65 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Dads in Your Life

By Andrew Blackburn on May 5th, 2021
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What does a dad want for Father’s Day? Mostly, dads—including this one—just want to be known, appreciated and loved. And one of the best ways to get there is through just the right gift.

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All kinds of gifts for all kinds of dads

A Father’s Day gift doesn’t need to be expensive or a big production to make a dad feel loved. To prove it, we’ve put together a list of Father’s Day gift ideas that will help you figure out just the right present for the dad in your life, no matter what kind of father he is. Every section includes:

  • Plenty of general ideas to get you started down the right path
  • A budget-friendly gift idea
  • In idea for giving an experience instead of something tangible

No matter what gift you choose for the dad in your life this Father’s Day, don’t forget to complete the gift with the perfect Father’s Day card. We’ve got tips for what to write in a Father’s Day card, too.

Gifts for different kinds of dads

In some situations, the gift you give might not necessarily be different, but the way you give it (and what you write in their card) might. Here are a few examples and ways to think about these unique Father’s Day relationships.

  • Grandpas—Grandpas deserve to be celebrated on Father’s Day for all the many roles they play in their family’s life. You can find specific ideas on this list for the grandpa in your life, but if they have grandkids, make sure to involve them in the celebration, too.
  • Single dads—Single dads face challenges other dads just don’t, and they deserve special recognition on Father’s Day. They’ll enjoy Father’s Day gifts just like any other dad, but make sure to let them know you see how hard they’re working to love their family well.
  • Two dads—If you’re buying a gift for two dads on Father’s Day, think about how they might like to receive their gift. Would they prefer to receive one bigger gift together, or would each dad like to get his own? Either way, affirm them for the job they’re doing and the important role they each play in their kids’ lives.
  • Like a dad—Father’s Day is a great chance to affirm someone in your life who may not be your dad by birth, but who has played a father-like role for you. (And if by chance you’re afraid of putting them off or weirding them out—don’t be. They’ll be honoured.)
  • Mom on Father’s Day—If you have a mom who played both a mom-role and a dad-role in your life, honouring her on Father’s Day could be a touching tribute to all of her hard work.
  • While you’re celebrating Father’s Day, don’t forget to honour the other dads in your life with a card, whether they’re brothers, uncles, friends or anyone else.

Sometimes you might want to honour a dad who’s no longer with you on Father’s Day. Here are some ideas on how to pay tribute to a dad you’ve lost.


Father’s Day gifts for new dads and dads-to-be

For the guy who’s still getting used to this whole dad thing or who’s experiencing his last Father’s Day without a little one in the house.

  • Buy him a book (or a set of books) to read with his kids. It’s something he’ll probably be spending a lot of time doing over the next few years. If you have kids of your own, pick a couple of your favourites that you’ve read with your kids to share with him.
  • Anything specifically for him will be meaningful—a gift card to a restaurant, a batch of his favourite cookies, the chance to go hang out with his friends for a couple of hours. In a time where everyone is focused on the baby, having a chance to do something for yourself feels extra special.
  • Does he have a favourite beverage (adult or otherwise)? This is a time when the chance to relax and unwind is more valuable than ever and picking up a case or bottle of his favourite drink would be a welcome surprise.
  • We’ve got a collection of even more great gift ideas for new dads (and moms) here.
  • Budget idea: Put together a photo album, framed picture or collage of photos of him and his little one(s). He’ll smile every time he looks at it.
  • Experience idea: A nap. If he’s in the thick of the sleepless night phase with a new baby, a nap is the best gift you could give him. Come hold the baby for a couple of hours (bonus for you, if you don’t normally get to hold the baby) and let him grab some shut-eye. This gift is especially meaningful coming from friends or siblings (in other words, not the other parent of the baby).

Father’s Day gifts for athletic dads

For the dad who likes to get active in more ways than just chasing his kids all over the place.

  • When’s the last time he got a new pair of shoes for his favourite sport or activity? How about a new pair of shorts? A new shirt? An active dad can always use more equipment.
  • Does he like to run, bike or do some other activity where he likes to listen to music? A new pair of headphones could make a great gift (and Bluetooth headphones could be even better).
  • Maybe you know he likes to get active, but don’t know much about his preferences. Buy him a gift card to a sporting goods store where he can go and pick something out for himself.
  • An active dad is a hungry dad. His favourite food or beverage to recover after he’s done getting his sweat on can make a great gift.
  • Budget idea: Socks. We know, we know, socks are a stereotypical dad gift, but if you give him a pair of socks that’s specifically made for his favourite athletic activity, he’ll never stop thanking you.
  • Experience idea: Get active with him. Whether his chosen athletic activity is normally a family affair or a solo event, getting the whole family involved in his favourite thing can make for a really fun Father’s Day.

