The 40 Best Gifts for Your Father-in-Law for Any Occasion

Think: Father's Day, his birthday and beyond.
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Updated May 16, 2024
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Keep reading if a dad in your life has ever said, "I don't want anything for [insert holiday here]. Your presence is enough." *Sigh* While you likely appreciate the sentiment, you probably still want to get a great gift for your father-in-law that shows how much you appreciate him. If you're feeling stumped, we're here to help you score the perfect father-in-law gift for his birthday, Father's Day, Christmas or another special occasion.

Choosing a gift for your father-in-law is really not that different from shopping for your mother-in-law, sister-in-law or brother-in-law, although it may feel more challenging. Our advice? Start by taking note of his interests. If he can't start his day without a cup of coffee, you could get him a fancy travel mug or a monthly coffee subscription. Or, if he spends every Sunday on the fairway, a set of personalized golf accessories could be the way to go. No matter his personality or hobbies, we have gift ideas for every type of father-in-law—even the one who seemingly has everything.

Next, consider your relationship with him. If you're still getting to know your in-laws, perhaps opt for an experience, like a virtual class you can take together for a little bonding. If you're already close, a sentimental gift—like custom art—will show how much you care. Of course, it's important to remember that it's the thought that counts here. Whether you choose a practical, meaningful or funny gift for your father-in-law, as long as it comes from the heart, he'll love it.

Below, you can browse our gift ideas for your father-in-law for Father's Day, his birthday, the holidays or any occasion in between.

The Short List of the Best Father-in-Law Gifts

Looking for the best of the best? Check out our favorite gifts for fathers-in-law for every occasion below.

Birthday: Omaha Steaks Gourmet Gift Bundle, $140

Unique: Uncommon Goods Constantin Brainteasers, from $25

Funny: Wickn Word Custom Father-in-Law Candle, from $30

Luxury: Courant Catch:3 Single Device Charging Tray, from $100

Cool: Johnston & Murphy Woven Stretch Knit Belt, $40

Personalized: YETI Rambler 20-Ounce Tumbler, customized from $35

Last-Minute: MasterClass Membership, from $120

All the Best Gifts for Your Father-in-Law

From funny FIL gifts to sentimental presents, our father-in-law gift guide has dozens of ideas that'll make shopping for your bonus family member easier than ever.

1. Brain Teaser Puzzle

Brain teaser puzzle father-in-law gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If you need a birthday or Father's Day gift for a father-in-law who already has everything, you'll have to think outside the box. Thankfully, this gift idea does just that. This handheld wooden brain teaser requires challengers to move a ball through corridors, tiers and gears until it "escapes." Fun and challenging, it makes a great gift for any FIL who likes to keep their hands busy.

2. Personalized Bottle of Wine

Happy father's day engraved bottle of wine
Photo: Mano's Wine

Looking for a cool way to say "Happy Father's Day Father-in-Law!" that isn't a card? Mano's Wine has the answer. The outside of this fancy bottle of wine is custom engraved with a thoughtful message to him from you, while the inside holds a full-bodied California cabernet sauvignon. It's a super thoughtful gift he'll appreciate and he can even keep the bottle afterward as a fun souvenir.

3. Cozy Hooded Fleece

Man wearing black cozy hooded fleece
Photo: Outdoor Voices

Wearable gifts are an excellent way to treat your father-in-law on his birthday, Father's Day or another occasion. This hooded fleece from Outdoor Voices is perfect for the guy who likes to stay cozy while out and about (or lounging on the sofa after a long day at work.) It's made from lightweight material that's ideal for layering and features a snap button front and zipper-secure pockets for a stylish finish. Bonus: The fabric is made from 100% recycled polyester, making it a sustainable choice too.

4. Stadium Wall Art

Framed stadium blueprints for father's day
Photo: Ballpark Blueprints

Every dedicated sports fan has a stadium they love the most. Whether your father-in-law has fond memories from his college athlete days or is a season ticket holder, Ballpark Blueprints will have an architectural print of his favorite sports ground. The unique wall art can come unframed, as a metal print, stretched on a canvas or framed in black or walnut wood. They also sell sketches of football, basketball and soccer stadiums along with golf courses and race tracks, so you're sure to find a suitable option for your sports-mad FIL.

