What do dads want for Father’s Day? This is a unique gift guide of ideas that aren’t just things.
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What do dads want for Father’s day? Dads are always difficult to buy presents for because many insist they don’t want anything. But they do. Your job is to find out what and this post will give you some ideas to help you out.
Most dads (not all but most) are sole breadwinners and have to contend with intense pressure to perform in the workplace so they can provide for their families.
Combine that pressure with the expectation that men don’t cry or show emotions and it’s a recipe for disaster. Most dads I know are too busy looking after their families that they neglect themselves.
So, what gift should you give them to spoil them this Father’s Day? What’s the best gift to show them that you love them and appreciate the things they do?
Listed below in the following sections are the best gifts we’ve found for dads with different interests.
I’m sure you’ll find something perfect!
So, what do dads want for Father’s Day?
What do dads want for Father’s Day – really?
Well, just like moms, dads want to know that you appreciate them, that you love them, that you know them and that you’re thinking of them.
In other words, don’t just get them a screwdriver set because “all dads like tools, right?” even though he hates DIY and prefers to outsource jobs like repairing a broken door to a professional.
Do give him a subscription to the best grilling and BBQ goods if he’s the King of the Grill.
And that’s what the gifts in this list are all about: they are thoughtful gifts that go beyond the usual card and tools.
Side Note: Some of the subscription boxes may not get delivered in time depending on when you order, especially with what’s going on in the world. In cases like these, I often send a card stating that there’s a surprise coming through the post and that they can look forward to. Alternatively, I recommend going for our top pick as it doesn’t require physical delivery.
Best gift for the dad who loves the outdoors
Practical and stylish, Aktiv Style is our favourite brand.
It doesn’t just focus on one Scandinavian country. It showcases all. And along with the selection, you get exercise and outdoor wear that has excellent quality and is tastefully beautiful design, responsibly produced, and unbelievably durable.
As it says in the website, “This is not disposable clothing, it is warmth, or coziness, sometimes fitted, sometimes relaxed, but always there for when you need to Exert.Explore.Exhale.™”
Best gift for the dad who loves chocolate
Chocolates aren’t just for moms. Dads love them too.
And if the dad in your life happens to fall in this category, then this is definitely the one gift you need to give him.
This scrumptious box is perfect for spoiling your dad. It’s carefully packaged for freshness and contains an assortment of artisan chocolates such as “creamy truffles, chewy caramels and fluffy marshmallows enrobed in silky milk chocolate, decadent dark chocolate and velvety white chocolate“.
Nothing says “Happy Father’s Day” quite like a box of luxury chocolate that dad won’t find in any old shop.
Best gift for the dad who loves cocktails
If dad enjoys cocktails, then why not get a Shaker & Spoon subscription?
Each month dad will get three unique recipes by top bartenders in the world and everything he’ll need to make twelve drinks (4 from each recipe).
Except for the liquor, he’ll get the hard to find syrups, bitters, mixers, garnishes and more.
A gift that a cocktail-loving dad is sure to appreciate.
Best gift for the dad who loves to meditate
A SleepPhone is the best present for the busy dad who wants to meditate but don’t have any time to do it except when in bed.
Finally, he can meditate at night or even overnight without waking up with sore ears or with the headphones off so he doesn’t even know if he did in fact meditate overnight or not.
This is an amazing present that anyone who does inner work at night would definitely appreciate.
Best gift for the dad who loves to cook
Ready to take your cooking to the next level?
If you’re lucky enough to have a dad who loves to cook or is a beginner who’s just fallen in love with the art of cooking, then he will surely love Gordon Ramsey’s MasterClass (there are two so he can choose one or both depending on skill level!).
Best gift for the dad who loves to read
I was never really a fan of e-readers until I became a mom.
One of the things I had to accept was that my leisurely days of curling up in bed with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book are pretty much over – at least for the next 15 years or so.
I loved reading but I often didn’t have two hands to use to turn the pages. I was lucky enough to get a Kindle from my husband and I am not ashamed to admit that I’m now a convert.
