The Best Father's Day Gifts for Book Lovers

Perfect presents for Dad.

balloons spelling dad on background of ties

Shopping for Dad is always difficult. If your go-to Father's Day gift is a nice tie (and your dad really doesn't need more ties), you're probably looking for some fresh ideas.

Lucky for you, we've done the hard work of finding all the best Father's Day gifts you can buy this year—and for bonus gifts, picked the perfect book to go with each one! 

Related: The 6 Best Dads in Literature 

For dads who love puzzles

On This Day In American History - 365 Large Print Cryptograms of Historic Events

cryptogram book

Did you dad dream of being a code cracker? Then this collection of 365 cryptograms will certainly keep him occupied! Each puzzle includes two hints, and all solutions can be found in the back of the book.

Bonus book gift: Jerome S. Meyer's Puzzles, Games, & Tricks

For dads who like to grill

Grilling Spice Gift Set

grilling spices, a great father's day gift

If your dad is a self-proclaimed grill master, spice up his game with these delicious, well, spices. The basic spice mix set is shown above, but you can also get All-Star Barbecue and Hot and Spicy varieties. Plus, once quarantine's over, you might get to benefit from this present for your dad, too.

Bonus book gift: James Beard's The Complete Book of Outdoor Cookery 

For dads who are history buffs

The Miracle of Dunkirk

the miracle of dunkirk, a good father''s day present

There's really no better gift for a history lover than a great history book, and The Miracle of Dunkirk is just that. The famous evacuation is brought to life by master historian Walter Lord through interviews with hundreds of survivors, creating an incredibly detailed narrative of the incredible event.

If your dad's already read The Miracle of Dunkirk, or prefers a different historical era, check out this list of history books for dads of all types.

For dads who miss baseball season

Baseball Display Case

a baseball display, a good father's day gift

If your dad collects signed baseballs, then he'll love having this home plate-shaped display case to show them off. For an extra special touch, add in a baseball the two of you used to toss around together.

Bonus book gift: Roger Angell's Five Seasons  

For dads who love breakfast

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

breakfast sandwich maker, a good father's day gift idea

If your father and Ron Swanson have similar feelings about breakfast, then consider getting him this all-in-one breakfast sandwich maker! All the parts are dishwasher safe, making clean up easy, and it even comes with 25 recipes for different sandwiches.

Bonus book gift: Jessica Harlan's Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches

For dads who love action thrillers

Bullet Rocks Glass

bullet rocks glass - best fathers day gifts

Just picture it—your dad, re-reading his favorite Ian Fleming novel (or the below book that inspired the movie Three Days of the Condor) and sipping Scotch from this glass with a real copper bullet in it. You know he'd love it, so what are you waiting for?

Bonus book gift: James Grady's Six Days of the Condor 

For dads who love Star Wars

Death Star Popcorn Maker

best father's day gifts death star popcorn maker

Any Star Wars fan can have a movie marathon of the classic films—but not everyone gets to do it while eating popcorn made by a Death Star popcorn machine.

Bonus book gift: Joe Haldeman's The Forever War 

For dads who appreciate chemistry

Chemistry 101 Flask Book

chemistry book flask - best father's day gifts

Admit it: You've always wanted a hollowed out book to hide your personal belongings, and you're sure your dad does, too. Science geeks will love tucking away their favorite alcohol, also known as C2H5OH, in this hidden book flask.

Bonus book gift: John C. Powers' Inventing Chemistry 

For dads who love GoT

Game of Thrones Trivia Game

Game of Thrones trivia - best father's day gifts

Though Game of Thrones finished its last season in 2019, you know what your dad would say: "What is dead may never die." Keep him occupied while he waits for the upcoming prequel series with the comprehensive trivia game, straight from HBO.

Bonus book gift: Dave Duncan's The Reluctant Swordsman 

For dads who really, really love their dogs

Treat Tossing Dog Camera

dog camera - best father's day gifts

If your dad is becoming more bonded than ever before with his dog, you'll want to have this nifty camera ready for when quarantines are completely lifted. 

Bonus book gift: Jack London's The Call of the Wild 

For dads who love horror

Creepy Crate Subscription

creepy crate, a horror subscription box

If your dad can't get enough Vincent Price films and Cold Case reports, then this subscription box is the perfect gift. Every other month he'll receive a box full of horror books and creepy collectibles.

Bonus book gift: Elizabeth Hand's Wylding Hall 

For dads who love the great outdoors

Camping Hammock

best fathers day gifts - camping hammock

Whether he's a day hiker or takes days-long camping trips (or even just likes to take a nap during family trips to the park), this surprisingly affordable hammock is sure to get a lot of use. 

Bonus book gift: Barry H. Lopez's Arctic Dreams 

For dad who love Dad Jokes


punderdome, one of the best father's day gifts

If your dad's favorite pastime is coming up with groan-inducing jokes–and you're okay with encouraging even more–then this pun-based board game is the best Father's Day gift you can get for him. “With the right mix of people you’ll be rewarded (or punished, depending on your tolerance for puns) when the mix of “Beatles” and “diner” leads to people singing lines like “I want to hold your ham…” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Sandwich...””—A.V. Club

Bonus book gift: Ian Allen's The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes