Top 10 Gifts for the Dad Who Wants Nothing

Top 10 Gifts for the Dad Who Wants Nothing

Dads are the best. They’re protective, supportive, and have the funniest terrible jokes, but they’re not always easy to shop for. 

When you ask some dads about what they want as a gift, they have a long list of things they want. And others just… don’t. When you ask them for a gift list, they tell you they want (drumroll please) absolutely NOTHING. 

How are we supposed to work with that? 

Buying gifts for a dad who wants nothing isn’t easy. But our dads do so much for us, and when it comes time to show them our appreciation, we’re going to give them something whether they like it or not. 

These poor chaps are probably tired of receiving ties and tube socks, so without further ado, here are the top 10 gift ideas for dads who say they want nothing. 

A Unique Experience 

One of the absolute best gifts for the man who has everything and wants nothing is to pay for an experience he’ll never forget.

The best part about this gift is that it can easily be tailored to his interests while not taking up any space in his house. Everything from driving a racecar to tickets to see his favorite musician, comedian, or sports team, to a pass to a nearby air and space museum will surely make him happy. 

If you need inspiration, check out sites like Xperience Days or Eventbrite to see what’s going on in his area. No matter what your dad is into, there’s sure to be something right up his alley!  

GeoGrit Wallet

If you’re looking for the perfect gift he never knew he needed, you may want to buy your dad an American-made GeoGrit slim wallet. 

These ergonomic, minimalist wallets are durable, RFID-blocking, and small enough to fit in your front pocket. And best of all, they’re backed by a lifetime warranty, so he’ll never have to buy another wallet again.

You can customize one of these wallets especially for your dad, by choosing from one of seven aluminum and carbon fiber designs and opting for either a cash strap or money clip, depending on his style.

Geogrit Wallet

BBQ Sauce or Seasoning Kit

If your father is into barbecuing (or just eating it, either way) you can’t go wrong with a variety pack of BBQ sauce, hot sauce, or grilling rub. 

If you want to personalize it, you could grab him a few bottles of rub or sauce from your favorite local restaurant or farmer’s market. Otherwise, The Tailgate Foodie offers a wide selection of seasoning gift boxes, BBQ sauce samplers, and even wild game kits for the outdoorsman. All their products are handmade in Wisconsin and are very popular among grilling enthusiasts.

If you think he’d want to try making his own, he may like this kit for making whiskey-infused hot sauces or this artisan BBQ sauce-making kit. No matter what you decide to go with, he’ll enjoy sampling the various sauces and may even spark up a new hobby! 

A New Knife

A man can’t have too many knives, can he? 

A knife makes a great gift for the dad who doesn't want anything. Even if he already has 10, he’ll be excited to get another one. That’s just how it works! 

We’d recommend getting him a nice knife that he can use for years to come. Spyderco, Kershaw, and Gerber offer a variety of knives and multi-tools designed for work, fishing, hunting, and everyday carry. 

If you scroll through their selections, you’re guaranteed to find a unique, high-quality knife your dad will be excited to carry. 

Model Building Kit

If you’ve got a dad who enjoys tinkering, building, or puzzles, you can’t go wrong with a model building kit of some sort. 

Lego makes a wide variety of advanced building kits designed for adults. You can find kits to make everything from cars, spaceships, roller coasters, and the Egyptian pyramids, as well as themed sets from a variety of movies. 

But Lego isn’t the only one making kits like these. Rowood makes intricate wooden 3D puzzles, allowing you to build things like scale models and marble runs. Piececool is another one that offers cool 3D model building sets, and has metal kits to build pirate ships, tanks, and more! 

Once you start shopping for one of these kits as a gift for your dad, you’ll probably end up buying one for yourself as well. They’re just that fun.

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Lantern Speaker

One of the coolest presents for dad, or anybody, really, is a Bluetooth speaker lantern. 

These nifty devices double as a lantern and a speaker, so you can play music while camping, picnicking, or grilling in the backyard. You really can’t go wrong! 

For a really nice option, you could opt for the MIFA lantern speaker, which is also waterproof. For something a little less costly, the DiKaou outdoor torch speaker or the Energizer lantern Bluetooth speaker are both excellent options. 

If your father spends time outside and enjoys listening to music, there’s no doubt he’ll appreciate this gift. 

Shave or Beard Care Kit

Whether your father stays clean-shaven or is the big beard type, he’ll enjoy some self-care products for his facial hair. 

If your dad would rather die than shave his beloved beard, you can’t go wrong with a kit complete with beard oil, balm, and wash. Grave Before Shave offers a variety of products for the bearded men in your life, and Viking Revolution and The Beard Club also offer great options. 

If your pop is on the other side of the equation and keeps a clean-shaven appearance, then you may want to opt for a classy straight razor kit from Gentleman Jon or a shaving kit from Leponix

Either way, your dad and his beard (or lack thereof) will be very happy you thought of them. 

Silly Koozie 

One of the best cheap gifts for a dad who wants nothing is a funny koozie to keep his beer or soda cold. 

Puffin Drinkwear is the ultimate source for funny insulated drink holders. They’ve got everything from hoodies and T-shirts, to life jackets, to parkas, flannels, and sweaters – all designed to keep your drink cold and looking good. 

Puffin even sells sleeping bag koozies and wine holders and offers bundles for an even better gift. No matter which koozie you choose, you’re sure to get a smile out of your dad and anyone who sees him using it. 

Pair that with his drink of choice, and voilà, you’ve got the perfect gifts for dad.

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Massage Gun

If you don’t have a percussion massage gun, you need one. And more likely than not, your dad could use one too. 

These awesome gadgets offer a deep tissue massage from home. With a variety of attachments for different purposes and body parts, these guns help speed up muscle recovery post-workout and ease everyday aches and pains. 

There are a wide variety of percussion massage guns available on Amazon, so you can browse to see which one looks like the best fit for your dad and budget. We promise he’ll love it. 

Freezable Glasses

If your dad enjoys drinking out of a nice cold, frosty glass, (and really, who doesn’t) he’ll enjoy a set of freezable glassware. 

Whether he’s into beer, wine, bourbon, or cocktails, Host offers a freezable glass for it. These glasses are filled with a cooling gel that freezes in two hours, and their double-insulated walls keep drinks colder for longer. 

Rabbit also offers whiskey and beer freezable glasses, and come in a speckled silicone sleeve to help keep your drink cold and your hands warm. You can pair this one with your dad’s beverage of choice as well for an even more exciting gift. And if you want to get really fancy, give it to him in a cooler so that he can use it right away. 


If you’re looking for gifts for a dad who wants nothing, you’ve come to the right place. 

Even dads who say they don’t want anything will enjoy receiving a fun experience, a set of freezable glasses, or a minimalist wallet to simplify his life. Any of the top 10 gift ideas for dads on this list are sure to be a hit with the father figure in your life. 

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