Father’s Day Gift Ideas

TGIF! I actually am off this whole weekend, so that phrase actually means something to me today! I’m honestly not sure what I am gonna do with myself. I will be spending Sunday with my dad since it is Father’s Day, but a whole two days off in a row??? What to do?

Anyway, I did a Mother’s Day gift guide back in May, so I thought I would do one for all the dear old dads as well. So if you still haven’t picked up a gift for your dad, check out my gift guide. All of the items listed can be bought in a variety of stores, so no need to pay for rush shipping! Yay!

1. Yeti Tumbler
I bought my dad one of the 30 oz. Yeti Tumblers this past year for Christmas, and he uses it all the time. In fact, it’s one of the few things I’ve ever given him that he actually uses. (Don’t tell him I said that.) And…just in time for Father’s Day…Yeti recently came out with four new colors for their Rambler series. You can get all of their tumblers in black, olive-green, Tahoe blue, or seafoam, as well as the traditional stainless steel. Their Rambler water bottles would make great gifts as well. Get them at Ace Hardware, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Academy, Cabela’s, and REI.

2. Coolmax Socks
I always love warm, cozy, wool socks in the winter, and I love giving them to people as Christmas gifts, but when it’s hot out, I’m all about the Coolmax socks. And when I say Coolmax I basically just mean any synthetic sock (no wool or cotton) that is highly breathable and wicking. My favorite Coolmax socks are those of the Darn Tough brand, but you can get similar socks at most running, outdoor, or performance footwear stores (i.e Footlocker, New Balance, REI, or your local running store). My dad likes to bike a lot, even in the dead of summer, so I usually get him some good performance socks to wear in the heat and humidity. So, if your dad is one of those active guys, get him some good, cool socks for the summer!

3. Shiny, New Grilling Tools
This is a pretty cliché gift, I realize that, but sometimes a dad really does need new grilling utensils. Weber’s Stainless Steel 3-Piece BBQ Tool Set is great as a starter set or an easy upgrade from dad’s old grillin’ tools. You can also buy individual utensils from places like Target and Wal-Mart, as well as most cooking specialty stores. During this time of year, you can even get grill and BBQ accessories at most grocery stores. You definitely got some options. Maybe throw in some new grilling spices and a cheesy “King of the Grill” apron for extra dad-ness.

4. Tickets To A Ball Game
You could get tickets to any kind of event, really, but I got my dad tickets to a good, old-fashioned baseball game. It was a dual Mother’s Day/Father’s Day gift from my brother and me, and it was one of the best gifts we ever gave them. At least I think so. Sometimes it’s just nice to give an experience rather than a thing.

5. Smart Speaker/Personal Assistant
For all those techie dads out there, why not give the gift of a personal, virtual assistant? The Amazon Echo and Google Home are the two big ones on the market right now. (Apple will also be joining the competition later this year with the release of their new HomePod.) Both the Amazon Echo and Google Home are basically just larger, louder versions of the Siri/Google Assistant/Cortana entities. If your dad plays a lot of music and uses his phone’s virtual assistant features a lot, these would make pretty sweet gifts. Get them both at Best Buy, Target, and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

6. Leather Flip-Flops
If your dad is a sandal kinda guy, maybe it’s time to upgrade his sandal game this Father’s Day. If you are not on board with the whole Birkenstock thing, get him some nice, leather flip-flops for a dressier-casual look this summer. (Yes I just made that up. No, I’m not trying to sound like a bad infomercial.) Rainbow, Olukai, and Reef are probably the most well-known makers of leather flip-flops, but stores like J. Crew and GAP also make house-brand versions. You may even find some good leather sandals at stores like DSW. Check out department stores (Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Kohl’s) for the biggest selections.

7. Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Another gift idea for the tech-loving dad! If the whole virtual, talking speaker/assistant idea isn’t your dad’s thing, a not-so-smart bluetooth speaker would also make a great gift. You can get them at almost any price these days, but the one I see consistently getting the highest ratings is the JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. Get it at Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, and Kohl’s.

8. Gift Cards
If you still can’t find the perfect gift for dad, you could always get him a gift card or gift certificate. I know some people think it’s not quite as personal of a gift, but I know some dads are really hard to shop for, and sometimes it works out better for everyone. If you do get a gift card, at least put it in a “World’s Greatest Dad” mug. 😉

Thanks for stopping by! Have a good weekend and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!


Again…nothing in this post was sponsored in any way, shape, or form. 


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