Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18 and it’s time to start thinking about how you want to show appreciation for the favorite dads in your life.
We’ve gathered some Father’s Day gift ideas to help you come up with something Dad will love!
Most dads would appreciate some family time and a good meal (check out all of the fun for Father’s Day in Columbus!), but if you want to get him a gift, here are some ideas that would be useful to a lot of dads.
If you have little money to spend, don’t be afraid to get creative.
Many assume dads won’t appreciate homemade gifts as much, but the drink coaster that I made my dad in 4th grade is still in use on his side table. He doesn’t care what something looks like, as long as it’s functional.
If your dad has specific hobbies that make gifting easy, consider yourself lucky and go with something you’ll know he’ll use.
Local Father’s Day Gifts
BUY LOCAL! Gift cards are a great way to support local businesses. If your dad is local to Columbus, considering buying him a gift card to a favorite attraction, retailer, or restaurant.
Decadent chocolate combines with Watershed Bourbon and is served up with a twist in these sweet and boozy Bourbon Cherry Cordials that stand the test of time. $34.95 purchase online or at any Winan’s retail location.
Distilled with four citrus peels – orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime. It’s basically sunshine in a glass. For the dad that likes gin, gift him a crisp, bright, refreshing and LOCAL upgrade this summer. $29.99 purchase at Watershed Distillery or any Ohio state liquor store.
Dad can go enjoy a happy hour or a Sunday Supper! Purchase online or at Watershed Kitchen + Bar.
Get 10% off Father’s Day gift cards.
Don’t miss the local gift guides at the bottom of this list!
Many of the options below are affordable – and Amazon ships fast, so you’ll get it on time if you order through Prime (it’s a good time to start a trial if you aren’t already a member).
Hobby Gifts for Dad
Outdoor Magazines. If he’s an outdoor lover? Car lover? Grab him a new outdoor magazine subscription!
If your dad isn’t a member at Costco or Sam’s Club, consider getting him a membership.
Even if he doesn’t really need to purchase groceries in bulk – it’s so much more than that. They offer great deals on so many different things including clothing, personal care items, electronics, furniture, outdoor items, automobile services/tires, travel, and more.
Costco offers an amazing return policy (basically forever for most things). The food court is a great place to grab a quick meal – if he has room after all of the samples.
Costco Member Hack: If you’re a member at Costco, you can purchase a gift card for him to shop without needing a membership.
Personal Care Father’s Day gifts
Shaving brushes and shaving soaps are back in style as the best way to get a close comfortable shave.
Pair it with a few of his favorite razors, aftershave, or a set of inexpensive DORCO razors (same razors supplied through Dollar Shave Club), and he’ll get a smooth shave every time.
Duke Cannon Personal Care Products are made for men to smell like men (in a good way). Grab him a bar of soap like Big American Bourbon Soap, Beer Soap for Men, or go for the Big Ass Brick of Soap Set.
They also sell a hunting scent eliminator, Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm, cologne, hair care, and more. Reviews are fantastic for this brand, so you can’t go wrong.
Gear: Favorite team gear is always a great choice too – grab him a new hat or shirt!
Food and Drink Father’s Day Gift Ideas
If your dad is as hard to buy for as mine, favorite food gifts may just be the best choice. Consumable gifts are a great option because they aren’t something that will sit around and collect dust.
In a basket for my dad, I would include homemade cookies or brownies, cheeses (nothing fancy for him), black jelly beans or other candy, nuts, drink mixes, a few soft drinks, chips, and a can of Spam. While they may not be the healthiest choices, they’re what he’d enjoy and won’t hurt him to have on occasion.
Create a poster for dad featuring a clever saying and his favorite snacks! Pinterest is a great place for ideas for this.
Local beer, wine, liquor
Find all the best options via Drink Up Columbus. Whether they open these for the party, or enjoy them another time, beverages are always appreciated.
Better yet, take him on one of these beverage trails and enjoy some beverages with him.
- Columbus Coffee Trail
- Columbus Ale Trail
- Columbus Distillery Trail
- Gahanna’s Herbal Cocktail Trail
- Celtic Cocktail Trail
- Route 33 Brew Trail
Keep his favorite beer cold from start to finish with a Bottle Keeper, which keep his beer cold and seals the bottle when the lid is on.
If he prefers a stiffer drink, these whiskey stones (with 12k reviews!) will keep his drink cool without diluting like ice does.
Tools and Outdoor Gifts for Dad
Flashlights are one of those things of which you can never have too many. They never seem to be where you need them, when you need them. Grab a new one for your dad (including batteries) at any store, or get him this waterproof, floatable flashlight that has great reviews if he’s likely to be around water.
If he’s more likely to be in the garage than near a river, a Dorcy Pro Series 200-Lumen Weather Resistant LED Magnetic Headlight with Tripod features a unique wrappable and magnetic design that allows him to affix it to any area in which he needs to direct the light.
