9 Sentimental Father's Day Gifts to Tug at Dad's Heartstrings

These thoughtful Father's Day gifts are perfect for any dad in your life.

Dads can be hard to shop for. I usually take the practical route when it comes to Father's Day gifts: Items like grilling supplies, power tools, or a sports jersey are all gifts I know he'll use frequently, even if they're not the most personal. But this year I wanted to give him something that would mean a little more. These heartfelt gift ideas will let your dad know how much he means to you, whether you're celebrating in person or from miles apart.

Father's Day is June 19, 2022, so don't wait to start shopping. This is the perfect opportunity to skip the traditional tie, order the perfect Father's Day card, and give him something sweet and sentimental.

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Adventure Print

white canvas art print with triangle maps
Courtesy of WorldVibeStudio / Etsy

For the dad who loves to travel, order an art print that combines all his favorite places. This print is available in five sizes and can be customized with up to ten locations. Have it made with maps of places you like to hike together, or combine your hometown with your extended family's hometowns for a commemorative print of all the places your family is from.

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Digitize Family Memories

two people looking at photos on the floor
Courtesy of Legacybox

While my parents have been sheltering-in-place, my dad's been digitizing old family photos and videos to share with the family. If you have a lot of family memories hidden away in the basement, use Legacybox to turn them into digital files Dad can put on his tablet or computer to look at whenever he wants. Or, give him a subscription to the service so he can choose what to send in. All you do is box up the original slides, photos, and tapes, and the experts at Legacybox will digitize them for you and mail the originals back.

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New York Times Puzzle

puzzle shaped like the front page of the new york times
Courtesy of The New York Times

While this is certainly more of a fun gift than a practical one, it will definitely keep him busy during quarantine. This gift idea from The New York Times turns any date into a meaningful activity by turning the front page of the paper into a 300, 500, or 1000-piece puzzle. Get one of Dad's birthday or the day he became a father.

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Framed Photo Art

framed photos on a dresser
Courtesy of Shutterfly

Commemorate a special family memory by turning it into a framed piece of art from Shutterfly. Whether you choose a family photo or a snapshot from your most recent vacation together, you can add text to your image (like your family's name or the vacation spot) to personalize the print even more.

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On the Rocks Map Glass

clear glass etched with map of anaheim, california
Courtesy of Well Told Design

If Dad enjoys the occasional glass of whiskey, get him a glass with a special meaning. These 11-ounce rocks glasses are etched with the map coordinates of different cities and are available in dozens of styles and locations, so you can pick one that will mean the most to Dad. If he's not a big drinker, get him a hometown coffee mug ($20, Well Told) instead of a whiskey glass.

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Memory Book

photo book with children's photos inside
Courtesy of Artifact Uprising

Photo books aren't just for Mother's Day! These gorgeous fabric-bound books are made to fill all of life's best memories, and Dad will cherish the collection of prints you choose. Include photos of your favorite memories with Dad, or fill the book with pictures of his grandkids.

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Sports Memorabilia

notre dame patterned towel on a table with chips and dip
Courtesy of Catstudio

Give Dad something to commemorate a school or sports team you both support. I grew up going to college basketball games with my dad, so anything in the new Collegiate Collection from Catstudio is a no-brainer. Get him a set of towels (From $24, Catstudio) for his next tailgate, or order an art print (from $29, Catstudio) he can display at his desk. When sporting events come back, you'll have the perfect excuse for a watch party.

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Birthday Book

new york times birthday book
Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Celebrate Dad with a custom book that's all about him. This one of a kind bound book from Uncommon Goods features the front page of The New York Times on every year of his life. He'll enjoy watching the covers change from black and white to color, and you can order a magnifying glass with the book to help him read all the noteworthy events covered. You can even personalize the front cover with his name and birth date for an extra sentimental Father's Day gift.

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Custom Canvas

canvas for fathers day
Courtesy of Canvas People

Make a special print for Dad's office, desk space, or anywhere else with this custom canvas from Canvas People. It comes with a sweet description of the word 'dad' and can be personalized with your favorite photo of you two. It's available in sizes 11x14 or 16x20 and comes ready to hang with all the hanging equipment you'll need.

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