Ties, golf balls, and a “watch out for beers” hat. What do these items have in common? These are all gifts given to dads every Father’s Day since the beginning of time that they’ve become essentially meaningless.
These are gifts that say, “Hey dad, we cared enough to get you what generic dads all around the world seem to also get, so here you go! Can we go out and play now?”
Well, as a father myself, I’ll go to bat for us dads. We do a lot of work. Maybe not as much as moms (Mother’s Day comes first for a reason) but enough that we deserve some remote attention on our big day. Some thought should go into the Father’s Day gift ideas that you come up with, anyway.
Of course, if we had it our way, most of us would prefer our gift to be some quality alone time to rewatch key Game of Thrones episodes. Or revisiting classic basketball games all day while enjoying a 12 pack of beer from the cooler we set next to the recliner and a giant bag of Cheetos (is this just me)? But if you insist on getting us something, try and make it at least somewhat relevant to our taste.
If you’re struggling for ideas, allow me to present a Father’s Day gift guide full of unique Father’s Day gift ideas that are sure to spark your imagination. Or, at the very least, give you something to click on that could get you one step closer to getting that pesky “buy a Father’s Day gift” item off of your to-do list.
A day on a course of some kind
Golf. Most guys love it. I do not, but I’m in the minority. If the dad in your life likes to golf, book him a tee time. Call a few of his golf-loving dad friends and have the other wives pitch in for a lovely day on the course.
Or how about a racecourse? Dads all around the country can learn how to drive a race car and then actually do it. This one might take further research and planning ahead of time, and it also might be something that can’t happen on Father’s Day. But the car-loving dad in your life will weep with joy when he imagines himself behind the wheel of a real racecar.
Personally, my course is a court. I like playing basketball. Making plans for dad and a group of his dad/guy/lady friends and getting them all together for a pick-up game on Father’s Day might be right up his alley, and it won’t break the bank.
No matter what he’s into, a sports-related gift is always an excellent way to go for even the least avid sportsman. These may include Father’s Day cycling gifts such as Dynaplug Carbon Racer for Tubeless Bicycle Tires, sponeed Cycling Jersey, or even the Epic Bike Rides of the Americas book. Other options include Father’s Day hunting gifts like a humor T-shirt and Father’s Day pickleball gifts such as the TICCI Pickleball Paddle Set.
If all this seems too complicated, set up a round-robin dad competition in your backyard with Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Bocce Ball, Ladder Toss, or any other yard game you can find. If dad doesn’t have any of these games, take it from me, they make great Father’s Day gifts
A nice shave
A few years ago, my wife surprised me with a professional shave. I didn’t really have any reaction because I had no idea what to expect; it had never even crossed my mind to get one for myself before. But I’ll tell you what, it was incredible. It was a pampering that my face didn’t even know it needed.
And what better time to get a professional shave after a year of facial hair growth. It’s the perfect Father’s Day gift from a wife because, whether this gift is actually for him or for yourself, you both will marvel at the smoothness of his skin and the relaxed state of his soul. It’s a win all around.
You’ll have to do the legwork to find a good professional shave in your area by searching the internet, but here’s a video for inspiration:
Cool gadgets and other nerdy things
Which dad wouldn’t want to be James Bond? Well, you can make that dream come true with a credit card that’s also a swiss army knife. Or a handheld device that can jump-start your car. Amazon has some of the cooler spy gadgets out there. A Spy Pen Camera is great for capturing beautiful moments.
If your dad likes things more specific to his tastes, you can splurge on a levitating UFO speaker that defies gravity.
Is your dad a comic book nerd? How about getting him Captain America’s Shield? This is a very cool repro to hang in his office, and it will make people wonder, “Hmmm, I’ve never seen that guy and Captain America in the same room together, so maybe….”
You could also get him some Wolverine Claws, Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet, or a heavy metal replica of Thor’s hammer. And then you can pretend not to know who he is when he rocks one of these items to your next BBQ.
And don’t even get me started on Star Wars. You can find authentic lightsabers and even droids that will blow your dad’s mind. At the very least, you could buy him this cool death star lamp and watch your dad turn into a little kid again.
Escape rooms and virtual reality
Does the dad in question like puzzles? Escape rooms are like real-life puzzles, but instead of, say, a picture of a white tiger, you get your freedom at the end of these puzzles. Seriously, escape rooms are sweeping the nation. More importantly, they make a great gift for someone who likes unique experiences.
Check your local YELP reviews or go here and find an escape room company near you; I bet you will find a room that would be perfect for your dad. They come in all different genres. I’ve personally done these themed rooms: Zombie, Jurassic Park, Bank Heist, and 80s Time Travel. They can be fun for the whole family!
Does the father in your life like games of more digital persuasion? Look for a VR experience near you. It’s like an arcade but more mind-blowing. Your dad can also strap into a virtual reality headset at home and fight all manner of zombies, aliens, or even play Space Baseball. For real!
Dads are sentimental beings. They may not show it all the time, but deep down, he’s always proud of his kids and grandkids. So, get creative.
Handmade cards are not only acceptable but almost a necessity when it comes to younger kids. Homemade Father’s Day gifts from toddlers are in high demand all over dad world. Even the littlest of offspring can fingerpaint on a piece of paper. Slap a “For Dad” on the back of the artwork and stand back to watch the waterworks.
Practical homemade gifts are unique and unforgettable. Some Father’s Day craft ideas for kids include a rock painted in dad’s favorite color, a statue of the family made out of popsicle sticks, or a kid-crafted bookmark. You may even get it laminated at your local office supply store.
My kid made me a bookmark in kindergarten, and I still use it to this day! Plus, I’ve never lost my place in a book because of it.
Gift baskets are always a great idea. Gift baskets for Father’s Day are no different. They come in all shapes and sizes, and you wouldn’t question their value.
Is your boss a dad? Well, lucky you, gift baskets are great Father’s Day gift ideas for employees, too. You can get a gift basket with a mug, some cologne, a bottle of bourbon, and some beef jerky.
Chances are, he’ll like at least one of those things. He can regift the rest to another dad that he forgot to buy something for, making him look great and getting you that much-deserved raise. Maybe. Everyone wins.
Personalized Father’s Day presents are all the rave. You can personalize anything these days, including hats, tie pins, wallets, and yes, even golf balls. No matter what it is, have his name put on it. Then he can’t ever forget that it’s his! It doesn’t just have to be a name either. A new dad might love personalized jewelry with a hidden message on Father’s Day. Does it get any better than a ring with his kid’s fingerprint on it?
Listen, ties are great. Most dads need to wear ties regularly in their daily lives. It’s not inherently a bad gift. But instead of just grabbing any old tie, find one that he would love, like a Star Wars Men’s Millennium Falcon Tie. If your dad is cool like me, he’ll love it.
Your effort is most impactful
I know. I’ve given you a lot to think about. But remember that a good Father’s Day gift all comes down to one thing. Effort. No matter who you are or what the occasion is, the effort you put into the gift will always have the biggest impact. A gift doesn’t have to be expensive to be memorable. You don’t have to break any piggy banks or savings accounts to give the dads in your life a great Father’s Day.
Just think about what your dad would want. And if you don’t know what your dad likes these days, then you probably haven’t been having enough conversations with him. So why not give him a call? As a dad myself, I know that dads love hearing from their kids, grandkids, or old friends. A nice gesture like that goes a long way.
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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to show this article to my family before it’s too late.