Father’s Day is just around the corner so the gift shopping pressure is so on for people like you and me who have to scour every single mall for the perfect gift to give Dad. I’m not sure about you, but I’ve always found dads to be harder to shop for as they tend to live more simply. You’d think that because of this that it would be easier to actually buy gifts for Father’s Day since dads aren’t usually the picky type, but it’s actually more challenging than buying a present for your friends or anyone else! Of course, I can’t really say that this is going to be the case for all dads. After all, not all dads like and appreciate the same things, so before you hit the town in search of that perfect gift, it will definitely help to ask yourself these two simple questions.
First, does my dad need anything in particular that he hasn’t gotten around to getting himself? Sometimes, there are things that my dad talks about getting but never really gets it because he felt it wasn’t completely necessary or he had a hard time finding it. This would be the easiest basis for a gift because you would just have to find that specific thing.
Another question you could consider is: Will my dad be able to use my gift? Will he remember it for years to come? Definitely, our gifts can never be just empty gestures. They have to mean something. You should make the effort to find a gift that makes your dad a bit happy inside whenever he sees it.
There are so very many choices out there that would make good gifts for this special day but what would make a good gift great? What’s going to separate it from all the meaningless presents? This is why I’ve made a list of 10 best gift ideas to celebrate Father’s Day and I tried my best to consider the different types of Dads there are!
Ideas to Celebrate and Give on Father’s Day!
A Fancy Necktie
This is no doubt the most classic Father’s Day gift in history. Rather, it is the most classic gift one could ever give to his or her dad, and for good reason! This gift is more suited to fathers that wear business suits a lot for work or dads that prefer to live more simply than others. For the business savvy father, he will always have a nifty little tie handpicked by his child with a lot of love and he’ll always remember it every time he wears it. The simple dad, on the other hand, may not wear it as often, but on the fancy and big occasions; from weddings to graduations, he’ll be able to wear them on the most important events of his family’s life.
When choosing a necktie, opt for a classically wide tie instead of the skinny ones, unless your dad is the trendy type. As for design, it depends on your dad’s personality. To be on the safe side, find a tie with a beautiful intricate pattern in a classic color such as maroon, silver, and blue, instead of wacky ties with prints of rockets and doughnuts, but if you’re father’s more of a goofball, then it might be okay to go for more cartoony details.
A Shiny New Watch
This gift can be given to any kind of dad; from the practical father to the ones who just love to buy themselves nice things. The best thing about getting your dad a watch is that it can be worn every single day because it’s a nifty little gadget that rests right on your arms – useful and stylish!
There are different styles of watches to consider and it definitely does not mean that just because a watch is a safe gift that you can just go ahead and pick the first one you see! For the old-fashioned dad, you should opt for a classic leather strap with gold hardware for a timeless piece he can wear over and over. For the father who’s sporty and always on the go, a sports watch would go perfectly. Most of these are incredibly durable and even waterproof so your dad will definitely love wearing it all the time. Lastly, for the dads that don’t seem to run out of business meetings, you can get him a shiny all-metal watch that will go perfectly with his business suits and corporate attire. It would be better if you choose a watch that has both gold and silver accents on it so he can really wear it with anything. Giving your dad a shiny new watch is definitely a great way to remind him that you’re always going to be with him!
A Well-made Shirt
Definitely one of my favorite go-to gifts for just about anyone I know, buying a shirt made in great quality would make a good gift because your dad can definitely wear it all the time – depending on the design that you choose for him. Other than being able to expand your dad’s wardrobe, it is also a bit of a challenge on your part to test yourself about how well you really know your dad and his personal taste.
I usually opt for simple colors and patterns that tend to complement my dad’s body type. You can never go wrong with plain shirts in neutral colors such as dark blue, black, grey, and white, but for patterns, you should definitely get shirts that are designed with really fine prints and patterns as they go with any body type. Avoid shirts with large checkered prints!
You must also consider the quality in which the shirt is made. Are the buttons flimsy? Is the fabric durable and easy to breathe in? Will it fit my dad well? Certainly, getting a well-made shirt will cost you more than any random tee we see in stores, but you have to think of it this way: great quality lasts and every single time your dad will wear your shirt, he’ll remember it as a gift you carefully thought out just for him and I’m pretty sure it will make him quite happy every time he wears it.
An additional tip: if your family is planning on doing something for Father’s Day like an intimate family dinner or weekend trip, you might want to consider giving it to him a day early so he can wear it on his special day!
A Remade Photo
This one has been going around the internet quite a lot lately as it is quite funny and very sentimental at the same time. People nowadays like to do a remake of old photos they took during their childhood – usually their baby pictures! If you have the type of family that is quite fond of taking pictures everywhere, you might want to dig up a photo of you at the beach with the family or a baby photo of dad holding you as a baby and try to remake it. From the clothes to the setting, you can plan a whole family day just to recreate that moment and you can surprise your dad with your idea.
