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42 Amazing Gift Ideas to Wow Dad This Christmas - 2018

by Photobucket Team | Nov 11th, 2018

42 Amazing Gift Ideas to Wow Dad This Christmas - 2018

The holidays are just around the corner and let’s be honest, when it comes to the hardest to shop for on your list, we’re willing to bet Dad is up there. There’s just something about Dads that makes them notoriously hard to shop for. If you’ve been wracking your brain trying to figure out what would make him happy that he doesn’t already have, look no further. From custom gifts featuring great memories to classic gifts sure to please, we’ve got ideas for whatever your dad is into. Get ready to win that “best gift” smile from one of your favorite guys with these gift ideas.

  1. Subscription to the Dollar Shave Club
  2. High Quality Aftershave
  3. New Facial Hair Trimmer
  4. Favorite Cologne
  5. Beard Oil
  6. A Custom Calendar
  7. Something from your Childhood
  8. Recreate an Experience
  9. Recreate a Childhood Photoshoot
  10. Sports Memorabilia
  11. Head to a Show Together
  12. Framed Canvas Prints
  13. Pillowcases
  14. Tile (Bluetooth)
  15. Custom Neckties
  16. Reusable Grocery Bags
  17. A Meal Prep Service
  18. Personalized Drink Coasters
  19. Cuff links
  20. Photo Mug
  21. Personalized Apron
  22. Telescope
  23. Glass Cutting Boards
  24. New Golf Clubs
  25. Photo Playing Cards
  26. Books from their Wishlist
  27. Fitbit Blaze
  28. Custom Puzzle
  29. Custom Canvas Christmas Ornament
  30. Shadow Box
  31. Custom Handkerchief
  32. Leather Keychain
  33. Wooden Photo Ornament
  34. Pendant Photo Ornament
  35. Acrylic Paperweight
  36. Stunning Desk Accessories
  37. Hardcover Journal
  38. Globe
  39. Bookshelves
  40. Laptop Sleeve
  41. Personalized Mousepads

Grooming

For the dad who takes manscaping seriously, these gifts are sure to bring a smile to his face and an extra gleam to his well-oiled facial hair.

Subscription to the Dollar Shave Club

This has been a mainstay in a lot of men (and women’s) lives for a while now, but if your dad hasn’t jumped on the dollar shave club train yet, make his grooming easier than ever with a monthly delivery of all the essentials he needs to keep that clean-shaven look your mom loves so much. Even better? Thanks to DSC’s personalized quiz, you and your dad can rest assured that his skin is getting the products he needs most.

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High Quality Aftershave

An important part of any man’s grooming routine, a high-quality aftershave takes the experience to the next level. Plus, it will leave him smelling fresh and clean all day long. Look for an aftershave balm, a hydrating lotion with a mild scent, that will help soothe any irritation without the known sting of a classic aftershave splash.

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New Facial Hair Trimmer

If your dad is anything like ours, he has a bad habit of holding onto things for longer than he reasonably should, it might be time for him to upgrade that facial hair trimmer he’s had for….well, for as long as you can remember.

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Favorite Cologne

A man is only as good as his signature scent, and if your dad has one he’s partial to, nothing says you pay attention to the details more than picking him up a fresh bottle of that cologne. Even better? If it comes in a set with a scented moisturizer and a body wash – you get a triple whammy gift he’s guaranteed to love.

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Beard Oil

If no-shave November left your father with a beard that borders on epic, but instead falls on the side of unruly, gifting him with some beard oil and a special comb can help him rock that new look all winter long. There are a lot of small companies selling their own formulas, like "Badass Beard Oil", pictured. Give one of those companies a try for a truly unique gift.

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Sentimental Gifts

For the sentimental dads out there, giving the gift of memories is always a safe bet. Luckily, there are a wide range of ideas that will help you narrow down the right memory for your pops.

A Custom Calendar

Everyone needs a new calendar when the end of the year rolls around, so why not make the one your dad has for the upcoming year of birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and plans something a little more special than the average calendar? Create a unique calendar filled with family memories from the year before to make all of his appointment scheduling a little more exciting with the photo reminder of everyone he loves most.

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Something from your Childhood

Remember that gift your dad gave you when you were younger? The one you’ve held onto all these years even though it doesn’t necessarily make sense to do so? Finding a way to repurpose that into a meaningful gift for your dad, a thank you for all the things he’s done for you over the years, is a great way to relive those memories while winning mega points for the gift that hits him in the feels the most. Plus, sharing a special moment with him after he opens it is yet another memory you can make together.

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Recreate an Experience

Along the same lines as repurposing some THING from your childhood, consider recreating an experience that meant a lot to both of you. Maybe he took you to your first midnight movie premiere – you could host a showing of that same movie complete with all the movie theater fixings and your old ticket stubs in the living room together. Or maybe you two need to take a trip back to the first ballpark you visited together. There’s nothing like a stroll down memory lane together to make for the perfect Christmas gift.

