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Fathers Day Gift Ideas-Fathers Day Gifts For Him

Updated on June 16, 2016

What Father's Day Gift Ideas Come to Mind When You Plan Your Father's Day Gifts For Him?

Gadgets, tools, electronics, gift baskets, outdoor, sports, flowers, special getaway, family time, . . . hmmm . . choices! Notice the word "tie" is nowhere in this sentence.

Father's day thoughts bring mixed emotions for me, because my dad passed away . . .

It was an overcast day when mom called asking me to come to the house, "Today!" I knew he was gone immediately and didn't want to go to the house for that kind of news. So I argued with mom about coming over and she insisted. I somehow imagined that by not going home that day I could avoid what I already knew was true.

I was being selfish, because I knew that moms heart was breaking, just like mine was, and that we especially needed each other right now - Today. My brother, Reggie, was at the house first, but we both heard the news together. "Your dad died," she choked and sobbed in the same breath.

In a refusal to believe what mom was telling us, I fled the house with tears rushing down my face screaming, "NO, NO, NO, NOT my dad, NOT my dad!" to no one but the horses grazing in the field, who were oblivious to our heart-wrenching loss. My heart could not absorb what my head was trying to process. My hero was gone. Forever. My world would never be the same. He was only 52-years-old to my 25-years.

I still miss his calm reassurances that everything was going to be fine, his out loud laugh that lit up his face, his warm, affectionate hugs and his willingness to just listen without judgment or criticism. I miss the delight on his face when we made something for him and how he would use it up until it was ragged from wear.

You would think the moon and sun sat on our heads when dad was around.

Father's Day lets me remember dad with the gift of flowers. I won't go to a grave, where he lays stone cold - Not even since he was buried. I go to a bird sanctuary or a lake or river or a meadow and I take flowers with me and leave them there. That's where my dad would be. Dad would be outside with nature and enjoying the gift of time with us.

. . . If you are one of those lucky people who get to decide on what to get your dad, brother, son, uncle, nephew, even a mom who takes on both father and mother roles, or favorite male role model then these unique father's day gift ideas might interest you.

Before we begin, though, think about how many ties your dad - Already - has.

Do you automatically head for the tie section because it is easy and fast?

If you do then think about substituting that tie with a breakfast gift basket - Cook for dad at his house (if you live close enough).

Does your dad live for ties?

Love ties?

Wear ties a lot? . . . didn't think so!

If money is no obstacle then luxury gifts are appreciated. For instance, electronics, music, and photography equipment.

  • Surround Sound TV, 3-D TV with 3-D Glasses
  • DVD, Blue Ray Player
  • IPod, MP3 Player
  • Digital radio, stereo, game console
  • Handheld camcorders, cameras, revolving digital picture frames

Time together or time Away - Give dad the gift idea of time to himself or with you - A weekend getaway near or far -

Or, better yet - Is there an adventure that he always wanted to take - no matter how 'far out' it may seem to you.

Like a ride in a hot air balloon, sky diving, scuba diving, dune buggy racing, archery, paint ball guns, white water rafting, a special game or concert they have wanted to go to for awhile?

Make them a coupon, buy them a ticket, two tickets so they can take you too, and you can have that adventure together. Time is a gift.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas-Fathers Day Or Any Day

Tools seem to be easier for men to buy for men. If you want to buy a tool, but struggle with which one to get, then you'll find it best to get a tool related to their hobbies or special interests - gardening tools for gardening, outdoor tools for outdoor projects like building a deck, a wood shed, a lawn tool shed, or even an outdoor cooking area.

Indoor tools for wood carving or home projects that they just can't find time for, tools for their boat or auto or motorcycle, or bicycle. Plus, don't forget the instruction manual for that special project. There are even talking books and manuals now.

Do you want to keep it light and fun, then stay away from the pet things that grow hair on them, g string underwear and gifts to yourself - like having your hair or nails done (cheapskate).

Fill a father's day gift basket with a group of small, less expensive gifts that bring smiles and laughter, like photo key chains, switchblade knives, heated mugs, novelty books, CD's, something handmade, a tuition certificate to take a class for his hobby or a lost pastime, binoculars for bird watching, hobby car kits or model building kits.

Gifts that are fun and unique will give dad hours of fun.

Food, Gourmet, Beer and/or wine, chocolate, diabetic, champagne, make for something to look forward to father's day gift ideas.

Sports nuts will always love authentic team jerseys, game tickets and a ride to and from the game - or if it's too far away, host a game party for them at their house or yours to be watched on TV.

Stay to clean up afterward or it's no treat for them. If you want the newest coolest then take a look at nitro cars and RC cars and/or trucks.

Golf is here to stay, same goes for fishing and hunting. Survival knives are a top pick for many. Not only are they used and appreciated, but they are often handed to the next generation as part of a collection. Start a collection or add to one.

Have it engraved and personalized as an added touch.

Have you said, "I love you, . . . Near Enough?"

Fathers Day Gift Ideas-Never Too Busy!

