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The Complete Holiday Gift Guide for Dad

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Stephanie MialkiGuest Blogger
December 02, 2016 · 2.7k Views

It’s almost that time again! That is, time to start your Christmas shopping if you haven’t done so already (if you’re anything like me… you haven’t). As you know, one of the most important people to shop for is dad. But unfortunately, dads aren’t always the easier people to shop for. So to make your life a little bit easier, we’ve put together a list of some of the best Christmas gift ideas for dads this year. Take a look!

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  1. Ultimate Universal Remote

    Dads, as a whole population, are well-known for their seemingly insatiable need to control the remote control, am I right? With all of today’s technology, everything has a separate remote control and it’s a huge pain in the neck. So why not make his life a little easier and get him a remote that he can use to control everything! The Ultimate Universal Remote by Logitech can be connected to up to 8 devices at a time, and is compatible with over 270,000 devices in all. Now he can control the TV, the soundbar, the Roku, the Playstation, the cable, and the Xbox One all with just one single remote! Get this Logitech Harmony Ultimate All in One Remote ($286.99) from Amazon.
  2. Leatherman Multi Tool

    If your dad is like most dads, he can and will fix everything that needs fixing, rather than calling in the professionals - and the Leatherman will become his new best friend. This is one of the more notable and well crafted multi-purpose tools on the market currently. Complete with various screwdriver tips, scissors, nail clippers, a knife and other handy tools, there isn’t much these bad boys can’t assist with. So rather than getting your dad another big bulky tool set this year, just grab one of these multi tools that will fit right in his pocket or glovebox. Get this Leatherman 13-Tool REV Multi-Purpose Tool ($29.97) from The Home Depot.
  3. Nest Smart Thermostat

    This smart thermostat tracks your temperature patterns. If you like it warmer at night and cooler when you’re at work, no problem. This thermostat keeps track of the time and the temperature, and adjusts the temperature for you. What’s more is that you can even sync this thermostat with your smartphone so that you can monitor and control the temperature when you’re not at home! Get this Nest 3rd Generation Learning Thermostat ($249.99) from Best Buy.
  4. Adjustable Dumbbells

    For the dads who want to get or stay in shape, and want to feel good about themselves, but don’t have time to go the gym, a set of adjustable dumbbells is perfect for them. These typically range from 5 pounds to over 50 pounds, depending on the brand or retailer. Adjustable dumbbells are available at tons of major retailers, as well as online, so you should have no problem at all finding them. Get this Gold's Gym Adjustable Cast Dumbbell Set, 40 lbs ($34.84) from Walmart.

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  5. All-in-One Home Bartending Tool

    Bar10der Blue is a 10-in-1 bar tool that is sure to make dad look like professional mixologist. Pretty much every tool he’ll need for the home-bar is part of this compact, space-saving device, including a muddler, reamer, channel knife, jigger, zester, knife, stirrer, strainer, corkscrew, and the ever-so-handy bottle opener. Get this Quench™ Bar10der The Ultimate Cocktail Tool ($29.99) from Bed Bath & Beyond.
  6. PlayStation 4

    All work and no play isn’t a very fun way to live life. The solution? A Playstation 4! Spend some quality bonding time with dad over a game of Madden. Whether your dad is a big gamer or not, a Playstation 4 is still a wonderful gift. It has a built in web browser, a bluray player, and it can host your favorite TV apps like Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix. Get this PlayStation 4 Console Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Bundle ($299.99) from Best Buy.
  7. Black & Decker Matrix Drill

    Another tool! It’s a good thing most dads really like tools, huh? This power drill is battery operated so dad can use it almost anywhere as long as it’s charged or has working batteries in it. No more having to twist the screwdriver, causing calluses on his hands. He works hard enough as it is, so why not try to make to make the work just a little bit easier for him? Get this Black & Decker Matrix 20V Maximum 3/8" Cordless Drill ($50.99) from Target.
  8. Stainless-Steel Grill Set

    In most families, dads are the grill masters. It’s that simple. It’s also true that most dads like to show off their master grilling skills to anyone who will watch, listen, and seem interested. So for both of these reasons, having a really nice set of stainless steel grilling utensils is super important. Consider this gift as a great way to show dad that his grilling is almost as awesome as he is. Get this Cuisinart 14-Piece Deluxe Stainless-Steel Grill Set ($30.75) from Amazon.
  9. Roku 3 with Voice Search

    The Roku 3 will allow dad to access hundreds of channels and apps on any TV device. With this, he can stream from any service that he has a subscription through including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Instant Video, Spotify, Pandora, and so much more. Roku even has a built in search feature where he can search for a title, and it will tell you which, if any platform currently hosts that title and how to watch it. Roku allows far more content at a far cheaper cost than any satellite or cable provider. Get this Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (4230R) with Voice Search ($84.90) from Amazon.
  10. SmartStart Remote Car Starter

    It goes without saying that being able to start your car and have it warm up (or cool off) while you sit inside and sip coffee is a luxury not to pass up. Getting your dad a remote car starter is simple, easy, and it will be one of the greatest gifts you’ve ever given him. You’ll see. Get this Directed SmartStart with GPS Tracking ($129.97) from Walmart.


Buying presents for our parents - especially our dads - can be a difficult task, but it truly is the thought that counts. So as long as you choose something that you think will really mean a lot to your dad this year, that’s all that matters. Keep that in mind when shopping around for some of the things on this list!

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Stephanie Mialki is a mommy of two under two, a fitness enthusiast, and a digital marketing guru. She spends all of her spare time….oh wait, what spare time? She has a passion for business building and has successfully assisted more than 20 entrepreneurs start their own companies.

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