Whether you're shopping for gifts for his birthday, Father's Day, the holidays, or just because, we thought you might need some help with your search for the best gift ideas for a father-in-law. It’s only natural to want to honor your own daddy-o on holidays and events, but once you’re a two-some, you’ll have a “bonus” dad to celebrate as well. That can be difficult though, since you may not know him quite as well as your own dad (who, by the way, can be difficult to shop for in his own right!).
Don’t worry, we get it, and that’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gift ideas for a father-in-law, from the funny to the classic and just about everything in between.
If your father-in-law likes to enjoy a cold one from time to time, he needs his own mug or glass that lets him know you’re lucky to have him in your life. This one, available on a mug, pub glass or whiskey glass, is sweetly inscribed with “Best Bonus Dad Ever.” Awww.
TheBlastedBoutique father-in-law beer glass, $18, Etsy
A crisp button-down is one of our favorite gift ideas for a father-in-law. It’s a classic gift that’s just right for pretty much any guy. We’re loving this sky blue and white gingham shirt from Tie Bar. He can dress it down with jeans or khaki shorts, or pair it with slacks and a tie for a day at the office.
The Tie Bar sky blue classic gingham shirt, $55, The Tie Bar
Craft brews are totally having their moment right now, so of course, every guy needs a growler to bring home his favorite brew. Why not opt for this one, courtesy of Shutterfly. It’s a behemoth at 64 ounces, and comes in three finishes; stainless steel, trendy copper, and for the father-in-law who’s looking for that masculine vibe, matte black. A monogram surrounded by an attractive wheat design adds a nice finishing touch.
Shutterfly wheat growler, $50, Shutterfly
We love a gift for your father-in-law that does double duty. This cooler is perfect for toting beers to the big game, and it also serves as a chair so your father-in-law can kick back while enjoying his beverage of choice. This unique gift can be personalized with your father-in-law’s name.
WeddingWire Shop folding cooler chair, $28, WeddingWire Shop
If your father-in-law is a spiritual guy or one who loves sentimental gifts, we’ve got the perfect father-in-law gift idea for you. It’s a frameable poem that lets him know how welcome he’s made you feel. This vintage-inspired 8x10 poster is printed on parchment-like paper and would look great with or without a frame. Either way, this is a gift your father in law isn’t likely to forget any time soon!
American Luxury Gifts father in law print, $12, Amazon
What guy wouldn’t appreciate an awesome charcuterie platter? If you need a great gift idea for your father-in-law, we promise this one won’t disappoint. This wood platter allows him to elevate any tailgate party or outdoor picnic with an ample cutting surface and a unique pull-out drawer that provides storage for cutlery. A cut-out along the edge of the tray is the perfect place for crackers.
Bambusi slide out charcuterie platter, $55, Amazon
We couldn’t resist adding another whiskey gift to our list when we saw this gorgeous globe decanter. It’s crafted from hand-blown glass etched with a world map, resting on a handsome dark wooden frame. So if you’re searching for gifts for your father-in-law, this would make the perfect addition to his desk.
Kemstood whiskey globe decanter, $40, Amazon
A nice dopp kit is a safe bet if you’re looking for gift ideas for your father-in-law who loves to travel. And this one is a standout: it’s handcrafted from real buffalo leather and weathered to a rugged finish he’ll appreciate. A sizable interior provides plenty of room for everything he needs, while an outer zip pocket is handy for smaller essentials.
Kolmac genuine buffalo leather toiletry bag, $35, Amazon
Maybe your father-in-law is a total grill master (or thinks he is one, anyway!). This personalized spatula is sure to be a welcome addition to his BBQ tool set. Not only can the handle be (affordably!) personalized, the words “#1 Dad” are laser cut into the stainless steel. Oh, and it even has a built-in bottle opener in case your dad likes to crack open a cold one while grilling.
WeddingWire Shop BBQ grill spatula, $20, WeddingWire Shop
Is there a better gift for guys than meat? We don’t think so! That’s why we’ve included this premium jerky crate from Man Crates on our list of the best gift ideas for a father-in-law. It arrives in a real wooden crate with a handy crowbar to pry it open. It’s a fun way for him to get to all that smoked goodness inside–the crate is filled to the brim with meats from all over the world. Jerkies like wild boar, elk, alligator and pheasant will keep him coming back for more.
