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Dads are pretty tough to shop for, especially because we want to make sure our gifts communicate how much we appreciate and adore them. Though that's an impossible task, opting for personalized Father's day gifts will make him happy and endure the test of time. Since they have sentimental value, even the pickiest of cool dads who have it all will love gifts that refer to a shared, cherished memory or personal passion.
From monogrammed throw blankets and sleep masks for the dad who needs to cozy up for a nap to personalized items for the father who loves cooking, reading, or even salami, you'll find something for any or all of the dads in your life. And if you're a dad yourself, go ahead and treat yourself (or send your family your favorites as a not-so-subtle hint). Since Father's Day is fast approaching, you probably want to start planning how to spoil him now. Scroll through our list of 15 personalized gift ideas to choose which one is most suitable for your father figure.
Get your dad a set of travel books like this one, or just select a handful of books from his favorite places or destinations on his travel bucket list. Maybe you two can even plan to take a trip together based on his favorite city guide in this set.
If your dad is always misplacing his keys, then get him a chic keychain that'll help him keep track of them. You can customize it by adding on some charms that remind you of him or represent your favorite shared memories. We particularly love this keychain from Saint Laurent.
Now you can get your dad a few of his favorite board games without worrying if they'll clash with your interiors. Whether he wants to play cards with some friends to unwind, or he simply wants to give the family room coffee table a stylish update, this game of checkers is the way to go. Or get him a set of playing cards and this movie-buff quiz game. You'd really make his day if you offered to play a round with him.
Does your dad love hot sauce? Get him a subscription to Fuego Box, a company that delivers a roundup of three trendy hot sauces to his doorstep each quarter. Or if he's more of a wine guy, we suggest going with a wine subscription. If he loves cooking, sign him up for our favorite meal kit service of the moment, Chef'd.
If you're on a budget but want to show your dad some love, here's your solution. Customize a "bouquet" of his favorite deli meats, or opt for this delicious version with gourmet salami.
Get your dad this cheeky, playful picture book if you are on teasing terms, and then make him a version of your own filled with your favorite memories together. If you don't want to illustrate it, paste in your own family photos.
For the dad who loves spending time outdoors as well as making adventurous meals at home, this shopper is a great gift. Plan a trip to the farmers market to shop for local, fresh ingredients to cook together later that day. And don't forget to bring this customized bag with you. It'll make his trips to and from the market a lot more memorable.
Get your dad a soft and stylish throw blanket to cozy up with and then take it to a seamstress to monogram both of your initials and the year on it. This way it'll be both useful, sentimental, and chic. You can customize with his nickname or another inside joke and memory you two share.
Get two of these DIY leather wallet kits and then plan a day of arts and crafts to enjoy together. Plus, matching your wallet with your dad's is the newest trend, we're calling it. Or you could just make it for him since it comes with all the tools you could need.
Simone LeBlanc's thoughtfully curated gift boxes make it super easy to shop for something that any dad would cherish. With gorgeous playing cards, a delicious gourmet chocolate, a handful of notebooks, and a signature dried floral bundle, this box holds everything he needs for a special Father's Day.
If your dad is a bookworm, Juniper Books makes gorgeous slipcovers that will bring in a personal (and stylish) element to your dad's favorite books. Plus, you can also customize a library by picking and choosing his favorites. If you're not sure which one to choose, The Hardy Boys is a fun and timeless series that you can pass through the generations.
Sugarfina's bento boxes make gift-giving a whole lot easier. We particularly love that you customize them, so take your pick from sweet and sour gummies, decadent caramels, and delicious chocolate bites.
Plan a day full of rest and relaxation for your dad and let him know what you have in store for him by handing him a monogrammed eye mask to send him snoozing.
If your dad loves cooking, baking, and everything else food-related, consider gifting him with something that he's missing in the kitchen. Maybe it's time to replace his old set of knives, or perhaps he's just missing a few before his collection is finally complete. These are super practical and stylish, plus you can pick and choose which ones to get based on your dad's needs.
BoxFox is a gifting service that allows you to customize a box of goodies. It's super easy and pretty much does the shopping for you while still letting you bring a personal touch your dad will love.
Have you ever given your dad a personalized Father's Day gift that he loved? Share your pro tips in the comment section below.