Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts

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Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas!
So you got busy and forgot to shop for Dad?  You’re scrambling and panicking and don’t have the time or money to get him a really “fancy” gift.  Most of our dads (or husbands) just happy to be thought of and loved.  Most of the time, the gift isn’t the important thing.  Yes, the old cliché is true: “It’s the thought that counts.”

Here are a few quick, simple ideas for a great (and budget-friendly) Father’s Day gift that he will love:

Framed photo:  A framed family photo is a great, simple gift that will take you under an hour to put together.  Go online, order a one-hour print and then choose a nice frame.  Voila!  A great keepsake that he can keep on his desk or nightstand.  If you have little ones, you can also get a plain frame and let them decorate it themselves with markers, glue or other fun items!

Movie Night:  Pop up some popcorn, dim the lights and settle in for a family movie night!!  You can order tons of great movies on Amazon for around $5!  Most Amazon movies have 2 day free shipping with Amazon Prime or you can watch them immediately with Amazon Instant Video.

Magazine Subscription:  There is something for everyone… whether the dad in your life likes to golf, fish or build, you can find a magazine for him!  Plus if you use the code SPRING10 you will get an additional 10% OFF at!

Framed art:  If your kids are still young and you are “in charge” of gifts, you may feel the pressure to produce something great.  But the gift that all parents love is always their children’s art!  Have your kids create beautiful, handmade, one of a kind art for your husband. Buy a nice frame and present it to him with a card that tells him just how special he is to all of you.

Beer Mugs:  If the Dad in your life is a beer drinker, you can find tons of great beer mugs around!!  I love this Beer Mug with Freezing Gel to keep his beer frosty cold!  There are lots of other fun choices over on Amazon as well!  (For the wine dad, there are tons of great wine glasses available too!)

Amazon has great deals on tons of items for Dads…  and if you have Amazon Prime you will get free 2 day shipping!  They have everything from watches and wallets to tools and sporting gear!

Grilling gifts:  You can find grilling accessories at pretty much any mall and, if he loves to grill, he will be thrilled with a new set of tongs, a meat thermometer or an apron.  These are typically pretty inexpensive and easy to find but the kind of thing that most men don’t go out and purchase on their own.  For an extra special treat, add in an amazing steak to grill up for Father’s Day Dinner!  Add in a fun book like Michael Symon’s Carnivore (ships free with Amazon Prime).

Coupons for Dad:  You (or your kids) can create a coupon book full of coupons especially tailored to your special guy.  The traditional “One free hug” is always a standard but try mixing it up with things that you know he really likes.  For example, “One quiet Sunday afternoon with the TV remote” or “One dinner (insert name of favorite dinner here).” These personalized coupons are meaningful because it shows that you pay attention to him and care about doing things especially for him.

Gift Cards:  Treat Dad to coffee, lunch or a new book with a gift card!  Amazon has a huge selection of Father’s Day Gift Cards!

Snack basket:  Get a basket and fill it with all of the things that he loves to eat.  You can put in beer, wine, specialty nuts, chips and whatever else he really enjoys.  Of course, they will have to be non-perishable snacks.  Try your best to personalize the basket to HIM.

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  1. What is a good fathers day gift if dad is a professional driver… He gas been no help when I asked him what he wants

    1. Music or iTunes cards if he doesn’t have satellite radio. Possibly a back support? A great travel mug or water bottle (or even a personalized one). Hopefully someone else here has some suggestions for you!