Gifts for the cool dad who’s the first to say “I’m not babysitting, I’m parenting.”


Does he get brownie points for raising his own kid? Scheduling playdates? Doing laundry? He’ll be the first to tell you no.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t honor his favorite role with one of these super cool holiday gifts for super cool dads. 

Gifts for the cool dad who’s the first to say “I’m not babysitting, I’m parenting.”




All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff. There has been no compensation for inclusion. (We know that's rare.)

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All prices accurate at time of publication but subject to change.

Be sure to visit our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide posts and our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide posts for even more fabulous gift ideas
including 50+ cool gifts for kids and teens, all under $15





Custom Otterbox Defender Case for iPhone

For a little extra protection when he’s taking pictures from the top of the slide.

$69.95, Zazzle (with other phone styles available)


Side by Side: A Celebration of Dads

We love this book by Chris Rashchka.


Family Portrait to Commemorate His Favorite People

We’ve ordered from this artist ourselves, and can’t recommend her more.


Personalized Bracelet from Child’s Artwork

(item no longer available) 

You can even tuck a secret message on the inside, too.

$48.75 on sale and up, MeNation


Disney+ Annual Subscription

For a lifetime of Moana and Mandalorian watching with the kids.

$6.99-12.99/mo, Disney Plus

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The Tile Bluetooth-enabled tracking tags and now, stickers, means never having to yell WHERE’S MY REMOTE? ever again.

In fact, it allows you to find lost items in seconds: Your keys, your wallet, your phone, your luggage, your camera…you get the idea. Attach it to anything you don’t want to lose — say, some of those new holiday gifts you’re buying? — and use your phone to locate it by sound or see it on a map. Brilliant! Especially for busy parents who have even less time for finding missing stuff. 

And we use Tile ourselves, so we can totally vouch for how awesome they are.


Personalized Leather Catch-All

Customize it with a child’s own handwriting. Sniff.


Feminist Daddy and Me T-Shirt

This set is no longer available. But check out similar shirts on their Etsy page!

$36-40, Turner & Pooch


DIY DAD Photo Holders

Affordable, sweet, and he’ll keep it forever. 

Free tutorial, Project Kid


Daily Dose of Dad Jokes Book

“What do you call a deer with no eyes?”
“No eye deer.” 

$9.89, Amazon


Framed Photo with Children’s Artwork

This story-starter frame includes 3 posters with 3 different photos in 3 different shapes.
Choose your fave pop it in the frame. Instant keepsake. 

$49.99, Pinhole Press




SanDisk Expand Flash Drive for iPhone

Make sure there’s enough room for every milestone, from first steps to senior proms. 

$49.98, Amazon


Babysitting Gift Card

He deserves a night off too!

Price varies, Urban Sitter


A Donation in His Name to RAICES

Because any cool dad who knows the importance of family bonds, wants to make sure no other family is unnecessarily torn apart. 
We can’t say enough about this extraordinary organization

Give generously,
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)