I know that you’re out there. Yep, you. You’ve suddenly realized that Father’s Day is less than a week away and you don’t have a clue as to what to buy him. It’s panic in the disco! But don’t despair. It’s easy to find last minute father’s day gifts, something perfect for the outdoors dad, and I’m here to help. (If you’re reading this we assume you must be an outdoorsman, and you probably caught it from your Dad or Granddad.)
To be honest the best gift you can give your deer old Dad is time. Your time. It’s free and in this day and age it’s pretty darn rare! So, as a father of daughters, I promise you that this would be the best gift. Give Dad an “I PROMISE TO GO HUNTING/FISHING with you for a day” gift card. After waking up from his faint, he’ll hug you to death.
If you feel such a loving gesture is insufficient (or too difficult to give,) you can resort to a more traditional Father’s Day Gift such as these I’ve corralled. There’s something for every budget, and you can find most of this stuff at local stores or online with 2-day or overnight delivery.
Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts Under $15
Fishing Flies: Every fly fisherman needs to replace those he’s lost. You can buy flies priced from $.99-$10.00 each. Here’s a pack of a dozen versatile nymphs great for trout and panfish.
Maps: Help Dad find his way back to you. MyTopo Maps make the best maps on the market. Price varies according to what type you buy. Check the website at MyTopo.com.
22 Rimfire Cartridges: Surely your Dad has a 22 rifle. He can always use more ammo, and single boxes of 50 sell for as low as $4. Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Sportman’s Warehouse and most Mom & Pop gun stores should have some.
Fishing Lures: Every angler needs more lures. Lots to choose from at $4.00-$10.00 each, or grab this 17 piece versatile rubbertail jig set on sale.
Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts from $15 and Up
Hiking Socks: These are one of the best hiking socks. It will save his feet on that long hike you promised him. $18.95.
Dutch Oven: Is Pa a camp cook? A Lodge Dutch Oven for $ 42.72 will help him reach new culinary heights.Dutch oven tools: A dutch oven lid lifter tool and pot holder is a must have. Look at this for an easy and much appreciated gift for $39.18.
Base Layers: We’re talking underwear here. Against the skin base layers in modern jargon. Silk, polyester and (my favorite) Merino crew-neck pull overs will keep Pop dry and cozy throughout the year. Try this really cool base layer made from New Zealand merino wool starting at $54.99.
Centerfire Ammo: Shotgun or rifle. Just find out what gauge or caliber Dad shoots and buy a box or two. He can always return it for a preferred weight, bullet, brand, etc. $15.00-$124.00
Knife Sharpener: Keeping hunting knives sharp is always a chore. Make it easier with a Smith Diamond Bench Stone. $26.50.
Tarps: Nothing fancy here, but eminently usable. An outdoor dad can always find a use for a poly, nylon or canvas tarp. This is an heavy duty tarp to keep dad dry for $26.50.
Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts from $50 and Up
Hunting Knife: An outdoorsman never has enough knives. I like Knives of Alaska Pronghorn and Elk Hunter models. Try the Knives of Alaska Suregrip Trekker Series Elk Hunter Knife for $84.99.
Fishing Gloves: My favorite fishing gloves for cold weather are Kast Steelhead gloves for $59.99.
Gift Card: This is no cop-out. A gift card at his favorite outdoor store let’s Pa choose what he really needs. You cannot go wrong with this one.
Homerun Last Minute Gifts
Top-of-the-Line Hunting Knife: Money can’t buy you love, but a Diamond Blade Knife might. DBK makes the knives from the sharpest, longest lasting steel tested. Models like the Pro Series Pinnacle II start at about $170.
Backpack: You can spend as much as you want on backpacks. Check out Alps Mountaineering’s selection. $75.00-$300.00.
Binocular: Leupold has a great selection starting from about $124.00.
Boots: The foundation of all Dad’s terrestrial adventures. I love Irish Setters. $150.00 and up.
Well, there’s a varied price list of items. Investigate his world. You’re about to light up his eyes. If you buy something that last a long time like a knife, he’ll remember you every time that he uses it. Good luck!
But remember: the best all time gift is time. Time with Dad. I wish I had more time with my dad. Great dad. Taught me a lot. Don’t miss your chances.
Tom Claycomb divides his time between raising nice daughters and playing with the thoughtful, last minute Father’s Day gifts they give him.