2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For The Dads

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For The Dads

Here are some of the hottest Holiday gift ideas for the Dads this season!
Disclosure: Product(s) featured in this Holiday Gift Guide were provided to me free of cost to me for inclusion in the holiday gift guide, however, all thoughts and opinions belong solely to me. Happy shopping! 

It's day two of my official Holiday Gift Guide week, and today I'm sharing my favorite picks for the special gents in your life. I spent A LOT of time picking my husbands brain about what guys really like, want, and need, and I think we came up with some pretty good ideas.

If you've already got gifts for your guy, be sure to check out yesterday's gift guide: Holiday Gifts for Mom for Holiday shopping inspiration. And while you're at it, be sure to enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card using the Rafflecopter widget below!

To view all four gift guides, check out the links below!

For the Moms Holiday Gift Guide
For the Dads Holiday Gift Guide
For the Teens Holiday Gift Guide
For the Kids Holiday Gift Guide

Happy shopping!

Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker

What They Say: 

You can't visit your favorite European café every weekend. But when the aroma of this espresso maker's rich, café-quality espresso reaches your nose, you just might be able to pretend. It makes excellent cappuccino, too.

What I Think:

You may have gathered by now that I'm a bit of a coffee fiend, and by fiend, I mean total addict. I've been drinking coffee since the tender age of 14. At the time we were living in Germany, where coffee is basically a food group of it's own. So it's should come as no surprise that I married a man who worked as a barista. Suffice it to say, we both know coffee. Sure, the higher end espresso makers are great, but why break the bank to get the same results?

Here are some of the key features that we enjoyed: 

-The removable drip tray makes for a no-fuss cleaning experience
-The easy-fill reservoir cuts out the constant need to reheat water every time
-Accommodates most easy-serving espresso pods
-The powerful no-fuss frother turns milk into fluffy froth, and cuts out the need to purchase
  an additional piece of equiptment.
-And most importantly, this particular model uses ground coffee or pre-measured pods!

The Hamilton Beach Espresso maker is perfect for the guy in your life who has a taste for espresso. It's easy to disassemble and clean, it's affordable, and best of all, it's creates a splendid espresso or cappuccino.

Price: $159.99


Amazon Fire HD 8

What They Say:

The next generation of our best-reviewed Fire tablet, with up to 12 hours of battery life, a vibrant 8" HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and Dolby Audio. More durable than the latest iPad.

What I Think:

My husband is a reader. It's one of the reasons I married him. In fact, the first time we met, it was in the library of our college campus. So trust me when I tell you he is the "experts" on all things books, even e-books. While we both own e-readers (we ran out of bookshelf space) the Amazon Fire HD 8 is pretty amazing.

For one, it has a beautiful HD screen that brings your books and movies to life. The battery has been enhanced to provide up to 12 hours of usage time. Better still is the fact that it is integrated with Alexa, which means you can talk to it, and get a ton of helpful responses from it, just as you would your Echo or Dot. Finally, if you are a Prime member, you automatically have access to a ridiculously huge selection of FREE books, movies, songs, storage and more.

To sum it up, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is the perfect tech gift for the teckie OR reader in your life.



Tile Sport Pro Series

What They Say:

The Tile Sport can help you find just about anything. Can't find your phone? Activate your Tile to make it ring, even if it's on silent. Engineered for the sport of life, Tile Sport is rugged, waterproof and their most powerful Bluetooth tracker yet. You'll always find what matters most.

What I Think: 

If your husband, father, boyfriend, or significant other is the type to frequently lose things, the Tile Sports Pro Series is actually a gift for both of you. Simply take your Tile, and attach it to just about anything, upload the app, and you'll always be able to find it.

We tested the Tile by attaching it to Mr. A's car keys, which have a nasty habit of disappearing a few times a week. Then Mr. A closed his eyes while I hid the keys in the house. Once I was done, he activated the App, pressed the button, and within seconds we heard a high pitched whining sound. We followed it, and a few seconds later, Mr. A had his "lost" car keys in hand.

