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4 Father’s Day Gift Ideas To Show Dad Some Love

Skip the tie this Father’s Day and get him something he'll actually want.
By aha insurance - May 29, 2019

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Now that you’ve found a gift for Mother’s Day (hopefully!), it’s time to brainstorm some Father’s Day gift ideas to make your dad feel just as special. Dads are notoriously difficult to buy for because they tend to love expensive toys.

Don’t blow your budget on appliances, widescreen TVs, speaker systems, or specialty home improvement tools. Try these ideas instead to have a ton of fun instead—and within a reasonable budget.

Clean and Detail Your Dad’s Car

Some dads clean their cars religiously, and some forget to do their Spring cleaning for years on end. This is a great Father’s day gift idea regardless of your budget. If money’s tight, it’s totally possible to pull this off yourself with minimal supplies. Sneak the keys out (let’s be real—you know where he keeps them) and spend a couple hours cleaning, polishing, and vacuuming every nook and cranny of the car. Alternatively, there are plenty of mobile detailing services these days. Hire one of them to do the gritty work instead if you don’t have the time.

Your dad will love the results!

Indulge Your Dad’s Love for his Barbecue

Barbecues are a cliché, but they work for a reason: dads love them. Why not take care of the leg work and show up with a cooler of assorted meats (think kabobs, sausage, and steaks), some prepared side dishes, and a selection of his favorite beers? Let Dad take care of the fun part (the grilling) and then enjoy a low-stress family meal together.

You can even include new tools for his barbecue as a bonus Father’s Day gift idea!

Plan a Camping Trip

Your dad probably wants to spend more time with you, especially if you’ve lived away from home for a while. Why not plan an overnight camping trip together? You don’t need to go too far away, and tents are way more affordable than many of the expensive toys that dads drool over anyway.

Take time to get away from the noise of your city or town, bring his favourite beers, and roast him some food over a campfire under the stars.



Dads remember the moments like that more than any object you can buy for them (aside from a brand-new stainless steel barbecue).

Organize a Brewery Tour or Pub Crawl

Maybe this is something you’d usually only think to do with your pals, but, if your dad loves beer (and we’re betting he does), then a brewery tour or pub crawl is one of the most original Father’s day gift ideas you can give!

Most towns and cities have at least a few craft breweries that are only a short drive away. Walk him through the brewery, buy him a flight of different, freshly brewed flavours, and knock back a few with him for the afternoon.

Whether you borrow one of these ideas or come up one of your own, the important part is recognizing and appreciating the role that your dad has played in your life.

Happy Father’s Day!

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