If you thought your partner was hard to shop for, just wait until you have to brainstorm gift ideas for your father-in-law—the family’s most notoriously impossible person to buy gifts for. They either always say that they “don’t need anything” or they’re the pickiest person on the planet (somehow even more than the person you married!) Luckily, if you’re shopping online like most people this year, there are endless options available to you at your fingertips—even for someone as hard to shop for as your father-in-law.
Whether you’re shopping for Christmas gifts for father in law or for their 50th birthday, the easiest way is to figure out the best gift for your father-in-law is to narrow down his interests. Even if you can’t really think of them on the spot, you might put two and two together in terms of his good taste in wine, his obsession with the latest and greatest technology, or his non-stop talk about golf. Putting him in bucket categories always makes it easier to narrow down gift ideas. Is he a coffee lover? A fisher? A reader? Time to think, Mama!
If all else fails, a gift receipt always comes in handy—or, of course, you could just tell him to STFU, deal with it, and be grateful that you got him anything at all (you big ball of sass, you). This year, as you consider what to get your father-in-law for his birthday, the holidays, or just because, we’re helping you out by narrowing down a handful of products that might fit the bill.
Best Gifts For Father In Law
If they love to grill, why not help them out by gifting one they can use indoors. The stainless steel Kitchen + Home Indoor Stove Top Smokeless Grill is durable, easy to clean, and fits perfectly on top of the stove your father-in-law has in the kitchen. Family BBQ anyone?
Fishing is one of the activities that your father-in-law can still enjoy this year while so many other activities are off limits due to social distancing. Mystery Tackle Box is a great gift to enhance his fishing experience. They provide an expertly curated assortment of quality fishing lures along with tips and instructions to teach your FIL new tricks and techniques. All you have to do is choose your box size or fish type.
Meet the first battery operated smart indoor air quality with Radon detection. It has sensors for temperature and can detect air pressure, humidity, TVOCs and CO2. Considering your FIL will be spending more time at home than ever before, this makes a great addition for his house.
Gift your tech-loving father-in-law with a stylish pair of blue light glasses that help protect his eyes from the harsh light of his computer and smartphone (as well as any other electronic device he uses on the regular). These epic lenses utilize technology that filters 50 percent of blue light and up to 95 percent at the strongest wavelengths, without the yellow tint. And they have over 7,000 reviews that rave about how great they work. One reviewer said, “I love that these are blue light blocking but they look like normal glasses! Glasses also come with a little test that shows you how it blocks out the blue light AND a case with a cleaning towel for the glasses. You get great quality for the price and cute style.” If you’re looking for a more expensive pair, take a look the Mullins frames by Warby Parker and select the non-prescription option.
Here’s a gift you pretty much can’t go wrong with because, who doesn’t love bacon? Baker’s Bacon is made from sustainably and humanely-raised, vegetarian-fed, antibiotic-free heritage breed pork and is sourced from family-owned farms in Iowa. You can order just one box or choose a specific frequency for delivery.
Every father-in-law needs a quality pullover for the winter months. This one is super versatile and ideal for layering, whether he’s going to the office, catching up with co-workers over Zoom or gathering around the table with friends and family. It’s ultra soft, stretchy and moisture-wicking.
For the grandpa who likes to take his coffee with him on the go, this travel mug is a great gift choice. It has a splash free, spinning lid with a silicone grip. The mug itself is completely microwavable, too!
Any golfer will appreciate a pair of pants that help facilitate the perfect swing. These are a number one best seller on Amazon and are moisture-wicking. “They stretch, they’re soft enough and I didn’t have to pay an extra $50 for a logo,” said one reviewer. “They have that rubbery line inside the waist band so your shirt stays in place as well. The lack of a logo does make them wearable anywhere which is another plus.”
If your father-in-law loves trying new wines, a gift box of bottles from Nakedwines.com is a great idea for the holidays or for his birthday. This gift set includes 11 bottles of only 90-rated wines and above. Every offering on Nakedwines.com comes with its own recipe recommendation directly from the winemaker, which is listed within the product pages.
