Every June you may find yourself wondering what dads really want for Father’s Day. I know that I do and so do my children. They’re always thinking about what dads want–especially what their dad wants–as well as possible fun, Father’s Day surprise ideas.
Turns out men can be a lot simpler than that. Because when it comes to what men really want for Father’s Day, well, feed me.
Yes, dads want the gift of food, along with a couple of other categories that are super easy to shop for, especially from your phone, tablet or laptop. I’ve laid out all the best gift ideas for Father’s Day below.
What dads really want for Father’s Day
How different are Canadian dads from American dads? I’m guessing not that much.
So that’s why when RetailMeNot in Canada provided information on what dads really want for Father’s Day–in Canada–I figured it was worth sharing for American children looking for father’s day gift ideas from daughters and sons.
We all know that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So this is certainly in line with why the gift of food is such a popular gift for Father’s Day. A May 2019 survey found that six in 10 people were looking to share a meal with their Dad or buy them their favorite food or beverage.
Bringing in some additional research from the National Retail Federation (NRF), and it turns out that over one-third of those planning to celebrate Father’s Day this year are interested in gifting dad with a product subscription box. And if you’ve been reading this blog for some time now, then you know that I’m a big fan of subscription boxes and online services.
Subscription box gift ideas for Father’s Day 2019
So what are some subscription boxes or online services that I might recommend for Father’s Day 2019? Some of these subscription boxes are the gift of food, which we’ve already established is one of those things that dads really want for Father’s Day.
Others are subscription boxes my own husband has tried out and loved. These are primarily online styling subscription boxes that send you clothing and accessories. I wrote an article during the holidays about the best clothing subscription boxes for men.
Here are five ideas of what men really want for Father’s Day–in the subscription box category–listed in alphabetical order:
1. Blue Apron
One of the first meal kit services available, you can sign dad up for Blue Apron and use this link to save $40 off your first two boxes.
Every month, ButcherBox curates a one-of-a-kind selection of the healthiest, tastiest meats, humanely raised and free of antibiotics and hormones, with each box perfectly packed and portioned for your needs. Through June 9th, new customers who sign up for ButcherBox will receive a FREE Ultimate BBQ Bundle at ButcherBox. This include Baby Back Ribs, 2 Lbs of Ground Beef, and 2 NY Strips–all free in their first box. This is a $59 value!
For regular meal kit services, our go to has been Hello Fresh. The recipes are easy, the ingredients not so esoteric and the menus delicious.
Hello Fresh is also one of the more affordable meal kit services. Right now, you can get $90 off.
In addition, if dad likes wine, you can also add that on to a Hello Fresh subscription and get 50% off your first wine box!
4. Stitch Fix
My husband other favorite online styling service for men’s clothes is Stitch Fix. Now that Stitch Fix is offering extended sizes for men–and women–petite, shorter men as well as big and tall men can all find clothing and accessories they’d like.
I think a Stitch Fix shipment of clothing would be a great Father’s Day gift for the dad to be or new dad. You can request an athleisure wardrobe, which is what I’m sure new dads would want to be wearing.
5. Sun Basket
For the vegetarian dad who has maybe said that when in comes to what he really wants for Father’s Day, he wants the gift of food, I would recommend checking out Sun Basket. Right now, you can get $35 off your 1st Sun Basket order.
Subscription boxes make a great last minute gift
What’s great about buying a subscription box for Father’s Day is it can be your last-minute Father’s Day gift option. You can order it online, print something out to slip in dad’s card, and soon enough his first subscription box will be on his doorstep.
If none of these whet your whistle or seem like something your dad would want for Father’s Day, please check out my blog post on the most popular subscription boxes by state. Based on where your dad lives, you might find some Father’s Day surprise ideas.
Shopping for Father’s Day gift for a dad to be? I’m confident you’ll find one or a few of the subscription boxes in this extensive blog post on popular subscription services is the perfect gift to give a dad to be this Father’s Day.
