21 Mom-Approved Gifts for Dad in 2022
These 21 gifts for Dad are Mom-approved because Mom picks out all Dad's clothes, and tells him what he likes, and tells him what he's allowed to have, and throws out anything she finds that she doesn't want him to have anyway.
Haha, that was a joke! A Dad joke!
Really this is just a collection of great gifts for Dad this holiday season, but I'm sure Mom would approve. And I'm also sure Dad will try to make a joke about most of them.
Note: All 21 gifts for Dad are priced as they were at printing on December 1, 2022. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
DFACKTO Rugged Chef's Knife Sets
DFACKTO makes a whole series of burly chef's knives, combining many of them into different collections, including the trio of rugged chef's knife sets I'm spotlighting here. The 11-piece Mobility, 11-piece Nomad, and 16-piece Base Camp sets are built and packaged with camping, off-grid living, and even super shi-shi outdoor kitchens in mind.
Jerax Tools Kindling Cracker - Wood Splitting Drill Bit
Trade in the ax for a Jerax. The Jerax Tools Kindling Cracker doesn't have the same heartwarming story behind it as Ayla Hutchinson's Kindling Cracker, but as a wood-splitting drill bit, rather than an entire apparatus unto itself, the Jerax Tools solution to feeding a fire might be the more space- and cost-conscious option for many.
Available in 32mm and 42mm sizes, Jerax Tools Kindling Crackers are made of carbon steel with a titanium coating.
Nite Ize Mega Gear Ties
Available in 32" and 64" lengths, Nite Ize Mega Gear Ties look like the twist ties I use to keep my bread fresh got pushed through a portal into World 4 of Super Mario Bros. 3. That is to say, they're huge!
The reusable ties are made of the same durable waterproof rubber exterior and bendy wire guts as Nite Ize's original ties, but with a 16.5mm diameter, and porn star spans, they are ready to take on your burliest wrapping, hauling, and organizing tasks. Once, twice, thrice, and many times more, according to Nite Ize.
MecArmy PS14 Super Bright Tactical Flashlight
The MecArmy PS14 is a 1200-lumen tactical flashlight able to shine its super bright beam, in full, around 330'. It is IPX8 water-resistant for use even in heavy rains, and even has a trident tail section for emergency glass breaking and self defense.
CREE XPL-HD LEDs feed the PS14 Flashlight its Turbo, High, Medium, Low, and Strobe settings, in bothe neutral white and cool white color temperatures. In addition to fully illuminating a football field, the periphery of the torch's beam can reach almost 500'. A rechargeable 750mAh battery keeps the flashlight working in medium-beam-mode for over 5 hours.
RotoShovel - Handheld Automatic Shovel
"With RotoShovel, you can drill it, dig it, scoop it, or plant it!" Ugh, battery-operated automatic shovel making it easier or not, none of those activities sound fun to me. But, alas, I have a mama, and my mama has demands. And come the first day of Spring, those demands are all going to require this dude to drill it, dig it scoop it, and plant it in her yard.
The 22" electric RotoShovel is designed to drastically reduce the grunt work involved in cutting and scooping out holes 3" wide, and up to 7" deep. You can use its power auger to help you: plant bulbs, flowers, vegetables, and small shrubs; install mailbox posts, fence posts, and real estate signs; and perform small excavation projects.
Retro Coca-Cola Vending Machine Paper Towel Holder
When you spill your Coca-Cola, clean it up with...more Coca-Cola! Yuk, yuk, yuk. This Coca-Cola Vending Machine Paper Towel Holder is fronted by a 1950s-era Coke dispenser that would make the perfect nostalgic gift for dads who remember the 50s. Or dads born a decade or two after the 50s, who are just reaching that dad age of digging corny and uncool things. Crocs, jokes, free restaurant toothpicks, New Balance Casual Comfort sneakers, and now, retro Coca-Cola Vending Machine Paper Towel Holders.
Aranet4 HOME Wireless Indoor Air Quality Monitor
Drop a wad on the Aranet4 HOME wireless indoor air quality monitor to find out if you need to drop another wad on an Airmega smart air purifier. The Aranet4 HOME uses a non-dispersive infra-red sensor (NDIR) to measure CO2 concentration, along with additional sensors for temperature, relative humidity, and atmospheric pressure, precisely and in real-time. An e-ink display shows constant readings, along with a quick-glance color indicator that rates the air quality as good, average, or unhealthy.
