It seems like the holiday season is starting earlier and earlier every year, but with finals looming so close to the holidays, starting your holiday shopping now makes more and more sense. After all, you don’t want to be stuck in a last-second bind paying for rush shipping or buying the first semi-acceptable gift you can find for your mom or best friend.
But don’t worry… I’m here to help with your gifting this holiday season by kicking off College Fashion’s Holiday Gift Guide series. First up: the best gifts for Dads/Father Figures.
There’s no one else in your life quite like that father figure you have, so when the holidays roll around, you want to find a way to express your appreciation. It can be a little hard shopping for men in general, especially when they’re not in college anymore, but you can definitely get creative and have fun with this gift.
Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas for the men in your life you look up to:
Related reading: These Are the Best Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend’s Parents
For the “Never Grew Up” Dude
This Lego mug is absolutely adorable and a quirky yet cool statement piece for his desk or work space. You can also buy some additional Lego figures (I highly recommend Batman) to add a personalized touch to the mug!
For the Sappy Dad Type
For the Dad who loves a good old-fashioned photo of his kids, grab a picture frame, your cutest childhood photo (and your siblings’, if you have them), and make a cute DIY card. He will definitely appreciate the time and effort you put into this gift. Be sure to view the tutorial above for some fun pun ideas!
For the Refined Foodie
If he’s a serious foodie, letting Dad grow his own herbs at home is thoughtful option. He’ll be able to refine his cooking skills and up the flavor of any recipe. This basic set comes with basil, chives, and parsley. Bonus: It’s available with Amazon Prime.
For the Personal Trainer-in-Training
This resistance band set is a great way to expand his workout options; it comes with a door anchor so it can even be used at home. It’s also more portable than a set of weights… and much easier to wrap!
For the Tech-Centric Dad
The future of technology is AI, artificial intelligence, so it wouldn’t hurt to help your dad get on top of that trend now! At $50, the Amazon Echo Dot is an absolute steal for a new and relevant piece of technology.
As of now, it’s the most advanced smart speaker on the market, and it doesn’t require any additional hardware to function inside his home. It’s incredibly useful, and it connects with many popular fitness apps and music services.
For a Unique Gift
If you have a close father figure in your life, I highly recommend giving him something that represents your time together. Whether it’s a gift certificate to that ice cream place he would always take you to as a child, passes to the local arcade, tickets to a baseball game, or leaning how to make him a favorite home-cooked meal, he will definitely appreciate getting to spend time with you! If your parents are recent empty-nesters, your dad will especially love this one.
If All Else Fails…
This shadowbox from Etsy is a quick and easy gift that comes with a few options for customization. You can even buy the box empty and fill it up with anything your heart desires, including your dad’s favorite candy! We think he’ll get a kick out of this fun gift.
What did you think of these gifts? What kind of gift guides do you want to see next? Let me know in the comments below!