The 42 Best Gifts For Impossible-To-Shop-For Dads Who Want Nothing This Father’s Day

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When it comes to gifts, dads can be difficult to shop for, especially when they won’t tell you what they want or insist that you don’t need to get them anything at all. If that’s the guy you’re dealing with, we’re happy to help you find some gifts for the dad who wants nothing this Father’s Day. And, trust us, even if he says he wants nothing, he wants something. That’s why we’ve found some awesome gifts for the impossible dad worth considering this year.

You know they have enough of the classic dad gift ideas — socks, ties, gadgets, grilling equipment — but you still want to get them something they’ll like or that will at least make them laugh. And, yes, gag gifts are acceptable.

No matter your dad’s interests or passions, there’s sure to be a gift for him out there that he’ll love. From shirts to tech to must-have kitchen supplies, keep scrolling to see some of our faves for Father’s Day this year.


1. The Mover Max Emergency Kit


Why is this emergency kit the best possible gift for impossible to shop for dads? Because, unlike most gifts, you actually want your dad to throw this in a closet and never think of it again. If your dad does use this emergency kit, then you’ll both be thrilled you gave it to him. And if he never needs it, well, that’s good too. For this reason, it’s the perfect gift idea for dads. Here’s to hoping he’ll never need to use it.

Appeal to your dad’s protective instincts with a Judy Emergency Kit. The 100% waterproof and rip-proof Mover Max Emergency Kit comes with over 50 life-saving supplies to cover a family of four for 72 hours in the event of an evacuation. That “just in case” peace of mind is a surefire dad-pleaser.

Judy The Mover Max Emergency Kit, gifts for dad who wants nothing Courtesy of Judy


2. Nike Blazer Low ’77 Vintage Sneakers


This Father’s Day, a pair of dad sneaks from Nike is one of our favorite gifts for dads that are impossible to shop for. But, hear us out: dad sneakers don’t have to necessarily look like dad sneakers anymore, they could just look like a pair of sneakers dad wore in his younger years that still look fashionable today. In come these Nike Blazers, a low-top pair of vintage-looking sneakers we could 100% picture pops in as a kid. This pair is perfect for younger and older dads alike due to its no-frills approach to living life as a casual summer sneak. No matter what dad throws on this season, we know these sneaks will be the cherry on top.

Nike Blazer Low '77 Vintage Sneakers Courtesy of Nike


3. Masterclass Subscription


You’re running out of time to shop for dad, but this digital gift is guaranteed no arrive on time. It’s also a genuinely great gift for guys that love to learn new skills. Through Sunday, June 19 at 11:59 pm, new Masterclass subscribers can get an annual MasterClass membership for the whole family for just $15 per month.

MasterClass review Courtesy of MasterClass

4. lululemon Airing Easy Short Sleeve Shirt


This Father’s Day, a dad shirt from lululemon is one of our favorite gifts for dads that are impossible to shop for. This shirt has a classic short-sleeve-button-up look that dads love, on vacation or otherwise, and is made of performance fabric so dad stays dry and comfortable on the move. The WovenAir fabric is breathable and quick-drying, and the shirt is designed with underarm gussets for improved mobility. The shirt comes in a bunch of colors, but we like this neutral print for dads looking to enjoy the warmer weather.

lululemon Airing Easy short sleeve, gifts for impossible dad Courtesy of lululemon

5. Back and Body Shaver


This dad gift may be more for the benefit of those around him — maybe his significant other, perhaps his kids who have to see his hairy back every time they go to the beach. This shaver works like an extension of your arm, so you can access all of those hard-to-reach places.

If your dad looks like he’s wearing an angora sweater when he’s shirtless at the beach, this is for him.

back and body shaver Courtesy of The Grommet


6. Ooni Pizza Ovens


Ooni Koda 16 Courtesy of Ooni

7. Saucemoto Dip Clip


He’s gotta drive Derek to soccer practice, Raelynn to ballet, Kyle to his orthodontist appointment and Cassidy to her swim meet. Mom’s out with the girls and none of the kids will be home for dinner. What’s a guy to do? One word: McDonald’s. On his back-and-forth escapade to-and-fro all parts of town, papa’s bound to get hungry. Support his love for nuggets and fries on busier days with the Saucemoto Dip Clip, a fast food sauce holder that clips right to his air conditioning vent for dipping on the go.

