Christmas Gift Ideas For Dad

Dad and daughter in kitchen laughing while baking Christmas cookies

 

Santa’s coming to town, but there’s another guy in your life who deserves a lot more than milk and cookies—your dad!

Even if your father is at the very top of your list this year, that doesn’t mean he’s easy to shop for. But don’t fret; we have a variety of Christmas gift ideas for dad, from budget-friendly, do-it-yourself creations to unique and interesting experiences he’ll always remember.

Personalized Gifts

In this age of hi-tech everything, handcrafted, personalized items are becoming more and more valued. Both local and online engravers can add a personal note (even in your own handwriting!) to just about anything. Think about something your dad sees often, like the inside of a wallet, to show him how much he means to you long after the holidays are over.

Image with watercolors and a brush

Memory And Gratitude Jar

For an inexpensive gift that will have a lasting impact, all you have to do is search your memory bank. Type or write a long list of your favorite memories, funny stories, compliments, words of gratitude, etc. and cut them into strips of paper to fill a lidded jar or decorative wooden box. Reading them again and again will never get old, especially as the years go by. It’s also a great gift from the whole family and can easily be contributed to across the miles.

Memory and Gratitude Jar filled with strips of paper  with various messages

Gift Card Tribute

Maybe you’ve seen those poster boards with candy bars that are strategically placed to form a message. On a smaller scale, you can use gift cards to create a similar gift for dad. All you need is a piece of card stock and some gift cards to illustrate your message. Here’s an example:

Thanks for everything, Dad.
I’ll never be able to repay you for all those years of driving me around
(gas card), putting food on the table (grocery card), and keeping a roof over my head (home improvement card). But I hope you know how grateful I am and how lucky I feel (lottery ticket) to call you Dad!

Acts Of Service

Another budget-friendly gift idea for dad is simply lending a hand when he needs it. Depending on where he lives, commit to giving him a break from shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, washing the car, and so on.

If you’re unable to be there physically, you could always hire help or a service for something he needs such as car detailing or a snow removal service.

Last Minute Gifts

Just because you might be scrambling to get a gift doesn’t mean it has to lack in thoughtfulness. Sometimes a simple gift paired with a Christmas card speaks volumes.

Choose your favorite picture of the two of you and put it in a reclaimed wood frame. Include a personal note inside a card—something heartfelt that delivers a compliment, appreciation or gratitude. Need some ideas? Check out some of our suggestions on Christmas messages for dad.

Dad and daughter picture in a reclaimed wood frame

It also helps to think of things you can pair with other things. For example, this witty beer glass and bottle opener would go great with a 12-pack of his favorite beer.

Now that you’ve nailed the toughest gift on your list, it’s even more fun to look forward to Christmas Day knowing your dad will love his present. Give yourself some holiday cheers for a job well done and get out there and enjoy the season. Happy gifting!

Buy A Digital Gift Card

In a rush? No time to visit stores in search of the perfect gift? Pair a digital gift card with a personalized Christmas ecard, for fast delivery to the recipient. Simply select the retailer you’d like to purchase a gift card from then you’ll enter the name and email of the recipient and send. If you’re an AG member you only pay the amount of the egift card. We also have a checkout as guest option for a $1.99 fee. Browse our selection of retailers to choose from including Sephora, Nike, Starbucks, Fandango, Target, and more!

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