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32 Dad-Approved Birthday Gifts That He’ll Actually Like and Use

Men aren’t usually too fussy, although you could become more inventive than giving him a new watch each year, which is why you should check out this amazing list of birthday gifts for Dad. We have something for every type of dad, whether they’re the local handyman or a bit of a nerd.

Step away from the socks and screwdrivers, it’s time to level up your birthday gifts for Dad this year, and this list is here to help you out.

Pressurized Craft Beer Growler

Brew your own beer in style with this unique and innovative Craft Beer Growler. Unlike traditional growlers, this one is designed to give you a perfect carbonation level, so you never have to worry about your tasty beer becoming gross and flat, plus it also keeps your beverage cool for up to 9 hours!

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Echo Smart speaker with Alexa

Play your favorite music playlist on your devices in ANY room in the house; make calls, ask your nagging questions, set timers, and more with this rather dapper Charcoal Fabric Alexa (Amazon Echo 2nd Generation). This nifty gadget won’t stick out like a sore thumb, it’ll blend into any modern home, seamlessly.

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Winc Wine Subscription Box

If he prefers wine to beer, then sign him up to become a Winc Wine Subscription Member. Is there really any better gift than 4 remarkable, delicious wines sent to your door? Not a chance. Winc has over 100 styles of wine to tantalize those thirsty taste buds.

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Apple TV

Enjoy all your favorite apps, movies, games, music, shows and more with Apple TV. It gives you easy access to awesome apps like iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Apple Music with just a flick of a button on the sleek looking Siri Remote – how neat is that?

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DNA Ancestry Test Kit

Join the other 10 million people who have discovered not only where they are from, but found other living relatives, too. When you receive your DNA results, you’re given your own chart that shows you your Ethnicity estimates, which can be very surprising! Plus, you can learn all about the history of those places, too.


Walabot See Through Walls

How often has your dad gone to “fix” something and accidentally made it MUCH worse? Gone are the days of puncturing pipes or breaking electrical wires with this nifty Walabot DIY Wall Scanner. Use the app to scan up to 4 inches inside your walls before you go safely ahead with your DIY.

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DJI Drones

You know how it is with ‘boys and their toys’, and dads are no exception, so you just know he’s going to go soaring crazy for these ultra cool DJI Drones. There are many different models to choose from, such as Spark – an awesome little drone that you can even use your phone to control.

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Roadie Tuner Smart Guitar Tuner

Don’t spend your precious time fine-tuning your guitar, when these genius Roadie Automatic Guitar Tuners do ALL the hard work for you, in just a few seconds, so you can get back to rocking out ASAP. Just connect the tuner to the peg, strum the string and it’ll tune your guitar for you – wicked.

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Microgreen Vertical Garden

Does your pops live in an apartment? Or has he always fancied trying to grow his own veggies but doesn’t know where to start? Well, this is definitely the perfect gift for your lovable green thumber. All he has to do is sprinkle in the broccoli seeds and water them – job done!

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Intex Explorer K2 Kayak

If your pops loves the outdoors, he’s sure to get a splash out of this ‘ferry’ impressive Explorer Kayak by Intex – it also has 2 inflatable adjustable seats, so you can even join him for some super fun bonding time in the fresh air. Don’t forget to pack the snacks.

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GoPro HERO5 Black

What better way to document your amazing kayaking trip than with the waterproof GoPro HERO5 Black. Watch the sensational 4K footage back together and you’ll no doubt get to planning your next trip right away. Plus you can’t go without a few funny selfies together, especially with the incredible 12mp camera.


City Skyline Lamp

Spoil the urbanite with this uber neat yet unique birthday gift for dad: the City Skyline Lamp. The City Boy’s face will, for sure, ‘light up’ with this impressive lamp, and will set the ‘scene’ beautifully in his man cave full of crazy gadgets by casting a city skyline shadow across the room.


Outdoor Weather Indicator Watch

Whether he’s an avid hiker, fisherman, camper, hunter, you name it, he can’t possibly do without this all singing and dancing Outdoor Weather Indicator Watch. This amazing watch really does do everything he could ever want, from letting you know the tide movements to the temperature, making it a definite must-have gadget for any nature lover.


Bombfell Men’s Clothing Subscription Box

Tragic fashion fails? We’ve all been there; unfortunately for dads, most of them tend to lack in this department, but fear not, the Online Personal Stylist Bombfell is here to help. You start by completing a quiz, so they know everything they should about what you need and want, and send you clothes to fit.

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100 Movies Scratch Off Poster

Is your pops movie mad? Then you’ve probably exhausted the go-to DVD gift already, but no matter how many he’s watched, he’s sure to find plenty of new movies to enjoy with the 100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster. Struggling to find something to view? Scratch off a square and it’ll give you a fab film idea.


Homping Portable Indoor/Outdoor Charcoal Grill

You no longer need to miss out on delicious, cooked meals when camping or taking family road trips with the Homping Charcoal BBQ Grill. This compact grill really can be taken anywhere, and you can cook almost all of your favorite dishes, even if they’re oily thanks to its useful oil-collecting pan – grubs up!

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Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote

Enjoy your screens like never before with Amazon Fire TV. To use this cool gadget, all you need do is plug it into your TV, and you have instant access to all the best channels, programmes, movies, music and more, PLUS you also get Alexa who can’t wait to help you order your fave takeout.

