Is your dad too old for ties and tool sets? You’ve come to the right place. For retired and senior dads who’ve seen it all, we came up with 25 great gift ideas to make his Father’s Day special.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s a cut above the rest, consider Di Bruno Bros. A Philadelphia culinary institution founded in 1939, Di Bruno Bros now ships nationally. Specializing in high quality meats and hard-to-find cheeses, they feature a diverse array of Father’s Day gift ideas. We like the fun hoagie kit and their binge watch basket (featured in Oprah magazine). Add in one of their orange-chocolate cigars to top it off. They also sell monthly subscription boxes if you’re interested in keeping happy even longer.
Have special digital photos of your dad? Choose from a selection of 20+ father’s day options, designed by independent artists, through Minted’s easy-to-use online ordering platform. Their Heart Snapshot Mix is a particularly popular choice.
Give dad a specially curated selection of beer from around the world, shipped to his doorstep. You can subscribe for as little as $35 for three months (3 deliveries). The boxes come with a monthly newsletter featuring tasting notes, food pairings, and historical facts. Note this is available for domestic US shipping only and cannot be shipped to the following states: AL, AK, AR, DE, HI, KY, MS, NE, & UT.
Give your father something to care for, but without too much high maintenance. Bonsai Boy, a well-regarded specialist nursery, has hundreds of great options on their website linked below. Next-day shipping is available Monday through Thursday for an extra charge. Ships within the USA only. You have the option to include extras such as a meter to measure when it needs watering.
DNA Test Kit
As dad gets up in years, help preserve knowledge of your family’s history with an ancestry DNA kit. He just needs to spit into a tube, mail it off, and in several weeks he’ll be able to trace your ancestors. A great gift for anyone in your family.
Give dad a special gourmet gift basket full of goodies. Whether he’s into sweets, beer, cheeses or popcorn, Gourmet Gift Baskets has options for every type of dad in their Father’s Day section, linked below. In this time of social distancing, dad will appreciate some snacks to keep him feeling fed at home.
Help inspire a dad who’s seen it all with Off the Beaten Path: A Travel Guide to More Than 1000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting.
Give your dad a reward for all the diaper changes, baseball camp pickups, bailouts and whatever else he’s ensured to set you on your feet. This one-of-a-kind Godinger whiskey glass has an indentation to allow your dad to sip and smoke.
Let your old man know he’s still a boss, even though he’s old. Will give him a good laugh while thinking of you over his morning coffee.
A play on the popular series The Godfather, this funny t-shirt is for granddad with a sense of humor. It’s subtle enough some may not notice it at first, which makes it all the more fun to wear. Made with pre-shrunken cotton and available in many color choices.
This attractive handmade soap is has a subtle and clean masculine scent. Beer contains polyphenols which help to soothe tired skin. Imported from France. A classy gift for a refined, mature father.
Military history coffee table book
Is your father enthralled by military history? Does he like to go on about WWII, Vietnam, etc? Help satiate his curiosity with this fantastic DK coffee table book full of rich imagery and descriptions of the “objects of warfare” throughout history.
For dads with some extra time on their hands, consider this Sudoku book with 200 puzzles to keep him entertained and busy for days. If he’s newer to Sudoku, the book includes solutions at the back to help him get going.
Fishing Hook Message
“Love you dad” hook – For dad’s who love to fish, this is the perfect way to say how much you love him. Comes in a quality box to present it in.
Bose QuietComfort Headphones
Give dad the gift of rest and relaxation. Whether he’s on an airplane or just trying to get some peace and quiet at home, the Bose QuietComfort headphones are miracle workers at blocking out noise. They sound amazing too.
Grilling Spice Gift Set
A great variety pack of grilling spices for dad! From southwest to citrus, all your father’s grill needs will be satisfied. If he’s getting up in years, this could be a great father-son combined activity.
For a classy dad, consider this attractive pocket watch inscribed with “dad” on the front. Comes in a nice gift box. He’ll love this.
Almonds, pistachios, cashews and four other varieties come in this gift pack for nut lovers. Dad will enjoy these while watching sports or hanging out around the holidays. Comes in a gift box.
These dad jokes will have him rolling in stitches. An especially good idea for more mature dads who have lived through as the subject of these jokes.
This classy decanter set featuring a ship inside a globe is blown by hand. Includes two matching glasses. Makes a great lounge centerpiece that both mom and dad will love.
This classic lawn game is very popular with older men in Italy. Easy and fun to play, it’s a great sport for those who may not be as active as they once were. A fun gift for not only dad, but the whole family.
Thank you hammer key chain
As you get older, you come to appreciate all the ways dad helped you become who you are today. This creative hammer key chain comes in an attractive box that reads “thank you for helping me build my life.” A nice, touching father’s day gift he’ll love (and use!).
Great Dads Get Promoted to Grandpas t-shirt
The perfect combined idea for both a dad and grandfather, this t-shirt is a great way to show him how important he is to the family. He’s likely to get many compliments from strangers while wearing this. Made from soft, quality fabric and available in 6 different colors.
Classic Dad's Old Fashioned Root Beer
Classic Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer – This classic root beer will bring back memories especially for boomer dads. First developed in the 1930s in Chicago, Dad’s become an American icon with its bold blue, red and yellow colors. Still using the original recipe, you can give your dad a sweet taste of his childhood for Father’s Day. Available on Amazon in Big Daddy size. Read more about the history of Dad’s here
From a Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit to a Custom Lake Art Cribbage Board, browse 200+ more unique ideas at Uncommon Goods, a retailer specializing in uncommon finds for a father who’s seen it all. Browse their specially curated Father’s Day selections.
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