Father’s Day gift guide

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They’re the strong protectors and fearless leaders, the guys who give us the best advice and love us unconditionally. So it’s only natural to want to recognize our dads with meaningful gifts that go beyond the “Best Dad Ever” coffee mug, the power tools, or the grilling set.

These Father’s Day gift ideas go the extra mile in an effort to inspire and help you create lasting memories long after the holiday is over.

Breakfast in bed

Is there really anything better than eating breakfast without having to leave the comforts of bed? Didn’t think so. Breakfast in bed may seem like a small gesture, but it’s one he’ll appreciate, especially the busy dads who don’t usually eat a hearty breakfast or skip it entirely.   

Start his Father’s Day with some of his favorite breakfast staples, or a little bit of everything if he’s not picky! If the thought of waking up extra early to make breakfast is daunting, consider a breakfast casserole you can prepare the night before; all you have to do is wake up and pop it in the oven.

breakfast in bed

“Open when” card bundle

Father’s Day comes only once a year, but you can give a gift that continues to celebrate Dad in every season. An “open when” card bundle is the perfect gift that keeps on giving.

You can purchase a card bundle or easily make your own. Buy various cards for different occasions (we recommend at least 10 cards) and label the envelopes with “open when” moments. Here are some ideas:

  • Open when you need a pick-me-up
  • Open when you want to read something funny
  • Open on a vacation day

The idea is that you’ll gift all the cards on Father’s Day, but as the name of this gift idea suggests, he’ll open them as instructed. Don’t forget to include a card in the bundle that he can open on Father’s Day!

Superhero cape

Not all heroes wear capes, but there’s a fun way you can remind a “superdad” just how much of a hero he is to you. An especially great project for the kiddos, a superhero cape can be made with party goods and supplies you probably already have on hand.

Simply take a plastic tablecloth and outline the shape of a cape with permanent marker (don’t worry about it being uneven). You can use our free star printable, adhere it to the cape, and decorate it with an emblem such as Dad’s initials or a symbol.

For some inspiration and to see how we made our capes, check out our superhero birthday party!

superhero cape

Movie night gift bag

With a little creativity and items you can find at your local drugstore, you can give Dad a movie night gift bag that beats a trip to the theater any day.

Get a gift bag and fill it with microwave popcorn bags, his favorite candy, and a couple of DVDs. Other additions could include a cozy throw blanket, a personalized drinking glass, and gift cards to iTunes, Amazon, or other movie-streaming services.

In a Father's Day greeting card, let him know you’re looking forward to spending a night in, watching your favorite flick (and maybe stealing some of his candy).

Car cleaning

Whether he keeps his car impeccably clean or it’s a repository for receipts, crumbs, and loose change, Dad’s car could always use a good cleaning, even if it’s just the exterior.

Give his ride a little TLC by offering to clean and wash it yourself. If it needs a serious deep clean, consider getting it professionally detailed. And because we all know the dad who would rather do it himself, other options include  gifting a bundle of automobile cleaning supplies such as wax, a sponge, soap, and window cleaner.

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Regardless of what you decide to give Dad this Father’s Day, just remember that the most important thing is to remind him how much he means to you; that’s a gift that speaks louder than anything money can buy.