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Hudson Durable Goods Heavy Duty Apron with Tool Pockets

Handmade from waxed canvas is this Hudson Durable Goods Work Apron – when you buy this, you can rest assured you’re buying a gift that’s sure to last. This sturdy work apron has many helpful pockets, so your handyman can comfortably carry his tools, gloves, and goggles with him.


Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers

No sophisticated man should have to use ordinary ice for his whiskey on the rocks, so you just know he has to have these Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers, especially if he’s a fan of the sport. What better way to cool down after a round of golf than with a refreshing glass of fine whiskey.


Whiskey Wedge and Glass

No nerdy hipster dad should be without this ultra cool Whiskey Wedge and Glass. Wake those taste buds with a glass of whiskey served up in a glass that kings would only dream of. The shape of the wedge means it’s less likely to melt as fast as ‘rocks’, so your drink won’t become diluted.


Snack Crate

With delectable hand-picked snacks from around the world, you just know you have to give the Snackcrate a try. This is the perfect birthday gift for dads who love to relax after a hard day at work with a yummy snack and funny movie, plus they’re sure to enjoy new tastes from different countries.

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Fan Chest Subscription Box

Is he a diehard Eagles fan or does he support Cowboys? Whoever his favorite team may be, he can show his undying support with a Fanchest subscription box. There are many different boxes to choose from, and they’re all full to the brim with awesome memorabilia like baseball caps, shirts, mugs, stickers, flags and more.

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Wood Magnetic Balance Lamp

Have your pops become the coolest guy at the office with this stunning Wood Magnetic Balance Lamp. This unique lamp is turned on or off with just a pull of the magnetic spheres, it stays on by them pulling together – how neat is that? This lamp will become the new office talking point, for sure.


Embark Dog DNA Ancestry Test Kit

Have you always wondered what exact breed your dog is? For all you know, he could be a mix of 5 breeds or more! You’ve probably wondered where he got his lovable quirks from, like his big ears or ultra fluffy fur, and you can find all that out with the Embark dog DNA Kit.


GRILLART Grill Brush Bristle Free

So, we all know dads are the grilling kings, but are they as good at getting the BBQ squeaky clean as they are at getting your juicy steak just as you like it? Probably not, but with the stainless steel GRILLART Grill Brush and Scraper, it’ll look just like new, in no time.

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Coleman 28-Quart Cooler With Bail Handle

No family trip is complete without a yummy picnic, though there’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination to find all your tasty snacks and drinks have become warm and gross while stuck in the car. That’s all a thing of the past, though, with this 28 quart Coleman Cooler.

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Flavair Whiskey Subscription Box

He probably does really appreciate the yearly pair of socks for his birthday, but why not spice it up a few notches from now on with the tasteful Flaviar Whiskey Club Subscription Box? It’s sure to ‘rock’ his (plentiful) socks, and with personalized recommendations AND free shipping, how can you resist?!

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Personal Minibar Travel Set

Perfect for any festival-goer, party-thrower, drink-lover or avid-hiker: the nifty Personal Minibar Travel Set. No matter where your busy-bee dad is off to next time, he will be sure to pack this elegant portable mini-bar and you just know that he AND his friends will be super grateful for it.


COWIN Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

Can you hear that? Nope, that’s because, with these professional noise-canceling COWIN headphones, you won’t hear a thing until you turn on your funky tunes. Not only do these headphones look good and sound even better, but they’re also wireless (Bluetooth) so you’re not restricted by annoying cables; break out those groovy moves.


Daily Harvest Smoothie Subscription Box

Daily Harvest is a brand that delivers you cups of delicious healthy food you just need to heat up, or fruity smoothie cups that just need a quick blend. The health conscious can now keep on top of their game on the go, and they can also choose to have them delivered weekly or monthly.

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Letters to My Dad

Don’t worry, you can still make your dad feel special, even if you are away at uni or off traveling, with these adorable ‘Letters to My Dad’. Nothing shows just how much you care quite like handwritten letters do, and you can say exactly what’s on your mind with this heartwarming kit.


Literary Constellation Chart

Have your favorite magical tales written in the stars with this Literary Constellation Chart. We’re sure you’ve never given a uniquely wonderful birthday gift for dad, quite like this one, as the first sentence of each chapter from your chosen book will be taken and transformed into an amazing star constellation.


3 Diy Gifts He’ll Appreciate

How to Turn a Book Into a Handsome Clock

Fancy making this year’s gifts for Dad’s birthday? Take a look at this neat DIY ‘Handsome Clock’. By reading this tutorial over on artofmanliness.com, you’ll find out everything you need to know to make your pops a stylish clock that’s sure to fit right into his man cave or garden shed.

Diy Chef’s Apron

Whether your dad is the king of the grill, or the family chef (or even a real one) why not have a go at making him his own apron. This great tutorial even includes free templates so (almost) all the hard work is done for you; even sewing beginners can master this easy make.

Diy Cordless Drill Storage Charing Station

All handymen could do with this crafty Cordless Drill Storage/Charging Station by Her Tool Belt – take a read of this awesome DIY to find out how. All measurements are helpfully included, as well as the materials you will need to build the station, so what’re you waiting for?

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