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Father’s Day Gift Ideas: What the MSA Team Is Gifting Their Dads

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoSep 2, 2020 | 4 comments

Father's Day Gift Ideas from the MSA Team

We'll come right out and say it: finding the perfect gift for dad is hard! While a beer delivery or a fresh pair of socks is never a bad idea (in fact, socks make an appearance on this list), the best gifts are often more personal. And, when we say "dad," we mean your papa bear, your father figure, your kids' dad, or just the wisest guy you know. Need some inspiration? The MSA team is picking up gift subscriptions, T-shirts, grilling tools, nods to beloved sports teams, and more thoughtful gifts for their pops. Get all the details below!

Looking for more gift ideas—specifically, subscriptions that send gadgets, barbecue utensils, hammocks, and stuff? Check out our gift guide of the best subscription box gift ideas for Father's Day!

The MSA Team's Father's Day Gift Top Picks:

Lacey's Pick: 

Woman hanging family photos on the wall, printed by Pops.

Image via Pops.

The Item: Custom photo art from Mixtiles and Pops

The Cost: Mixtiles are 8" x 8" for $13 each, and Pops 6" x 9" tiles are $15

Why I chose it: My husband is much more sappy than I am when it comes to family photos, keepsakes, and nostalgia. He's been hinting for awhile that he wants to hang a gallery of family photos on our main stairwell, so I've been looking for some options that are fun, affordable, and easy to hang for Father's Day. I love the look of Mixtiles' adhesive backings, which seem like a perfect fit for our old plaster walls. I also have gotten a few Instagram ads for Pops recently, and I think a few lenticular photos in the mix would be a fun way to add movement, especially for our candid iPhone snapshots of our very active boys. If you have tried either of these firsthand, I'd love to hear what you thought in the comments!


Sara's Pick:

Boxing, college basketball, football, and more available on multiple devices via ESPN+

Image via ESPN+.

The Item: ESPN+

The Cost: $4.99/mo or get the Hulu/Disney+/ESPN+ bundle for $12.99/mo.

Why I chose it: My dad is obsessed with watching any and all sports! So, a streaming subscription is a no-brainer, especially right now, while live sports are paused. Like a few of us mentioned here, I know he'll enjoy all of the 30 for 30 documentaries and The Last Dance.


Megan's Picks:

Longest Rain Delay T-shirt from Life is Good

Image via Life Is Good.

The Item: Longest Rain Delay in History T-Shirt

The Cost: $28.00

Why I chose it: I absolutely love baseball, and this love started with going to local and professional games with my stepdad! He has seriously been missing his fave sports. He also has loads of clever and dad-joke themed tees, so this was a no-brainer!


NPR subscription available on the App Store.

Image via the App Store.

The Item: NPR Membership

The Cost: Whatever you can give!

Why I chose it: Charlie has also worked for public radio since college, and I make a point to renew my NPR membership each year on Father's Day in his honor. He always says it is his favorite gift.


Christen's Pick:

Merino wool socks.

Image via Smartwool.

The Item: Smartwool Socks

The Cost: Ranges from $14.95-$35.95 per pair

Why I chose it: $15 might seem bananas for a single pair of socks, but with a few Smartwools in your drawer, you don't need nearly as many! My family, and my husband especially, always looks forward a re-up of these high-quality socks (made with Merino wool, which wick moisture, so even though they're wool they aren't super hot). They do last a long time and lend themselves nicely to mending, but sometimes being treated to a new pair is just what he needs to feel loved.


Krista's Pick:

Red Thermapen meat thermometer.

Image via ThermoWorks.

The Item: Thermapen Mk4

The Cost: $99.00

Why I chose it: This electric thermometer is a must-have for the grill master or chef in your life! I gave this to my husband last year, and he uses it almost every day. It gives you an instant digital reading of the temperature of your food, and he says it's the reason his burgers and steaks turn out perfect every time. My dad loves grilling in the summertime (he actually owns four different types of grills), so this is going to be the perfect gift for him! The Thermapen comes in a bunch of different fun colors, so you can pick a subtle gray or black if your dad isn't a flashy guy, or you can pick a bright color to match his favorite sports team!


Brandi's Pick:

Convert old photos, film, and videos to digital with Legacybox.

Image via Legacybox.

The Item: Legacy Box

The Cost: Starter Kit is $59.99, ranging up to $1099.99 + shipping

Why I chose it: My dad has so many old home movies and videos that we rarely watch since they are difficult to get playing without breaking out the old camcorder and the accompanying cords. This service allows you to send in some of those old media items and professionally digitizes them for you. You can have them sent back to you as digital downloads, on a thumb drive, or even on discs (although some computers don’t even have those anymore!). Since I am new to this company and concept, I purchased 2 starter kits for my dad. They have a 2 item option and then the next one up is 10, but I didn’t want to commit to that many items in case it doesn’t work out! Each kit allows him to convert up to 2 tapes, 2 films, or 2 sets of 25 pictures to digital. Since photos are easy enough to scan, I’m sure he’ll choose the video option and I’m positive he will find some fun, embarrassing home videos to share with us and I can’t wait! Especially now that I have children - I’m sure they would love to see the old footage!