5. Monthly Coffee Subscription

Person opening a monthly coffee box subscription
Photo: Atlas Coffee Club

Subscription gifts make really good last-minute presents for fathers-in-law. (Plus, they keep the positive vibes flowing for months after the event you're celebrating!) A subscription from Atlas Coffee Club is perfect for the FIL who likes to start every day with a fresh brew. Each month, he'll receive a variety of rich blends from different countries all over the world, along with postcards and tasting notes to help him get the most out of each selection. Simply choose the roast, grind and subscription duration, and add a gift note to surprise him on his birthday, Father's Day or another holiday.

6. Fancy Steak Dinner

Juicy Omaha steaks for father's day dinner
Photo: Omaha Steaks

Your father-in-law will never know this thoughtful—and tasty—delivery was a last-minute gift idea. Send him a collection of signature steaks (and chicken breasts, burgers, jumbo franks and caramel apple tartlets) from Omaha Steaks so he can have a fancy birthday dinner right at home. It even comes with their signature seasoning! You can expedite shipping or send him a surprise notification to let him know a thoughtful gift is coming.

7. MasterClass Subscription

Man with ingredients at a cooking masterclass
Photo: MasterClass

Encourage your father-in-law to keep learning by giving him a year-long membership to MasterClass, an online streaming platform for curious minds, for his birthday or Father's Day. He'll score access to hundreds of classes led by the world's top experts, like writing lessons from James Patterson, cooking lessons from Gordon Ramsay and poker strategy from Phil Ivey. Trust us, this is a gift that'll impress all the in-laws.

8. Kabob Grilling Baskets

Kabob grilling baskets father-in-law gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Real talk: Skewers are harder to prep and cook than most recipes let on—but they don't have to be. These kabob grilling baskets will ensure meat and veggies don't fall between the grates and that everything cooks evenly. We can't think of a smarter (or more affordable) father-in-law gift for a guy who loves to grill.

9. Personalized Travel Tumbler

Personalized travel tumbler father-in-law gift
Photo: YETI

Anyone who loves getting outdoors will appreciate something from YETI—and you just can't beat the brand's double-wall vacuum-insulated tumblers. This 20-ounce travel cup is made of stainless steel and is perfect for hot coffee or refreshing cold beer, depending on the occasion. You can even have it personalized with clip art, a custom phrase or your father-in-law's monogram for a special finishing touch. He won't just be packing it on every hike, backpacking trip and fishing excursion from here on out, though—it's also a nice way to keep his drink hot or cold at home.

10. Deluxe Barbecue Spices

Deluxe barbecue spice set father-in-law gift
Photo: The Spice House

Every season can be grilling season if you have the passion for it. Just ask your BBQ-loving father-in-law. This set of four smokey gourmet spices includes a Brisket of Love Barbecue Rub, Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, Bronzeville Rib Rub and a Chipotle Garlic Barbeque Blend. His marinades and seasonings just got even better. (We bet you didn't think that was possible!)

11. Funny Father-in-Law Candle

Funny father in law candle gift
Photo: WicknWord

Searching for funny father-in-law gifts? Whether it's for his birthday, Father's Day or just because, this custom candle is sure to make him chuckle. The scented flame is made from 100% soy wax and comes in a glass jar labeled with a humorous father-in-law definition. Choose from a pre-designed label or customize your own for a playful gift that shows just how well you get along with your FIL.

12. Lightweight Merino Beanie

Man wearing a gray beanie
Photo: On Running

If your father-in-law loves spending his free time outdoors—whether jogging in the park or cheering his grandkids on from the bleachers—he'll appreciate a stylish beanie to keep him warm. Made from 100% Merino wool, this practical accessory comes in five colors and is odor-resistant, cozy and cooling (so he won't overheat if he's working out.) And it's one-size-fits-all, so you won't have to worry about buying the correct size. Phew!

