Say Thanks, Pops! Gifts for Father’s Day 2020

33 Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad Will Truly Appreciate

Say Thanks, Pops! Gifts for Father’s Day 2020

Father’s Day 2020 is Sunday, June 21, so there’s still plenty of time to find the perfect gifts for Dad.

Even if the coronavirus pandemic means your typical Father’s Day activities look a little different from last year’s or you have to settle for some meaningful Father’s Day quotes instead of the trip you had planned this year, you can still use Father’s Day to give Dad the recognition he deserves, especially if you stock up on the best Father’s Day gift ideas.

Father’s Day books make great Father’s Day gifts, to be sure, but so do creative finds that help him celebrate his hobbies or explore his interests.

Every dad is different, too, so there’s no one-size-fits-all Father’s Day gift idea, but you can certainly take inspiration from these editor-approved finds.

From office decor to beer-cooling gear to items to help him improve his skills in the kitchen, there’s sure to be a great Father’s Day present among these options.

Fortunately, all these gifts are available online, so you can check Father’s Day gift shopping off your list early—without leaving your home.

Arrange for your present to go straight to your father or father-in-law if you don’t live together, and order early: Shipping delays are to be expected right now, so plan ahead to be sure your Father’s Day gift arrives before June 21.

And if you’re celebrating your husband this Father’s Day, rope the kids into making a tasty Father’s Day cake to pair with your top-notch present.

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If he’s got a sweet tooth and a passion for gin, give Dad this collection of gin-infused sweets and gummies this Father’s Day. He’ll love snacking on the bite-sized gummies and sampling cocktail-inspired sweets whenever, even if happy hour’s still a few hours off.

To buy: $28;



Boating aficionados and fans of the Cape a will love having this vibrant photograph on their wall. Let Dad pick his own frame, or order framing with the print for an all-in-one Father’s Day gift.

To buy: From $249;

Whether Dad’s a frequent runner or just on his feet all day, consider this Father’s Day gift idea: Some cushioned, on-trend footwear he can wear around the house and the yard to encourage recovery and happier feet.

To buy: $50;


From the dynamic range of colors to the useful features—think built-in pot holders and pockets for holding phones, grill spatulas, pepper grinders, and more—these foodie-approved aprons are a must for any dad who loves cooking or grilling. He’ll keep his clothes clean and his tools close-by for a smoother stint in the kitchen from start to finish.

To buy: $45;

This meditative, soothing lamp is sure to be a conversation starter, whether he keeps it in the living room or displays it in his office. (It may even inspire him to seek a little more work-life balance.)

To buy: $25;

If he’s already familiar with all the beers at his local brew shop, give him something new to sample with a beer he brews at home. This kit has everything he needs to brew an IPA, and the equipment is reusable, so he can keep brewing after the initial batch if he so chooses.

To buy: $48;



Golf fans will love this creative artwork, which features a handwritten list of every year, location, and winner of the U.S. Open between 1895 and 2013. From afar, it’ll look the famous trophy; up close, he can flaunt his golfing knowledge by pointing out favorite Opens or winners.

To buy: From $50;

He might be over standard office decor. If that’s the case, try giving him this smart light kit, which includes 13 vibrant panels that he can arrange however he wants for a bright, unique canvas. (The panels even have pre-programmed animations, so they can flash and change colors however he chooses.)

To buy: $250;

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Head outside on Father’s Day with this colorful cooler (choose from four fun shades). It holds up to 16 cans of Dad’s favorite beer, as well as plenty of ice to keep them frosty. Expect this cooler to be his new go-to buddy for beach days, fishing trips, and more summer activities.

To buy: $200;


Birchbox Man

The beauty subscription box you’ve loved for years now offers an option geared toward guys.

Send Dad a monthly surprise box filled with pomades, moisturizers, and all of the aftershave he’ll need until his next shipment arrives.

Start by filling out a grooming profile of Dad’s Style (Is he a classic man? Or maybe artsy?), along with his hair and skin types, so he’ll receive products handpicked just for him.

To buy: From $10 per month;

Expertly crafted from high-quality stainless steel, this sturdy knife set and bamboo storage block is the kitchen essential he’ll actually put to use. Each 5-piece set features a slim block that frees up counter space, and the affordable price point is easy to love, too.

To buy: $89;

Keep him on time with this sleek, water-resistant watch that suits any style. Its versatility will make it an everyday staple in his wardrobe.

To buy: $140;


A good-for-you food subscription service that actually tastes delicious? It’s very much a thing, and Daily Harvest is the best of the best when it comes to delivering healthy smoothies and soups to your door. Gift him with a nine-cup box for those days when Dad can’t be bothered to turn on the stove.

To buy: From $75;

Up his grilling game with this BBQ set made from repurposed hockey sticks. Each set comes complete with a spatula, fork, bottle opener, and tongs.

To buy: $45;

Filled with snackable craft jerky and artisan treats, this savory subscription service is the gift your dad is going to obsess over. Opt for JerkyGent's one-time Father's Day box (it includes a personalized gift note), or sign him up for a 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription box that'll last him long after the holiday.

