Gift Ideas for the Father of the Bride

Mar 6, 2017 | The Big Day

OK, let’s face it – no matter how close you are to your fiancée’s father, chances are you still sometimes feel like an awkward teenage boy around him. Whether you like to admit it or not, impressing him has, and always will be, the name of the game, and you just know if you nail the perfect present, you’ll be best buds for life. While he probably doesn’t even expect a gift, you’re damn sure he’s going to get one that will knock his socks off. (Word to the wise – don’t buy socks.)

Agonising over what to buy your other half’s father is definitely not the way to spend the weeks leading up to your wedding, so keep these six ideas in mind and you’ll be sorted in no time.

To make life easier for you, we bring you our six favourite gift ideas for the father of the bride…

gift ideas for the father of the bride

Gift ideas for the father of the bride #1: Personalised whiskey decanter

If you want your gift to really stand out, you have to prove that you know the man or, at the very least, made an effort to.

If your father-in-law is a fan of a particular whiskey or rum, then why not splash out on one of the more expensive bottles and go that extra mile by having his name engraved on a glass or decanter to accompany it?

He’ll remember your gesture every time he chooses to unwind with a glass at the end of a long day.

Gift ideas for the father of the bride #2: Personalised keyring

It may sound like something you’d bring home from a lad’s week in Crete, but there’s a lot to be said for choosing a quality gold or silver keyring that you can have engraved for your wife’s dad.

Whether you choose to go with your father-in-law’s initials, a special message or simply the date of his daughter’s wedding is up to you, but there’s no doubt that this present will be put to good use!

Practical, but thoughtful – what’s not to love?

gift ideas for the father of the bride

Gift ideas for the father of the bride #3: Music / sport lessons

If he’s a budding saxophone player or a keen golfer then choose a gift that celebrates this interest and watch yourself go up an extra few notches in his estimation!

A set of lessons which give your father-in-law the opportunity to hone a skill or improve on a talent will always be appreciated.

He doesn’t have to commit to a term of lessons, but if you splash out on five that he can avail of at his convenience, he’ll be well chuffed.

gift ideas for the father of the bride

Gift ideas for the father of the bride #4: Personalised grooming kit

While we may not admit it, us men like to feel just as pampered as the women in our lives, so why not treat your father-in-law to some grooming essentials?

A facecloth, shaving brush and mirror engraved with your father-in-law’s initials are bound to delight, so personalise the gift with this special touch. It doesn’t take much to have it done, but it really looks the part and will be cherished for years to come.

gift ideas for the father of the bride

Gift ideas for the father of the bride #5: Wine and cheese tasting evening

An evening to indulge his vices will be appreciated by any future father-in-law. Booking your wife’s dad in for an evening of Sancerre and Stilton will hit the spot if you know he’s a fan of the French way of life.

Very few people would turn down a night of serious over-indulgence, so splash out on something he’s unlikely to enquire about on his own.

Gift ideas for the father of the bride #6: Hotel break

Some of the best presents you’ve ever received are bound to have involved your other half in some way, and it’s no different for your father-in-law.

Why not splash out on a weekend away for your him and his partner, so they can relax, revive and look back on the day their daughter became a married woman?

When all else fails, a night or two in a plush hotel will always do the trick!