Have you ever gifted your dad a cashmere scarf or a nice tie, only for him to tinker around more with the wrapping paper and box it came in? Sometimes, that's just how it goes. While he'll love anything you get him (and look so dapper in cashmere), it's time to find useful gifts for dad if your father's more interested in parts than presents.
Gifting your dad something that prioritizes function over form can feel foreign at first, but plenty of modern gadgets find a balance between both. While you may be hoping for little wrapped boxes of jewelry in your stocking this year, dad may be dreaming of finding a new trash can under the Christmas tree. Yes, really.
With a lid that lifts up just by saying "open can", this stainless steel voice and motion sensor trash can from simplehuman will thrill the man who loves seeing how technology upgrades life's small stuff. The $199.99 can simplifies a lot of little problems, too — liners are kept inside the can, the lid is the lock that keeps the liner in place, and the entire can is coated with nano-silver to cut back on germs.
Okay, you still might want to give your dad something flashier than a trash can, even if it's one he'll have fun using in his kitchen everyday. Cole & Mason Hampstead's electric salt and pepper mills are just as futuristic and useful as the simplehuman can. The $44.95 mills have a button at the top that effortlessly grinds salt and pepper, and a built-in LED light at the bottom to show where the spices land. Handy for both foodie fathers and dads that can't be bothered to buy salt and pepper, invite yourself over to cook dinner using the set after the holidays are over.
Perhaps this is the year you want to give your dad something truly luxurious. While it may be harder for your dad to recognize a high-end accessory by name than it is for you, there is one name that probably has your dad's heart: Rolex. From crafting the watches used by the Sir John Hunt's Mount Everest explorers in 1953 to adorning the wrists of some of the biggest names in golf, Rolex is one of the few brands even a dad would call swoon-worthy. Though Rolex prices match its coveted status, investment pieces from the Rolex Oyster Perpetual line like the Oyster Perpetual 26 start at just $4,850.
Ahead, 13 practical gifts — from Rolex watches to stocking stuffers — to wow your dad with this Christmas.
Make life easier for the man who did so much for you. The Google Home Hub has an easy-to-use screen for reminders, calendars, and more. Get it at Target on sale for $129.
Your dad will get a kick out of these high-tech mills, then promptly show them off to his buddies ASAP.
Dads have loved DEWALT since Raymond DeWalt made the first radial arm saw in 1922. On sale for $99, this drill has 4.6 stars from 1,900 reviews.
Look, everyone loses their keys (some more than others). Eliminate the problem for him with this handy tracking device, which is attached to your key ring — or to anything else you want to keep track of.
Dad will be able to control these lights from the comfort of the sofa using his phone, tablet, or voice control device.
Your dad probably has his shaving routine down pat by now. But that doesn't close the door on fun accessories, like this simple, rejuvenating post-shave mist.
Usher your coffee-drinking dad into the pour over cult with a Chemex coffeemaker.
A Rolex watch may be one of the only accessories that could make any dad jump with joy.
Give some style to the dad that only asks for socks. Pair of Thieves trendy designs were created for athletes (make sure to tell that to Dad!), with a slight compression fit and flat toe seam.
For the dad that was always on trash duty at your house, this simplehuman can is a game-changer. The germ-fighting nano-silver clear coat and built in voice and motion sensors will make him feel like he's living in the future.
Want to get dad something that ties into his favorite hobby, but no idea where to start? A practice putting green for the home is a great gift that won't have you puzzling out which clubs he already owns.
A secret all dads share? They want to feel like James Bond. At less than $14 per glass, grab your dad a set of these highly-rated martini glasses.