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Buying a gift for your father-in-law just got a whole lot easier.

If you’ll be heading to your in-laws’ for some holiday festivities, you’ll of course want to show up bearing gifts. But before you hit the panic button, we’ve got some great ideas lined up that’ll make even the most stoic of fathers-in-law light up with joy.

Top Christmas gifts for fathers-in-law 2018

Stop scratching your head and moving your father-in-law to the bottom of your holiday shopping list. We’ve hand-picked a wide range of Christmas gift ideas to help you find the perfect present for your better half’s dad. Browse through these unique gift ideas and you’re bound to find the perfect present to suit all tastes and budgets.

Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch
Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

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Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

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Personalized Mens Travel Bag
Personalized Mens Travel Bag

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EP-33 Bluetooth Turntable With Speakers
EP-33 Bluetooth Turntable With Speakers

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Fossil Leather & Stainless Steel Watch
Fossil Leather & Stainless Steel Watch

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Blu-ray) (Widescreen)
Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Blu-ray) (Widescreen)

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Majestic International Cotton Pajamas
Majestic International Cotton Pajamas

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LaMetric Time Wi-Fi Clock for Smart Home
LaMetric Time Wi-Fi Clock for Smart Home

Newegg

Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa
Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa

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Sangean WR-22 Bluetooth Radio
Sangean WR-22 Bluetooth Radio

Amazon

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Amazon - Echo (2nd generation) - Charcoal Fabric

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Homebrewing Craft Beer Making Kit
Homebrewing Craft Beer Making Kit

Amazon

Tiny Arcade - Licensed Retro Games
Tiny Arcade - Licensed Retro Games

ThinkGeek

NFL Team Fleece Throw
NFL Team Fleece Throw

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Tile Slim - Device & Item Finder

Amazon

What Do You Meme? Adult Party Game
What Do You Meme? Adult Party Game

Amazon

Stocking Stuffers

Budget friendly, fun, and practical gadgets are always a home-run for stocking stuffer season.

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BigMouth Inc The Prescription Coffee Mug
BigMouth Inc The Prescription Coffee Mug

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Keyboard Necktie
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How to pick the best Christmas gift for your father-in-law

If you can help it, don’t fall into the trap of gifting your father-in-law some generic gift like a Santa tie or reindeer socks he’ll only break out once a year. Put a little thought into the type of guy he is and what kinds of activities he likes to do. Don’t quite know him well enough yet? Ask your significant other for some clues!

Here are just a few pointers to nailing down the perfect gift:

  • What are his hobbies? If he loves cars, a car care basket could be in order. Maybe he’s into books and movies and you can get him a box set of his favorite series.
  • Which sports teams is he into? Is there a jersey, T-shirt or other sports merchandise that you can get him?
  • What’s his profession? A tradesman who appreciates gadgets might enjoy the latest time-saving tool. A professional who relies on his phone might appreciate quality phone accessories.

What can I get a father-in-law who has everything?

Dads can be tricky to shop for, since they have a way of picking up whatever it is they need for themselves and not asking for much from others. If you’re in this sticky situation before Christmas, consider these out-of-the-box father-in-law gift ideas:

  • Tickets to a sports event or concert.
  • Beer brewing kit.
  • Emergency or survival kit.
  • Remote control plane, car or drone.
  • Bluetooth tracker for lost keys.

What are the best DIY Christmas gifts for fathers-in-law?

If a homemade gift is more your style or a better fit for your budget, try your hand at making one of these awesome DIY gifts for him:

  • Leather tool pouch. You don’t have to be too crafty to make a handy tool pouch that your father-in-law can easily carry on the go.
  • Custom beer carrier. Does your father-in-law love to entertain? A little woodworking skills can go a long way to make a nifty beer or drink caddy.
  • Bottle drinking glasses. Put your safety goggles on and make some of those super trendy glasses from the bottom half of his favorite bottles.
  • Beard oil. This is all the rage these days. Look online for recipes and whip up a few batches for all the guys on your list this year.

Top gift cards for your father-in-law

In pinch for time or still stuck for ideas this Christmas? A gift card for your father-in-law favorite retailer, store or restaurant is sure to be appreciated.

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Mary Brown wants to help people get the most bang for their buck — no matter what they're looking to buy. She has a passion for finding ways to save money and sharing those tips with anyone who will listen. An avid adventurer, she explores the world in her free time (and is always looking for a good deal).

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