101 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

by jessicaturner on May 29, 2012

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Guys can be hard to shop for, can’t they? If you haven’t shopped yet for Father’s Day gifts, hopefully this list of will help you find the perfect gift! I have categorized the ideas by type to make it easy to find what the dad(s) in your life will love.


  1. Movie tickets
  2. Concert tickets
  3. Favorite series on DVD (Game of Thrones, MadMen, Dexter, Justified, Community, The Office, Breaking Bad and Sopranos)
  4. Favorite movie
  5. Blue ray player
  6. Subscription to Netflix
  7. Poker kit
  8. iTunes gift card
  9. Nintendo Wii
  10. PlayStation 3
  11. Xbox 360
  12. Subscription to Hulu+
  13. Dartboard
  14. A fun getaway trip (check out Expedia.com for lots of deals)
  15. Gift card to his favorite restaurant



  1. Golf gift certificates
  2. Tickets to a sporting event
  3. Athletic wear
  4. Gym membership
  5. Work out equipment
  6. Running shoes
  7. Fitbit Charge Activity/Sleep Tracker
  8. Sports collectibles
  9. Sports team print or canvas
  10. Sports bar gift card
  11. Favorite team athletic wear
  12. Autographed memorabilia
  13. Sports Illustrated: Only $5!
  14. ESPN Magazine
  15. Baseball hat or gift card to lids



  1. Camping gear (Maybe this cool Rayovac SE3DLN Sportsman Xtreme 300-Lumen LED Lantern)
  2. Hunting gear (My dad always loves hunting gloves)
  3. Biking gear (Lots of cool stuff here)
  4. Fitness Gear
  5. Grilling accessories
  6. Subscription to Field & Stream Magazine



  1. Joby Gorillatorch Adjustable and Flexible Tripod Flashlight, Gray (I got one of these for my Dad and he loves it!)
  2. Toolkit (Home improvement stores always have sales on lots of different kinds of kits this time of year)
  3. Bucket Boss 56-Pocket Bucket Tool Organizer (If your guy doesn’t have one of these, they are so awesome!)
  4. Stud Finder (a good stud finder can make all t he difference!)
  5. Ladder
  6. Wonder Winder Hand Crank Extension Cord Winder (this looks amazing)
  7. Leatherman Pocket Multi-Tool (every guy needs one of these. We gave them as groomsmen gifts in our wedding!)
  8. Cordless Screwdriver
  9. Black & Decker 6-Volt Handisaw Cordless Powered Hand Saw
  10. Black & Decker RRW100 Ratcheting ReadyWrench (we gave these to our dads last year)
  11. Garage Parking Sensor (perfect for a small garage or tight parking spot)
  12. Black & Decker All-In-One SureGrip Laser Level (cool tool!)
  13. Swiss+Tech MMCSSS Micro-Max 19-in-1 Keychain Multitool
  14. Standard Digital Tire Gauge (a digital tire gauge – I want one!)
  15. Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool for OBDII Vehicles (no more taking your car in when the check engine light goes on – this will tell the issue.)
  16. Car care products




  1. Photo canvas from Canvas People
  2. Photo book (make a hardcover 5×7 book from My Publisher)
  3. Framed photos that say “I Love Daddy” (like the ones above from my friend Leila!)
  4. Hand-stamped keychain
  5. Hand-stamped catch-all bowl
  6. Custom phone cover
  7. Photo Calendar
  8. A “coupon” book with coupons for his favorite things – dinner, chores, kisses, etc. (check out this free download)



  1. iPhone
  2. iPhone tripod
  3. iPad
  4. iPad case (maybe this one with a keyboard)
  5. Wireless mouse
  6. Bluetooth headset
  7. earbuds
  8. Beats Pill Portable Speaker
  9. Phone docking station (We love our Powermat – and it works with just about ANY phone or gadget)
  10. mophie for iphone
  11. Apple gift card
  12. Garmin GPS


Apparel and Style (Check out Rue La La for great deals on men’s and women’s clothing)

  1. Watch
  2. Tie
  3. Belt
  4. Sunglasses
  5. SwissGear backpack
  6. Travel bag
  7. Lisa Leonard hand-stamped leather cuff
  8. Cologne (we love the Gap cologne Deep)
  9. Wallet
  10. Money clip
  11. Electric shaver
  12. Bath and body products
  13. TOMS or another great pair of shoes (I always find awesome deals on Shoebuy.com, plus their return policy is awesome.)



  1. A new bible (Definitely check out the new The Voice translation)
  2. Devotional (My Utmost for His Highest – a leather edition which will be a keepsake for years to come)
  3. Bible on CD or iTunes
  4. A popular Christian book
  5. Inspirational print (check out DaySpring for lots of options and receive free shipping on $25+ order with the coupon code shipping25 (through June 9))
  6. Journal
  7. A donation in his name to World Vision



  1. Kindle
  2. NOOK Color
  3. Booklight
  4. A good book (Steve Jobs (biography); Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (fiction); or Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (business/motivation)
  5. Book from child (Darth Vader and Son , Because I Am Your Daddy)
  6. Newspaper subscription (your local paper, New York Times, USA Today)
  7. Time magazine: Only $5


What would you add to this list?

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie May 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

Thanks for the ideas got a couple off the list :)


jessicaturner May 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

Awesome. That is why I did it – to inspire others.


Heather May 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

Great Ideas!


jessicaturner May 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

Thank you!


Kasey Krawiec May 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

Love the free coupon printable… thanks for passing that along! XO


jessicaturner May 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

My pleasure!


jen webb May 29, 2012 at 9:49 am

Wow! That’s a lot of links! Great gift ideas. Thanks for compiling this.


jessicaturner May 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

WHEW! Yes it is. :) I hope it is helpful. I had a lot of fun doing it and found a couple great ideas for the dads in my life.


