Gift Guides

Top 10 Fave Gifts for Dads

May 31, 2022


No matter the dad or his interests, our community of awesome humans at HandsDown has some amazing ideas for the dads and dad-figures in your life based on things they love and recommend. So skip usual head-scratching or default gift card and try one of these Faves instead!

For the one who is already missing the slopes

The Man Behind the Maps, Coffee Table Book
Recommended by Jayson, who says: Did you ever notice that every ski resorts trail maps all looked like they were Freon by the same artist? That’s because they are! This is the best coffee table book and inspires stories and conversation around the mountains. A must have.

For the one who’s always looking for the next thing to watch

Brome 1015 Squirrel Buster Bird Feeder
Recommended by Ashley, who says: I get to enjoy bird watching from my window without squirrels making a mess of things.

For the one who’s always prepared

Jackery Solar Generator 1000
Recommended by Becca, who says: Working remotely from an RV doesn’t mean you have to be tied into a power source. Having a portable generator with solar panels means we can charge our phones, our laptops, run a small blender and more!

For the one who loves a homemade gift

The Best Italian-American Tomato Sauce Recipe
Recommended by Mike, who says: Simple ingredients, simple process, and tastes AMAZING! Very versatile, I use over pasta, as a pizza sauce, or a dipping sauce. You’ll love the way your home smells as it cooks. I always freeze 2/3 of the batch so I always have some on hand.

For the one who has strong opinions about everything

That’s Dope, the Party Game
Recommended by Ira, who says: Each round, one player reads a topic from a white topic card and everyone else votes whether they think the topic is “Dope” or “Nope” using one of their black voting cards. Guess how many players voted that the topic was “Dope” to win the game and let the hilarious debates begin.
(P.S. Ira is part of the team at HandsDown and created this game during quarantine!)

For the one who’s always on the go

Nomatic Backpack
Recommended by Adam, who says: As someone who travels (pre-Covid) quite frequently on many shorter duration trips, I quickly realized it was incredibly important to have a backpack that checked a number of boxes: 1) large enough to fit a weekends worth of clothes and items. 2) comfortably fits my laptop. 3) looks professional enough to bring on a work trip. 4) not too large and bulky. I found all of those in the Nomatic Backpack and have been using it religiously for over 3 years. Highly recommend!

For the one who loves an all-purpose tool

All-Clad Stainless Steel 12.5″ Skillet
Recommended by Michael, who says: One of my favorite kitchen tools is my ever so handy All Clad 12.5 Skillet. It’s so versatile and lasts forever. Highly recommended by various culinary tastemakers and I couldn’t agree more.

For the one who loves dining al fresco

YETI Hopper M20 Backpack Soft Cooler
Recommended by Sonia, who says: I have the older version of this cooler and while pricey it is definitely worth it! We get so much use out of it – beaches, festivals, park trips. It’s easy to wear and incredibly spacious.

For the one who puts ketchup on their ketchup

Portland Organic Ketchup
Recommended by Frank, who says: I put this ketchup on everything. It is thick with the perfect tomato flavor and vinegar balance. Sometimes I add Yellowbird Jalapeno or Serrano hot sauce to it for dipping fries, pizza rolls, or whatever into.

For the one who keeps losing their buds

Anker Soundcore Life P2 Ear Buds
Recommended by Ben, who says: Airpods are great and all but I’ve lost 2 pair before already, and what makes these earbuds so great is the price point. An audiophile might notice a difference in sounds quality but for my podcasts and audiobooks it’s all I need. And I don’t have to worry about leaving them on another airplane or taxi while traveling.

Have your own great ideas for dad-centric gifts? Share them on your own HandsDown list or in the comments below. Remember, sharing is caring!