Skip to main content

The 44 Best Christmas Gifts for Impossible Dads Who Say They Want Nothing

Yeah, that’s right. We’re already talking about Christmas. When it comes to gifts, dads can be difficult to shop for, especially when they won’t tell you what they want or insist you don’t need to get them anything. If that’s the guy you’re dealing with, we’re happy to help you find some gifts for the dad who wants nothing as the holiday season quickly approaches. And, trust us, even if he says he wants nothing, he wants something. That’s why we’ve found some awesome gifts for impossible dads 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. Top Cyber Monday Deals %title% %title% List Price:%original_price% Price:%price% You Save:%discount_amount% (%discount_percent%) Shop NowCoupon Code: %coupon_code% SPY may receive a commission.

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

  

1. The Mover Max Emergency Kit

BEST OVERALL

Why is this emergency kit the best possible gift for impossible dads? Because, unlike most gifts, you want your dad to throw this in a closet and never think of it again. If your dad uses this emergency kit, you’ll 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.

Related Stories

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Judy

  

2. Real Relax Shiatsu Massge Chair

SPONSORED

Sleep Galleria sells massage chairs worth splurging on, and they’re the perfect gifts for dads who say they want nothing for Christmas. If you want to earn major brownie points with the ultimate Christmas gift, then order the Real Relax Reclining Shiatsu Massage Chair. This chair offers a full body massage, but it also has a built-in foot massager, heat therapy and Bluetooth speaker. Plus, you can purchase with confidence thanks to the 1-year warranty.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Sleep Galleria
  

3. Masterclass Subscription

FOR THE LAST-MINUTE SHOPPER

You’re running out of time to shop for dad, but this digital gift is guaranteed no arrive on time. It’s also an excellent gift for guys who love learning 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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of MasterClass
  

4. Footbottle

BEST FOR TAILGATING DADS

Football season is coming quicker than ever this year, so what’s better than a football dad can throw around with his buddies at all the tailgates he plans on going to this season? Well, we’ll tell you what’s better: it’s a football that holds a flask in the middle. The Footbottle is a fully functional football that’ll hold dad’s go-to sipper inside. Talk about a gift that will truly surprise him.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

5. Skull Shaver Pitbull Gold PRO Head Shaver

FOR THE BALD DAD

Is your dad bald? Honestly, there’s a good shot he is. If dad spends way too much time shaving his head with a classic razor and shaving cream, it’s time to change his life and shorten his shaves. The Skull Shaver Pitbull Gold PRO is the the best bald head shaver we’ve ever tested, hands-down. It’s designed specifically for the head and will cut or nick while doing its job. Shave dry, wet, in the bathroom, on the bus, at the airport — wherever. This bald head shaver leaves no mess whatsoever because all of the hair is stored within the device. Believe us when we say it: every bald man should own this.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

6. Anker GaN Prime Fast Chargers

BEST FOR THE EARLY ADOPTER

For the dad who’s spending his retirement geeking out over the latest gadgets, gift him one of the most advanced chargers in the world. Anker’s new lineup of GaN chargers can power more devices at faster rates and lower temperatures than traditional chargers, and dad will be amazed by how fast they power up his devices.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon
    

7. Flaviar Whiskey Club

BEST FOR SPIRITS LOVERS

You may be familiar with wine clubs, but what about whiskey clubs? We first wrote about Flaviar when it launched, and our appreciate has only grown since then. Flaviar delivers tasting samples of the finest whiskey and scotch from around the world, letting dad taste and discover his next favorite bottle. Flaviar also makes it easy to gift a subscription for the holidays, making this of the best Christmas gifts for the dad who says he wants nothing this year.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Flaviar
    

8. Jackery Portable Generator

SAFETY CLUB

From camping trips to at-home power outages, the Jackery is something dad never knew he needed, which is why it’s the perfect gift for dads who say they want nothing for Christmas. This portable power station is SPY-tested and approved, and it’s also 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, he’ll be thankful he has it when the time comes.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

    

