Fathers play an important role in the lives of their children and families. According to the US Census Bureau, there are just over 66 million Fathers in the United States. Of these, 26.4 million are raising their children with their spouse and 2.3 million are single Fathers raising their children on their own. With nearly 100,000 men being stay at home Dads.
In addition to raising their children and supporting them through school and other activities research has fathers can influence other factors in their children's lives like diet. In one study, eighty-nine percent of the mothers served infrequently or eliminated from the family diet entirely those foods that their husbands disliked.
For those that are blessed with having a Father in your life, celebrate your Dad, the wonderful man in your life on Father's Day! And don't forget the father of your own children! Father's Day is also the perfect time to let your husband know you appreciate all the special moments he spends with your children.
Father's Day Gift Giving Fun Facts
Before we go into the ultimate list of gift ideas for Father's Day let's look at some gift giving fun facts about this holiday recognizing these important men in our lives.
- According to Hallmark Research, Father's Day is the 4th largest holiday for the sale of greeting cards with over 95 million cards being purchased.
- Children (sons and daughters) purchase 50% of greeting cards sold during Fathers Day while 20% are purchased by wives for their husbands who are Dads. The other 30% of Father's Day greeting cards are purchased for other men such as Grandfathers, Uncles, Brothers, Sons or other significant male others.
- According to the US Census Bureau, just 73% of Americans will celebrate Father's Day in some way.
- Of course, neckties are the most popular Father's Day gift. But more and more people are buying items based on Dad's interests such as power tools, sporting goods and electronics.
Gift baskets are an excellent way to show your dad how much he cares. You can customize gift baskets to include all the things he loves from golf to beer. Below are a few examples of popular gift basket options.
Father's Day Fishing Gift Ideas
This gift basket is perfect for the fisherman in your life. You will be sure to "catch" a big thank you when present this gift to your dad on Father's Day.
Interested in more gift basket options? Check out the complete selection of Father's Day Gift Baskets. With so many delicious options, the hardest part will be choosing your favorite.
Father's Day Golf Gift Ideas
If Golf is what your dad loves, we have a wonderful variety of golf gift baskets. Packed with golf balls, golf tees and delicious treats, it's everything dad needs to head out to the green! We even have golf gifts that are presented in a "caddy" cooler to give them a gift they can use over and over again.
Swiss Army Golf Tool
From the makers of one of the all-time best-selling gadgets, the Swiss Army Knife comes a sport twist perfect for the duffer dad. If it's summer, it's golf season, which means it's time to head out to the links for the annual rite of unbridled optimism that all golfers share. The beauty of this little golf gift is it has all the things a golfer should have handy, and they come in one tool. There's a divot repair tool for the times he's lucky enough to land on the green, and a ball marker in case his putt is out of tap-in range, plus many more useful tools that only the Swiss would think of.
Father's Day Gifts for the Gadget Lover
Gadget gifts are the perfect option for the techy dad. If your father is always looking for the latest and greatest gadget and gizmo he will appreciate the following gifts.
Is your coffee table filled with multiple remotes to handle the TV, DVD player, cable box, stereo, and more? Does trying to do something simple like watch a movie involve so many steps it feels like a launch sequence for the Space Shuttle? If you'd like to simplify his life (and yours), get one of the new programmable remotes. These aren't just a single remote that can control all the electronics in your family room; they can execute multiple steps with the single push of a button. Most are actually programmed by connecting them to your computer, where you follow a set-up wizard one time.
What makes them so great is the buttons are set-up around the actual task you want to perform. For example, let's say you just opened up a movie gift basket and put the movie in the DVD player. You simply click "Watch DVD" on the remote, and it will turn on the TV, change it to the right input, turn on the stereo and set that to the DVD setting, turn on your DVD player, and turn off anything that was on previously. It does all of that with a single press of a button! Even better, the fast forward / rewind buttons now will operate your DVD player, and not your CD player, because it knows what activity you are currently doing. These remotes are a life-saver and one of my current favorite gadgets for anyone.
Handheld Sports Trivia Game
Warning! Buying this for your father may result in him completely ignoring you for hours at a time. There's nothing like watching a bunch of men asking what you might consider to be absolutely ridiculous and arcane sports trivia questions, only to have one of them shout out the answer, followed inevitably by a round of high-fives and maybe even some fist pumping and yelling. Nevertheless, if your father is into sports trivia, this little toy is one of my favorite gifts for sports lovers and it will have him smiling.
