10 Phenomenal Gift Ideas for the Father of the Bride

“Giving Away” Your Baby Girl Is Never Easy, But These Gifts Will Put a Joyful Tear in His Eye

The wedding day is full of excitement, but it’s also bittersweet. The father of the bride may know that his family is growing, that he is gaining a son, but he might still feel that in some ways he is losing his daughter as well. 

Often overlooked after he walks he down the aisle and share the father daughter dance, the bride’s father is the man who has supported her all her life. And sometimes, a small gift is just the tangible reassurance he needs to remember that even if her last name changes she will always be his little girl.

But whether you are the bride looking to give a gift to her dad, a groom wishing to bond with his soon to be father in law, or another friend or family member looking to celebrate and show support, we’ve gathered some of the best gifts for the father of the bride, including:

  • Subtle gifts he can cherish for years to come
  • Celebratory gifts for the big day
  • Gifts that help him cope with wedding day stress

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Before we get to the list of gift ideas, allow us to introduce GiftYa. Here’s how it works.

Take your pick of thousands of local and national brands. Then, customize your gift with a photo or short video clip – like a photo of daddy and daughter together recently or from long ago. Finish the gift with a personalized message, then send it off to be delivered immediately or schedule it for any date you choose — like the wedding day!

But GiftYa isn’t just easy to send, it’s easy to use, too. The father of the bride can redeem his gift right from his phone like any other e-gift code, or he can link it to a card he carries with him everyday for easy use. When he makes a purchase at the qualifying brand, his gift balance will automatically be applied until it’s gone. And if for any reason he don’t totally love the gift you send him (crazy, I know!) he can re-gift or exchange his balance for another brand in just a few clicks.

Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favorite options in the catalog for the father of the groom. 

1 - Custom Photo Patch for Their Tie

Sweet Reminder of His Past, Present, and Future with the Bride

This gift idea for the father of the bride is subtle but sweet. Image courtesy AnnieAndCoPrints on Etsy.

Tucked on the back of his tie, this is a sweet gift that no one else will know is there. It is a picture of him and his daughter early on I their journey together that he can take with him, even if those steps down the aisle feel difficult. 

A Custom Photo Patch  like this one won’t just serve him on the day of the wedding — it’s a memento that he can wear again and again.

2 - Hand-stitched Handkerchief

Keepsake Perfect for the Big Day and Any Day After

He’ll have a bit of her handwriting to carry with him wherever he goes. Image courtesy TheFlossyStitch on Etsy.

Handkerchiefs are a wedding day essential. After all, when you’re dressed to the nines you don’t want to be wiping your eyes on the back of your sleeve or collar of your jacket.  So why not take the opportunity to make the handkerchief a part of the special ovcasion?

For the talented sewers among us, adding a sweet note to a handkerchief should be a piece of cake. But if you weren’t so great in home ec class or are just sick of sticking your fingers when you try to sew something, you can also order a custom handkerchief in your handwriting on Etsy.

But what should you include?  A cheeky request to keep it together or at least remember a hankie, a sweet reminder that you will always be his little girl and she can’t wait for their future adventures, or a simple “I love you”. Whatever message is the best for, the father of the bride is sure to need a hankie as soon as he sees thiss gift. 

3 - Mini Humidor

Celebrate in Style with a Custom Humidor

This humidor is perfect for celebrating on the go. Image courtesy Groovy Groomsmen gifts.

Cigars are for celebrations… and what could be a bigger celebration than this? Whether he’s getting ready in his room or at the reception, waiting for guests to file out of the ceremony hall after the bride and groom have departed or just killing time while the hours devours get set up — and father of the bride who appreciates cigars is sure to have a couple picked out for the big day.

With a gift of the To Go Humidor he can keep his cigars fresh and perfect no matter what the day has in store.  The best part? You can have it customized just for him — initials on the outside, and his name on the cigar cutter that comes with this handy portable humidor set.

4 - Father Daughter Dance Record Poster

Artwork that Dad and Daughter will Cherish Forever

This gift captures something as ephemeral as a dance and turns it j to a keepsake. Image courtesy Lime and Lou.

Picking out a song for the father daughter dance can be hard. Maybe they have a song they’ve loved together since she was little, but if not… how do you encompass their whole relationship (so far!) into a single song? When they choose one, it’s gotta be good!

Now you can create a memento of that special dad and daughter moment in the wedding with this piece of wall art from Lime and Lou. With the title in the center, this piece turns the lyrics of their father daughter dance song into a record.

5 - Nice Watch

There’s No Better Way to Mark a Special Occasion 

Image courtesy MVMT.

