It’s that time of year where you take inventory of everything dad owns and figure out what to get him for Father’s Day—besides a tie.
If you haven’t thought of the perfect gift yet, don’t worry! We at Reviewed take careful notes of the best of the best in categories including headphones, luggage, grills, and more all year round. We’re positive we’ve found the perfect something for even the pickiest fathers out there.
1. For the dad who needs some shut-eye: A memory foam pillow
As Reviewed’s general manager and father of a 10-year-old son, Chris Lloyd says, “Give dad a nap. That’s all we really want.” Make dad’s sleep a comfier experience with a pillow that molds to his head and neck for support. The best pillow we tested was the Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow, which we liked due to its adjustability. The pillow comes intentionally overstuffed, so Dad can customize it by removing the exact amount of foam he needs to ensure the perfect head rest.
2. For the jetsetting dad: Long-lasting luggage
There are a few things in life that you should pay extra for and luggage is one of them. Whether he needs a checked bag or a carry-on, Away’s bags keep personal items safe with a hardshell exterior. Plus, the suitcases come in a slew of colors, so you can pick dad’s favorite.
3. For the dad with the best hair: Styling cream to keep his locks on lockdown
If dad is particular about his tresses, a dependable cream is key for a great hair day. The American Crew Fiber is top-rated and claims to give customizable texture with low shine and no greasy finish. A little bit of product goes a long way and one Amazon reviewer says it provides “good all day hold.”
4. For the dad with a great smile: An electric toothbrush
Maintaining healthy, happy teeth is important. If dad is still using a manual toothbrush, give him an upgrade to electric this year. We suggest the Oral-B Pro 3000. Its small brush head allows its user to easily get into hard-to-reach spots. The handy two-minute timer buzzes every 30-second segments so he'll evenly scrub each quadrant of the mouth.
5. For the dad who pampers his skin: Facial moisturizer
Not all moisturizers are made equally. This one from Kiehl’s claims to revitalize dull, fatigued skin and even the skin’s texture as it moisturizes. Cindy Bailen, our major appliances and home design editor, says this moisturizer is her husband’s top pick, but he doesn’t splurge on it for himself. If that sounds like your dad, splurge for him!
6. For the family chef: A topnotch charcoal grill
Every great chef needs a grill, especially with BBQ season on the horizon. The RiverGrille Stampede aced our tests, as it holds two dozen burgers at a time and features a wide, removable warming rack.
7. For the handyman dad: An electric screwdriver
If dad is always finding new projects around the house, help him out by gifting an electric screwdriver with a comfortable, easy-to-hold grip like the Dremel GO-01. This won us over because the screwdriver spins as you apply pressure to the screw, rather than using a trigger, making it simple to use. You only need one hand to operate this tool, and a button by the thumb allows for a quick change direction.
8. For the active dad: A fitness tracker watch
Whether dad is hoping to be more conscious of his health habits or is setting a specific goal for steps, a fitness watch is a great way to begin tracking progress. We love the Fitbit Charge 3 because of its easy-to-use interface and app, five-day battery life, and its community of wearers.
9. For the dad who rocks well-coiffed facial hair: A beard trimmer
Dad deserves a quality tool for a task he does every day. The Wahl Lithium Ion+ Stainless Steel Grooming Kit is our favorite because of its effective trim, quality feel, and incredible battery life. We think dad will love how fast and precise the trimming and shaping process is with this tool.
10. For the dad who prefers an old-fashioned shave: A safety razor
If dad wants the classic shaving experience over an electric razor, Mark Berzinski, our senior writer for home and appliances, suggests the Merkur Classic, which promises a close and comfortable shave. One Amazon reviewer says the razor is “the perfect combination of blade angle, blade alignment, weight, and finish.” With 4.6 stars of more than 1,000 reviews, other users agree.
11. For the suited-up dad: A handheld steamer
We all know the nuisance of getting dressed and realizing our clothes are wrinkled. For the dad who needs to be out the door and looking polished quickly, a fabric steamer is a faster option than an iron. The Rowenta X-Cel Steam is our top pick of handheld steamers because of its sturdy base, which allows the user to rest the unit down while manipulating the clothing.
12. For the dad who loves to watch the game in high-def: A smart TV
Televisions are often the focal points of our living rooms, so go big or go home—right? We think so. The 65-Inch LG C8 Series is our winner because of its high resolution that makes for stellar picture quality.