Father’s Day gifts for techy dads

For the dad you go to when something weird that you can’t figure out is happening with your phone.

  • Is there a new gadget he’s had his eye on but has been out of budget? Consider putting together a group to buy it for him together or buy it for him and tell him it’s his Father’s Day + Christmas + next birthday gift.
  • Smart plugs to insert into your electrical outlets at home are budget-friendly gadgets that will give him power over the electrical devices in your house and make him feel like a wizard.
  • Gift cards. If you’ve got a big budget: a gift card to his favourite electronics store. If you’re on a smaller budget: a gift card to a favourite streaming service or online subscription service.
  • Is his phone always running out of battery? Wireless chargers can make a great gift, and most modern smartphones are compatible.
  • Budget idea: Blue-light-filtering glasses. If he spends a lot of his time staring at a screen, his eyes will be very grateful.
  • Experience idea: Have kids, friends and family members record messages telling him why he’s such a great dad. Put them together into one audio file and send it to him so he can store it on his phone and play it whenever he wants.

Father’s Day gifts for creative dads

For the dad whose favourite time is time spent making things.

  • What’s his preferred method of creativity—drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, woodworking or something else? Whatever it is, supplies for his favourite creative hobby make a great gift.
  • Work in his preferred creative medium with the kids to make something for him. If he likes to draw, have them draw a picture of them together. If he likes to write, have them write a story about him. Our friends at Crayola have some great options.
  • Buy him a book that makes you think of him. (Or, if nothing comes to mind, buy him a gift card to a local bookstore or an online store where he can buy an eBook.)
  • Is there an author, artist or musician he admires and looks up to? If they’ve written a book or offer a class on how they do what they do, buy that for him.
  • Budget idea: Buy him supplies for his favourite creative activity—luckily, lots of materials for creative work are budget-friendly.
  • Experience idea: Ask him if there’s a place that inspires him in his creative work. Take the family there for a walk, a hike, a picnic, a tour or some other way to spend time together.

Father’s Day gifts for foodie dads

For the dad who truly does map the route to his heart straight through his stomach.

  • Surprise him with delivery or takeout from his favourite restaurant on Father’s Day. (Or, if you have other plans, a gift card for a future visit is a great idea, too.)
  • Is there a new kitchen gadget he’s had his eye on? Or a kitchen task he dislikes that could be made easier by just the right tool? Find it and surprise him with it as a gift.
  • If he’s a grill master, new grilling tools or a set of seasonings, sauces or rubs are perfect for Father’s Day (which happens to land right in the middle of grilling season).
  • If dad loves food, you know what else he’ll love? Brunch.
  • There are a shocking number of very specific food subscription boxes out there. Find one that he’d love and buy him a subscription for a few months.
  • Treats! Any and all treats!
  • Budget idea: Make him his favourite food. (Seriously. This is the easiest home-run idea you could possibly hope for.)
  • Experience idea: Who’s his favourite chef? Find their most famous recipe and make it together for dinner (or dessert) on Father’s Day.

Father’s Day gifts for outdoorsy dads

For the dad who would probably rather be outside right now.

  • Is he an avid camper, hiker, hunter or fisherman? Buy him a piece of gear you know he needs for his next expedition—a new pole, a backpack, a pair of shoes. (Or, if you don’t know what he’s missing, buy him a gift card to an outdoor sporting goods store and let him pick for himself.)
  • Buy him a nice water bottle or hydration pack to use for his next adventure. Never underestimate the power of good hydration.
  • If his favourite place to be outdoors is his own lawn, get him a new tool to make his yardwork easier.
  • Give him something to make the next time you’re sitting around the campfire a little more fun—an easy fire-starter, a griddle, a set of nice skewers to use for s’mores or something else he’d love.
  • Budget idea: Being outside is hard work. Stock him up with some favourite snacks or energy bars for the next time he gets hungry out in the wilderness.
  • Experience idea: Go on a hike with him on his favourite hiking path or take him camping. (Note: This will mean even more to him if you personally hate hiking or camping.)

Father’s Day gifts for pet dads

For the dad whose pets will always be his kids, whether he has human kids or not.