Patricia/nyc May 29, 2012 at 10:02 am

Great ideas!
I would also add a gift card for a massage, a basket of skin care (especially moisturizer with SPF (Kiehl’s makes a great one), shaving stuff, etc.)

Thanks for compiling this list!


Kathy {opposite of grey} May 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

I think today is the last day for the free Ellen shutterfly book promo? I need to remember to put one together/order one tonight! Planning on giving that to hubby as part of his Father’s Day gifts this year.


Anne S. May 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Love this list! Always amazed at those who can put together something this comprehensive! Do you know if the ESPN offer is still available? I’ve tried ordering it, but it says it’s not valid. Thanks again!


Kerry @ Made For Real June 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm

G-ma & G-pa take the kids! A “quiet” day… Wait. What’s that??


Cassie June 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Thanks so much for the really great ideas!!! I was just feeling clueless this morning… :)


jessicaturner June 4, 2012 at 7:31 am

So glad it helped!


Sarah B R June 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I make either a photo collage or slide show of the best photos of daddy with kiddo since last father’s day. It’s great to look at even long after :-)


jessicaturner June 4, 2012 at 7:30 am

I made a photo book for Matthew one year that was very similar!


Patty June 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

We always have the boys fill out a little “fill in the blank” about Dad … My dad is … and a bunch of questions that they fill in the blanks. Same questions every year age 2-10yrs (of child) and then after age 10 they write a poem or note. We put these in a book with a few photos of them and dad for the year, so each year the book (photo album) grows up with them and gets more full of good memories. It’s a hand-made treasure (not too expensive, but priceless). It is never too late to start this tradition. Next year you may wish you did it this year :)


jessicaturner June 4, 2012 at 7:30 am

I love, love, love this idea! Would you be willing to share the questions?


Patty June 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

My daddy is ______ years old.
He weighs ________ and is __________ tall.
His hair is ________________ and his eyes are _______________.
My dad loves to ________________ and he likes to wear ________________.
He loves to cook ________________________.
His favorite chore is _____________________________.
His favorite TV show is ______________________________.
His favorite song is _______________________________.
Daddy always tells me _____________________________.
It makes him happy when __________________________.
When my dad shops he likes to buy ___________________________.
If he could go on a trip, he would go _________________________ and he would take ____________________.
I really love it when my daddy ____________________________.

We have gotten some funny and sweet answers … I ask the children their answers in separate rooms so they don’t influence one another. As they age, the answers become less hilarious (like my dad is “this big” tall and weighs “one pound” and his favorite chore is “wiping the counters” to something more sweet like I really love it when dad and I cuddle and read our Bible together. Treasures. If they add in any of their own ideas, I just write those down too. Like, my seven year old one year ended with “My daddy is AWESOME!” and I put that in the list. If your family isn’t into much TV (as ours is growing into being a very sparing TV watching fam) you could put “HIs favorite game or board game …

Hope this helps many :) I got this list from Once Upon A Family when they were in business.


ScottySauce June 4, 2012 at 12:51 am

Where the heck are the top kitchen ideas! BOOO!!!!


jessicaturner June 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

I did mention BBQ. :) Something to remember for next year. I didn’t say it was exhaustive. :)


Patty June 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

It would be impossible to do an exhaustive list … you did a great job putting a lot of effort into getting us many links. That took a lot of precious time on your part — and for free to all of us. Thanks.


Victoria@snailpacetransformations June 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

I love how you thought of every type of guy and not just the sports and outdoor types! My husband would rather read all day to relax! So he is probably getting a kindle gift card for his beloved kindle.


Amanda June 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Thanks Jess! I clicked the link to your power mat and it took me to the wrong site – can you please fix? And what model do you havE? I want to buy one but they’re not getting great reviews on Amazon… Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks, Amanda


jessicaturner June 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

So sorry about that. I would fix it but every time I go into the post the code gets wonky and I have to redo ALL of the bullets. Here it is: http://www.amazon.com/Powermat-PMM-PT100-Portable-with-Powercube/dp/B002JCSAWM/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1338923941&sr=8-7 Like I said, we love it – and have been using it for more than two years.


Kelley June 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

My hubby is soooo hard to buy for, but I found several things in this list I know he’d enjoy. Thanks a TON!!


Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog December 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this list! It gave me several ideas for the men on my christmas list this year!!

Blue Eyed Beauty Blog


Sophie Paraha February 1, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Thanks for the awesome ideas but my dad is quite musical so maybe that’s what you’re missing ?


Patty February 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Maybe some of the ideas under entertainment fit for a musically oriented person (concert tickets?) … also, a CD or I-Tunes card are in that list. You could put together a gift box with a CD, some snacks he enjoys, tickets to a concert … Just thinking off the top of my head. Or a gift card to the local music store if he plays music so he can buy upgrades to his instrument, etc.


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Caroline Edwards May 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

We’d like to add our personalised My dad.. book to your list!
Have a look at a virtual demo book http://www.love2read.co.uk/index.php?option=com_createbook&task=demo&bid=10


Debsie Martha Ellanora Elizabeth Victoria Ann Williams June 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

Hated this website couldn’t find ANYTHING for my husband. Could not be worse, don’t waste your time on this website. Not usefull, I have been researching all morning and by far this is the worst website.

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Daclaud Lee June 14, 2014 at 11:24 pm

I was wondering what would be the best gift for a father who is in the nursing home due to a stroke? Since he is unable to move around, there is not much I can really give him that is on this list. He does not watch movies and does not listen to music, so tech devices are not going to work. I was thinking some kind of inanimate object like a statue or vase, but I don’t want it to look tacky. Plants are not going to work because the care takers will not water them and neither will he.


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