13 Useful Gifts For Dad That Won’t Just Sit Around & Collect Dust

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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.

Google Home Hub

$149

Target

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.

Cole & Mason Hampstead Electric Salt and Pepper Mills

$44.95

Sur La Table

Your dad will get a kick out of these high-tech mills, then promptly show them off to his buddies ASAP.

DEWALT 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2 in. Drill/Driver Kit with (2) 20-Volt Batteries 1.3Ah, Charger and Tool Bag

$159

Home Depot

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.

All New Pro, Pro 1-Pack

$35

Tile

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.

Philips Hue 2-Pack Premium Smart Light Starter Kit

$149.99

$89.99

Amazon

Dad will be able to control these lights from the comfort of the sofa using his phone, tablet, or voice control device.

Post-Shave Mist

$12

Harry's

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.

Chemex 6-Cup Coffeemaker with Wood Collar

$41.95

Crate & Barrel

Usher your coffee-drinking dad into the pour over cult with a Chemex coffeemaker.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 26

$4,850

Rolex

A Rolex watch may be one of the only accessories that could make any dad jump with joy.

What's Happening Men's Crew Socks

$10

Pair of Thieves

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.

simplehuman® 58-Liter Rectangular Voice/Motion Sensor Trash Can in Stainless Steel

$199.99

Bed Bath & Beyond

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.

Par 3 Putting Green - 3' x 9'

$38.49

Overstock

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.

Tour Martini

$13.95

Crate & Barrel

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.

Randall Plaid Men's Robe

$89

$43.99

Pottery Barn

This cozy houndstooth robe is stylish, on sale, and made from 100 percent cotton. Add a custom monogram starting at $9.50.