  • Make a donation to a local pet shelter in his honour. Dads who are passionate about animals care about all animals, not just the ones who live in their house.
  • Find a photo of him and his beloved pet and give it to him as a high-quality framed print or canvas. Or, if they don’t have any great pictures together, set up a photo shoot for the whole family—animals included.
  • Here’s a hint: Most pet lovers will love any excuse to talk or brag about their pets and how much they love them. (We’ve got lots of great gift ideas for pet lovers to get you started.)
  • Did you know they have DNA tests for dogs? If this pet dad wants to get to know his canine companion even better, order one (performed by a painless cheek swab) for him to learn more about his four-legged best friend.
  • Matching gifts for dad and his dog. This could mean matching shirts or bandanas, a water bottle for the dog and matching flask for dad or something else. Does it get any cuter? No. No it does not.
  • Put together a dog park survival kit: a bucket filled with pet wet-wipes, treats, a ball or Frisbee to throw, towels for cleaning off after and a car seat cover to make his car more canine-ready.
  • Budget idea: Give him a gift from his pet (or pets). A new toy to play with together? Some steak they could all share? Finding a fun way to connect with his furry friends is meaningful for any pet dad.
  • Experience idea: For dog dads—everyone to the dog park! For cat dads—spend the day trying to get your cat to express some level of gratitude, or at least acknowledge that it’s Father’s Day.

Father’s Day gifts for handy dads

For the dad who never met a broken thing he couldn’t fix (or at least try).

  • A dad who likes tools can never have too many tools. Buy him a new tool he’s had his eye on, replacing one of his that’s seen better days or giving him a gift card to a hardware store where he can pick out his own.
  • If you’re buying for a dad who’s got plenty of tools but is short on organization, consider buying a toolbox, or maybe even offer to help set up a garage organizational system for him, if that’s one of your strengths.
  • Put together a “we care about you and don’t want you to hurt yourself” gift package: safety glasses, noise-cancelling headphones, work gloves and maybe even a pair of steel-toe boots.
  • Budget idea: There are a few budget-friendly basics every handyman needs (and if they already have one, extras never hurt): a tape measure, a hand saw, a hammer, a crowbar and a pair of pliers.
  • Experience idea: Do a project with him. Building something where everyone can get involved can make a great Father’s Day activity for a dad who loves to work with his hands.

Father’s Day gifts for musical dads

For the dad who’s always got a song in his head and in his heart.

  • If he plays music, find a musical instrument he’s never played and buy it for him. It can even be used. Chances are he’ll love having something new to try.
  • Buy him an accessory for his instrument of choice—a new guitar pick, new drumsticks, some new sheet music for the piano.
  • Find a vinyl record from his favourite band. (Bonus points if it’s his favourite record of theirs, too.)
  • Are you buying for a dad who’s ready to stop just listening to music and step into the spotlight? Two words: karaoke machine.
  • Give him a new pair of good quality headphones to enjoy his favourite tunes anywhere he wants.
  • Budget idea: Work with his kids (or grandkids) to write him a song about what a great dad (or grandpa) he is and how much he’s loved.
  • Experience idea: Tickets to a concert. Or, if that’s not in the cards, create your own concert experience at home—find a good quality recording of his favourite band or performer and watch together at home. (Snacks and drinks not optional.)

Father’s Day gifts for fanboy dads

For the dads so cool they deserve a fan convention to be held in their honour.

  • Does he collect memorabilia from a certain movie or TV show? Find something he doesn’t have and buy it for him to add to his collection.
  • Buy him something comfy to wear during his next movie marathon—sweats, slippers, cozy socks…anything that will lead him straight to maximum lounging.
  • Literally anything with his favourite character on it. Don’t overthink this one. If he likes Star Wars, buy him something Star Wars. He’ll like it. (You can look up favourite characters on Hallmark.com.)
  • Make him an amazing pancake breakfast (or cake for dessert) using these awe-inspiring superhero toppers.
  • Is he a gamer? If so, there’s nothing he’ll like more than sitting on the couch and playing video games with the whole family. (Buying him a new video game is a safe bet, too.)
  • When it comes to fans, a new itty bitty or a Keepsake Ornament is always a good choice.
  • Is he into sports? Buy him a new hat or some new gear from his favourite team. It doesn’t matter if he already has one. When you love a team, you can never have enough.
  • Budget idea: Buy him a month’s subscription to his favourite video streaming service so he can binge-watch his favourite shows (or discover new ones).
  • Experience idea: At-home movie night! Pick a favourite movie (or one he hasn’t seen yet), buy his favourite snacks and have a movie night at home with the family.

There are so many different kinds of dads.

If you don’t see your dad on this list, here are a few tips on how to pick out the perfect gift for any dad.

  • Show him you know him. Buy him something that shows him you know and care about the things in life that mean the most to him.
  • Personalize it. Even if your gift is store-bought, you can personalize it with a card and a message about why you bought it for him and how much he means to you.
  • Share your appreciation. One of the best gifts you can give a dad on Father’s Day is telling him that you see and appreciate what he does. (And the best news—it’s free.)
  • Tell him he’s a good dad. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.