Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Type of Dad

Father’s Day is coming up quickly. If you haven’t found a gift yet, then it is time to get shopping.  Since I am a father myself, I figured I would share a list of great gifts for every type of dad. We are all different and we love different things.  Some my love power tools, while others may love watches.  There are also many dads who just love homemade gifts.  My father loves to just sit back, relax, and drink a beer while something is cooking on the grill. I can relate to that, especially after all of the craziness with our basement remodel and another baby coming soon.  Remember, I don’t advocate you going into debt over gifts, but if you have a little extra cash stashed away, then go out and get your dad something he will appreciate.  DO NOT give your father socks or ties.  That is so cliche and boring.  Either way, here is my Father’s Day gift ideas for every dad.

The Sportsman Dad

Who doesn’t love some sports?  I know that I love to play and watch hockey. I also have grown to love golf in these past few years. I just started playing last year and I like it. I have a pretty basic set, but it works for me. I would love to have a nicer set one day, but if that doesn’t work out, then I will replace my clubs as I go.  Here are some gift ideas for the sportsman.

Callaway Strata Golf Set – This is a pretty good set for those wishing to hit the links.  Callaway makes a good club and their sets are priced competitively.  If you are an Amazon Prime member, then you can get this set shipped for free in two days.


Camping/Hiking Pants – I love to go camping and hiking.  I have hiking pants that can be zipped off at the knee when it is hot. I would love another pair. They work so well and they are extremely versatile.


Wilson Tour Slam Tennis Racket –  I have never been into tennis, but after playing with my wife and sister-in-law, I might think about taking it up. I had a great time. This Wilson tennis racket is a great price and would be a good gift for anyone who loves to chase that little green ball!

The Outdoor Man

I have to apologize for not including this in the beginning.  There are tons of dads who love to hunt and fish.  Here are some great gift ideas for those dads.

Kershaw SpeedSafe Folding Knife – What hunter or fisherman doesn’t have a knife?  Kershaw makes a great knife. I have two of them and they stay sharp and take a beating.


Daiwa Minispin Reel and Rod Combo – Does your dad just love to go fishing whenever he has a chance?  Get him this mini rod and reel combo with hard carrying case. He can head to the lake or river after work and keep his stuff compact!


Sentry Safe Biometric Quick Access Pistol Safe – Do you have a gun owner in the family?  Guns should be protected and be locked away when not used.  In order to have access to your gun quickly, this Sentry biometric safe is a great option.


Yukon Gear Men’s Insulated Parka Jacket – Hunting in the winter time can be brutal.  Depending on where you live, you need a good camo jacket.  This insulated parka from Yukon gear is a great price and a quality jacket.

The Gadget Dad

I have to admit that I am a gadget dad through and through.  I love technology. I used to run an electronics e-commerce store and I couldn’t get enough.  If anyone knows me, then they know to pick up a gadget for me.  For all of those gadget loving dads, here are some gift ideas.

Amazon Fire TV – This is on my want list for sure. I am a big fan of Amazon and I have heard great things about Amazon Fire TV.  I love the features and the apps that come with it.  I currently use my Xbox 360 to stream Netflix, but it is cumbersome and I don’t like turning it on.


Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro Tablet – I am a big fan of Android and the open source community.  I also like Samsung products.  I have a tablet now, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a great option for those looking for a new tablet.  It has a rich feature set and doesn’t have any software restrictions like Apple.


Google Chromecast – How can I have Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast in the same list?  Easy, they are very different price points and Amazon’s Fire TV has more features than Chromecast. That being said, I like the idea of Chromecast and with the $35 price point, it is a great gift idea for dad.


Samsung LED TV – As I said, I like Samsung products. I have a Samsung TV and it is great.  They  have a large selection of internet ready and Smart TVs.  Their clarity is one of the best and you can’t beat their screens.  LCD is a thing of the past. If you haven’t seen an LED tv before, then I feel sorry for you.

The DIY Dad

I am a DIY guy at heart. I try to do everything I can at least once. The only way you learn is by doing.  If there is something that needs to be done, you can be sure I will be there.  You do have to know your limits though, but none the less, DIY is awesome. Here are some great ideas for DIY dads.

Porter-Cable Lithium Ion 4-Tool Combo Kit – I just picked up this set last week for my many projects around the house. I love it!  The price is good and they battery life is awesome. I was able to cut through a hardwood door with the circular saw with no issues.  It comes with two batteries and the tools are well built.


Nest Learning Thermostat – This thermostat is on my list to get. I love the technology behind this and the reviews are pretty good.  I have a friend who has one and he loves it. It is easy to install and use as well.


