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38 Gifts For Dads That They'll Actually Use Every Day

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If you're looking for a gift for your dad (or stepdad, or uncle, or grandpa) — you can't fall back on the old reliable clichéd tie anymore. Sorry, guys. Don't worry, though — I'm here to help with these gifts for dads that they'll actually use every day. Put down that clay you were thinking of using for a set of coasters and let's review.

You want something that's unique, really captures the regard in which you hold the special person in your life, and will also actually serve a purpose for them, right? That's a tall order, but good old Amazon has you covered, as per usual. I particularly like this charger if you're buying for someone with a smartphone that powers up wirelessly, because — how cool is this? — it can also keep a beverage cool or warm at the same time. Another sure bet if you're looking to drop a little less change for something that'll also get used on the daily is this gorgeous salt or pepper mill that's crafted from real walnut.

In short, you can just sit back, relax, and loosen that metaphorical tie. This list has you covered, and if you have Prime, many of these items will come in 48 hours or less — just in time if you remember it's your dad's birthday this week.

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1
These Sunglasses Are A Sure Thing To Block Harmful Rays

Sunglasses are almost one of those things that it's impossible to have too many of — it seems like they're always getting lost, sat on, or borrowed. Despite their incredibly affordable price tag, this pair is polarized to provide complete protection from the sun's harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Lightweight but strong, they're available in a variety of frame and lens color combinations. Plus, they come in their own carrying pouch with a cleaning cloth and miniature screwdriver.

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The Stealthy Multi-Tool That Has A Solution For Any Job

Multi-tools are always popular for gift-giving — and this wallet-sized one that incorporates a whopping 18 different functions is sure to be a hit. Crafted from ultra-strong heated steel, it's guaranteed to never bend or rust and to always stay sharp so it's ready when needed. The tools incorporated include wrenches, screwdrivers, openers, rulers — heck, insert a debit card into the slot on this gadget and it can even be used as a smartphone stand!

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A Classic, Affordable Water-Resistant Watch

With a case that's crafted from stainless steel, this watch is a durable and hard-working timepiece with a classic look. Perfect for use outdoors and while enjoying water sports, it's water-resistant to 200 meters, and the rugged band is made from resin, meaning it's perfectly safe to wear while showering. Glow-in-the-dark markings make it easy to distinguish the time without a lot of light — and it's equipped with a sweep second hand and a date window, too.

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A Wireless Charger Also Keeps Beverages At The Perfect Temperature

Ideal for use at the office or at home, this charger is suitable for use with any smartphone that's compatible with Qi charging and powers up devices fast and keeps them cool at the same time. Plus, it's designed to keep beverages at the perfect temperature, whether that's warm or cold. Its integrated controls adjust to keep a cup of coffee steaming all morning or chill a soda through the afternoon without melting ice. One reviewer writes: "I received this a few days ago and I'm loving it. This is replacing a pair of devices that took up a lot more real estate on my crowded desktop: a powered drink warmer and a bulky QI charger. The cooling function is a new addition to my workspace and I'm using it more than anything else. I love it."

5
A Beard-Grooming Kit With Everything You Need

Beard products have become a bit of a trend, and this set is a terrific choice because it's so full-featured — it includes shaving creams, a safety razor, oil, balm, and 20 blades. Reviewers say it prevents razor bumps and burn and is an instant upgrade from your usual shaving tools.

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A Lightweight Pack Is The Perfect Solution For A Day Trip Or Packing As A Spare

Made from ultra-lightweight rip-stop nylon, this backpack is a terrific asset for campers, hikers, and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Because it packs up compactly into its own carry pouch, it also makes a fantastic additional piece to throw into carry-on or checked luggage for use as an extra bag for souvenirs or extras acquired while on a trip.

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The Hanging Travel Bag For Toiletries

Keep toiletries right where you can find and grab what you need — in this hanging toiletry bag that has a number of zippered compartments and is made from weather-proof synthetic leather. Reviewers say the bag has a "distinguished" look and that its hanging feature keeps products neat and in order.

