15 Perfect Gift Ideas for Dad

Peter Dolkas

The perfect gift for your dad can seem like a needle in a haystack. What will both show your love and not end up in the giveaway pile a month later? To find the gifts we know any dad would love, we channeled some of the silver screen's most popular father figures. They may not be the best of dads at times (see philandering Don Draper and Fitzgerald Grant), but they know what they like. From an antique hatchet for Ron Swanson to a whisky glasses for Don Draper, the best finds are here. All you have to do now is decide who your old man reminds you most of . . .


There's no denying Phil Dunphy's got spunk. If your dad is similar, get him going in the morning with a cosy robe and Chemex coffee maker. And if he is as doofy as Dunphy, he'll love these Bluetooth location tracker stickers for his keys and wallet.

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Turkish Terry Pattern Calf Length Robe, $89, Land's End Stick-N-Find Bluetooth Location Tracker, $50, Brookstone Chemex 3-Cup Coffee Maker, $35, Crate & Barrel


Style is the ultimate deciding factor for a guy like Don Draper. Gift your dad items that won't curb his coolness, like a classic tie clip or the perfect tumbler for an Old Fashioned.

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Cooper Double Old-Fashioned, $4, CB2 Los Angeles. Portrait of a City, $70, Taschen Sterling-Silver Tie Clip, $70, J. Crew


If your dad is as regal as Lord Grantham, gift him items that will keep him in the lap of luxury. A monocle speaker will remind him of old rotary phones, and his slippers will stay dry on the grounds of his estate with a handsome umbrella overhead.

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Monocle Speaker + Handset, $20, A+R Store Maple Handled Plaid-Lined Umbrella, $110, Mr Porter Mr. Casual Slippers, $415, Belgian Shoes


President Fitzgerald is a polished mover and shaker. If your dad is too, give him a Jawbone so he can monitor his movement, a heated shaving cream dispenser so he stays sharp, and a coffee set streamlined enough for the office (even the Oval Office).

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 Jawbone Activity Tracking Band, $150, Mr Porter  Vienna Stainless Steel Coffee Set, From $10, CB2 Heated Shaving Cream Dispenser, $40, The Sharper Image 


Manliness doesn't even begin to describe Ron Swanson. A dad like him won't appreciate frilly high-tech gizmos or stylish doodads. Gift him the good-life essentials, like a mermaid bottle opener or classic game of horseshoes.

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 Estwing Hatchet, $75, Aldrtree  Horseshoe Game Set, $100, CB2  Mermaid Bottle Opener, $10, Cool Material
What are you getting your Dad? Let us know in the comments below... Photography: Doug Hyun, AMC

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