30 Gifts for Your Boyfriend's Dad That'll Earn His Approval

Win his dad over with one of these fun and thoughtful picks.
30 Gifts for Your Boyfriend's Dad for Any Occasion
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Updated Nov 17, 2023
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Choosing gifts for your boyfriend's parents can be tricky in any situation, whether you're meeting them for the first time or you've already established a close relationship. If you're looking for great gifts for your boyfriend's dad, we're here to help you score a suitable present. Whether he's into hiking, grilling, golfing or playing games, we've got you covered with our list of fun and thoughtful picks.

From pro-worthy spice samplers to sports merch celebrating his favorite team, these personal and practical presents show you've got serious game. They're perfect for the holidays, his birthday, Father's Day or any other occasion where you want to win over your future father-in-law. Below, you'll find 30 awesome gifts for your boyfriend's dad to suit various budgets and interests.

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Unique Gifts

A little thoughtfulness will go a long way with your BF's dad, and this selection of unique gift options will show him you're not afraid to get creative. From sweet treats to sentimental keepsakes, these out-of-the-box options are sure to please his old man (although you probably shouldn't call him that!).

Uncommon Goods Coffee Tasting Class

Coffee tasting class from Uncommon Goods
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If your boyfriend's dad is more into experiences than stuff, this online coffee-tasting class will definitely pique his interest. The 75-minute tutorial is hosted by a professional roaster who will teach him how to taste coffee like an expert and evaluate the various qualities of different beans and brews. This gift even comes with five samples of coffee, so he won't have to worry about doing any prep beforehand.

Universal Yums Subscription Box

Candy and chips subscription box
Photo: Universal Yums

Searching for Christmas gifts for your boyfriend's dad? This candy subscription is a gift that keeps on giving, even after the holidays are over. Every month, he'll receive a selection of sweets from different places around the world—including Germany, Scandinavia and Indonesia—for an edible gift that'll introduce him to new tastes. Simply pick the size of the box and the subscription duration (one, three, six or 12 months) and add a gift message for a thoughtful touch.

Discoveringyou Custom Family Portrait

Personalized family portrait
Photo: discoveringyou

If his greatest flex is his family, give your boyfriend's dad a gift that celebrates the best people in his life. This custom illustration uses a photograph you submit as inspiration, so you'll need to ask your boyfriend for his father's favorite family photo before ordering. You can also add pets to the design, which is a really cool touch if he has an adorable furry friend (or two). Just keep in mind, the finished piece is unframed, so you might need to leave some extra time to find a suitable one before handing it over.

FUBARBAR Brick Coffee Mug

brick inspired coffee mug
Photo: Amazon

Don't be afraid to have a bit of fun when choosing gifts for your BF's dad. If he's a big kid at heart, he'll love putting this brick coffee mug together during the holidays or on his birthday. It comes with three packs of colorful blocks for a unique present that'll instantly brighten up his office space. Plus, the materials are 100% BPA-free and food safe, so he can actually use it to drink his morning brew (or as a place to store snacks).

FLÎKR Fire Concrete Fireplace

FLÎKR Fire Concrete Fireplace
Photo: Rocky Luten, Julia Gartland

Here's a gift for your boyfriend's father that he may not expect but will certainly love. This mini concrete fireplace will warm more than his heart, whether you give it to him for the holidays or his birthday. It uses rubbing alcohol for a cleaner burn and is safe to use both indoors and outdoors, allowing him to create a cozy vibe anywhere he likes. Pair it with a pack of marshmallows and graham crackers so he can toast gooey s'mores over the flame.

Funny Gifts

If your BF's father is known to bust out a dad joke or two, match his energy with one of these light-hearted gift options. Whether you want to go all out with the puns or give him something a little more subtle, these playful presents are sure to make him chuckle.

Uncommon Originals MLB Ultimate Fan Mug

Professional Baseball fan mug
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Taking your cue from his hobbies and interests is a surefire way to get your boyfriend's dad a gift he'll love. If he's mad about sports, a novelty mug inspired by his favorite MLB team is guaranteed to make him smile. This one features a goofy illustration of his likeness wearing sports gear like hats, foam fingers and shirts with his team's logo. Choose from numerous customization options to tailor the drawing to his preferences (and appearance!).