Saucemoto Dip Clip Courtesy of Amazon


8. Cubii Pro Compact Seated Elliptical


The Cubii Pro is a perfect gift for the dad who is always trying to find ways to stay more fit. He may be busy or just lazy and struggle to find the time and energy to work out — no judgment here. This compact seated elliptical from Cubii allows him to stay active while working, reading or even watching TV.

It’s whisper-quiet, fits into almost any space, and pairs with the Cubii app, Fitbit, or Apple HealthKit to track his activity and calories burned.

compact seated elliptical Courtesy of The Grommet


9. YETI Hopper M20 Backpack Soft Cooler


Does dad love spending time on hikes, ski trips and beach getaways? Then, boy, do we have the gift for him. YETI’s Hopper M20 Backpack Soft Cooler is one of the best bags the brand has ever released. No, this isn’t just a backpack, It’s a backpack cooler designed to fit whatever pops is bringing on the trip. There is an effortless magnetic rolltop closure that opens wide so your dad can see everything he brought on his trip. In addition, the entire thing is waterproof, so no wetness will get inside or out. Whatever he’s bringing, even if he thinks it’s a bit too much, we can assure you it’ll all fit in here.

YETI Hopper M20 Backpack Soft Cooler Courtesy of YETI


10. Spark Grill Essentials Package


This is a splurge of a gift, but man will it be worth it if your dad loves to grill. The Spark Grill is a high-tech charcoal-fueled grill that gives you the temperature control of a gas grill, but the char flavor of the old fashioned, charcoal grills you love. It’s made with a double-walled porcelain insulated enameled steel kettle up top and cast iron grates built to evenly distribute heat. It uses clean-burning charcoal BRIQS to run that are easy to clean up, and there a connected Bluetooth app that can monitor your grill as you prepare the rest of the meal.

SPY Editors have spent this spring testing and vetting this grill and love it. If your dad needs a grill and you’re willing to spend a little more on your pops, this is more than worth it.

spark grill, gifts for dad Courtesy of Spark


11. Taylor Stitch The Minimalist Wallet


He’s told you time and time again, “I don’t need a new wallet!” But given the fact that he’s had the same one before you were born and it’s now being held together with ducktape and prayer, yes, he does need a new wallet. Don’t let him convince you otherwise. One of our favorite options right now is this classic minimalistic wallet from Taylor Stitch. It’s made from 100% full-grain Spanish cowhide and has a slim design so dad can even throw on his tightest pants from his disco days and throw this wallet in his pocket confidently.

Taylor Stitch The Minimalist Wallet Courtesy of Taylor Stitch


12. Jot Coffee


If your dad is a coffee lover, tuck this Jot Coffee under the tree or in his stocking and watch his smile light up the room. This pure, highly concentrated coffee is 20 times more caffeinated than any coffee alternative, meaning he will only need one tablespoon to transform a simple glass of iced water into a delicious cup of cold brew.

instant coffee Courtesy of Amazon


13. VNYL


Your dad is sure to enjoy the retro vibe of collecting his favorite vinyl albums. Allow him to transport back in time with a VNYL subscription plan that ships records to your home based on his personal music taste. With this plan, you can connect his Spotify with the VNYL team so they can curate and surprise him with three records that he’ll totally love.

girl putting a record on a shelf Courtesy of VNYL


14. TCL 65-inch 5-Series 4K Roku Smart TV


Looking to splurge on a major entertainment gift for dad? Check out the TCL 65-inch 5-Series 4K Roku Smart TV. Designed to provide clear and vibrant viewing with 4K Ultra HD, this smart TV can handle myriad tasks without needing a Roku or other device to receive commands. Just speak directly to the TV and enjoy.

In addition, this TV provides some of the brightest colors you can find in modern-day television. Download whichever app you can for effortless viewing on Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+ and more.

TCL 65-inch 5-Series 4K Roku Smart TV Courtesy of Amazon


15. Chubbies Classic Swim Trunk


Father’s Day is just around the corner which means one thing and one thing only: summer, we can smell ya. Recently, Chubbies was kind enough to gift our E-Commerce & Special Projects Editor Tyler Schoeber’s father a pair of Chubbies to answer the age-old question, is Chubbies a good swimwear brand for dads, too? If you’re familiar with Chubbies, you might not think so. They’re very geared toward the modern millennial/Gen Z type due to their shorter inseam, funky patterns and reimagination of the classic liner. But, low and behold, we have a quote from Tyler’s dad that settles the debate for good: “This bathing suit is amazing. I wish they had these out 20 years ago.”