For the dad who loves to read, get her her own Kindle this Father’s Day and make it even more special by adding a Kindle Unlimited subscription. That’s like having her own library at her fingertips.
It’s a booklover’s dream!
Best gift for the dad who loves to grill
If the dad you want to spoil this Father’s Day loves the grill so much, then this is the best gift you can give him.
Featured in Urban Tastebud, Gastronomic, Real Food Traveler, and others, the Grill Masters Club subscription box is a monthly delivery of the best grilling and BBQ goods and supplies hand-selected by a certified BBQ pitmaster.
Each item in that box is researched and taste-tested and every supplier vetted to guarantee the best grilling experience. Dad will get to try new sauces, rubs, tools, wood chips, grilling accessories and more!
They also provide videos for easy learning. A true must-have and the best way to shower the dad who loves to grill with all the affection he deserves!
To really put this Father’s Day over the top, sign him up for a Texas-Style BBQ class with Aaron Franklin.
The right knowledge combined with the right tools equals amazing results!
Best gift for the dad who loves to learn
If the dad in your life has a deep love for learning (or would love to learn new things but don’t know where to start), then I highly recommend MasterClass.
Best gift for the dad who loves to travel
Who says you need to leave the house in order to travel?
Sometimes, the most unique travel experiences can happen in the comfort of your own home, without you having to pack a suitcase, show your passport or get a travel jab.
If dad’s got itchy travel feet that he absolutely needs to scratch, even with what’s going on right now, then the Spice Madam would be a welcome gift.
He’ll get to “explore, discover, and experience a new destination each month through a monthly curated box of spices, recipes, themed music and fun facts from each featured country“. It’s truly “your one-way ticket to experiencing the world“.
Another plus point is that it’s vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free and every single box sold also supports a Non-Profit that impacts Youth Education.
It’s a win-win all round!
Best gift for the dad who loves mysteries
If dad loves mysteries but can’t go to an Escape Room or attend a mystery dinner due to current restrictions, then this subscription is the perfect gift for him.
Let him explore a new city and culture every month whilst he channels his inner Indiana Jones by solving puzzles and deciphering codes.
It’s also family-friendly and includes everything you need for a fun game night at home so the entire family can join in the fun.
Best gift for the dad who loves to draw
There is no age limit to art and if dad wants to learn how to draw, then this is the perfect gift for him.
He’ll get two drawings a month along with all the supplies he’ll need to complete said drawing. That includes video tutorials that will show him in complete detail exactly how to complete his drawing.
As you can see from the video above, it’s pretty amazing and will definitely be a hit.
Best gift for the dad who loves to write
If dad is a writer, whether professional or amateur, he would certainly appreciate the services of Grammarly, a contextually aware writing assistant that catches a lot more than just grammar mistakes.
It’s especially excellent with punctuation. And it points out those tricky words that often get switched around (and are the bane of every writer’s existence): there/their/they’re, it’s/its etc.
It’s actually got a free basic package so talk about an outstanding free gift. But the paid premium really gives so much more: a plagiarism checker, advanced style suggestions covering word usage and sentence structure, tone and formality-level checker, wordiness and ineffective vocabulary filter, inconsistent style checker and human proofreading available (extra cost).
For more info on Grammarly, which I use myself, head on over to my post on setting up your blog.
Best gift for the dad who loves to garden
Whether dad’s a gardening newbie or a certified green thumb who’s been growing green things since childhood, he’ll definitely enjoy Ron Finley’s MasterClass.
The Urban Gangsta Gardener will help dad grow his own food in even the unlikeliest of places and turn even the smallest space into a bountiful food-producing garden.
If dad’s an environmentalist, a sustainability enthusiast, a survivor, this is the one gift for him.
Final thoughts: What do dads want for Father’s Day
And there you have it: your answer to the question, “What do dads want for Father’s Day?“
The thoughtful and unique gifts we mentioned above will surely be a hit.