SusanJonesGifts Holiday Socks

Fun and festive holiday socks
Photo: SusanJonesGifts

Funny presents for your boyfriend's dad don't have to be super extravagant to elicit a laugh or two. A pair of novelty socks is a simple yet effective way to embrace the holiday season and all the silliness that comes with it. These ones are available in various designs and feature festive motifs and fun captions like "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Rollin' With My Gnomies." They also make great stocking stuffers if you plan to add something extra to a larger gift.

TF Publishing Puns of Fun Desk Calendar

Funny desk calendar gift
Photo: Calendars.com

Is your boyfriend's dad always the first to jump in with a clever pun or silly dad joke? Celebrate his unique wit with this punny desk calendar. It features a new pun for every day of the year and comes with matching color illustrations for added humor. Whether he brings it to the office or displays it in his study, it'll keep him amused as he puts in the hours at work.

Ten of Clubs Studio Novelty Notebook

Novelty notebook gift for your boyfriend's dad
Photo: Zazzle

If you know your boyfriend's dad pretty well, why not get him a gift playfully calling out his "worst" habit? Whether he tends to blurt out the punchline too early or says the first thing that pops into his head, this funny notebook is sure to make him laugh. It features a simple message that reads "Stuff I Can't Say Out Loud" and is perfect for keeping his inner thoughts and musings close to his chest. Pair it with a card inscribed with a thoughtful birthday message or a Christmas quote to let him know you're just kidding.

Ridley's Kazoo That Tune Guessing Game

Ridley's Kazoo That Tune Guessing Game
Photo: Amazon

Is he the go-to host for game night? He might love it, but there's still a lot of pressure to find games that'll go over well with everyone in the group. Enter: Kazoo That Tune, one of the most ridiculous (but amusing) games out there. Each player has to create a rendition of a song on the card using a kazoo while the other players try to guess what it is. Equal parts goofy and hilarious, this is one game he'll reach for time and again. Just a note: It's for a maximum of four players, so you might want to get two for all his friends to join in.

Foodie Gifts

Whether your boyfriend's dad is a real foodie or just knows his way around the kitchen, these gourmet options will help you secure a seat at the (dinner) table. From indoor herb gardens to spicy hot sauce kits, our list is brimming with fun and practical food-inspired gifts.

Burlap & Barrel Fundamentals Collection

Burlap & Barrel Spice Collection
Photo: Burlap & Barrel

A curated spice set is one of the best thank-you gifts you can give your boyfriend's parents for having you over for dinner. Whether it's your first introduction to your BF's dad or you're already close to him, this thoughtful (and tasty) gift will go down well. It comes with six delicious seasonings, including chili flakes, smoked paprika, cinnamon, laurel bay leaves, purple stripe garlic and thyme—basically everything he'll ever need to spice up dinnertime. If you feel like splurging a little, there are also nine and 12-jar sets available.

Customized cookie jar gift
Photo: Personalization Mall

Does your boyfriend's dad love making homemade cookies every Christmas? This cute cookie jar will add another dimension to his favorite holiday ritual. It's decorated with festive motifs and comes with an airtight lid to keep all those baked goods fresh. Have it customized with up to three lines of text (and maybe even fill it with a few baking ingredients) for an extra personal touch.

DIY Gift Kits Hot Sauce Making Kit

DIY hot sauce making kit
Photo: Amazon

It's hard to go wrong with a hot sauce kit, especially if your boyfriend's dad likes adding a little (or a lot) of spice to every meal. This one comes with everything he needs to make his own signature mix, including seven bottles, a funnel, apple cider vinegar, spice blend, assorted bottle tops, two pairs of gloves and instructions. It's a fun and creative option that's perfect for birthdays, the holidays or any other occasion that calls for a gift.

Sarah Burrows & Nick Behr Indoor Herb Garden

Sarah Burrows & Nick Behr Indoor Herb Garden
Photo: Uncommon Goods

You don't always have to spend top dollar to find great gifts for your boyfriend's dad's birthday. This indoor herb garden is a pretty budget-friendly option that'll impress anyone who enjoys cooking with fresh ingredients like parsley and cilantro—but that's not all. From the vintage-style jar to the passive hydroponic system that draws nutrients to the plant's roots, it makes growing fresh herbs at home really simple. All your BF's dad has to do is plant the included seeds, add water and place the jar somewhere sunny to help it flourish.

