9 thoughtful gifts for Dad this holiday season that aren’t socks

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While you may have idea of what to get Mom this year, finding something special for Dad may prove to be more challenging.

The truth is, dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, and it might not be their fault either. Aside from their personal preferences, dads are generally better “givers than takers,” as pointed out by Kit Yarrow in Psychology Today. And while that is very sweet and modest, it makes gift giving a serious gamble. Not to mention, the potential for unboxing a gift that will never get used.

But, that doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re hoping to impress Dad with a thoughtful gift this year, check out some of the most top-rated gifts to surprise your pop this holiday season.

1. Putt-A-Bout Grassroots Par Three Putting Green, $32.99 (Orig. $49.99)

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If your dad likes playing golf, then this large putting green can help keep his swing in check even when he’s off the course. Designed to mimic the “look and feel” and speed of a real green, the Putt-A-Bout putting green comes with two built-in sand traps and three practice cup cutouts.

2. Legiral Massage Gun, $129.99 (Orig. $199.99)

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Although a bit pricey, the Legiral Massage Gun is one of the most highly-rated back massagers floating around on Amazon. Similar to the Theragun devices (albeit slightly cheaper), this deep tissue massage gun can help relieve muscle soreness, tightness and stiff backs. It also comes with 20-speed settings and six replacement heads to better target each muscle.

3. New Balance 608v5, $69.99

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What’s screams dad more than a New Balance sneaker? And if there’s one style to gift Dad this year, let it be the 608v5 sneakers. With over 900 reviews, these fan-favorite shoes have unique “ABZORB cushioning” for better foot support and shock absorption.

4. Mueller French Press Double Insulated 310 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker, $25.97

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Show Dad you understand his mornings by gifting him with this best-selling Muller French Press coffee maker on Amazon. Along with making a hot cup of joe, you can also use it to make other tasty drinks, including tea, cold brew and hot chocolate.

5. Lintelek Fitness Tracker With Heart Rate Monitor, $26.98 (Orig. $35.99)

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While an Apple Watch can easily set you back a couple of hundred dollars, this fitness tracker from Lintelek is both affordable and perfect for the gym-going dad. Available in an array of colors, this No. 1 Amazon best seller allows you to track your sleep, heart rate, physical activity and phone notifications.

6. Men’s Armour Fleece Pants, $55

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No matter if you’re dad’s working from home or working out, these Under Armour fleece pants can help offer a little warmth during the winter. Not only are they lightweight and moisture-wicking, but they’re also made with comfy stretch material to help increase your mobility.

7. Ray-Ban 54mm Polarized Wayfarer Sunglasses, $79.97

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Help elevate Dad’s style by adding a super chic pair of sunglasses to his wardrobe. With over 400 reviews at Nordstrom Rack, these Ray-Ban black frame sunnies have been praised for their “great quality” and are some of the top pairs of sunglasses at the retailer.

8. Ralph Lauren Crew Neck Shirts, Pack Of 3, $28.88+

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If your dad needs some new T-shirts why not this pack of Ralph Lauren Crew neck tees? While white tees may not look exciting at first glance, they certainly are a staple in every closet.

9. Calvin Klein Men’s Full-Zip Puffer Coat, $119.99 (Orig. $225), take an extra 30 percent off with code ‘FRIEND’

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While every dad is different, a winter coat is something that every father could use. But of all the stylish outerwear for men up for grabs, this Calvin puffer coat at Macy’s may be worth a double-take. With its point collar and water-resistant fabric, the jacket is a must-have for chilly nights.

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