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8 thoughtful last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas

You can still be the favorite child, even if you haven't bought a gift yet.


Christine Burkson


Published Jun 17, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 2:23 pm CDT

Dads are so difficult to shop for that there’s currently about one day of shopping left and you’re still stumped over what to get him. Or maybe you just forgot.

Instead of hiding your face in shame, take a deep breath. It happens! There are still plenty of options that might even top your overachieving siblings who had the audacity to plan ahead.

If you’ve already scoured Amazon for same-day delivery ideas and are still overwhelmed, consider these great gift ideas before time runs out.

1) Treat his yard to some professional landscaping.

How many times has your dad pulled out the lawn mower in his lifetime? Give him a week off, and hire a pro to spruce things up for him. Prices and availability range, depending on where you live. Amazon has a number of services by local businesses that are reasonably priced. You can choose how much work you want, and best of all, you don’t have to call for a quote because the prices are already available.

Price: $75+

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2) Send dad a month’s worth of steaks and meats.

Butcher Box

Instead of just firing up the grill on Father’s Day, give him a month-long supply of organic pork, chicken, and grass-fed beef that will leave his mouth watering. Butcher Box is a monthly subscription service for quality meats that you won’t find in the grocery store. The company is even throwing in an exclusive $10 off for Daily Dot readers. Just enter the code “dailydad” at checkout.

Price: $119

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3) Buy him dinner and a movie for $30. is currently running a special deal that gives you two movie tickets and a $100 gift card for dinner at your choice of 22,000 participating restaurants. You could either treat him to a night out or give him the full gift so he can enjoy it with someone else.

Price: $30

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4) Give him gourmet coffee, booze, or whatever he’d never splurge on for himself.

Whether your dad craves pickles, jerky, coffee, or whiskey, has a gourmet box full of indie goodies to satisy it. Choose between 3,6, or 9 month’s of deliveries.

Price: $45+ per box

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5) Secure his electronics without giving him any grief.


Download Norton’s premium software for half off, and use it for up to 10 computers or devices. Sure, security software seems like a really boring gift. But it’s a practical, thoughtful gift, and helping your parents develop safer computer habits could really help them out in the long run. Besides, you’re the one who waited last-minute. Teach your dad some new computer tricks while it loads.

Price: $44.98 (regularly $89.99)

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6) Keep him eating healthy regularly with Graze boxes.


For the man who’s on the go, or just likes to snack, encourage him to try new things with Graze’s tasty boxes. After sharing what types of snacks he likes, the company chooses ones that might suit his palate. The subscription service is weekly, but you can choose to cancel at any time.

Price: $11.99 per box

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7) Send him three month’s worth of cocktail supplies.

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For the barfly who loves entertaining, SaloonBox sends three boxes of cocktail ingredients over the course of three months. All he’ll have to buy is his own fruit for garnish.

Price: $119.99 (regularly $151)

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8) Just swallow your pride and give him a gift card.


How many holidays has someone given you a gift that you have yet to remove the tags off of, but can’t seem to part with due to guilt? Wouldn’t you have been better off with a gift card? Of course! If you really want to spend on your old man, let him pick something that he’ll actually use. Amazon has a bunch of nice cards to choose from in both print and digital formats.

Price: Varies

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*First Published: Jun 17, 2016, 5:28 pm CDT