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Best Gift Ideas For A Dad

Updated on February 5, 2015

What Does A Dad Want As A Gift?

It is a widely acknowledged fact that dads are notoriously difficult to buy for. My dad would often get some incredibly uninspired gifts for fathers day... Socks, pants, and ties to name but a few - I even remember my brother getting my dad several packs of long-life batteries one fathers day because it was the only thing our dad had said he needed.

Fortunately he forgave us for these rather mundane gifts and our purchases got better over the years.

First rule of fathers day, his birthday, Christmas or any other event involving gift-giving: don't ask your dad what he wants as a gift - they come up with some exceptionally weird ideas that are of no use whatsoever and generally leave us feeling bewildered and even more confused about what to buy. If you want to buy something a bit more interesting for your dad than a new pair of Wellington boots, here are a couple of thoughts to get the ball rolling.

Consider Your Budget

Firstly, decide on a budget - dads will often say things like "you shouldn't be spending money on me..." so find a reasonable price range and try hard to stick to it.

Secondly, think of what your dad loves. Hobbies such as camping, driving, hiking, playing an instrument or riding a bike will offer a huge range of gifts. Equally, if your dad loves his food and comfort, you can get some brilliant hampers - or even put your own hamper together for him, which often works out a lot cheaper and more appreciated as a lot more thought has gone into selecting each item.

If your father has specifically stated he doesn't want anything then you can still take him for a pint, for a small lunch or even just buy a bottle of his favourite wine.

Dads Need Caffeine As Dad-Fuel

If a dad is to go about his daily business as grill master, DIY expert, advice-giver and still continue as a witty, intelligent individual full of humour, then he is going to need caffeine in liquid form - usually tea or coffee. This ensures he can do all these things faster and remain in a good mood, so coffee mugs and travel flasks are always appreciated by dads.

Travel mugs are great for dads who like to be in the garden showing off their green-thumb skills and humming. It means that they can forget that they made a mug of tea and when, three hours later, he discovers the mug and recalls how thirsty he is, he doesn't have to repeat the process of making yet another tea or coffee and can simply drink the now just-hot-enough one which was previously forgotten about.

A Sweet Quote For Dad

For The Manly-Dad

For fathers with beards and moustaches and other burly man features, a shaving kit can be a really practical and appreciated gift. This is actually a set that my brother found and bought for my dad last year and he raved about how much he loved it pretty much every use - as a woman I couldn't tell you exactly what sets it apart from other ones, but I have heard from a few men that these types of razors give a luxuriously close shave... Certainly I notice a lack of spiky bristles when

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The Dancing (Badly) Dad

If your dad loves to "get down" on the "dance floor" and "shake that booty" then all I can say is I feel your pain. Bad dad dancing often involves over-active hip thrusting and arm-waving in all directions.

Dads have evolved to have a total lack of understanding of rhythm (either that or they simply ignore it; scientists are not yet sure) as well as an unstoppable dancing alter ego who will dance regardless of children begging him to stop and awkward looks. The crowd mentality applies to badly-dancing dads who are cheered on by other rhythm-lacking, hip-slapping fathers nearby.

The one and only thing capable of stopping bad dad dancers is distraction; either a DIY task that needs doing or something where he can release all his pent-up shakes, wiggles and dance moves... How about a cocktail shaker set? All joking aside, these are great gifts for holidays and especially Christmas!

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    • takkhisa profile image


      4 years ago

      The day is approaching but still I have not bought anything yet. Thanks for the gift ideas, they are great!

    • NoProblemmo profile image


      4 years ago

      Thanks for these ideas!

    • LornsA178 profile image


      4 years ago

      Father's day is coming soon, I am looking to buy a gift basket this time.

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      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Very timely article!

    • Digory LM profile image

      Digory LM 

      4 years ago

      Can you pass this lens on to my kids? Just kidding, but very nice ideas.

    • MelaniePaige13 profile image

      Melanie Paige 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Great ideas. I'm always stuck when it comes to buying my dad a fathers day's usually a $50 Bunnings gift voucher - he loves shopping there, especially the garden area. Love the definition mugs - the Grandma's one is spot on! I'll return later to like this lens (I tried, but it wouldn't let me, saying I've reached the number of likes for today)

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      4 years ago

      Lovely! I remember giving my dad the oddest things for FD, but he loved them. Great lens!

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      Miha Gasper 

      4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Barbecue is always in demand! Thank you for the suggestions.

    • tazzytamar profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from chichester

      @Charito1962: Hi Charito thank you for visiting - Im so sorry to hear that, wishing you all the very best

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Great gift suggestions! Unfortunately, my dad and husband have passed away.


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