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Recreate a Childhood Photoshoot

You’ve seen these viral photos on the internet. The ones where you recreate childhood photos down to the last detail – from diapers to old school outfits to pouting faces or screaming infants that are now full-grown adults. Staging one of these and getting the hilarious prints made up is a great way to win laughs and deliver a great memory in a simple package.

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Tickets to a Favorite Sports Team

You know the teams he loves – the ones he won’t stop hollering at the TV screen about on any given weekend. Whether it’s the fall/winter classics football or hockey, or you want to treat him to the delayed gratification of a springtime baseball game, taking him to a game of his favorite team is bound to win you big points toward being “favorite kid” – as if you’re not already there.

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Sports Memorabilia

If tickets to a game are a little out of reach, budget-wise, grabbing a pair of slippers, a sweatshirt, a scarf, or a big ole’ cheese head, will always be a winner in the eyes of a big-time sports fan.

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Head to a Show Together

If sports aren’t your dad’s thing, consider buying him a pair of tickets to his favorite band. Maybe it’s an act you both love, and a night you can share together, or perhaps it’s the music he and your mom fell in love to. Either way, a night of live music and fun is an incredible gift to give to your dad. He works hard, after all, and deserves to let loose a little!

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Framed Canvas Prints

You’ve undoubtedly gathered some real gems of photos of the two of you over the past year, so why not memorialize your favorite shot with a framed canvas print this holiday season? Whether the year featured a big event like a wedding or a milestone anniversary, or your most beloved snap with your father is a goofy selfie you took together with the ever-impressive portrait mode, getting a quality print in a stunning frame is the perfect gift for the soft-hearted dad.

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Functional Gifts

Sometimes the things guys forget they need the most are the simplest of everyday items. If your dad often overlooks the basics, these gifts might be the perfect fit for him. Not to mention how grateful he’ll be when he realizes he can check the necessities of his list (finally).

Pillowcases

Every bed has pillows, and every pillow needs a case – but why settle for a boring, plain pillowcase when you can personalize it with a photo from your trip to Moab or a pretty portrait of your beloved family pet?

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Tile

For the forgetful dad who always seems to be misplacing his keys, a Tile is the electronic best friend he never knew he needed. With an app on his phone, the tile will help him locate his keys with a set sound anywhere in the house. Or, in the car…or at the office, wherever they happen to be when he starts turning back and forth, certain he had them a minute ago.

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Custom Neckties

There are a number of occasions when wearing a tie is a must for men, so making sure your dad has a fun, fashionable selection of ties to choose from (some of which remind him of you!) is always a good choice. If you’re struggling to find the perfect choice, why not create your own?

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Reusable Grocery Bags

For the environmentally-concerned dad who is trying to make those plastic grocery bags a thing of the past, customize some reusable bags with photos from the year’s greatest memories.

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A Meal Prep Service

For the chef dad who’s always running a little short on time, gifting a subscription to something like Blue Apron or HelloFresh is a great way to help him try something new in the kitchen without having to do the grocery shopping, the chopping and the measuring.

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Personalized Drink Coasters

Whether your dad is the proud owner of an impressive bar cart setup, or simply has some surfaces that would be better off without water rings, custom drink coasters are a great option for the mixologist father who loves to serve up a cold beverage at all the family get togethers.

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Cuff links

If suiting up is a daily deal for your dad, getting him a pair of cufflinks that have a splash of personality is a great idea. Maybe they have the moniker of his favorite superhero on them, or something that pays homage to one of his favorite pastimes (like bike chain cufflinks), the gift of something he can use on a daily basis is always a good one – it takes one more decision off his plate in the morning!

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Photo Mug

Tea, coffee, hot cocoa, or cider, whatever his warm drink of choice may be, your dad needs a good mug. Why not make his favorite one a reminder of his favorite child? Or the whole family, if you’re feeling generous. From 12 oz to travel mug sizes and even one that’s heat-activated for an extra magical touch, we’ve got exactly the memory-inducing mug you need to earn that special place on your dad’s kitchen cupboard.

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Hobbies and Games

Grilling things up, poker night, stargazing, hitting the golf course, or spending evenings reading in a quiet nook in his study, getting your father a gift that ties into one of his hobbies seamlessly is a sure-fire way to make his face light up on Christmas morning.

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Personalized Apron

If your dad is a whiz in the kitchen, he probably already has an apron or two, but we bet he doesn’t have one with your face on it, or that photo of him at the family 4th of July BBQ from last year, right? Well, now he can, and you can be the one who gives it to him!

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Telescope

For your stargazing father, the one who likes to point out constellations whenever he’s looking at a star-studded sky, investing in a nice, portable telescope will surely make him happy. Maybe even ask him to take you along for the ride on his next stargazing trip. When it comes to a hobby like this, he’s probably dying to share some of the knowledge with you.

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Glass Cutting Boards

Grillmaster or dreaming of Michelin stars, every good chef needs a quality cutting board. Now, you can give him the gift of a customized glass cutting board, with photos of some of his best kitchen creations.

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New Golf Clubs

If your dad likes to yuck it up with friends and business partners alike on the golf course, you know a golfer’s repertoire is never really complete. Gifting him some course-worthy clubs, club covers, or personalized tees are all great choices.

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Photo Playing Cards

Whether he’s a fan of poker night with his buds or loves beating you and your siblings in a game of go-fish or 21, make all of his card game nights more exciting with a personalized deck featuring photos of your family or that Vegas vacation he took a couple years back. You know, whichever might make the better impression.

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Books from their Wishlist

For the avid reader, a few new books for their never-ending collection is never a bad idea. Check a few off their wishlist (or take a peek at their Goodreads account to see what’s still sitting on their “to-read” list) and maybe even gift a book or two you know they’d love, but they just haven’t heard of yet! Expanding the literary horizons of a bookworm is always a welcome present.

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Fitbit Blaze

Fitness junkies everywhere love tracking their activity. There are so many tools on the market now that help give us a better overall picture of our health and progress, so choosing one can be difficult. But if your dad is more interested in the fitness stats than smartwatch capabilities, along with sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring, the Fitbit Blaze may be the perfect fit.

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Custom Puzzle

Let’s face it – in the middle of winter, sometimes the last thing anyone wants to do is go outside. For the dad who loves spending his cold winter days putting together a good puzzle, gift him a puzzle that rewards the diligent puzzle-doer with a gorgeous keepsake photo at the end of the task.

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Special Keepsakes

Make the holiday special with something they can come back to time and time again, remembering exactly who gifted them the keepsake they can’t forget.

Custom Canvas Christmas Ornament

Few things are as fun as canvas, and what makes a better Christmas gift than an ornament for the tree?

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Shadow Box

If the past year held some special memories, and cute keepsakes to go with it, making a shadowbox to keep those memories alive is a great DIY option to tug on the heartstrings and show off your crafting skills.

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Custom Handkerchief

Embroidered with a sweet message or monogrammed with his initials, a customized handkerchief is the perfect gift for a man who wears a suit regularly, or tends to get a little teary-eyed at all the right moments.

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Leather Keychain

If your dad drives a car, chances are he needs or has a keychain. Why not give him a little upgrade with a photo of you and your siblings for Christmas? If leather’s not his thing, we offer silver keychains as well.

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Wooden Photo Ornament

We know, we know, ornaments are abound on this part of the list, but each dad’s taste in tree-trimming décor is bound to be different, and this time of year, photo ornaments are a great gift. Not only are they sentimental and useful, but they make the following year’s tree-decorating festivities even more fun and memorable. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.

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Pendant Photo Ornament

This one can become an annual gift, and a great way to watch how your family grows year after year. Our pendant photo ornament features the year so you can perfectly capture this specific moment in time for you and your loved ones.

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In the Office

If your dad’s a career man who loves his job, something for his office might just be the perfect gift to show that you support his success and understand why he works as hard as he does.

Acrylic Paperweight

Every office has a paperweight or two, and almost none of them mean anything to the person in the office. Now’s your chance to change that with a personalized acrylic paperweight featuring a photo of your choice.

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Stunning Desk Accessories

Accessorizing his desk might not be your dad’s first instinct, but with bold, modern, and manly options at places like Target and OfficeMax, you can put together the perfect package of desk accessories to make his office stand out amongst his co-workers. And as an added bonus, when one of his colleagues inquires, he can glowingly tell them how their child picked it all out for him.

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Hardcover Journal

If he works in an office, chances are he takes notes in meetings. It’s an undeniable part of that 9 to 5 grind. Let him take notes in style, with a reminder of the love he’s coming home to with a hardcover notebook featuring a photo of your entire family.

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Globe

If your dad loves world travel, gifting him a chic reminder of where he might be planning his next trip to while he’s hard at work. There are plenty of options out there that put the classic classroom globe to shame, but we love these options from Target.

https://www.target.com/p/desktop-globe-w-gold-base-threshold-153/-/A-15023389

https://www.target.com/p/world-globe-black-white-project-62-153/-/A-52713291

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Bookshelves

Maybe your dad is rocking that corner office life, leaving him with plenty of space to fill and unsure of just how to fill it. We hear bookshelves are a great idea to keep him learning and expanding his professional horizons while helping start conversations before and after important meetings. Gift him a small bookshelf and maybe a few stellar business books to get his office collection going.

Laptop Sleeve

Sometimes, there’s just no getting around needing to bring work home. If your dad has to live the laptop life from time to time, make his traveling office a little sweeter with a personalized sleeve that showcases the things he loves most.

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Personalized Mousepads

Sitting at a desk all day is a little more fun with a cute photo to look down at while fixing those spreadsheets and sending those emails. If you’re on a tight budget, but still want to give him something he’ll use every day, a personalized calendar mousepad is a fun, custom option that will make his work day a little brighter.

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As you can see, no matter what your dad is into, there are always fun, unique, and personalized gifts to be had. If the idea of gifting something photo-based really resonates with you, we’ve got a number of other option from photo books to pencil holders and more to choose from. Check out our full-scale print shop to see what might work best for you.