22 Gifts for Your Girlfriend's Dad That'll Get You in His Good Books

Impress your GF's father (and her) with one of these thoughtful picks.
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Updated Nov 10, 2023
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Whether you're already close to your girlfriend's dad or you're meeting him for the first time, finding the right gift is crucial. Feeling stumped about what to get him? Don't worry because we've carefully selected the best gifts for your girlfriend's dad for the holidays, his birthday or any other special occasion. We've included presents ranging from wearable and practical to personalized and unique, so you're sure to find something he'll appreciate. Now, you can enjoy scrolling through these winning gift ideas, safe in the knowledge that you've got an awesome gift for your future father-in-law in the bag.

1. National Parks Cookbook

national parks cookbook gifts for girlfriend's dad
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If your girlfriend's dad is outdoorsy, he'll love this gorgeous cookbook inspired by America's most iconic national parks. It's got more than 70 recipes, all featuring dishes from the chefs, restaurants and culinary traditions inspired by each nature reserve. There's also plenty of stunning landscape photography for him to admire while prepping dinner. Consider his birthday or holiday gift sorted.

2. Stylish Leather Belt

Black leather belt gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Macy's

Everyone needs a good-quality leather belt in their wardrobe, and your girlfriend's dad is no exception. This one from Calvin Klein comes in a variety of sizes and is reversible, so he can alternate between black and brown to switch up his look. A sleek metallic buckle gives this timeless accessory a sophisticated finish.

3. Wooden Car Puzzle

Wooden car puzzle gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Amazon

Wondering what to get your girlfriend's dad for Christmas? Appeal to his creative side and get him a fun toy he can build during the holidays. This model sports car is made from wood and is designed to be assembled without glue, providing him with a crafty challenge he can complete in only four hours. Aside from looking seriously cool, it also moves, thanks to a winding ratchet key that propels the car forward.

4. DIY Hot Sauce Kit

DIY Hot Sauce Kit gift for girlfriend's dad
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If your GF's dad likes to add a hint of spice to every meal, here's a gift he'll appreciate. This DIY kit comes with everything he needs to make his own hot sauce, including ground and whole spices, distilled white vinegar, six glass bottles with labels, gloves, a funnel and instructions. It's a creative birthday or holiday gift that will tickle his taste buds—just don't be surprised if he asks you to sample his first batch.

5. Aluminum Cardholder

Aluminum cardholder gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Ekster

Sometimes, the best gifts for your girlfriend's dad are the ones he can use every day. If his wallet needs an upgrade, this aluminum cardholder is a worthy replacement. It fans out cards at the touch of a button and keeps cash safe while maintaining a slim and sleek profile. Better yet, it has built-in features to help prevent wireless fraud and skimming, so he can feel extra secure while out and about.

6. Personalized Baseball Mug

Personalized Baseball Mug gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Personalized gifts are always a winner and a great way to show the recipient you've put some effort into your choice. If your girlfriend's dad loves all things baseball-related, this sporty mug will put a smile on his face. It features a playful illustration of his likeness decked out in the gear of his favorite MLB team. Choose from a variety of customization options, including hats, foam fingers and shirt designs with his team's logo to tailor it to his preferences.

7. Mini Push-Pin Map

Mini push-pin maps gifts for girlfriends dad
Photo: Penny Bee Art

Does your girlfriend's dad travel a lot? Here's a simple yet thoughtful gift he'll appreciate: A mini push-pin map he can use to track his adventures all over the U.S. This framed keepsake comes with 100 pins and can be customized with his name or a short message for a personal finish. It's sure to provoke plenty of conversations about his past trips and may even inspire you to plan a family vacation together in the future.

8. Murder Mystery Jigsaw

Murder Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle gift for girlfriend's dad
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If your girlfriend's dad has a thing for puzzles, he'll get a kick out of this murder mystery jigsaw. It's made from 500 pieces he'll have to fit together to reveal various clues to solve the riddle. Such an immersive activity is ideal for relaxed nights during the holiday season and could even inspire you to work together for a fun bonding experience.

9. Coffee Sampler Gift Set

Coffee Sampler Gift Set for girlfriends dad
Photo: Grounds & Hounds

You don't always have to be inventive to get your girlfriend's dad a gift he'll love. Keeping things simple can pay off, which is why we've included this coffee sampler set. Any caffeine enthusiast will enjoy trying out these two boxes of coffee grounds, ranging from breakfast blends and dark roasts to flavored espresso and more. Bonus: He'll be even more impressed when you tell him that Grounds & Hounds donates a portion of their profits to animal rescue initiatives.

10. Golf Putting Green

Golf Putting Green gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Amazon

Taking inspiration from your GF's dad's favorite hobby is a surefire way to get into his good books. If he's always up for a round of golf, this putting green will help him perfect his skills before he hits the course. It's made from smooth resin and has a handy cutout feature to catch missed shots, so he won't have to worry about losing any balls. Choose from two different designs—par three or par three-plus—for a fun and interactive gift that may provoke a bit of friendly competition.

11. Beer Can Cooler

YETI Beer Can Cooler gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: YETI

If your girlfriend's dad enjoys kicking back with a beer (or two) during his downtime, this YETI cooler is a good gift for him. Designed to hold larger cans, it features double-wall vacuum insulation that'll keep his beer chilled right up until the last sip. Choose from a selection of colors and pair it with a few cans of his favorite brew for an extra thoughtful touch.

