The 21 Greatest Christmas Gifts for Dads

Make quick work of shopping for the old man this festive season.


Men's Health |

When it comes to buying gifts, dads are mythological creatures with inscrutable needs. Not only do they tend to buy exactly what they need, when they need it, but decades of grunting through most conversations has also made it impossible to discern exactly what they might want to find under the Christmas tree this festive season. In fact, some surveys have shown that nobody (literally nobody) likes holiday shopping for the old man.

Fortunately, it doesn’t need to be that hard. After weeks of observing dads in their natural setting, i.e. congregated around a braai discussing a penalty in a soccer match that happened 14 years ago, we’ve compiled the ultimate last-minute gift shopping guide:

1. Rappid Minimalist Wallet

Your dad might be old school, but even he knows that fat wallets are a relic of the past. This minimalist, hardwearing cardholder will help him organise, protect and select his cards with ease.

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Rappid Minimalist Wallet

R 250

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2. Tovolo Deluxe SteadySticks Wine & Beer Holders

Dad’s do most activities with a beer in hand (read: bracing and golfing). But sometimes they need to set that brew down. These SteadySticks accommodate most stemmed glasses, bottles and cans so they stay steady and close at hand. The sharp, spiked end inserts easily into grass or sand so your only worry is having a good time. Who wouldn’t love this?

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Tovolo Deluxe SteadySticks Wine & Beer Holders

R 369

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3. Tile Sticker

Let’s be honest, dad’s have a tendency to lose things. You attach the waterproof tiles to an item you might misplace, like your car keys. Then when you do misplace them, you touch your smartphone and the tile sticker will ring so you can easily locate your missing item.

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Tile Sticker 4 Pack

R 1 299

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4. Clever Dog Smart WiFi Camera Standard Edition with Mobile App

No bond is stronger than a dad and the pet he said he didn’t want. These cameras come in a pack of two and you can control them via an app. You can then setup and connect to the cameras to view the live stream on your phone at any time. The built-in microphone and speakers offer you two-way audio communication so you can talk to man’s best friend if you want.

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Clever Dog Smart WiFi Camera Standard Edition with Mobile App (2 Pack)

R 1 899

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5. Meater Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer

Most dads would say there is an art to cooking meat that comes from decades of braaing and a so-called “gut feel”. (Don’t worry son, you’ll understand in time.) If they want to get more technical, however, the Meater is the perfect tool for perfect results. You insert the Meater probe into the meat, set up your cook in the heater app (what meat and cut you are cooking, and how you want it done), and then cook and follow the app instructions. The Meater app will estimate your cooking time and how long to rest it for. It doesn’t get better than that.

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Meater Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer

R 2 099

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6. Putting Practice Combo

Give your dad the gift of a better handicap this year, because you can be sure his three-putt is keeping him up at night. This combo comes with everything he needs to improve his putting in the comfort of his home. The PuttOUT Putting Mat has printed alignment guides, target points and distance markings for putting drills. The PuttOUT Training Cup is designed to simulate the exact conditions of putting into a real hole on the green, returning good putts and rejecting bad ones. And the Golf Gear Putting Arc Mat is designed to give you visual and physical feedback of one the most important aspects of putting, controlling the face angle.

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Putting Practise Combo

R 2 499.99

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7. RVLRI Steel Watch Bracelet Set

A simple watch and bracelet is always something a dad can appreciate, but may not buy for himself. This watch is 44mm, a great size for most men’s wrists.

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RVLRI Steel Watch Bracelet Set

R 649

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8. Sonos Roam

WiFi and bluetooth enabled? Check. 10 hour battery life? Check. Drop-resistant? Check. Waterproof? Check. Everything you could need in a portable speaker and more? Check.

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Sonos Roam

R 3 790

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9. Braai Light with Magnetic Base

Whether you’re camping without electricity, braaing in a poorly lit garden or load shedding strikes an inconvenient moment, this break light will have your dad covered. It has an adjustable head so you can shine the light wherever you need it most. No more using the phone flash for lighting!

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Braai Light with Magnetic Base

R 359

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10. Philips OneBlade 4 Combs Hybrid Styler

Give the gift of a damn clean shave this festive season. The Philips OneBlade is a new hybrid styler that can trim, shave and create clean lines and edges, on any length of hair. No nicked skin or uneven hair here.

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OneBlade 4 Combs Hybrid Styler

R 1 099

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11. Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

Gifting your dad with a good quality gin that he can enjoy during these hot summer months will always be appreciated. Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin was brewed with 47 ingredients and is sure to make a mean G&T or cocktail.

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Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

R 635

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12. The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes

Dads, in general, like two things: complaining about “the referee” and telling mortifyingly terrible jokes that cause collateral damage to anyone unfortunate enough to find themselves within ear shot of your table at the local Spur. This book is a goldmine of material, filled with gems such as, “Why did the banana go to the doctor? Because he wasn’t peeling very well!”. Pros: your dad will be happy; cons: you’re in for a painful festive season.

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The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes

R 269

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13. Cape Herb and Spice Chilli Sauce Challenge

You’ve probably only seen your dad cry a few times in your life, and most of those tears were shed over rugby results (or a particularly expensive plumber). However, this chilli challenge is a real tear jerker. Containing five bottles of hot sauce, starting with a mild Sriracha and peaking with the dreaded Ghost Chilli, consider this your five fingers of death. What he gets? A chance to prove that there is no hot sauce in the world that he can’t handle. You? Well, you get to watch him cry while he pretends he’s upset about the rugby and not the inferno blazing trails in his mouth.

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Cape Herb and Spice Chilli Sauce Challenge

R 249

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14. The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket

A high-quality, insulated jacket is a must-have for any man. However, chances are your father needs this wardrobe upgrade more than most. (Dads are notorious for wearing their one and only outer layer until it’s discoloured, threadbare and begging for retirement.) We like this one from North Face. It’s got edge and structure, but retains a classic aesthetic, which will help your dad shore up his looks without taking him out of his comfort zone.

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The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket

R 2 799

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15. Laaitie Headlamp Cap

Fitted with an LED light, this is a hardworking cap that your dad will don to every bring-and-braai from this Christmas until the next.

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Laaitie Headlamp Cap

R 290

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16. Bambloo Bamboo Multi-Device Charging Station & Organiser

It probably took your dad years to wrap his head around how to use a smartphone, but by now he’s likely collected more than a few devices. This charging station can accommodate phones, tablets, fitness trackers, eReaders, and whatever other electronics the old man has accumulated in his personal era of digital enlightenment. Bonus: it looks good, too.

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Bambloo Bamboo Multi-Device Charging Station

R 599

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17. Kindle Paperwhite

The last thing your dad wants: another paperback. Skip the hardcopies, a Kindle will get him reading more than any “must-read” political bio. Snore.

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Kindle Paperwhite

R 2 989

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18. Sexy Socks

Contrary to popular belief, dads don’t hate socks. The trick is to find the right ones. These are colourful, comfortable and won’t fall apart in the wash.

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Sexy Socks

R 199

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19. Beard Boys Ultra Grooming Kit

If your dad is sporting fuzz, chances are he cares more about grooming than you might guess. While he’ll insist that “conditioner” is a superfluous addition to his shower sessions, and that you can clean “most bits” by just letting the water drip into every nook and cranny, we guarantee he’s willing to give his beard the TLC it deserves. This kit includes everything he’ll need to max out his mo’, even if he’ll accept it somewhat begrudgingly on Christmas Day.

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Beard Boys Ultra Grooming Kit

R 739

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20. Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee Machine

This no-fuss approach to making coffee is exactly what your dad needs. Pop the pod in, smack the button and watch as delicious java cascades into your coffee mug. Mmm, tastes like a damn great gift.

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Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee Machine

R 3 599

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21. Beats Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones

These high-performance earbuds produce pristine sound and can stand up to any amount of sweat, whether the old man’s out for a run or wrestling with the pool pump.

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Beats Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones

R 4 450

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