Outdoor Weather Station
Does your dad watch the weather channel obsessively? Does he quote you the current barometric pressure in millibars and talk about fronts moving in and relative humidity? If so, he'll love a weather station gadget for Father's Day. They come in a dizzying array of options, and some even include moon phases, barometric pressure and other weather stats, in addition to the actual temperature outside.
If he likes to go to the bar and you're concerned about his or friend's driving safety, this is one item you'll want him to carry. These new gadgets will fit in a pocket (or purse) and give an instant readout of blood alcohol level when you breathe on them. It's always better to be safe than sorry if he's out drinking, and this gadget will help ensure he arrives home okay.
If your father spends a lot of time listening to his iPod, he will probably enjoy some wireless headphones. This nifty gadget will allow dad to listen to his portable music player without any wires. He'll love not having to worry about getting tangled while working out, raking leaves, or just relaxing in his recliner and listening to music. Most of the brands include an adapter to work with any portable player and include volume adjustments. There are some manufactured for specific brands too, like the iPod, that will even let him skip play, pause, and skip songs, all from the headphones. Buy this unique gift for him and he'll feel like the coolest dad on the block wearing these headphones.
DIY Father's Day Gift Ideas
Sometimes the best gift is one that comes from the heart. A homemade Father's Day gift is one of the most beloved things a dad can get on his big day. It will be proudly displayed for years to come so don't forget to write the date on it!
When it comes to t-shirt making, things have gotten high tech. You can now buy paper that will transfer any image onto a shirt and not look like a crumpled wad when it gets washed. Gone are the days of the iron-on transfer paper that crinkled and felt like a hard sheet of plastic.
Today's transfer paper is soft to the touch and actually bonds with the surface of the shirt. You can run it through the printer to download a design with color graphics and really have something special.
Choose an image the kids have drawn or painted at school. Scan it into the computer. Then print it on the transfer paper. Instant artwork for dad's t-shirt! Choose a crisp white shirt that's a size too big for dad. Then wash it before you put any artwork on it. Then you'll be sure your transfer will stay true to size when it's washed.
Add names, handprints done in paint, or any other embellishments before presenting to dad.
Many a father has gotten and cherished a photo frame from their little one. Involve your child in creating the frame themselves. All you have to do is give them the materials and insert the photo. Best to insert the photo last so no glue or glitter gets on it.
Choose if you will have your child modify a wooden frame or make one out of felt, fabric, or other materials. A recycled frame can work well for this craft. Paint it and then allow the child to decorate it with foam shapes, glitter glue, stars, hearts, jewels, or anything else they like.
Your kids will love making baby picture frames or photos of them grown up. They really put their hearts into these crafts. Let them do anything they like as they design the frame. They'll be so proud of it and so will dad when he displays it in his office.
Choose a photo of your child with dad for extra appeal or one where your child was being extra cute or mischievous to make it memorable.
The Dad Coupon Book
This idea is so cute and never goes out of style. Have the kids create their very own books that give dad coupons for things they will do for and with him. For instance, a young child can give a coupon for playing with dad one night after dinner. Or an older kid could make a coupon for taking out the trash or mowing the lawn without being asked.
You'll be surprised how interested kids get in outdoing each other. So give them sheets of paper the size of coupons and some markers and let them go crazy. They can staple their books or punch holes in them and tie them with string.
BBQ Gift Ideas for Father's Day
Wireless Grill Meat Thermometer
If your father loves the barbeque, then this is one handy tool he is bound to appreciate. He can insert the thermometer into whatever he is cooking, then go back to watching the big game on the TV inside and still keep an eye on his grilling duties by watching the temperature. Some models even have an alarm in case he nods off during the 7th inning stretch. This one is also handy when the weather is cooler and he doesn't want to be outside the whole time, or with larger cuts of meat that might take hours to grill on low.
P.S. A grilling-themed gift basket would be a great choice too!
- Father's Day Gift Giving Fun Facts
- Father's Day Gift Basket Ideas
- Father's Day Fishing Gift Ideas
- Father's Day Golf Gift Ideas
- Father's Day Gifts for the Gadget Lover
- DIY Father's Day Gift Ideas
- BBQ Gift Ideas for Father's Day