This T-shirt says it all and secures your title as your father-in-law’s favorite daughter-in-law (whether you are or you aren’t).
Birthday Gifts For Father In Law
For the father-in-law who loves golf, what could be better than a personalized golf club of their own. With this purchase you get to choose to add initials, their full name, or a sweet message on something that he can enjoy using for years to come.
For the grandfather who can’t get enough of his grandkids, this is a great gift. You can have this sweatshirt totally personalized with a photo and saying of your choice.
Is your father-in-law a bookworm? This gift may be the best one yet. This leather bookmark from DesignsByHarubin comes with free personalization and your choice of message. One happy customer said, “I bought this as an anniversary gift and it was absolutely beautiful. The leather was gorgeous, thick, and of good quality. Definitely worth the price, and the personalization made it very special. He loved it! Thanks again. Support small businesses like this! The quality is unbeatable.”
Add a personalized touch to your gift this year with this whisky decanter and glass set that you can have customized with your father-in-law’s last name.
Here’s a great way to keep your father-in-law looking sharp and staying safe—with a pocket square that doubles as a face mask! It comes in a variety of colors and prints.
Upgrade your father-in-law’s daily walks with podcasts and music with Edifier’s X3 budget-friendly, truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are designed for hands-free all-day use with up to 6 hours of playback time on a single charge.
If your father-in-law gives a damn about his skin (unlike most father-in-laws), give him the gift of a full set of skin care products including a night cream, eye cream and daily moisturizer.
From iconic brand Carhartt comes their Acrylic Watch Hat, which has been around since the 1980s and is still as trendy today. It was originally designed as a workwear essential, but now people across all industries rock it proudly. The thick acrylic yarn keeps your head nice and warm during the colder months and the stretchy rib knit prevents it from sliding around.
What father-in-law doesn’t love doughnuts? This DIY donut kit includes a pound of doughnut mix, four Doughnuttery doughnut sugars, a doughnut depositor and instruction guide so your FIL can make kick-ass donuts in the comfort of his home.
For the father-in-law who cooks, this wireless leave-in meat thermometer with internal and external temperature sensors would make the perfect gift. It has a built-in Bluetooth repeater that allows the range to extend up to 165ft so he can use both inside the house and while grilling in the backyard.
For the father-in-law who is hellbent on discovering his ancestry and accessing his family’s records, this is a great gift. This six-month membership gives him access to more than 80 countries and so much more.
Future Father In Law Gifts
A classy guy deserves a classy whiskey glass. Luckily, this set comes with four of them! Gift these crystal whiskey glasses and offer to have drink with him for a little more bonding time. “These are nice clear glasses,” said one Amazon reviewer. “I do love how unique the shape is and I feel like it lends a bit sophistication without being too over the top. The packaging kept everything intact for arrival. They’re a nice set of glasses that are a step up from your basic lowball glass and more modern than cut glass.”
This is far more than your average cheese board. It’s made from natural bamboo and comes with both cutlery and a slide-out drawer to store everything. It’s great for entertaining or just enjoying some wine and cheese on the couch.
Baylis & Harding The Fuzzy Duck Ginger and Lime Collection Great British Gentlemen Overnight Kit Gift Set
Talk about a total bang for your buck! This gift set comes with the essential self-care products to ensure your favorite father-in-law is groomed to perfection, like hair and body wash, soap, and shower gel.
This NYC-based company churns out artisanal halva in over 30 flavors, tahini as well as a range of sesame spices. Their gift set includes pistachio, sea salt dark chocolate and raspberry halva, which all make a great gift for your FIL.
For under $30 you can score this seemingly personalized cutting board for your father-in-law. Whether he likes to cook or simply just eat cheese, it’ll make a great addition to his home.
Need more ideas for presents this year? Check out the rest of our gift guides!