What do you call this infamous Christmas tradition? Depending on where you are in the country, you might use one name or the other for the same game. There are a variety of variations on how to execute this gift exchange, but the fundamental difference between these two monikers lies in what you’re gifting. Is your gift exchange all about funny, impractical gifts? Then you’ve likely been playing White Elephant all along. If your gift exchange is more about universal, practical gift-giving- that’s a Yankee Swap. However you choose to play, coming up with the perfect gift can be tricky. Browse these gift exchange gift ideas for more inspiration.
As someone who just got the keys to my first home, there’s one thing I wish I had at all times: a wireless camera to keep an eye on things. The Logitech Circle 2 is the best pick, as it ran away with our roundup of the best smart indoor security cameras. It’s affordable, easy to use, comes with free 24-hour storage, works indoors and out, and is compatible with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, and Google.

Jazzercise is back! For under $20 per month, you can give the gift of a monthly membership to this on-demand platform and infuse just the right amount of Spandex-enhanced fitness in someone’s life. The platform includes 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-minute class sessions, perfect for fitting in a workout no matter how busy your schedule is. Sessions utilize dance cardio, along with other proven fitness methods like HIIT, kickboxing, strength training, and more, to target a variety of muscle groups and require minimal equipment to get the fitness fun flowing. New content is released every week, and it’s a surprisingly fun workout for mother-daughter duos to do together.
Philips Hue A19 smart light bulbs make it easy for Dad to create a relaxing environment for when he’s at home, and they’re even easier to control using Bluetooth and his smartphone. If your dad is particularly tech savvy, we recommend adding a Hue hub, which will allow him to set Schedules, as well as integrate the light bulbs with motion sensors and wireless switches from the Hue family of accessories. The White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit includes four bulbs (and a Hue hub) to get dad’s system off the ground and running.
In this strange, strange year, a 1,000-piece Lego set (1,023 pieces, to be exact) paired with a cup of coffee sounds like the perfect Saturday-morning getaway from Dad’s usual doomscrolling. We’ve been drooling over Lego’s The Mandalorian Razor Crest set since we first saw it at Toy Fair in the Before Times. (How can you resist tiny Baby Yoda?) We think dads who are Star Wars fans will get a kick out of it, too.
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If he loved chocolate milk as a kid, this elevated health-focused version in a can will be the wow-worthy gift he’ll want to add to his regular routine. It’s a lactose-free, low-sugar, non-GMO, and high-protein take on everyone’s favorite childhood drink, with each can boasting a full 17 grams of protein and only 130 calories. It’s also a great protein solution for vegetarians who still enjoy dairy.

This deeply relaxing Anim massage oil from Asheville Botanicals was created with input from professional massage therapists to offer the deepest therapeutic relief for sore, tired muscles. It contains organic oils blended with a concentrated hemp extract for a light, moisturizing oil that enhances relaxation. Each bottle contains 200 mg of hemp extract that works hard on muscles to soothe, calm, and relax. A massage with this stuff is a surefire way to be lulled into restful sleep.
Every man’s car is his baby. Show your dad and his baby some extra love this Christmas with the Turtle Wax Complete ICE Premium Car Care Kit. This kit comes complete with eight items; the ICE Interior Cleaner & Protectant (T484R), ICE Spray Wax (T477R), ICE Speed Compound (50598), ICE Spray Detailer (T470R), 2 Microfiber Towels and 2 Foam Applicator Pads. With a smart shield technology, the premium care kit for cars builds layers of shine & protection. All products included in the kit help remove dust, stains and scratches with no greasy trace or drying in the crevice. Love this product? Check out our review of the best car waxes for our top picks.
While a kitchen faucet may not be exactly what they expected, the kitchen design lovers on your list will obsess over this Isenberg K. 1200 Caso in their sink. It’s a dual spray stainless steel kitchen faucet with a pull-out function that makes everything from filling to washing a pot far easier than ever before, all while looking like an ad for luxurious living. This is definitely for the one always admiring kitchen decor and appliances, and will last for years.

The health benefits of dark chocolate are plentiful—and just more reason to love these delicious, mildly sweet Omnom Chocolate bars made with 70 percent Tanzanian beans. The brand is committed to using the best ingredients and prides itself on focusing on organic single-origin Tanzanian cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, and egg-free, dairy-free, tree nut-free production in Iceland. It’s a tasty and unique gift for chocolate purists and food tourists alike.

