Sure, you could get Dad a tie. Or socks. Or tools for his grill. Yes, I know, these gifts are easy and stress free, but I promise all Dad really wants is to know you care.
This is why we’re fans of more experiential gifts, the ones that show you know who your dad really is deep down, whether it’s giving him his time back or taking him to fulfill his greatest dream.
And no matter your budget or location, here are a whopping 16 different gift ideas that blew us away when they started popping up on Thumbtack – gifts to make this Father’s Day one he’ll remember for years to come (unless you smash it out of the park next year too).
Get a Portrait Painted
Pictures say a thousand words and we’re a huge fans of professional family photos, but there’s something classy and lasting about a painting. Many portrait artists can work off photography, and turning a favorite picture into a gorgeous painting can be one of those gifts Dad would save in a fire. Some ideas of photos you can use are: his wedding day, the day his first child was born or even something simple like a family shot from a long-ago vacation. My favorite idea is to find an old photo of Dad with his dad and get a painting made of that. Talk about unique!
We’ve also seen requests for:
- A photographer to show up and capture a surprise Father’s Day party.
- A custom t-shirt made with the footprints of Dad’s children.
- An cartoon illustration made of a father and son golfing together.
Take Care of a Hated Chore
Like most of us, Dad probably has a yearly chore he absolutely hates doing. For me, it was trimming the trees in our front yard. For my dad, it was raking leaves. For yours? Maybe it’s cleaning the gutters or grouting the master bathroom or power-washing the front deck. This year, pay a professional to do it right so Dad can sit back, relax and drink a beer.
Some requests we’ve seen that work as Father’s Day gifts:
- Gutter cleaning
- Upstairs window washing
- Regular lawnmowing
- Weedy and tidy Dad’s vegetable garden
Hire a Personal Chef
A great way to celebrate Father’s Day is with a delicious home-cooked meal. But instead of stressing about ingredients and grocery shopping and clean up (or the inevitable burnt lasagna if you’re me), hire a personal chef to come to the house and cater a Father’s Day dinner.
We’ve seen families host giant get togethers, fully catered through Thumbtack. Butmy personal favorite is the gift of date night, where the kids plan a romantic, catered dinner for Mom and Dad. If you really want to go crazy, hire a musician to set the mood.
Throw a Party
Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to bring the whole family together. We’ve seen some wonderful requests from children throwing parties in honor of Dad. One family even rented a limousine to take a bunch of family friends to their favorite restaurant.
Have an Experience Together
Has Dad always had that old guitar in the attic he doesn’t actually know how to play? What about a grill in the backyard where he almost always burns the burgers?
We’ve seen a growing number of requests for lessons for Dad – from guitar to dancing to cooking – as families get more creative on Father’s Day. Not only do you give dad something he’s always not-so-secretly wanted, but if you tag along, you also give the gift of family time. Why not spend Sunday taking a family cooking class and end the evening with a big family home cooked meal? Or, if you’re one Thumbtack customer, spend an hour on Father’s Day taking self-defense classes together as a family.
Other creative ideas you might not have thought of yet…
- Hire a bartender to create a cocktail in his name
- Work together with a musician write Dad a personalized song.
- Send a telegram singer if you’re out of state.
- Write a note about how much dad means to you. Work with a calligrapher to make it a special keepsake.
The sky’s the limit! What are you getting Dad this year?