It’s so hard to shop for our dads sometimes. They will always insist they have everything they need, but we want to show we’re thinking of them.
If you’re stumped on what to give the father figure (or figures) in your life this year, a good starting point is thinking about what they most enjoy doing. Do they love to cook or try exciting new ingredients? Then, perhaps a gift related to cooking or food is the way to go. Does he love a good book? Is he always excited to try out new technology?
The best gift for anyone is a gift that speaks to their passions. So check out the options below for Father’s Day gifts by interest to find a meaningful gift he’ll treasure… and that’ll show how much you treasure him.
Plus, check out sweet Father’s Day gifts under $50 and the best restaurants to take him to for Father’s Day dinner.
For the Foodie Dad
Peter Luger Steak, Pack E
What to buy: If Dad appreciates nothing more than a good steak, he’s going to want the best. And now the legendary Peter Luger Steakhouse can deliver steaks right to his door. Peter Luger has been around since the 1800s, but only recently started to ship their steaks nationwide. The packages come in a variety of sizes and price points, but for the lover of classic cuts, there’s nothing like this package of two USDA prime bone-in rib steaks. The package even comes with bottles of house steak sauce and chocolate for dessert. Throw in a cast iron or on the grill, and he’s sure to have an incredible dinner on Father’s Day.
Why Dad will love it: Maybe he’s not based in New York City, or a dinner out isn’t feasible right now. This way, he can have these steaks in his freezer and enjoy any time the craving hits.
Price: $195.95 at PeterLuger.com
For the Techie Dad
Victrola Revolution GO Portable Record Player
What to buy: Dad likely grew up during the vinyl record era, making it a constant source of nostalgia for him. Let him embrace modern technology and have a bit of retro entertainment with Victrola’s new Revolution GO. This portable, rechargeable Bluetooth record player and speaker provides the vinyl experience in a downright futuristic fashion.
Why Dad will love it: He’ll love impressing his old buddies with his vinyl collection, and be able to do so without the skipping and scratching that tend to be an issue with some old time record players. This is cord-free, too, so he can enjoy it pretty much anywhere that the desire for music arises.
Price: $160 at Amazon.com
For the Fashionable Dad
Vintage Foundry Co. Holland Shoe
What to buy: Vintage Foundry Co’s Holland Shoe is like getting him two gifts in one. It has a classic leather upper that will be fine for his day at work, but the lace-up closure and flat rubber sole with durable tread makes it comfortable for after work and weekend fun. If he likes to be in style wherever he goes but doesn’t like a lot of fuss, this is a great option.
Why Dad will love it: This is a great minimalist gift for the Dad who wants to be in style wherever he goes, but doesn’t want to buy a ton of different looks.
Price: $118.19 at Amazon.com
For the Outdoorsy Dad
What to buy: The MeatStick Mini is a wireless meat thermometer that will feed his BBQ or grilling habit by making sure his steaks and chicken are juicy and charred just right but not under or over cooked. No one wants to cut into that beautiful meat and ruin the presentation, but a wireless meat thermometer can help them monitor the progress of their proteins and serve them at just the right level of doneness.
Why Dad will love it: Whether he loves to cook or relishes any opportunity to entertain, he’ll love a gift that makes it easier for him to impress guests with perfectly cooked steak. This isn’t just another useful kitchen tool, but one that will make his life easier and his grilled and smoked meats more successful.
Price: $69.99 at Amazon.com
For the Indoorsy Dad
Bloomscape Tough Stuff Collection
What to buy: Bloomscape’s Tough Stuff Collection is a good gift for anyone who has loves nurturing and growing plants but perhaps needs a little help developing that green thumb of theirs. This set includes the Sansevieria, ZZ Plant, and Hoya varieties of plants, which are known to be adaptable. They can prosper indoors in all sorts of light situations and require very little water and maintenance. He can get great results with minimal effort, which will give him the confidence to keep developing his new plant passion.
Why Dad will love it: These plants with their sturdy layered dark green leaves are a reflection of the sturdy and constant role he plays in your life. Just like he contributed to you becoming your best version of yourself, he can do the same with his new plant collection.
Price: $69 at Bloomscape.com
For the Bookworm Dad
What to buy: Scribd is a great gift for any bookworm, but they have so much more than just books. For anyone who loves to absorb information and keep on learning, this subscription has loads of eBooks, audiobooks, podcasts, magazines, sheet music and so much more. And the beauty of it is they don’t need to clutter up their home with books and magazines, because it’s all digital.
Why Dad will love it: Whether he loves reading historical memoirs or sports figure biographies, he’ll be able to find the material he loves using this subscription.
Price: $11.99 a month at Scribd.com
For the Handy Dad
Bosch 12V Brushless Screwdriver Kit
What to buy: Whether he’s Mr. Fix-It or just thinks he is, he’s going to require a good set of tools every time there’s a job to be done. Bosch’s 12V Max Brushless Quarter-Inch Hex Two-Speed Screwdriver Kit with two 2.0 ah batteries is a compact but mighty two-speed screwdriver that allows for detail and precision. There’s an LED light included, which will prove essential in those dark workspaces.
Why Dad will love it: Reliable and powerful tools will not only make his handiwork around the house easier and more successful, but keep him safe while he’s doing that. He tried to always keep you safe growing up, and this can be you giving the same gift to him – and his projects.
Price: $129 at Amazon.com
The Dad Who’s Trying to Downsize and Doesn’t Want Clutter
What to buy: Whether he loves to cook, or just wants a streamlined and simple way to make quality meals, the Galanz Multi-functional Air Fryer can replace as many as eight of his kitchen appliances with one device. Air frying is an easy way to have the taste of fried foods without the grease or fat, but this air fryer is a win in that it is also an electric roaster, grill, slow cooker, sous vide, steamer and more.
Why Dad will love it: He will be able to downsize all of his kitchen gadgets into one appliance that does everything and does it well. Whether he fancies himself a home chef or just wants an easy and fast way to grill that steak or bake those potatoes, he’ll love this gift.
Price: $183.99 at Amazon.com
For the Fitness-Obsessed Dad
Garmin Vivosmart 4 Bundle
What to buy: The Garmin Vivosmart 4 Bundle with Bonus Charger is a fitness tracker that is slim and water-safe, meaning he can wear it everywhere from a hike to his morning swim. It contains a Pulse Ox sensor so he can monitor his blood oxygen saturation any time. It can also monitor heart rate, do stress tracking, has a relaxation breathing timer, VO2 max readings and so much more.
Why Dad will love it: If he’s always been fitness-obsessed or just now trying to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle, this fitness tracker is simply adapted into his routine and makes staying on top of his health and workouts easier than ever.
Price: $79.99 at BJs.com
For the Dad Who Has Everything
Heirloom Custom Video Book
What to buy: He may already have all the coolest and most modern gadgets, and that may make you hesitant to add more stuff to his life. In that case, the best gift is one that is meaningful. Heirloom Custom Video Books is sweet as a gift idea because it allows you to create a custom video gift that will then be shipped directly to him.
Why Dad will love it: He already loves telling family stories from years ago. Now he can show those stories, too.
Price: Starting at $49 at UncommonGoods.com
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