If your home's CO2 concentration gets too high, the Aranet4 HOME emits visual and sound warnings, alerting you to GTFO. And maybe call the gas company. Or evacuate like the authorities have been telling you the past 3 days because you're in the path of a forest fire.
Star Trek Klingon Bat'leth 6-in-1 Multi-Tool
It's a little smaller than your average bat'leth, but this ode to Klingon weaponry still serves its purpose as a 6-in-1 EDC multi-tool.
Measuring in at 5" x 2", the Klingon Bat'leth features a bottle opener, 3 hex wrenches, a flathead screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, a cord cutter, and a butterfly wrench. It also includes a carabiner and keyhole for attachment.
Wolf & Grizzly Fire Safe - Portable, Foldable Fire Pit
The heading says "Wolf & Grizzly Fire Safe - Portable, Foldable Fire Pit," so what the hunk of metal are you actually looking at in this dude's hand? It's the fire pit. For real. Wolf & Grizzly's Fire Safe consists of a stainless steel insert and frame, and the two separate and fold down to the flat, headboard-shaped object you see here. It's less than 2" thick, and weighs just under 2.2 pounds. The foldable fire pit also comes with its own carry case - so it won't poke anything else in your pack - with extra room for matches, tinder, and other fire-starting needs.
Sun Joe Electric Hover Mower
Ooh, get part lawnmower, part Back to the Future with Sun Joe's Electric Hover Mower. The plug-in grass barber's 10-amp motor spins at up to 7,000 RPM, creating a cushion of air, and its namesake hover effect. Look, Ma! No wheels!
Back Bubble Spinal Decompressor & Back Stretcher
Hey, if it stretches my spine, restores traction, and relieves my lower back pain, I don't care what kind of poon the Back Bubble makes me look like while I'm using it. Adult male in a baby carrier. Fat dude stuck in a tire swing. Side of beef getting hung up to dry. All's fair in love and fighting the effects of getting older.
The Back Bubble provides spinal decompression, back stretching, and back traction in multiple planes and positions, including kneeling, upright, leaning, reclining, shoulder stand, and full inversion. It consists of an air-filled body harness and a buoyancy spring that, despite how it looks in the photos, the brand says feels "like floating in air-cushioned weightlessness."
ClampTape Clothespin-Shaped Tape Dispenser
The ClampTape, a clothespin-shaped tape dispenser you can clip on any narrow edge, is some good stuff. Well-conceived, seemingly well-executed, space-saving stuff. I think the idea's gonna grip consumers, and stick with them.
While not as small as the Zyp-Zyp Tape Dispenser, or as fun to have at the office as the Fallen AT-AT Tape Dispenser, the ClampTape is a great solution for anyone who wants it all: their tape out of the way, yet also always at hand. Secured to the edge of a desk or shelf, the ClampTape won't clutter up a desktop or get lost in a drawer, but will be at the perpetual ready to feed you custom lengths of Scotch up to 0.7" wide.
Car Umbrella Sunshade
I doubt it's as easy as opening an umbrella to install, but this umbrella-style car sunshade sure looks dandy in use. Not to mention space-saving when in not-use, since it does mimic its namesake's collapsed size and ability to store in your glovebox.
Power Idolz Wireless Charging Docks
I don't even know where to begin with Power Idolz Wireless Charging Docks. How about, that they're wireless charging docks is the least interesting thing about them? These "characters" from iconic 70s and 80s movies, plus a Sonic the Hedgehog thrown in for good measure, feature the arms, legs, and notable accessories of ET, Marty McFly from Back to the Future, one of the Ghostbusters, and Quint from Jaws. But instead of heads and chests, maker Numskull has given the Power Idolz exact miniature replicas of the VHS cassettes and gaming cartridges they represent.
Hands-Free Binocular Glasses
Does your old man like to hunt or fish? Watch live sports? Spy on the neighbors? Well, well, well, have I got a pair of hands-free Binocular Glasses for you.
