With Father’s Day looming once more, I thought it would be fun to collate a top 20 list of great Father’s Day Gift ideas to help you on your way to giving him something he’ll really appreciate - here goes!
Hey, what dad doesn’t have a few spuds in his favourite pair of Hickory Docks! Don’t just get him a boring 5 pack from the nearest supermarket though, show a bit more thought if you can and a grab him a funky, single pair of socks, personalized or with an apt message - this will remind him of you every time he puts them on and bring a smile to his face. Here is a good example of the sort of socks I'm talking about
- Photo Frames & Photos
A custom message photo frame is one of the most personal things you can give your Dad. This will show you’ve really planned and executed a very thoughtful present. If you get it right, it will go up on the wall, be looked at and appreciated every day and will last a lifetime. Don’t just buy any frame mind, have a look around and buy something relevant to you and your family. Choose something that will fit in readily to your father's decor, then take some real time to select and edit your photos then make this a really special gift that he will love looking at every time he passes it. Etsy have some good options for this on their online store.
- Air Experiences
We once chipped in and bought our dad a flight in a genuine Sopwith Camel - THE Best present ever! The pilot let him take control for a while and after, he said it was one of the best things he'd ever done. Flying a plane was something he’d always dreamed of and it was so great to realize that dream for him. There are so many different choices here, I could probably do another top 20 just within this one idea - from skydiving and driving experiences, to wine tasting, cookery or glamping.
Whatever his idea of a good time, or your budget, there’s almost definitely an option here that he’ll remember and talk about for a long time to come. Virgin have quite a wide range of options to look at here...
What man doesn’t like to smell good eh? Not such a personal gift, but also not something a lot of dads will think to go out and buy for themselves. I know I always appreciate the gift of smelling nice when I get it. For what it’s worth, one of my favourites is quite a simple one, Davidoff Cool Water, not too overpowering, just nice and fresh - and not too slutty! Bought this for my pops one year too and he loved it.
Give Dad the gift of music! These days it’s all about online streaming and downloads, but I’m pretty sure your old man will still appreciate a CD, Vinyl or even a tape cassette if he’s still got something to play it on. There’s nothing quite like getting a physical copy of something in your hand. You know what he likes and it’s pretty easy to find a re-release, re-master, or live/acoustic version of an album which you know he’s played to death in the past, so show you’ve got your thinking cap on and deliver the goods - every time he plays it, he’ll think of you and if you get it right, that should be a lot!
- Word Art
This is another quite personal idea to keep Dad delighted on Father's Day and beyond. There are many websites that will take a bunch of words for you and an image and turn them into a personalized, one-off piece of Word Art for you. Again, we’ve done this for dad before, years ago and it’s still on the wall now, so can’t be too bad - gets a lot of attention and it’s hard not to stop and try and read what’s in it - kind of like a photo frame, but words can be very powerful, especially when presented in new and exciting ways. Check out the crafting chicks for some ideas!
- Concert Tickets!
Look around hard enough and you’re bound to find that some of his favourite bands from back in the day are either still touring, or doing a reunion tour. If not, then you can usually find a tribute band where the experience would be almost as good (and undoubtedly better for your wallet too!) Hey, why not buy two and go with him to make the experience even more special - he’s probably dreamed about it when you were a nipper, so help him fulfill this desire and show you really care… If he doesn't like music too much, of course you could look to things like stand-up comedy, theatre or even spoken word events - there's usually plenty on around the country at any time...
- Personalized Jewellery for Dad's
Again, something that should last forever and help remind him of you every time he wears it. Spend a little time and think about neck chains, cuff-links, bracelets, earrings or whatever he’s into that can be personalised to suit your Dad. There are plenty of options online if you take a look around, it should be easy to find something that will wow him. With this sort of thing, often less is more...
- Fine Wine!
Unless he’s a teetotal, I expect the old man appreciates a nice drop of plonk now and again. My usual premise would be a red wine from Chile with good legs and a big hole in the bottom (ok, I’m no connoisseur, but I know what tastes nice!) Of course a nice sparkling bottle of champers always goes down a treat too on Celebration Days if your budget will stretch that far :) Avery’s usually have a good few offers to suit most tastes
- Eating Out
If he’s partial to a bit of haute cuisine, why not treat him to a nice night out and a special meal? I’m sure you know what his favourite food is and can sort him out something nice and local, be it Indian, or fine dining! Hey, why not go the extra mile and offer to drop him and his plus 1 off and pick them back up again later so they don’t have to worry about driving or sorting a taxi? It is Father’s Day after all!