Becca's Picks: 

Grilling themed subscription box.

Image via My BBQ Box Cratejoy.

The Item: My BBQ Box

The Cost: $22.99 a month. Save with longer commitments.

Why I chose it: We recently upgraded our grilling platform from a Weber charcoal grill to a Pit Boss Pellet Grill/Smoker combo, and my husband has become obsessed! I swear he now spends more time looking up barbecue recipes than I look up baking recipes! I noticed there are quite a few barbecue subs out there, but this one caught my eye as it not only sends custom rubs and sauces, but they also give you recipes and instructions for a variety of grilling methods! I can't wait for him to get the first box!


Red Massey Ferguson mailbox.

Image via Amazon.

The Item: Massey Ferguson Mailbox

The Cost: $89.99

Why I chose it: My dad is a farmer, and has absolutely everything. He is seriously the hardest person to buy for! He has a passion for Massey Ferguson tractors, and owns 9 full-size versions and as many toy models as I can afford! While I know this isn't a subscription item, I happened across this bright red mailbox with the Massey logo across the side!!! I think it is a clever gift and no one will miss his house now! I can't wait to give it to him!


Carlos's Pick:

Red Wing basic leather care kit.

Image via Red Wing.

The Item: Basic Leather Care Kit

The Cost: $39.99

Why I chose it: My father-in-law is a Texan and proud of it. When the occasion calls for it, he still loves to break out his cowboy boots. This kit will help keep those boots as hardy and healthy as his big personality.


Jessica's Picks:

College team bottle stopper.

Image via College Logo Stuff.

The Item: LSU Tigers National Championship Bottle Stopper

The Cost: $34

Why I chose it: My family has always enjoyed a nice bottle of vino, and this bottle stopper celebrates the National Championship that my alma mater just won. Obtaining my law degree is something my entire family is incredibly proud of, so I may actually need to order quite a few to keep up with the 8 brothers and sisters my dad has (all of whom, of course, enjoy a nice bottle of wine). In a perfect world this would be packaged along with a bottle of wine to break in the wine stopper, too.


The Athletic Sports News logo.

Image via The Athletic.

The Item: A subscription to The Athletic

The Cost: $9.99 a month for a monthly subscription; $59.88 for an annual subscription.

Why I chose it: Sports and booze are two things my family has always bonded over, but with the current pandemic, the normal summer schedule of watching a baseball game on the TV after work isn’t really happening. A subscription to The Athletic gives the reader access to high-quality sports journalism, and many of the stories offer an in-depth, unique perspective that I don’t see from other news sources (especially as they’ve been more creative with their content when there are not 162 baseball games to write about). This feels like the kind of splurge-y thing my dad never would have purchased for himself, but he would enjoy reading about his favorite teams.


Adriane's Pick:

Men's Birkenstocks worn with slacks and a t-shirt.

Image via Birkenstock.

The Item: Birkenstocks

The Cost: $125 on Amazon.

Why I chose it: My dad and husband wear their Birks ALL.THE.TIME. in the summer, so it's always time for a new pair about this time of year. I get them for my dad almost every year. Let's hope he doesn't wear them with socks!

Do any of these great Father's Day gift suggestions strike your fancy? Let us know in the comments what you're getting for your dad!

The MSA Team's Father's Day Gift Picks

Christen Russo
Christen Russo

Hi there, I'm Christen! I've been writing with MSA since 2017. I am all sorts of things: a writer, a mother, an outdoors-lover, a low-maintenance self-carer, and general hungry person.

You'll find me collecting stationery and squirreling away stickers, riding bikes and swimming with my family, creating outfits in colors and silhouettes that make me feel amazing, wearing big earrings, drinking beer and asking my husband to feed me harmonies to sing, taking my vitamins, living for live music, roping everyone into a craft, being human and vulnerable, and celebrating the phenomenon of being alive.

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Such a great list! I myself would love the baseball t shirt. Intrigued also by the BBQ box, and have heard rave reviews of the Smartwool socks. Thanks!

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Christen Russo

Debbie, they sell that shirt in a women’s silhouette! Link below. So glad this list was helpful to you!


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Thanks for the great ideas. Men are so hard for me to shop for. My husband’s gift is taken care of, but I still need to get something for my dad. This post is very helpful in giving ideas I wouldn’t have thought of on my own, thank you.

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Christen Russo

Thanks for reading! I, too, got some great ideas for my dad from my colleagues!

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