40 Sentimental Father Of The Bride Gift Ideas

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Here are 40 father of the bride gift ideas for the man who’s played such an important role in your life!

A wedding is a fun, exciting…sometimes chaotic…time! In the middle of it all, often you’ll find the father of the bride running people to the airport, giving advice, and generally helping out. Make sure he feels loved and appreciated by getting him a special gift to thank him – not only for helping with the wedding, but for all he’s done in your life.

These 40 father of the bride gifts range from sentimental to practical to fun. Get him a sweet picture of the two of you, or a set of grilling tools, or a nice sampler of cigars. Whatever you choose, Dad will be happy knowing you thought of him!


40 Unique Father of the Bride Gift Ideas

Check out these gift ideas to thank the father of the bride for all he has done.

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Customized Callaway Golf Balls

  • Fore Father

  • $$$$$
  • Fun, Hobbies

Dad won’t have to worry about whether he’s retrieved the right ball ever again with these personalized golf balls! You can have them printed with his name, your wedding date, or a picture of the two of you. Since they’re Callaway balls, you know they’ll be great quality as well.


Baseball Park Map Glasses

  • Diamonds Are Forever

  • $$$$$
  • Hobbies, Food & Drink

If your dad is a baseball fan, get him a set of whiskey glasses that have a map of his favorite MLB stadium etched in the team’s two main colors. The bottom of the glass features the team logo. You could combine the glasses with a nice bottle of whiskey or bourbon for a truly special gift.


Mens Tie Gift Box Collection

  • Lookin’ Good

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion

If Dad’s a tie guy, this classic gift box comes with three ties, plus matching pocket squares for each of them. The set comes in a variety of colors, so you can pick one that matches or complements your wedding colors as well.


Silver Type Key Cufflink

  • Lovely Cuffs

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Sentimental

Each of these vintage-looking cufflinks can be customized with one letter, so you could get Dad a set with his initials – one on each. You could also do your first initial and his…or a variety of other combos that would be meaningful to the dad who’s about to give you away.


Six Cigar Sampler

  • Puff Daddy

  • $$$$$
  • Hobbies, Fun

Cigars are great father of the bride gifts for any dad who likes to commemorate special occasions with a celebratory smoke. This set features six top-rated blends in a variety of tasting profiles. He can save them to savor himself or share with the groom or other special family members visiting for the wedding.


Whiskey Decanter Set

  • Decorative Drinks

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

This whiskey set comes with an Irish cut glass decanter and two glasses. It’s a classy, classic set that anyone would treasure. Your dad can pour himself a special drink with a loved one either before or after your wedding, and he’ll have the set to bring out for special occasions afterward as well.


Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set

  • For A BBQ Dad

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Hobbies

Whether Dad’s learning new grill skills or just needs to replace an old set of barbecue tools, this set is a great option! It includes a spatula, grill tongs, basting brush, skewers, a cleaning brush, and more.


Citizen Eco-Drive Quartz Men's Watch

  • Time Goes By

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Useful

This classic diver watch will work up to 660 feet down in the water but will also look great with a suit on dry land! It doesn’t need a battery, and it’s versatile enough to be worn with a suit or jeans and a t-shirt. Either way, Dad’s sure to love it.


Cocktail And Food Smoker

  • Fill It With Flavor

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

Whether your dad would appreciate a drink like an old-fashioned infused with smoke, or whether he would enjoy smoked meats, cheeses, or other foods – this smoker fits the bill! It’s the perfect size for smoking meal-sized bits of food or a drink or two, and it even comes with a recipe book to give the father of the bride new ideas.


Aluratek 7 Inch Digital Photo Frame

  • For A Proud Dad

  • $$$$$
  • Useful, Sentimental

Digital photo frames mean Dadcan proudly show off pictures of the Big Day, along with other pictures of the events leading up to the wedding. If he’s feeling especially nostalgic, he could also put pictures of you as you grow up in the photo frame as well. Since you’ll likely be traveling and doing fun things with your new husband and family, this photo frame will also allow him to follow along on your adventures.

