Holy crap – look at the calendar. Less than one week to go until Father’s Day 2012 (June 17th, 2012) and you still don’t have an awesome gift for Dad. Fear not, we can tell your intentions are good and maybe you just thought Father’s Day was July 17th. Okay, time is not on your side, so let’s jump right into our list of the Top 8 Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas for 2012…
Dad Does Top 8 Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas
1. Buy The Gifts In Our Guide, Better Late Than Sucky
We definitely need to make bumper stickers for this one! Here is what usually happens, as time grows short, people go for something easy they can grab at the mall, like the dreaded tie! DO NOT DO IT! 65% of Dads would prefer nothing over another tie (it’s true, check it out).
Dads would be much happier with a fun, entertaining gift that arrives a few days late over a boring gift that you can get in time for Father’s Day. Our advice is to order one of the gifts in our Father’s Day Gift Guide (Part 2 of the Guide can be found here) and then print a picture of the gift off the website. Give Dad the photo of the gift on Father’s Day and explain the actual gift will arrive a few dates late. We guarantee that Dad will happily wait for a gift he really wants.
2. The [Fill in The Blank] of the Month Club- The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Does Dad like Beer? Get him a Beer of the Month Club. Dad more into Bacon – give him a Bacon of the month club. Yes, yes there is a bacon of the month club! Not into Beer or Bacon – what about Boxers with the Boxer of the month club. That is 3 monthly clubs, and we are just on the B’s.
Too hard to pick just one? How about a Gift of the Month Club? Yes, you can pick from over 30 monthly clubs and mix and match to make your own monthly club for Dad. Maybe cake one month and lobster the next. These clubs make great last minute gifts because you can order right up until June 17th and then just print the form saying the monthly club will start in July.
3. When Time is Short, Go For Electronic Delivery
There may be only one thing that moves faster than a heard of kids running toward an ice cream truck this is about to depart – electrons! If you want to get Dad a gift but don’t have time to have a physical product shipped, go for electronic delivery. You can get books, music, videos, video games, photos, software and iPhone and Android apps delivered electronically in seconds.
Here are just a few quick ideas:
- Head to iTunes and get Dad some new tunes – delivered right to his iPad or iPhone
- Pick up an electronic version of a book Dad will love over at Amazon.Com
- You know that movie Dad is always quoting lines from? Get him a digital copy via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video or Vudu.
- Dad addicted to his iPhone or iPad? iTunes is your one-stop shop for apps, games, music, books and videos
- Dad addicted to his Android phone or tablet? Google Play is your one-stop shop for apps, games, music, books and videos
- Dad secretly play with the PS3 or Xbox 360 at night? Download him a new game via the Playstation Network or Xbox Marketplace
4. Get Dad A Deal for Father’s Day
Go over to Groupon or any of the other social deal sites and pick up a deal for Dad. The problem with using Groupon on a daily basis is you end up buying a bunch of stuff you never needed, because it was such a great deal. However, using Groupon to pick a great meal or massage for Dad makes a lot of sense!
Want to combine deals, meals and Dad’s love of gadgets? Install the BiteHunter app (our review here) on Dad’s iPhone. This location based app pulls in dining deals from thousands of sources and puts them on one simple interface with one click payment. Let Dad pick his dinner spot and save some cash at the same time.
5. Get Dad The Gift Card That Shows You Care
Here is the problem with giving Dad a gift card to places like Amazon, Apple or Best Buy – it really does not show much thought. It is sort of like saying, “Dad, I didn’t have time to get you anything, so here is some money to buy stuff in the stores you normally shop in.” Not as bad as getting him a tie, but you can do better when it comes to thoughtful gift cards.
Get him a Gift Card from a store that specializes in small batch, American made, unique manly gifts! Go with Owen & Fred and let Dad pick out a wooden iPhone case or maybe some Pine Jelly to shave with. Or try UncommonGoods and let Dad decide between the home brewing beer kit or the bottle opener made from real MLB bats. A gift card from either of these stores can be e-delivered in seconds and will let Dad get something fun, different and manly!
6. Get Dad A Taste of Home
You can take the Dad out of New York, but you can’t take the desire for New York bagels out of the Dad. If Dad is a New Yorker now living elsewhere, get him Kosher New York Bagels, from St. Pete Bagel Co., Think it is too late for this? No way, they offer overnight delivery in vacuum sealed bags so Dad can be getting his NYC bagel fix tomorrow.
Of course not every Dad is from New York, but if you search around online, you can pretty much find any food that Dad might have a jonesing for, available for fast delivery.
7. Get Dad Tickets To See His Favorite Team Play
Remember how Dad used to love going to ball games. Then tickets got crazy expensive, parking is a hassle and $10 beer just doesn’t taste as good. All very practical reasons why Dad does not see his favorite team play much anymore.
Father’s Day gifts are all about being impractical and getting Dad something he would not get himself. So splurge and go online and get tickets for Dad to see his favorite team play. You can use services like StubHub or Razorgator to help you find sports tickets. Sorry, no ideas on how to make $10 beer taste better?
8. Walk into a Store And Buy Dad a Gift He Will Love
I know this is crazy talk – actually go to a physical store and shop for a gift? Sorry, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Try to figure out what Dad loves doing and then find a store that caters to that hobby. Just promise us one thing – you will not buy Dad a tie!
Of course, even if you can not find the right gift for Dad, there is always one last minute gift idea that is guaranteed to make Dad smile. Give Dad a kiss, a hug and tell him that you love him – that may be the best gift of all.
Good luck in your shopping and may this June 17th, 2012 be the very best Father’s Day for Dad’s everywhere.