The Best Gifts For Dad Of 2023

The Best Gifts For Dad Of 2023

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This weighted blanket from Zonli is great because it contains eco-friendly glass beads that have great heat absorption to ensure a comfortable temperature that won’t get too hot for sleeping. 

--Southern Living

gray weighted blanket- Zonli

Whether you’re shopping for your own dad or your husband, brother, uncle, cousin, or friend, all dads love a thoughtful, practical gift. Jacqueline Whitmore, a leading etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, says that personalized gifts, subscriptions, and unique experiences all make great gifts for dads. “A hot air balloon ride or a cooking class are great examples of experiences you can do together,” she says. “You could also look for a gadget or tool he’s been wanting, or a gift that supports his hobbies such as a new set of golf clubs or a book on his favorite topic.”

In addition to Whitmore, we also received insight and recommendations from Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert with The Protocol School of Texas. From kitchen gear to clothing to tools and experiences, we’ve gathered a list of the best gifts to give dads this year.

How much should you spend on a gift for Dad?

“There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to how much to spend on a gift,” says Gottsman. “It depends on your personal budget and the relationship you share with the person you are gifting. Gifts of labor such as home baked goods, personal art pieces, and helping with a particular chore are all wonderful gestures of kindness without a price tag.” Whitmore echoes this statement. “It’s important to remember that the value of a gift is not determined by its price tag,” she says. “A thoughtful and meaningful gift can be more valuable than an expensive one.”

What gift do you get a dad who wants nothing?

Whitmore suggests gifting him with the gift of quality time spent together. “This could be a day trip to a nearby attraction, a home-cooked meal, or a game night with the family,” she says. “Alternatively, you could make a donation to a charity in his name or give him a heartfelt letter expressing your love and appreciation.” Consumables are another option. Many dads will love a great food gift,

What are the most common Father’s Day gifts? 

The most common Father’s Day gifts are greeting cards, gift cards, clothing, and special outings. “However, it's important to remember that every dad is unique, and the best gift for him may not be the most common one,” says Whitmore. 

What types of gifts can be purchased last-minute?

Gottsman and Whitmore both agree that gift cards are always a great last-minute gift. Gottsman also notes that a bottle of wine or a favorite spirit are also great, while Whitmore says a gourmet food or drink basket is also a win. 


ZonLi Weighted Blanket

sleep with a weighted blanket

A weighted blanket helps you get a better night’s sleep, as it hugs your body and provides additional comfort. This one from ZonLi is great because it contains eco-friendly glass beads that have great heat absorption to ensure a comfortable temperature that won’t get too hot for sleeping. The beads are encased in two layers of protective lining so beads won’t shift or leak out. A weighted blanket should be about 10 percent of your body weight, so you can choose the best weight for Dad of the options available.

Why Trust Southern Living

Amanda Ogle is a freelance writer and editor with seven years of experience covering food and drink, travel, and general lifestyle topics. For this list, she researched hundreds of gift ideas for dads, considering factors such as hobbies, interests, value, and style. For tips on gift giving, she consulted with Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert with The Protocol School of Texas, and Jacqueline Whitmore, a leading etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach.