52 gifts for dads who say they don't want anything

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When the clock is ticking, it's tempting to default to the same standard present year after year. That said, a good gift is often a unique, practical gift — especially when you're strapped for ideas, and especially when you're trying to find gifts for people who don't want anything. In order to find a genius gift for the man who says they don't want anything, it helps to first think about his daily routine; then think about the ways in which it can be improved.

Ultimately, the best gift you can give (to anyone, but especially a parent) is something that genuinely makes life easier. Yes, he may appreciate yet another "Number-One Dad" plaque, but will it actually improve his efficiency, his mood, or his habits? Instead, consider practical gifts for dad — things he can use day in and day out to boost his well-being or productivity.

Does your dad work out often and try to stay active? Gift him a genius fitness product that streamlines his routine. Is he particularly into tech products? Get him a gadget that helps to make his go-to device even more accessible. Does he love home-improvement projects or cooking? The newest, most versatile tool can make his favorite hobby even more enjoyable.

Whatever it is that brings him joy, ensure that your gift is something that amplifies that, so he'll reach for it on a regular basis — and think of you every time he does. This year, retire the tie-tradition and instead opt for a practical gift he'll use and love, because "I don't want anything" really just translates to "you know me, and I trust you to find something I'll love." Ahead, find plenty of options of gifts for the dad who wants nothing.


A foldable Bluetooth keyboard for typing on a phone or tablet

For the dad who prefers physical keys over a touch-screen, there's the iClever keyboard. Its Bluetooth capability syncs up to virtually any phone or tablet in seconds — and its foldable, lightweight design means he can store it in his briefcase, glove compartment, or pocket. Since it's rechargeable, he doesn't even have to worry about batteries.


This 4-in-1 travel bottle for shakes, snacks & supplements

Whether he's a commuter or basically a tenant of his gym, the BlenderBottle ProStak ensures that he's got all his nourishment in one place. The interlocking bottom compartments hold snacks, protein powders, and supplements, while the main bottle area comes with a stainless-steel whisk ball that's strong enough to blend peanut butter and break up powders. It's even BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.


This rechargeable speaker & sound machine that fits in your palm

Because the Lectrofan Micro2 fits in the palm of your hand, it's easy to tuck away in a backpack or a briefcase. That said, don't be fooled; this tiny machine packs a serious punch. It connects to your device via Bluetooth for up to 40 hours of clear, continuous, surprisingly-loud music — or you can choose between 11 pre-programmed, non-looping white noise sounds for sleep, concentration, or relaxation. The speaker even swivels upward to direct the sound any which way, and it has a built-in microphone for calls.


A brilliant outlet that smartifies any electronic

Rather than investing in smart bulbs or phone-controlled appliances, the Kasa mini plug acts as an affordable middle-man that smartifies virtually any electronic. Simply slip it between the plug and the outlet, and you'll be able to set schedules, turn off appliances and lights from your phone, and even control things with your voice using Alexa.


A café-quality cappuccino right in his kitchen

The Chefman InstaCoffee might just change how you drink your morning coffee while saving you time and money that would otherwise be spent at a Starbucks. This surprisingly-affordable machine makes bold, smooth espresso using K-cups or, or use your own beans with the included fine mesh filter cups. It does the work of a larger espresso machine, but is streamlined and optimized so it fits effortlessly on your counter.


A flavor-boosting meat injector made from stainless steel

"Used on our Turkey and many thick steaks for delicious results," says one of many thrilled reviewers. Unlike cheaper options, the JY COOKMENT meat syringe is made from durable, food-grade stainless steel and sanitary silicone, so you can quickly and easily infuse your meat with flavor. This set comes with three interchangeable tips and two cleaning brushes.


This magnetic clip so his glasses are always within reach

If he utters the phrase "Where did I put my glasses?" roughly a dozen times a day, the ReadeREST makes for a perfect practical gift that's also pretty life-changing. Using high-strength neodymium magnets, these clips attach to any shirt without damage; they then provide a sturdy, secure place for dad to hang his reading glasses, so they're always within reach.


