Maybe he's an audiophile or maybe he likes not dealing with a pesky wire when he's out for a run. No matter his reason, every guy appreciates a good pair of wireless earbuds—and according to our experts, it doesn't get any better than Apple AirPods Pro. Not only do the recognizable white earbuds have a more comfortable fit, but the upgraded AirPods Pro also use active noise cancellation technology so he can listen to his tunes in peace.
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Whether you’re celebrating your granddad, your dad, or your favorite “zaddy,” you may need some gifting inspiration. Dads often don’t help in this regard; the most common refrain from my own father as we approach any holiday is a gruff “I don’t want anything.” But of course he does, and even if you can’t pull it out of him, you can still get your dad something he’ll appreciate. Send him one of these great, Wirecutter-recommended gifts for dads—none of which is another boring tie.
While Bose’s excellent Quiet Comfort headphones have owned the noise cancelling space for years, Sony is the new champ in town, topping our ratings. Now widely regarded as the best all-around noise canceling headphones you can get, the Sony 1000XM4s offer superb sound quality, cancel out ambient noise beautifully, and are supremely comfy for long flights, train rides, or just working at your desk.
Give Dad the gift of sleep. Google's Nest Mini has a lot of uses, but it's also one of our favorite white noise machines. Just have him say "Hey Google, play rain sounds" or "white noise" or "fan sounds." There's a whole list of relaxing sounds any Google Assistant speaker can make. But ambient sounds are just a sliver of what Google Assistant can do: It can play the news, blast music, answer your Google queries, even control other smart home equipment he might have installed around the house.
Danish brewery Mikkeller is renowned not only for its beer, but also for art director Keith Shore’s distinctly funky label design. If your dad misses cracking a beer with friends and playing cards, he might take some delight in Mikkeller’s Henry & Sally Playing Cards featuring Shore’s unique art. Pair a deck with a few cans of Mikkeller beer (we’re partial to its stouts) for all of the brownie points.
These cozy slippers by Staheekum are a well-made marvel he’ll use every day. They’re lined with country flannel to be warm, durable, and indoor-outdoor friendly, since they’re paired with a hearty synthetic sole. He’ll kick back by the fireplace, run for the paper at the end of the driveway, or tinker around the garage on a chilly day. Bonus: They’re true to size, which makes gift shopping a cinch. Looking for something more unusual? These unique gifts for him should do the trick!
If they’re prone to loving everything pink—from pink clothes to pink lakes—this bag of SaltWorks Ancient Ocean Himalayan Pink Salt is the ideal gift under $10. It’s comparable to regular table salt in use and size but a million times more beautiful, thanks to the natural mineral deposits that give it a soft, rosy glow. It’s also ethically sourced and devoid of GMOs.
If you’re looking to splurge on a special woman in your life, this Dyson hair dryer, engineered for all different hair types, is a worthy investment. It’s been known to drastically reduce hair-drying time without using extreme heat, and its cool, space-agey design is a nice bonus to boot. We tested it ourselves, and were truly blown away by how easily we were able to get a salon-quality blowout right at home.
Any dad who tinkers needs a solid tool to make precision cuts. This lightweight, stainless steel knife is sleek enough to carry around and sturdy enough to handle all of his slicing needs. The 3.5-inch blade flicks open with alarming speed and a satisfying snap. It’s great for outdoor use, say while camping or fishing. Or, if your dad is really hardcore, he can use it to open mail in record time.
Whether they work on this glamorous Four Ferns puzzle from Lemonade Puzzles alone or as a team, it’ll provide hours of fulfilling brain teasing and an end product that’s so beautiful to look at it that it may need to end up on a wall. The artist, Juliana Lupacchino, is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and she uses the Southern landscape as inspiration for many of her pieces. You might also want to include some of these classic board games everyone should own.
While the stereotypical dad might bristle at the idea of preparing food with anything other than caveman methods, this propane smoker is a fantastic alternative to traditional wood-based cooking. Where a regular smoker would require constant fussiness and attention to ensure the meal comes out just right, the Masterbuilt needs little caretaking. Dad can just place the ingredients onto the four racks inside the cooking chamber, set the temperature, and wait for the perfectly smoked delicacies to emerge. Read our full review here.
