The 40 Best Father’s Day Gifts for Stepdads That Will Mean So Much
Stepdads deserve all the love on Father's Day, too!
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For your bonus dad
Choosing the perfect Father’s Day gift isn’t easy. Dads are notoriously hard to buy for, and too often, we’re forced to revert to the fallback present of a gift card or (shudder) a necktie. Your stepdad is no different—and may actually be harder to buy for, especially if you haven’t known him your whole life. While the history of Father’s Day may not take stepdads into account, you definitely shouldn’t leave him off your shopping list. Whether your relationship with him is warm and fuzzy, or just cordial and respectful, let him know that he occupies a special place in your heart.
The best stepdad Father’s Day gifts have nothing to do with price. Instead, they’re about showing him that you took the time to figure out what would make him smile and then went out and found it. From cool grilling gadgets and tech items to meaningful trinkets and homemade Father’s Day gifts, the ideas on this list are sure to be a hit. Oh, and don’t forget the Father’s Day card!
Digital Basics Apple Watch Leather Band
Was he the guy who always showed up on time for your soccer match or dance recital? Thank him for his punctuality with a casual-to-dressy leather band for his Apple Watch, available in five different colors. Of course, if you want to splurge, you can give this along with an actual Apple watch for the ultimate tech gift.
Exceptionally Bad Dad Jokes
Here at Reader’s Digest, we’re all about dad jokes—the cornier, the better! But if your stepdad is in need of some new material, he’ll get a kick out of this book of clean, family-friendly jokes—even if the rest of you groan with laughter. Bonus: There’s also a blank page for a personalized dedication.
BK Black Steel Carbon Steel BBQ Grill
If your stepdad is the family grill-meister, he’ll appreciate this addition to his BBQ tool kit. The non-stick grill pan heats foods evenly and keeps small items—like hot dogs, vegetables, and shrimp—from falling to the coals. Cleanup is a snap, too. If he already has one of these, check out these other grilling essentials for an equally amazing Father’s Day gift for your stepdad.
“Thanks for Being the Dad…” Bottle Opener
OK, this is a seriously sweet gift—and a handy one, too! This simple stainless steel bottle opener is engraved with a heartfelt message: “Thanks for Being the Dad You Didn’t Have to Be.” At just $13, this is a super budget-friendly Father’s Day gift for your stepdad that he’ll treasure—and get a lot of use from.
“Bonus Dad” Coffee Mug
This one ranks pretty high on the sweetness scale, too. The nutrition label on this “Bonus Dad” coffee mug will be a daily reminder of the bond you two share. Pair it with his favorite coffee or breakfast items to create the perfect Father’s Day gift basket.
Smith & Hawken Foam Kneeler Garden Mat
It’s simple, it’s cheap, and it’s bound to be appreciated by a stepdad with a green thumb. If he’s not as spry as he used to be, this cushioned garden mat will make gardening easier for him—and he’ll love that you took the time to think about exactly what he might need.
Northlight Pink Plastic Flamingos
Because, why not? If you and your stepdad share a wacky sense of humor, give him a laugh with not one, but two pink plastic flamingos. Just be forewarned—your mother might never forgive you for bringing something this kitschy into her home! If this sounds right up his alley (but you don’t want to face your mom’s wrath), try one of these funny Father’s Day gifts for your stepdad instead.
KMaurice Beaded Men’s Bracelet
For a little bling that won’t break the bank, these beaded bracelets from Etsy seller KMaurice Designs are a simple, stylish way to let your stepdad know you didn’t forget him on Father’s Day. Black or colored beads are set with gold hematite accents, and these unisex baubles are good for Mom, too.
Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans
For a coffee-worshipping stepdad, there’s nothing like the aroma of fresh-ground beans to get his day off to a good start. From Fresh Roasted Coffee LLC, this organic whole bean coffee comes from Mexico, where it’s air-dried and then roasted using sustainable methods. Here are more great gifts for coffee lovers.
When in doubt, get him socks! But not just any socks. These ankle socks from Bombas are billed as the “world’s most comfortable sock,” and they really do up the sock game with a cushioned footbed, no-blister heel, and built-in arch support. You can see why Bombas socks made our list of cult favorites that are totally worth it. Plus, for every pair purchased, Bombas donates a pair to someone in need.