9. Saucemoto Dip Clip

BEST FOR FAST FOOD LOVERS

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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

10. History by Mail Six-Month Subscription

FOR THE HISTORY BUFF DAD

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

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

  

11. Cubii JR1 Under Desk Elliptical

FOR THE FIT DAD 

The Cubii JR1 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 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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

12. YETI Hopper M20 Backpack Soft Cooler

FOR THE ADVENTURE-LOVING DAD

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. An effortless magnetic rolltop closure opens wide, so your dad can see everything he brought on his trip. In addition, the entire thing is waterproof so that no wetness will get inside or out. Whatever he’s carrying, even if he thinks it’s too much, we can assure you it’ll all fit in here.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of YETI

  

13. Spark Grill Essentials Package

SPY EDITOR-APPROVED

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 double-walled porcelain insulated enameled steel kettle up top and cast iron grates built to distribute heat evenly. It uses clean-burning charcoal BRIQS to run that is easy to clean up, and there is 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 pay a little more on your pops, this is more than worth it.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Spark

  

14. Chubbies Classic Swim Trunk

BEST FOR POOL DADS

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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Chubbies

  

15. Taylor Stitch The Minimalist Wallet

FOR DADS WITH A BUSTED WALLET

He’s told you time and time again, “I don’t need a new wallet!” But given 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 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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Taylor Stitch

  

16. Jot Coffee

FOR THE COFFEE LOVER

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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

17. VNYL

BEST FOR MUSIC AFICIONADOS

Your dad will surely 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 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 love.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of VNYL

  

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

FOR THE TV-LOVING DAD

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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

19. BRONAX Cloud Slides

BEST HEAVY FEET

We’ve recently fallen deeply in love with BRONAX’s Cloud Slides on Amazon. Why? Because we’ve never thrown on a cozier flip flop in our lives. With a 1.7-inch cushy foam bottom, these slides can make it feel like you’re walking on clouds. They’re ideal for dads that spend all day on their feet and need the perfect, soft platform to stand on as they walk around the house or grab the mail from the mailbox. In addition, they’re ideal for dads looking for the perfect beach flip if the weather calls for it. Colors are available out the wazoo, so pick up a pair in his favorite.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

20. Kindle Paperwhite

BEST FOR READERS

Released 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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

21. Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0

BEST FOR KEEPING WARM

We’re headed straight into colder weather, and lucky for dad, Solo Stove just updated their Bonfire to Bonfire 2.0. The Bonfire 2.0 makes for the most effortless way to hang out in the backyard due to its smoke-free design. 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 doesn’t allow for smoke to be added to the mixture. To make things even easier for dad, the Bonfire 2.0 has a removable base pan and ash tray to make cleaning completely effortless. It’s a surefire must for anyone who wants an effortless time around the campfire.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Solo Stove

  

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

FOR THE DUFFER DAD 

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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

23. How to Traumatize Your Children

FOR THE EMBARRASSING DAD 

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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

24. Kilne Knife Set

BEST KITCHEN KNIVES

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 works with a dull knife set he purchased in college, help him with this gorgeous knife set from Kilne. They come in a beautiful knife block for proper storage, and each blade is made with a sharpness that lasts years and years.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Kilne

  

25. Bearaby Tree Napper

BEST FOR SLEEPY DADS

Dad’s getting very sleepy. Like, most times. Although dad probably has a go-to blanket for the couch, the Bearaby Tree Napper is sure to become his next favorite on the bed. This weighted cooling blanket works effortlessly to keep dad at the perfect temperature during his daily snoozes. In addition, it’s weighted at 15, 20 or 25 lbs for a calmer, more peaceful rest. Each Tree Napper is made naturally using TENCEL, which feels cozy and soft on the skin.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Bearaby

  

26. Leatherman One-Handed Multi-Tool

FOR THE HANDY DAD 

My dad had a pocket knife on him, literally at all times, just in case. He also broke a few dozen because they tended to be cheap. Buy the Leatherman Free T4; 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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Huckberry

    

27. Kuvvfe 2 Pack Portable Extendable Back Scratcher

MOST USEFUL

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 that 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,”  followed by a scratch which will most certainly bring an “aaaahhhh.”

