Father's Day is just around the corner (Sunday, June 21) and is a special time when we celebrate the beauty of fatherhood and take the time to appreciate our individual fathers, grandfathers, and father figures.
For those of us who have been raised by a Christian father, this day is particularly meaningful, because we understand that through sacrifice and love, our fathers demonstrate God's love for His children.
This Father's Day, remember to thank God for the special role your father has played in your life. And, whether your dad is outdoorsy, tech-savvy or a sports fanatic, show him how much you love and appreciate him with one of these gifts picked out by the Gospel Herald.
For the tech-savvy Dad
A smartwatch is the it-gift of the season--and with good reason. The super-popular watch provides live access to certain kinds of information and intelligent features which will add convenience to your dad's life. While the Apple Watch ($350-$10,000) is the most popular version, there are other alternatives. The Pebble Steel watch ($200) offers similar features, as does the Moto 360 ($250-$330).
For the bookworm Dad
If your Dad loves to sit quietly in his armchair with a good book, he will love an award-winning, leather-bound book for Father's Day. Barnes & Noble has lists of winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Nobel Prize and more.
Of course, your dad will love a new, leather-bound Bible or devotional--especially if it's personalized. You can buy a variety of beautiful Bibles and devotionals here--personalize it for just $6.99.
Magazine subscriptions -- both print and online -- are another great gift idea for the well-read dad. Some popular choices include The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Slate, BusinessWeek, and Wired News.
For the sports fanatic Dad
Every sports fan loves gear of their favorite sports team or athlete, whether it is a jersey, hat, polo, T-shirt, or cutoff hoodie, and many great options are available on Amazon. Your sports-loving dad would also love a new watch with the logo of his favorite team or shoes from his favorite player.
If you want to kick it up a notch, buy your Dad tickets to see his favorite sports team. To make the game even more special, buy a ticket for yourself as well so you can watch the game together.
For the fit Dad
Wireless earphones are great for any fit dad--especially if he loves to run outdoors. These wireless headphones from Jabra ROX are just one of many great options, and sell for 1$29.99.
Another great option for the athletic dad is this fitness band, which can track steps, distance walked, calories burned and sleep for five days before needing a recharge. And if he wants to take a look at the data, it's wirelessly synced to computers and smartphones with the Fitbit app installed.
For the music-loving Dad
SuperStar BackFloat Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: this incredible speaker not only floats, but can be connected via Bluetooth, so he won't miss any calls while sitting back on vacation. It can also be used in the shower, pool or bath, and goes for $150 here.
Another great gift for the music-loving dad is tickets for an upcoming concert by his favorite band.
For the game-loving Dad
Outdoor chess and checker set: If your dad loves to play outside with the family, then an outdoor chess and checkers set is just the thing for him. This oversized, waterproof canvas mat is perfect for your game-loving dad, and is available here for $83. The wooden pieces work double-duty as pawns for both chess and checkers.
For the traveling Dad
Noise-cancelling headphones: if your dad commutes, frequently air travels or works in a loud office, noise cancelling headphones could keep him sane. According to Forbes, the best noise-cancelling headphones are the Bose QC20 and QC25s. Prices range anywhere from $49.99-$299.00.
For the grilling Dad
iDevices iGrill2: The iGrill works with bluetooth so that dad can monitor the internal temperature of his favorite meats from his phone. With this great gift, dad guaranteed to have the exact medium-rare steak he's been craving--whether he is a grill master or backyard novice. You can purchase an iGrill here.
For the sentimental Dad
Consider giving your Dad a photo frame with a religious quote or Bible verse, and add a photo of yourself and your dad, or a photo of your whole family to the gift to make it extra special. You can buy a variety of beautiful frames here. Prices range from $10-$40. Don't forget to also give him a handmade card to make your sentimental dad feel even more loved!