Shopping for Dad: Why is it so Hard?

For the most part, guessing what your family and friends would like to receive around the holidays is fun and exciting. Maybe you peek at your sister’s Pinterest board to find her most recent likes or sneakily have your mother admit what she wants through innocent conversation. However, dads are an entirely different story. Getting dad to tell you what he’d like this year is like pulling teeth. They either respond with a hilarious dad joke or tell you they don’t want anything but quality time with you. So to help you out, we’ve narrowed down a few different types of dads out there and provided gift ideas that they’ll love opening up.


The techie

This dad appreciates the newest and most innovative gadgets. He was one of the first to tout a smartwatch and prides himself on his knowledge of technology. If your dad is a bit of a technology buff, we recommend the following:

3Doodler 3D Printing Pen 2.0

Rotating floor stand for iPad

Apple TV


The gamer

This dad is young at heart. He loves a competitive edge and surprising teenagers with his video game skills. If you think your dad falls into this category, we recommend the following:

Video gaming chair

Gamer’s lap desk

Mobile gaming system


The outdoorsman

This dad loves anything he can do outside. Be it hiking, hunting, camping, or boating, this tough guy enjoys being out in nature and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. If this sounds a lot like your dad, we recommend the following:

Biolite Kettle Pot

Easy Camp Tipi Tent



The sports lover

This dad roots for his favorite team so loud you can hear him from miles away. He watches enjoys watching high school, college, and professional leagues and teams. If you consider your dad to be a hardcore sports fanatic, we recommend the following:

Tailgate Backpack Cooler Chair

Team Travel Tumbler

Ballpark blueprints –


The book worm

This dad is a bit on the quiet and thoughtful side. He appreciates calm days on the couch with a good book or reading off his Kindle during his lunch hour. If your dad loves a good book, we recommend the following:

City on Fire


Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 –


What are you getting your dad this year? Share your ideas with us in the comment section.