Sometimes guys play off the desire to be given gifts, but truth be told, we love getting stuff! Birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, and random gifts are great, but there’s something extremely gratifying about getting a Father’s Day gift.
We’ve got our own Father’s Day gift ideas — things that we want and can actually use. There may be a few really cool toys we’d love to have, but as long as we get a practical gift, we’ll be happy.
Personally, what I want varies from season to season. Since Father’s Day is in the summer, what I want usually has something to do with gardening or camping… however, don’t think I wouldn’t take some sort of kitchen gadget, as well!
Homestead Gift Ideas for Father’s Day
Let’s clear up something really fast. I’m writing this list of father’s day gift ideas for “homesteading” dads. That’s not to say you have to have 40 acres and a mule to be a homesteader — just read my article on “What is a Homesteader” to get my take on that.
I also know that a lot of you tend to read my articles looking for survival, bushcraft and prepping ideas. In my opinion, homesteading covers all three of those aspects. There is a lot of crossover in those areas and homesteading, so read on knowing most of the things on the list can pretty much be used on a daily basis on your mini farm, or put into your bug-out bag.
No matter what task is being performed around the homestead, dad needs a good pair of gloves. My personal favorite gloves are Mechanix gloves (like these).
I first discovered Mechanix gloves about 20 years ago when I was working at an oil change shop. Now, I can’t imagine wearing anything else for work gloves. They form fit to your hands, they have synthetic leather palms and fingers, and they’re machine washable. I use them for anything from working on our vehicles to garden work with hand tools.
This set is a two-pair pack that’s about 25% less than buying 2 single pairs. You can never have too many pairs of gloves!
Much like gloves, you can never have too many flashlights. The problem is, most flashlights are too bulky for dad to carry around in his pocket… and the ones that are small enough are weak and worthless.
This UltraFire LED Flashlight is both small and super powerful! It’s 300 lumens and fits in the palm of your hand (so it’s sure to fit in dad’s pocket).
Looking for something even smaller — say, keychain size — but still powerful? How about a 130 lumen flashlight that only takes 1 AA battery? This Nextorch K20 ought to do for dad.
Surely dad already has a pocket knife, right? If not — or even if he does — he’ll love this razor sharp CRKT Pazoda 2! Folded closed, the knife is only 3 inches long. Blade open, it’s a little more than 5 inches. It weighs less than 2 ounces, so dad won’t even feel it in his pocket.
Maybe dad would rather have something with a few more functions, like this Victorinox Swiss Army Tinker Knife. It has eleven tools (large knife blade, small knife blade, Phillips screwdriver, large flat-head screwdriver, small flat-head screwdriver, bottle opener, can opener, wire stripper, punch, tweezers, and a toothpick) and is about 3½ inches long when closed. It also has a keyring, so add that to the Nextorch flashlight above, and you’re working on a full keyring survival kit!
I’m the kind of guy that likes to have a full-on utility belt. There’s something about a belt around my waist with different pouches and tools on it that makes me feel like a superhero! What can I say? Batman
was is my favorite superhero growing up still to this day!
That said, dad might be like me and want a multitool like this Gerber Compact. I actually had one of these at one point in time, and I love the fast-opening pliers. Instead of having to fold them out, you push buttons on the side, flick your wrist, and they just come sliding out! The tool also comes with a nylon sheath.
If dad is more of a Leatherman kinda guy, about the closest equivalent to the Gerber Compact would be the Leatherman Wingman. Same basic tools, different configuration, but no sheath. It’s also $10 more than the Gerber.
I have always loved hats! When I was a kid (I mean, as young as a couple of weeks old), my parents always put a hat on my head. I still wear one when I go outside — especially to get any kind of work done.
In the summer, I wear a different hat depending on what I’m doing. I wear a baseball cap (usually one that has an Atlanta Braves logo on it) if I’m just relaxing or taking a walk or something. If I’m working mostly in the shade or in a wooded area on a project, I’ll wear something like this “boonie” style hat. When I’m in the garden or doing something in full sun, I typically wear a traditional straw cowboy hat like this one because it breathes better.
In the winter, a beanie hat (toque, boggin, sock hat, whatever you call it) usually works for me (but then, it doesn’t get below freezing too much down here in Georgia). If I lived farther north, I might opt for something more like this fleece balaclava. Just seems like that would keep me warmer — especially when the wind blows!
This is basically just a big bandana. You typically see soldiers over in Afghanistan and those desert regions wearing a shemagh like this to keep the sun off their faces and necks as well as keeping the sun out of their eyes.
A shemagh can be dipped in water and wrapped around dad’s neck to keep him cool while he’s working in the summer months. Alternatively, it can be wrapped fully around the head and neck in the winter for some added warmth.
If dad would rather have something smaller that can be folded and put in his pocket, maybe just go with some plain ol’ bandanas like guys have been carrying for years.
Whether you have a massive 40 acres of farmland or just a 4×4 raised bed garden, dad can’t do it without a few tools. You already got him the gloves and the hat, so he’s ready to get busy. Some of these tools will help!
Garden Hoe – Once you have weeds tamed, keep them back with a hoe.
Pruning Shears – Prune your plants and harvest your crops!
Hand Tools – Sometimes you just have to get in close and work.
Japanese Hori Hori – One of the most universal digging hand tools to have!
Garden Fork – Keep the compost pile turned regularly.
Garden Rake – Easy way to remove rocks and level the soil.
Kneeling Pad – After a while, those knees hurt without one of these.
Bucket Tool Caddy – Works with any 5 gallon bucket — bucket not included.
Garden Sprayer – Good for spraying more than just weed killer!
If dad likes a little fruit infused with his water, this infusion water bottle. Fill it with water, then stuff the fruit of choice into the “infusion chamber” to flavor your water naturally!
I personally like coffee when I’m working outside in cold weather, so I’d love one of these 40 oz stainless Thermos bottles. It’s double-walled and insulated, so it’s designed to keep liquids hot (or cold) for up to 24 hours… but I’d never get that far — it would be empty pretty quick.
If dad’s more of a bushcrafter or loves primitive camping, he might like a single-walled stainless steel water bottle that will let him boil water right in the container.
Other Gifts to Consider for Father’s Day
The Father’s Day gifts I listed above are pretty much universal. Sure, dad may want something slightly different, but those items will be great for just about any man.
There are other items that guys just like to pick themselves. They’re personal items that need to have a certain feel (literally or figuratively) that dad will enjoy picking out himself.
Some of those items include:
- Underwear – Not much explaining needed here.
- Boots – Most guys I know that wear boots like a certain brand. For me, I like Timberland work boots and Justin Boots brand for my cowboy boots.
- Sunglasses – I personally like a cheap pair of wrap-style shades like these Arctic Blues. I’m prone to losing or breaking sunglasses and I don’t want to lose or break a pair of these Oakley Radar Path Sunglasses (no matter how cool they may be).
- Winter Coat – This is something most people wouldn’t think of for a Father’s Day gift, but if dad needs a new one, this is the perfect time to get it – BEFORE it gets cold. That way when cold weather rolls around, he’s ready! I loved my old Army issue field jacket, but your guy may need something heavier or lighter depending on where you live.