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Father of The Bride Scan for Payment T-Shirt

  • Dad Joke

  • $$$$$
  • Fun

Although we all know Dad loves his gorgeous daughter, anyone who’s gotten married knows it can feel like a constant flow of money is headed out the door! This funny t-shirt reads “Father of the Bride, Scan for Payment” with a picture of a scan code on the front. Of course, he loves you and thinks it’s all worth it. But it still hurts, just a tiny bit.

This would be a fun shirt to wear at a barbeque or other casual get-together with family before the wedding day!


Classic Easy-Pour 64-Oz Growler

  • Beer Me

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

If your dad loves his craft beer, give him a way to preserve more of it! This 64-oz insulated growler stores up to four pints and will keep them fizzy and cold for up to 24 hours. The hinged lid helps to preserve the beer. Of course, it could also be used to hold coffee, soup, or other liquids that need to stay either cold or hot…but beer’s much more fun.


Wallet Ninja- 18 in 1 Credit Card Sized Multitool

  • For A Gadget Dad

  • $$$$$
  • Useful

This multitool will be useful for a father of the bride – both on a normal day and perhaps even on your wedding day! It has 18 functions, including an eyeglass screwdriver, can opener, bottle opener, ruler, nail puller, and more. It fits in any credit card-sized slot in a wallet, so he’ll always have it handy for any small emergency.


Recycled Glass Tree Globes

  • Family Tree

  • $$$$$
  • Sentimental

These glass globe ornaments are handmade in Canada and feature trees made from shards of glass. The Tree of Fatherhood celebrates dads and the role they play in raising their daughters. The ornaments can be displayed on an ornament stand or lovingly packed away to bring out each Christmas.


Heart Snapshot Photo Art

  • I Heart Dad

  • $$$$$
  • Sentimental

This heart collage allows you to pick 30 photos to display in the frame. Pick special pictures of you and your dad or stepfather, or pick a series of photos from a favorite family vacation. You get to choose the pictures and where each is shown in this heart wall art, and it’s guaranteed to be a special memento for your dad!


MLB Game Used Baseball Bat Bottle Openers

  • Batter Up!

  • $$$$$
  • Sentimental, Hobbies, Food & Drink

This is a really unique present for a dad who loves baseball! These bottle openers are made from authentic game-day bats used by actual MLB players and make wonderful father of the bride gift ideas. Each opener comes with a story card that tells which game it was used in. For dads who love beer and baseball, it’s the perfect combination.


The Clean Shave Kit

  • Dad Spa Day

  • $$$$$
  • Useful

Dads can use a little pampering before the big day, too! This clean shave kit is made from essential oils and harvested materials, with no harsh chemicals. The pre-shave oil and soap bar lather help ensure a nicely gliding blade. Aftershave tonic and balm cleanse his pores and tone and moisturize his skin so you won’t be the only one radiantly glowing that day. Dad deserves it!


Custom House Letterpress Portrait Art

  • You Can Go Home Again

  • $$$$$
  • Sentimental

Let your dad know that even though you’re starting a new life, home will always be important to you! This letterpress house art makes a beautiful piece to display on a wall. Get it made of the home you grew up in, a favorite vacation home, your dad’s childhood home, or another place that means a lot to both of you.


Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers

  • Not Watered Down

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

If your father loves his post-golf drink almost as much as he loves the game, combine them both! These whiskey chillers come in the shape of golf balls. Toss them in the freezer, then use them to chill an Arnold Palmer or other favorite drink.


DIY Hot Sauce Kit

  • Comin’ In Hot

  • $$$$$
  • Useful, Food & Drink

For dads who enjoy cooking and experimenting with flavors – especially spicy ones – this kit is perfect. It includes ancho pasillas, chipotle peppers, habanero peppers, and a ghost pepper in case he really likes to turn up the heat. There are a variety of ways he can combine the spices and ingredients to make his own unique blends of hot sauces. Just be ready to sample them when you visit!