And, there you have it. Dads love Chubbies.

Chubbies Classic Swim Trunk Courtesy of Chubbies


16. Z Grills BBQ Legend 1000D3E


It’s a tale as old as time. The second it begins to get warmer outside, dad’s out in the backyard, chef’s apron on, spatula in hand, cooking whatever kind of meat on the grill top he’s choosing this time around. Well, now it’s finally logical to let pops do it the most 2022 way possible with Z Grills. This wood pellet grill smoker from Z Grills allows dad to cook whatever it is he wants to with temperatures ranging from 180° to 450 °F, something unmatched by other grills on the market. There is tons of space available for briskets larger than larger or multiple different types of meat at once.

To put this into numbers, you can cook up to 43 burgers, 9 rib racks or 7 chickens at once. The versatility? Incomparable. Pops can set and forget just about anything he cooks on this grill with the ability to sear, smoke, BBQ, roast, char-grill, braise, bake and grill. Come on. You know he wants it.

Z Grills BBQ Legend 1000D3E Courtesy of Z Grills


17. Kindle Paperwhite

Released back in October 2021, the almost-year-old Kindle Paperwhite is a great gift for dads who enjoy reading. The Kindle Paperwhite offers a 6.8-inch screen and adjustable warm light for a more comfortable viewing experience. Like past versions, the new Kindle Paperwhite is also water-resistant, so he can enjoy it while relaxing in the bath or by the pool with no worries. There’s also an upgrade where pages turn more quickly, allowing him to read with little hassle.

Kindle Paperwhite, gifts for dad who wants nothing Courtesy of Amazon


18. Solo Stove Bonfire


Sure, we’re headed straight into warmer weather right now, but that doesn’t mean dad doesn’t need a warm backyard beer by the fire pit. Have him chill out in the easiest way possible with the Solo Stove Bonfire, a fire pit that doesn’t release campfire smoke for a choke-free hang.

How does it do it? Well, the Solo Stove’s Bonfire has a double-wall structure that sucks air from the bottom for a second burning effect that simply doesn’t allow for smoke to be added to the mixture. It’s a surefire must for anyone who wants an effortless time around the campfire.

Solo Stove Bonfire Courtesy of Solo Stove


19. Shiatsu Neck Massager


Fatherhood is great, but it can also be fraught with tension, and if you have room in the budget for a full-fledged massage chair or masseuse, good on ya. The Shiatsu Neck Massager by Mo Cuishle is an excellent and affordable alternative that your dads with sore muscles will surely appreciate.

This device has eight deep tissue kneading nodes targeting the neck, shoulders, back and even heats up to help soothe tension and stress.

neck massager, gifts for dad who wants nothing Courtesy of Amazon


20. How to Traumatize Your Children


Who doesn’t like to give their dad a hard time for embarrassing or traumatizing them? This book is a fun gag gift for all the dads who seem to take pleasure in humiliating their children. It’s a funny, sarcastic guide with step-by-step instructions for screwing up your kids.

It’s sure to give dad a laugh, and unfortunately for you, probably some devious ideas.

"how to traumatize your children" book, gifts for dad who wants nothing Courtesy of Amazon


21. Kilne Knife Set


You know what they say, papa needs a new set of knives! That’s how the saying goes, right? We’re almost sure of it. If dad is working with a dull knife set he purchased in college, help him out with this gorgeous knife set from Kilne. They come in a beautiful knife block for proper storage and each knife is made with a sharpness that lasts years and years to come.

Kline Knife Set Courtesy of Kline


22. Jackery Portable Generator


From camping trips to at-home power outages, the Jackery is something dad never knew he needed. This portable charging unit is lightweight and packed with enough power for lights, laptops, phones and more. It’s great for taking on camping trips and other voyages just as much as it is for unlikely situations like power outages from storms.

Trust us, when the time comes, he’ll be thankful he has it.

Jackery Portable Generator Courtesy of Amazon


23. De La Viuda Green Pepper Hot Sauce


Don’t be so shocked. It’s a gift guide about the best gifts for impossible dads. You thought we weren’t going to include hot sauce? You better think again. Recently, we’ve fallen in love with De La Viuda’s Green Pepper Hot Sauce. It’s some of the best green hot sauce our tongues have ever had the pleasure of tasting, so much so that it’s become the hot sauce we slip in our back pocket when heading over to the taco truck. And you think we’re joking. Plus, it’s not so expensive, so that means when dad runs out, he won’t be overwhelmed by the price when getting a refill. Trust us, dad will love it just as much as we do.