Dad wants to spend time with you on Father’s Day
Yes, giving dad the gift of food is one of those things that men really want for Father’s Day. But nearly 60 percent of them want to enjoy that gift of food–or another experience–by spending time with you.
A great way to kill two birds with one stone, if you will, is to find an experience gift you can give dad that you two can enjoy together. This could be the gift of a meal out at a favorite eatery–restaurant gift cards, anyone? For example, right now, you can get a $10 bonus card with every $50 in Olive Garden gift cards you buy.
What about giving dad the gift of going to the movies? Or what about dinner and a movie? Here’s an offer from Fandago: You get two gift cards for one perfect outing together. Purchase a $25 Fandango Gift Card + $25 Darden Restaurant Gift Card.
One study showed that 79 percent of dads say they like to bond with their children over food. So sitting down for a meal with dad this Father’s Day or cooking him a meal at home would both be great choices for Father’s Day gifts. In fact, either or both could be one of those Father’s Day surprise ideas.
Still stumped on what to give him? Check out my round up of experience gifts for dads, moms and anyone else that doesn’t want more stuff but rather time with you. These are great last-minute Fathers Day gift options.
If you like to do your shopping online in one place, I’ve actually put together a Father’s Day shopping list on Amazon. I’m calling this shopping list “Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Hip Dad.”
This shopping list could also work if you’re reading this post long after Father’s Day and are looking for what to buy dad for his birthday or what to buy your dad for Christmas or Chanukah. I guess at some point I need to rename this shopping list simply “Awesome Gifts for the Hip Dad.”
Gift ideas for spending time outdoors
June happens to be a great time for seasonal goods for spending time in the great outdoors. If dad is the outdoorsy type, you’ll like find good prices on outdoor gear.
According to Retail Me Not, prices on fishing, hiking and camping gear tend to drop as the cold weather moves in, but June is another opportunity to save. For those planning a summer camping trip, get prepared by checking out retailers that specialize in camping or sporting goods to do your Father’s Day gift shopping. You might even find something perfect online at Target!
More ideas on what dads really want for Father’s Day
Again let’s assume that dads in Canada have similar likes and dislikes as dads in America. So when Rakuten in Canada polled men on what dads really want for Father’s Day, here’s how the answers shook out:
- Almost half (42%) of dads say they’d like a gift card/certificate
- 35 per cent would choose a meal out
- 14 per cent said they’d like tickets to an event or experience
One of the reasons that gift cards are so popular is the freedom they give. When you give someone a gift card, you give them the ability to choose the perfect item. This ensures that what men really get what men really want for Father’s Day.
I hope that whenever you’re shopping online–whether for a gift card or another kind of gift–that you start your shopping on Rakuten. It’s one of the best ways to get cash back on purchases you were going to make anyway.
I’ve actually got the Rakuten browser extension on my laptop. So that whenever I land on a store that participates in Rakuten, it begins to pulse and reminds me of my cash back opportunities.
If you sign up for Rakuten using my link, you’ll get your choice of a $10 gift card that you can use for your shopping. Who doesn’t love getting a free gift card?
Still not convinced? Since signing up for Rakuten, I’ve received more than $2,500 in cash back. I get that cash back direct deposited into my PayPal account. Yeah–free money!
Final thoughts on what dads really want for Father’s Day
You won’t be alone in wanting to buy your dad a Father’s Day gift he really wants. The biggest drivers of Father’s Day spending are growth in spending by those ages 35-44.
They’re the ones spending on clothing (hello, clothing subscription boxes or online styling companies for men), special outings and gift cards.
The NRF adds that subscription box services have become a popular unique gift option, particularly among younger consumers. So I know what I’m talking about when recommending you consider getting dad a meal kit subscription or a meat subscription or even signing him up for an online styling option for men.
If you do, then you can feel confident that you really did get your dad something he really wanted for Father’s Day 2019. So Happy Fathers Day to you, all of the dads and dads to be out there in the world.