I have to be honest. Buying a Father’s Day gift for my husband is way harder than choosing one for my own dad ever was. As a kid, picking the perfect Father’s Day Gift was simple – breakfast in bed with a handmade card and we were good to go. It was only years later that I realized that coffee I had made by mixing boiling water with ground beans along with a piece of half-burned toast may not have been the big hit he acted like it was (thanks, though, dad!)
This year, I’ve come up with a list of 13 gifts that I think dads of any age will truly go crazy for – no acting degree required.
1. My Dad Used To Be So Cool by Keith Negley
Get it on Amazon for $16 | amazon.ca/My-Dad-Used-Be-Cool
I got this gift for my husband last year for Father’s Day, and he totally loved it. It’s a super-cute story about all of the things men sacrifice when they become dads, with a sweet reminder that in spite of it all, their kids still think they’re the coolest person on the planet.
2. Kiehl’s Men’s Discovery Kit
Get it at Kiehl’s for $32 | kiehls.ca
Even if the dad on your list has never had a skincare regime in his life, this kit by Kiehl’s will make his face look so good, he’ll wonder what took him so long. The Facial Fuel line by Kiehl’s has a really nice, subtle smell and leaves skin feeling so clean and fresh, it tingles. Don’t tell my husband, but I totally use his when he’s not around.
3. An Awesome Card From Nostalgia Collect
Get them for around $6 | nostalgiacollect.com
Although handmade cards from your kids truly are the best (in my humble opinion), some of these cards from Nostalgia Collect are way too awesome not to include with your gift this year.
4. Custom Beer Labels
Get them for $16 from Etsy | etsy.com/ca
If the dad in your life appreciates a good brew (or really, any drink from a can or bottle), he’ll love the extra touch of these custom labels. Pick up a half-dozen of his beverage of choice, choose 6 of your favourite photos, and send in your order! If you’re running short on time, choose to have your order sent as a digital file, so you can print the labels off yourself (or have them printed somewhere like Staples).
5. The Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
Get it starting at $70 | amazon.ca
The Amazon Fire Stick basically turns any TV into a Smart TV and gives you access to tens of thousands of movies, sports and TV episodes through streaming services like Netflix, Crave, CTV, NHL, Prime Video and more. Dear ol’ dad will also have a blast cruising websites like YouTube, Facebook and Reddit and using Alexa’s thousands of skills to do things like check the weather (I’ve heard dads love this), change the thermostat (another dad fave) and stream music.
6. Sun Joe Pressure Washer
Get it on Amazon for $200 | amazon.ca
Last year I was totally stumped on what to get my husband for Father’s Day, and finally came up with this Pressure Washer by Sun Joe. After scouring through reviews for pressure washers on pretty much every home improvement store I could think of, I found this one that had been reviewed by 616 customers on Amazon and had an average 4.5/5 rating, so I took the plunge and ordered it. I’m so glad I did! We’ve used it to prep our deck for staining, to wash our cars, garage mats, bikes, the vinyl siding on our house, and even stains on the driveway. I’m definitely patting myself on the back for this one!
7. The Jojo Changing Bag by Paperclip
Get it for $141 | papercliplife.com
Paperclip has definitely got it figured out when it comes to making diaper bags that dads will actually want to carry. The Jojo Changing Bag zips open into a full-on change station, which comes in super handy for the times when dad gets into a public washroom to deal with a blow-out and realizes there’s no designated spot to change a diaper (what’s up with that, anyway?) There are also customizable cubbies that allow dad to organize all of the odds and ends he’s got inside and looks so cool, he’ll use it even when he’s not on daddy duty.
8. The Herschel Roy Wallet – with Tile included
Get it for $110 | herschel.ca
If my husband had a dollar for every time he asked, “Have you seen my wallet?”, he’d have a lot of dollars, but they’d all be inside of his wallet, which is, you know… lost. That’s where this awesome wallet by Herschel comes in. It’s got a special pocket complete with a Tile, which makes searching for lost moolah holders a thing of the past. Over ten million Tiles have been sold in the US, helping to locate over two million lost items per day. If you’re shopping for a dad who always happens to misplace things, you’ve found the perfect gift (couldn’t resist a dad joke!)
Get them starting at $300 | apple.com/ca/airpods
I know, I know. These are pretty pricey, but they’re also pretty cool, so I couldn’t resist adding them to the list. If you’re shopping for a dad who spends a lot of time working out, whether it’s running, weight lifting, skateboarding, cycling, playing Spikeball (you’ll see what I’m talking about in a second), or anything in between, there’s nothing more annoying than getting tangled up in headphone cords while exercising and listening to your favourite dad tunes. That’s where these little guys come in super handy. If dad’s a gadget-lover as well, AirPods are sure to be a hit.
Get it for $80 | amazon.ca
I have yet to meet a single person who doesn’t go crazy over Spikeball. My husband literally brings this game out at every barbecue, picnic, trip to the park, wedding, class reunion… anything. Okay, maybe the last two were an exaggeration, but what I’m trying to say is, he loves it. His friends love it. Their wives love it. Spikeball describes itself as “the result if volleyball and Foursquare had a baby”. Your best bet is just to watch the video in the link, order it, and prepare to have a ball at your next outdoor function (Father’s Day Barbecue, anyone?)
11. Weighted Blanket
Get it Starting at $219 | amazon.ca
Weighted blankets have become extremely popular recently, as many people swear by them and their ability to give you a better night’s sleep. Although there are many brands with their own version of the weighted blanket, this one by Baloo has received rave reviews because of its thoughtful design. Each quilted square contains glass beads that help create the weight of the blanket. These squares help the weight to remain evenly distributed, and prevent the blanket from making noise when it’s moved around. It also has a thin profile, making it not too hot to sleep under. Best of all, it comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
12. Bose Micro Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Get it on Amazon for $129 | amazon.ca
This portable speaker by Bose is the perfect little sound system for dads on the go. Whether he wants to listen to music or needs to answer phone calls, this waterproof speaker has great sound quality! The rechargeable battery provides up to 6 hours of plan time and the speaker itself has a wireless range of up to 30 feet.
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To come up with this roundup, I surveyed all of my dad friends to ask them what their ideal Father’s Day gift would be. While most of them said they would love any of the items on the list above, one of the most popular answers I received was a little bit of alone time to get caught up on hobbies, TV, or sleep! As a parent, I love spending time with my kids and my husband, but I have to admit that the gift of alone time is a rare and valuable one. So, if you’re looking for a totally FREE way to show your husband or dad that you love and appreciate him, the gift of TIME is an awesome option!
If you’re a dad, is there anything you’re secretly hoping to receive for Father’s Day this year? If you’re not a dad, do you have any great gift ideas that didn’t make the list? We’d love to hear them in the comments section!