Dropcam Pro Wireless Video Monitoring Camera – The Dropcam wireless camera is awesome. I put one in my home last year. I want another one.  They are really easy to setup and you can watch your camera from your smartphone.  This is a great way to have a DIY security system in place in just a few minutes.

The Stylish Dad

Some dads have style and others don’t.  If you have a dad that loves to wear nice clothes and accessorize, then think about getting him some of these gift ideas.

A Watch – Watches are great to have.  Everyone needs to tell time.  With smartphones, we all have the time, but a watch gives you a sense of style. There are many different styles and types.  If your dad is sporty, then get him a sport type watch. If he is timeless, then get him a quality built watch.


Sunglasses – Most people wear sunglasses.  If you don’t need prescription sunglasses, then think about getting your dad some new sunglasses. I know I am in need of a good pair. My son loves to pull my sunglasses off my head and throw them. That really starts to take a toll on the lenses.


Braun Shaver System – If your dad has facial hair, then this is the system for him. This is one of the highest rated shavers out there and it works!  Keeping up with facial hair can be a struggle, but not with this shaver.


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Mario Debtblag says June 9

It always seems to feel so much tougher to shop for Dad than Mom. Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

Brenda @Supermoney says June 9

Great list Grayson, but what about the Outdoor Man? The hunting, fishing, trapping, lives-life-in-camo-and-orange Dad? I’ll be heading to Cabelas, but if you have any ideas for the outdoorsy man who has everything, I’m all ears! ~Brenda

    Laurie says June 12

    Sorry Brenda. I just updated the list to include some outdoor stuff.

Brad @ How to Save Money says June 9

Just get me a new pair of sunglasses and I will be happy! I am learning to appreciate a world without things. A world where having friends and family is more important than the things they get you. But I guess once you have that family, getting stuff can be lots of fund too.

    Laurie says June 12

    I need a new pair of sunglasses. My son keeps breaking or scratching mine.

Kim says June 9

When in doubt sunglasses are an excellent idea. Unless you live in Alaska during the winter, you can use them! I’d love a safe, not for guns, but just in general. That’s a good one too.

Holly@ClubThrifty says June 9

I desperately need to buy something for Greg. Thanks for the reminder!

    Laurie says June 12

    Hopefully there are some things on here he would like.

Shannon @ Financially Blonde says June 9

This is a great list! I love that my son has gotten to the point where a special card from him for my dad and my hubby pretty much does the trick, but I also have a really reasonable hubby who actually just wants new oven mitts for Father’s Day. Although, he would really like that 4-Tool Combo Kit you highlighted. Maybe his birthday. 🙂

    Laurie says June 12

    I typically get my dad some beer. One year I made him a batch of beer and put a label on it with his face. It went over well.

Jon @ Money Smart Guides says June 9

These are some great ideas. I tend to pick something for my Dad that we can do together – take him out for a round of golf or a baseball game. It means a lot more to both of us to do something together, that we enjoy, than just buying a gift.

Brenda @SuperMoney says June 9

Thanks for adding on those outdoorsy picks! I especially like your Yukon jacket suggestion. A lot of the men in my family just go to Cabelas and buy whatever’s on sale, even if it’s not as warm-comfy-durable as a different-brand item. They usually don’t even check Amazon first for a lower price (tsk tsk). Also, they’re all from the UP, Michigan, which is synonymous with cold weather and deer camp. (Escanaba In da Moonlight, anyone?) ~Brenda

DC @ Young Adult Money says June 9

My Dad is impossible to shop for. Pretty sure almost all the things on this list are outside of what I would consider spending on him, too. I guess the tennis racket falls under my $20 budget.

    Laurie says June 12

    Sorry, I should have included some under $20 suggestions. Maybe you can go with the Chromecast and splurge a little.

MMD says June 9

Good list. I’m kind of a “watch” man myself. You can never go wrong with a classy wrist-piece.

Clarisse @ Make Money Your Way says June 9

When my father was still alive, I always gave him a gift or sometimes I treat him a lunch out together with my family. I remember the funny thing that I gave my father was a cute ashtray because he was a smoker. 🙂

    Laurie says June 12

    That is special and a really good idea. I think you did a good thing there.

AverageJoe says June 10

I can’t wait until Google does more with the Chromecast. Right now there isn’t a ton that it can do. I bought mine for the promise of all it will do….which so far has been a big, fat “thud.”

    Laurie says June 12

    I agree my friend. Google needs to do some updating with it. I know they have plans, but who knows if they will actually go through with it.

Tanya says June 12

I will be shopping for the gadget dad 🙂 Great ideas 🙂

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