Swanky Badger BBQ Apron

Fancy apron for the best grilling gift
Photo: Swanky Badger

Stumped over what to get your boyfriend's dad for Father's Day? This vegan leather and canvas BBQ apron is sure to impress his foodie father on this special day. Have it customized with his monogram or name for a practical (and personal) gift that'll upgrade his grill game.

Boozy Gifts

Maybe your boyfriend's dad is the type to kick back and relax with a beer or someone who loves crafting cocktails for his family to try out. Either way, these boozy gifts will help him up his bartending game from the comfort of home.

Uncommon Goods Beer Foaming Stones

Beer stones gift for your boyfriend's dad
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Still searching for gifts to get your boyfriend's dad? These beer-foaming stones are a simple yet thoughtful option that'll give his favorite brew a little boost. They're designed to replicate the draft beer experience without needing a bulky keg and work well in bottled and canned brews alike. Not only do the soapstone nucleators enhance the beer's flavor, but they can also be stored in the freezer and used as ice cubes to keep his pint cold for longer (without watering it down!).

Whiskey Peaks Mt. Washington Whiskey Glasses

Whiskey glasses from Huckberry
Photo: Huckberry

Perhaps your boyfriend's dad is the one who inspired you to swap your usual vodka soda for an Old Fashioned. Remind him that he sparked your appreciation for whiskey with this set of hand-blown glass tumblers from Huckberry. Each set features a mountain range design at the base inspired by the topography of famous peaks, from Mt. Washington and Mt. Rainier to Mt. Everest and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Mark & Graham Pineapple Cocktail Shaker

Mark & Graham festive pineapple-shaped cocktail shaker
Photo: Mark & Graham

If your boyfriend's father has a flair for mixology, a personalized cocktail shaker is an excellent gift idea. This one is made from gold-plated stainless steel and is shaped like a pineapple (a symbol of hospitality!) for an added dose of fun. Have his monogram laser engraved on the front for a statement piece he can display on his bar cart.

SpaceInHeartCA Wooden Whiskey Dispenser

Whiskey dispenser form SpaceInHeartCA on Etsy
Photo: SpaceInHeartCA

How about a really cool whiskey dispenser for his home bar? If your BF's dad takes serving drinks seriously, he'll be impressed with this apparatus. It's made from wood and features a metal tap that makes pouring spirits feel a little more sophisticated. Have the front engraved with his name, a short message or a date (like his birthday) for a unique gift he'll be proud to take out at every gathering.

Uncommon Goods Personalized Adventure Beer Caddy

Customized beer caddy gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Here's a thoughtful and practical gift any beer drinker will appreciate: A personalized wooden caddy with a built-in stainless steel bottle opener. It's an especially good choice if he likes sipping a brew while camping, hiking or chilling in the backyard. Choose from two nature-inspired motifs and have his name added to the side for a more personal finish. Fill it with his favorite brews, and you've got a Father's Day gift for your boyfriend's dad sorted.

Outdoorsy Gifts

Whether he's partial to a week-long camping trip or a relaxed afternoon out on the golf course, your boyfriend's dad will adore these outdoorsy gifts. We've rounded up practical items and fun options that'll inspire him to spend more time in nature.

Leatherman Bond Multi-Tool

Leatherman multi-tool gift for your boyfriend's dad
Photo: Leatherman

Perfect for handy dads who have a solution to every problem, the Bond multi-tool is equipped with 14 essential attachments, including different types of pliers, wire tools, screwdrivers and more. It's the ultimate everyday carry for the guy you can rely on in a pinch. Bonus: It can be engraved with a monogram, fun pattern or short message for a fancier finish.

YETI Rambler Tumbler With Magslider Lid

YETI rambler tumbler for the perfect gift
Photo: YETI

Have you seen your BF's dad without a coffee in hand yet? If he never goes anywhere without his caffeine fix, it's okay to lean into that when choosing a gift for him. This stainless steel tumbler from YETI is double-wall vacuum-insulated to keep his brew hot (or cold!) for hours. Choose from a variety of colors and customization options to make this useful gift feel a little more fun.

