Even though Father’s Day gifts have been on our minds — and our shopping lists — for weeks now, some of us still have, um, a little bit of work to do before Sunday. But we’re not worried, and you shouldn’t be either, because we’ve rounded up a ton of easy ideas for last-minute Father’s Day gifts right here for you.
From things you and your kids can make yourselves to gifts you can get from your local stores at the 11th hour, we’re sure you’ll find something here that will show Dad just how special he is.
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Easy last-minute Father’s Day gift idea 1: Food…lots of it!
They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. We’re not sure that’s entirely true, but it’s still a fun and delicious proverb to test out on Father’s Day. Whatever meal you’re planning for Dad (breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner) and wherever you’re planning it (bedside, poolside, outside)…we’ve got a recipe for that.
-Our favorite bacon recipe of all time
-A bacon mac ‘n’ cheese melt (and other brilliant recipes by the best dad food bloggers)
-Build Dad’s favorite burger with one of these best cuts of beef
-A full-on Father’s Day meal plan (that’s flexible too!)
-The most adorable mustache pancakes, and other breakfast recipes expressly made for Dad
-Rum-soaked grilled pineapple and other delicious Dad’s Day dessert recipes
-Eggs in a basket and sweet heart-shaped food ideas
Easy last-minute Father’s Day gift idea 2: Something he’d love from a neighborhood store, flea market or craft fair.
Photo: @cobigelow on Instagram, by @ships_days_tgm_nagoya
We’re all for honoring our pops by supporting our local mom-and-pops. So think about what’s nearby? A cool kitchen or gourmet store? A great indie bookstore? A favorite menswear boutique?A talented florist? An old school indie sporting goods store? A high-end chemist or pharmacist?
If you’re lucky enough to live near C.O. Bigelow Pharmacy in NYC’s West Village, above, there’s always something awesome at America’s oldest apothecary, like their own brand of men’s sundries.
Easy last-minute Father’s Day gift idea 3: Monthly gourmet subscription box
We included CraftX’s Craft Beer of the Month subscription in our list of Father’s Day gifts for the cool dad, because…well, it’s small-batch beer from independent craft brewers, delivered every month to Dad’s doorstep. Need we say more?
The first shipment probably won’t arrive in time for Sunday delivery, but you can gift the subscription with a few cans of his favorite local brew and include a card saying he’ll be getting cans by the dozen soon.
Last-minute Father’s Day gift idea 4: A book he’ll love
Bookstores are absolute gold mines for easy last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas, and we’re especially drawn to funny books by funny dads. Our recent post has lots of ideas including You’re Not Doing It Right by Michael Ian Black, a collection of hilarious and self-deprecating essays about fatherhood. It’s basically the dad version of Tina Fey’s Bossypants. Reading win!
But hey, if he’s into bios, mysteries, thrillers, or summer beach romances, then that’s a great last-minute gift idea too.
Last-minute Father’s Day gift idea 5: A DIY gift basket
Whatever he’s into, whether it’s sports, grilling, fine art, or uh, zombies, you can create an awesome basket of goodies for him just by hitting a few local shops or making use of that Amazon Prime shipping.
In our post about the coolest free Father’s Day printables, we couldn’t help but get excited when we found Sandy Toes & Popsicles’ zombie survival kit, because we know several Walking Dead fans who would be absolutely thrilled to get this for Father’s Day.
It’s quick and easy (and free!) to print out all the labels, and the fun part is that kids can get creative matching them to actual products of their choice for a semi-homemade but fairly easy last-minute Father’s Day gift idea.
Last-minute Father’s Day gift idea 6: A one-of-a-kind experience
We’re all for Father’s Day experience gifts — sometimes the best presents are made out of memories, don’t you think? You can get Dad season tickets to a sporting event, send him on a fabulous trip, set him up with music or language lessons, give him a gift card for dinner with his favorite kids or grandkids…or even give him the chance to get up close and personal with elephants via IfOnly. This site specializes in offering outrageously cool experiences for Dad (and the whole family, really) and it’s definitely worth a look.
Last-minute Father’s Day gift idea 7: A fab DIY Father’s Day card
You can never go wrong with a handmade card from the kids for Father’s Day, and who says they can’t be gifts in themselves? This DIY secret spy card by Pink Stripey Socks goes above and beyond in delivering a special message to Dad. Older kids will love putting this one together and like all of our ideas, in the end, it’s framable, making it a cool keepsake Father’s Day gift too.
Last-minute Father’s Day gift idea 8: An annual membership
We included an annual subscription to CLEAR in our list of practical Father’s Day gift ideas, which is both practical and luxurious for a frequent traveler dad. fter he’s approved, he doesn’t even need an ID to get fast-tracked through security lines in 5 minutes or less. And: Kids under 18 are included free. Hello, easier family vacations!
But there are tons of great subscriptions he may love. For travelers, think about an upgrade to TripIt Pro (we’re huge fans!) or a membership to his preferred airline’s frequent flyer lounge.
For outdoorsy dads, look into a summer parking pass for a favorite beach, hiking trail, or fishing spot. For arts lovers, a family museum membership would be terrific. The ideas are endless, really. Just think of what he loves and would never buy for himself.
Last-minute Father’s Day gift idea 9: A DIY photo gift
Cool DIY Father’s Day gift ideas are a triple threat: They’re keepable, they’re one-of-a-kind, and kids love to make them. To make it extra special, especially on behalf of new dads with younger kids, this DIY LEGO photo puzzle by A Joyful Riot meets all three criteria nicely. Click over for her easy tutorial because this is definitely a last-minute Father’s Day gift idea that won’t feel last minute at all.
Which leads me to…
10. Last-minute Father’s Day gift idea: An amazing photo
You don’t have to be a pro photographer (or even average-level Instagrammer) to produce a photo that’s 100 percent cool. Take this adorable I love dad Father’s Day photo from Freckle photo — although she does have great tips on her site for how to get the beautiful focus (and she did use a pro camera), you’ll find her tips helpful and inspiring.
Last-minute Father’s Day gift idea 11: A gift card he’ll love in a cool holder
Gift cards can wonderful gifts in and of themselves — we know quite a few dads that would be over the moon about a month’s worth of movie tickets, iTunes albums ready for downloads, or days and days of Starbucks lattes — but they have to be personal if you’re going to present them as a heartfelt gift.
We think gift cards get significantly more special with special kid-made wrapping like this Father’s Day DIY duck tape gift card holder by Mad In Crafts which perfectly complements a gift card for music downloads or audio accessories. Click over for a video tutorial. And see it among our other favorite DIY handmade gift from the kids this year.
Last-minute Father’s Day gift idea 12: An out-of-this-world printable
We’ve often turned to SkyGoodies for its DIY printable kits for last-minute handmade gift ideas, and here we are, doing it again! Look at the printable camera frame above — how cool is that? The best part is that it’s instantly downloadable, which means you could print it out just minutes before you see Dad on Father’s Day, fold and assemble. (Not that you’d procrastinate that long. But you could.)
Last minute Father’s Day gift idea 13: An unforgettable videoHow lucky are we to live in a time where we have so many amazingly cool video editing apps — especially when they make last-minute gift giving so easy? Pictured above is the Animoto Video Maker app, which we’ve had fun with for years. It lets you make a slideshow video with up to 400 of the photos in your phone, and use music and text cards. It will definitely bring a smile to Dad’s lips and (very probably) a tear to his eye.