What your dad *actually* wants for Father's Day


Father’s Day is right around the corner (this Sunday if you forgot), and it’s time to get Dad the perfect gift...but what do you get? There are so many different kinds of dads out there, but the one thing they all have in common is that they deserve a killer gift this year.

For The Business Guru

It’s no secret that your dad loves what he does. He tends to wear a lot of suits and travels a lot, but what do you get for the man who, seemingly, already has it all?

Under $20
Buy a frame and insert your favorite picture of you and your dad. Your dad loves you, and he adores that you’re his daughter, so go ahead and brighten up his office with a cute pic of the two of you. Don’t forget to write a card telling him how much you love him so he can stand it next to the frame on his desk.

$20 and up
Personalized golf balls. Personalized golf balls are a cute and fun way of incorporating your Dad’s favorite past time into the perfect Father’s Day gift. Put his monogram on the ball, a personal “Go Dad” message or anything else you can think of. It’s the perfect way to remind your dad you love him while he’s out on the course. Check out or Etsy to get started.

For the Outdoorsy Dad

Your dad lives for the outdoors. Whether it’s being on the water, in the woods or under the sun, your dad is there. Give him something useful and fun to help enhance his outdoor experience.

Under $20
Plan a hike. Get on the Internet and start doing some research on a cool hiking trail that you and your dad can tackle together. Include a map with the trail and a note saying you can’t wait to conquer it as a team. It’s the perfect way to spend some extra time with your dad, while doing something he loves.

$20 and up
A Bluetooth, waterproof outdoor speaker. Since your dad loves to be outdoors, let him listen to his favorite tunes without the worry of water damage. We love the SoundPal Free Spirit Speaker at just $35.

For the Grill Master

Your dad enjoys grilling for the family on the deck, so make his life a little bit easier with some new grilling gadgets.

Under $20
Go with a personalized apron. Dad’s favorite outfit includes his griller’s apron, so give it a makeover by getting him a personalized one. Add a funny quote, a compliment for your dad or anything else your heart desires. Check out to find your favorite style—here’s one to get you started.

$20 and up
Try the iGrill Mini. This cool gadget links up with your dad’s smart phone to see the temperature of his favorite meat without even having to open up the grill. This is definitely an awesome, high tech gift for dad. $40 a bit pricey? Split the cost with your siblings.

The Sports Fanatic

Your dad lives for ESPN, and weekends are spent on the couch watching his favorite teams. Get Dad something that says “I love you” while feeding his football frenzy.

Under $20
Why not a Ticket Stub Diary. If Dad loves going to games, give him a way to remember all of them. You can even start the first few pages for him. Grab his old ticket stubs and print off some pictures of you and him at the different games, then add them to the diary. Now you two can look back and remember the good times you had at the stadium.

$20 and up
Go big with a game day ticket. Purchase two tickets for you and your dad to attend his favorite sporting event. It can be for a future game (when football starts) or it can be for some summertime baseball. Your dad wants to share his favorite hobby with you, so go to a game together! Make sure to take lots of pictures so you can always remember the day. Get mom to help out of the cost is adding up.

The Sentimental Dad

Your dad doesn’t really fit into a category, but one thing’s for sure: He’s a sentimental guy. Get him something that he’ll save forever.

Under $20
Get creative with a scrapbook. Make dad a scrapbook of all your favorite times together. Include photos, notes about how much you love him and anything else you can think of to add to show him you care. Get a sleek scrapbook at Michaels, Target or Walmart, and the rest is yours to create.

$20 and up
Experience something together. Your dad loves to spend time with you, so give him an experience to remember. Buy tickets to a summer concert, a museum, the gardens or take him out to lunch in the city. The point is: Your dad wants to be with you. Give him the opportunity to have some one on one time with his favorite daughter. He’ll appreciate it more than you know.

Hint: Add a homemade card to any of the gifts you decide to choose for your dad. He’ll love it.

Got any other gift ideas for Dad? Share your best in the comments.


by Sarah Fritz | 6/17/2016