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The Genuine Leather Dopp Kit That Looks Like It'd Be Right At Home On The Range

Crafted from high-quality buffalo leather with an authentic distressed look, this toiletries kit provides a hint of the Wild West that will add some raw vintage appeal to anyone's travel ensemble. It features a water-resistant interior lining to preserve the leather, and it's finished with tough YKK zippers so what's inside won't get out. An external pocket is perfect for keeping track of smaller items.

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A Wi-Fi Range Extender That Makes Your Home A Little More High-Tech

Eliminate all those expletives coming from the far reaches of the house with this Wi-Fi range extender that multiplies the reach of any signal. Suitable for use with any router or wireless access point, the three antennas ensure optimum coverage in all directions, ensuring those annoying dead spots are a thing of the past. Setup is easy, too, using the app that walks you through simple onscreen instructions to configure the device.

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This Highly Rated Hot Sauce From Washington D.C.

With a delicious flavor described as "tangy sweet" and an impressive 4.8-star rating, this popular hot sauce can be used as a dip, marinade, sauce, and more. Made in Washington D.C. and considered a local favorite, Dad can incorporate the sauce into his BBQ and use it for wings, beef, pork, veggies, fish — anything and everything.

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This Bandana That Helps Keep You Cool All Summer Long

Soak it in water, wring it out, then tie this chilling bandana around your head as an easy way to keep cool when temperatures rise high. It's also great for fevers, night sweats, or even hot flashes, and the evaporative PVA material is also moisture-wicking. Grab it in nine colors, including blue, lime, black, camo, and more.

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The Pared-Down Wallet That Keeps Prying Eyes Out

Protection from the prying eyes behind RFID waves doesn't have to be bulky — this wallet is the perfect example with its pared-down minimalist design. With eight card slots and an elastic strap to secure cash, it carries everything needed, whether you're traveling or just knocking around town, all while keeping personal data safe from identity theft.

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The Charger That Not Only Gives You Five Ports — But Powers Your Devices Up Faster, Too

Designed to plug into any standard cigarette lighter-style vehicle outlet, this car charger powers up to five devices at a time — while allowing those devices to charge at the maximum output. This device is super-convenient for use throughout a vehicle, too: It features two outlets on the end that plugs into the vehicle outlet, then its 5-foot length permits extension into the back seat where three other ports are available for additional devices.

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The Foot-Massaging Sandals That Use Acupressure To Relieve Pain All Over The Body

These brilliant sandals feature acupressure nubs — some of which are smooth and some that have tiny buds on them — to apply further delineated pressure to specific reflexology points on the sole of the foot. Just 15 minutes of wear per day can promote enhanced blood flow to relieve painful conditions like arthritis, neuropathy, and plantar fasciitis, while also providing a stimulating massage for anyone on their feet all day.

15
This Tenderizer Makes Great Steaks Even More Mouthwatering

With a remarkable 45 stainless steel knife blades, this meat tenderizer is a must-have for anyone who enjoys a delicious steak or, even more so, likes to experiment with the more flavorful inexpensive cuts that can be tough if not treated correctly. It makes short work of the connective fibers that can make meat stringy, creating channels for even penetration of heat and reducing cooking time, too.

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The Toeless Socks With Non-Slip Nibs On The Bottom

If your feet keep sliding around on your yoga mat or floors, give these toeless socks a try. The soft rubber nibs on the bottom keep your feet firmly planted while you're exercising or even just walking around your home. "I use these for kickboxing," one reviewer raved. "The grip on the bottom is excellent and helps you stay in place well, as I use them for HIIT Fitness."

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A Pocket-Sized Shaver That Features German Engineering And A Reasonable Price Tag

It may be small in size, but this pocket shaver is designed to deliver a close shave anywhere you are. The unique flip top protects a wide, floating foil for close contouring to the face, even in those tight spaces that are hard to reach. Plus, the foil features a honeycomb pattern that catches hairs growing in all directions. Battery-operated, it's ideal for a last-minute touch-up before those big occasions, and is washable under running water.

18
The Hands-Free Belt With Plenty Of Room For All The Essentials

With a snug fit that's designed to be custom-tailored with its adjustable elastic straps, this running belt won't bounce around — it stays in place, whether on the job or out for a jog. Crafted from water-resistant fabric, it features three pockets to accommodate just about everything necessary, from a smartphone to money and keys and maybe even a snack — plus zippers and Velcro keep everything secure.

