Take, for example, the D.I.Y. Laguiole Toothpick Knife Kit: Like a pocket knife, a traditional toothpick knife can be used for a wide variety of everyday tasks, from opening a package (video) to chopping fruits and veggies. (If your dad is so daring, he can even take its name literally and use it to floss.) With this knife kit, your dad will have all the parts necessary to make his own Occitan-style pocket knife (so it’s a mini assembly project, where building it is half the fun). This gift is craftier and requires a bigger time commitment than if you simply got your dad Wirecutter’s favorite budget pocket knife, the Sanrenmu 710 (aka 7010). But the 710 is a great choice, too, if your dad doesn’t have time for crafts.
Looking to treat Dad really big this year? Gift the Apple AirPods Max -- it's like AirPods in an over-ear headphone design with active noise cancellation. Features include a breathable mesh canopy headband, stainless steel arms, telescoping arms, anodized aluminum cups and memory foam ear cushions. It also comes with a Smart Case that keeps the headphones in a low-power state to preserve charge. Pre-order the AirPods Max, which will drop on Dec. 15. 

Whether your dad is a hunter, a hobbyist nature observer, or someone who just wants to know what goes bump in the night outside his rural home, an inexpensive trail camera is a surprisingly effective tool for capturing clear images and videos of wildlife. Our testing showed that the Wildgame Innovations Mirage 18 is the best trail camera under $100 because of its 720p resolution and ability to detect movement from up to 40 feet away. Just be sure to avoid its watchful eye when you’re sneaking out at night.

Having a functional golf bag can rekindle any flickering love one has for the game. The Callaway Golf Capital Stand Bag features five pockets that store a water bottle, gloves, full-length apparels, your valuables and a full-size golf ball. This 5-way top divider system and padded shoulder strap which provides extra comfort as you move can play crucial a part in your performance. Get this bag for Daddy this Christmas in their preferred colour and watch them carry this lightweight beauty to victory on the golf course!
Bryce Gruber covers gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at RD.com, although you've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting topics at TheLuxurySpot.com, Bravo, Parents.com, Martha Stewart, and on your TV screen through national talk shows including The Tamron Hall Show. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children. Find her on social media at @brycegruber.
These JLab Audio Go Air True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are a great budget-friendly gift for smartphone users. The charging case is included, and a sweat-resistant design makes them the perfect choice for active types, those living in warm climates, and anyone prone to keeping their earbuds in for long periods of time. They’re surprisingly high-end for the price, offering bass boost, sound balance, and a Bluetooth 5.0 connection. Here are another 15 cell phone accessories you’ll end up using every day.
Signe Brewster is a senior staff writer at Wirecutter covering drones, virtual reality, 3D printers, STEM toys, smart-home gadgets, and hobby tools. She previously reported on emerging technology and science for several tech publications (with brief stints at CERN and The Onion). She spends her free time quilting and pursuing an MFA in creative writing.
There’s no reason to spend a small fortune on building bricks when this MAX Build More Building Bricks Set comes with 759 premium building bricks that are fully compatible with LEGO bricks. That means you can beef up your child’s collection of core pieces and shapes at a major savings without having to stress about the holiday budget. Here are more of the hottest Christmas toys to buy before they sell out.
Wirecutter editor Tim Barribeau waxed poetic about Hasami porcelain in 2017 and again in spring 2020, and in his stead, I will do the same. My favorite mugs—like Tim’s—are from Hasami, a Japanese ceramics company. I bet one of these mugs, given the chance, will become your dad’s favorite, too. Hasami mugs are gorgeous porcelain pieces that always look like a set, no matter what size or color you end up buying. They’re easily (and pleasantly) stackable, making it a joy to view more than one on your shelves. To start, I recommend investing in the 13-ounce mug in gloss gray, which is, in my opinion, the perfect size in the most striking color available.

For the storyteller in your life, Storyworth is a service that will send your giftee questions and prompts every week via email for a whole year. The questions will urge the recipient to tell sentimental stories that give a window into their life. After the year is up, Storyworth compiles all those stories into a beautifully bound book, permanently recording all of their best anecdotes and memories.


While a personal massage therapist would be a wonderful gift, this portable massager is a more practical solution to alleviate muscle tension. We tried the line of Theragun products, and the mini stood out to us as an accessible and effective way to massage out any soreness. Plus, if she’s working in front of a desk all day, she’ll surely appreciate this pocket-size problem solver.
Sweatshirts from Hanes don’t only look good, but they feel extra comfortable as well. True to size, the Hanes Men’s Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt is an ideal gift for your favourite man this Christmas. This sweatshirt keeps you warm with its cotton-blend fleece that doesn’t weigh you down. With well-done stitching and bright prints, the Hanes sweatshirt has its label printed on the sweater itself, preventing that annoying itch that comes with collar tags. Spice up his Christmas with sweatshirts that have exciting and hilarious holiday graphics from Hanes. Our handy guide to the best Christmas jumpers features more great products like this.

This special-edition holiday kit from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare will gently strip back the old, dull layers of skin we’ve all been trapped in this year to reveal a new, brighter face for 2021. The set includes two face peels that help refine the skin while minimizing the appearance of fine lines, large pores, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts. Whew, that’s a lot! While you’re shopping, don’t miss these anti-aging creams that dermatologists trust the most.

Signe Brewster is a senior staff writer at Wirecutter covering drones, virtual reality, 3D printers, STEM toys, smart-home gadgets, and hobby tools. She previously reported on emerging technology and science for several tech publications (with brief stints at CERN and The Onion). She spends her free time quilting and pursuing an MFA in creative writing.


Breakfast is a critical meal that often shapes the rest of our day. With running errands and having to take the kids to school, there’s only so much we can do. Most times we wish we could grab a quick sandwich and move. The good news is that with the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker, your morning can be made easier. Make a perfectly delicious breakfast sandwich in under five minutes in the comfort of your home by layering fresh ingredients such as eggs or cheese underneath your selected bread. What’s more, there’s no need to fuss about how tiring clean-up will be, as this sandwich maker comes with removable parts that can be placed into the dishwasher with ease!


Whether it’s game day or just a busy Wednesday, sometimes you just want something quick, easy, and delicious. Air fryers aren’t the most health-conscious products in the world, but they do a good job of providing crispy food without the mess or hassle of frying in oil. This Philips model won our roundup of the best air fryers, excelling in most of our testing.
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