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

    

28. Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker

BEST FOR COLD BREW DADS

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 holiday season. Here, he can brew cold brew coffee right in the comfort of his own home and choose any brand of bean he wants.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

29. Gaiam Balance Disc

FOR THE OFFICE-WARRIOR DAD 

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.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

30. Ring Video Doorbell Pro

FOR THE KING OF THE CASTLE 

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 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, he needs it this holiday season. No doubt about it.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

31. Delsey Cruise 3.0

BEST FOR TRAVEL DADS

Dad needs a new suitcase this holiday season, 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 after that by picking him up the Cruise 3.0 suitcase from Delsey. Each bag is lightweight, integrated with a TSA-approved lock for protection and is built to withstand many dings around the airplane.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

32. Embark Breed Identification Dog DNA Test

FOR THE DOG DAD 

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 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 a long-lost cousin!

Read More: Best Gifts for Dog Lovers

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

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

BEST FOR BEER LOVERS

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 often mom tells him to get his feet off.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

34. Crocs Classic Clog

BEST SHOE

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!

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Crocs

  

35. Anker Wireless Charger 2-Pack

FOR THE DEAD-PHONE DAD

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, making it easy for him to keep his phone fueled. 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 charging.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

36. Dadvil

FOR THE JOKESTER DAD

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!

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Etsy

  

37. Night Runner 270 Shoe Lights

FOR KEEPING DAD SAFE 

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 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 outdoor activities in the dark.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

38. Letters to My Dad

FOR THE SENTIMENTAL 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 when he needs a reminder of how much he means to you.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

39. Roku Express 4K+

FOR THE SMART DAD WITH A DUMB TV

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 can even connect to Alexa.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

40. Dreo Air Fryer Pro Max

FOR THE COOK

Give your dad the gift of easy cooking with this Dreo Air Fryer Pro Max. Not only does it work to cook meals in half the time, using less oil and unhealthy fats, but it’s also one of the most well-reviewed air fryers on Amazon, with 4.8 out of 5 stars. Unlike most air fryers, the Dero Pro Max also has a clear window in the front so you can see what’s cooking without even opening the drawer.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

  

41. Ooni Pizza Ovens

BEST SPLURGE

Ties, golf polos and universal remote controls all feel like tired gift ideas. Besides, you’ve likely filled dad’s sock drawer to the brim. Our recommendation? Skip the boring, obligatory gift for gifting’s sake and splurge just this once on a long-lasting appliance that’ll serve dad and the entire fam for years. We know it sounds cheesy, but all dad wants is likely more family get-togethers, and that’s why the Ooni luxury pizza oven is the perfect gift when you want to go big.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Ooni

  

42. Birddogs Khaki Pants

RUNNER UP

The khakis dad has been wearing to work since his 20s are falling apart at this point, so it’s time to buy him a new pair. But we’re not talking about just any pair. We’re talking about Birddogs. These khaki pants are essentially the pants of the future. Why? Because they’re built with underwear already inside of them. Yep, you read that right. Pants made with underwear. Birddogs offers several good-looking, form-fitting, made-for-modern-man styles that will step dad’s look up a few notches. Plus, with built-in underwear, these will surely save his ass next laundry day.

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Birddogs

  

43. Bentgo MicroSteel Heat & Eat Container

MOST BIZARRE

For your entire life, your dad’s been telling you, “Don’t put metal in the microwave!” Well, now, say to him that you finally can. The Bentgo MicroSteel Heat & Eat Containers are specially made steel lunch boxes you can safely throw into the microwave. It might take a lot of convincing for dad to shove it in the microwave for the first time, but once he does, he’ll never want to stop.

Read More: Bentgo’s Steel Containers Are Truly Microwave Safe

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon

    
  

44. FunFamz The Original Spider Prank Box

FOR THE LULZ

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.

Read More: Our 55 Favorite Gag Gifts

Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Amazon