This aptly named Seize the Season holiday gift box that includes three pairs of Gaten Matarazzo x Happy Socks will make the Stranger Things fan in your life quiver with joy. They’ll celebrate the moment they’re in with Gaten (aka Dustin), his holiday spirit animals, and the stocking stuffers of everyone’s happiest sock-related dreams. Any true Netflix fan will approve of this awesome gift for boys.
Everyone loves Alexa, and there’s no doubt that your father will fall in love with her too with one of these great Christmas gifts. Both intriguing and exciting, the second generation of Echo comes complete with noise cancellation, beamforming technology and seven microphones. Talk from any corner of your home and watch Echo react with ease on the Echo 2nd Generation Smart Speaker. There is an instant connection between Alexa and Echo to help you make calls, enjoy some music, ask questions and set timers for your Christmas dinner. Just ask for a song, audiobook, radio station or order an extra-large pizza and watch this smart speaker work its magic.
The WIRED Gear team has taken turns sporting the Trtl around the office (we’re cool like that), and we’ve determined that the makers have come up with a better alternative to the standard neck cushion. The Trtl is an adjustable, flexible neck brace with a super-soft fleece coating and a scarf that wraps around so it doesn’t look like, well, like you’re wearing a neck brace. You can wedge the curved side of it along your jawline and sleep with your head tilted to the side, or put it behind your head for extra cushioning. If Dad's a frequent flyer and regularly dozes off on flights, this will give him a little more comfort.
Got a carb lover on your list? You’ve just found the perfect unique gift. This countertop machine provides fresh-baked goodness without your giftee ever having to leave home—and delivers it in under two hours with the express cycle. There’s even a keep-warm function that allows up to 60 minutes of additional warming, so everyone in the house gets a fresh taste from the family bakery. For more ideas for home chefs, check out these other kitchen gadgets they’ll wish they had years ago.
Maybe they already have some pretty cool kitchen gear, but nothing will compare to this Chef iQ smart pressure cooker. It pairs with an accompanying app via Wi-Fi and has a built-in scale for easy measuring, an auto steam release, and more than 300 smart cooking presets. The hearty six-quart size is big enough to feed the family—and petite enough to leave counter space to spare. It’s a fantasy gift for those with a soft spot for kitchen technology, and it will definitely change the way they interact with dinner.
Sure, they could just keep their old vacuum, but once they see this Tineco Pure One X Cordless Smart Vacuum, they’ll never look back. In fact, it might even make them excited to do household chores. Imagine that! It boasts a number of futuristic features like iLoop smart sensor technology that senses dirt and optimizes suction power in real time to preserve battery life. It’s also lightweight and easy enough for, dare we say it, anyone to clean the whole home. Here are another 25 gifts for people who can’t stop cleaning their houses.
These number one best-selling hiking shoes for men come with thousands of positive ratings, thanks to their quality construction, sturdy synthetic soles, performance suede leather and mesh uppers, and a protective rubber toe cap that keeps the wearer warm and dry. They fit and feel like a sneaker that’s somehow able to do much heavier-duty work, like hiking through damp forests—or just heading down the slushy winter driveway to the mailbox. We’re supportive either way.
If his favorite phrase is "Has anyone seen my keys?!" he will benefit from a Tile Mate. The number one item finder on Amazon, the Bluetooth tracker clips right onto his key ring and can locate things over 200 feet away. Users praise its long battery life and the loud volume of the ringer (no way those keys are going to get away from him next time!).
The iRobot Roomba 675 is the only vacuum anyone actually wants as a gift. It’s Wi-Fi-enabled, cleans on demand, and doesn’t require anyone getting off the sofa. In other words, even the laziest soul can get the house looking tidy with the help of this nifty little robot, and that’s a life we want to be a part of. Make sure the lucky recipient knows these tips about where you should (and shouldn’t) store a Roomba.
When you're living the #DadLife, comfy shoes can be a lifesaver. But who says they can't look good, too? OluKai designs shoes and sandals that are durable enough to handle a Hawaiian lifestyle and are comfortable to wear. The Nohea Moku shoes have a great drop-in heel that bends inward so dad can slide his shoes on quickly if needed. The rest of the shoe is made from non-marking rubber and a breathable mesh with elastic lacing.