Fathers Day Gift Guide

If you’d like to skip all the boring reading stuff, you can jump directly to my Pinterest board of Fathers Day gift ideas here.

Fathers Day is upon us once again, and if you’re anything like me, your dad is one of the most difficult people to shop for in your life! It seems that when you’re shopping for men, your options get more limited…cologne/ties/golf supplies. But what if your dad hates cologne, doesn’t wear ties, and hasn’t played golf in years? Well then, you’re outta luck.

Just kidding. I’ve put together a little gift guide on Pinterest (linked above) and I’ll give you a few suggestions here as well. These may not be the ideal suggestions for you, but hopefully they will give you some ideas for a starting point. Don’t blame me if you try these and they don’t work out for you though! Ultimately the decision is up to you, so you’re on your own with this one!

Step 1: Think about what your dad likes. This should be obvious, but alot of us panic and wind up buying traditional Fathers Day gifts like a tie, or a cologne set. There is nothing wrong with either of those things, but your gift will go over much better if it’s something your dad actually can use. Instead of a generic drugstore cologne set, try one of the Sephora sets that samples different brands of cologne and includes a certificate for a full size of the one he likes best. That way, he isn’t stuck with a set of products in the same scent in case he doesn’t like it. Be prepared for the possibility that he might send you to the mall to cash in the certificate for him!

If you really want to be a good offspring, make a list of your dads interests. What movies, sports, tv shows, and brands does he like? Giving yourself a clear starting point is alot less daunting than roaming a store with no object in mind, especially this close to a holiday when alot of people are giving gifts. Once you have your list made, you can figure out around how much you’d like to spend, and start checking out online shops that sell the things you’ve listed.

Skincare Products: Are generally not the kind of thing that dads will buy for themselves. But before you buy these, ask yourself if your dad will actually USE them, or if they’ll wind up in the back of a drawer. If you decide to go this route, start with the basics and don’t go with overly complicated products (like masks). Also be mindful of the scent and if possible, pick products specifically for men. Cleansers, moisturizers, and lipbalm could all work, depending on the guy. If in doubt, you could try a 3 month, 6 month, or 1 year subscription to Birchbox Man, so he can try some deluxe samples and easy into the world of skincare. They also include some little gadgets, accessories and lifestyle items occasionally. Also take a look at their special gift sets. If your dad is someone who already has a skincare routine, you’ll have to be more selective with the products you buy.

Clothing: First and foremost, if you’re going to pick clothing, make sure you know the size. Sounds pretty obvious, but leave no room for guessing here. Alot of men prefer to buy their own clothes, so if you’re struggling with the “will he even wear this?” question, you might want to consider a giftcard for clothing instead. If you’re sure you want to go with clothes, you might want to look for darker colors or whatever is closer to his comfort zone.

Accessories/Jewelry: Cufflinks and watches can make great gifts for men. Pay attention to the style of jewelry he already wears and try to stick close to those lines. If he’s not a jewelry kind of person and you choose to risk it, make sure you keep the receipt. It also helps to know what kind of metals he prefers. Some men I know will only wear silver, so its good to know that sort of thing. Also, cufflinks aren’t going to do him any good if he doesn’t own a shirt he can wear them with.

Tools: I think a common mistake alot of people make is to buy a guy a random tool, and assume that because he uses tools, he’ll love it. This is one of those things where you have to pay attention. If he’s mentioned a specific drill, wrench, or whatever he’d like, then you’re set. If he hasn’t, it might be better to look at tools for yard work, as those might be a little more forgiving. (If he does yard work, that is). Another alternative is a multipurpose tool or a nice set. If you really want to buy individual tools, try looking for things that have a cool factor, some sort of unique feature that makes them more interesting.

Sports Equipment: This can be a good gift idea if your dad is really into a specific sport or outdoor activity. It’s another area that can be a little tricky though, so it helps to know what you’re looking for. If you’re clueless about golf, for example, try reading reviews before buying golf equipment. (Although really, you should do that for everything that you can).

Gadgets: Alot of men love tech gadgets, so this can be a fun but generally pricey gift. Kindles, Ipads, Ipods, speakers, and cellphones will all get you some major brownie points. If your dad isn’t tech saavy and you want to go this route to get him more involved in technology, make sure you pick something that doesn’t have a steep learning curve. I wouldn’t say cellphones are an ideal gift unless you’re sure which kind he wants, but like everything else it just depends on the man.

Homemade Gifts: You don’t have to spend alot of money to give a good gift. Just like when you were a little kid, the best gifts come from the heart. (Usually… 😉 You can find alot of cool crafts, ideas, and recipes on Pinterest. Draw something, paint something, build something, whatever it is that you’re good at. If you can’t make anything, try just helping him out with something or take him to do something fun and spend some time together. Take lots of pictures. Just remember that not all fathers are as sentimental as mothers are, so something sweet that you craft for your mother might not have the same effect on your father.

If you’re out of time and out of options, don’t be afraid to go with a giftcard. Home depot, Amazon, Bass Pro Shop; there are plenty of options out there, just choose a place he will actually shop at (less important if he shops online). Nobody wants a giftcard to a place that doesn’t sell anything they use. Itunes cards are cool if your dad has an ipad, iphone, or ipod because he can buy apps, movies, music, etc. The most important thing is to remember that the whole point of the day is just to show your dad that he’s loved and appreciated, so try not to stress too much about the gift.

Also, take my opinions with a grain of salt. This is just to get you started, you know your dad and what he likes. None of these are ‘rules’ they are just suggestions. Good luck shopping! So, what are you getting your dad for Fathers Day? And to those of you who don’t have fathers, or they are no longer with you, I hope you can use the day to appreciate the other men in your life and what they do.

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