To buy: from $50;


Equipped with water-resistant exterior pockets and a leak-proof seal, this durable cooler is the perfect solution for any dad hoping to update his tailgating game come football season.

To buy: $300;

If your dad is known for adding hot sauce to everything from eggs to chocolate ice cream, don’t let him leave the house without one of these mini Sriracha keychains attached to his belt loop. Designed for Sriracha-lovers who want to enjoy their favorite sauce both at home and on the go, the set includes one 9-ounce bottle, a 1.7-ounce keychain, and a one-ounce keychain.

To buy: $17;

Give his imaginary jam sessions an actual soundtrack with the help of this app-connected pick, which plays music along with his motions. Dad can choose to play the guitar, drums, synths, lasers, and more, so he can flex his musical muscles and never get bored of playing the same instrument.

To buy: $25 each;


Created by the Museum of Modern Art, this magnetically-powered calendar is as much a work of art as it is a practical office accessory. Dad will never have to buy another calendar again, since the magnetic balls on this perpetual version can simply be moved to mark a new month and year.

To buy: From $32;

If your father considers himself a grillmaster, this meat thermometer will modernize his grilling game. When this hi-tech thermometer is attached to the grill, Dad can remotely monitor up to four meat probes (two probes are included in the set) via a free app. An alert will buzz when the target temp is reached, so the chef won’t have to miss the party as he’s busy manning the grill.

To buy: $110;

Outdoorsy dads don’t have to leave their music at home thanks to this bluetooth-enabled, water-resistant speaker. The cylindrical design lets it strap onto a bike or tuck into the mesh pocket of a hiking backpack. With a splash-proof, shock-proof rubber exterior, this rugged speaker will survive Dad’s great adventures.

To buy: $40;


The secret to the ultimate happy hour: cookie shot glasses. After a stint in the oven, raw cookie dough magically turns into cute shot glasses ready to serve milk, chocolate mousse, or a splash of dessert liquor. If your dad has a sweet tooth, this pan is destined to become his new favorite kitchen tool.

To buy: $15;

If flowers aren’t really your dad’s thing, this salami bouquet may be more his style. Order an arrangement of three or six pork sausages, all wrapped in butcher paper and tied with a red ribbon. A set of three includes one French, one Spanish, and one Italian salami, so the bouquet doubles as a European tour for Dad’s tastebuds.

To buy: From $50;

This isn’t your ordinary pocketknife. The multipurpose piece includes eight tools in one: a hammer, a slotted screwdriver, a can opener, a saw, pliers, and more. He’ll be prepared for any situation with this portable and tiny find that’s only nine inches long when opened. He may never need another tool again.

To buy: $11;


An ergonomic, elevated take on the workbag (leather details and a water-resistant exterior), with a padded laptop pouch. Two open side pockets provide a convenient place for other on-the-go necessities ( a water bottle or sunglasses). Available in three cool color combinations.

To buy: $68;

Whether he’s an aspiring home cook or well on his way to becoming the next Bobby Flay, dad will love his food-focused collection of five best-ever cookbooks. From Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything to the essential Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook, each hardcover guide is a kitchen staple.

To buy: $275;

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This collection of commentary is filled with 19th-century thoughts on dress, food, and exercise—some of which are still applicable today—and others that are simply entertaining food for thought. All of the advice is curated from a newspaper column Whitman wrote in 1858. Whether he peruses it for practical tips or Whitman’s funny quips, Dad will be glad to have this one on his bookshelf.

To buy: $12;


Encourage him to take up the lost art of letter writing with this personalized stationery set, featuring a classic, preppy design. You can choose between green, yellow, or navy. Plus, you’ll have the option to customize the set with his name, initials, or even his signature catchphrase.

To buy: $50 for 25;

DJ Dad can blast his favorite songs wherever he goes.

This small, portable Bluetooth speaker (it’s just over four inches high and three inches wide) has a carabiner clip so he can attach it to his bag or bike.

With five hours of battery life and a built-in microphone, this is something he’s guaranteed to use every day. Choose from ten colors and patterns (including the logos of select sports teams!).

To buy: $50;

A classic turntable is a no-fail gift option for record collectors, and this customizable present is no exception. Choose from four different turntables in an array of colors, finishes, and platter types.

To buy: $179;


Gather round the campfire and gift him this gooey dessert that’ll satisfy any dad’s sweet tooth. Each decadent kit contains honey graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows in flavors peppermint and dulce de leche.

To buy: $40;

Grilling season is here, so why not give him something new to use at the next family barbecue? Throw these aged wine staves into the grill to infuse food with a subtle smokiness and a hint of red wine. Prep by soaking them in water for an hour and drain well when finished.

To buy: $12;

Dad can get in on one of this season’s biggest trends: chambray. This denim pocket square features a contrasting neon edge (in light blue, burgundy, or white) that will look sharp tucked inside the breast pocket of a navy blue suit.

To buy: $10;



Gifts your Dad will love

Say Thanks, Pops! Gifts for Father’s Day 2020

Dads can be difficult to shop for, whether it's Father's Day, their birthday, Valentine's Day or some other special occasion that warrants finding the perfect gift. And if you're needing last-minute gifts for dad, it can be even harder and more stressful without some guidance.

