Best gifts for Dad in 2020
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I am a father and I admit it – I am not easy to buy. I suspect I’m not the only dad who falls into this category. One reason why it is so difficult to find a great gift for dads is because they are (relatively) old, which means they may already have more stuff than they need. Another reason: They can be too reluctant about the things they actually want.
With that in mind, we present a gift guide with some really amazing gifts for dad handpicked for it. We’ve covered lots of basics to appeal to all kinds of daddy’s interests, from backyard decor to survival-oriented tools to adult toys for the cool dad – in addition to the usual ones , and other electronics. Check out our picks for the best gifts for dad.
Backyard fire pits were a staple of social activity during the COVID-19 era – and this is hands down the best of them. The Solo Stove is made of durable stainless steel and has a ventilated design that encourages airflow. It creates a beautiful and deeply warming fire with very little smoke or ash in the air. (Perhaps best of all, your clothes don’t reek of smoke the next morning.)
Although the grandiose 30-inch Yukon is the king of the lineup, the entry-level 13-inch Ranger costs around $ 200. They’re not cheap – but they make a slam dunk Christmas present for any fire pit enthusiast. Professional tip: buy now; Many models are reordered through November, but there’s still time to get one before the holidays.
Finally, Solo Stove makes a number of beautiful accessories, but the stand – and especially the cover – are especially useful for protecting your stove and fire pit area.
This sleek, waterproof aluminum tube has almost all of the equipment an outdoor dad could need in a pinch. This includes a 200 lumen LED floodlight flashlight, compass, a modest first aid kit, and everything you need to start a fire – each neatly wrapped in a modular storage puck. There is also a rope, wire saw and razor blade, some duct tape, sewing equipment, fishing gear, and everything you need to clean up 7.5 liters of water. Weighing in at just under 1 pound, this accessory set is the perfect gift for the camping enthusiast or DIY enthusiast – but just as useful to stow in a car, boat, or at home.
There is a place for practical gifts – but how often does dad get something that is fun? With a top speed of around 48 km / h, this powerful remote-controlled monster truck can roll over a wide variety of terrains and, thanks to its waterproof electronics, through any puddle of mud. I laughed and howled like a 10 year old during my first test drives.
While there’s a bit of a learning curve – you’ll have to dig into lithium-polymer batteries and charge peripherals – it’s no more complicated than setting up a new smartphone. (An entry-level LiPo battery and charger combination costs about an additional $ 60.) Beginners will also benefit from the truck’s “training mode,” which cuts its considerable speed in half to improve your handling skills. But if you destroy your rig, fine: Traxxas is known for its reasonable parts and repair fees. This is also available on Amazon for a little more money.
The Kammock Roo Double hammock is equally suitable for camping in backwoods and a garden. It’s big enough for Dad plus a – or maybe two other pint-sized companions – as long as you keep the grand total below 500 pounds. And made of ripstop nylon, it’s light enough to stow any backpack or day bag.
You will need some sturdy straps to secure the hammock to trees. However, if you want to be pampered, I would recommend Kammock’s Swiftlet hammock stand: it’s lightweight, surprisingly easy to assemble and adjust, and comes with a nice carrying case. Although it was reordered for much of the spring and summer, it is now in stock.
In times of toilet paper shortages, a bidet is a good investment and definitely a unique gift idea for your father. It’s also a healthier and potentially more sustainable alternative to paper goods. There is a lot to recommend about the Omigo. It is important that the installation is very easy. I’m not a great plumber and it took me less than 45 minutes to get it working with no issues.
It has everything you could want in a bidet – rear and front washer nozzles, heated seats, multiple temperature and position settings and an appealing blue night light. However, at $ 551, the flagship model is way too expensive and the exclusive features aren’t strictly necessary. Instead, I would recommend the OmigoSL, which contains the main bells and whistles, and This will be available for $ 337 from November 21-30.
If you’re working on a smaller budget, there’s also the much cheaper Tushy, which does the same basic purpose but doesn’t have the warmth and high-tech adjustability of the Omigo.
There are many great waterproof bluetooth speakers on the market, but maybe none as distinctive as the Demer Box. The sound quality of this bluetooth speaker is top notch: this thing has loud and clear audio with a great low end. The “shatterproof” Pelican case built in the USA is waterproof and almost indestructible. The DB2 model is big enough to carry daddy’s favorite beer and a handful of other valuables. The battery lasts about 40 hours.
However, if you’re looking for a much cheaper speaker, we recommend the $ 30 Tribit X Sound Go, which is a great gift too. It’s waterproof and delivers a surprisingly good sound for the price.
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After the Nintendo Switch was sold out for months, it is now back in stock in some stores (along with the cheaper Switch Lite). But if you can swing it, the full-featured model, which costs $ 300, is a better deal for family games. It was a constant source of entertainment for my crew during the epidemic, with well-attended marathons from Just Dance and Mario Kart and individual campaigns in The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. Take the console and check out our roundup of the best Switch multiplayer games for families. Read our Switch Lite review.
Jabra’s Elite 75t is a bargain for $ 160 and offers better sound quality than the AirPods Pro with superior clarity and thicker bass, and 7.5 hours of battery life. And there are physical volume controls right on the buds. Read our Jabra Elite 75t review.
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A great TV is the bedrock of any dad’s home entertainment system, and this particular model is the best value for money. The latest version of the TCL 6 series offers excellent picture quality and a new THX mode that combines low input delay and high contrast – which is especially appreciated by a gamer father. You also get great colors, well implemented local full array dimming, and the Roku TV operating system – our all-time favorite. Read our review of the TCL 6 series (2020 Roku TV).
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With many people working from home and going to school for the foreseeable future, having a robust Wi-Fi signal has never been more important. The Google Nest Wifi offers fast performance, beautiful aesthetics and doubles as a smart speaker for the Google Assistant. It’s easy to set up, easy to use, and easy to leave – and we believe it’s the best overall solution for updating your home network. Read our Nest Wifi review.
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When Dad is ready to go beyond his TV’s built-in speakers, we recommend starting here. The V21 is a newly updated version of our long-time favorite and has a compact but powerful subwoofer, HDMI connectivity and great audio quality. Hands down, this is the best soundbar value we found in 2020. Read our Vizio V21 review.
DJI’s Mavic Air 2 has everything you would expect from a drone: more than 30 minutes of flight time, a range of 6 miles and safety features including high quality obstacle avoidance and air traffic warnings. And the camera hardware is real: this drone can take 48 megapixel photos and 4K videos at 60 frames per second. If you’re looking for something a little cheaper for dear old dad, the excellent Mavic Mini is now $ 399.
Basic Papa Gear: A cooler that combines aesthetics with tremendous capacity. With its 62-liter interior, the Lifetime High Performance Cooler won the best-designed model in CNET’s list of the best coolers. It has double lockable lid closures, rope handles and a built-in bottle opener. Perfect for camping or just for beer, hot sauce and your favorite grilling utensils. And it costs less than $ 100. Read our review of the Lifetime High Performance Cooler.
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This story was published earlier but has been fully updated for the 2020 holiday season.
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