19
A Rechargeable Work Light For So Many Situations

Designed for use either in the outdoors or as a work light, this light features three modes to accommodate every situation — a bright mode, an ultra-bright mode, and an SOS flashing mode. It's also designed to mount either magnetically or via its built-in hook to provide plenty of hands-free uses, like working on the car or reading at night in the tent. It's the perfect, durable, waterproof light that belongs in everyone's trunk, backpack, or bug-out bag.

20
The Work Gloves That Protect Hands Without Limiting Dexterity

Crafted from tough, durable, and shrink-resistant synthetic leather, these work gloves are form-fitted thanks to the incorporation of stretchable spandex, while the Lycra side panels offer maneuverability and dexterity. The stitching is on the inside of these gloves so it won't snag on work surfaces, and each glove has three touchscreen fingertips so smartphones and other devices can be easily accessed while working. Synthetic palm construction adds abrasion-resistance for increased durability.

21
A Mat That Keeps Legs Fresh When Working At A Standing Desk

Standing desks have become so popular, and this mat is the perfect complement for the father figure who has to sit all day long but is looking for other alternatives. Made from thick, shock-absorbent, phthalate-free material, it has 3-D features that provide exercise opportunities for the legs, glutes, and core to stimulate the circulation and provide a stretch during the workday.

22
A Back Support For Traditional Desk Chairs

Back pain is no match for this deluxe cushion that fights it where it strikes so often — in poorly designed desk chairs that seem engineered specifically to make workdays more painful. Designed with a board-certified physical therapist, this one provides optimal lumbar support to ease lower back pain while also improving posture. Also great for long car rides and long-haul drivers, it's encased in a soft, washable cover.

23
The Pillow That Keeps Drinks Close By When No Table Is Near

Designed to fit cups, mugs, glasses, bottles, and cans, this pillow will accommodate any drink, plus whatever stuff is needed — all in the interest of offering up the perfect night couch surfing when a table isn't handy. Why juggle all of that when it can just be nestled into this pillow, which not only keeps it safe from spilling over, but also provides an insulation effect that keeps hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold?

24
The Fun Snack Serving Bowl That's Made From Melamine

Billed as a "pistachio bowl," not only is this bowl perfect for everyone's favorite green nut, but its two-part design with under-bowl that's meant to catch the pistachio shells makes it just as useful for pitted items like olives and cherries, sunflower seeds, and anything requiring toothpicks to eat. It's made from sturdy melamine that's lightweight and dishwasher-safe, and comes in three colors, too.

25
This Travel Pillow Is Good For Sleeping And For Watching Programs

Designed to cradle the head or neck in comfort while traveling, this pillow is also ideal for tablet viewing using the specially-designed corner mounts. Ideal for Kindles, iPads, or Fire tablets, many reviewers note that this is the perfect solution for reading in bed on the tablet, and that the straps on the pillow even allow it to be affixed to a headrest in the car for viewing from the back seat during long rides.

26
The Pour-Over Coffee Maker For That One Perfect Cup Of Coffee

For the coffee snob who enjoys some variety in their java, this single-cup pour-over coffee maker provides the ability to whip up one perfect cup, over and over, every time. With a variety of coffees on hand, there's no need to make a full pot — simply make one pour-over cup at a time with this simple-to-use device that features precise water flow control for a well-balanced cup every time. It comes with a lid that keeps in the heat while the coffee is brewing, and doubles as a convenient drip tray.

27
A Brilliant Pillow That's Both Cooling And Adjustable

Made from memory foam that's infused with cooling gel, this pillow provides a couple of options that really make it stand out from its competitors. First off, for the folks who are always searching for the cool side of the pillow during the night, the outer fabric is designed to provide the ultimate in breathability, while the gel-infused memory foam helps drive down the temperature to ensure a pleasant chill at night. Additionally, the customizable pillow can be adjusted to the right height by simply removing some of the foam.

