5 Great Last Minute Gift Ideas for Father’s Day


By Jay Tellini

Did anyone else forget that Father’s Day is almost here? I knew there was something I needed to write on the calendar! Scrambling around on Saturday evening looking for a gift is one of the most annoying feelings in the world, especially when you hit the low point and consider getting him a Snuggie just to call it a night. With this quick list of last-minute suggestions, you’ll never find yourself settling for another “#1 Dad” mug ever again.

Sporting event tickets

Online companies like StubHub and Ticketmaster make any sporting or music event purchases quick and easy. wcmu.orgYou can download your tickets right away, so you won’t need to stop off at a box office or wait for shipping. Also, going to a game with your dad is a great bonding activity (unless he’s the guy who goes streaking on the field).

Restaurant gift cards

The old standby never fails. There’s nothing simpler than stopping at your local drug store and picking up a Father’s Day card and a gift certificate to his favorite restaurant. It’s always a win-win situation: he gets to spend some time with you, and you get to eat.

The gift of music

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Something from the bookstore

I use the term “something” loosely since you can get so much more than books at bookstores nowadays. For instance, Barnes and Noble has tons of little trinkets, calendars, lots of gourmet treats at the in-store café, and even the aforementioned vinyl records. Another interesting idea is to get him a funny book. There are always some comedy gems on the clearance rack if you look hard enough.

At-home movie night

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAYQjB0&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stilettosetsports.com%2Fstiletto-sets-fabulous-sports-lover-gift-baskets%2F&ei=WSqEVfraLImFsAXd_oLABw&bvm=bv.96042044,d.b2w&psig=AFQjCNHQXzolnjUgbogxG6pW8KF4lEXLfw&ust=1434811097355811This one takes a little creativity, but shouldn’t require more than half an hour of effort. Go to any store that sells DVDs, and look for some of your father’s favorite movies. You can probably find some fun films for $10 or less at any Wal-Mart or Target. Next, go grab some popcorn and candy to complete the gift. You will have a terrific night of entertainment with your dad, guaranteed!

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