Grab him a cooling towel to keep from overheating during yard work or outdoor sports or golf. There are tons of options (get one for yourself while you’re at it). Hot tip: these are amazing to use at amusement parks too!
It’s hot. Keep dad cool with a portable neck fan. Does it look amazing? No. But it’s perfect for camping, yard work, sporting events, or other activities where dad needs a breeze. These work great, so don’t knock it until you try it!
If he enjoys cooking, every kitchen needs a cast-iron skillet. A pre-seasoned Lodge cast iron skillet will become his new favorite pan. They are non-stick (if cared for properly) can go from stovetop to oven and even campfire or grill, and will last for decades.
If he’s set on using non-stick pans, get him a new one. Non-stick pans need replaced every few years as the coating starts to flake off, which can add toxins to your food. This inexpensive non-stick skillet was rated the best by Cook’s Illustrated because it stayed exceptionally slick with a durable nonstick coating that provides top performance and even heat in cooking.
Other obvious options are grilling gear such as grill pans, meat branding irons, new grill tools, or even a gift basket of BBQ rubs and sauces.
Tech Gifts for Dad
Whether your dad is tech savvy or not, he can definitely use Alexa Dot or Show to ask questions, listen to the news, or check the weather. If he IS tech savvy, he can work on making his house smarter so he can control lights, thermostat, and more with it.
We are a big fan of these smart plugs! You can control anything you plug in with your phone or your smart hub (Alexa or Google Hub). Turn things on or off while you’re away or in another room, or set timed intervals.
Video doorbells are a great upgrade for safety and security. Once they are set up, they are easy to use for anyone with a smartphone. We personally have a Ring doorbell, but other great options exist. It’s a pricier gift, but if you have siblings to contribute to the gift, its a good group gift.
If your dad is as concerned about the weather as my dad, he may enjoy a Wireless Advanced Weather Station with Temperature, Dew Point, Barometer and Humidity. The sensor can be installed indoor or outdoor to give up to the minute readings on exactly what’s going on outside, along with the forecast based on up to the minute readings.
Books and Magazines
If he’d rather relax in a hammock with some good reads, order him his favorite magazine subscription or two.
Consumer Reports are a popular choice
Renew his newspaper subscription or get him a new one. Yes – people still read actual newspapers! (especially older generations)
Gift card bonus offers
Applebee’s: Buy a $50 gift card at Applebee’s and get a $10 bonus card — from April 11 to June 25. The bonus card expires Aug. 7.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Buy a $50 electronic gift card at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and get a $10 bonus card. The offer ends June 18. The bonus card is valid June 20 to July 10.
Bonefish Grill: From April 18 to June 18, buy a $50 gift card at Bonefish Grill and get a $10 bonus. The $10 off coupon can be redeemed June 20 to Aug. 20.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Gather the family and enjoy a meal at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. For every $50 spent in gift cards, receive a $10 bonus — from April 19 to June 18. The $10 off coupon can be redeemed from June 20 to Aug. 20.
Chili’s: Enjoy Tex-Mex and margaritas at Chili’s. Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card — from April 21 to June 25. The bonus card is valid April 22 to July 30.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: All Einstein Bros. Bagels gift cards purchased online through June 23 are 20% off.
IHOP: Hop over to IHOP for breakfast (or any other meal). From April 4 to July 9, buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card. The bonus card expires Aug. 20.
McAlister’s Deli: Receive a $5 eReward (online) or physical reward voucher (in-store) at McAlister’s Deli for every $25 purchased in gift cards.
Moe’s Southwest Grill: Enjoy burritos and more at Moe’s Southwest Grill. For every $25 in gift cards purchased online or in-restaurant, receive $5 Moe Rewards.
On The Border: Through June 30, buy a $50 gift card at On The Border and get a $10 bonus card.
Outback Steakhouse: Buy a $50 gift card at Outback Steakhouse and enjoy a $10 bonus.
Panda Express: Treat the family to orange chicken at Panda Express. Enjoy a FREE Panda Bowl with the purchase of $30 gift card online.
Red Lobster: Buy a $50 gift card at Red Lobster and receive a coupon good for $10 off your next order of $30 or more.
Red Robin: Buy a $50 gift card at Red Robin and get $5 Bonus Bucks.
Subway: Get a FREE 6-inch sub at Subway with the purchase of a $25 gift card.
Gift card bonus offers were first posted over at Living on the Cheap and reposted with permission.
You’ll find other ideas in these gift guides we created throughout the year
(note that since some of these are holiday specific, prices or specials may be slightly different)
White Elephant Gift Ideas – if you want something silly for your dad
Father’s Day is about showing the dads in your life how much you love and appreciate them. If you can, spend some time with them and put a little thought into buying them gifts you know they’ll appreciate without breaking the bank.
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