De La Viuda Green Pepper Hot Sauce Courtesy of Amazon


24. Leatherman One-Handed Multi-Tool


My dad had a pocket knife on him, literally at all times, just in case. He also broke a few dozen of them because they tended to be cheap. Buy yours the Leatherman Free T4, and it’ll probably be the last one he ever needs. This sturdy 12-tool wonder comes with Leatherman’s famous 25-year warranty and is American-made along with the rest of the Leatherman line.

Leatherman One-Handed Multi-Tool Courtesy of Huckberry


25. Kuvvfe 2 Pack Portable Extendable Back Scratcher


Dad’s been scratchin’ your back since you were a kid, now it’s time for you to scratch his with these portable extendable back scratchers. These easy-to-gift back scratchers are incredibly affordable so they won’t dent your wallet. It’s the type of gift that’ll initially make dad scoff, followed by a “why? I didn’t need this,” and then followed by a scratch which will most certainly bring an “aaaahhhh”.

Kuvvfe 2 Pack Portable Extendable Back Scratcher Courtesy of Amazon


26. Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker


Did you accidentally turn your dad into a cold brew boy last summer? We’re surprised he got his hand off the hot, so good for you. Save dad time and money at the local Dunkin’ drive-thru by gifting him the Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker this Father’s Day. Here, he can brew cold brew coffee right in the comfort of his own home and choose any brand of bean he wants.

Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker Courtesy of Amazon


27. Gaiam Balance Disc


Office chairs are torture devices. Dad can place the Gaiam Balance Disc on any chair to provide extra cushioning and, at the same time, increase core strength and balance. This may sound counterintuitive to comfort, but core strength is essential for a healthy back. It helps improve posture, forcing dad to sit up straight, and he can use it off chairs for a variety of exercises or as a meditation cushion.

gaiam balance disc Courtesy of Amazon


28. Ring Video Doorbell Pro


If your dad is infuriated by stolen packages, pushy solicitors or neighborhood hooligans playing Ding Dong Ditch, he’ll love the Ring Video Doorbell. He’ll be able to catch perpetrators in the act or just decide if he wants to pretend he’s not home, depending on who’s at the door. This Pro version features two-way talk, advanced motion detection, enhanced WiFi and customized privacy settings. If dad doesn’t have it yet, he needs it this Father’s Day. No doubt about it.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro Courtesy of Amazon


29. Delsey Cruise 3.0


Dad needs a new suitcase this Father’s Day and we don’t care about his rebuttals. Sorry pops, but your backpack isn’t going to fit a week’s worth of close on your anniversary trip to Spain. You have to be realistic. Help dad out for this trip and every one thereafter by picking him up the Cruise 3.0 suitcase from Delsey. Each bag is totally lightweight, integrated with a TSA-approved lock for protection and is built to withstand many dings around the airplane.

Delsey Cruise 3.0 Courtesy of Delsey


30. Embark Breed Identification Dog DNA Test


It’s always charming when dads have a special connection with their dogs. The Embark Breed Identification Dog DNA test makes a great and thoughtful gift if his pup is a rescue. It can identify over 350 breeds and precisely detect breed contributions down to 5%. It can even show you other dogs that share DNA with yours, so maybe his dog-park pal is actually a long-lost cousin!

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Embark Breed Identification Dog DNA Test Courtesy of Amazon


31. If You Can Read This, Bring Me Some Beer Socks


For the dad that can’t go a day without a cold one after a long day at work, these are the perfect socks to gift. They mean what they say — the old man’s thirsty! These are perfect for propping up on the recliner or coffee table, no matter how many times mom tells him to get his feet off.

If You Can Read This, Bring Me Some Beer Socks Courtesy of Amazon


32. Crocs Classic Clog


Even if dad has Crocs, he doesn’t have all of the Crocs. With so many styles and patterns to choose from, your dad can own 100 pairs of his go-to shoe brand and still not have everything under their catalog. Of course, our one true love will forever and always be the Classic Clog. You can get this puppy in a wide range of colors, making it perfect for a dad that’s already got one in black, one in blue and one in green. Spiff him up with a red this time around or something!

