What kind of gift do you get for the man who has everything already or simply doesn’t want to add more clutter to his home? It can be hard to think of the perfect minimalist gifts for dads if you are used to traditional shopping and marketing. Often times, the best gifts for minimalists are experiences, something useful, or something timeless and classic.
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Here are some of my best ideas for minimalist gifts for dads:
Experiences (a pricier gift option but loved!):
Experiences provide a wonderful opportunity to make memories without overfilling the home with more clutter. That’s why experiences are probably my favorite choice for minimalist gifts for dads.
A guilt-free night out with the guys
Give dad an excuse to get away for a few hours with his buddies, guilt-free. It could be a round of playing golf, or a night at his favorite hang out. Offer your driving services if you want to be super nice, or buy him an Uber gift card too!
Ski/snowboard lift tickets (to a special resort you don’t normally visit)
If a Christmas gift, it may be cold where you live. Consider giving a lift ticket to a special resort. Better yet, buy yourself one too, and take a day off from your duties to have a fun day together.
There is always a concert going on. It could be a local band or a big name. Give dad a chance to relax and have a night out on the town.
Trips are such an amazing gift, as they provide memories over more clutter. Research a weekend getaway you can take, without having to take any time off from work. A vacation is perfect when researching minimalists gifts for dads. Every dad needs a break.
I feel like many men want to learn how to play the guitar. I guess there is a certain allure to it. Consider giving your man guitar lessons so he can achieve that dream.
Many local theater companies put on wonderful plays. Go explore your local arts district and take in a play.
Gift card to a favorite restaurant and activity
Does dad have a restaurant he is always begging to go to? If so, a gift card to said restaurant and fun activity like bowling may be the perfect night out for the family.
The gift of your time:
Babysitting services for a date
If you want to help a dad out, give him your free babysitting services and let him go on a likely overdue date with his wife. Babysitting is expensive these days, and it can often make date night too expensive. By offering your free services, a night on the town is a lot less stressful.
A coupon book for tasks you and the kids can do to help dad out
Give dad an opportunity to take a break! This can be a simple or even free gift of services you can offer to do for dad to help him take a break! Make up a coupon book, or buy a coupon book if you are not feeling crafty.
His favorite dinner (and a favorite beer or wine to go along with it!)
Sometimes dad just wants to be home and have his favorite meal (that you hate making but he begs for it all the time). Gather the ingredients and make it special. If you want to take it a step farther, go buy a special beer or bottle of wine, whatever is dad’s favorite!
Time off to go on a hike or do some other favorite activity
My husband loves it when I take a vacation day just so we could go on a hike or do some other activity together while our kids were at school. Take advantage of time your kids may be at school and do something together for one day!
Practical gift ideas:
A minimalist gift for dad can still be an actual gift. The whole point is to give something that doesn’t add to clutter in the home. Practical gifts are great minimalist gift ideas, as they are items that will get used on a frequent basis.
A hiking daypack is a practical gift that can be multi-purposeful. We use our daypack for hiking, picnics and as a carry-on for the airport. The Osprey Tallon 11 Daypack is by far my favorite backpack! We use it everywhere we go!
Pegboard for garage
Is dad’s garage an absolute disaster? It could be that dad doesn’t have the tools or money to organize everything the way he wants. Get him a garage pegboard to turn his garage into an organized haven!
I don’t know why, but power tools seem to bring absolute joy to dads. Need a chainsaw? He won’t care that’s his gift. In fact, he may be so excited that he spends Christmas dad chopping down dead trees.
Nice car mats
Car mats are expensive, so many dads won’t spend the money on a nice set of car mats. However, most will love their functionality.
You guys I just discovered the Yeti coozie (aka Yeti Rambler). It is by far the greatest invention EVER!!!! For somewhere around $25, you will give the absolute coolest gift for any beer drinker. Seriously, these things are amazing. (Like, kept my beer cold for two hours by the pool in July in South Caroline amazing!) They converted me to a Yeti product lover.
A money clip is a great minimalist gift for dad, as it helps him cut down on the need to always carry a wallet. Dad can clip his one car, a driver’s license, and his cash in this simple clip.
Wireless Bluetooth headphones are fantastic and useful. They allow dad to talk wirelessly without getting all tangled up in a cord.
Membership gift ideas:
Car wash membership
Let dad get a car wash every week, guilt-free, especially in the winter months. It is a wonderfully useful gift that adds zero clutter to your home. It also forces dad to pick up the trash in his car every week!
Beer or wine club membership
If dad enjoys a good beer or glass of wine, consider getting him a beer or wine club membership. Keep the goodies coming for a couple of months! It is the gift that keeps giving!
If dad likes to read but rarely has time to do it, consider giving him an Audible membership. Now he can listen to his books on his commute.
Kindle unlimited membership
If dad likes to take the time to read books, consider getting him a Kindle and a Kindle unlimited membership. Even if doesn’t have a Kindle, he can download the free Kindle app and read from any device.
Unlimited Amazon Music
Give dad the gift of millions of songs he can listen to on any device, anywhere. Amazon Unlimited Music can transform a gym visit with their already cultivated playlists and no commercials! It also allows dad to listen off-line, like when flying or when at work without personal wifi access.
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Minimalist gifts for dads
Give dad the perfect, most thoughtful gifts for minimalists. It doesn’t matter if he is a man who already has everything, there are some great gift ideas you can use to give him a perfect holiday or birthday! Show dad he is appreciated with these experiences, gifts of your time, practical gifts or membership gifts. There is something for all dads on your list!
Need ideas for mom? Check out these Minimalist Gifts for Mom that Don’t Add to Clutter.
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