Your dad, daddy, old man, father, pops, padre, whatever you want to call him,Â has done a lot for you. He helped raise you and taught you how to do a greatÂ number of things.
There are countless acts of love he has shownÂ you, some you noticed and others that passed you by.
Thankfully, every year, we get a chance to show appreciation for these selfless acts.
So this father’s day, we really want to make it count.
Every dad deserves something special this father’s day, but sometimes they are just too proud to ask for what they truly want. But fear not, over here at All I Wish Is, we have created a list of items that are guaranteed to make every dad’s day. We’ve also sorted our list with your budget in mind. Our list has gifts under $40, under $100 and over $100.
When it comes to sports, there are manyÂ dads who possess a strong opinion. Some of it comes from a place of knowledge, but a lot of it comes from a deeply embeddedÂ stubbornnessÂ against being told they are wrong. I’m sure they have also on occasion uttered that they “would be a great hockey analyst”. Well instead of just rolling your eyes and ignoring them, this time, give them a book that isÂ suitable for their “expert” knowledge of the game.
Pick upÂ The Book of BasketballÂ by Bill Simmons. Even if your dad isn’t a huge basketball fan, he will still appreciate the insight and knowledge of a true “sports guy”. Another sports book to consider isÂ On the Origins of Sports. This will give your pops a true understanding of where these sports he so emphatically cheers for, actually came from. Between these two books, at least now when he starts rambling off about how Curry’s Golden State Warriors are nothing compared to Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, he might have some facts to back himself up.
If those two options fail, maybe give your dadÂ The Modern Gentleman. That way he can at least learn how to be civil when expressing his strong opinions on sports.
If you don’t think a book is suitable you can never go wrong with some sort of handy-dandy tool. Try something like theÂ Sheffield 14-in-1 Hammer Tool. It’s a more advanced take on the swiss army knife. The tool includes a Hammer Head, Nail Claw, Linesman Pliers, Regular Pliers, 1/4 In. Slotted Screwdriver, 1/8 In. Slotted Screwdriver, #2 Phillips Screwdriver, 2-1/2 In. Drop Point Blade, 2 In. Serrated Blade, Can Opener, Wire Cutters, Wire Stripper, Soft File and Key Ring.
Buy it here: $11
For the more tech-savvy dads out there, theÂ ChromecastÂ is a great option. This little Google deviceÂ essentially turns any HDTV into a “Smart” TV. By creating wifi connection between the TV and your devices (phone and laptop), you are able to mirror both your phone and laptop onto your TV. For dads who enjoy binge watching on Netflix or Streaming Music through Google Play, they can quickly and easily do so with the Chromecast.
Side note: It also allows them to display photos they’ve taken from their phone, so be careful about your mom getting a hold of this because you might just end up spending an entire afternoon looking at pictures from their last vacation. You’ve been warned
Buy it here: $35
For many dads, a beer is the embodiment of relaxation, peace, and tranquility. For them, few things are better than coming home after a long day and enjoying their favorite beer. Another representation of dadhood is the act of building or creating something with your own hands. Why not combine these two dadly mindsets with aÂ Beer making kit.
Buy it here:Â $35
Like I said before, tools will always be a great gift for any dad. However, not every dad needs an entire garage full of saws, drills, compressors, and dremel kits. Most dads just need the basics. So for father’s day, give him something simple and compact, yet extremely practical and useful. TheÂ Stanley 65-Piece Homeowner’s Tool KitÂ is exactly what he needs.
Here’s everything that’s included: 13-ounce hammer, 16-foot tape rule, snap-off knife, level, long nose and slip joint pliers, Phillips screwdriver, standard tip screwdriver, eight SAE and eight metric hex keys, 1/4-inch round-head ratchet, eight SAE 1/4-inch sockets, 1/4-inch spinner handle, 1/4-inch bit holder, and 30 bits. What more do you need?
Buy it here: $82
Dads always seem to be on the go. They have a lot to do and a lot of things to bring with them. For dads like this, they need something to store everything they have on the go. But we’d also like for them to look stylish while they’re at it. Why not give them theÂ Burton Burton Backhill Duffel Bag. It’s perfect for travel, going the gym, work, or anything else in between.
Buy it here: $60
Every dad is busy and as I just mentioned, they are always on the go. There a few gifts more suitable and always fitting for a dad than a good watch. He probably already has a few, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were digital watches and only suitable for the recreational lifestyle. I think it’s time he steps up his watch game and gets something a little more stylish. Try theÂ Timex Weekender Casual WatchÂ . It’s stylish, simple, modern and most importantly, tells the time. What else could you ask for?
Buy it here: $59
I think a lot of dads pride themselves on being witty, crafty, handy, and innovative. So when an item comes along that embodies those same qualities, they tend to buy it. What fits this description better than aÂ BBQ Briefcase? Your dad can now take a BBQ with him anywhere but also look like he’s heading out to settle a drug deal with $1 million in a briefcase. Good thing this will only cost you $75.
Buy it here: $75
$100 and up
Dads come in many forms, but pretty much all of them have an obsession with filming things. It started with the bulking camcorders from the 90’s but today he can film everything with the tiny but powerfulÂ GoPro Hero4. Perfectly suitable for the extreme dads who want to film themselves doing outdoor activities, but also great for the dads who think they are extreme when they go ride their bike down at the park.
Buy it here: $400
On the note of cameras and how far we’ve come since the large camcorders. In the past few years, we have stepped into a new realm of video recording. Thanks to 360 cameras like theÂ Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera, everyone can shoot Virtual Reality Video. Your dad can fill his many activities and experience them from his own perspective but now go back a relieve them from every angle. What a time to be alive!
Buy it here: $449
Our TV’s, cameras, and phones all seem to be progressively becoming more advanced. Doesn’t it make sense that our watches would follow suit? Of courseÂ it does, and that’s why the smartwatch is such a logical invention. Your dad no longer will have an excuse for missing your text or losing his phone thanks to this very smart piece of technology. If he’s an Android guy, pick him up theÂ LG UrbaneÂ ($365) or Â theÂ Moto 360Â ($349). If he’s an Apple fellow, try one of the many variations of theÂ Apple WatchÂ ($349).
Shaving is another one of those essential aspects on dadhood,Â but not every dad enjoys the experience. Why not help him begin to love the experience of shaving? Buy him theÂ Braun Series 7Â electric shaver. This power packed beauty offers one the closest and most comfortable electric shavers on the market. It’s fast, effective, and above all, it cleans itself!
Buy it here: $160
Depending on the age of your old man, there is a good chance he grew up in time where not everything was digitally stored on a phone or computer. Now many of these digital storing advancements are huge time savers, (ie; online bills, written documents, music). But sometimes there certain things hold greater sentament when they can be physically held in your hands and not seen through a screen. The most prominent example thisÂ is photos. Give you dad a nostalgic feeling of printed photos with theÂ Polaroid Mobile Printer. Now he can find his favourite photos and quickly print them to keep and view when he’s not glued to his phone.
Buy it here: $129
When all else fails…
If you really don’t think any of these gifts are fitting for your dad, there is always one last option. Simply spend time with the guy.
Go out for lunch, take him out for dinner or just do one of his favouriteÂ activities with him. Dads work hard and sometimes all they want is a break where they can spend time with the ones they love. So give him that and you really can’t go wrong.