13. Garment Duffle Bag

Green garment bag for travel
Photo: Halfday

Halfday has added more colors to its bestselling garment bag, and your well-dressed father-in-law absolutely needs it in Hunter green. The innovative luggage starts as a hanging garment bag to keep his suit clean and crisp, then folds into a duffle bag to hold at least three day's worth of clothes and shoes. It's a good gift for your father-in-law if he travels for work or likes taking weekend getaways with his partner.

14. Monthly History Subscription

Monthly history subscription letters
Photo: Uncommon Goods

One of the best ways to find unique gifts for your father-in-law is to take inspiration from his favorite hobby. If he's a history buff, this subscription gift will be right up his alley. Every month, he'll be sent replicas of historical documents from important events, like Rosa Parks' police report and Einstein's correspondence with FDR. He'll also receive notes and supporting documents to help him understand the significance of these memorable moments and how they influenced the world today.

15. Stylish Woven Belt

Brown and white woven stylish belt
Photo: Nordstrom

Finding a cool present for your fashionable FIL might feel like a big ask, but it's easier than you think. This trendy woven belt is a small (but thoughtful) gift for your father-in-law's birthday or Father's Day that he can wear year-round with his favorite pair of jeans. It's available in four colors and features silver-toned hardware for a stylish touch. Note: Sizing up is recommended for a more comfortable fit.

16. Fleece-Lined Slippers

Stylish slippers father-in-law gift
Photo: L.L. Bean

If you like to be super prepared with your gift gifting, you'll know it's never too early to start thinking about what to get your father-in-law for Christmas or Hanukkah. These comfy slippers are a good gift for your father-in-law for any occasion, though—especially if he works from home or likes to relax during his downtime. The moccasins are made from premium suede and lined with a shearling interior to keep his feet cozy.

17. Baseball Board Game

Baseball board game father-in-law gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Do you and your father-in-law share a mutual love of baseball? Bring the thrill of the ballpark home with this old-fashioned board game that's decorated with the logo of his favorite MLB team. Just roll the dice to move players around the board and keep score using the dry-erase board. Play ball! Even his grandkids will be excited about this game.

18. Wireless Charging Valet Tray

Wireless charging valet tray father-in-law gift
Photo: Courant

Everyone needs a little more organization, even your minimalist father-in-law. This sleek valet tray is the perfect place for him to keep all his daily essentials like keys, a wallet, a watch, headphones and more. It's not just stylish storage, though—it also has ​​single-device wireless technology, so he can use it to charge his phone. Choose from linen or vegan leather and have it personalized with his initials for an extra touch of customization.

19. Comfy Crew Socks

Four pairs of neutral colored woven socks
Photo: Bombas

When it comes to picking out gifts for your father-in-law, you don't always have to be super adventurous. If he's a pragmatic guy, he'll probably prefer a practical present to a sentimental one. These comfy crew socks from Bombas get our vote as a wearable (yet stylish) gift your FIL can rock with his favorite sneakers, boots or even slippers. They come in a set of four and are made from extra-long staple cotton that's perfect for warmer months. Bonus points for the built-in arch support and cushioned footbeds.

20. Wireless Earbuds

Wireless black earphones for father's day gift
Photo: Amazon

And the great gift ideas for your father-in-law keep on coming! Whether he works from home or is a regular at the gym, a pair of wireless earbuds is a practical present he'll actually use. These ones from TREBLAB have a host of cool features, including ergonomic ear hooks, a Bluetooth charging case and a waterproof finish that resists rain or sweat. They also have four microphones for making clear phone calls, so he won't have to worry about sound quality on his next Zoom call.

21. Heated Neck Wrap

Man wearing heated neck wrap
Photo: Bearaby

Here's a handy gadget that makes a clever gift for the father-in-law who spends a lot of time hunched over his desk—a soft, weighted neck wrap! It can be warmed in the microwave and then placed over his shoulders for instant relief—the gentle heat and pressure are designed to reduce tension in the neck and shoulders after a long day of meetings. Big sigh!