Fortunately, dear reader, I'm a father and have the inside scoop on unique gifts and products that you'll really want. They're the gifts that I really want — I'm hoping someone will tell my kids about them — as well as the gifts  that I want to give to other dads.

With these 11 selections, I've covered the gamut on the best gifts for dad: There are the electronics every dad needs, including a soundbar, TV, tablet and headphones.

And then there's an utterly practical mess-proof frying pan attachment. Move over, socks.

There's no reason you shouldn't be able to procure the perfect gift, cool kit, or even use this list as the jumping-off point for great gift ideas.

We have soap, shampoo, shaving cream and other personal products. There's a cooler and a coffee mug. And then there's gaming gear and a drone. (How cool are drones?!) These cool gifts for dad are just what he needs. Check out my picks for the best gifts for dad below for some great last-minute gift options that are sure to be the perfect fit.

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One can never buy the Ember mug for oneself — it must be received as a gift. At $99 (for the 10-ounce mug) , it's simply too expensive to buy for yourself or anyone except especially dear relatives (I'm talking about your dad).

The unique porcelain Ember Mug and saucer kit will keep his coffee at the perfect temperature — technically, 130 degrees, though that's adjustable via the iOS- and Android-compatible app — for a little more than an hour.

It doesn't sound much, but, trust me: It's life-changing and a great gift idea.  Read our take on the Ember Mug.


Inexpensive, easy to use and nifty — those are all things dads , and all qualities the unique Frywall brings to the table.

Whether it's bacon and hash browns or fried chicken and collards, this handy little tool — a BPA-free silicone cone that fits directly into your pan — helps minimize the mess.

 It's also dishwasher safe and easy to clean. A top choice for smart dads who want breakfast, but don't want to spend ages cleaning up.

Dollar Shave Club

I was skeptical of Dollar Shave Club at first — I already have too many subscriptions.

But the blades in this shaving kit are truly great, and I have come to appreciate a number of the company's other shaving products, including their after-shave balm, and gift sets, which have helped me up my shaving game and always look photo ready.

And it's not just me: My 7-year-old son loves the company's Wanderer brand shampoo and soap. Plus, shipping on orders of restock boxes that contain blades is free. All in all, it beats a bottle of aftershave. 


It's cool-looking, tough as nails and big — with a bigger-than-advertised 62-quart capacity. In CNET's recent roundup of best coolers, we found that the Lifetime High Performance Cooler was particularly well designed.

It's also a perfect gift for dad, who will appreciate the dual-locking lid latches, roped handles and built-in bottle opener (you know, for a glass water bottle… or craft beer). And you can buy it for $130 from Lifetime.

Read our review of the Lifetime High Performance Cooler.

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If your dad s to play video games, he will freak, in a good way, when you give him the Switch Lite. Nintendo has a unique pedigree in the video game world, and this sleek and light system is perfect for handheld gaming.

The kit comes with all the products one needs to access Nintendo's immense and celebrated library of games. It has a battery life of three to seven hours (so you'll be free from dad jokes for that long) and it's $100 cheaper than the full-sized Switch.

Now he'll always have a fun game right in arm's reach! Read our Switch Lite review.

Sure, Plantronics doesn't have the same cache as Beats or Bose — but the BackBeat Pro 2 are excellent wireless noise-canceling headphones that cost considerably less than comparable models from those other companies and are a huge step up from those earbuds Dad's been using for way too long. They're comfortable to wear, sound great on phone calls and are smart enough to pause whatever you're listening to when you take them off. So yeah, a perfect gift. The more brand-conscious dad may prefer the Beats Studio Wireless, Bose QuietComfort 35 II, Bose 700 or Sony WH-1000XM3.

Sonos via Amazon

The Sonos Beam looks good, sounds big and integrates more easily with other A/V equipment than any other sound bar speaker system. It offers not only the most flexible music system available but has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built in, giving Dad options when it's time to watch TV.

Adding a pair of stylish $100 Ikea Symphonisk bookshelves will tie the home theater kit together (and can hold a book or two) and create a man cave that your pops will be proud of. It's a speaker that's more than a speaker. All he'll need is a cold drink, and he can sit back and watch… and listen.

  Read our Sonos Beam review.

Best Buy

When your dad was little, he dreamed of having an arcade in his home. You can make his dream come true for $450. This Star Wars arcade game is one of the pricier options — there are plenty of others that cost less than $300 — but it's also, arguably, the coolest of them all. Watch your dad spend hours in a galaxy far, far away.

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Does your pops read the newspaper on his phone? Not cool. Modern dads need a bigger screen to see their news, to read a book and play around with the latest and greatest apps.

Fortunately, Apple released a new version of its flagship iPad in September, increasing the display size to 10.2 inches, adding a dock connector and… well, that was about it. Otherwise, it's virtually identical to the light 9.7-inch iPad Apple introduced in 2018, which remains the best deal in the lineup when it's on sale. Read our Apple iPad 2018 (9.7-inch) review.

Read more: Best TVs for 2020

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Originally published last month.

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