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7 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Dad who THINKS He has Everything!

by Mike Kelley

We have all heard of, or probably even experienced the difficult task of buying a gift for someone who seems to have everything. And, quite often that person is one or both of your parents, right?

Enter Father’s Day, and the tiresome task of finding a great gift for him, when he thinks he has everything. When a person thinks they have everything, they won’t come up with ideas, and you’re on your own. It becomes more and more difficult to come up with something they don’t already have, or something they have never received before.

If you are like me, you also don’t want to get dad something he can easily go pick up at the corner store. So, I am going to share 7 ideas that are unique and quite possibly never considered by your dad, making it a pleasant surprise for him.

1. Pamper the Chef

For the dad who loves to cook, or simply enjoys a professionally-cooked gourmet meal, consider having a chef come into the home to cook a full course meal. The chef can come into the home and prepare a lovely meal for just your father, or the entire family. Just let the chef know what your dad’s favorite meal is, and ask what you need to do in order to prepare.

Another option along this line is to have a chef come in for personal and private cooking lessons for your dad.

2. Design a Cologne for Him

Cologne is a popular gift to give fathers. But, rather than purchasing a bottle of cologne off the shelf, create a signature scent, designed just for your dad. Several of the finer cologne boutiques will offer this service of blending certain scents, which you request.

If you are unsure about what your dad would like, give him a gift certificate and take him there to have him design his own.

3. Hard to Find Memorabilia

If your father is a big fan of something from the past, hard to find memorabilia is a great choice for a gift. For example, if he always talks of his Pac Man playing days, get him a 30th anniversary Pac-Man arcade game, or framed poster.

Whatever his interest might be, you could probably find something related to it. Just remember, the harder it is to find, the more special it might be to your dad.

4. Blank-of-the-Month Club

If your dad enjoys wine, beer, or even certain foods, you can get him a fresh delivery of uniqueness each month. Let’s say your dad enjoys a good wine. You can sign up to have a unique wine sent to his home each month.

There are various other ideas available such as the following:

  • Beer

  • Cheese

  • Fruit

  • Desserts

  • Salsa

  • Puzzles

  • Pizza

You can even choose pickles. There are a few websites available, with a wide selection
to choose from, depending on your dad’s interests. Most sites will allow you to choose from 3 to 12 months, which is helpful when it comes to varying degrees of budgets.

5. Rent a Car

No, I am not talking about going to the local car rental to rent a basic car for your dad. I am referring to renting him a day of driving a luxury car such as a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or a Lotus Elise. Many dads would be thrilled to take it out for a spin.

However, there are locations that will rent it for more than a jaunt around the block. You can rent it for an hour, half day, or even a full day. Of course, the price will fluctuate accordingly.

Just a tip though…don’t schedule it until you know for sure your dad has the time to enjoy it. It might be best to give him a certificate, so he can choose which car, and when he wants to go.

6. Personalize It

Perhaps it’s just that your dad has everything he WANTS, rather than literally having everything. If that is the case, then consider replacing something he has with a personalized version of it. For example, if he’s a golfer and already has everything he needs for golf, what about a personalized bag, or head covers?

There are many things you can personalize including beer mugs, t-shirts, barbeque apron, or even a photo with a nice frame.

7. Weekend Away Together

An old folk song by Harry Chapin, ‘Cats in the Cradle’, is about a father who was always too busy to spend time with his son. Then the story reverses as they both age, with the son becoming too busy for the father as his life slows down.

While the tale is a sad one, it does represent many parent/child relationships, to some degree. Maybe one of the best Father’s Day gifts you can give your dad would be a weekend away… together. Don’t wait until you have the time. MAKE the time, before it’s too late.

In Closing

I have shared some ideas for the ‘hard-to-buy-for-dad’, and hopefully you can apply one of them to your Father’s Day celebrations. Or, maybe one of them will inspire other ideas for you. Either way, enjoy the time you have with your dad!

About the Author

Mike Kelley, owner of, currently works in the Gulf of Mexico, on a drill ship. His wife suggested that he come up with his own space, surrounding himself with items such as baseball or football wall murals, incorporating his own interests as a way to unwind. He liked the idea, so he now shares how to create a man cave through his website. He and his wife reside in Port Townsend, Washington. They are the proud parents of 2 grown children, and 1 granddaughter.

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