22. Engraved Wooden Desk Tray

Engraved father in law wooden tray

If you're looking for small but sentimental gifts for your father-in-law, Etsy should be your go-to spot. They have tons of customizable options you can have engraved with a personal message of your own, like this walnut wood desk tray. Thank him for helping around the house, raising your spouse or always being there when you need him—just speak from the heart, and you won't go far wrong.

23. Pickleball Pint Glasses

Pickleball pint glasses father-in-law gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Combine two of your father-in-law's favorite things (beer and pickleball) in one thoughtful gift with these unique pint glasses. The set of two features a playful illustration of pickles "dinking" that's sure to raise a smile from your light-hearted FIL. Pair it with a homemade coupon that promises to be his partner at the next game.

24. Personalized Golf Balls

Personalized gold balls
Photo: Personalization Mall

Does he like to spend his weekends at the golf course? While this father-in-law gift doesn't guarantee he won't lose his ball, it will make it easier to find. This set of 12 Callaway golf balls can be printed with his monogram and name for a thoughtful present he'll be excited to show off at his next matchup. It's a fun (and practical) gift that'll take his golf game to the next level.

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25. Outdoor Copper Flask

Flask with copper body and cups
Photo: High Camp Flasks

This flask was built for outdoorsy types. It's made from stainless steel and copper, with a leakproof seal, so it'll withstand even a fall down the mountain. Best of all, it has built-in tumblers, so he won't have to sip from the bottle. Now, he can toast with his friends—or you—after his next hike or around the campfire. (Psst, an engraved option is also available.)

26. Keepsake Fish Hook

Engraved keepsake fish hook
Photo: sierrametaldesign

Want to impress a fisherman? Tell him how lucky you feel with this sweet stainless steel lure engraved with the phrase, "I hooked the best father-in-law." Leave it to Etsy to offer such a sentimental present. It's an especially great future father-in-law wedding gift to thank him for his support on the big day or celebrate his new FIL status on Father's Day.

27. Smart Leather Wallet

Ekster smart leather wallet gift for father-in-law
Photo: Ekster

We'll never stop saying it—some of the best father-in-law gifts are also the most practical. He'll get so much use out of this sleek leather wallet featuring an ejectable cardholder and anti-theft technology to protect his cards against skimming. It even has room for an optional tracking device to make sure he doesn't lose his license or money—very important! Have it engraved with his name or initials for an extra special touch.

28. The New York Times History of Space Book

History of space book
Photo: The New York Times Store

Does your father-in-law love learning about the mysteries (and histories) of outer space? If so, he'll have a blast reading this cosmic anthology. The hardcover book chronicles the history of space as told through pages and archive photographs from The New York Times. From the launch of Sputnik to the world-renowned moon landing, he can brush up his knowledge of space travel, science and history.

29. National Parks Water Bottle

Parks of the USA flask and stickers
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If visiting every national park is on your father–in-law's bucket list, this cool gift will help him get one step closer to realizing his dream. Not only will this stainless steel water bottle ensure he stays hydrated, but it will also allow him to document each trip. It's laser engraved with all the national parks and comes with waterproof stickers he can apply to mark every location.

30. Cocktail-Inspired Wall Art

Old fashioned cocktail poster
Photo: VintaPrintsCo

An Old Fashioned with an orange twist, please! If this is your father-in-law's go-to cocktail, then he'll love this vintage-style wall art. The colorful poster features an illustration of his favorite drink printed on premium matte paper and can even be framed for a display-worthy finish. We love how it lists the ingredients required to make his nightcap of choice, so he'll never forget how to whip one up.

31. Custom Storybook

Custom storybook for father's day
Photo: Storyworth

As far as unique gifts for your father-in-law go, this one takes the top shelf. Storyworth will email him a prompt every week for a year. Then, they'll compile all the answers into a beautiful keepsake book. It's the best way to remember all the life lessons he tells you and preserve his memories. Choose from a variety of prompts or include your own questions to ask your father-in-law to get to know him even better.

