9 Father's Day Gifts That Will Leave Him Smiling, Crying Or Both
It's time to treat Dad to something truly special.
Dads are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for, especially because they tend to be evasive when it comes to what they actually want in a gift. Which means buying a Father's Day gift is pretty much always a gamble.
The conversation tends to go something like this...
"What do you want for Father's Day?" you’ll ask him, hoping this time he'll give you a straight answer and tell you something specific instead of making you guess. He'll pretend to think (if he's in a congenial mood) and then say, "Nothing. I'm happy as long as I have you." It's flattering, but it doesn't help you narrow down the long list of things you're considering buying him.
Fear not! These nine Father's Day gift ideas won't end up with a regift or return with a receipt. Instead, they’ll end with a laugh, a tear or both. Bye bye, guessing game!
1: Grill Master
If he loves cooking on the grill and is always checking out new recipes, this set of spices will help him heat things up. Try buying a few cuts of his favorite meat to go with it. Don’t offer to cook though. It might be his day, but his grill skills can’t be matched.
2: Classic Man
Is Dad’s beard getting a little out of control? This grooming kit from Jack Black (no, not School of Rock, Dad!) will help him change direction from Duck Dynasty to dapper without too much muss or fuss. This gift will keep it simple and save him a trip to the barber.
3: Friendly Reminder
Get him a mug that can do double duty. In this case, the personalized, engraved beer mug serves not only as a sentimental gift but also a reminder. He’ll never forget your birthday with this brew-based cheat sheet.
4: Pampered Pop
Dads need a little "me" time, too. Let him relax with a bubble bath that not only cleans and revives dry or dull skin but also energizes and revives. Maybe he said you gave him a few grey hairs as a teenager; this will help him recharge.
5: Hey, DJ
If he can’t get enough of his favorite old-school hits, give him a little spin-spiration with a new record player. Let’s face it, he’s not figuring out Spotify and/or the aux cord anytime soon. As a bonus, give him copies of his favorite records. Extra points for vintage finds. Signed copies will seal your deal as the golden child.
6: Adventures Ahead
Maybe you’ve loved traveling and seeing new places with your old man. Give him this gorgeous globe as a reminder of where you’ve been and the places you’re still planning on visiting. If you’re feeling extra sentimental, including a copy of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go will take it the extra mile.
7: Father's Day Flashback
Beat him to the “back in my day” with this crate of ‘80s throwbacks. His sweet tooth will thank you. Remember: It’s his day to indulge, so NO lectures about eating healthy or watching weight. Eat up!
8: Fond Memories
Add some photos to this personalized album and try looking through it without getting a little misty-eyed. Fun notes, old photos and other pieces of family memorabilia will keep the stories and memories flowing.
9: Quality Time
Father’s Day just got a little bit cozier thanks to this warm and welcoming fire pit. He’ll be so excited to see his backyard go from normal hangout spot to family party homebase, even if he pretends to mind having to fire up the grill every time.
Cowboy Breakfast Skillet
Start Father's Day off right by serving Dad breakfast in bed. This Tex-Mex-inspired breakfast gets its flavor from jalapeños, beans and fire-roasted tomatoes. Get the recipe>>
Pizza Hand Pies
Grilled Citrus Herb Branzino
For a healthy treat, give Dad grilled citrus herb branzino for dinner. The fish is packed with citrus flavor; serve it with parsley radish salad for a colorful summertime meal. Get the recipe>>
Chocolate Tea Biscuit Cake
This chocolate cake is fit for royalty. The tea biscuits and rich chocolatey flavor resemble Prince William's groom cake — your dad will love being treated like a prince. Get the recipe>>
Sourdough Stuffing With Parmesan and Leeks
The vegetarian dad will be getting seconds of this sourdough stuffing recipe. The bread absorbs the right amount of flavor from the Parmesan and leeks. Get the recipe>>
Greek Chicken-Stuffed Pita
Who doesn't love a pita-bread sandwich? Serve this chicken recipe with tzatziki sauce made with nonfat Greek yogurt for a healthier approach Dad will thank you for. Get the recipe>>
Making branzino may seem overwhelming, but even a novice cook can successfully make this recipe. The encrusted salt gives the fish its flavor without drying it out. Get the recipe>>
Bloody Mary With a Twist
Carrot juice gives this classic Bloody Mary recipe a fun twist. Add cherry tomatoes and yellow pepper slices as garnish for a delicious treat Dad will love to drink while relaxing. Get the recipe>>
Irish Mexican Coffee
Surprise Dad with Irish coffee topped with whiskey-infused whipped cream. Just make sure he doesn't operate any heavy machinery after drinking this warm cocktail. Get the recipe>>