Do you have a busy, busy, busy father? Then a day at the spa - manicure, pedicure, massage to help him 'de-stress,' will score big father's day gift idea points!

Low on Money? Do it for him at home, but it's a gift, so set up like a professional!

Whatever your father's day gift idea, I remain convinced that the best gift of all time, that will be re-told through generations, is the gift of time.

Spend the day with dad, or your man and make the kids an active part of the day too!

And if it's flowers that you need, then you'll find some beautiful selections online.

You may think of your dad as intrusive and 'out of touch,' once in awhile, but when they are gone, you only have the memory. May yours be good ones!

Happy Fathers Day.

© 2010 mwatkins

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      mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      catherinebrooks-Thank you! I just have one wish - That my dad was around to get one of these for! But a walk in the park would have been the gift he would have liked the most.

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      Catherine Brooks 6 years ago from Santa Rosa, CA

      Awesome ideas..for father gifts....

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      mwatkins 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      hi Stars439 - I've been enjoying your hubs! I'm having a bout of carpel tunnel so am taking it very easy for awhile right now. I opt not for surgery, but therapy instead and so far it is working!

      Yes, my dad was very special to me, and to our entire family - grandparents, and friends, alike. He passed 24 years ago, but there is honestly not a day that goes by when I don't bless the fact that I had him at all. I feel so glad to know that the last time I saw him and spoke to him that the last words I told him were, "I love you, Dad." I am sorry to hear of your father passing. Obviously he was a huge influence to you as well. Fathers Day gives me back my dad every year one more time. I love that!

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      A wonderful, beautiful hub. Your father must have been very very special in your heart.My father is not among us any longer either.I miss my father very much too. God Bless You Dear Heart. Wonderful gift ideas from the heart.

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      mwatkins 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Thank you, James. I had an amazing childhood thanks to a very special dad. I will remain grateful for that experience throughout my lifetime. Thank you for your kind words.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      You wrote lovingly about your father. And you have provided many nice ideas for Father's Day gifts. Thanks.

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      mwatkins 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Thanks Lade_E - According to the world calendar, the UK celebrates on the same day as the US and Canada - June 20. Yes, there is no denying a bond between father and daughter is a special bond. My brother is a pretty neat guy too, thanks to what he learned from our dad.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks. Lots of good ideas for a Fathers' Day gift. I can't remember if Father's Day is the same in UK and US, but it will be close.

      I like that saying in the middle of the Hub. Lovely tribute to your Dad. We girls always have a special bond with our Dads. Regards.

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      mwatkins 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Great idea Billyaustindillon - I sent it to my nephews for my brother for the same reason! ;-) Thanks!

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      billyaustindillon 8 years ago

      I need to give my boys this hub :)

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      mwatkins 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Hi KatieM! Great ideas you have! My dad loved a coffee cup filled with nuts and candy. Grandpa was diabetic so we were careful with his diabetic cookies and cake! It's never the gift - it's the time you spent.

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      katiem2 8 years ago from I'm outta here

      mwatkins, WOW your right it is just around the corner, Fathers day is on it's way. I love your fathers day fathers day gift baskets ideas. You could also toss in some nuts, candies and other fun stuff you could let the kiddos pick out. I know my Dad loved this type of thing. My Dad passed to soon and way to young, YOU never know so HONOR your Dad well. I love the way you think in honor the absence! Thanks and Peace :)

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      mwatkins 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Hi Kowality-thanks! I so loved and miss dads laughter and being able to talk to him about anything, anytime. That's why I can't go to a graveyard. He's not there. He's here with me. In my heart. Looking up at the sky, and laughing.

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      kowality 8 years ago from Everywhere

      My dad is gone too. he was huge in shaping and molding our work ethic. Mom was the soft shoulder, but dad was the peace maker and I miss him today. He is often in my thoughts. I'm with you on getting flowers to honor his memory with. thank you - he's too far away to visit so I do it in my thoughts. Thumbs Up mwatkins-Very nice fathers day gift choices!

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      mwatkins 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Thank you, Nellianna. I had a hard time publishing this without tears. I had an amazing and fabulous dad who I still call hero. I was delighted to read your similar story of your father. Thank you! It doesn't seem to matter when they leave this planet, it's always too soon! I could say that about mom too.

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      Nellieanna Hay 8 years ago from TEXAS

      Excellent hub - poignant memories of your Dad. Mine has been gone 44 years but I miss him so frequently and remember the treasured moments. He was 42 when I was born - had mellowed after having 3 older kids and I was pretty special to him. His undivided attention to my childish accomplishments, his wisdom (well disguised to be easier to swallow), his genuine interest in things I shared with him as a teenager - all the things I can never forget but are etched in my heart as clearly as crystal. It's a good time to remember.

      And the years with my adored George - he was fun to get gifts for, with so many varied interests - DEFINITELY NOT TIES! In fact he was lukewarm about shirts or other clothes unless they touched one of his special interests - like a ballcap from the Masters, a fishing vest or a Texas belt and gaudy silver buckle. LOL.

      Thanks for sharing both your memories and the excellent gift suggestions!