32. Online Coffee Tasting Class

Person in an online coffee class
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Does your bonus dad love to wax lyrical about his favorite types of coffee? If that's the case, we can't think of a better birthday or Father's Day gift for your father-in-law than an online coffee-tasting class. This 75-minute virtual experience is led by a professional roaster who'll share tips on how to taste and appreciate different beans and brews. Your FIL will receive five coffee samples in the mail beforehand, so no prep is required.

33. Personalized Hiking Book

Personalized hiking book father-in-law gift
Photo: Personalization Mall

Your father-in-law will be planning quite the bucket list trip after unwrapping this gift for hiking lovers. The book 100 Hikes of a Lifetime by journalist Kate Siber and award-winning adventurer Andrew Skurka provides expert commentary on some of the world's most beautiful trails alongside stunning National Geographic photography. It's one of the best books for a father-in-law who's always on the go or dreaming up his next outdoor adventure.

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34. Bluetooth Tracker For Daily Essentials

Bluetooth tracker father-in-law gift
Photo: Amazon

If he often misplaces everyday items like his wallet or phone, this set of four Bluetooth trackers will be a very useful father-in-law gift. They can hook onto keys, stick to phone cases or TV remotes and even slide into his wallet so he'll never lose anything again (and if he does, he can easily find them.) The Tile app will show where he last had the item as well as ring the tracker to guide him, so it doesn't matter if his phone is always on silent. Clever, right?

35. Glass Whiskey Decanter

Mountain glass decanter for whiskey
Photo: Huckberry

This glass whiskey decanter is a great father-in-law gift idea for a guy who likes to kick back with a nightcap. It's not your typical piece of glassware, though—the bottom features a unique topographic impression of Half Dome, one of Yosemite National Park's most recognizable physical landmarks. Pair it with his favorite bottle of bourbon or upgrade to a set with tumblers to really impress him.

36. Custom Ammo Box Snack Gift Set

Custom ammo box filled with snacks
Photo: Personalization Mall

We couldn't write a roundup of the best gifts for your father-in-law without including something delicious he can eat. If he's partial to a snack (or two), this set of sweet and savory treats will help satisfy his cravings. The recycled military ammo can is crammed with goodies, including beer nuts, caramel popcorn, a pepperoni meat stick, pork rinds, pretzel rings, BBQ chips and chocolate brittle. Have the box engraved with his name and a short birthday or Father's Day message for a more personal touch.

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37. Scotch-Infused Toothpicks

Scotch infused toothpicks
Photo: Uncommon Goods

We wish these flavorful toothpicks were in restaurants! They're infused with barrel-aged Islay Scotch and will release hints of peat and caramel when he uses them to remove debris from his teeth. The gift set comes with four bundles, so your FIL can keep one in his kitchen, bathroom, car and office to keep his smile in check at all times.

38. Sentimental Golf Ball Marker

Sentimental golf ball marker father-in-law gifts
Photo: sierrametaldesign

Wondering how to show your father-in-law some love? Treat him to a round of 18 holes together, then surprise him with this golf marker before the first tee-off. The stainless steel disc is engraved with the phrase: "Best father-in-law by par," along with your and your spouse's names and a special date—like your wedding date if you want to thank him for his support throughout your engagement.

39. Heavy-Duty Apron

Green leather apron with pockets
Photo: sierrametaldesign

Any good cook needs a trusted apron and Hedley & Bennett has so many options to choose from. Top chefs around the world covet their smocks for their industrial-grade quality and streamlined aesthetic. This heavyweight option uses soy wax-coated cotton for a kitchen style that is water- and stain-resistant. Translation: Your father-in-law will be prepared for any culinary snafu—even red wine.

40. Personal Fire Pit

Personal fire pit father-in-law gift
Photo: Food52

If your father-in-law is always looking forward to the annual family camping weekend, this portable fire pit will help him prepare for his next adventure. With it, he can create his own campfire (and toast gooey s'mores) at any point in the year. It's not just a good gift idea for him, though—it'll also excite his grandkids. Pair it with marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers so they can start roasting right away.

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