Man Crates exotic meats crate, $110, Man Crates
If you’re searching for the perfect gift ideas for a father-in-law who loves new grooming products, you’ve got to snag him a subscription to BirchBox Men. For just $10 per month, you can give him the gift of five sample-sized products from some of the top men’s grooming brands available today.
BirchBox monthly plan, price varies with subscription, Birchbox
For the father-in-law who loves tech gear is this handy in-home weather forecasting station. A small outdoor adapter feeds data to the unit, which then displays the weather conditions, high and low temp and humidity level on a color screen. He’ll never have to guess the weather before heading out for the day when he keeps this on his counter.
AcuRite Weather Station, $55, Amazon
If your father-in-law is totally baffled by technology, this Do Anything Smart Button may be the perfect gift. You can assign this simple silicone button up to three tasks, such as turning off the lights, adjusting music’s volume, or even turning on or off the sprinklers. Your father-in-law will be totally wowed by this easy-to-use device (provided you set it up for him!).
Uncommon Goods Do Anything Smart Button, from $35, Uncommon Goods
A great pair of noise-cancelling headphones has so many uses: on trips, while falling asleep, when the grandkids come over...just saying. So if you’re trying to come up with gift ideas for your father in law, these Bose headphones should definitely be on your list. These premium headphones are wireless, so he won’t have to worry about getting tangled up in cords, and are surrounded by ample cushioning around the ears for a comfortable fit.
Bose noise-cancelling headphones, $350, Nordstrom
Rugged and handsome while at the same time elegant and refined are these Ted Baker cufflinks from Nordstrom. They’d make a great wedding gift for a father in law, but they’re also the perfect little token of appreciation if you’re looking for gifts for a father-in-law, or even a great option for a birthday. These cufflinks feature a square shape that’s part brass finished in grey and part enamel painted a subtle turquoise hue.
Ted Baker London Forst cufflinks, $95, Nordstrom
A robe is an ideal gift for the father-in-law who can be a bit stressed out. This comfortable waffle robe will help your father-in-law relax after a long day—and we love how it can be monogrammed with his initials.
WeddingWIre Shop men’s robe, $30, WeddingWire Shop
Got a father-in-law who loves to travel the world? Gift him this leather passport holder from Saturdays NYC. It’s got a place for his passport, along with five other card inserts and a place for paper money, too. Available in a handsome black or a more casual tan hue, it’s everything he needs on his next international adventure.
Saturdays NYC leather passport wallet, $195, Nordstrom
The two things everyone carries today are a phone and a wallet. So why not gift your father-in-law this charging wallet so one of these go-to accessories can keep the other one up and running? Whether he’s taking important calls, listening to a podcast, or simply loves to have his tunes handy, we can guarantee your father in law will get plenty of use out of this wallet.
Nomad slim charging wallet, $80, Amazon
Every father-in-law enjoys a casual day every once in awhile! Now, he can relax in style when you gift him the Vince slim-fit casual pullover hoodie from Nordstrom. This soft grey hoodie is super cozy, but the slim fit prevents a slouchy look. Sweater-knit cotton allows this pullover to feel warm but not restrictive.
Vince slim fit pullover hoodie, $225, Nordstrom
Sports fans rejoice! We’ve got the ultimate gift if you’re looking for gift ideas for a father-in-law who’s a huge sports lover. It’s Fanchest; a new subscription box that allows you to choose from varying price levels to get a box full of swag from his favorite team. Select from NFL, NHL, and college teams.
Fanchest box, price varies, Fanchest
And speaking of subscriptions, one of our favorite gift ideas for a father-in-law is Brocrates. This unique service allows your special father in law to enjoy a monthly beer or cider subscription that comes right to his front door. What could be better? Choose from 4 bottles, or opt for six,12 or even 24. Tons of add-ons like chocolate, balloons, wine or regular beer allow you to customize a gift that speaks to his favorite things.
BroCrates cider beer subscription, price varies, Brocrates
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