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!
This kit of targeted supplements was designed to keep bloating away and gut health in play, offering probiotic and enzyme support to three key areas including reproductive health organs, the gut, and the immune system. Packed with organic ingredients like fenugreek seed powder, dandelion root, and parsley leaf powder, this bloat-busting kit goes to work in a matter of days, making the female microbiome a happier, more sparkle-worthy place.
Maybe the person on your list already has everything she needs to make the brightest holiday memories, but giving her a new Feed Projects Eleanor Bag (or anything else from the line) does a world of good beyond just giving the gift of fashion. Feed donates a whopping 75 meals to hungry mouths for every Eleanor bag purchased. The gift of karma is a free bonus.
This Carhartt jacket is a clean and stylishly designed jacket ideal for the contemporary man. The Carhartt Men’s Sherpa Lined Sandstone Sierra jacket is a 100% cotton with awesome cuffs that keep out the wind and weather. There are also two pockets of proper sizing that enable you to store any necessities as you please. The angle of all pockets ensures that you don’t lose any of your valuables as you feel great in this jacket.
We love Field Notes notebooks of all designs for their quality, but this special collection featuring 18 national parks on the covers of the company’s perfectly pocket-sized notebooks is especially alluring. Depending on which series you choose (or maybe you prefer to buy the whole set), your dad might be inspired by the artists’ richly hued depictions of Denali National Park’s green aurora or the bison of Yellowstone.

They’ll love cuddling up to this thoughtful duvet cover from made from 100 percent certified organic bamboo in a sateen weave finish. The buttery-soft texture will lull them to sleep, and the brand promises no blends, compromises, or drama with the fabric. It’s also mindfully designed with easy-to-use interior snaps and antibacterial finishes. This duvet is even more exciting than finally learning how to fold a fitted sheet.


Dad has been there for you through it all: bike falls, broken hearts, you name it. The best way to show your #1 guy how much you appreciate him is with a gift that's equally thoughtful, practical, and budget-friendly (since you know that is very important to him). Steal the show on Christmas, his birthday, or any other special occasion by showing up with these unique gifts for dad, ranging in price, shipping time, and sentiment. There are picks for every kind of dad: the beer lover, home chef, the one who might as well be called "Mr. Handyman," and so forth. If he's the dad who claims he already has everything he could ever want, we made sure to find a few thoughtful options that will prove him otherwise (and steal his heart at the same time). But we all know that anything is a win in his eyes, as long as it comes from his son or daughter.
If you have a frustrated traveler on your hands, Atlas Coffee Club might just satisfy their wanderlust until it’s safe to get on a plane again. Every month Atlas delivers coffees from all around the world right to their doorstep. With vastly differing flavors and interesting postcards that detail the history of the coffee from each country, this just might provide your giftee with their fill of adventure in their morning cup of joe.
If your dad is an early adopter who’s always on the lookout for the latest and greatest tech, or if he just can’t get his hands on a new Xbox or PlayStation this year, a virtual reality headset could be the perfect escape. The Oculus Quest 2 is Wirecutter’s favorite VR headset because it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to use. It doesn’t require any cords or expensive PCs, so your dad can play games anywhere. Just don’t be surprised when he won’t give you a turn.
This gentle-on-skin Cilque Plus silk face mask is a one-size-fits-most face mask made of 100 percent mulberry silk. It’s machine washable, but if you don’t have access to a laundry machine, you can disinfect your face mask in another way and swap out the air filter for a new one. The adjustable ear loop and nose clip make wearing it ultra-comfortable.
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Founded in a garage by bike messenger Rob Honeycutt 25 years ago, the Timbuk2 is an original San Francisco brand known for the design of quality accessories, bags and packs that last for a lifetime. All products created by Timbuk2 are made with style and a passion for durability and functionality. The Timbuk2 Q Laptop Backpack is an original backpack that comes complete with a padded laptop compartment secure enough to fit a 17” Macbook. Keep yourself hydrated and your laptop safe with a side pocket that can contain your water bottle. The Timbuk2 Q also comes with the industry-leading brand’s legendary lifetime warranty. Be sure to also check out our list of the best laptop bags for more great items like this.
The Nightflight from MONTBLANC is a great option when searching for a wallet that is both classic and functional. With eight credit card slots and two compartments for money, this wallet is lightweight and fits right into your pocket without any visible and disturbing bulge. For more wallet Christmas gift ideas for new dads, check out our guide to the best front pocket wallets.

Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to hear "Hotel California" for the umpteenth time in a row, but Dad’s got his boombox out and he’s ready to rock. Entice him to isolate the experience with this pair of slick earbuds. These little pods have an incredible 10 hours of battery life and feel great in the ear, so they can be worn comfortably for as long as he feels like it. Now he can blast his beats to himself until he falls asleep. Read the review here.


If you’re shopping for a lady who seems to have everything, a gift subscription to GlobeIn is the pick for you. Every month she’ll get a box filled with handcrafted, artisanal goods from around the world. Everything from beautifully woven baskets and hand-blown glasses to tea kits and pottery is up for grabs in GlobeIn’s wonderful variety of products.
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.
Bring out the explorer in your favourite man this Christmas with the Suunto Core All Black Altimeter. This wrist-top computer watch can sense a drop in air pressure and track the weather conditions as well as the sun for you. This all-black watch is designed to suit all styles of the modern man so no matter what look he’s going for, there a Suunto to suit him perfectly. Combining a barometer and a compass with weather information, the essence of the great outdoors is distilled into Suunto Core; thus, it’s the best gift to unleash the adventurous side of any man.
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.
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 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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