Dads might be among the most difficult people to buy for, and we want to show them some love and appreciation! We've got ideas we think you'll like. Most of these ideas will translate whether you’re buying for your dad, your father-in-law or your husband.
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If you live in Columbus, this T-shirt company probably isn't a new idea for you. But Kristie and I both turn to Homage for amazing gifts for our husbands and dads on a regular basis. The clothes are just so personal and comfortable. I got my husband a pair of sweatpants for Christmas that I consider stealing every time they come through the laundry.
The clothes also look, well, cool, and there are so many options! They offer designs for sports teams nationwide and throw-back pop culture references. Perfect for this year: old school Bulls T-shirts for dads who binged The Last Dance, Cedar Point shirts to mourn a summer it can't open and T's like the one below that boost spirits in the midst of a pandemic.
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Some Good News Merch
If your family jumped on board with John Krasinski and his Some Good News broadcast on YouTube, this mug is a perfect Father's Day gift. It's a reminder from one dad to another no matter how hard things get, there's always some good news out there. For starters, you can choose a cause that the purchase supports (hunger, frontline responders, youth responders, childhood trauma).
Stitch Fix for Men Gift Card
The online personal shopping service Stitch Fix also sends custom-fit clothing for men. Kristie's husband has kept sport jackets and shirts that fit his broad shoulders better than what he finds in stores. My husband kept an everyday winter jacket that gets compliments every time he wears it. Dad can send his measurements and any specific requests, and he will receive five items to try on. It's up to him what to keep and the gift card is applied to the purchase (this is NOT a subscription service, so no cancellation required). If you're new to Stitch Fix, use our referral code for a $25 credit.
Some of the toys and tools dads like most carry a higher price tag. Here are a few ideas if you're considering using some of that federal stimulus money to go a little bigger on this year's Father's Day gift.
Kristie bought this for her husband and says it's worth every penny. He broke vertebrae in his back several years ago and deals with chronic pain. A friend recommended this and it's made a big difference on road trips and after workouts and days of yard work, especially since trips to the chiropractor were eliminated during COVID.
Etched pilsner or pint glasses can be a classy and customized gift for a sports fan dad. The glasses below, made locally, are available at the Westerville Pure Roots boutique if you want to avoid Etsy wait times and shipping fees. A set of these also sits on display in my dining room, so I can vouch that these are a hit.
An Unforgettable Experience
Most of our gift lists suggest some sort of experience because we think it can be such a fun option - especially for people who don't need or want more stuff. Buying gift cards now to use later also support businesses during a difficult spring. Here are a couple dad-centered options:
- Find the best sites and hidden gems in your hometown or a nearby city with Scavenger Hunt Adventures. This can be a date activity or fun for the whole family. You get interactive questions, photo challenges, activities and dares texted out during your hunt. There are three hunts to choose from in the Columbus area and one in Dayton.
- Axe throwing is a great group activity. We were skeptical, but it's a blast. Get a gift card for a dad to take some buddies out ax throwing for a fun guys night, or get a group for a couples night out.
If a dad you know doesn't yet have these, it's time. They're a must-have for working out, mowing lawns or traveling. We'll give one option below, but consider what you know about the dad before deciding. Some may prefer the hooks over the ears to keep them in place and others may want Apple AirPods with a wireless charging case. Prices and features vary widely.
Zeroz Skinny Wallets
This local Columbus retailer touts the tagline "less wallet more cool" for their skinny wallets. They hold just a few credit cards or receipts and man, they look sharp.
Waterproof Phone Case
Father's Day falls right at the start of summer. If a dad on your list has any plans to hit the beach, a lake or spend any time in a canoe, fishing boat or kayak this summer - then it's pretty clear why this might be a helpful gift idea. The universal case below works for different phones, but there are more expensive options that customize to specific phones and offer different features.
Remote Grill Thermometer
My husband got this grill thermometer from my parents after my dad got it as a gift and loved it. You put the thermometer in the meat, put the meat in the grill or smoker, and then carry around your fancy remote thermometer and know the exact temperature of your meat and grill without opening anything and messing with the perfect grill job. Bring on the ribs, grill master!
Donation to a meaningful nonprofit
For the dad who really does have everything, consider a donation to a nonprofit that does great work on an issue close to his heart. If he lost someone to a specific disease, donate to an organization that funds research. If he loves dogs, check out rescue organizations. If he's a teacher (or retired teacher), find a great organization that supports education. Write a note to explain where you donated in his honor and why.
Books: Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series
Most of the books in this series of nonfiction books have topped the best seller list and get top marks from some dads we know. I won't list them all, but a few I've given as gifts include Killing Lincoln, Killing Patton and Killing Kennedy.
Woodchuck USA Bucket List Journal
We love the mission of this organization, which is to plant a tree for every gift purchased. My favorite part of this Bucket List Journal is that the inside is specifically formatted for a dad to list future adventures and then to break each idea down into the steps needed to make each adventure happen. It also has a space to paste in a picture of each completed adventure. Swoon!