Now, what bloke doesn’t like to add to his haul of electronic goodies! It’s likely that he’s either lagging behind in some department or another here, or has something that needs upgrading.. Whether or not he’s a an Apple man, or Android, or none of the above, I’m sure there’s some of the latest gadgets on offer that he’ll appreciate. A nice set of wireless headphones or a fitness watch perhaps? Maybe he’d prefer something like a telescope to look up at the stars with, or even a blender to make smoothies with… The world is your oyster here!
I paid for a years’ subscription for Spotify for Dad once a good few years ago now and he’s carried on with it. These days, there are so many subscription services about, I’m fairly sure you could find one to suit and if you get it right, it’s something they’ll really appreciate and use every day and also something they might not think of doing for themselves. Netflix, Audible, magazines, other video services, or even something more niche, like guitar tabs or food boxes are all great gift ideas and something that keeps on giving, usually for a year or so, then they can make up their own mind if they want to continue (or gives you an easy idea for the next year!)
- Gift Vouchers
If you really can’t decide, then maybe give them the choice? Most decent retailers have the option for gift vouchers, so they can come back at their leisure and choose something they really want, maybe something like a t-shirt or hoodie ;)
- Something you hand-made?
Do you have any hands-on skills? There’s nothing like a home-made present. Here’s a link to the Instructables where you can find loads of guides for making all sorts of things - but lets face it - even a homemade card makes a much bigger impression than a shop-bought one does. My partner and my kids love making cards and I think they get as much out of it as the recipient - and I certainly love receiving them!
- A Silly Apron!
Ok, so here’s a shameless plug for one of our own gift ideas - Dad’s just love to get a novelty Apron for those heady BBQ days or just the odd occasion that they get their cookery skills out! Check out some great gift ideas below:
Show you’ve really thought about this and get him something that enhances one of his existing hobbies or interests. This is easy for my dad, due to an obsessive interest in a particular vehicle, where he collects not only the vehicles, but also everything to do with them! Oh and he’s a musician too, so many Fathers Day presents revolve around these two subjects.
What is your dad into?
Do some searches online, then find the latest accessory or item that ties up with it. You really can’t go far wrong with this one, unless, like me on the odd occasion, you actually buy him something he’s already got of course!
- Power Tools!
This one has got to be right up there! Without wanting to stereotype too much, pretty much all dads love power tools! Not only that, but there are always either new ones being released, or some of his existing ones will be needing a replacement or upgrade at some point soon. A quick chat with mum should reveal what he’s been moaning about not working on (or owning!) lately...
- Take Him Out for the Day
Now, you don't even need to spend any money. The best thing you can give your dad (trust me, I know!) is time! What does he love doing? what do you love doing together? Then just plan some time and do it! Dad will love it even if it’s just a walk by the river or in the park, some fishing, a day out at the races - WHATEVER!
- A New Hobby
So, there are, at any point in time, about a million and one new interests that Dad could be taking up. If you think he spends too much time sat on the sofa watching TV, then this could be a fantastic idea that may benefit his health and well-being, as well as giving him something new to get excited about.
Over the years, you must have heard him talk about things he wishes he’d done, or is interested in - What does he watch on the telly, even that might give you a few clues… I’m a great proponent for hobbies and interests and their place in positive psychology, so let's help our dads get more enjoyment & fulfillment out of their lives!
- Of Course - Dad T-Shirts!
Now, if you can’t find the perfect Father’s Day T-Shirt here on shirtbox, I will literally eat my hat! We have so many variations on the theme, plus collections based on interests and hobbies and all kinds of other funny designs, there is surely something here for every dad. Here are some of our favourite suggestions - and if you can’t find anything, just drop us an e-mail or give us a call for a chat, we’re always happy to help you find what you’re looking for. Otherwise, just give Mum (or someone else that would know) a quick call, confirm Dad's t-shirt size and get shopping now! We've also even created a special Father's Day Gift Ideas section just for you...
Hope you enjoyed this and it was of some use. Thanks, as always, to our contributors - comments, questions, suggestions always welcome!
Image Credits:Baked Beans Fathers Day - Jason Wells
Holy Socks - Caitlin Regan
Dad Frame - artbrat
Sopwith Camel - HBNOF
Aftershave - RV1864
Vinyl Revival - Anne Mcmorough
Concert Tickets - Tipp Ryan
Red Wine - Nate
Home Made Tractor - Clay
Fishing - Mazuu