A softening beard oil for sensitive skin & noses

Since it's made using argan and jojoba oils, Viking Revolution beard oil softens hair, encourages growth, and moisturizes skin — all while remaining non-greasy. Most importantly, it's made without fragrances or common irritants, so those with sensitive faces (or noses) say, "the all-natural, organic, unscented product fit the bill."


This trigger-point foam roller that "feels like a deep tissue massage"

The TriggerPoint GRID foam roller is designed for athletes who need a portable, effective way to stimulate pressure points and stretch out tight muscles after a workout. That said, those with sore backs or physical therapists have also sung its praises, saying that it "feels like a deep-tissue massage" thanks to the multi-density foam and textured-grid design.


This laptop bag with external charging & theft-prevention

For the traveler or commuter, there's the MATEIN laptop backpack — and it's definitely not your average bag. This pick features a locking zipper to prevent theft, an external USB port for convenient charging on the go, and a spacious, secure compartment for his computer (in addition to several other zippered and mesh pockets). Reviewers also love it because it's roomy, comfortable, and available in 10 colors.


This dual-LED light that he can wear around his neck

While the LuminoLite is marketed as a convenient, hands-free reading lamp, it's also ideal for camping, crafting, nighttime walks, and fix-it projects. That's because its flexible gooseneck arms wrap around your neck to direct illumination in whichever direction you face — and its dual LEDs are rechargeable and feature three brightness levels each.


An affordable fitness watch with all the best features

Even though it costs a fraction of the price, the L8star fitness tracker has virtually all the same features as the name-brand options. It's waterproof and Bluetooth-enabled while tracking steps, heart rate, sleep quality, calories, and distance — and it syncs all of the aforementioned to a smart phone while alerting you to texts and calls.


A handheld clothing steamer that's great for business travel

Thanks to its compact size and portable, handheld design, this travel clothing steamer doesn't require an ironing board. Instead, it removes wrinkles from clothing using hot steam. It works on virtually all fabrics, fits effortlessly in a suitcase or desk drawer, and has a convenient auto shut-off feature. Plus, it comes with lint brush, soft brush, and creaser attachments.


An auto-adjusting socket that adapts to all fasteners

Whether he builds Ikea furniture or entire houses, the Moongo universal socket is a life-changing addition to his tool collection. The 54 individual steel springs automatically adjust to grip various-sized nuts, bolts, hooks, and other fasteners. It even comes with a power-drill adapter. "Bought this for my dad for Father's Day," one reviewer says. "He is a man that has every tool, yet he was impressed and said it really worked well."


The most practical gift to ever exist

There's arguably nothing more practical than a high-quality, comfortable shirt — except maybe two of them. Amazon Essentials crew T-shirts come in six sizes and 15 colors, from classic black to bright orange. They're highly-rated due to their loose, comfortable fit and 100-percent cotton construction. According to reviewers, "This is an outrageously low price for a good shirt that keeps its form, feels durable after washing, and looks great." Even the dad who wants nothing is sure to appreciate this one.

  • Available Sizes: XS — XXL


A rechargeable diffuser that fits in your palm

Help him reap the relaxing benefits of aromatherapy wherever life takes him. This classy, wood-grain diffuser is highly portable because it's rechargeable and doesn't require any water. Instead, the quiet fan diffuses essential oils into the air from a reusable felt pad, and since it fits in the palm of his hand, it can be used in a car, office, hotel room, or airport.


These magnetic tabs that keep his collar stiff & neat

Wurkin Stiffs collar stays are invisible once they're tucked into a shirt collar. These durable, magnetic tabs keep his collar stiff, neat, and wrinkle-free all day. This set comes with three different pairs, and reviewers say, "I really don't know how I got by without them."


An easy-to-fly drone that fully-grown men love

“This drone really surprised us! Got as a gift for my nephew however his dad wouldn't share the whole first day,” one reviewer wrote. It seems this mini drone is loved by all ages, thanks to its easy controls, HD camera, hovering capabilities, and quick charging times.


