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Why is it so difficult to buy gifts for men? I know in my case, when my husband wants something he just goes out and buys it! It usually happens close to his birthday or a holiday and I’m like, GREAT, thanks! Now what do I get you?! I also feel like compared to women men seem to have less hobbies generally and that makes it more difficult. At any rate, we have at LEAST three holidays a year we need to come up with ideas for husbands/dads so we better get some inspiration. Here are some starting points for you that I hope will give you some great ideas for the dads in your life. If you are looking for gift ideas for grandpa, check out this post!1. Something to do during his commute
Dads are often spending HOURS on their way to and from work. I know for my husband sitting in traffic is not his favorite time of the day so why not a gift that makes the commute a little more palatable?
One affordable option is Audible. You can download two free audio books by clicking on the link below. After your trial it costs $14.95 a month and you can cancel anytime. It is so easy for dad to install the app on his phone and then he can listen to many different options as he drives.
Many of my readers are from Utah where I am from…and many are also members of the LDS church. An LDS version of audiobooks is called the Deseret Bookshelf PLUS program and allows dad unlimited access to all of the audio and most of the ebooks at Deseret Book! UNLIMITED Audio people!
You can add your audio books or eBooks straight from the Deseret Book site once you’ve clicked on the link and enrolled in the 30 day free trial. It is super easy to set up and get listening or reading!
The cost for this new service after your 30 day free trial is $9.99 month-to-month or $99 a year. If you are a Platinum Member it is $69 a year or $6.99 month-to-month. You can click below for a 30-day free trial. You will need to put in a credit card and it automatically renews in a month. Just put a reminder in your phone to check at the end of the trial and see if dad likes it enough to continue. It’s like a risk-free gift for dad (and honestly the whole family).
2. Something to Help him Relax
After a long day at work (and after helping around the house and getting kids in bed!) a great gift for dads is something to help him relax.
If he doesn’t already have one, a hammock is a great (and inexpensive!) gift that will let him relax in style. The hammock above is one that we own and it has FIVE stars on Amazon for the bargain price of $27! This double hammock is big enough that every time my husband puts it up he ends up with several kids in there as well (and doesn’t mind it one bit). If you have no trees with which to hammock then you could also purchase this space saving portable hammock stand that includes a CUP HOLDER (hahaha!) $60 on Amazon. It folds up into a nice carrying case.
Whether dad is sore from his job, exercise or his long commute (ha!), these Myoballs are very versatile and have amazing reviews (4 1/2 stars on Amazon). One reviewer mentioned that he is a massage therapist and uses them in his hands to massage others. These are foam roller balls attached together with an elastic band so they can expand to massage many different parts of your body just by pushing them up and down the affected body part. These are just under $40 on Amazon.
3. Something to make him feel manly
Meat. Men were traditionally the hunters back when humans were hunter-gatherers and still have enough of that hunter spirit left that they are thoroughly happy in front of a barbecue…amIright? Now, most people already have a barbecue so my recommendation is to move up a level to a smoker!
I was nervous about buying a smoker for my husband because I had no idea what was the best type for us. Here is exactly what I bought him last year for Father’s Day and let me let you in on a secret. If you buy him manly cooking tools then HE will do the cooking and you don’t have to!! My husband has smoked ribs, brisket and chicken in his smoker and not only did they turn out super yummy, but he did all the work and enjoyed it! Woot!
Here is all of the things I purchased. I bought a Masterbuilt Smoker. This is a smaller, upright smoker so you can’t do gigantic racks of ribs, but it saves space and we just do several smaller racks of ribs on the smoker racks. Buying a smoker can seem a little overwhelming so I’ll tell you about our starter size that has worked well!e recommendation of a friend I added a wireless digital meat thermometer, hickory wood chips and apple wood chips and a smoker cookbook. You can also add this set of smoker tools that includes Meat Shredding Claws, Silicone gloves, and a silicone baster.
3. A new Gadget
This indoor/outdoor projector would be great for guys who love to game, watching sports in a BIG way, or even super fun outdoor movie parties! This awesome projector has 4 1/2 stars on Amazon and works with HDMI-enabled devices like PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Blue-ray DVD player, Smartphones, Media players (Music, Pictures, Video, TXT). Wouldn’t this be a fun gift with so many uses for dads? This is currently priced at $90 on Amazon. I have friends who use this to project directly onto the back of their house, but if that won’t won’t work for you here is a reasonably priced inflatable movie screen that has amazing reviews.
A Moment Lens (for iPhones). My husband bought this for himself (mmmhmmm) and uses it all the time. This particular lens is a wide lens (you can fit the whole family in your selfies now!), but they also have a macro lens for close-ups. The Moment Lenses come with an adhesive piece you put on the back of the phone that allows for you to screw the lenses on and off. The side benefit for me is that my husband gets amazing pics of our kids using this lens on his iPhone.
4. Something that makes his life easier
Is there a something in particular that you know your husband hates to do? Could you translate that into a thoughtful gift for him? Perhaps he doesn’t like yard work and you could hire a neighbor kid (or a lawn service) to mow the lawn this summer. If he wants less on his honey-do list you could give him a certificate for a handyman.
Some men don’t have the time or desire to go shopping. What about taking this off of his list by giving him a subscription to Stitch Fix? This popular personalized styling service is now available for men and makes it so HE DOESN’T HAVE TO GO INTO A SINGLE STORE! It is so easy to purchase a gift card and then have him fill out a quick survey to determine his style, sizing and what type of clothes he needs. Each Stitch Fix shipment costs $20 to order and includes 5 items. He gets to look at the shipment, decide what things he wants to purchase and can send back the rest with free shipping. The $20 styling fee will be applied to any items you purchase and if he decides to keep all five things he gets 25% off! You can choose to have a scheduled Stitch Fix where the box is sent out periodically or set it up so he can order one whenever he is running low on clothes.
5. Some time with his girl
As a mom, it is SO hard to balance the ever present needs of your kids with the quieter needs of your husband. I feel like my balance mostly goes in favor of my kids which makes me feel terrible. I love the idea of gifting one-on-one time with your honey to show him appreciation! I mentioned a few options like Date Night Ideas, and a trip savings jar on a Valentine’s Post. I love the idea of a year of dates all purchased and in cute envelopes by the Dating Divas and available for sale here on their website.
If you are able to pull off a surprise getaway I think that is always an amazing gift…take the kids to their grandparents and have a short trip planned including driving snacks and activities.
Whether it is immediate time together or time set aside every month I think it is an important thing to show our spouses that we love them and want to spend time with them.
6. Something that lets him have fun like a kid!
One of my favorite things is seeing my husband having a blast playing with our kids. Why not encourage that play that is awesome for everyone by buying something he loved to do as a kid?
This is a four pack of LASER tag guns that you can play at home. The targets are built into the guns so you don’t have to wear vests and it has amazing reviews on Amazon! Priced around $150 this is a little pricey but is basically a gift for the whole family!
7. Something funny
Some of these gifts might fall into several categories but I put them here because they made me laugh!
How about a daddy saddle?
Or if your kids are more into cars than horses, you can’t go wrong with this drive-on-dad t-shirt. They get to use the track and he gets to lie down and get a massage/back scratch.
And don’t forget the King of the Throne Squatty Potty gift. Hilarious…but useful!
I hope this inspired you with a gift idea for the dad in your life. They work hard at work, then work hard at home…they deserve something special whether it is for Father’s Day, their birthday, Christmas or an anniversary. Hooray for great dads!