Holiday Gift Guide For The Difficult Dad

Dad Can Be Difficult


The holiday season is upon us and that means it is time to kick holiday shopping into high gear. As you’re racking up shopping bags (and hopefully not credit card debt), you might find yourself wondering what to buy dad. After all, he’s already got a cupboard full of funny mugs and a closet full of best shirts. If you’re stumped on what to get the guy, check out these ideas for some inspiration.



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1. Fluance High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

This record player is ideal for dads both young and old. Fathers from the older generation likely have some great vinyl records laying around and nothing to play them one. Meanwhile, record players are becoming a new, cool thing the younger generation is finally discovering for the first time. This particular record player features a diamond stylus for the best sound quality, belt drive, and comes in a beautiful glossy black audio-grade wood.

2. Giant Yard Dice

If your father is a big fan of outdoor games, and who isn’t, pick up a cool pair of giant wooden yard dice. These jumbo dice are perfect for the beach, a picnic, or just playing in the backyard. Every set is hand made from solid pine with the pips branded on each side. The set comes with a drawstring bag for easy transport as well as rules for a handful of different games. 

3. Beer Jelly

The perfect holiday gift for a father who loves beer and jelly. The small-batch preserves are handmade in Vermont and take their inspiration from the many craft breweries in the area. The jellies are made from traditional beer ingredients including yeast, malt, and hops. These delicious jellies are ideal for cheese plates, morning toast, glazes, and even cocktails. They come in a set of four and run $30.

4. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

Dads who enjoy hot sauce on everything, this is the perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer. The kit includes everything needed to create a customized hot sauce including ancho, cayenne, chili spices, and curry. There are instructions included for how to combine spices, peppers, brown sugar, and vinegar to create the perfect hot sauce for your pop’s palette. It includes six bottles as well as labels you can customize. The kit also comes with gloves, a funnel, and sterilizing solution. 

5. Echo Dot

Tech-savvy fathers will get a kick out of the new Echo Dot by Amazon. The Echo Dot, now in its second generation, is hands-free and voice-activated. It uses Alexa to control smart home devices, read the news, set alarms, play music, and offer other additional information like the weather or traffic. It connects to speakers through Bluetooth and can play music from apps like Pandora, Spotify, and Pandora. It can also control fans, thermostats, sprinklers, and other smart devices. Far-field microphones also mean your dad can still be heard on the other side of the room. 

6. Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club delivers high-quality razors on dad’s doorstep for far cheaper than what he pays at the store. The initial shipment includes a weighty handle and refill cartridges, with subsequent shipments including just the cartridges. You can order him a 2, 4, or 6-blade razor, choose the frequency, and cancel anytime if he decides he doesn’t like it. There are also add-ons available like shave cream and aftershave. Prices vary depending on what you choose and the website frequently offers deals.

7. Classic Book Set

If you head to Amazon’s website, you can find all kinds of boxed book sets. If your father is a reader, he’s bound to enjoy any number of these sets. There a banned books box set with classics like “Fahrenheit 451” and “Song of Solomon,” major works of Dickens set with “Great Expectations,” “Bleak House,” and “A Tale of Two Cities” among others, and a Shakespeare set with varying works. Prices range depending on the set.

8. Football Playbook Glasses

These are glasses, not mugs, just to be clear. Each of the four glasses comes with a different football formation illustrated on the glass including the toss back, draw, blitz, and shotgun. Aside from looking pretty cool, they can also be an inspiration for a new drinking game on football Sunday’s when pop is hanging with the guys. Glasses are six inches tall with 16 fl. oz. capacity.

The Perfect Gift: Plan One-on-One Time

It sounds cheesy, but just planning some one-on-one time will likely make your father’s day. Adult children can be hard to pin down, as we are usually busy with work, significant others, our own children, or maybe we just live too far to spend as much time together as we would like. Find out what his schedule is like and let him know you’ve planned something for just the two of you. Make sure it’s something he enjoys, whether that’s going for a hike, watching a football game at a bar, or bowling a few games.

There are plenty of cool things out there you can get your father, so hopefully this won’t be another year where you and your siblings go halfsies on mugs and shirts, again. If the above items aren’t hitting the mark, consider other neat things like a nice backpack if he travels or hikes a lot, warm and cozy UGG slippers, a new watch, or just a good bottle of wine.