These freezer sticks that chill warm beer from the inside-out

The next time he forgets to refrigerate a six-pack, these LETIT.BEER sticks will fix the issue in minutes. They're coated in stainless steel, but filled with a proprietary gel that absorbs cold from the freezer and chills the bottle from the inside out. Reviewers say their "beers stayed ice cold to the very last drop," and they love that it comes with a free bottle opener.


These compression socks to prevent achy, tired feet

According to buyers, these are some of the most versatile socks on the market. They're made from comfortable, breathable fabric, but the best part comes in the form of graduated compression technology, which offers improved support, boosted circulation, and lessened inflammation. Whether he's traveling, running, or doing physical labor all day, his feet and legs will feel infinitely less achy and swollen.

  • Available Sizes: XS — XXL


A rechargeable wine opener that removes the cork in seconds

For the novice sommelier, there's the Flasnake electric bottle opener, which uses an automatic screw to remove the cork at the press of a button. Its 700mAh battery opens up to 80 bottles on a single charge, and its classy copper finish looks great on any countertop.


This 2-in-1 caddy for his favorite arm chair

This brilliant invention turns almost any armrest into a shelf and a caddy simultaneously. Its detachable tray holds cups, snacks, and books, while the four pockets are great for remotes, glasses, phones, and tablets. Since it's made from faux-leather and wood, it's both stylish and easy to wipe clean.


These protective gloves that are reviewers' "go-to" for every job

Thanks to the breathable bamboo fabric and protective rubber coating, these Pine Tree Tools working gloves keep your hands free from sweat, splinters, and injury. They're great for yard work and gardening, but their easy-grip palms and form-fitting design also mean they're ideal for changing hooks, gutting fish, building furniture, and working on cars.

  • Available Sizes: S — XXL


A stool that's the same size as a travel umbrella

When folded up, the ALPS Mountaineering tri-leg stool is roughly the same size and weight as a travel umbrella. That said, its powder-coated steel frame and polyester seat can support up to 250 pounds when extended. For that reason, it's extremely convenient to carry and store, but provides a comfortable seat when he reaches his destination — whether that's a sporting event, concert, or the top of a mountain.


These special earplugs so he can hear clearly without damaging his eardrums

Whether he's a musician, motorcyclist, lover of concerts, or user of loud machinery, Eargasm earplugs protect his hearing with their special sound filters. Instead of muffling noises, these high-fidelity plugs decrease the overall volume, so he can still hear music or surroundings clearly, but won't damage his eardrums. Each set comes with two comfort-fitting pairs and a storage case.


These magnets that turn any light switch into a key rack

Replace the screws in any switch-plate with these Savvy Home magnets, and your light switch instantly becomes a key rack. They install in less than a minute and can hold up to 3 pounds each. Best of all, you'll always know where your keys are, and it's a great reminder to switch off the lights as you're walking out the door.


This pine tar soap to soothe extra-sensitive skin

Surprisingly, pine tar is an effective ingredient for soothing various skin woes, including eczema, dandruff, rashes, and dry patches. Dr. Squatch is made with woodsy-smelling pine as well as coconut oil and sand, so even though it genuinely cleans, it leaves skin feeling exfoliated and moisturized. Some even say it's so gentle and lathering, they use it so shave.


Some adhesive cable organizers for a tangle-free workspace

If your dad is anything like my dad, he is forever untangling wires and grumbling under his breath about it. Whellen cable clips adhere to any surface and effectively organize wires so they stay tangle-free and ready to use. Thanks to the flexible tabs, they hold chargers and cables in place, but they also allow for easy removal when you need them elsewhere.


A burger press that stuffs the patties with cheese — or anything else

For a barbecue enthusiast, a burger press is a great tool to have because it makes uniform, easy-to-cook patties — but this one takes it a step further. The Cuisinart press stuffs the patties with cheese, crumbled bacon, onions, or any of dad's favorite ingredients, so every bite is bursting with flavor. It even has a smaller insert to make sliders.