12. Comfy Hiking Socks

Comfy Hiking Socks gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Darn Tough

Is your girlfriend's father an avid hiker or a regular outdoor adventurer? Help him prepare for his next excursion with this two-pack of comfy hiking socks from Darn Tough. Perfect for wearing with boots, they're made from cozy Merino wool and specifically designed to withstand the elements. They'll keep his feet warm and dry while he scales new heights and come with a lifelong guarantee, so he can replace them with another pair if they unexpectedly wear out.

13. Online Mixology Tutorial

Online Mixology Tutorial gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Experiential gifts are always a good idea, especially if you're not sure what to get your girlfriend's dad for his birthday or Christmas. Help him brush up his bartending skills with this online mixology class from Uncommon Goods. During the 90-minute session, one of Brooklyn's best bartenders will demonstrate how to make three craft cocktails—a Cucumber Chili Margarita, a Left Hand and a Gimlet—using the included simple syrup. If your GF's dad isn't that into cocktails, check out the other Uncommon Experiences to find something that fits his interests.

14. Eco-Friendly Joggers

Eco-Friendly Joggers gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Coalatree

Shopping with sustainability in mind can be tricky, but we've come up with the perfect workaround to impress your girlfriend's eco-conscious dad. These soft and comfy joggers are made from a revolutionary fabric sourced from recycled coffee grounds and are colored with waterless dye—but that's not all we love about them. They're also moisture-wicking, odor resistant and easy to pack in a small bag or suitcase. Trust us, you'll get top marks for these smart sweats.

15. Wireless Sport Earbuds

Wireless Sport Earbuds gift for girlfriend
Photo: Best Buy

If you know your girlfriend's dad pretty well and feel like splurging a little on his gift, consider these wireless Bluetooth earbuds. They feature flexible over-ear hooks, which are especially great for active listeners, so he won't have to worry about losing them while he's running or working out. They also come with a handy carry case and a rapid charge feature that can juice up the battery in just 10 minutes.

16. Dual-Purpose Lighter

Dual-Purpose Lighter gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Finding a really good gift for your girlfriend's dad doesn't always warrant a major splurge. Sometimes, your best bet is to go with something small and practical that you know he'll use. This dual-purpose gadget works as both a lighter and a bottle opener, making it the perfect choice for a dad who likes barbecues and beer. Not only that, but it's also rechargeable and fitted with a built-in safety lock to help prevent any fiery accidents.

17. Versatile Travel Pillow

Versatile Travel Pillow gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Nordstrom

Here's a thoughtful and practical gift any jetsetting dad will love. Whether your girlfriend's dad travels a lot for work or just loves checking out new places, this comfy pillow will help him nap on the go. It's handmade from soft fabric and filled with microbeads to reduce sound and block out light, making it ideal for long-haul flights and lengthy commutes. Bonus: It also works as a lightweight neck support and an eye mask.

18. Personalized Wireless Charger

Personalized Wireless Charger gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Swanky Badger

Is your girlfriend always complaining that her dad never charges his phone? This thoughtful gift will help solve that problem (and please your GF at the same time). The wireless charging pad is compatible with all Qi-enabled devices and will make a great addition to his home office, desk or nightstand. Have it engraved with his name or monogram for a personal touch.

19. Cozy Knitted Beanie

Patagonia knit beanie gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Patagonia

Wearable gifts are always appreciated, especially when you're shopping for someone who values style and practicality. If your girlfriend's dad spends lots of time outdoors or lives somewhere chilly, he'll go wild over this knitted hat from Patagonia. It's made from 100% recycled yarn and is lightweight enough to layer under a hood or a helmet. Choose from various fun patterns for a cozy accessory he can wear daily.

20. Luxurious Shower Gel Set

Luxurious Shower Gel Set gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Rituals

Still searching for great gift ideas for your girlfriend's dad? Encourage him to make some time for R&R over the holidays with this luxurious shower gel set from Rituals. It includes a foaming shower gel, a 2-in-1 shampoo and body wash, a hydrating body lotion and a small bottle of cologne—all infused with fresh notes of cedar wood, bamboo and Japanese mint. Everything comes in a stylish, origami-inspired box for a thoughtful presentation.

21. Sneaker Cleaning Kit

Sneaker Cleaning Kit gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Gentlemen's Hardware

If your GF's dad is a bit of a sneakerhead, this cool kit will help him clean his favorite pair of kicks. The travel-sized tin contains essentials like stain-removal fluid, a cleaning brush and a cloth, so he can keep his sneakers looking box fresh for longer. It's a simple and affordable gift that'll show him your thoughtfulness without going overboard.

22. Personalized Leather Notebook

Personalized Leather Notebook gift for girlfriends dad
Photo: Legendary Hide

We're big fans of writing stuff down on paper, especially if it requires planning for the future. If your girlfriend's dad is the same, he'll love using this personalized leather notebook to work out his weekly schedule. It's thoughtfully designed to provide space for to-do lists, goal-setting and general notes, and it comes with a metal pen to jot everything down. Best of all, the leather cover is refillable, so he can easily reuse it every year.

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