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Holiday Gifts for Dads Who Love to Watch TV

What do you get for the parent who’s watched everything? We’ve got some suggestions.

Dads can be tricky to shop for. But you don’t have to worry about it this holiday season—we’ve got all the hottest gifts for your TV-loving dad.

“TV-loving” is a pretty broad category, so we’ve done our best to break it down for you, with gift ideas for tech-savvy dads, nerdy dads, and dads who love to cook. Happy shopping!

Got a gamer dad?

It’s okay; dads can have more than one interest. If yours loves to game, we’ve got even more gift recommendations coming your way.

Gifts for tech-savvy dads

Best streaming device

If your binge-watching dad doesn’t already have a streaming device, or is looking for a new one, you can’t do better than the Roku Ultra. It’s a streaming powerhouse with almost 4,000 available apps and top-of-the-line video and audio. Plus, it has a dedicated play/pause button, unlike some devices (we’re looking at you, Chromecast with Google TV).

Roku Ultra

Price: $69.99
Resolution: 4K, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
Audio: Digital stereo, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Audio, and Atmos
Ports: USB, Ethernet

Best mini projector

My dad loves a project, and I suspect some of yours do, too. We don’t own this specific projector, but our TV-viewing life has never been the same since my dad turned our backyard into an outdoor theater. Don’t forget that you’ll need a projection screen as well, unless you’ve got a convenient plain white wall around.

DBPOWER RD-820 Mini Projector

Price: $129.99
Brightness: 5,500 lumens
Screen size: 40”–200”
Resolution: Up to 1080p
Speaker: 3W internal

Best lighting system

Upgrade your dad’s entertainment system with these LED backlights (TV not included). The 1080p camera attaches to the top of your TV so your lights will always reflect the onscreen action. This gift has the added bonus of enhancing your TV experience too, anytime you’re watching TV with your dad. Score.

Govee TV LED Backlights with Camera

Price: $89.99
Works with screen size: 55”–65”
Voice control: Works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

Pro tip: Find more gift ideas for the techie dad in your life with our Holiday Gifts Under $100 guide. You don’t have to break the bank to show them you care.

Gifts for nerdy dads

For Rings of Power fans

J.R.R. Tolkein truly came up with so much lore for his fantasy world. The man loved a conlang. If the recent Rings of Power series left your dad wanting more (and if your dad enjoys a challenge), try this illustrated edition of The Silmarillion. It’s like a history textbook, but whimsical.

The Silmarillion Illustrated Edition

For Star Wars fans

This gift is really a no-brainer for a TV fan. It’s functional, too: let everyone’s favorite droid prepare a tasty snack while you watch The Mandalorian or Andor or whichever Star Wars prequel Disney+ is cooking up next. There’s really nothing like the smell of fresh popcorn.

R2D2 Popcorn Maker

For Stranger Things fans

Is your dad captivated by ’80s nerd culture nostalgia? Lean into that! This is also a great way to hype a TTRPG–loving dad up for 2023’s upcoming Dungeons and Dragons movie. None of the movie’s merch will be out in time for the 2022 holiday season, but if you’re looking for D&D gifts in 2023, you’ve got a gelatinous cube and some funky transforming dice to look forward to.

For House of the Dragon fans

This sketchbook is perfect for artsy dads who also love House of the Dragon. Or really any dragon-y fantasy series. Or maybe you just think they’d like it because it looks cool. You can also find similar lined journals for dads who are more into writing than sketching.

For Ted Lasso fans

Hey, sports fans are a type of nerd too, right? Maybe this mug will become your dad’s good luck charm when watching your family’s favorite Premier League teams. And if they haven’t seen Ted Lasso yet, maybe it’s time to gift them an Apple TV+ subscription.

Ted Lasso Football Mug

Gifts for foodie dads

For Bob’s Burgers fans

If you pick this gift, you have great taste. No, that wasn’t just a food pun (although you’ll find plenty in this book, subtitled “Real Recipes for Joke Burgers.”) I also bought this book for my own dad a few years ago, and it was a hit. Man, Bob’s Burgers sure has been on the air for a while, hasn’t it?

Bob's Burgers Cookbook

For The Office fans

The American version of The Office may have ended back in 2013, but that doesn’t mean NBC is going to stop cranking out merchandise. At least, not while it’s still available to stream on Peacock. One of the more unique items we’ve found is this themed slow cooker—just be careful not to spill it.

Kevin's Famous Chili Slow Cooker

For Marvel fans

You might not be able to travel to Wakanda, but you can eat like you live there. Or rather, you can eat like the very real cultures that inspired the fictional African country. This gift also comes with the bonus knowledge that you’re supporting a small, Black-owned business, rather than just a faceless corporation.

A Dozen Cousins Wakanda Seasoning

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