While the commonly-held belief is that men are easier to buy presents for than women, that narrative is beginning to change. Your dad may say you shouldn’t waste your money or that he doesn’t want anything, but that’s because he rarely is told to take the time to figure it out.

The lack of communication is what makes men so difficult to shop for and it’s that much harder when the man in question is your dad. On his birthday, there is no way you don’t want to get him something to celebrate another year of his life and how much he means to you.

Here are a few birthday gift ideas for Dad sure to make him admit they weren’t a waste of your cash.

The Best Birthday Gifts for Dad in 2020

1. Walabot DIY In Wall Imager

Cutting edge piece wall imager

For all of those DIY home renovation projects that have gone wrong, this gadget will make sure his next project will come out better than ever.

This cutting-edge piece of tech takes things to the next level by using radio waves to detect the location of pipes, studs, wires and electric wires, amongst other things. One of the most unique and thoughtful gifts, there will be no more drilling accidents or disasters.

2. Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

Headphones noise reduction technology

The perfect birthday gift for dads who know the importance of shutting the world out sometimes, these headphones use noise reduction technology that can give his ears peace in an airplane cabin, the office or in weekday traffic.

The microphone delivers crystal clear sound, allowing for hands-free smartphone calls, and he’ll get 30 hours of playtime before needing a charger because the headphones come with a built-in battery to ensure he enjoys this great gift on long journeys.

3. Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill

Easy control charcoal grill

Don’t wait until Father’s Day to give your dad the gift of portable grilling.

One of the best gifts for dads who enjoy nature, this grill features convenient carrying handles and is compact enough to fit in a car trunk, yet large enough to cook enough BBQ for him and two others on the trail. Dampers provide easy control over the grill’s temperature and the plated steel cooking plate is easy to clean and durable.

4. Heng Balance Table Lamp

Beautiful designed balance lamp

This beautifully designed balance lamp is a great birthday gift idea for the sophisticated father. It’s one classy home décor item that emits soft, gentle light that is easy on the eyes, but effective enough to use as a reading lamp.

Turn this unique gift on by attaching the magnetized dangling beads for an immediate warm LED glow. The balls keep one another in balance, giving an even cooler aesthetic to the lamp.

5. Rechargeable Flameless Coil Lighter

Long neck blue lighter

Unlike torch lighters that burn butane, this lighter requires no extra money once it’s been purchased. The long neck makes it the perfect gift for wide range of uses around the house. Use it to light stoves, jar candles and barbecue grills and simply recharge it using the included USB charger.

One of the more unique gifts, there’s no way dad is going to see it coming and he’ll be happy he received such a wonderful birthday gift.

6. Wireless Rain Gauge

Self empty gauge collection cup

If your dad takes his lawn or garden as seriously as you take your coffee, this is the best birthday gift for him. He’ll get reliable and accurate measurements of the rain without leaving the comfort of his home, and the gauge comes with a self-emptying collection cup.

This essential device displays the amount of rainfall, updates itself every 16 seconds and can alert the household to flood conditions.

7. Leather Keychain Holder

Stainless-stell buckle keychain

Made with a stainless-steel buckle and premium leather, this keychain is completely manmade, resulting in a durable and beautiful keychain that he can enjoy the rest of his life.

The gift set comes with two in a pack, one brown and one black. He can use one set for home keys and the other keychain for the office, and makes a fantastic and affordable birthday gift.

Rules for Birthday Gifts for Dad

If everyone knew how to give the perfect gift, the world would be in complete harmony. Reality is rarely so neat, which is why rules are here to help us avoid major faux pas every now and then.

Get your dad a birthday gift he will love using these rules to help you navigate the gift-giving process.

Rule 1: There’s no such thing as best dad

If you get him a best dad shirt, coffee mug or hat, you’ll be giving him a birthday gift that is more of a Father’s Day gift, but more than that, you’ll burden his drawer with another piece of clothing he isn’t going to wear. Many dads feel like they haven’t quite earned that title and it can feel a bit like bragging.

Instead try getting him a shirt that he actually likes, say Harry Potter or Star Wars themed?

Rule 2: Don’t let gender stereotypes dictate what you buy

You know your father much better than most people. Does he enjoy cooking? If so get him an apron – and not those obnoxious aprons with the fake biceps. If he’s a stellar baker, add some accessories into the kitchen that he’ll love. Even if enjoys reading, a nice lamp or personalized bookmark would be a great gift. If he enjoys a nice beer, think about a wall-mounted or portable bottle opener.

Rule 3: Do not waste money

Avoid useless gifts found on thoughtless websites. Your dad will feel like he hasn’t taught you how to responsibly spend your money and he will feel awful about having to toss an item you gave him that is causing clutter.

Don’t do that to your pops.

Upgrade the gadgets or tools he has already or replace the Bluetooth speaker he accidentally damaged, but is still quite fond of. When the birthday gifts for dad are useful, he will think of you each time he is using it.

Rule 4: Gifts are not your chance to tell your dad to fix his life

Giving a gift card to the spa or a round of golf to tell him to relax is a great gift idea, but gifting him a set of nose trimmers isn’t so great. Instead think about gifts that can make his life better.

Thoughtful gifts include a weighted blanket, home massager or comfy slippers.

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