S’well Stainless Steel Drink Chiller
You can never go wrong with a practical, durable, and long-lasting gift. For those summer barbecues and days by the pool, this stainless steel drink chiller from S’well will keep bottles or cans cold for hours. And he’ll no longer say, “I’ve been meaning to buy one of those…”
Perry Ellis Oxford Tie
A necktie? We know, we know. But sometimes those old standby gifts are old standbys for a reason. Plus, some Zoom meetings require business attire, at least from the waist up. We like that this classic model from Perry Ellis comes in a range of fun colors.
Rabbit Compact Electric Corkscrew
Make it easier than ever to raise a glass to your favorite stepdad with the Compact Electric Corkscrew from cult-favorite wine accessories brand Rabbit. With this cordless gadget, opening wine is almost like a magic trick: Just place the device on a bottle and activate the simple up/down button. And voilà! The cork comes off easily, with no fuss and no mess. This gift set comes with a built-in foil cutter, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and a charging cable.
Kentevibes Neck Gaiter
Even once we get to the point that face masks are no longer a part of daily life, there are times when a little extra layer of protection feels good. This colorful neck gaiter can work as a wind guard, a face mask, or a bandanna. Made by Kentevibes, a Black-owned business, this West African–inspired covering is suitable for women, too.
Eco-Friendly Shopping Bag
Celebrate your stepdad’s tree-hugging ways with an eco-friendly reusable shopping bag. This one is emblazoned with a funny message: “My non-plastic bag is judging you.” The 100 percent cotton bag can also be personalized. Don’t miss these other eco-friendly gifts you’ll both feel good about.
Stepdad Quote Key Chain
They may be mere tokens of your affection, but the thoughtful little messages on these key chains will surely get him all misty-eyed. Thank him for his presence in your life with one of several messages, such as “I’m Not the Step Dad, I’m The Dad That Stepped Up” or “Fatherhood Requires Love, Not DNA.” I’m not crying—you’re crying!
Goodfellow & Co. Handkerchiefs
If your stepdad is old-school, maybe he still carries a handkerchief, or maybe he just always wishes he had some hankies on hand. A six-pack of handkerchiefs makes a thoughtful, useful gift, and it also qualifies as a great Father’s Day gift for a grandpa—or step-grandpa!
Rabbit Zippity Wine Tool Kit
If you’ve finally gotten to the point where you and your stepdad can enjoy a nice bottle of wine together, toast the evolution of your adult relationship with an affordable three-piece wine kit from Rabbit. The set includes a corkscrew, a pourer, and a stopper—just in case the two of you don’t finish the whole bottle.
Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are game-changers for frequent travelers. Whether your stepdad is a commuter or a jet-setter, revolutionize his suitcase with this three-piece set of packing cubes. He’ll be amazed at how many items can fit into them, and at how clothing arrives at its destination wrinkle-free.
Personalized Wall Calendar
If you’ve got some favorite moments with your stepdad captured on film, immortalize them with this 12-month calendar from CVS. It makes for a year full of wonderful memories. And if you’re in a rush, they offer same-day service, making this a great last-minute Father’s Day gift.
Norelco Multigroom All-in-One Trimmer
If this normally neatly groomed dude let his facial hair get a little unruly during the pandemic, send a not-so-subtle message with this Norelco cordless electric trimmer. It can cut a clean line on beards and hairlines, and also has fittings that work for, ahem, nose and ear hair. We’d also add this to any list of best Father’s Day gifts from a wife to her husband.
O’Keefe’s Working Hands Hand Cream
After a year of hand sanitizer and frequent handwashing, even guy hands need a little TLC. We like that this hand cream from O’Keefe’s is plain and simple, with no fragrance. It’s a top-rated hand cream for dry and cracked hands and priced low enough that you could gift him one for his toolbox, desk drawer, and car console.
Isotoner Signature Slippers
Slippers are a present that never goes out of style, and these classics from Isotoner always make a welcome gift. They’re designed in a foot-hugging moccasin style, with cushy gel memory foam insoles and a moisture-wicking upper. And since the sole is indoor-outdoor, he can still take out the garbage or walk the dog when it’s his turn. For more options, check out this list of the best men’s slippers.
FosPower Solar Hand Crank Charger
Man, are there times we wish we’d had one of these! Make sure your intrepid stepdad is always prepared with this hand-crank power source, which works as a phone charger, a flashlight, a radio, and an SOS signal. This is a great choice for the guy who likes to get away to his remote cabin, or for keeping in the trunk of the car in case of emergencies.