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Father of the Bride Custom Mug

  • Sweet Coffee

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Sentimental

These mugs feature a drawing of the back of a father and daughter in a tux and wedding dress, presumably as they’re getting ready to walk down the aisle. They make sweet, sentimental father of the bride gifts. Give Dad a present that will remind him of that special day each time he has his coffee.


32-Inch Leather Duffel Bag

  • For Dads On The Go

  • $$$$$
  • Useful

This 100% leather duffel is a great size for weekend trips – perhaps to come see you! It has big compartments for clothes or sports gear, two smaller side pockets, and a front pocket for small things like a cell phone or wallet. It’s perfect as a gym or travel bag.


Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones

  • Peace & Quiet

  • $$$$$
  • Useful

Dad could probably use some peace and quiet after the hustle and bustle of a wedding! If he’s headed out of town for the wedding, you may want to think about gifting them to him beforehand so he can use them on the plane. Either way, he’ll appreciate the excellent sound quality – or lack thereof, when he wants some quiet.


NFL Game Used Uniform Wallet

  • Carry Your Team Everywhere

  • $$$$$
  • Hobbies, Useful

Football fans will treasure this wallet made from part of a jersey worn during an actual NFL game. The divider is hand-cut, so he’s sure to get at least two of the team colors on it, and the name of the team is embossed on the front. Each wallet comes with a hologram sticker, so your dad can look up online and see when the jersey was worn.


Glenlivet – 18 Year Single Malt Scotch

  • Scotch Scotch Scotch

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

A special occasion deserves a very special drink! Show Dad your appreciation with this 18-year old scotch. This Glenlivet bottle has notes of oak, walnut, and orange peels. If he’s a scotch drinker, he’ll appreciate this one.


Breville Coffee and Espresso Machine

  • First Coffee, Then Speaking

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

If your dad’s not fully human until he’s had his morning coffee, get him a machine to make the perfect cup. This one makes barista-grade single-serve cups with the push of a button. It also includes a milk frother, so he can top his java with steamed milk for a special touch.


Sonos Roam Bluetooth Speaker

  • Dad Jams

  • $$$$$
  • Useful, Fun

Bluetooth speakers are nice to have any time, but Dad will definitely appreciate them before the wedding. If you present him with the speaker before all the festivities of your wedding weekend, he could use it for music during backyard barbecues or other get-togethers with the family. After the wedding, he can use it daily throughout the house or outside while grilling or relaxing.


Father of the Bride Wedding Socks

  • A Walk To Remember

  • $$$$$
  • Useful, Fashion

No one else will know that Dad’s wearing socks with a special message on them! These socks say, “Special socks for a special walk” and “Father of the Bride” across the tops of the feet. They’ll be hidden by his shoes, but Dad will know you love him from top to bottom.


Father of The Bride Picture Frame

  • Say Cheese!

  • $$$$$
  • Sentimental

This picture frame reads “Dad, of all the walks we’ve taken together, this one is my favorite” and there is a space for a 4×6 picture of the bride and her father on her wedding day. It’s a beautiful way to say a special thank you to the man who means so much to you.


A Nice Bordeaux

  • Wine Time

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

A nice bottle of wine is almost always a great gift! This bordeaux is 3/4ths Merlot and ¼ Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a floral wine with flavors of raspberry, red cherry and red plum. It comes from a small boutique producer and is great for a special occasion.

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Father of the Bride Tumbler

  • Stay Hydrated

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

This insulated tumbler keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. It could prove useful on the Big Day – he can carry it around before the wedding to make sure he’s staying properly hydrated. He could also spike it a bit if he needs a little help getting through all the chaos of the day. We won’t judge.


Sugarwish Snacks

  • For A Sweet Dad

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Useful

Snacks are wonderful (and tasty!) gift ideas for the father of the bride. Make sure Dad has something to eat on the big day by giving him a Sugarwish snack sampler. He can choose from a variety of snacks to help keep his energy up and make up for the fact that he likely won’t get much dinner while he’s socializing with family and friends.


Juniper Bonsai

  • Calm and Meditation

  • $$$$$
  • Useful, Fun

Give the father of the bride something to care for with this beautiful bonsai tree! He can water and prune it and help it thrive. It would be perfect for an office desk or table centerpiece, and it comes with a sparkling fountain to add to its calming presence.


