Best Father’s Day gifts that encourage faith (and that he’ll actually like)

Buying gifts for men can be tough! Maybe the father or husband in your life has a simple Amazon wish list that you can select from … click and done! But the men in my life usually go out and buy whatever they want … leaving me with a struggle to find the right gift every Christmas, birthday, and Father’s Day.

 

This Father’s Day, let’s get our men something meaningful. I’ve got a list of some great ideas. But first…

 

The gifts that we give are like an endorsement towards a particular way of life. I thought about this a lot when I was recently buying a birthday gift for my 3 year old niece. I knew I wanted to get her a magnetic wooden dress-up doll. But I had to make a choice: would I get her the princess doll with princess clothes or would I get her the career doll with uniforms for being an astronaut, firefighter, artist, or chef? While I like to occasionally satisfy my desire for whimsy and princess things, I decided that with this gift I was going to make a statement (even if she didn’t realize it!) and encourage her towards a mindset that girls are powerful and can do all kinds of careers. So she got the career doll.

 

This translates to Father’s Day gifts for the men in our lives. I will often settle on whatever hobby my father or husband are currently obsessing over and “help them along” with that hobby by giving something along those lines -(because I know they’ll like it!) A new disc golf bag. A book about the musical, Hamilton. Camping gear.

 

So why not encourage the faith that resides within the men in our lives? While I would never give a Christian gift to a non-Christian man (as if receiving the gift will make him want to become a Christian … NOT the right way to evangelize!), I think we shouldn’t overlook gifts that will inspire him or remind him throughout the day of who he is in Christ.

 

Here are 10 ideas for Father’s Day gifts for your father or husband. They are already approved (thanks, Jason!) as something real men actually like.

 

 

Each day he flips the calendar to see the date along with a piece of inspiration, Scripture, or devotional.
$10
This one will remind him of Matthew 5:13 where Jesus tells us to be salt and light in the world.
$24

 

 

Collect keys, change, or whatever in this valet tray which has Deuteronomy 15:10 on it with the words “Faithful Servant.”
$20

 

Erwin McManus, best-selling author and pastor of an emerging church in Los Angeles, writes this book about counting your days and living the life you were born to live.
$15

 

Wordle original art
Type a bunch of words from Scripture or words that describe your man. The more often the word is typed, the bigger the word is in the final art. You can get the image for free (specifying your own colors and design orientation, etc.) and then print it and frame it.
Free + cost of printing/frame
Read 365 daily reflections from Super Bowl–winning former head coach Tony Dungy on living an “uncommon life” with the Lord.
$14
Send your man and his buddies from church on a fun outing together. Help him develop those friendships.
$Your choice
Lead your kids in a craft to give to dad, like this example of a bookmark. Write a verse or quote on it.
<$5
If he likes jewelry, give him something that reminds him of his purpose, like this pendent with a fish hook (“fishers of men”) and cross.
$64
Engrave his name and favorite verse on a nice tape measure.
$25

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