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Gift Ideas for Stay At Home Dads

Updated on November 6, 2012
If your stay-at-home dad is into horseshoes, have a horseshoe pit installed in your backyard so he can have a backyard getaway
If your stay-at-home dad is into horseshoes, have a horseshoe pit installed in your backyard so he can have a backyard getaway | Source

If you are lucky enough to have a stay at home dad in your life, show him how much you care with these gift ideas for stay at home dads. With Christmas just around the corner, make sure you have just the right gift to thank your stay-at-home-father with these ideas.


When I asked my husband what would make a great gift for a stay at home dad, he immediately said time! Time to do whatever he wants to do, even an hour here and there can help provide a mental break from crafts and cookies.

If you have a friend, neighbor of family member who can watch the kids for an afternoon, try to set something up. Or, perhaps you can arrange a play date where the other parent can watch the kids for an hour or two while your husband gets to just relax.

An Escape

After hours and hours of toddler talk, snotty noses and diaper rashes, give your stay at home dad a break. If he had an entire weekend to himself (we can all dream) what would he want to do? Think about what really makes him happy. Around here it’s three things – golf, fishing and football, with perhaps a movie thrown in.

Here are some ideas:

  • movie tickets
  • green fees for a round of golf
  • tickets to a local sporting event
  • fishing gear (poles, lures, tackle box, etc.)
  • golf clubs (or just some new golf balls)
  • golf gloves
  • tailgating accessories (an ice chest, a grill, a pop-up tent, foldable chairs, and more)
  • the box set of his favorite tv series

In The Toolshed

Most likely your stay-at-home dad is also the home handyman (someone has to repairs the kids bike, get the washing machine working again, and all the other fun trials that came along with making a house a home). Tools, at least at our house, are a never-fail gift for dad.

Some suggestions for the toolbox:

  • laser level
  • laser stud finder
  • tool belt
  • tool box
  • electric drill
  • power tools of any kind (screwdriver, sander, router, etc.)
  • garage organization

Gifts for Athletes

If your man happens to be an athlete, here are some gift ideas:

  • Nike+ Sports watch
  • running shoes
  • ipod shuffle
  • earbuds
  • iTunes gift card (to load the Shuffle)
  • training books
  • yoga mat
  • ladder golf
  • bocce ball
  • horseshoes

Make It Personal

The key is to understand your stay at home dad – find out what he likes doing and help find ways to make it happen. Married to a bookworm – give him a new book (or an Amazon Kindle) and some quiet time to read. I think you get the idea. In this case, it truly is the thought that counts.

Being married to a stay at home dad is a unique situation. While it's not without its moments, it truly is a wonderful thing, something to be celebrated. The gift itself isn't what matters – it’s showing that you care, you empathize and you appreciate all that he does for the family.


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    • Written Up profile imageAUTHOR

      Written Up 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      Thanks Glimmer Twin. You're right, a lot of these ideas can apply to moms, too. I sure an appreciate grow up time!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Great list for dads and some can do double duty for moms too. I think sometimes stay at home dads are overlooked, but they should not be.

    • Written Up profile imageAUTHOR

      Written Up 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      eHealer - thanks again for the encouragement

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      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hi Written Up, for the new age dad, people do need guidelines on how to treat a "stay at home dad." It's a new concept, and thanks for sharing your personal experiences. Vote Up and I love this topic.


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