Get Dad What He Really Wants This Father’s Day

Get Dad What He Really Wants This Father’s Day

Use these seven tips to get Dad an out-of-the-ordinary gift he’ll love this Father’s Day.

By: Roo Ciambriello


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The men have it easy when it comes to Mother's Day: flowers, lunch out, a gift certificate to the local spa, a card signed by the kids and they're golden. Mom is elated.

Father's Day, however, seems to be a bit of a trickier beast. The go-to socks and ties are fine, but they're probably not the most exciting gifts a dad could get. Here are some ideas for getting out of that ho-hum Father's Day gift rut.

1. Send Him to School
When is the last time Dad learned something new or tried a different hobby? Sign Dad up for a local class in which he might be interested. How about golf lessons, a graphic design class or a poetry workshop?

2. Make it Sentimental
Have your kids write messages to Dad on a ceramic mug with a Sharpie. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, and now Dad has a great keepsake for corralling pens at the office.

3. Invest in His Health
Gift him with fun ways to stay healthy — a cool pedometer, sneakers and a nice gym bag are all fun options and still practical. Plus, new gear can sometimes provide inspiration to keep working towards fitness goals.

4. Get a Little Crazy
Has Dad always wanted to go skydiving, bungee jumping or parasailing? Get a gift certificate for an experience he'll always remember, and volunteer for the family to come along, take pictures and cheer him on!

5. Give Him Gift That Keeps on Giving
There are great monthly subscription services that will send a gift to Dad's front door every month. No driving or wrapping required. They range anywhere from beverage-of-the-month clubs to specialty cheeses to men's accessories. The best part is he’ll remember your Father’s Day gift for an entire year.

6. Think Outside the Box
Let him enjoy his Father's Day gift from the comfort of his armchair (or office chair or man-cave). A subscription to a TV or movie service or a fun online class provides hours of entertainment!

7. Find Accessories for His Favorite Tech Gear
A great case for his tablet or a cell phone, a new set of earbuds, or a laptop bag. Some companies offer personalized cases and accessories, so the kids can help design the gift or you can use fun photos.

Bonus Tip: For a gift that truly keeps on giving — and the perfect gift for the dad who likes to look sharp ­— get him a Gillette razor subscription. He’ll never run out of razor blades again.

Finally, remember: It’s a full day dedicated to Dad! While it’s fun to find the perfect gift, don’t forget to spend time with those men in your life that mean so much to you and your family. Find even more fun ideas on how to make this Father’s Day unforgettable here.

Roo is a freelance writer, creator of the humor blog Nice Girl Notes and lover of DIY crafting and style. She has worked on social media campaigns for brands ranging from Lego to Disney Baby.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful suggestions, very new and unique ideas indeed. A father is neither a sail to take us there now an anchor to hold us back. He is a guiding light who shows us the way through his love. Happy Father's Day to all fathers.

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