This all-in-one kit so he can brew his own beer

The Craft A Brew kit comes with everything he'll need to start brewing his own craft beer at home. Choose from 11 different options, including American pale ale, hard cider, oak aged IPA, or chocolate milk stout. Each kit is hand-crafted using quality ingredients and safe materials, and reviewers say the result "tasted great."


These salt & pepper shakers for Star Wars fans

If he's a fan of Star Wars, these Darth Vader and Stormtrooper salt and pepper shakers make for a fun gift that still retains its usefulness. They're made from hand-painted ceramic and feature easy-to-remove plugs for hassle-free refills. “Well made, sturdy and just the right touch for a Star Wars fan!” wrote one reviewer.


This wallet made from durable carbon fiber

This slim wallet is made from ultra-durable carbon fiber and the same kind of aluminum used to make airplanes. It can hold up to 12 cards, and comes with a handy multitool that can be used for everything from opening boxes to measuring small items.


An 18-in-one tool that's the size of a credit card

The Wallet Ninja is the same size as a standard credit card, but this heat-treated steel tool gives you 18 different essentials in one. It can measure objects, tighten screws and bolts, open beers and cans, cut boxes, fix eyeglasses, and even hold your phone upright. "I bought it for my Dad for Father's Day, and he thought it was really cool," one reviewer says. "It was an easy gift, especially for a hard to buy for person." Ah, perfect for those people who don't want anything.


This multi-tasking power strip with a genius design

If he appreciates smart designs and versatility, the TESSAN multi-plug outlet makes for a great, practical gift. It covers only one plug, but provides three new AC outlets, two new USB ports, and a stand for a charging phone or tablet. Last but not least, it even functions as a dusk-to-dawn night light.


This giant game of beer pong for beach days & barbecues

Think Beer Pong, but much bigger — and much better-suited for the beach. Bucket Ball comes with two weighted balls, a convenient carrying pouch, and 12 big buckets in two colors. Follow the guidebook or come up with your own house rules; either way, reviewers say this game is a "huge hit" at every barbecue, party, and festival they attend.


These candles to add some class to his man cave

Add a touch of class to his man cave with these three candles from Old Factory. Using hand-poured soy and premium fragrance oils, they burn for up to 30 hours each on a cotton wick and feature unique scents like leather, mahogany, and straight razor. (The company also makes several other interesting collections, including Lumberjack, Old Time Barbershop, and Happy Hour.)


This magnetic wristband that keeps nails & bits handy

This magnetic wristband is a ridiculously simple idea, but according to reviewers, it's a "life saver" when you're on a ladder or in the thick of a project. It keeps nails, screws, and small tools handy while you work, and it prevents them from getting lost.


This powerful car vacuum that plugs into the DC port

If his car is his prized possession, help him keep it that way with the HOTOR car vacuum. This handheld unit plugs into the DC port and uses a high-powered motor and HEPA filter to suck up dust, crumbs, and dirt. It even has a built-in LED light and three interchangeable nozzles to clean upholstery and reach into tight spots.


This cast iron pan that even professional chefs love

Encourage the novice chef or impress the master one with the Lodge cast iron skillet. Despite its reasonable price tag, this rugged, pre-seasoned pan heats up evenly and locks in the flavor to bring all kinds of meals to the next level. It's available in tons of different sizes (with or without lids), and even professional chefs say "you can't go wrong" with Lodge.


This roll-up water bottle available in 5 colors

Thanks to the Valourgo, he no longer has to lug around a full-sized water bottle once its empty. When in use, the BPA-free design holds a full 22 ounces of liquid, but when he's done, it rolls up for easy storage in a backpack or briefcase. There's even a patented screw cap which prevents leaks and makes for comfortable sipping.