Crocs Classic Clog Courtesy of Crocs


33. Putt-A-Bout Grassroots Par Three Putting Green


Any dad who plays golf would love a little practice putting green in their home or office. This affordable option has a high-quality putting surface that stays smooth, non-skid backing, and sand trap cutouts to mimic an actual course. There are three practice holes to help them master a variety of puts to prepare for their time out on the links.

Putt-A-Bout Grassroots Par Three Putting Green Courtesy of Amazon


34. Anker Wireless Charger 2-Pack


Your dad may not know that wireless charging is an option, so this set of Anker Qi-certified wireless chargers will be a pleasant surprise that makes it easy for him to keep his phone fueled at all times. They provide high-speed charging for Androids and iPhones without having to take your case off.

Plus, the positioning makes it easy to see and use the phone while it’s charging.

Anker Wireless Charger 2-Pack Courtesy of Amazon


35. Meat Handler and Shredder


If your dad is a serious carnivore and already has all of the typical grilling tools, these shredders from BBQ Butler will make a fun addition to his collection. There are six super-sharp prongs on each claw for shredding chicken or pulled pork, or you can use one as a grip for carving.

It’s doubtful that he has anything like these, but there’s no doubt he’ll use them if he’s a grilling enthusiast.

Read More: The Best Boozy Father’s Day Gifts

meat handler and shredder Courtesy of The Grommet


36. History by Mail Six-Month Subscription


If Dad’s into history, he will love receiving these detailed replicas of historical documents instead of just reading about them in the same old books. Each month a letter will be sent to your dad delivering detailed replica historical documents, from Albert Einstein’s letters to Franklin Roosevelt to the police report from Rosa Parks’ arrest in Birmingham for refusing to move to the back of the bus.

Each letter comes with all of the essential context and historical significance of the document. It’s an amazingly unique gift for any history enthusiast.

History by Mail Six-Month Subscription Courtesy of Uncommon Goods


37. Dadvil


Dad jokes got their name for a reason — only dads find them funny. Add Dadvil to that list. These candy pills are a perfect accompaniment to the corniest of the corny dad jokes. Take two of these and groan in the morning!

Dadvil Courtesy of Etsy


38. Night Runner 270 Shoe Lights


If dad’s a runner or just takes the DNA-identified dog out for a nighttime stroll, the Night Runner 270 shoe lights will keep him visible to cars and safely help him get home. They provide 150 lumens of light visible from 360 degrees, and they hold their power for anywhere from two to five hours before needing a recharge from the supplied micro USB cable.

They illuminate the path for up to 30 feet ahead, helping eliminate the potential for traumatic falls — particularly useful if dad is older or losing his eyesight. An excellent gift for any dad and peace of mind for you knowing he’s safe doing his outdoor activities in the dark.

Night Runner 270 Shoe Lights Courtesy of Amazon

39. Letters to My Dad


Sappy gifts may not be for everyone, but a sentimental dad will appreciate these lovely letters that can be treasured forever. Each one has a different prompt to inspire you to write some nice things about dear old dad. You can fill them all out at once and give him the whole booklet to go into a time capsule to read years down the road, or anytime he needs a reminder of how much he means to you.

letters to my dad Courtesy of Amazon


40. Roku Express 4K+


If your dad loves having easy access to all of his favorite shows, you may want to consider gifting him Roku’s brand-new Express 4K+. The device is the brand’s most powerful yet, offering faster app start-up and more straightforward navigation than its predecessors.

If you were to ask us a year ago, we would have probably suggested a Fire TV Stick from Amazon, but Roku has been seriously impressing us lately. It provides vivid colors and smooth streaming on your device with convenient voice control that’s even able to connect to Alexa.

Roku Express 4K+ Courtesy of Amazon


41. Proscenic T21 Smart Air Fryer XL


Give your dad the gift of easy cooking with this Proscenic Smart Air Fryer. Not only does it work to cook meals in half the time, using less oil and unhealthy fats, but it works in conjunction with Amazon Alexa for a more streamlined process throughout. He’s sure to enjoy every meal that comes from it.

Proscenic T21 Smart Air Fryer XL, gifts for dad who wants nothing Courtesy of Amazon


42. FunFamz The Original Spider Prank Box


The original spider box prank has been featured in hundreds of Tik Toks, Instagram posts and Youtube videos over the years, and it’s still one of our favorite gifts for the impossible to shop for dad. Instead of trying to find the perfect dad gift idea, settle for a good old-fashioned laugh.

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Spider Prank Box Courtesy of Amazon


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