A new watch is more than just a timekeeping accessory – it's a timeless (ha!) symbol of appreciation for the father of the bride. As he stands by his daughter on one of the most significant days of her life, a stylish timepiece becomes a lasting memento, capturing moments, the precious time they share together. 

The watch not only adorns his wrist but also serves as a reminder of the timeless bond between father and daughter. Every glance at this thoughtful gift brings back memories of the happy occasion, making it a keepsake he can cherish for years to come.

For watches that look great but won’t set you back thousands, our pick is MVMT. The Odyssey II watch from MVMT is pictured above in all of its stylish glory.

6 - Whiskey or Scotch

Classic Gifts Are Classic For a Reason

Scotch or whiskey is a classic gift for celebratory occasions – and for good reason! It symbolizes the warmth of important family milestones.

A fine bottle of Scotch or whiskey makes an excellent gift for the father of the bride, embodying tradition, celebration, and shared moments (much like a wedding itself). 

The rich, complex flavors of Scotch, often aged in oak barrels, or the diverse profiles of whiskey, offer a sensory journey that mirrors the depth and complexity of the father-daughter relationship. This classic choice symbolizes the warmth of shared conversations and the celebration of milestones. 

Not sure which is which? The distinction between Scotch and whiskey lies in their production location – Scotch comes from Scotland, while whiskey is a broader term covering various regions. Choosing this traditional gift is not just about the beverage but also about honoring the timeless bond, making it a tasteful expression of gratitude on this momentous occasion.

7 - Calm

For Preparing for Those Wedding Day Jitters

Get a Calm gift card

Planning a wedding is an absolute whirlwind. On the one hand, it’s a special time in every member of the family’s life. On the other… all of those things going on at once (dress fittings, cake tasting, legal preparations, venue scouting, guest list pruning…) can really cause the stress to pile up fast. And where does a daughter look when she needs support? To Dad, of course.

Help him cope with his own jitters and be the rock the bride needs him to be on the big day with a Calm gift card. The award-winning meditation and mindfulness app includes guided meditations and mindfulness lessons that are proven to reduce stress, improve sleep, and bring other benefits to app users. To us, it sounds like just the thing he needs in this busy season of his life!

Get a Calm gift card

8 - Cufflinks

Completes Any Wedding Day Ensemble

Image courtesy Zazzle. 

Personalized cufflinks – like these custom cufflinks  that come with a photo of his daughter and a meaningful quote –  make a thoughtful gift for the father of the bride. It's not just about accessorizing. It's a simple but heartfelt way to carry a piece of their story on his sleeve. 

The photo captures a special moment, and the reminder that he will always be the first man she loved will almost definitely bring a tear to his eye. Every time he wears these cufflinks, he'll be reminded of the joy and pride he felt on her wedding day. It's a subtle but meaningful keepsake, which turns an otherwise ordinary accessory into a cherished memento.

9 - Photo Gift

So He Can “Picture” How Their Relationship Has Evolved Over the Years

Image courtesy of Shutterfly.

Over the years, father and daughter have made countless memories – and they’ll make countless more. Immortalizing some of their grandest adventures – the time they took a roadtrip to catch their shared favorite band, or maybe when they went on that big hike in the national park together – in a household item. 

Photos can be emblemized on mugs or blankets, mouse pads or phone cases. Consider a  Shutterfly photo book or nice photo prints of them then and now. You can even wait until after the wedding and gather the best shots of them together all into one place.

GiftYa recommends: Send a Shutterfly gift card to complete the gift. That way, he can create projects with his own favorite photos now and the ones they haven’t even taken yet. 

10 - Visa

The Gift That’s As Good as Cash (But Way More Sentimental)

Build a Visa gift card 

Accepted anywhere that Visa credit cards are accepted, giving a Visa gift card is like giving cash, but it looks as good as he does in his tux. That means the father of the bride can use it for pretty much anything he wants. The choice is totally up to him.

With Gift Card Granny’s build a card feature, you can create a gift the father of the bride will be super happy with in no time. Choose from an expert created design or add your own photo and message – mabe a nice shot of the whole family together?

Most custom gift cards print the same day and ship out the next, so you’ll have the ultimate gift for the father of the bride before you know it. 

Build a Visa gift card 

That’s it on our list of gifts for the father of the bride.

We hope that one of these special gifts spoke to you as a great choice for your favorite father of the bride. If none of them are quite the right fit, check out the full GiftYa catalog for more local and national options he can’t help but love.

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is the shopping expert here at GiftYa. Trae helps people find the best deals and ideas on popular new items to purchase.

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