Holiday Gifts for Dad 2016

Since having kids, my gift giving skills — due to time and money — have gone WAY downhill! I just get so wrapped up in making sure the kids have the absolute best Christmas they possibly can that I usually leave the holiday gifts for dad until the last minute. And I’m sure most of you are just like us since the twins were born…. ON. A. BUDGET! We have been since the day we found out we were having twins, right!?! And we will be until they are out of college!

I know that a simple gift can’t repay my husband for giving me the one thing I wanted most in life, to be a mother. I know a little present doesn’t mean as much as the boys calling him his favorite word, “Daddy”. But I wanted to challenge myself — “the worst gift buyer ever” — to find something that my husband, “the best daddy ever”, could enjoy for at least a few minutes and know that I put a little thought into it and that we do actually appreciate him.

So here goes…. I’ve compiled a list of a few things that I think most dads would love! Next, I will get my hubby to give them the seal of approval!


Jurassic Park Twin Parenting T-Shirt 

Twiniversity writer Joe Rawlinson offers dozens of hilarious twin dad t-shirts like this one on his website. There’s one for every twin dad out there!


Michael Symon’s Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers

For the grill-master in your life, you’ve got to get him a copy of this! It’s broken down by the different meats: Beef, Pork, Lamb & Goat, Poultry, Game, and a section on side dishes to accompany the various meat dishes.


Fitbit Charge

For the dad who needs a little help staying motivated to work out, the Fitbit Charge is the perfect gift. It syncs wirelessly to an app to show daily step counts, heart rate, calories burned, quality of sleep, and you can challenge your friends to keep on track.


Gerber Blades Bear Grylls Series Ultimate Survival Kit

For your outdoorsy dad… or maybe the dad that’s just a little too into The Walking Dead.


Diaper Dude Messenger Diaper Bag

My hubby’s favorite item he received when the boys were born was a camoflage diaper bag. I think it made him feel like diaper duty wasn’t just for mommas!

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Amazon Fire TV Stick

This streaming device pops into any TV with an HDMI port and is great for travel. Stream Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and more, and the mini remote control is a nice feature!


Vintage 3-Speed Turntable

For your music fan who is still holding on to his vinyl, this is not only a fully-functional record player but it also uses Bluetooth and is SUPER CUTE.


BÖHM Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Inline Microphone


Compact Portable Charger

For the dad always on the go, a portable phone charger is a MUST! No more dead phones!


GoPro Hero+ Video Camcorder

For your budding videographer, HERO+ is the perfect entry-level GoPro for those who want high-quality capture and on-the-go connectivity. It features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which provide access to the GoPro App and Smart Remote.


Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

Sign dad up for Kindle Unlimited and he’ll enjoy the freedom to explore over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and current magazines on any device for just $9.99 a month.


Syma X5C 2.4G 6 Axis Gyro HD Camera RC Quadcopter Drone with 2.0MP Camera


Cards Against Humanity – best party game EVER


Clip-On Lens Kit for Professional Looking iPhone Photos


Heated Car Seat Cushion

Keep that tushy warm in the cold winter months with this heated car seat cushion! It sports 3 temperature settings and works off of your car’s 12 volt DC outlet.


Beer Cap Trap

The Grommet site is filled with awesome gifts for any man! One of the best gifts on this site is the Beer Cap Trap — a great conversation piece and artwork for the man-cave.


BeSpoke Box of Awesome

Ok, so this site is AWESOME! You pick a box filled with an assortment of items that will get mailed to him by subscription… Too cool! You could pick a box with a variety of seasonings and a cutting board if he likes to cook… Or a box with different shaving creams and a razor, a hop tasting kit… This site is really cool and not only for men.


Quicnic Neoprene Insulated Six Pack Can or Bottle Cooler Tote


Amazon Echo (aka “Alexa”)


Mixtape Glasses

Another sure thing from Uncommon Goods — mixtape glasses with a wax pencil to write the drinker’s name. Now you can finally tell everyone’s glasses apart! So cute, you’ll want them for yourself!

I will say this…. Even though I haven’t always been the best gift buyer, I do always make sure the boys make cards, pictures or some sort of craft for Christmas, Fathers Day, Birthday, whatever the occasion… The kids feel like they contributed in a big way and daddy has something extra special with the kiddos drawings on it to always remember what stage of life they were in that year (make sure to date it!)

We also usually try to rotate big events with bought gifts and homemade gifts. For instance, my husband’s birthday and Christmas are only a couple months apart so I usually have the boys do a homemade gift for one and then splurge on the other. The same goes for Father’s Day and our Anniversary which are within days of each other. One year I picked up cement at Hobby Lobby and had the boys put their hand prints in it and then they got to put little stones and fancy rocks in it for decoration. They thought it was so much fun to decorate and get messy and surprise daddy with. We later put them in a special place in our yard and they can move with us wherever we go!

So what do you all do for gifts each year? Any special traditions or homemade gifts? Show us in the comment section below! From all of us here at Twiniversity, happy shopping and crafting everyone!

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