Trying to figure out what to buy your dad for father’s day is never easy. You want the gift to be meaningful, something he will appreciate and enjoy, and be practical while not breaking the bank. With Father’s Day right around the corner, time is running out to get the perfect gift. Don’t settle for getting your dad a tie, make your gift count. If you still haven’t gotten your dad a gift this year, check out one of these great gift ideas:
Books or Magazine Subscriptions
This gift idea of buying books or magazine subscriptions for your father is not one many people think of, but if well thought out can be one of the best gift ideas around. If your father is more the intellectual type a book can be one of the greatest gifts you can give. Be sure to know what type of books your father likes to read and get him either a classic or one the currently popular books in the genre. If you want to take it a step further you can get him a nice leather-bound book, which he will be proud to display on his bookshelf. Even if your father isn’t really the intellectual type he will still appreciate a magazine subscription or two on a magazine relating to a topic he enjoys. If he is an outdoorsy type of guy, he might like a hunting or fishing magazine. If he is into sports, he may enjoy Sports Illustrated or a related magazine. If he is a tech guy, he would love Wired magazine or one of the many other tech magazines out there. Magazines are a great gift because they keep on giving whenever a new issue arrives.
Nearly every man appreciates fine clothing accessories and no, this does not mean buying him a tie for the tenth year in a row. Think outside the box and get him a nice pair of designer shoes, a fashionable pair of sunglasses, a genuine leather belt, a new quality wallet, or even a nice watch. Most men, especially those who have families won’t spend money on these type of products for themselves. Purchasing something like this indicates to him that you want him to look good and feel attractive.
If your father has always been more of a “it’s the thought that counts” kind of person, he may appreciate a personalized gift more than anything else. Some great ideas for personalized gifts include pictures, creative artwork, t-shirts, coffee mugs, beer glasses, cards, or anything else that will remind him of you whenever he sees it. There are a number of online stores which will customize various pieces of merchandise to say whatever you want on it.
If your dad loves sports and is active in a sport himself, purchasing him a new set of sports equipment can mean the world to him. Some examples include new golf clubs if he is a golfer, hockey sticks and pads if he plays hockey, football pads and ball if he plays football, hunting gear if he is a hunter, ski or snowboard equipment if he loves the slopes, or a number of other items. Employees at your local sporting goods store will likely be more than happy to help you find exactly what you are looking for even if you don’t know much about the sport yourself.
Cologne is a perfect gift for most fathers. Most dads don’t stay up on the latest trends in fashion and cologne, but is an important part of being confident and looking and feeling your best. This is where you can come in. If you are trying to find the perfect cologne for you dad check out our post on the top summer colognes this year for some ideas: Top Ten Summer Colognes 2013.
The vast majority of men find solitude and peace while grilling in the backyard. If your father happens to be a master of the grill he will surely appreciate a nice set of grilling tools. Many stores offer bundled sets of tools including spatulas, grilling aprons, carrying cases, tongs, grill mitts, brushes, and grill surface cleaners. They typically come in a wide array of options including stainless steel, wood grained handles, and many other finishes. With a new set of grill tools, he will surely enjoy his cooking experience all that much more!
If your father is someone who enjoys the great outdoors, then perhaps nothing is better than a new set of fishing gear. Most of the time fishing gear is used year after year and continues to degrade in function, but rarely is replaced. Fishing gear is a perfect gift because it will be something he will likely use for many years to come. Every time he goes on a fishing trip he will likely think about you and your love for him when he takes out his gear.
Some fathers are fix-it-up type of guys and for them nothing beats a nice new sparkling set of tools ready to get dirty. If he enjoys working on his car you can purchase him any number of mechanics items including wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, drills, an air compressor, air compressor tools, mats, a jack, or pretty much any other item you can think of. If he prefers to work more with wood, you can get him a new bench saw or circular saw or if you don’t want to spend that much money, you can get him a new belt sander or router. Any hardware or automotive store will likely be able to help you find the perfect gift for your dad.
Fathers typically love the latest and greatest in technological gadgets. If your father is among those who do, he will appreciate any device that will make his life easier or more convenient. He will also appreciate anything that helps him relax when he comes home from a long day of work. If your father is a music lover you can get him some new speakers, maybe some new headphones, or a new MP3 player. If he is more of a sentimental guy you can get him a new camera or a digital photo frame. If he love watching sports and if you can afford it, you can get him a new TV. Another great gift idea is a tablet whether it be an Kindle, iPad, or one of the many Android tablets on the market.
If your father is a sports lover, than perhaps the best father’s day gift would be a pair of tickets to one of his favorite sporting events. This is especially a great gift because it is something you and your father can both enjoy while spending time together. Summer is the peak of baseball season and nothing compares spending a nice warm summer day at the ballpark. If perhaps your father is more of a football guy you can get him tickets for a preseason game in late July or early August. If you don’t live geographically near your father, you can encourage him to go with a friend or your mother if possible.
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