13. For the dad who enjoys a fresh beer: A home brewing kit
Why go out for a beer when you can brew one at home? Dad will love seeing the fermenting process through the kit’s clear Fermonster fermenter, unlike other kits that provide an opaque bucket for this stage. We think the extra accessories included in this set, like a spoon for stirring and a bottle cleaner, make the price worthwhile.
14. For the polished dad: A quality shoe shine kit
You want dad to look great from head to toe, which naturally includes what he wears on his feet. Give him the tools to put his best foot forward with a shoe-shine kit from Brooks Brothers. This one comes with two horsehair brushes, two horsehair daubers, two polishing cloths, and black and brown shoe cream.
15. For the bookworm dad: An e-reader
You don’t have to worry about picking out a book for dad when you get him an e-reader. Dad can download his old favorites and new reads, and have them at the touch of a button. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite rose through the ranks in our tests because of its great battery life, comfortable brightness settings, and extra features, including a waterproof design and Audible functionality.
16. For the dad who loves cracking open a cold one: A beer fridge
If your dad loves sampling new brews, give him a place to keep his beverage collection. The Wine Enthusiast Evolution fridge, made specifically for bottles and cans, is hands-down our favorite—it holds about 86 cans of beer, and features adjustable shelving and a glass door to show off dad’s selection.
17. For the film-connoisseur dad: A soundbar so he hears the dialogue the first time
Picture quality isn’t the only thing that makes for a great film experience. Help dad make the most out of every movie with a soundbar like the Polk Audio Signa S2. For a great value, you get sound that's well-tuned and an external subwoofer, plus features like Bluetooth, three different “Clear Voice” settings for TV and movies, and alternate volume rockers for the soundbar and subwoofer.
18. For the environmentally-conscious dad: A reusable water bottle
Keep dad hydrated and reduce plastic waste in one fell swoop with the Hydro Flask water bottle. This was a top performer for us, not only because it kept ice intact for over 24 hours but because it’s portable, versatile, durable, and well designed.
19. For the sentimental dad: A pocket photo printer
If dad always directs the family photoshoots on trips and outings, get him a gadget that instantly provides him with a momento. The Prynt Pocket is our top choice of portable printers for the quality photos it produces and the ability to directly connect the printer to the phone without Bluetooth.
20. For the dad with a green thumb: A gardening seat
His green thumb is already a gift, but you should still get your dad something. This foldable, lightweight seat from Uncommon Goods doubles as a bag for dad to store his cultivator, trowel, and other gardening hand tools. The two parts can be used separately, too, making it a two-in-one present.
21. For the on-the-go dad: A pair of wireless headphones
There’s no secret that Apple’s AirPods are taking over, and for good reason. When it comes to true wireless earbuds, they provide quality sound rivaling their wired counterparts, and they’re simple to use: All dad has to do is pop them out of their discreet case and into his ears. They connect automatically to Apple products or via Bluetooth for non-Apple products.
22. For the dad who takes the scenic route: A drone to capture views
Where we can’t go for the perfect photo op, a drone can. Make one your dad’s new favorite toy on your next family vacation. We suggest going with the DJI Spark Drone if you want to capture great still photographs and clear videos. The controls are easy to use and the drone itself is steady as a rock.
23. For the dad who works from home: A standing desk converter
Call us crazy, but we think there's really something to the theory that standing desks make for more productivity. During our testing, the Varidesk ProPlus 36 came out on top as the best way to convert a conventional desk because it comes out of the box completely set up, has a wide height range, and a smooth transition between heights.
24. For the dad who adds spice to every meal: A hot sauce sampler
If dad is always asking for hot sauce at the restaurant, he needs his own fiery collection. This one has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon and features seven different hot sauce flavors, such as garlic pepper and whiskey habanero, that range from mild to oh my!
25. For the tune-loving dad: A speaker he can take anywhere
Let dad set the musical mood everywhere he goes with a compact bluetooth speaker. When testing these for their sound quality and portability, the JBL Flip 4 won us over with its balance of bass, midtones, and treble frequencies, as well as its lightweight feel. Pick dad’s favorite color, such as blue, red, mint green, and more, then get ready to rock out everywhere you go!
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