Once you take the photo with your dad, have it developed and framed, and you can give the final output to your dad, and it will make both a funny and incredibly sentimental gift for your dad!
Organize A “Dad’s Day” Outing
I think we can all relate when I say that our parents’ interests are usually quite different to that of ours. Some dads like to collect coins and stamps and the like, some are fitness junkies how can’t seem to tear themselves away from the gym, while some like to chill by the nearest fishing spot and whittle away at the time. Sometimes, we don’t understand why our dads like the stuff that they like and this definitely goes both ways in a parent-child relationship, so why not make the effort to understand your dad better on a great day like Father’s Day?
Again, you can surprise your dad with a full day of doing just what he wants to do and nothing else. Go to his favorite restaurant, go fishing, grill those steaks; just do what he likes doing. Involve yourself in his hobbies and interests, and afterwards you feel a lot closer to your dad because you will understand him a lot better than ever. To add on that note, you could also get him his tools that he uses and likes a lot!
Cook For Your Dad
In all of your life, your dad has tried his best to put bread and meat on the table every single day; he’s taken care of you in almost every way possible, so why not return the favor? A great way to show your dad how much you appreciate him is by pouring your heart and soul to making his favorite dishes and organizing an intimate family dinner. If you have siblings, ask them to help as well! Not only will you have fun in the process, but you also become closer as a family. You can also have your mom help you or perhaps send her and your dad out to someplace where they can stay for a while and be surprised by an amazing meal prepared with so much love by their kids when they get home!
Revisit Your Dad’s Childhood
Your dad was once a kid like you and you can celebrate his special day by reliving his glory days. Surprise him on Father’s Day and drive him to his favorite spots when he was a kid: perhaps the restaurant that his family used to go to or his favorite park. You can give him a nostalgic trip down memory lane and celebrate the road he took in his life which ultimately led him to becoming the great father that you have come to know and love.
You can ask your mom to help you out with the details. You can even recreate your parents’ first date! This gift is definitely much more challenging than most of the others I’ve suggested but it will definitely make your dad happy because you took quite an interest in his life and you took the time to organize the blast from the past for Dad.
Travel With Your Dad
Take him out to have an adventure with family. You can go to a beautiful local resort or to a whole other exotic country that your dad’s always dreamed of going to! Of course, if your dad’s work schedule does not permit such a thing, then maybe you can organize one for a later time. In this case, you can take your dad out to lunch and then surprise him with the news of travelling in the future! This gives him something to be excited about and he will surely appreciate the grand gesture from his kids.
However, if your dad can travel right away, you can surprise him with your bags all fully packed and ready to go and hand him his plane or boat ticket right on the spot. He’ll be so surprised but so happy and it will be a fantastic moment for your entire family!
With father’s day just around the corner, summer has also kicked in! Summer is simply the grilling season so what best time to get your husband or dad a new grill but on father’s day!
We all know how every man likes to grill. And buying him a new grill will definitely put him in real surprise. And remember how long you’ve been asking your man to cook for you? Well, this just might do the trick! He’ll be so excited with his new grill that he will be happy to cook a barbecue or steak for you without even asking him to do so. Your family will also get to enjoy countless cookouts all throughout the summer. The only downside to this is probably gaining a few pounds from eating too much grilled foods. But nah, I really enjoy eating good food and would love all the time I get to spend with my family.
If you don’t know a lot about grills, the best place to start is to check Weber products as they are one of the best and trusted brands when it comes to grills. A simple Weber Charcoal Grill is enough to get your dad excited over his new grill and still not break the bank for you.
A Personal Grooming Session
Why not treat your dad to a nice haircut. Consider bringing him to a slightly fancier salon this time instead of his regular barber shop and he just might enjoy the extra pampering! Sometimes, those salons provide other services like head and shoulder massages aside from simple haircuts, now that would up the game.
But if time is really hectic and you can’t get him to those grooming shops, you may consider getting him a personal grooming tool such as shavers, facial creams and etc. Out of all the tools, I’d recommend you to get him an electric shaver, a Philips brand perhaps, so it will last longer and he will get to use it for a long time. And if you happen to not like his idea of growing his beard for too long, this may also help convince him that it’s time to shave them all off. Well, even if he still doesn’t shave them all off, the shaver is still handy for him to maintain the way he wants his beard to look.
Shopping for a Father’s Day gift is definitely no cakewalk but I honestly enjoy shopping for gifts as they’re a testament to how well I know the person I’m giving the gift to! An important tip to remember when giving your dad a gift is to consider including a card with a heartfelt message as well as a quick explanation as to why you gave him his gift especially if it’s more of a symbolic present. This will definitely help avoid any sort of misunderstanding between the two of you and he’ll be able to appreciate your well thought out present all the more! Also, you should never forget to have fun in the process – include your siblings in getting a gift!
How about you, what will you do with your dad to celebrate the extra special day? Let us know in the comments. Hope you enjoyed reading my personal 10 best gift ideas to celebrate Father’s Day!
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