Fun and useful gifts for dads who love travel to suit all budgets and styles!
How are you getting on with father’s day gift ideas? Buying for the dad in our life is hardly ever easy, in our household. The dad in question is not particularly difficult and he is actually very good at appreciating even the smaller of gestures coming from us, as crafty and charmingly child-made as they can be.
However, I always feel I want to add something more to the kids’ presents and this is is where the problem starts: my husband buys little but buys well, so to get him something that he wants, likes and hasn’t got already requires quite a quest!
So this year I took to the web, researched the ever powerful Amazon and came up with some father’s day gifts ideas that should tick all the boxes: useful, good and a little bit of fun.
Since father’s day happens in between two of our summer trips, the theme of the gift list is easy to guess. This is my list of father’s day gifts for dads who love travel.
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Useful and fun gifts for dads who love travel
Budget permitting you can use fathers’ day as an excuse to stock dad up with travel essentials and gadgets. Here are some ideas.
If dad loved music, wireless headphones are a great present that he can use both at home and while travelling. They come in several shapes and colours, have different specs and quality of sound and can be easily carried on road trips and even on planes making them the perfect travel companion.
We treated the kids to great headophones for travel and they made all journeys easier: doing the same for ‘dada’ seems just fair!
Go pro camera
Budget permitting, another great gift for dads who love travel and immortalize their adventures on camera is a go pro camera.
We have a small ‘session’ and it is fabulous on the go: it is small and super portable, it can take photo or videos and it can even go under water.
As an action camera, it is made to resist sports activities, even strenuous ones, and it can be the perfect gifts fro dads who love adventure travel or even just love splashing in the pool with the kids.
You can check gopro camera models and prices here
Drone videos and photography have grown in popularity massively in the last year or so and this has meant many drones are now reasonably affordable.
A drone can be a great gift for traveling dads although they can be really addictive so make sure if you buy one, you also plan some time when they can play with it while you are watching the kids, unless the kids are old enough to join him in his video enterprises!
Drones come with massively different specs and in all kind of prices. You can start here and snoop around the many options avaiable
A travel backpack
I am obsessed with travel backpacks and got one for my husband he uses all the time. The one he has is by Lowe Alpine and it was one of my best purchases to date.
It is cool, versatile, it opens up as a bag so you don’t have to rummage through it to find your stuff and can travel as carry on luggage on most airlines).
A day bag especially for dads
If you are looking for a father’s day gift for a new dad, you may want to consider a diaper bag that is made pecifically for cool dads.
While the idea of a diaper bag may not seem glamorous, you are likely to change your mind once you see those on the market now: some are truly fabulous and clearly made with the hipster dad in mind!
Have a look to this one for inspiration or check out our favourite models in this buying guide
A travel shaving set
Another gift for dads who love travel but can also be used at home is a travel shaving set.
In our house, growing a beard goes hand in hand with being on holidays and tending to it so it looks good on photos has often been a vacation pastime… If you have a beard-crazy dad, a travel shaving set can strike the perfect balance between fun and useful. Check shaving kit models and prices here
A travel pillow
Staying on the practical side of travel, a good travel gift for dad can be a travel pillow.
I have invested in good travel pillows for the kids but so far haven’t extended the same care to the man in my life. However, a travel pillow can really make a difference, especially on long haul flights, so this can be a good opportunity to get him one (I may even throw in one for myself). Check our travel pillow models and prices here.
A travel blanket
Another useful gift for travel is a good quality travel blanket. The unassuming travel blanket doesn’t get a lot of attention and may even seem underwhelming as a present when unwrapped, but it will come fully appreciated once on the plane. It is pretty cool to find yourself surrounded by a soft travel blanket you know it’s super clean rather than by the plastic-y one the airline gives you!
A carry on cocktail kit
From the useful to the just for fun, i came across this carry on cocktail kit for dads and I just couldn’t resist.
If you travel with young kids you may not find yourself shaking up a cocktails up in the air, but on business travels or when the kids finally get a nap, this sounds like a super fun way to relax in flight. Check them out here.
A coffee kit
A bento box
My husband bought his first bento box years ago and has been addicted ever since.
They are a fabulous invention, they look super cool and their are perfect for travel because the good quality ones are seriously leak proof. The ones I like are the adult looking, non-see-though ones: they are different enough from the kids lunch boxes to be cool rather than reminiscent of school days routine!
An activity on arrival
Last but not least, I close with my favourite gifts of all: the gift of an activity dad can do on arrival alone or, even better, with the kids! Rather than a generic voucher, I always prefer to pick one I know he will like and my go-to site for travel activities is GetYourGuide. Mostly what they offer is tours, which can be fun too, but I always look at experiences that include sports and adventure and have never been disappointed. Check out their homepage here and use the menu on the left to pick your activity of choice.
I hope this collection of gift ideas for dads who love travel came in handy. Happy father’s day!
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