The opera-style binocular glasses magnify anything in your viewing field, from theater performances, to football games, to dumb birds of North America, without the need to tire out your arm holding a pair of binoculars to your face. They're especially helpful for those whose hands aren't so steady these days, and so can't get much more than a pukey feeling from using binoculars anyway.
The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America
With his Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America author Matt Kracht, well, takes a solid Kracht at convincing me to buy a book about a topic I'm otherwise uninterested in. Birds, bird watching, bird feeding, knowing the names of birds and what they look like - unless we're talking about a woodpecker that's waking me up at 4:30 a.m. or a Canada Goose that's aggressively pursuing me as I run around a lake, I'd rather go sock shopping than read a field guide to birds.
The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America throws in snark, and profanity. And acknowledges that the Canada Goose should really be called the Goddamned Canada Goose. Plus that a bird called the White-Breasted Nuthatch, which I've never heard of, would be better received as the White-Breasted Butt Nugget. Ha! Haha! Calling a bird a butt nugget! Now that is some aviary humor I'd like some more of.
GRILLBLAZER GrillGun Grill Torch & Lighter
Blaze a trail of flame-grilled burgers with GRILLBLAZER's GrillGun, a torch and lighter for charcoal grills, chimney starters, backyard fireplaces, and even campfires. The GrillGun is portable and, according to GRILLBLAZER, easy to use, shooting a jet of fully consumed propane gas that lights its target in seconds. Also according to GRILLBLAZER, "all this while looking awesome."
OK, this one is probably definitely not Mom-approved.
The Door Balancer - Keeps Out-of-Plumb Doors Open
The Door Balancer is a small torsion spring that slips into a door hinge pin to keep out-of-plumb doors open. It eliminates the need for door props, door stops, door wedges, and Hodor.
While obviously a specialty tool not everyone will need, The Door Balancer could be a great asset to office buildings, hospitals, hotels, and churches with irritating doors that constantly loll closed, and where you might not want to install a stopper people could kick over or trip on. Unlike traditional door-holder-openers, the Door Balancer also allows you to close latching doors without removing it - though if you don't latch them, the door will slowly swing back open. That last bit is actually a positive for people who want to use the Door Balance in their homes for pets who tend to shut themselves in rooms with doors that won't stay open, or that are light enough for them to push shut on their own.
NOCO Boost X Portable Jump Starter
I don't have a NOCO Boost X Portable Jump Starter, but I do have a different portable jump starter - a much cheaper, albeit less powerful one, by the way - and I gotta say, it has saved my negligent ass at least, like, 8 or 9 times over the past 5 years.
And compared to the one I have, this version of the portable jump starter from NOCO is a behemoth. It has a massive 4250-amp rating suitable for starting 12V batteries in all different types of vehicles with up to 10L gas and 8L diesel engines. In addition to cars, you can use it on motorcycles, trucks, ATVs, boats, RVs, SUVs, vans, and tractors.
Sky High 20' Camera Tripod
Finally, a camera tripod that can truly capture the kids' peewee soccer games so you can watch them over and over again throughout the years! The Sky High 20' Camera Tripod from Glide Gear telescopes to a whopping 20' tall, or high enough to record the entire field/court during sporting events, take sick landscape photos, and meet people like me eye-to-eye when we jump straight up in the air.
The Sky High Tripod comes with a 1/4" bolt thread for attaching various models of either video or still cameras. An optional thread adapter also allows for the addition of a ball head or panoramic head. The tripod's 20' height is divided into 5 x 4' air cushioned telescoping sections. You can stop along the way at any of them, with a minimum Sky High height of 5.6'.
Chicken Wing Rack with Drip Tray
High up on the succulence scale with chicken wings: baby potatoes roasted in the dripping fat of chicken wings. I don't know what Campbell's is talking about with soup, because this here is the real Mmm, mmm, good.
This chicken wing rack has slots to secure 14 wee drummies or wings for preparing on the grill, in the smoker, or in the oven. The underlying drip tray is obviously ripe and ready for veggie sides to make and flavor alongside the chicken, or you can pour beer, juice, Kool-Aid, your favorite liquid in the 6.8" x 17.3" tray to add flavor and moisture to the wings as they cook.