10 Christmas Gift Ideas For Dad

[twitter]So dad is the least favorite person to shop for at Christmas, eh? Behind your barista, garbage guy, and mail carrier. A recent survey asked who people’s favorite person to shop for at Christmas is and while 40% picked KIDS! (agree), less than 2% wrote in dad’s name. Sigh.

Chief Marketing Officer for the mall that did the survey, Mikael Thygsen told MarketWatch that people don’t like shopping for dad because dads are bad at articulating what they want. Dads are difficult, he supposes. 

Which is likely true. Honestly? I don’t need anything. If I want something, I go and get it. My wife will try to surprise me every now and again with shirts and shoes she finds deals on in her travels, and it upsets me. “I don’t need anything,” I’ll mutter. 

Christmas? I don’t need anything. But I do understand the need to want to get something for everyone for Christmas, and that includes dad. So let’s skip the shirts and ties, and move to something more useful. Dads are particular about their preferences, so let me give you a little help for what to get dad for Christmas.

Here’s my list. Your dad’s mileage may vary, but it’s a starting point anyway.



I just got myself my first box of razors from Harry’s. I love it. It’s an elegant, simple idea where you get razors delivered based on how often you shave. The razor handle is comfortable and bright (so you never get confused as to which is yours in the shower). A box of blades every 3 months would be great, thanks!

Box of the Month For Me and Kids

Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate, Cooper and Kid, or Young Scientist Club are great. We got some science kits last year from my brother and it’s been a blast spending Science Sundays doing experiments with the boys. This is a great “team present” that knocks two off your list at the same time.

Casetify Custom Smartphone Case

Casetify Custom Smartphone Case

This is the most talked about piece of tech that I have. I got one last year for my iPhone 5 and every time I have it out people pick it up and ask about it. You pick the photos you want to put on the case, or choose from available designs, and then add filters and the like. A Casetify case is about $40 (same as what you’d pay in an electronics store) and this one is personalized and rugged. I hammered my iPhone down hard this week, and the corner of the Casetify took the beating and the phone is fine.

Socks and Underwear

running socks

Okay, this is generic, but I really do need socks and underwear. I’m not good at going out and getting it, I’ll just run it into the ground with holes everywhere. So, yeah. Socks and underwear, please Santa. Especially running socks like those above.


Village Gardener Beer
I’m a fan of craft beer. My favorite part of Chrismtmas has become the Craft Beer Advent Calendar, and I’m hoping Christmas Day brings more bottles under the tree! If you’ve got a dad that spends time in the beer aisle picking out unique bottles and brews, find a half dozen interesting bottles and wrap them up! This year, I’m hoping for a growler of Village Gardener to land under the tree, a local craft beer where the ingredients were sourced from the backyards of the community. Seriously.

Camping Clothes

Parks Canada Gear

I love camping with the kids. I’m a fan of our national parks and getting out into the mountains. Waving the flag with some official Parks Canada gear would be fine by me, thanks. I like this hat and shirt.

Key Ring Things

Cool Christmas Keychains

I like little key ring gadgets. I have a cool LEGO key chain. I have a USB key chain. I’d like to add the Nomad Key – a charging cable that fits on your key ring – to that list. Key chains are the new Swiss Army Knife.

Blue Yeti Microphone

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

It’s time to start taking my video production to the next level, and that means a proper microphone like the Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Platinum. From voice work to podcasting to hooking this up to my camera and getting good quality audio. For less than $100, this is perfect for any Santa’s budget.

GoPro HERO4 Silver

goPro Hero4 Silver

It’s time to get a GoPro. I thought this was just for the warrior type who do extreme mountain biking, snowboarding, and the like. But I’m seeing this as just a great quality camera to take video of the boys. They’re starting to get in to mountain biking and skateboarding, so this toy will be fun for all of us to play with. The GoPro HERO4 Silver is the first GoPro to feature a built in touch display – my kind of control.

Garmin Forerunner 220

Garmin Forerunner 220
Lately I’ve been using apps to track my pace and time as I run, but phones aren’t getting any smaller. It’s time to go back to a running watch. I’ve had 4 models of Garmin Forerunner in the past, and have loved them. Time for the latest, please Santa.

That should get you started. Hit me up if there’s more room on the sleigh for more Christmas gift ideas for dad. It shouldn’t be that hard 🙂

Also note: this is not a sponsored post. I just like all these things!

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