What are the Best Gifts for Dad from Daughter?

I have a daughter who means the world to me. At the time of this writing she is only 9 years old, but she still makes and buys me gifts that I absolute love.

In this article we are going to explore what the best gifts for dad from daughter are. I assume you are a daughter and looking to get something special for your father. Or maybe you are the mother of a daughter and you are helping her out. The quick and easy answer to this question, is a homemade gift. Last year my daughter made a colourful coaster for me that has been on my desk every day since. It is currently 2 feet away from me as I write this article and I love looking at it. Sometimes I will pick it up and feel connected to her, it warms my heart. Below, I will discuss some other options for great gift ideas from a daughter to her dad.

If you are struggling to find that perfect gift for your dad, I hope I can help out. Please leave a note in the comments if you found this helpful or if you think I could improve this article somehow.

Instead of linking to random websites and links to products to buy, I am going to try and give detailed ideas instead. I don’t want article come off as a sales pitch for products and would like to just help give you ideas to go find what you are looking for.

Personalized Gifts for Dad from Daughter

Personalized gifts are difficult to write about and give examples because it’s almost an endless topic. You can personalize just about anything. In our case though we are focusing on personalized gifts for dads from their daughter.

it’s easy to go the novelty route, most dads have a great sense of humour so it’s easy to try and find a gag gift or something silly. I would actually recommend against this. As funny as it may be, it will be forgettable. He won’t remember this gift a year from now. You want to get him something meaningful, something that comes from the heart.

I would also recommend keeping away from “cheap” items. A t-shirt that mentions him being the world’s best BBQ master won’t cut it. Think deeper and something with more class or elegance. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just thoughtful.

A personalized engraved message on an item that relates to the person somehow would be an excellent idea. Is your dad in army or is he a fisherman or maybe a long haul truck driver? One idea might be an engraved compass with a message from you on it. So he can always find his way home. This is the type of meaningful gift he will remember.

Here is a list of personalized gifts for dad from daughters that you mind find helpful and get ideas from:

  • An engraved compass so your dad can always find his way home.
  • Does your dad write? A personalized leather notebook would be great.
  • Is he a chef? Consider engraved steel knife or cutting board (Not meant to be used.)
  • Is/was he an athlete? Personalized golf balls, baseball, football, hockey puck.
  • Does he work in a trade like a carpenter? Maybe an engraved hammer to put on display.
  • Does he travel a lot? Maybe a nice Indiana Jones style satchel to use.

I hope you get the idea. Instead of a typical mug or t-shirt, try and find something more meaningful to him. Something personalized that he would really enjoy. Combine that with a message from you and you will have a winner.

Gifts for Dad from Daughter on Her Wedding Day

Getting married is a very special day for you, however, it’s a very emotional day for your dad. This is the day that he feels like he is losing his daughter in some regard. He has been the main protective man in your life. This day is a whole new stage in his life and as such, a gift from his daughter to make him feel like you are grateful for raising you and that you will never forget him would mean the world to him.

If you are reading this page, obviously you need a little help with ideas. The first thing that comes to mind is a photo collage. Most men will act like they don’t care much about photos and picture frames. However, I promise a collage of photos that contain just you and your dad starting from a young age up until now. He will love it. I bet he will place it somewhere special or at his office if he has one and will stare at it often.

A personalized gift as discussed earlier would also be a greta idea, but you could engrave it with a specific message. Here are examples of engravings you could use:

  • “To The First Man I Ever Loved”
  • “I Loved You First Dad, Love {YOUR NAME}”
  • “Today a Bride, Forever Your Little Girl”
  • “Dad, of all the walks we’ve taken, this one is my favourite” – Combine this with a picture of you both walking down the aisle.

There are many quotes you could use or maybe create your own touching message. Maybe there is a sweet word or phrase you would use together? Maybe an inside joke since you were a child? Make it warm and make him feel special.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Daughter Gifts for Dad

Unless you have a specific skill, like painting or maybe wood working, it can be difficult to come up with some DIY daughter gifts for dad. Let’s start with some simple. Food! The absolute easier thing that you can DIY are foods, or drinks, or oils. For example, you could create some hot pepper oil, or flavour infused garlic oils that he can cook with his BBQ steaks. Make sure to pick a proper bottle for pouring if you choose this gift idea.

Another great idea might be shaving butter. There are tons of recipes online and on Pinterest of different shaving butters. Provide your father with the best smooth shaving experience of his life. I talked about this briefly as well in my post for “Best Christmas Gifts For Dad“, but if you are interested in making this. I found a good recipe on Pinterest. You can find out how to make a simple and fantastic shaving butter here.

Are you a younger daughter? Maybe you can get help from your mother with this one, but one cool idea would be to make a homemade kite. There are many instructions in Google to do this. Pick the shape you want and buy a pattern that you would both like. Make two kites, test them and make sure they work. Then head out with your dad on a windy day for some kite bonding.

Lastly, another cool idea I seen that would be easy to do are Mason Jar Bloody Mary Kits. Basically, you buy a mason jar and all the ingredients to make a bloody marie and put them all inside the mason jar itself. Attach a little note from you. This would be a nice addition as a secondary gift to the main gift.

I hope these ideas are helpful and you pick one for a DIY daughter gift for your dad.

Birthday Gifts for Dad from Daughter

In all honesty, I don’t think you really have to do anything too crazy for this one unless it’s a milestone birthday. I wrote an article on what to gift dad on hit 50th birthday which may be helpful and go more in-depth on special gifts.

Otherwise, if it’s a normal birthday. Stick with the basics. A nice simple gift, a car, and some good ol’ fashioned birthday cake. What he will probably really want is just to spend time with all of his family. That would be the best gift you could give him for his birthday.

Retirement Gifts for Dad from Daughter

If your dad is retiring and he has worked the same job for a long long time, then a retirement gift from his daughter would probably mean a lot. Keep in mind, his job most likely helped support your childhood activities and hobbies. He may have paid for your university or college classes. That job may have supported and enabled him to have the family he has now. It will mean a lot to him that you understand that and respect it.

The best gifts for retirement would be something that represents his job. A personalized gift again would do well here but directed at his profession. Was he a carpenter? Then maybe a really high quality decorative hammer with an engraving on it would be helpful. Was he a police officer? Do the same thing, but maybe a decorative badge with an engraved message. Thank him for supporting and creating this family!

Homemade Gifts for Dad From Daughter

I have to be honest, out of anything my kids have ever given me, it’s the homemade ones I love the most. If you read the beginning of this article you will know how much I loved my daughter’s homemade gift. I have gifts from my son as well that I look at everyday.

There is something special when you know they put in the time and effort to create something just for you. Especially if it has meaning behind it.


In this article we discussed quite a few options for you in different scenarios. This article does not really list specific items or link to specific Amazon products. I was trying to be more helpful with ideas and to get your brain firing on all cylinders! I hope it was helpful.

If you know someone that might find this article helpful, it would mean a lot to me if you shared it. Thanks for reading and good luck!

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