When it comes to Father’s Day, a lot of people struggle to find the best gift for the father figures in their life. After all, dads are practical people, and they might not be as upfront as you’d like them to be when it comes to telling you what they want for a gift. For that reason, they often get overlooked on their special day. But he deserves more, doesn’t he? This year, surprise him with any of these unique Father’s Day gift ideas he won’t be expecting.
If your dad likes to cook or simply loves indulging in his favorite snacks now and then, one great idea that shows you put some thought into his gift is to buy him a food-themed gift. After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Start by heading to his go-to stores and gathering his favorite foods. These foods can be ingredients for a new recipe to try, or they can be part of a snack-themed gift, like a collection of his favorite snacks or new snacks to try, like beef jerky or flavored popcorn. You can always get him a few kitchen gadgets or new cookware to add to his collection, as well.
You can even go a step further and assemble all the gathered items nicely into a high-quality monogrammed tote with his initials on it. The tote bag can be reused over and over again, whether he's shopping at the farmers' market, storing his barbecue utensils, toting items to and from the beach, or for any everyday purpose. This economical and thoughtful gift is not only unique, but it is one he’ll surely look forward to opening.
Spa days aren’t just for moms: Dads could use a bit of pampering now and then as well. There are a lot of ways you can encourage him to take a break and give himself some rest and relaxation. For one, you can book a massage for him or buy him a gift certificate to use at a local massage parlor. Another idea is to book him a pedicure. Before you laugh and assume he’s too masculine for a pedicure, rest assured that on any given day in a nail salon, there are men who show up to enjoy a long foot soak, nail care, and a nice foot massage. Alternatively, you can purchase him an at-home foot spa that he can use with some Epsom salts to soak his tired feet at home, accompanied by a plush men’s robe and slippers he can slip into during his at-home spa day.
If your dad is known to burn the midnight oil, working more than just 9 to 5, chances are he stares at a computer screen longer than he should. Both computer screens and cell phones emit blue light, which is believed to cause many health conditions and alter our circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock that regulates when we perform essential functions like sleep. According to a Harvard study, blue light suppresses melatonin (which aids sleep) and alters circadian rhythms for almost twice as long as green light. For those reasons, blue-light blocking glasses are a great gift for the dad who may be staring at a screen longer than he should. You can either purchase them without a prescription or buy him a gift card he can use to get prescription blue-light blocking glasses.
If your dad travels for work or likes to carry his laptop to and from the office every evening, consider getting him a new luggage set, packing cubes, or a briefcase. Dads tend to use these items until they are so worn out that they are barely recognizable. So, do him a favor and help him replace his before that happens. If he's not keen on giving up his old baggage, your gift can always serve as a backup.
If the dad in your life works at home, chances are his workstation isn’t as ergonomically correct or as ideal as his on-site office. For example, he might be slouched over a kitchen table for most of the day, which is horrible for his back. Or he might have a cluttered work area that distracts him from the tasks at hand. Take a look at his work area to see if there’s anything you can buy to help improve it. A sit-to-stand desk or an adjustable desk is a unique and thoughtful gift he can use to either take standing breaks or simply make sure his posture is correct. Some shelves or desktop organization tools are thoughtful as well. You can even go the extra mile and get him some new men’s loungewear so he can make sure he is comfortable while working from home.
As you can see, it doesn’t have to be difficult to buy Dad a gift that’s unique. All it takes is a bit of time to think about what he will find useful and that shows you appreciate him on his special day.