bunker as he needs. (But he insists he doesn't need that, right?)
Find It at Amazon for $100.
6. Wise Owl Hammock
Made from heavy-duty parachute nylon, this hammock is soft, lightweight, and reliable. It can hold up to 400 pounds, in case dad's favorite furry friend is used to cuddling in for naps. And if dad isn't an expert at knot-tying, have no fear: The company will send an email with instructions after your purchase, making sure this hammock stays high-strung for good.
Find It at Amazon for $26.
7. Train spotting Log Book
This train spotting guide is perfect for any dad who slams the brakes every time he sees a freight train passing him beside the highway. With this handy logbook, dad will never forget the time he spotted a rare 4-6-0 chugging beside a Dash 8-32B.
Find It at Amazon for $7.
8. Himalayan Salt Plank
Forget the old-fashioned Charcuterie board! And don’t even think of chopping up your steaks on a cutting board made from plastic. Rather, impart some flavor by resting your food on this handsome slab of Himalayan pink salt. (Dad can even use it as a cooking pan!)
Find It at Uncommon Goods for $30.
9. Baseball Stadium Blueprints
These attractive, vintage-style blueprints depicting every Major League Baseball stadium are of museum-grade and printed on archival paper, meaning they’ll last forever on the walls of dad’s office.
Find It at Uncommon Goods for $185.
10. Philips Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock
We’ll admit that $124 sounds like a lot for an alarm clock—but after just a few days, dad will thank you. Research suggests that, to avoid grumpiness and overall fatigue, it’s healthier to wake up to a gentle glow of light than the shrill screams of a sudden alarm. This light by Philips is indisputably one of the best.
Find It at Wal-Mart for $124.
11. Audio-Technica AT-LP2X Record Player
Whether dad likes classic rock or the latest release, this sleek, silver turntable will give him the option to KISS (keep it simple, stupid!), or eventually add on speakers and amplifiers. Plus, a record player is the gift that keeps on giving—as in, it gives you the freedom to make future gifts all vintage vinyl.
Find It at Guitar Center for $180 and also at these other retailers: