Father’s Day is coming up, so let’s talk gift ideas. There are the traditional ideas like the mug-with-child’s handprints on it but you can only do that so often, so here are my ideas for some Father’s Day presents that are sure to be appreciated (and discount codes on them if I could find them)! I’ve divided them up into unusual gifts, subscription gifts, and other.
Father’s Day Gifts: Unusual Items
Photo personalization – we’ve done a lot of the traditional items (fridge magnets never fail), but the one I’m liking this year is personalized Scrabble or Monopoly. Target Photo has the personalized Monopoly and is having a Father’s Day sale with 25% off of all ship-to-home orders with code 25OFFALL (good through 6/8 at midnight), or you could try GIFT20 too. The photo is an example from their site – you can choose from 20+ styles, so the problem will be not going insane with choices. You can do just the center of the board with photos, family name, etc., or you can add photos to all of the properties if you get more into it. You can pretty much customize as much as you want, with different photo placement, fonts, colors, etc.. Or go with the Scrabble option, or just a customized deck of cards or water bottle if the whole thing seems like too much.
I love this personalized framed Pin Your Journeys United States Map (from the New York Times Store, of all places). Use code 20DAD for 20% off. They have amazing presents in general especially if you have a history or memorabilia buff in the family, but definitely not cheap. You could also make your own version as a family by buying a map and having the kids draw pictures for special places (could even be a town or state map), or using pushpins to show places they’ve been with dad.
An old-school fountain pen could also be a neat gift, especially if the kids are always stealing all of dad’s pens – get him something special for just him. The Parker Urban Fountain Pen Medium Point Black with Gold Trim Kit with 4 Ink Cartridges is a great price and well reviewed, or there are literally tens of thousands of other options out there to go as basic or as fancy as you’d like.
Father’s Day Gifts: Yummy Subscriptions
If dad’s a coffee drinker, what about a coffee gift subscription? Many big chains have them, but I liked this one from Coffee.Club– it’s small batch, hand roasted coffee, sustainably sourced. You can pick the coffee drinker’s roast profile, if they want ground or whole bean,etc., and the length of the gift (from one-time only up to a twelve-month subscription). Then dad gets different coffee every month based on his preferences and it’s stuff you never would’ve come across otherwise.
Or if dad’s a tea-drinker, check out Teavana’s Tea of the Month or Build-Your-Own tea subscriptions. You can choose a three-month subscription or an ongoing subscription. Teavana’s current promotion is free tea with a $50 purchase with code TROPIC – I couldn’t find anything better out there. We have bought Teavana Tea before and liked it, and they have really good customer service if you have questions about the teas or anything else related.
There are lots of other options out there – you could do beer or wine if that’s what dad drinks, but I was thinking this post was about stuff that could be from the kids, too, so didn’t want to go too much into those.
You could also do a food gift (Omaha Steaks is having a Father’s Day sale and those are really good, if you want one to order from online). Or a really cute homemade one would be to go to the grocery store with the kids and have them pick out dad’s favorite foods, and then put them all into a cooler or a basket with some drawings. One year we did salsas and related items and went to a specialty store and the kids loved picking out spicy food items for the gift (chosen entirely by the pictures on the labels, but that’s okay).
Father’s Day Gifts: Other Options:
Outdoor equipment is always good this time of year. Sierra Trading Post has a Father’s Day Gift Guide with some of their popular items on sale, from fishing gear to hiking sticks and golf equipment, and tons of items on sale right now. It’s worth price comparing with EMS, another big outdoor retailer, though, because EMS has a coupon code (SALE20) for 20% off one regular, sale, or clearance item. It does have exclusions, though, like certain brands, so it really depends what you’re looking to buy.
I know the stereotypical gifts are electronics or power tools for dad, but I’m not going to be much help here, so I’d say to go to a retailer or check Amazon for deals. I know enough to know when I don’t know enough!
Pictures are courtesy of Target Photo, the New York Times Store, Amazon, Coffee.Club, Teavana, and the author.