When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, you’d better make it good. He might say, ‘don’t worry about me,’ when you ask him what he wants, but just picture the smile on his face when you present him with something genuinely awesome. Priceless.
Admittedly, buying for dad isn’t easy. It’s not like you can get away with the old flowers’ n’ chocolate combo. And he probably has enough ties, socks, and cologne from birthdays past to last him a lifetime. So, where do you begin?
Treating your old man needn’t be a stressful ordeal this year because we’ve compiled this bumper flowchart bursting with gift ideas. So, whether he’s a beer and sports kinda guy or vegan cooking’s more his thing, we wager you’ll find something here that he’ll love.
Father’s Day gift ideas to make dad smile
Three ways to make Father’s Day unforgettable
Hopefully, you found plenty of brilliant ideas for Father’s Day gifts in our flowchart. But, you can always go the extra mile to turn a good idea into something truly memorable and personal. If you’re still looking for ways to add an extra touch to Dad’s special day, we’ve got a few tips to get you started.
1. Pile on the nostalgia
You won’t find many people who can avoid feeling sentimental when presented with something they once treasured. Whether it’s an old-school TV special that hasn’t aired in decades or a classic game he enjoyed as a child, your dad has a wealth of prized experiences from his past.
Appeal to Dad’s nostalgia by recreating some of his favorite memories. For example, you can hunt down board games your father hasn’t played in years or cool pop culture memorabilia he’s always wanted. Or, why not round up his college buds for a celebratory dinner? The best part is you get to learn more about your dad’s pre-parent days while researching what to get him.
2. Choose a gift that keeps on giving
Why stick to one gift when you can surprise Dad with a present that keeps lifting his spirits all year? Subscriptions and memberships are thoughtful ways to show appreciation, and you can choose from a wide range of services that appeal to any personality.
Does your dad love sports? Get him season tickets for his favorite team. More of an opera or theater guy? Snag him some coveted seats for a season of shows. If your dad is a foodie or hobbyist, sign him up to receive personalized subscription boxes filled with gourmet foods, tech gadgets, grooming products, or murder mystery puzzles.
3. Help Dad achieve his goals
Does your dad have a big goal or passion project he’s been putting off for too long? Help him get a step closer to achieving it by providing the right resources or motivation to further his journey.
How you help depends on the goal. If your dad’s been dying for a vacation for years, maybe you can pool funds with siblings or other relatives to pay for the trip. For hands-on projects, like brewing homemade beer or restoring an old car, you can volunteer to do it with him and help track down hard-to-find ingredients or supplies. If Dad is eager to learn a new skill, consider enrolling him in a course to support his dream.
Father’s Day only comes around once a year, so do your best to honor the meaning behind the holiday. Choose Father’s Day gifts that show him exactly how much you care, leaving him zero doubts that he’s the #1 Dad.
This post was originally published on June 10, 2020, and updated most recently on June 20, 2021.