Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16 and it’s time to start thinking about how you want to show appreciation for the favorite dads in your life.
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. Many of these options are all under $45 and most are well under that price – 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).
If you have little money to spend, don’t be afraid to get creative. People 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.
My dad is notoriously hard to buy for. He’s retired and doesn’t have many hobbies other than rebuilding classic cars. One year I made him a photo collage of the favorite cars he’s rebuilt in the last several years. He likes to be able to show people the cars once he’s sold them, so this was something he could take along to car shows if he wants – or just set on his stand as a memory of the cars. It was a simple and inexpensive gift. I just had my mom email me photos of the cars, uploaded them into a collage design in the drugstore online photo center that I used, picked up the print a day later, and put it in a 8×10 frame that I bought at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon.
Don’t miss the local gift guides at the bottom of this list!
Hobby Gifts for Dad
2019 City of Columbus Golf Course Fathers Day Gift Card Sale (purchase from May 8, 2019 – June 16, 2019). Call 614-645-3221 with questions, or order online.
- Buy $100 in Gift Cards – Receive $20 Bonus
- Buy $200 in Gift Cards – Receive $50 Bonus
Cards are available at all 6 Golf Courses
- Airport – 614-645-3127
- Champions – 614-645-7111
- Mentel Memorial – 614-645-3050
- Raymond Memorial – 614-645-3276
- Turnberry – 614-645-2582
- Wilson Road – 614-645-3221
Outdoor Magazines. If he’s an outdoor 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 gifts for Dad
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 Gift Ideas
If your dad is as hard to buy for as mine, favorite food gifts may just be the best option. 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 (he hates plain water), 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.
There are many options for dads who enjoy a drink now and then. He can make his own batches of beer with a Mr. Beer Premium Beer Kit.
If he prefers a stiffer drink, these whiskey stones will keep his drink cool without diluting like ice does.
Tools and Outdoor Gifts for Dad
For an adventure seeking dad, this Bear Grylls Survival Bracelet is made up of 12 feet of paracord that can be used in a pinch for camping, boating, hunting, hiking, and more. Whether he’s out in the wilderness or just the backyard, a Bear Grylls Compact Multi-tool features that 10 tools in 1 will give him the essentials to handle many tasks. If you’re looking for something smaller, a keychain multi-tool is the size of a standard key and clips onto your keyring for 6 tools in 1. I’ve purchased this one for all of my male relatives.
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. Or the bulb or battery is dead. 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.
Toolboxes can be heavy and almost impossible to carry around the house easily. The Bucket Boss Tool Organizer fits into a standard 5 gallon bucket (buy separately) and will help keep his favorite tools together and make them easy to transport.
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).
If he’s as comfortable with tools as he in the kitchen, these tool-inspired gadgets are quirky and useful in the kitchen. He can cut his pizza with a Circular Saw Pizza Cutter, slice a cake with a Table Saw Knife, or use this Beer Hammer for a project and then flip it over to use the bottle opener to enjoy a beer after his hard work.
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 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.
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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 you can splurge for the Pro version, I’d recommend that one for better features and video quality). Costco often offers a good deal on these if you are a member, so that’s worth checking out.
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)
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.