10 Last-Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas
Look at you. You should be disgusted with yourself, you know that? Father's Day is this Sunday, and you still haven't bought a gift for the man who brought you into this world. Tsk tsk tsk.
But alright, what's done is done (or in this case, what's not done remains not done). You're still going to need to get something for dad, and it can't look like you slapped it together on the way to his house.
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Lucky for you, we've got a few last-minute gift ideas that pop will love. Plus, it'll look like you put some thought and effort into picking them out, despite buying them only days in advance.
Check them out below, you forgetful little punk.
If your father is into sports, take him to an upcoming game. Most retailers let you buy tickets online and print them out at home, so you can slap them into a card, hand it off to dad, and work out the rest of the details — like transportation or tailgating plans — later on.
Sports might not be dad's thing, but what about live music? Summer is the season for big concert tours, and 2013 offers plenty to choose from. Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, Rascal Flatts, Bob Dylan, and the Doobie Brothers are just some of the acts making their way across the country. Click on one to find out if they're coming to a venue near you.
Streaming TV or Movie Subscriptions
A subscription to Netflix only costs a few dollars a month, but it provides hours and hours of entertainment. Sign your father up for a streaming subscription, or arrange for him to receive his favorite DVDs by mail. And if he's already got Netflix, check out Hulu Plus to see if they carry entire seasons of his favorite shows. Both services offer trial periods too, so dad can try it before you buy it.
Gift of the Month Clubs
What's your father's weakness? Coffee? Hot sauce? For Father's Day, how about signing him up for a gift-of-the-month club that will deliver his favorite indulgences to his doorstep? Check out Craft Coffee if dad likes a good cup of joe, Hot Sauce of The Month if he likes his spice, or Birch Box if he likes a clean shave. There are also services that send ice cream (MilkMade), wine (Wine of The Month Club), Italian cured meats (Salumi Society) or beer (Microbrewed Beer of The Month Club), to name just a few.
(Clockwise from bottom left: Microbrewed Beer of The Month Club, Craft Coffee, MilkMade)
If dad already has everything he needs, he'll always appreciate food. Surprise him with a homemade dessert or order up a whole barbecue feast and bring it to his house. If it's not too late, you can also try booking a table at his favorite restaurant or steakhouse. And if it is too late, print him out a generous gift certificate from Restaurant.com and let him choose when he'd like to go.
We don't know your father, but we're guessing his face grows hair. And you can bet he's sick and tired of buying expensive razors to shave it all off. Dollar Shave Club can take care of all that dirty work for him, and deliver high-quality razors (and other shaving needs) straight to his door for a fraction of the price he'd pay at the store. But of course, he won't be paying for any of it. You will.
(Dollar Shave Club)
Dad gets stressed out just like the rest of us, and what he needs is a proper massage to beat those knots out of his aching back. This year, find a local spa that offers gift certificates and buy your father a nice rub-down, preferably at a place that also has a steamy sauna to relax in beforehand.
Ever since you can remember, your father has played the same lottery numbers: your birthday, your mom's birthday, your siblings' birthdays, and his old jersey number from back when he claims to have played some sort of sport in high school. On Father's Day, surprise him by buying a year's worth of those tickets in advance. Several states offer subscriptions which you fill out (and also pay for) online. Plus, if dad wins big, he'll probably share.
Is there a liquor store on the way to your father's house? Good. Grab him a bottle of the good stuff — the kind of booze he won't buy for himself. (It's also worth asking the clerks if they sell gift bags or bows.)
A Bunch of Gift Cards
Gift cards are polarizing. Some people embrace the opportunity to spend somebody else's money at a specific store; others would rather have the cash. We don't know how your dad feels about this kind of stuff, but if he likes to try new things, give him a multitude of gift cards to places he might like. A coffee shop, a restaurant, a hardware store, iTunes, an electronics boutique — the possibilities are endless. Bonus points if you have time to shove them all into a new wallet that he can keep in his glove box.