These 25 Holiday Gifts for a Stepdad Are So Thoughtful

Show some love and appreciation for the #1 bonus dad in your life.
Collage of gift ideas for stepdad
Photos, From Clockwise: BigKongCaps, Mark & Graham, Bean Box, ILLBECHARMED
Colleen Zewe - The Knot Contributor.
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Colleen Zewe
Colleen Zewe - The Knot Contributor.
Colleen Zewe
The Knot Contributor
  • Colleen writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in venues and wedding stationery.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Colleen contributed to Vox’s Curbed and Her Campus.
  • Colleen holds a degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Updated Aug 28, 2023
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Whether he's been in your life for decades or is a newer addition, your stepdad deserves to be shown some love this holiday season (after all, he makes your parent so, so happy). A gift for a stepdad can go a long way in making him feel welcomed, acknowledged and included in your blended family during the holidays and beyond.

Because after joining your family through marriage, he may feel like he's still catching up with your squad's special traditions and getting acquainted with your unique holiday celebrations.

But what do you get for the stepdad who seems to have everything on Hanukkah? Or the one who tries to be sweet by saying he doesn't need a gift this Christmas? Lucky for you, we've rounded up the top holiday stepdad gifts, from funny to thoughtful and everything in between.

1. "Best Stepdad Ever" Custom Art

'Best step dad ever' painting gift
Photo: LovekokiGifts

You can never go wrong with a personalized gift. This custom art showcases a sweet image of you and your stepdad (or you can include the whole family, if you want) with your names below—choose the hairstyles, skin tones, body types and clothing that look the most like you and your stepdad, then choose your pose and add a custom saying. You'll receive the art digitally, so just hit up your local photo print shop and pick up a frame before you wrap it. He'll feel so excited to hang this up in his office or den.

2. Leather Smart Wallet

Brown leather parliament wallet for stepdad gift
Photo: Ekster

A wallet is a classic dad gift for a reason. The men in your life can always use a good wallet and something sturdy and classic is always a win. Your stepfather will especially appreciate the built-in card skimming protection in this one, not to mention the premium-leather construction. You may just have to grab one for every dad in you life—be it for a father-in-law gift or one for your favorite uncle.

3. Cool Wooden Watch

Whiskey espresso classic wooden watch gift for stepdad
Photo: Original Grain

Most stepdads already own a watch, but does yours own a super-cool wooden watch? This unique timepiece is crafted out of repurposed whiskey barrels with espresso-hued stainless steel accents. Due to the nature of wood patterns, each watch is one of a kind, just like your stepdad.

4. Weekender Duffel Bag

Black duffel bag gift for stepdad
Photo: Ekster

Now that you're an adult, it's time for your parents to take vacations of their own. Gift your stepfather the luxury of easy packing. Whether they're taking a weekend trip downstate or crossing the Atlantic, a versatile duffle always comes in handy—especially this one, with pockets for shoes, a laptop and more.

5. Wine and Popcorn Pairing Box

Opopop wine and popcorn pairing box gift for stepdad
Photo: Opopop

Live far away from your stepdad and sending a gift by mail? Consider this popcorn and wine pairing box. He can enjoy a quiet and relaxing movie night at home with four different wines matched with four different popcorn flavor packets—think: a combo of sauv blac and vanilla popcorn. Add a gift card to his favorite streaming service for the ultimate movie night gift. (Do keep in mind, this will probably end up being a gift for both of your parents.)

6. Casual Bomber Jacket

Block bomber jacket gift for stepdad
Photo: Alo

The weather outside is getting colder and your stepdad's jacket wardrobe might need an upgrade. This casual and cool bomber jacket is both comfortable and versatile. Sleek enough for date nights and casual enough for errands, this is a true day-to-night wardrobe essential.

7. College-Themed Rocks Glasses

College themed rocks glasses gift for stepdad
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Everyone has a little college pride. Acknowledge your stepdad's alma mater with this set of two school-branded rocks glasses. He'll experience a little school spirit and nostalgia with every sip, be it water or whiskey.

8. Engraved Beer Glasses

Engraved Personalized Best Stepdad Ever Pint Glass
Photo: LifetimeCreations

Is your stepfather known to enjoy the occasional IPA or pale ale? Remind him of your love for him with each refreshing beer with an engraved, personalized pint glass. The "best stepdad ever" message will truly drive home your major appreciation for his love and guidance—from tailgates to game nights.

9. Monogrammed Pen Holder

Executive Monogram Personalized Acrylic Pen & Pencil Holder gift for stepdad
Photo: Personalization Mall

Is your stepfather king of the corporate world? Does he enjoy having mementos of his family in his office? This monogrammed acrylic pen holder may be the gift for him. His etched name and initial makes it one of our top personalized gifts for stepdads, while the clear acrylic looks sleek and modern on any desk.

10. Soft Pretzel Box

Gourmet Soft Pretzel Gift Box for stepdad
Photo: Eastern Standard Provisions

Who doesn't love a soft pretzel? This box from the Boston-famous Eastern Standard Provisions comes with 16 pretzel sticks, four uniquely flavored pretzels, six pretzel buns and two classic soft pretzels. It's a salt-loving stepdad's dream. (Grab a box for yourself and maybe one as a gift for your significant other's parents while you're at it—trust us.)

