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Father’s Day 2023: Top Gift Ideas for Every Type of Dad

Celebrating Dad in Style: Creative and Personalized Gifts for Father’s Day 2023

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Father’s Day 2023 is just around the corner, and it’s time to put on your thinking cap for the perfect gift. Whether it’s the first Father’s Day for the new dad in your life, or you’re searching for the best way to honor a step-dad, every father figure deserves a token of appreciation. To make your search easier, we’ve rounded up a list of top-notch gift ideas for every type of dad.

Understanding What Dads Want for Father's Day

The New Dad

The arrival of a little one is an exhilarating, sleep-depriving, life-changing event. So, when it comes to first Father’s Day gift ideas, consider something that commemorates his entry into fatherhood. A personalized photo album featuring precious moments with the baby, a custom-made keychain with the baby’s fingerprint, or even a baby handprint and footprint kit can serve as a beautiful reminder of this special time.

The New Dad

The Experienced Dad

For dads who have been in the game for a while, you might need to get a little more creative. Consider his hobbies or interests. If he’s a sports fan, how about tickets to his favourite team’s game? If he’s a bookworm, a limited edition of his favourite novel could be the perfect gift. Or, if he’s a lover of all things tech, the latest gadget might just make his day.

The Step-Dad

Step-dads often play a significant role in our lives, and Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show them your appreciation. When it comes to step-dad gifts, consider his personality and interests. If he’s into cooking, a high-quality chef’s knife or cooking class could be a hit. If he’s a music lover, consider a vinyl record of his favourite band. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.

The New Dad

Choosing Gifts for Dads of Different Age Groups

Dads in their 30s-40s

These dads are often in the throes of parenting young children or teenagers, balancing work, and personal life. For these busy bees, gifts that can help simplify their lives, or add a touch of fun and relaxation are often appreciated. Think about tech gadgets like smart home devices, high-quality headphones for those rare moments of peace, or an online cooking class to spice up family meals. Or, consider a virtual magic show to bring the whole family together for some fun.

Dads in their 40s-50s

Dads in this age group might be experiencing a bit of an empty nest syndrome or enjoying their prime career years. They might appreciate gifts that cater to their hobbies or interests, whether it’s a deluxe barbecue set for the grill master, a new golf club, or a subscription to a wine or craft beer club. For the dad who loves puzzles and challenges, consider booking a virtual escape room experience for him and his friends.

Dads in their 50s-60s

For older dads, sentimental gifts often hit the mark. Consider a personalized photo book filled with memories or a custom piece of artwork. They might also enjoy experiences rather than material gifts, such as a gourmet cooking class, a guided fishing trip, or a subscription to a book or music club. For a unique gift, consider a virtual Santa visit for him and his grandchildren — it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas!

Making Father's Day Extra Special

The Most Popular Gifts on Father's Day

It’s always good to know what’s trending. For Father’s Day, some of the most popular gifts include personalized items, such as engraved wallets or custom-made cufflinks. High-quality tools for DIY dads, gourmet food hampers for foodie fathers, and experience gifts, like hot air balloon rides or cooking classes, are also popular.

DIY Father's Day Gifts

Adding a personal touch to your gift can make it even more special. Consider crafting a DIY gift like a homemade card, a photo collage, or even a custom-made video message. Check out these DIY ideas from The Fun Master’s DIY Father’s Day gift service for some inspiration.


What does every dad want for Father's Day?

While each dad is unique, most appreciate heartfelt gestures and quality time with their family. Even a simple breakfast in bed or a hand-drawn card from the kids can make the day special. If you want to go the extra mile, consider planning an activity based on his interests, such as a family game night or a backyard barbecue.

Traditional gifts like neckties and socks are always popular, but many dads also appreciate more personalized presents. Consider gifts that align with his hobbies or interests, from cooking gear for the culinary-inclined dad to sports memorabilia for the sports fan. When in doubt, a heartfelt note expressing your appreciation can be the most meaningful gift of all.

What is the best surprise for Father's Day?

Surprises that involve quality time and shared experiences often make the best gifts. This could be as simple as a surprise picnic in the park or as elaborate as a surprise party with close friends and family. For a really fun surprise, consider hiring a magician for a magical birthday party or a Rubik’s Cube workshop with Mikael Taieb.

How do I make Father's Day extra special?

Making Father’s Day extra special often involves going the extra mile to show your appreciation. This might involve cooking his favorite meal, planning a fun family outing, or surprising him with a gift that shows you know and appreciate his interests. To create lasting memories, consider organizing a special event like a family day full of games and activities.

What should I do for my first father's day?

For your first Father’s Day, it’s all about celebrating the new journey of fatherhood. This could be as simple as spending quality time with your baby or as grand as a family photoshoot. Alternatively, you could treat yourself to a new dad survival kit or a special piece of jewelry marking this milestone. Don’t forget to take a moment to reflect on the joy and challenges of becoming a father – it’s a journey worth celebrating!

In Conclusion: Celebrating Dad in Style

Father’s Day is about more than just gifts — it’s about showing the fathers and father figures in your life how much you appreciate them. Whether it’s with a heartfelt letter, a DIY craft, or a thoughtful present, the most important thing is to make them feel loved and appreciated.

So, as we gear up for Father’s Day 2023, let’s not forget the real reason we celebrate this day: to honor the fathers in our lives who have been our pillars of strength, our fountains of wisdom, and our biggest cheerleaders. This Father’s Day, let’s toast to the dads — new dads, experienced dads, step-dads and all — for everything they do for us.

Happy Father’s Day!

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