Dads don’t make it easy when it comes to buying Father’s Day gifts. To make or to buy? To go elaborate or low-key? Unfortunately, most dads don’t respond well to a simple, “What do you want for Father’s Day?” And of course, unlike Mom, they are not the kind to drop hints! So finding the right item, out of all the Father’s Day gifts available, can be quite a challenge. Where do you start?
Homemade Father’s Day Present
Because thinking about a homemade Father’s Day present makes me feel somewhat intimidated, my first impulse has always been to buy something. But when it comes to making my dad happy, it takes nothing more than for me to make him a home-cooked meal. That’s easy, plus I love doing it.
Homemade Father’s Day gift ideas run the gamut from cooking his favorite dinner, to putting together photo books of the grand-kids, to framing of a quote, Scripture verse, or newspaper clipping that means something special to him. Check out these unique Father’s Day gifts and you’ll see that they don’t have to be expensive. When you put a little time into creating the perfect gift, it becomes personalized and special because he will know it is just for him.
Father’s Day Gifts to Buy
So…Father’s Day gifts. To buy a tie or not to buy a tie? When I was growing up, we used to always get my dad a tie. That’s what we always did. As an adult in the role of “mom” now, I have a husband who doesn’t even wear ties. So what’s the alternative?
I asked my daughter, “What should we get for Daddy instead of a tie?”
She answered, “Boxers.”
So, times haven’t changed! We are still stumped when it comes to finding a nice gift for Father’s Day. Here are some things I think through when I start planning what I am going to buy for Father’s Day.
What does he like to do in his spare time? (Spare time, what’s that, right?) My husband is an information junkie. Every time we are sitting around, whether watching a movie or just listening to the news, he is always Google-ing things to find out more about a topic. He loves to research, and he loves to read. Last year, we got him a Kindle Fire and it was perfect for him. (In case you didn’t know, you can access the Internet with a Kindle Fire, so I knew that would be a hit. He can read and research at the same time!)
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What are his favorite sports teams? I know I can’t go wrong when it comes to a gift for Bradford if he opens anything with the University of Kentucky logo on it! I could buy him a mixing bowl with the UK logo on it, and even though he doesn’t cook that much, that would probably be his favorite present! If you are looking for Father’s Day gifts for men who like sports, you have multiple options. You can buy:
- Tickets to a game
- Team apparel (t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets, caps)
- Books (about players, about the team, about the history of the sport)
What does he need that he isn’t going to buy? While boxers and white undershirts may not be a glamorous gift, it cracks me up the way my husband’s face lights up at Christmas when he opens a package of new boxers and crisp white undershirts. He’s not going to buy those for himself no matter how many holes his have in them (and in not-so-ideal places!) I got him a new pair of swimming trunks last year for Father’s Day, and he was so excited. Simple, right?
And what if it’s his first Father’s Day? Gift ideas for that crowd were easy to find when I asked my Faithful Provisions Facebook community. They gave me tons of ideas.
On a budget? Don’t worry–you can still find a great gift for Dad. Check out these 10 Cheap Father’s Day gift ideas for presents that will help you make your money go further.