Awesome Book Ideas for Every Kind of Dad

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Father’s Day is quickly approaching, so it’s never too soon to start thinking about what to get the dads in your life.

I think books are a great option – there are so many different kinds. Whether he likes to cook, work on cars, or read a novel, I can almost guarantee you can find a book that the dad you are buying for will love. Here are a few themed gift ideas for all kinds of dads:

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Grillin’ Dad

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A father with sons, two twin teenage boys cooking meat on barbecue for summer family dinner at the backyard of the house

I grew up with a dad who enjoyed cooking outdoors – including over a grill. It seems like a lot of men really enjoy this, so if that’s the dad you are buying for, here are a few grilling cookbooks to add to his gift:

In addition to some new cookbooks, here are a few other items you could add:

  • New grilling tools
  • Meat thermometer
  • Premium cuts of meat
  • Dad apron
  • Special set of BBQ rubs, marinades, or sauces

DIY Dad

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Did you see our video of Jack and Forrest making a cornhole board together? They love doing projects together. And with all of the projects are going to undertake soon on our new house, combined with the amount of HGTV we watch, I think it’s safe to say Forrest is being DIY dad.

Here are a few books he might enjoy:

And you can add one or two of these items if you want:

  • Lego Architecture Skylines – New York, Venice, Berlin
  • New power tools (we love anything from Ryobi)
  • Gift card to Home Depot or Lowes

Call-a-friend dad

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Did you ever watch Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? We always loved watching that when it first came on. I clearly remember the first person who actually won – and how the only lifeline he used was to call someone to say he was about to win a million dollars.

Most people didn’t get that far without using their lifelines though, and I always would think, “Who would I use for my call-a-friend?”

Well, if your dad is the person you’d have on your list, then these books are perfect for him. He loves history. He knows random facts. You wonder how one person can cram so much into one brain.

A few other things he might like:

Proud to be an American Dad

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family celebrating 4th of July

He flies his American flag every day. He proudly sings the National Anthem at every event. He certainly bleeds red, white, and blue. Yes, your dad is proud to be an American, and everyone around him knows it. Consider getting him one of these:

You could also get him:

  • American Flag
  • Patriotic Tie
  • Patriotic T-Shirt
  • Puzzle of the White House

Sport Loving Dad

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A silhouette of a father and his young child playing baseball outside, isolated against the sunsetting sky on a summer day.

His idea of a good time is kicking around a soccer ball or having a good ol’ fashioned baseball game. He gets up early every Saturday to coach the kid’s games. His extra pennies are saved for a season pass to his favorite team. Sport loving dad will love these things. Forrest is definitely a sport loving dad!

And then throw in one of these to sweeten the deal

Sentimental Dad

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happy family child baby girl in the arms of his father at home window

What dad doesn’t love getting something to remember their children by? My dad has pictures, handmade gifts, etc. from over the years, and I think it’s always a good way to go on Father’s Day. Here are a few sentimental ideas:

Barnes and Noble has tons of other great books – you are definitely guaranteed to find something the men in your life will love. Plus, they have awesome sales!

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  • Thank you so much for all of your suggestions. I had been trying to figure out what book to get my dad for a couple of months now and with your suggestions I was able to narrow it down to one he didn't already have. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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