28
The Phone Holder You Can Wear Around Your Neck

Tired of propping your phone up with your hands while watching videos? Just pop it into this phone holder. The flexible gooseneck can be adjusted to fit around your steering wheel while driving, or you can even mold it into a stable, flat platform when using it on tables. It's designed to work with any type of phone, plus each one comes with a remote shutter that lets you take photos from up to 30 feet away.

29
A Tool That Will Get Your Grill Clean Enough To Eat Off Of

Any master griller will love this brush that's the ultimate tool for bringing a greasy, grimy, fire-baked grill back to pristine condition. Two stainless steel wire brushes scrub around the grates, completely encircling them to get all sides at once, and it'll never shed its bristles. A 17-inch handle keeps hands far from heat, and the loop at the end lets you hang it up into storage.

30
The Headphones That Play Music For Up To Eight Hours

If you're looking for a pair of waterproof headphones that won't break the bank, you can't go wrong with this pair. There are controls on the earpieces that let you play, pause, skip, and adjust the volume, plus the built-in microphone means you can even answer calls hands-free.

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A Charging Station That Knows The Voltage Requirements Of Any Device

With room for four devices and smart technology that enables it to sense the exact voltage requirements for each of those smartphones or tablets, this charging station is a terrific solution for anyone with a lot of electronics. Suitable for use at home or at the office, it comes with two lightning cables and two micro-USB cables, all at a length specifically designed to work with the base and keep everything neat without dangling cords everywhere.

32
This Moisturizer Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving

This moisturizer is a great way to keep skin hydrated and prevent it from looking dull, with its weightless formulation that benefits from the antioxidants in green tea as well as botanicals and deep sea algae extract. Lightly-scented, it's paraben-, phthalate-, and cruelty-free.

33
A Stylish LED Desk Lamp That's A Sure Thing

With its neat, architectural styling and four lighting modes to accommodate every task, this desk lamp is both versatile and stylish. The LED bulb provides a long-lasting and energy-saving solution to traditional illumination that also portrays a full spectrum of rich colors more accurately than competitors, and includes a natural light setting to protect the eyes. The arm has up to 180-degrees of flex to provide direct task lighting that can be ultra-focused on the job at hand.

34
The Power Bank That Charges Two Devices At Once

Engineered to power up a multitude of devices while ensuring they don't get too much juice to overload them, this power bank can simultaneously charge devices while protecting them at the same time. It also acts as a backup flashlight, so it's perfect to keep in the glove compartment of the car, or in a backpack or bug-out bag. Its large battery capacity delivers multiple charges for two devices at once, always a great thing to have on hand in a storm.

35
A Versatile Jacket That's Perfect For All But The Coldest Weather

With casual, slim-fit styling and a windproof design that insulates on breezy days, this jacket is a classic choice. It's made from a high-density polyester to keep in the warmth and finished with a gingham lining, stand collar, elasticated cuffs, and two side pockets with durable zippers for storage. Best of all, it's machine-washable in cold water for easy upkeep.

  • Available sizes: XS-XL
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A Tool That's The Perfect Gift For DIY Craftspeople

Here's the thing on this list that I'm probably the most envious of, since this rotary tool kit is equipped with all the accessories for carving, engraving, cutting, sanding, and any number of other crafting-related tasks. The variable-speed tool features multiple grip positions and is designed to permit quick accessory changes to make projects speed to completion, while the motor delivers both power and control with precision.

37
The Classic Crew Socks, Because Sometimes Basic Is Best

Made from a cotton-poly blend with just a touch of spandex to help them keep their shape, these socks are warm and comfortable, and will never go out of style. Designed to wick moisture away from the feet during hot days or when activity makes them sweaty, they're perfect for work or working out, with a touch of cushioning for comfort, and light arch compression to boost circulation.

38
A Stool That Helps Eliminate Problems With Elimination

Crafted from 100% natural bamboo that's renewably and sustainably-harvested, this stool is designed to keep the body in its most natural position for elimination — a squat. It adjusts between 7 inches and 9 inches to accommodate different leg lengths depending on which way the stool is turned. Created by doctors to optimize colon health, its textured surface keeps the feet in place during the process.