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Father's Day Gift Ideas: Tips and Tricks to Gift Your Dad

Updated on May 20, 2020
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Rui Carreira is an entertainment buff who writes about a myriad of different things... one of them being lists.

How to Find The Perfect Gift for Father's Day:

You’ll want to give your Dad the best possible gift, but sometimes you just don’t seem to know what that perfect present would be – It’s always the same old cliché: A tie, a cap, a tool…

It's really hard to choose gifts for those people you love the most in this life, and that's because as our degree of affection towards someone rises, the more demanding we get on choosing a present.

Throughout this small article, we will go over some things you can do in order to make this year’s Father's day different and memorable, and I'll try to help you pinpoint a gift that is not only passable but that you'll also enjoy gifting.

Here are some of my ideas:

Quality Time: Time is the Best Gift

Time is precious, and it’s what we usually lack – give your father the gift of time, or time with you! Spend some quality time with him, showing him you care and you love him deeply.

  1. Do something you both like to do:
  2. Go to the shore and eat some seafood along with a fresh beer;
  3. Go fishing or hiking;
  4. Camp or go to the movies with him;

Think about stuff you can both do in order to strengthen your bonds!

Overall, remember your dad isn't going to be around forever, so the time you spend with him is both good for him and you - after all, you don't want to look back and think that you wanted to have spent more time with your dad.

The good things in life aren't material, but emotions, and love is among the strongest feelings of the Universe.

Share the love you have for your dad this father's day and thank him for everything he's done for you throughout the years by showing him you care and appreciate everything he did and does for you.

On the other hand, it's natural that you think this one alone doesn't cut it, but at least make sure to prioritize gifting some of your time as well, as material gifts are no substitute for the time you'll spend with him, after all, he isn't going to be here forever, and time goes by quicker than you think - I've learned this the hard way, don't do the same mistake and show everyone you love them.

Picking the right gift is secondary to giving your father the gift of love on this father's day.

He'll love the gesture.

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Find out about his dreams: Make them Happen!

Try to discover what your father’s dreams are and then try to make them a reality. As an example, my father always wanted to ride on a hot air balloon, so my sister gifted him with this experience and he loved it – too bad I didn’t think about it first, don’t make the same mistake I did.

So, what does your dad want to do? Find it and make it happen – it will be memorable.

If his dream is a bit expensive, try to get your brothers or sisters to jump on that idea to help.

For instance, I know my father would love to have his own livestock, and he does already have the land for it, but nowhere to put it. I could probably help him build a barn, and I will whenever he decides to do it since I don't have the funds to start that project alone.

On the other hand, I know that if I was financially stable right now I'd definitely pay for it and allow him to start caring for his animals in no time.

Some dreams are simpler than you may think, and if you don't know about your dad's dreams then you should definitely care about asking.

On another note, there are also very simple items that most people want but don't have an excuse to buy, find out what that is, and gift him accordingly.

For instance, my brother in law loves comics, but as he is a grown-up he has a lot of problems with rationalizing spending money on comics.

My nephew gifted him comics for father's day and he was simply elated, spending the rest of the day telling everyone it was among the best father's day presents he ever had.

Food can do the trick too:

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Invite his friends for a Surprise Barbecue:

This one is excellent. People tend to let their friends disappear while they tend their own lives, so your dad may have a lot of friends who he hasn’t seen for ages – and this is a great opportunity for you.

Invite all these friends for a surprise barbecue and he’ll by overjoyed –try it!

Life takes you to different paths, but chances are your dad still remembers his friends fondly.

On the other hand, most of them also remember your old man, so inviting them over for a reunion is a present that will not only make your dad feel moved and appreciated it will also make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside for having done that lovely gesture for him.

Trust me, I tried this myself and it went out great!

As time goes by, friends get distant, but that friendship feeling sticks inside and starts to hurt nostalgically. Seeing old friends is one of the best ways to warm your father's heart and to realize how much you love him, after all you went through all this work just to see him happy.

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Write him a note: Sometimes, Love and Appreciation are just what he needs

This doesn’t cost money, but it isn’t something free – it’s, on the contrary, priceless!

Your dad has been a lot of different things for you – he was your hero, your bodyguard, your attorney, your advisor, and a whole lot more throughout all of the different stages of your life.

Time to show him you noticed and that you care – thank him for every single thing he did throughout the years and make him feel the unconditional love and gratitude you have towards him – this will make his day and his life as well!

Finally, here's a different idea I just did:

Write a memory book from the time you were a little kid. My father turned 60 last year and I wrote him a little booklet with my earliest memories of him - how I believe my dad was the strongest man alive, how I found out he wasn't infallible, how I thought he was the greatest and wanted to dress just like him - that sort of stuff.

He teared up and said it was the best gift someone had ever given to him.

Try giving him this on Father's day and let me know how he reacts.

Alternatively, you can also write a book of happy memories, with the earliest memories you have of him and the childhood times you spent together with him watching over you or doing something comical. This book is different from the previous because you'll be looking to show him how he was sillier back in the day before he had all of his life experience and was still as young as you are now... or younger, even better.

Chances are he doesn't remember these things until he reads him. and that will take him down memory lane and get him to tear up in a good way.

Do something he would like you to do:

This goes for the youngest of you, my readers – your dad probably bugs you out to rake the leafs together on the backyard, to do chores, to find out how to do some plumbing or electricity works around the house and so on – well, do it!

If you don’t know how to do it say something along the lines of: “Dad, I would love to spend a whole day with you, learning how to do X”.

Not only will your father love the gift, but you will also spend the day bonding – trust me, working together is one of the best ways to do just that since you’ll both feel proud of it.

He wants to teach you things, no matter how old you are or how good you think you are, it's simply built upon his love for you trying to get you all the tools you need to succeed and it also makes him feel useful.

Capitalize on this and learn or master another skill. The time is precious, and the bond you'll cultivate is worth any time spent with him. You'll cherish those moments down the line, again, trust me on this.

A father is an irreplaceable treasure

Corny Presents: There’s a reason corny gifts are still around!

There are a lot of gifts out there labeled “Number 1 Dad” – and though they are cliché, everyone likes to have at least one of them.

If you never gave your father anything of this type, he’ll love it: It’s a material proof that he rules and that you appreciate him.

Heck, I'm sure you all see thousands of picture frames with noodles glued to them, it's the most corny gift ever and dad's still love it, so it just shows that the best thing is that it's coming from you, and you're always a child for him, so these gifts will trigger his "oh cute" feeling.

These gifts aren’t meant to be repeated year after year – use with care!

I really hope these ones gave you an idea for father's day gifts you didn't yet think about, and that you take value from this post as I'm now all out of ideas for you.

If you still didn't make a decision or found at least a basis to start thinking about your father's day gift, then start thinking earlier next year and get out there and watch the store's shelves.

Good luck.

Gift Ideas for your Dad: Troubleshooting

There are a lot of ways to get new ideas if the ones included in this article aren’t something you’d like to offer. Consider these troubleshooting tips:

  • Ask your mom for ideas;
  • Consider what hobbies he engages in;
  • What are the sports he loves?
  • Did anything break and needs to be replaced?
  • Can you upgrade something he uses often?
  • Can you gift him a “man cave”?

Finally, a bit of a strange idea to finish this post - Order a photomontage of both of your faces together from a photographer or designer. Like, one half of the picture is your face, and on the other half it's your fathers'.

I also gave him this one year and he loved it too.

Anyways, use your soul and gift him from your heart – you can’t go wrong! Now go ahead and make the number 1 Dad happy!


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