Living in a different state than my family has caused me to forget many things. I'm not sure what it is about living away from them that causes me to forget to send cards or give calls, but perhaps the "out of sight, out of mind" syndrome comes into play. Though I look at the calendar and make a mental note of what's coming up, but the time it comes, I'm scrambling to get it right. This also is the same for sending gifts and it seems that every year, I'm looking for last-minute Father's Day gifts to send down to my dad.
If we're being truthful though, I'm really just a last-minute type of person. Even when I lived just 10 minutes away from my family in Florida, I still managed to be hitting the malls the week before or locking myself in my apartment to create something special for my dad for Father's Day. I think the most difficult thing is finding a great gift to get the man who literally already has everything. Another issue is the busy schedule I always seem to command. Lines are not my thing, so I end up procrastinating in hopes that I'll avoid them. Fortunately though, I'm not the only last-minute person in the world.
Whether it was because of your schedule or your unintentional procrastination, these nine ideas will help you find the perfect last-minute gift for dad this Father's Day.
1. Amazon Echo
If your dad is like my pops, he'll like anything that's tech related. The Amazon Echo ($180) is a great way for him to listen to his favorite tunes, control the lighting in the house, order food, or listen to the traffic all at the sound of his voice. He'll never ask you to turn the light off again with this one.
2. S'ip By S'well Insulated Bottle
Found in Target, the S'ip by S'well insulated bottle ($25) is perfect for the dad on the go because it keeps his beverage at the right temperature throughout the day.
3. Victrola 7-in-1 3-Speed Turntable With Bluetooth
Is dad a lover of music? He'll love this 7-in-1 3-speed turntable with bluetooth ($100) then. Though there are many on the market, this Victrola branded one from Brookestone is a total steal.
4. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera
Even if dad is a little up with times when it comes to social media, this throwback Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera ($66) is a perfect way to give him some nostalgic moments.
5. Fitbit Charge HR Wristband
Help dad monitor his daily activity with the Fitbit Charge HR wristband ($129). He'll thank you later.
6. Fizzics Beer System
Created for the beer aficionado type of dad, the Fizzics Beer System ($170) is a portable draft beer system that can improve the taste ordinary canned or bottled beer. He'll never have a reason to complain again.
7. Google Chromecast
For the dad in your life that loves to keep his face glued to his phone, the Google Chromecast ($30) can turn his eyes from the small screen to the big screen. An affordable media streamer, dad can transfer his most beloved shows, videos, or movies to the TV without having to redownload.
8. Bevel Shave System Starter Kit
The Bevel Shave System Starter Kit ($77) is a great steal for the dad who either already loves the brand or is looking to try a new product. Including six products, that when priced separately exceed the bundled amount, dad will be giving you praise all year long.
9. Cuisinart Wooden Handle 13-Piece Grilling Set
If dad's the king of the grill, this Cuisinart wooden handle 13-piece grilling set ($36) is a great gift idea for him.