I've had the opportunity to try out other trackers, but I can say that the Tile Sports Pro has something that most don't have going for it, it's waterproof shell. It can be dipped in water, rained on, splashed, and it will still keep running. Which is comforting if you or your significant other live a sporty lifestyle in which you are frequently around water.

Bonus: Someone recently mentioned a pretty neat hack to me the other day. If you have a dog that likes to run away frequently, simply attach a Tile to his/her collar, and rest easier knowing that you will always have the ability to track them down.

Price: $35.00


Desk Cycle

What They Say:

The DeskCycle makes it easy to get safe and effective exercise while working at your desk. It's the only bike that was specifically designed for this purpose. The touch-free magnetic resistance system of the DeskCycle is both smooth and quiet making it easier to focus at work. Pedaling the DeskCycle at only 1 revolution per second, at resistance level 3, raises your energy expenditure by 100%.

What I Think:

I can truthfully say, neither Mr. A or I have ever tried pedal exercisers, so we have no other experience other than this one to truly rely on. Our first impression was that the higher resistance levels are actually quite resistant and allowed us to work up a sweat.

We moved it around the house, testing it out while sitting on the couch. I even tried it at the kitchen table, which is where I get the majority of my work done. Mr. A took it to work, where he received several inquiries. Basically we moved it around a bit to see which conditions it works best in. Turns out, it works well just about everywhere (note: we didn't test it in the bathroom, so you'll have to try that yourself).

Since our height is an issue, we both liked how we were able to better position the Desk Cycle for a better session. The rubber grips kept it from sliding during use, making for a more comfortable riding experience.

The Desk Cycle is a great gift idea for a person who works a sedentary office-styled job and is looking to incorporate some fitness into their everyday routine.

Price: $159.00


Stagg Tasting Glasses

What They Say: 

 Blueberry, strawberry, caramel and nutmeg… Ever see these tasting notes on bag of beans, but never understand what they’re talking about? These beauties’ unique shape will help you understand. The flared lip delivers coffee to your entire palate in order to taste the full spectrum of coffee flavors.

What I Think:

These glasses take coffee to another level. Period.

Honestly, Mr. A and I have definetly enjoyed our fair share of coffee tastings, but never before have we had the opportunity to use tasting glasses to fully enhance the experience. These glasses magnify the various aromas and complexites of each sip of your coffee.

And these glasses are not just for those with overly expensive tastes. Mr. A and I tried these glasses on several brands that we frequently use- Starbucks, Seattles Best, and Peets, and there was a noticeable difference in the flavor when paired with the Stagg Tasting Glasses. These glasses are perfect for the guy in your life who cherishes his cup of Java. They can be used to enjoy, entertain, or learn more about the art of coffe.

Price: $30.00


Sock Fancy

What They Say:

A Sock Fancy sock subscription features a huge selection of unique, awe-inspiring, and sometimes bizarre socks.  All our socks are made from high quality cotton blends on a 200-count needle machine. These soft cotton blends ensure a more comfortable fit and a sock that won’t shrink after a only a few washes.

What I Think:

Here's a fun one! If you remember, I am a BIG fan of subscription boxes. They're fun, and can be worked into a monthly budget. Plus, it's the gift that keeps on giving. Because who doesn't love a fun surprise showing up at their doorstep once a month? That's rhetorical because EVERYONE loves a fun surprise showing up at their doorstep once a month.

Since Mr. A works in an office environment, he likes to have plenty of socks to choice from. Sock Fancy worked well for two reasons. 1: It keeps a fresh batch of socks coming ever month. 2: It allows him to express his fun side without going overboard. Plus, they're always a fun conversation starter.

Sock Fancy boxes come in whimsical and unique patterns that are often difficult to track down in the stores. Plus, they are made with QUALITY material, so they don't shrink or fall apart after a few washes.