11. Coffee of the Month Club

Bean box monthly coffee subscription gift for stepdad
Photo: Bean Box

This is one of our favorite subscription boxes for couples—and it works just as well on a list of stepdad gift ideas. Reason being: Everybody needs caffeine. Each month, your stepfather will receive a new gourmet coffee to try. Choose between three different subscription options.

12. Leather Keycase

Brown key case gift for stepdad
Photo: Ekster

There's something about fatherhood, biological or not, that causes a person to have a lot of keys. Help your stepdad keep his keys organized with this stainless steel and leather keycase. As a bonus, it's designed to prevent any scratches to a cell phone, should your stepdad keep both the keycase and his phone all in one pocket.

13. Book Valet

Book Nook Reading Valet gift for stepdad
Photo: Uncommon Goods

This gift simplifies a bookworm-stepdad's life in so many ways. They can place their book down and save their place without folding a page or cracking the spine (the horror!). Reading glasses, their phone and a hot beverage all fit easily on this little contraption, too. And it can all be stored easily on his nightstand.

14. Personalized Back Scratcher

We've Got Your Back Dad! Personalized Bamboo Back Scratcher
Photo: Personalization Mall

If you're looking for easy and inexpensive stocking stuffer stepfather gifts, consider this personalized back scratcher. There's something so…daddly about it. Add a touch of love to it by signing your name with the fun pun: "We've got your back."

15. Golf Cart Decanter and Glasses

Golf cart decanter and glasses gift set for stepdad
Photo: Mark & Graham

For the golf-loving father figure, this piece is the ultimate conversation starter. A small decanter and two rocks glasses all fit within this miniature golf cart, and all are included in the gift. Displaying this on a bar cart or in his office is sure to get people talking and laughing.

16. Make Your Own Churros Kit

Make Your Own Churros Kit gift for stepdad
Photo: Make Your Own Churros Kit

We all know someone who is always trying something new in the kitchen. If that person is your stepfather, he's sure to love this churro-making kit. It comes with all the equipment, ingredients and instructions needed to make a cinnamon sugar treat for the whole family. Bonus points if you join in on the sweet fun with him.

17. Personalized Phone Charger

Personalized LED Triple Port USB Charger for StepDad
Photo: Personalization Mall

Dads and stepdads alike are known for always searching for their phone charger, headphones and other small electronic equipment. Make it easy for them to identify their charger and quickly get plugged in with this personalized, LED port. Plus, it's labeled so no one can swipe it.

18. Stepdad Keychain

Personalized silver keychain gift fro stepdad
Photo: ILLBECHARMED

Small, simple, but sentimental, this keychain expresses your gratitude for your stepfather with a loving phrase: "You didn't give me the gift of life, but life gave me the gift of you." This meaningful holiday gift will remind him of how much you respect his role in your life. It's truly one of the sweetest, best stepdad gifts.

19. "Bonus Dad" Hat

Brown 'bonus dad' hat for stepdad gift
Photo: BigKongCaps

This hat is heartfelt, but subtle. A stylish snapback hat is a great gift for any man in your life, but add this hat's small-but-mighty "bonus dad" logo and you have the perfect gift for your stepdad. Too sweet.

20. Personalized Word Search Blanket

Personalized Word Search Throw Blanket for stepdad
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Everybody loves to be cozy. With this personalized blanket, you can add key memories and phrases to the custom word search. Your stepdad will love curling up with this blanket and seeing all the hidden reminders of your special relationship.

21. Custom Wood Family Tree

Family Tree Of Life Personalized Wood Keepsake gift for stepdad
Photo: Personalization Mall

With a blended family, you may have several stepsiblings and bonus family members you want to acknowledge. This personalized wooden family tree leaves space to include your entire family in your special holiday gift. Your stepdad can display it in the living room, in the dining room or in the office.

22. Custom Bobblehead

Custom bobblehead gift for stepdad
Photo: Bobblehead Craft

Looking for a funny gift for the stepdad full of dad jokes? This custom bobblehead will surely get people laughing during your family gift exchange. With so many customization options and an option for special requests, this bobblehead will bring your stepdad to life (as a funny figurine, that is).

23. Trendy Quarter Zip

Navy blue quarter zip jacket gift for stepdad
Photo: Rhoback

The older you get, the more clothing gifts are appreciated. A quarter zip from this cool brand is a great way to celebrate your stepdad during the holiday season. It's made from soft and moisture-wicking performance fabric, too, so he can wear it lounging around and on the course of the court.

24. Relaxing Eucalyptus Gift Set

Just Breathe Eucalyptus Spa Gift Set
Photo: Uncommon Goods

The holiday season is stressful. Everyone deserves a relaxing spa night, stepdads included. A gift set with bath salts, a body scrubber and a grow-your-own eucalyptus plant will help your stepdad enjoy a moment to himself.

25. Olive Oil Gift Set

The Artist Capsule Olive oil gift set for stepdad
Photo: Brightland

For the chef-stepdad in your life, a set of delicious olive oils can go a long way. This set includes four flavored artisanal olive oils, ranging from lemon to chili-infused. Bonus: you can enjoy the delectable dishes your stepdad crafts with this yummy gift.

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