Gentlemen's Hardware Camping Lantern

Camping lantern gift for your boyfriend's dad
Photo: Gentlemen's Hardware

If your boyfriend's dad wants to get into hiking or camping in the near future, this LED lantern will ensure he looks the part. It uses energy-efficient light bulbs and comes with a dimmer feature to create a cozy fireside ambiance. Whether he takes it up the mountains or reaches for it during a power outage, this hard-wearing lamp is a gift he'll get tons of use out of.

AmericanStationery Personalized Golf Balls

AmericanStationery Personalized Golf Balls
Photo: AmericanStationery

Is playing golf one of his favorite things to do on Sundays? Make his weekly outing to the course feel a little extra with this set of personalized golf gear. It comes with 12 tees, 12 pencils (for keeping score) and 12 golf balls with his name or monogram—all presented in a very display-worthy storage box. Trust us, he'll be thrilled to have these in his golf bag the next time he tees off.

High Camp Flasks Drinking Blanket

High Camp Flasks Drinking Blanket
Photo: High Camp Flasks

Really good gifts for your boyfriend's dad don't end here. If he's the type of person to lay out on the grass and watch the stars, he'll love this retro blanket. Perfect for lazy picnics and stargazing sessions alike, it features a funky pattern of mountain peaks and camping flasks for a unique touch. It's also lightweight and machine washable, so taking care of it will be easy.

Cozy Gifts

Dads deserve something special after a long afternoon of blowing snow off the driveway and digging out their children's cars after a storm. If your boyfriend's dad is always looking after others, these cozy gift ideas will encourage him to take some time out for himself.

Ultra Game Store NFL Winter Beanie Hat With Gloves

NFL beanie winter hat and gloves set
Photo: Amazon

Good gifts for your boyfriend's dad can be as simple as sports merch inspired by his favorite team. If he's an NFL enthusiast, this hat and gloves set will keep him cozy as he cheers them on from the sidelines. Whether he supports the Eagles, the Chiefs or the Patriots, this new gear will further prove his allegiance. Bonus: The gloves are touch-screen friendly, so he won't have to remove them when using his phone.

Homesick Buddy's Breakfast Candle

Fun candle from Homesick
Photo: Homesick

Is there anything cozier than curling up and watching a Christmas movie during the holidays? If your boyfriend's dad counts Elf as one of his favorites, he'll love this candle inspired by the lead character, Buddy. With sweet notes of marshmallow, chocolate, peppermint and cinnamon (aka, all of Buddy's favorite things), this scented delight is sure to get him in a festive mood. It's a thoughtful and unique gift any movie lover will appreciate.

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Full-Zip Hoodie

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Full-Zip Hoodie
Photo: Quince

When we think of cozy gifts, cashmere is one of the first things that comes to mind. If you can afford to splurge on one thing for your BF's dad, make it this luxurious hoodie from Quince. It's made from 100% Mongolian cashmere that's sumptuously soft, super cozy and sustainably sourced. Choose from a variety of colors, including charcoal, navy, olive green and black to suit his style.

Harry & David Butter Rum White Chocolate Drink Mix

Harry & David Butter Rum White Chocolate Drink Mix
Photo: Harry & David

A thoughtful gift for your boyfriend's dad doesn't have to come with a designer price tag. Whether you're keeping things simple this Christmas or shopping on a budget, this delicious hot drink mix is bound to be a hit. It's got decadent butter rum and white chocolate for an indulgent and festive take on traditional hot cocoa. You'll score extra points for the cute decorative tin.

MUSICOZY Sleep Headphones Eye Mask

MUSICOZY Sleep Headphones Eye Mask
Photo: Amazon

Here's a great gift idea for your boyfriend's dad that he probably doesn't already have. Part eye mask, part headphones, this dual-purpose gadget is guaranteed to bring another dimension to his R&R. It's made from soft memory foam that blocks light and sits over the eyes without applying pressure, allowing him to drift off to sleep in no time. The built-in earphones offer up to 10 hours of music playback, so he can listen to his favorite tunes or a meditation guide while he winds down. Cool, huh?

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