Father’s Day: 17 Celebration and Gift Ideas for Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner.

Are you struggling with how to celebrate this year?

Don’t fret too much because I’ve got you covered. I’m going to share celebration and gift ideas most dads are sure to love.

Enough with the small talk. Let’s dive into how you can celebrate the dads in your life this Father’s Day!

Here are my ideas:

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Celebration Ideas

1. Cookout

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Most dads I know love to throw some meat on the grill, cook outdoors, drink a cold beverage, and shoot the breeze with close family or friends.

If your dad fits into this scenario, make it happen for them on Father’s Day. Invite a few close relatives or friends over, let Dad choose the meat, and put him in his happy zone.

You can choose some great side dishes to go with the grilled meat and have a fun day of fellowship.

2. Day on the Boat

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My husband bought a boat a few years ago, and he loves it! If the dad in your life has a boat, why not have a fun family day on the water?

If you don’t own a boat, consider checking what bodies of water are available near you. Some lakes have boat rentals nearby.

Maybe you could rent a boat for a few hours and enjoy some fun family time by doing something different from your normal routine.

3. Day of Sports

Some dads are extremely active. They like to play golf, baseball, or other sports. If the dads in your life are active, let Father’s Day be spent doing what they enjoy.

If this means the whole family must head to the golf course for the day, go for it. However, remind the kids this is Dad’s day.

It won’t be a fun experience if everyone is bellyaching the whole time. Spend the day participating in the sport the dads in your life love!

4. Pool Day

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Kids aren’t the only ones in the family who enjoy hanging by the pool. Most dads I know work extremely hard.

They need a day where they can stay cool in the pool and rest in the sun. This could give them an opportunity to reconnect with the family for an afternoon.

If you have a pool, utilize it on Father’s Day. You could even add the pool day to your cookout plans.

5. A Day of Rest

My husband is a wonderful father, and we’re so grateful to have him! He’s a great provider, but he works really hard.

I know, this Father’s Day, what he’d enjoy more than anything is a little rest. I’m sure we’ll cook out (because he loves his grill!)

We may even have a pool day, but whatever we do, I know the kids and I will do whatever we can to make sure he has some time to relax over the weekend too.

6. Family Vacation

Father’s Day comes at a perfect time. It’s in the middle of June which is a time most kids are out of school and families are ready to hit the road.

Why not incorporate a short family vacation around Father’s Day? It could be an enjoyable trip for the whole family and a wonderful way to celebrate Dad.

Family vacations don’t have to be expensive. Look at what options you have available and consider getting away for a few days in honor of the dad in your life.

7. Day Trip

Let’s say you love the idea of a trip, but you can’t take off work right now. Then don’t take an actual getaway.

Instead, plan a fun day trip. Maybe there’s a national park nearby your family would like to visit, or you could head to the beach for the day.

Whatever it is, if there’s something nearby that Dad would like to experience, plan a trip in his honor. It’s an opportunity to make fun memories.

Gift Ideas

We’re breaking away from the basic gift ideas like neck ties and cologne. There’s nothing wrong with these gifts, but if you have a dad with a more adventurous side, you should encourage him.

Here’s a few gift ideas for the active dad in your life:

1. Grill and Chill

I already mentioned how many fathers enjoy using their grill on Father’s Day. This isn’t possible if they don’t have a grill.

Plan a cookout in honor of the dads in your life but give them a new grill as their gift. They should be eager to try it out.

2. A New Set

As I mentioned, many fathers work really hard. They rarely have the opportunity to sit back, kick up their feet, and rest.

If you give them a new TV, they might be more prone to rest a little more. Father’s Day is a great time to give them the television set they’ve always wanted.

3. Grill Set

Did you buy Dad a new grill this Father’s Day? It isn’t complete without a new grilling set. They need all the outdoor cooking equipment to make sure they can cook up a feast on their grill with ease.

Not to mention, you don’t want them stealing your kitchen essentials every time they fire up the grill. Make sure Dad has his own!

4. Apron

This may sound simple, but all gifts don’t have to be extravagant. If you have a dad in your life that likes to cook, get them a new apron.

It can be a simple apron that they’ll enjoy around the kitchen, or you could buy them a funny apron that will make them laugh every time they put it on.

5. Gift Certificate

We should value the father figures in our lives. They’re a true gem. If you have a dad in your life that prefers experiences to stuff, why not give it to them?

It could be something as simple as a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant. You could give them a gift certificate to a boat rental service so they could enjoy more time out on the water if they don’t own a boat.

Perhaps buy them a membership to a local country club if your father likes to golf.

One year, our pastor’s wife purchased her husband a gift certificate to a car rental place. He always wanted a yellow Camaro.

Though he didn’t buy one, she gave him the opportunity to drive one for a day. It was thoughtful and a great idea!

6. Wrap Him Up

Most men aren’t into getting new clothes, but if you have a rare one who is, go shopping for them.

You could get them work clothes, everyday clothes, work boots, new swim trunks, or even a new set of pajamas.

Don’t ever bypass an opportunity to make Dad comfier when he gets home from work. Whether they show it or not, most men enjoy having something soothing to slip into after working all day.

7. New Gear

If you have an active dad in your life, keep them active by supplying the gear they need. If your dad loves golfing, buy him new clubs.

You could purchase your dad a new kayak, surfboard, fishing equipment, or gear for anything else he may be into.

8. Gym Equipment

Is your dad into staying fit? That’s awesome! You should keep encouraging him to take care of himself by buying him new gym equipment.

If you have a basement or spare bedroom, you could set-up an at-home gym. Low on space? Don’t fret, you could buy them a membership to a nice, local gym.

9. Smoker

Last Christmas, I purchased my husband a smoker. He already had a mack-daddy grill, but I thought he’d enjoy having another piece of outdoor cooking equipment.

He has enjoyed it, and the rest of the family has too! If you have a dad that likes cooking meat in different forms, consider buying them an outdoor smoker.

10. Go Big

If money is no object for you, consider buying your dad a bigger gift. Maybe your family has been considering making a larger purchase.

Why not make the purchase in honor of the dad in your life for Father’s Day? This could be something as large as a boat, jet ski, or maybe even get Dad a new car.

My family can’t afford to do gifts like this, but if you can, give the man in your life a token of appreciation for all the work he puts into your family.

Dads are an important piece to every family. They do more than we probably give them credit for. If you have a father figure in your life that you want to celebrate this Father’s Day, I hope these ideas help.

Enjoy time together with those you love and make memories. Life is short and at some point, the memories are all you’ll have left.

Use this time to show appreciation and love to those who are in your life. Happy Father’s Day!

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