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Personalized Playing Cards
In the category of personalized Father’s Day gifts, these playing cards from Zazzle rank high for their novelty. They can be personalized with favorite family photos, pet photos, or his name or initials. For a family game night or a friendly poker match, these one-of-a-kind decks will be a big hit.
For cozy evenings around the campfire or just a status piece in a home bar, a flask adds a touch of class. We like this six-ounce option from Zazzle because you can customize it. Choose the font style, color, and size, and add your stepdad’s name or initials, or a photo, quote, or saying that means something to the both of you.
G.U.S. Bamboo Charging Station
Help him organize all his devices, untangle his cords, and charge his essentials with this sleek-looking charging station in eco-friendly bamboo. Cords are tucked out of sight under the base of the station, while devices are always ready to go and within reach. This is great for a bedside table, kitchen counter, or home office.
A Subscription to His Favorite Magazine
For relaxing and taking a little “me time,” few things beat sitting down with an interesting magazine. Whether he’s a sports enthusiast, a car guy, or a news junkie, a yearly subscription to his favorite title will be a hit. We might be a little biased, but a few of our favorites include Reader’s Digest, Family Handyman, and Birds and Blooms.
Does he like to spot birds in the backyard, see the action on the 50-yard line, or feel like he’s in the front row when he sees his favorite band in concert (even though he didn’t pay for front-row tickets)? Or maybe he just likes to make sure the neighbors are properly sorting their recycling. Whatever he needs to observe up close, these high-quality binoculars will keep him focused.
30 Sun Joe Cordless Auto Vacuum
If this is the guy who used to bust you for leaving stray French fries in the car he let you borrow, this is the gift for him. This compact, handheld car vacuum is suitable for small cleanup jobs—perfect for the fastidious stepdad who never lets his car get very dirty, anyway. It plugs into a USB port, so he can keep it close by at all times. Consider pairing it with these other clean-car essentials.
The North Face Long-Sleeved Tee
There are some things in life he can never have too many of, and good-quality long-sleeved T-shirts are among them. This wardrobe staple from The North Face is 100 percent cotton and features the respected brand’s signature logo. The most exciting Father’s Day gift? No. One that will be appreciated every time he wears it? Yes.
Coleman Cool Mesh Quad Chair
For tailgating, fishing trips, watching 4th of July fireworks, or for an extra seat at a socially distanced backyard barbecue, this collapsible quad chair from Coleman will see plenty of use. And it’s got a drink holder, of course! Buy two, and he might even let you tag along.
RoverTac Utility Knife
The MacGyver in your life will love this one—a pocket knife that’s also a screwdriver (with nine bits!), two types of pliers, a wire cutter, and a can and bottle opener. We think this should make any list of Father’s Day Gifts from sons or daughters, especially if a dad or stepdad is happy to teach you how to use the knife’s many features.
G.U.S. Remote Control Organizer
If he’s gonna hog the remotes, you may as well make them easy for him to find. This remote control organizer from G.U.S. fits discreetly on the arm of the couch (or his favorite recliner) and is held in place by the couch cushion. With four labeled compartments for remotes, he’ll have no excuse for pointing the ceiling fan remote at the TV and wondering why it’s not working.
Travelon Inflatable Travel Pillow
When it’s time to get back on the road again, this inflatable travel pillow will get a lot of use. Since bulky travel pillows can be a pain to carry around, we like the compact design of this one. It folds up and tucks into its own pocket when not in use, and when inflated, it has a spot for stowing a cell phone and earbuds.
A Father’s Day Card
A heartfelt greeting card can say just as much as—or more than—a pricey gift. Target has a nice range of Father’s Day cards suitable for all the dads in your life. One word of advice: Don’t just sign your name and be done with it. Here’s what to write in a Father’s Day card.
A Homemade Father’s Day Gift
If you grew up splitting your time between divorced parents, your stepdad may have felt like a second fiddle at times. Let him know he’s got an important place in your heart with a Father’s Day craft—from you or your kids. This could be something as simple as a picture of you two together in a personalized frame, or a cool woodworking craft from Etsy (which comes with easy-to-follow instructions) that he can hang in his office. These sweet stepdad Father’s Day gifts will become beloved keepsakes.
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