9 Birthday Gift for Dad Ideas to Show Him You Love Him

Are you on the hunt for the best birthday gift for dad ideas? Well, you’re in luck!

I’ve put together a list of some of the best birthday gift for dad ideas out there for your pops, so you can find something that’s just right for him.

I like birthday gift for Dad ideas that say, “I love you Dad!”

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At the same time, I don’t like to get too corny or to lay it on too thick. It makes him suspicious. 😉

And so, keeping that in mind, here is my tried and true list of classic birthday gift for dad ideas that’ll make him smile. Your father’s heart will swell with pride because he’ll know you really appreciate all those things he does.

1. T-Shirt Displaying Your Child’s Art

Looking for completely unique birthday gift for dad ideas? Try turning your child’s drawings into wearable art! 

My husband adores his little girl. So I turned one of her imaginary animals – a drawing we call “Scorpion Fish” – into a personalized t-shirt for him. He loved it! In fact, he’s asked for a new one every year. Now he’s the proud owner of several t-shirts featuring these creatures. 

It started a trend, because grandpas and uncles started asking for them. Now they’re a family collection!

If you’re looking for personalized gifts, there are lots of other great personalized birthday gifts for dad here too.

2. Grant Big Wishes Or Offer Problem Solvers

The best way to buy him what he wants is to listen to what he’s saying. Often you’ll hear a complaint – which is a clue that there’s a problem to solve. (*Ding!* Birthday gift for dad idea!) – or he’ll make a wish out loud. (*Ding!* Another birthday gift for dad idea!). 

Hold onto those complaints and wishes – then add some good old fashioned sentiment to it.

We Gave My Dad The World

There was this globe. It was gorgeous, fully functional and inlaid with semi-precious stones. And OH how my dad couldn’t stop talking about how good this would look in his office. (Aha! The WISH) But he couldn’t justify spending a few hundred dollars on it.

My siblings and I pooled our money together and gave it as a combined gift. My sister made a beautiful homemade gift tag that read…

“World Class Dad: To the dad who would give us the world if he could,
here is our version of it. We love you!”

Men don’t people to know when they cry… so we won’t tell you his response.

3. “The Man Can” Birthday Gift Basket

Give him a thoughtful gift that celebrates his manhood! Buy a masculine-looking bucket and fill it with goodies that men can’t get enough of – zip ties, rope, duct tape, and chocolate. A handmade manly birthday gift basket like this is completely customizable! 

4. “Dear Dad” Book

This is one of the most memorable birthday gifts for dad. Basically, you gather letters people write either about or to your dad.  

Talk to the people he loves the most – aunts, uncles, friends, kids – and gather stories about him. Compile these letters and stories with pictures, then make a photo book with everything in them.  

The response from this gift is priceless.  

5. The Birthday CAN Cake!

Beer Can Birthday Cake
Happy Birthday Can Cake

People make diaper cakes for baby showers – hey, why not a can cake? This is especially great for those men who don’t care for the fluffy cake you eat with a fork. Get a 12 pack of his favorite drink and make it into a “cake”, complete with a candle of course!   

Check out the simple DIY can cake tutorial here.  

You’ve got to try it! It’s creative, so easy to make, and he’s guaranteed to love it…my dad will certainly enjoy eating it. 

6. Edible Poster

The kids love to get creative with these birthday gift for dad ideas! Make Dad a candy bar poster with a few of his favorite candies. Make them into a giant card, replacing little words with the bar itself (for example: “we promise not to SNICKERS at your age”). The kids will love making it, and dad will certainly enjoy eating it.  

Here are some great candies that you can use to mean “DAD”:  

• Pop Rocks  
• Big Hunk  
• Mr. Goodbar
• Smarties  
• Sweetart  
• Sugar Daddy

7. Personal History Guide & Journal

Family history is becoming more and more popular. Give him a guide to writing his own personal history along with a classy journal for his birthday. It is a gift that keeps giving – generations to come will treasure his recorded personal history!  

8. Going On A Treasure Hunt

I like to make gifts more exciting by turning them into a treasure hunt. Have the kids help you if they are old enough, or let them help Dad on the hunt for clues! We like to put bite-sized candy bars (or even a full-sized gift) with each clue to take the excitement one step up. Here is a great little page to help you plan your next scavenger hunt.   

9. Create a Book on Dad-isms (A DIY “Dad Joke” Book)

Is your dad known for his terrible puns? If so, turn his love of language into a gift that keeps on giving with this Book of Dad-isms.

This is probably the most clever of the birthday gift for Dad ideas. Put together a scrapbook of sorts, containing all of the wonderful sayings and jokes your dad has created over the years. Proudly display it on the coffee table and show him how much you appreciate his sense of humor.

I hope my birthday gift for dad ideas has given you some inspiration on how to show your dad you love him on his special day. Make sure to look around for other folks on your gift list and bookmark the site and use it all year round.

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