Father’s Day Gifts That Dad Will Love

Gift Ideas for Father’s Day.

Fathers Day Gifts

It’s that time of year again. The time to celebrate the fathers in our lives. Does anyone else struggle shopping for husbands or fathers (or both)? Father’s Day gifts are almost always hard for me!

This year, I recommend a fresh approach to Father’s Day gift giving.

I recent read a fabulous book called The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. This book teaches that there are five basic ways that we can express love, and some mean more to us than others.

Love Languages

To really honour someone, we need to learn to speak their love language. This can improve any relationship – with children, friends, siblings, partners and parents.

Let’s consider how to apply these principles to honour the love of our lives this year for Father’s Day.

Meaningful Gifts

Words of Affirmation

Does the man in your life beam when he is given verbal or written praise? Chances are his love language is Words of Affirmation. He might appreciate it if you:

  • Take extra time to find the perfect card, even if it costs (gasp) $6. If this is truly his love language, it will be worth every penny. Or make your own, with meaningful words.
  • Make a video telling him specific things you appreciate about him. Get creative – maybe it could be an A to Z list (Awesome, Buys my favourite ice cream, Considerate of my feelings…).

Acts of Service

Does the man you are honouring seem touched when you do thoughtful things for him? Chances are his love language is Acts of Service. Here are some ideas for him this Father’s Day:

  • Make a coupon booklet full of acts of service that you and the kids will do for him. For example, take out the garbage for a month, make his coffee for a week, take his car for an oil change, get something crossed off his TO DO list.
  • Buy something that will make his life easier and finish the project. For example, buy a shelf to organize his tools, and install it for him.

Meaningful Touch

Does your man value physical touch more than other expressions of love? Some ideas to speak this language on Father’s Day:

  • Book a massage for him. This is my favourite frugal gift to give (and receive, in case you are reading this, honey!), because we have insurance coverage for a few massages each year.
  • Have the kids take turns rubbing his feet, scratching his back… whatever dad fancies.


If your man feels most loved when he receives gifts, make sure your presents are given on the actual holiday. Gifts do not have to be expensive to be meaningful, since “it’s the thought that counts” is especially true for these men. You could:

  • Make a scavenger hunt, with small thoughtful gifts that lead up to a larger gift.
  • Put together a basket of meaningful items that he enjoys (favourite DVD, popcorn, flavoured coffee and lounge pants).

Quality Time

If your man feels most loved when you carve out time for him, you can honour him in this way by doing the following:

  • Plan a special afternoon or evening when you can have uninterrupted time. Make sure he has your full attention.
  • Surprise him with the children and take him to a place he loves.

I Love You

I hope this inspires you for meaningful Father’s Day gift ideas. We’d love to hear how you plan to celebrate. (Here is a link to a summary of Gary Chapman’s article if you want to read it further.)

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  1. Heather R says:

    I have been meaning to read that book!

  2. Angela says:

    I know the love languages, but have not yet had the opportunity to read the book. Thank you for this post.

  3. Sara says:

    This is a wonderful book!!! It has improved our marriage and our relationship with our children. I recommend it to everyone. There are also free quizzes, online, to figure out what your love languages are. (Kids quizzes too.)

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for the endorsement Sara. It has helped my parenting a lot–I can understand when my Quality Time kid is getting moody that I haven’t filled his love tank lately. And my Touch boy loves back scratches and snuggly blankets, but this would not impress another son at all.

  4. Krista says:

    I read this book years ago – and have re-read it many times since. I’ve also recommended it to quite a few friends & those that have read it also enjoyed / benefited from it (one said it was the best relationship “self-help” book he’s read – and I’d agree!). Great book… and good article! Thanks for writing on this topic Karen.

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