5 Best Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad Will Love

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The best Father's Day gifts are tough to find if your Dad is hard to shop for. Here are some ideas that any Dad will love without busting your budget.

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s time to start thinking of buying Father’s Day gifts. The challenge with many Father’s Day gift ideas is finding one that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg, but is also something your Dad will enjoy.

The National Retail Federation reports that over $15 billion was spent on Father’s Day gifts in 2019 – or over $140 per person, which can be difficult to do if you live on a budget.

I believe you can still buy a thoughtful gift and spend a fraction of that.

The Best Father’s Day Gifts


The best Father’s Day gifts are those that match what your Dad likes. We, or so I’m told, are difficult to shop for at times.

With that in mind, I hope oour list of some of the top Father’s Day gift ideas will help get your juices flowing as to some possibilities to buy your Dad for Father’s Day.

1. Anything Grill Related


What Dad doesn’t like to grill? I have been grilling for years and am a gas grill (you can find some of the best ones on Amazon here) fan myself as I love being able to grill up steaks when it’s snowing outside.

Buying a grill may not be the cheapest Father’s Day gift idea, but that doesn’t mean the whole area of grilling is out.

I believe one of the best Father’s Day gifts is one that complements what your father already loves to do. That is very simple to do with grilling.

Does your Dad need some new grilling accessories? He might even like a grill set like this BBQ Grill Tool Set from Home Complete.

Personally speaking, that would be a great gift. If your Dad is already covered with that, other Father’s Day gift ideas could include either a BBQ sauce gift set or a grill cover.

2. An E-Reader


This might not fit for all Dads, but I love to read. The problem with reading, other than finding time to do it, is that books clutter up the house.

That clutter can be cut down significantly with an E-Reader. I know they may not be the cheapest of Father’s Day gifts, but would definitely be a hit.

One of the big keys with this is finding one in your price range that your Dad would like. The Amazon Fire Tablet is one of the best options and is often at a great price.

Not only does it allow you to read, but get access to movies, music and so much more for a fraction of the price of an iPad. If you’re looking for one of those Father’s Day gifts that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, the Amazon Fire Tablet could be a hit!

You could also combine this with the Amazon Fire TV if your family is thinking of cutting the cord.

3. Gift Cards


Some don’t like to give gift cards for a holiday, but I think they can be one of the top Father’s Day gifts you can give. This is especially if your Dad is hard to shop for.

I’ve received them as a Father’s Day gift before and always like them as I can get something I know I will enjoy.

If a gift card is one of the gifts you’re considering, but don’t know what store to get it from then is a terrific option to consider.

Their SuperCertificate allows you to just select the dollar amount and the recipient can select what store they want to use it at.

Raise is also a great option if you want to go the discounted gift card route and save a little money.

4. The Gift of Golf


I’m not a golf fan myself, but my Father-in-Law loves to golf and something golfing related is one of our go-to Father’s Day gifts for him.

We’ve bought him everything golf related from a round at his favorite local course to buying him a new golf shirt.

He’s actually told us that one of the best Father’s Day gifts we’ve given him was this golf locker from Jef World. 

A golf locker is something that essentially allows you to store your shoes, golf balls, golf tees, and a number of other things in one convenient place.

The one we bought my father-in-law is fairly small, basically not much bigger than the shoes and is a good way to haul around all his smaller golfing equipment.

The best Father's Day gifts are tough to find if your Dad is hard to shop for. Here are some ideas that any Dad will love without busting your budget.

5. Tools


The final item on our list of best Father’s Day gift ideas is tools. This was a popular gift for my Dad when I was a kid and I know that many fathers enjoy having tools to use around the house.

Buying tools can get expensive, so keep that in mind as you’re shopping for Father’s Day gifts.

If your budget is a little higher you can look for something he doesn’t already have, or you can go as simple as this basic tool kit from Stanley that can be used around the house.

These can be fairly simple such as kits that include wrench sets as well as some other tools that he can use around the house. I’ve received basic tool kits in the past as a Father’s Day gift and they can be great for the DIY Dad.

Remember, it’s the thought that counts when you buy a gift. Don’t break the bank as Dad will be happy with most any gift.


What is one of your favorite Father’s Day gifts that you’ve received or given over the years? What do you buy for your Dad if he’s hard to shop for?



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  • Money Saving says:

    Great Father’s day gift ideas John!

  • Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life says:

    Groupons for a day of golf is always a good one. And don’t forget booze 😉

  • The Wallet Doctor says:

    I love to get fathers those gift cards. I usually spend considerable time selecting a Hallmark card and sticking in those gift cards. I feel much more confident that he will get a product that will really please him with a gift card.

    • John says:

      I like gift cards as well because then you know they can get something they want that they’ll be happy with.

  • Daisy @ Prairie Eco Thrifter says:

    My dad really isn’t a huge “father’s day” guy, in that he really doesn’t ever remember that it’s father’s day and I don’t think he particularly enjoys celebrating it. As a result, we don’t often get him a gift, usually we just bring him out for dinner and spend time with him.

    • John says:

      That’s honestly how I’ve gotten the past few years Daisy. There isn’t much I really want or need, and would much rather just spend time with the family as opposed to them just buying something I don’t want.

  • Cat says:

    By “grill related” I assume you would also accept a big pimpin’ grill for your teeth with diamonds etc?

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