This adjustable stand that mounts to walls or sits on tabletops

Install the two easy-mount cradles wherever he uses his tablet most, whether that's beside the stove or next to the phone. For everywhere else, the base of the CTA digital stand spreads out to form two feet for tabletop use. It even has an included felt-tip stylus, and thanks to the flexible joints and adjustable brackets, it adapts to any viewing angle and any device between 7 and 13 inches.


The phone clip that gamer dads will love

Designed to work with Xbox One wireless controllers, this gaming clip makes it easier to play games on a smartphone. The clip fits most phones and adjusts for ergonomic placement — just insert a smartphone in the holder, connect to the Bluetooth-enabled controller (sold separately), and dad can play games on the go. The clip also folds up for easy carrying.


An inflatable lounger he can set up anywhere

It's hard to believe that this comfortable lounger is the size of a couch when inflated but shrinks down into a tiny backpack once you let the air out. It's also extremely durable and doesn't require any pumps for inflation, so you can take it to sporting events, the beach, or campsites. Get it in eight different colors and patterns, each with a convenient side pocket and head rest.


This spiky mat to lessen pain, stress & sleep issues

This acupressure mat and pillow set incorporates the benefits of acupuncture into a tool that's easy to use at home. Due to its thousands of tiny spikes, it stimulates pressure points all along the neck and back, which not only aims to release tension but may also prompt a rush of endorphins. As a result, reviewers say it's extremely effective in lessening back pain, stress, headaches, and sleep issues.


A grooming tool for barber-quality beards

This clear beard shaper helps him achieve barber-quality results while grooming his beard, goatee, mustache, jaw, and neck. Its curved and straight edges act as guides to get a neat, symmetrical shave on each side, and the transparent design is both nonslip and easy to use.


This projector that turns a blank wall into a 14-foot screen

Whether he loves football games or hosting games nights, this mini projector turns any blank wall into a screen and any room into a home theater. It projects a clear, bright image up to 14 feet large, and it can connect to laptops, phones, DVD players, Xboxes, or Firesticks. It even has hi-fi stereo sound and is portable enough for use outdoors.


These packing cubes that maximize suitcase space

Help him pack smarter with these Bagail luggage cubes, which organize and condense clothing into contained, easy-to-fit squares. The various sizes not only maximize room in your suitcase, but allow you to retrieve one item without messing up everything else. They come in a pack of six and are offered in over 15 different colors.


This solar-powered lantern that's inflatable & waterproof

Whether it's used indoors or out, the LuminAID lantern is great for activities, gatherings, and emergencies. Its collapsible design takes up minimal space when flat, but quickly inflates to create a full-sized lantern that can hang from trees or sit on tables. Best of all, it's rechargeable or solar-powered for up to 18 hours of illumination, and even floats on water and has a flickering candlelight mode.


A workout bar that attaches to doorways without damage

The Iron Gym workout bar can be used on the floor for push-ups and dips, but it also turns any doorway into a personal upper-body gym — without damage. Instead of screws or adhesives, this bar utilizes leverage to hold it in place and support up to 300 pounds. Reviewers say it makes for a "very nice and affordable gift for someone who likes to workout."


A dash cam for entertainment or cautionary measures

You can gift this dash cam to the techie father, the traveling father, and the cautious father, and they’re all sure to love it. This camera easily adheres to the dashboard to record landscapes as well as accidents for insurance purposes; it also features a wide-angle lens, a built-in motion sensor, night vision, and loop recording.


These reading glasses that block blue light from screens

If he spends hours in front of screens, these special glasses could help to minimize eye strain and prevent headaches. Even though the lenses are clear rather than tinted yellow, they block damaging blue light from laptop, phones, televisions, and fluorescent bulbs. You can get them without magnification, or up to +3.00 for those who require reading glasses.


These durable brushes that turn your drill into a cleaning machine

Slap these Drillbrush attachments onto nearly any cordless electric drill, and you've got a powerful cleaning machine that goes anywhere with you. The three varying shapes and durable bristles work to remove grill build-up, buff away rust stains, and polish fixtures and car parts without scratching them.