Three-Point Leather Tech Gloves

  • Warm Hands

  • $$$$$
  • Useful, Fashion

Leather gloves are a classic fashion, and these are lined with faux fur to make them both fashionable and very warm! These gloves don’t have to be removed for Dad to operate touchscreen devices like his phone, which is a big plus on a cold day.


Willow Tree Father and Daughter

  • Daddy Daughter Time

  • $$$$$
  • Sentimental

This figurine celebrates the bond between a father and daughter, and it would be a great father of the bride gift. It shows a father sitting down, with a young girl sitting beside him, talking to him. It was cast from an original carving by Susan Lordi, who created the piece in her studio.


Whiskey Glass and Coaster Gift Set

  • World’s Best Dad

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

This gift set includes a clear whiskey glass that says “Father of the Bride” and an accompanying coaster. The box says, “Thanks for helping to make our day so perfect!” The glass is just the right size for drinking whiskey or any cocktail that’s served in a lowball glass.


Father of the Bride DVD

  • Movie Night

  • $$$$$
  • Fun

Watch this Steve Martin and Diane Keaton sweet comedy about a dad just trying to make it through his daughter’s wedding. This would be a fun gift to give with some popcorn or movie snacks and a plan to sit down and watch with Dad. He’ll like the movie, but he’ll cherish the time you’re spending with him even more.


Craft Beer Club

  • The Gift That Keeps Giving

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Hobbies

If Dad is a craft beer lover, he’ll love a craft beer club membership. Choose the number of months you’d like to ship him, and in each shipment, he’ll get two different styles of beer from different breweries around the country for a total of 12 beers per month.


Engraved Mens Wallet

  • Close To The Heart

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Sentimental

This engraved wallet has a special message for the father of the bride inside! The note ends with the most important part – “Dad, thank you for everything.” It’s made of genuine leather and has RFID blocking to prevent credit card information from being stolen.


Father of the Bride Survival Kit Bag

  • In Case Of Emergency

  • $$$$$
  • Fun

This bag says, “Father of the Bride Survival Kit: In Case of Emergency, Pop Cork.” It would be a fun present to give Dad, along with a bottle of wine inside. Weddings can be stressful – he may need it!


Father of the Bride Gift FAQs

What is the Father of the Bride Called?

The father of the bride is now called “broke.”

Kidding!

If you’re trying to decide what a new spouse should call your father, that’s a great conversation for everyone to have together. Dad should certainly get some input! In some families, spouses call their in-laws by their first names. In other cases, they call them “Mom” and “Dad” now that they’re part of the family. It’s important to keep everyone’s traditions in mind and to be sensitive to feelings.

Does the Father of the Bride Get a Gift?

It’s not required to give a gift to the father of the bride, but it’s a nice gesture, especially if he’s helped financially. Since there are so many different types of people, it’s important to consider your dad’s personality. Would he be touched by a sentimental gift like a special picture of the two of you? Does he have a hobby he would love an accessory for? Think about what your dad would enjoy and go from there!

What Is the Responsibility of the Father of the Bride?

Traditionally, the father of the bride paid for most wedding expenses and walked his daughter down the aisle to give her away on her wedding day.

Obviously, weddings have changed a lot since those days! It’s not a given that Dad will foot all the expenses. Also, as far as walking down the aisle, some brides prefer to have both parents escort them down or include a stepfather or other special person who has played a big role in their life. Some choose not to be escorted at all. The important thing is to communicate openly about the responsibilities of the father of the bride and to come to a conclusion together with love and respect.

Many dads also help out in the days leading up to the wedding by picking up friends and family at the airport, providing input on the location, food, or other services, and generally assisting with things. There’s no “right” way to be the father of the bride other than to offer love and support to the happy couple!

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Laura Falin

Laura Falin is a freelance writer from Colorado. She worked in TV news for more than ten years, and since then has written for publications and websites including BabyCenter, Colorado Parent Magazine, and Denver Parent. She loves being outdoors and reading.