We all want to give our dads the Father’s Day they deserve, but it can be difficult to come up with Father’s Day gift ideas for the man who has everything and claims to want nothing. In many cases, this means a lot of ties and #1 Dad mugs will be purchased and promptly forgotten this year. Don’t settle for the same-old, same-old this year, though. Step it up with one of these fun and unique Father’s Day gift ideas sure to bring a smile to the old man.
Father’s Day Gift Ideas to Wow Dad
1. Survival Kit
Dads love to be prepared for anything, so this Father’s Day, consider gifting them a survival kit full of tools and tech that can make facing the unknown easier than ever. While you can purchase pre-made survival kits, you can also create your own for a more personalized gift.
Solar-powered radios, lanterns and flashlights are always a good option as they require no outside materials to work, but if you do choose to use battery-powered items, include batteries in the kit. Fire-starters, tents, knives and hatchets, rain gear, and rope are fairly low-tech but cover any number of needs. For those looking for more high-tech options, plasma lighters, solar-powered generators and water filtering straws are excellent options.
2. Make Your Own Beer or Whiskey Kit
For many men, little tops the experience of a primo pint or a spectacular spirit. If your dad is a connoisseur of fine drinks or would like to be, he might enjoy the opportunity to make his own in the comfort of his own home. A number of kits are available that come with everything your dad needs to design his own drink from beginning to end. The only thing these kits lack is a drinking buddy, which means you may need to step up and sample any products Dad makes.
3. Subscription Service
Subscriptions are no longer the land of magazines. If your dad has a hobby or a special interest, whether it’s fine food or fishing, tech or travel that tickles his fancy, there’s likely a subscription box just waiting to delight your dad.
It’s not only physical subscriptions Pops might enjoy, either. If your father is a TV-lover or movie aficionado, consider springing for a streaming service he would enjoy but might not be willing to spend the money on himself.
4. Blueprints of a Beloved Landmark or City
Is there a ballpark your dad loves to visit or a city where he once lived he’d love to see again? Most men hold someplace special in their hearts, and blueprints are an interesting and unique way of allowing them to revisit it time and time again. You can commission an artist to design them for you if the place is less well-known or personal, but many larger landmarks and cities already have blueprints out there available to purchase.
5. Grilling Tools
Dads and grills go together like peas and carrots, so it’s no surprise grilling tools would make it on this list. While a quality spatula, cheeky apron or a solid set of tongs is nothing to look down on, there are also a lot of new gizmos that can take your dad’s grilling to the next level.
Smart thermometers let your dad check the temps of the meat he’s got on the barbie using his smartphone. Kabob grilling baskets can make cooking kabobs easier than ever, and a grill-cleaning robot can take care of clean-up so that your dad can kick back and relax.
6. Massage Session
Often, dads can’t even be convinced to go to the doctor, so the idea of spending money on something like a massage would probably never even occur to them. That’s part of what makes this gift so special. While anyone can benefit from the stress-reducing, ache-relieving glory that is a quality massage — and men especially are prone to aches and pains that come along with years spent doing physical labor — men are also less likely to indulge in them. Take the onus off their hands and arrange for them to get the treatment they deserve.
7. Charging Stone
If your dad loves his tech but hates keeping up with chargers, a wireless charging stone is a great way to minimize wires while maximizing style and ease of use. Charging stones allow users to simply lay their phone or device on the stone with no need to plug it in. They come in a variety of styles, many of which are made of materials men would be proud to display on their desks, such as stone or marble.
8. A Round of Golf
If your dad likes to hit the greens, consider purchasing him a round of golf at a course he’s dreamed of experiencing for the first time or going back to again. Many men have a golf course they look upon with misty eyes, longing for the days they played there with pals many moons ago or links they’ve fantasized about hitting. You can even make it a boys’ weekend and spend some quality time together, which is maybe the greatest gift of all.
9. Guitar Lessons
Loads of dads have always meant to learn guitar but never quite got around to it. Many even have one laying around just waiting to be picked up. If this sounds familiar, your dad may appreciate the gift of guitar lessons with a professional. With an expert to lead him through the process, your dad will be jamming out to his favorite classic rock songs in no time.
10. Studio Recording Time
If your dad already is a star with the guitar or other instrument, consider making another dream come true and get him time in the studio. Many studios offer surprisingly affordable hourly rates that can result in your dad creating the recording he’s always dreamed of. As an added bonus, you’ll get to enjoy listening to your dad whenever you want for years to come.
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Make this Father’s Day be one that your dad will look back on with pride and affection for years to come. Invest in one of these Father’s Day gift ideas to show him how much you care and let someone else restock his tie collection this year. You’ll both be glad you did.