As much as the wedding day is about you and your groom-to-be, it’s also a special day for your parents. The wedding day is a perfect chance to express your gratitude and thank them for helping you get to where you are. Finding the perfect father of the bride gift for your hard-to-shop-for dad isn’t an easy task. Let’s be honest, selecting a gift for your mom is a bit easier.
The difficulty about shopping for dads is figuring out what to get him that he’ll use that he doesn’t already have. Before you start shopping for a gift for your dad, think about what you two enjoy doing, what traditions you have or any jokes you share.
Father of the Bride Gifts
If he appreciates sentimental gifts, gift him a custom tie patch or a frame with your favorite picture of the two of you. Cuff links with your wedding date or an “I loved you first” handkerchief are sure to bring a tear to his eye.
But what do you get your dad or your father-in-law if he’s not the most sentimental person? If there’s a family joke about your dad constantly adding salt to his food, give him a salt cellar and variety of salts.
Every father daughter relationship is unique. The most important thing is the thought behind the gift and the fact that you picked it out. Whether he’s a techie, foodie or traveler, here are 10 father of the bride gifts he’s sure to love.
01. Liquor Set
If your dad has a fondness for classic cocktails, he needs a bar that’s as sophisticated as his drink. A decanter and cut crystal rocks glasses is a must for any at home bar. This timeless liquor set lets him serve his guests in style. Adding a monogram makes it feel like his, especially when you pair with a bottle of his favorite spirit.
Shop Now: Mark & Graham, $89
02. Travel Tie Case
Every sharp dressed man knows the importance of a wrinkle free tie. Whether he’s putting it in his gym bag or his suitcase, this travel tie case is the perfect way to protect them and keep them looking brand new. For an added surprise, tuck a new tie in the case for him to wear to the rehearsal dinner. If he appreciates sentimental gestures, add a tie patch with your wedding date on the back of the tie.
Shop Now: The Tie Bar, $10
03. Amazon Echo
Perfect for the techie dad, an Echo is just what he needs to stay connected. He can get the news, listen to the radio, set alarms, and make calls. For the ultimate techie gift, pair it with a set of smart plugs. That way he can turn on the lights and start the coffee maker without getting out of bed in the morning.
Shop Now: Amazon, $99.99
04. Wireless Headphones
For the father of the bride that loves working out, these are the head phones for him. These Bluetooth headphones don’t have wires to get tangled in and the compact case charger can easily fit in his pocket. Give him a subscription to Spotify or Audiob books, so he can listen to his favorite music, podcasts, and audio books on the go.
Shop Now: Amazon, $49.99
05. Travel Shaving Set
If your dad or father-in-law prefers a more traditional shave, then this travel set is a must for him. The convenient pouch is filled with travel size products that allow him a clean, comfortable shave even when he’s not a home. Complete his shaving routine by giving him an engraved blade razor.
Shop Now: The Art of Shaving, $30
06. BBQ Grill Crate
This is the ultimate gift for the father of the bride who appreciates the art of barbecuing. It has all the gear he needs to enjoy and master cooking fall-off-the-bone meat at home. Offer to bring over a case of his favorite beer and let him show off his new skills at a family grill night.
Shop Now: Mancrates, $119.99
Whether your dad is at the family ranch, tailgating, or out boating, he shouldn’t leave home without this cooler. With extra thick walls that prevent ice from melting and heavy duty latches, everything will stay cool from sun up to sun down. Fill it with his favorite snacks and beverages for a special getting ready surprise.
Shop Now: Yeti, $199.99
08. Hot Sauce Kit
For the dad who puts hot sauce on everything, a make your own hot sauce kit will be right up his alley. Give it to him with a hot sauce cookbook for recipe inspiration. He’ll love creating his own concoctions and may even give you a bottle.
Shop Now: Uncommon Goods, $35
09. 1000 Record Covers Book
If your dad is an art fan, a musician, or a music lover, this book will be a wonderful addition to his library. He’ll be able to take a trip down memory lane while flipping through the pages. Find a copy of his favorite album or one that’s meaningful to you and give it to him with the book.
Shop Now: Amazon, $18
10. Herschel Duffel Bag
This duffel bag is compact, yet large enough to hold his essentials. It’s durable, stylish, and perfect for when he’s traveling on business or for the weekend. Make sure he can recognize his bag by adding a monogram luggage tag. Or slip a travel brochure in the bag letting him know you’re taking him on a trip.
Shop Now: Nordstrom, $70