The cool thing about this subscription box is that it can be geared towards any guy. From the gentleman to the skater, there is a pattern and style for everyone.

Price: $11-$57


myCharge Razor Platinum Charger

What They Say: 

The Razor Platinum delivers up to 8X's extra battery and the USB-C port delivers a 36W output and is able to fully charge a MacBook in 100 minutes. Capable of charging any tablet, smartphone or other device via the RazorPlatinum's standard USB-A/C port, it is one of the fastest charging powerbanks currently available.

What I Say: 

Unlike the other products mentioned, I've had the myCharge Razor Platinum Charger for quite some time. I actually included it in my Tech Gift Guide last year, and it's making a reappearance for a reason. Because it's still one of the best chargers we've ever owned to date. And we own a ton of chargers.

Crafted from anodized aluminum, the 13400mAh Razor Platinum is not only the most powerful portable charger in the myCharge lineup but also the only charger capable of powering a laptop. The Razor Platinum is perfect for tech savvy guys who are constantly on the go and in need of a power source to keep their devices charged. Though it's categorized as a gift for dad, the myCharge Razor Platinum can be a gift or the whole family. After all, nothing is worse than being trapped on a 5 hour long road trip with with no battery to charge your devices.

Price: $99.00


Harry's Shave Club

What They Say:

Unlike the big brands that overdesign and overcharge, we make a high-quality shave that’s made by real guys for real guys.

What I Think:

Harry's Shave Club is another product/ service we've owned for quite a while. Mr. A started using them a few years ago, and hasn't stopped yet. It's kind of the perfect gift for guys who have to be clean shaven on a regular because it saves them money, and time by showing up on your doorstep every time you're in need of a shave.

Harry's offers to plans, for $15, you'll receive replacement blades. This is great if you already have a Harry's razor and just need to take care of the basics. They also offer a $21.00 plan that includes the razors and shaving gel. This is ideal if your guy really like to clean up his whiskers and is in need of the works to go with it.

Price: $15- $21.00


Amazon Echo Dot

What They Say

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, control Amazon Video on Fire TV, and more.

What I Think

I've actually owned my Amazon Dot since last Christmas. I bought one for Mr. A, and then realized I loved it so much I wanted one all to myself. A year later and we use our Dots on a daily basis and have most of our Smart tech linked to it. Our Dots have become our trusty personal assistants. We ask her to play our favorite tunes, give us the weather, give us a daily news update, control our lights, control our smart plugs. Basically the only thing Alexa can't do yet, it babysit our kid.

The Dot is sort of the gift that keeps on giving, and it's perfect for the Dad who is always on the go. For $49.99 it's cost effective and a gift that the guy in your life will love.

Bonus: Keep an eye on the Amazon Dot on Black Friday. Last year I managed to snag one for $29.99 during the Black Friday sale, and since Amazon is sort of the place to be on Black Friday, I wouldn't be surprised if you walked away with a super sweet deal!

Price: $49.99


I hope you're officially armed and ready to hit the stores (or online) for all of your holiday shopping needs. To make your shopping a bit easier, be sure to enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck and happy shopping!

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Disclosure: Product(s) featured in this Holiday Gift Guide were provided to me free of cost to me for inclusion in the holiday gift guide, however, all thoughts and opinions belong solely to me. Happy shopping! 


  1. That sock subscription would be fun!

  2. Amazon echo dot is what I would like to have.

  3. AMAZON FIRE HD 8 would be a nice addition to the household.

  4. I would love to get my husband the Deskcycle.

  5. The Sock Fancy subscription would be fun.

  6. Razor my charge system is so needed

  7. The Tile Sport would be perfect for my hubby who is always losing something!!

  8. Harry's Shave Club is a great gift! We've been using them for a few years and it's been everything promised.

  9. I would LOVE that espresso maker! But as for my coffee-hating husband (lol) he would probably like the echo best.


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