Unwrapped: Gifts Your Dad Will Actually Love

A gift fit for the first most important man in your life

'Tis officially the season for gift-giving. For us, it’s 31 days of gift giving; for a month, we’ll be providing gift ideas for everyone on your list—from your hard-to-please parents to your ’90s-loving BFF and even your spoiled pet. Filled with creative picks that got our pulses racing, our Unwrapped holiday gift guides will make Christmas shopping a breeze this holiday season.

When it comes to our dads, we can occasionally get stumped on what to get them; not least because they claim to never need or want anything, a lie that uncovers itself when they show you something that they’ve been “dying to try out for months,” the very week after they told you that they don’t want anything for their birthday. Okay dad, whatever you say, you're still getting that Christmas gift, though.

No pressure but, chances are, you've put him through a lot over the years; he deserves something really special and unique. Not that you can ever repay him and make up for it with a Christmas gift, but why not at least try with something that goes beyond socks and ties? Whether you're shopping for your own dad, the father of your child, or a friend with kids, we scouted near and far to find the perfect gift for the important male figure in our life that shows how we don't take him and his efforts for granted. Ahead, 21 picks, ranging from the skin care they'd never splurge on for themselves (but really should!) to the techy accessories and boozy picks that even the most discerning dads will actually need, want, and love this holiday season.

Photograph courtesy of Aesop.

Aesop, The Intrepid Gent, $92, available at Aesop.
This is the most luxurious gift you can give any skin-care obsessed dad. Responsible for some of the best unisex products out there, Aesop surprised us this season with the most incredible holiday collection. Titled Pursuits of Passion, the six remarkably packaged gift kits are inspired by famed naturalists celebrated for their writing and illustrations. Honoring Andrew Leith Adams, The Intrepid Gent kit contains the ultimate essentials for the groomed man: the brand's signature face cleanser, Moroccan neroli post-shave lotion, and the coriander seed body cleanser. No dad will be able to resist.