17 Gifts For Your Boyfriend's Dad That Are More Than Just Gift Cards To All His Favorite Places

If finding holiday gifts for Dad didn't seem troublesome enough this holiday season, throw in a trip to the mall to pick up something with personality, but not too personal for your significant other's dad too. (And you thought picking out something for you own father was bad. Ha!)

Picking out a little something special for your significant other's dad isn't as simple as stocking up on lotions or candles. Men aren't always easy to shop for — not like women. They don't give details; they give the bare minimum. They either want "a book," or "whatever you think is best," or — best of all — they want "nothing." (Lies, all lies.)

And when you're shopping for your SO's dad, everything gets much, much more complicated. You don't want to pick up something too basic, like socks or t-shirts, and you absolutely don't want to be the person who shows up with an impersonal gift card that you probably picked up on the way over. So what do you get for a guy you don't really know all that well? Here are a few ideas.

His Own Beer Label

You can’t really take tons of risks when it comes to gifts for your SO’s dad, but this gag gift is as cheeky as it is adorable. (Just make sure you pick up something more serious, okay?)

Beer Bottle Label, $12, Pinhole Press

His Own Smoker

Smoked meats can be expensive, but not with this make-at-home smoker. It’s simple and oh, so delicious.

AmeriHome Stovetop Kettle Smoker, $55, Amazon

Weekend Watch Collection

A wear-anywhere timepiece that comes with interchangeable bands? That’s like three gifts in one. (And you just got promoted to favorite significant-other status.)

Timex X Up Weekend Watch Box Set, $75, Urban Outfitters

Personalized Travel Gear

He’ll appreciate the fact that you took time out to get him something that’s totally for him — and just for him. The personalized pouch works at home or on the go for whatever he needs.

Suede Boho Travel Pouch, $89, Mark and Graham

Cheeses and Meats

Okay, we’ll admit it isn’t the most original gift on the planet, but sometimes it’s nice to stick with what you know works. And snacks always work.

Signature Party Planner, $150, Amazon

His Own Ball Carrier

For the dad who loves to golf, these ball carriers couldn’t be more perfect. (And no, it isn’t a hint that he’s getting too old to bend down.)

Leather Golf Ball Carrier, $50, CLAVA

Indoor Grill

Winter is endless, but for a guy who loves to grill, it can feel even longer. Ease the pain of the cold season with this indoor grill. It might not be exactly the same, but it’ll feel like it.

Hamilton Beach Steak Lovers Indoor Grill, $120, Amazon

DIY Gin Maker

While you and your boyfriend are in town for the weekend, it might be fun to try out this homemade gin kit together. And you all get to try out the finished results — for free.

Homemade Gin Kit, $50, Uncommon Goods

Personalized Watch Case

For an adorable twist, you can personalize this watch case with his kids’ initials.

Personalized Wood Watch Case , $63, Red Envelope

The Ultimate BBQ Kit

There’s literally nothing worse than reaching for a tool and realizing you don’t have it. So put an end to all that BBQ disappointment once and for all with this stacked “equipment briefcase.”

BBQ Briefcase, $83, Uncommon Goods

Meat Rubs

If he’s not much of a stovetop chef, he’ll love this meat rub gift set. It comes with a variety of spices, so he can just rub and toss on the grill. It’s that easy.

Butcher’s Rubs Gift Box, $28, The Spice Market

Cold-Weather Gear

For all that snow he’s inevitably going to have to shovel.

Observer Pom Beanie, $24, Belief NYC

Stylish Backpack

Whether it’s a trip to the city to meet you two for lunch or the first time you travel with the family, he’ll appreciate this easy-to-transport backpack that’s just for him.

Little America Backpack, $80, Amazon

Old School Shoes

What dad doesn’t love a new pair of kicks? Yep, that’s what we thought.

Seeley Shoes, $70, Amazon

Shaving Kit

Men can never have enough shaving goodies — especially when they smell as good as The Art of Shaving gear does. This gift set has everything he needs.

Sandalwood Full Size Kit, $120, Amazon

Membership to a Beer of the Month Club

It’s the gift that keeps on giving, month after month! Plus, he’ll probably be turned on to a few new favorites, too.

Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, $25 per month, The Microbrewed Beer of the Month

Homemade Goodies

If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a little homemade sweetness. It’s heartfelt, thoughtful and, literally, a labor of love. Plus, you can all indulge together on the couch after opening presents. Bingo!

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles, How Sweet It Is