Crap. Father’s Day is in less than 2 weeks, and if you’re anything like me, you still don’t have a gift yet. In fact, if it weren’t for making myself write this blog post, I probably still wouldn’t have anything until a few days before. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve been the benefactor of many awesome gifts to my husband. Some of which include a surprise hot air balloon ride, an iPod touch (I was super broke at the time and saved up for it), and his favorite, a huge beer making kit that kick-started his brewing hobby. No Mr. Beer kits here, I got him the real deal. Man, I’m a good wife.
But it seems like every year it gets harder to come up with something creative or that he’ll actually like. And he’s often not much help when he doesn’t know what he wants either. Usually I can pick up on something he’s been checking out online or take note during our conversations if he has mentioned something he wants. But sometimes I got nothin’.
I took an impromptu poll on my Facebook page yesterday, asking other pilot wives what gifts their husbands have loved. The consensus was clear; our guys like gifts that are personalized for them and their hobbies. And no, I don’t mean personalized like putting their name on a pen. They like stuff that has to do with their interests, things that make life easier, and things that are fun. Or that involve food. Like bacon. Mmmm, bacon. Lingerie is always a hit, too. Serving bacon while in lingerie? I think I just found my gift.
Anyway, I put together a list that hopefully offers something different and unique. If you’re stuck on what to get your husband for Father’s Day this year, I hope this helps. And I even added a few for the budget-conscious wife (pretty much synonymous with pilot wife most of the time), because I’ve been there.
***Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with nor have I been compensated for listing any of these products… But I totally would if they offered. Anyone?? Anyone?? Damn.***
For The All-About-Aviation Pilot:
Every pilot needs a good flashlight, and this one has great reviews.
This handy little gadget holds accessories right on the window, in sight. I think I might get one of these for my husband, he leaves his sunglasses on planes ALL the time!
How cool is this?! A little pricy, but it’s on Amazon for $57 ($70+ elsewhere) and it’s Prime shipping!
There’s also a matching beer bottle opener, bottle stopper, and corkscrew ($12-$15 each) if you don’t want to shell out as much.
For The Pilot Who Cooks/Grills:
I love when my husband grills, because not only do I not have to cook, but I also get to eat delicious food. Win win! These spices look amazing, I can only imagine how good a juicy steak would be with the peppered habanero. Yum!
Are you freaking kidding me?! The stuff they come up with, I’m telling you. Stick this thermometer into your meat on the grill, and head back inside where you can view the temps from your phone. No more waiting around the grill getting smoke in your face. You can even set an alarm for when it reaches the perfect temp. Awesome.
For The Beer-Loving Pilot:
My husband would love this. Pair it with a few different craft brews you can easily pick up at a Total Wine or BevMo! and you’re set.
I bought my husband a pair of these and he loves them. You keep them in the freezer and then stick them into your beer bottle and drink (the top is drink-through). Beer stays cold the whole time! Don’t forget to drink a few gulps first, you have to displace some liquid before it ends up on the floor. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.
For The Techie/Gadget Pilot:
(Found it cheaper at Bed Bath & Beyond than on Amazon, where it’s listed for $33)
This speaker is probably one of the best purchases I have made. It’s a powerful little sucker! And fits perfectly in the palm of my hand. The picture shown is how it looks when it’s open, it actually squishes down and closes. The best part is that it’s wireless! I can play music that’s already on my phone or just stream in Pandora. I can take it on the lake when we go boating, or out to the backyard by the pool. Super handy and convenient. The only downside is that the charger connects to USB, but I’m pretty sure I could use one of those iPhone hubs to plug it into the wall, I just haven’t tried it yet. Other than that it’s perfection!
This awesome organizer puts all your little gadgets and necessities in one place, perfect for taking your stuff in and out of your flight bag. Also good for organizing your items when you have to stay in hotels often. And the price is great! There are different colors and sizes available, this one is 8×12 inches. There’s another one that hooks onto a tablet as well. Pretty cool!
This handy little pocket tool includes screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a box and letter opener, and ruler. And it all fits neatly into your wallet. It is approved to go through TSA (no blades and no knife included), but users have reported them being taken. (Shocker.) Best to keep this at home, but travel with it at your own risk. I think my husband needs one, he’s always misplacing his screwdrivers!
I had never heard of this before I started doing gift research, and this intrigued me… So basically, you get this canvas (and a big sheet of plastic that comes with it) and you slather paint on yourselves and then have sex on the canvas. What?! Then you hang your sex art wherever you want and use it as a reminder of your love.
Sign me up!!! I actually think it’s a very unique gift that could be so fun! Can you imagine hanging it over the fireplace while your neighbors/in-laws/friends ask where you got such an original piece? Oh, the possibilities. I think we’ll make one to hang above our bed. I’ve been looking for artwork when this whole time we could have made our own! Genius, I say. It comes with black paint, but you can also purchase colors for $5 apiece. Also, read the reviews, they are entertaining as well.
This game looks fun! Nothing like a little Truth or Dare to spice things up in the bedroom. And who doesn’t love a good game? Pretty sure there’s no losing in this one. 😉
For Wives On A Budget, And Gifts For Any Dad:
Some of the best gifts are from the heart, or are handmade with love. Here are some gifts that don’t cost much, but are definitely worth their weight in gold, and guaranteed to bring a smile.
Albums filled with pictures of you and your kids are a great little reminder of your love while your husband is away. You can customize it however you like, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Bonus points if the kids hold “I love Dad” signs or other Father’s Day related sayings.
On the flip side, you can always give your husband a sexy reminder with an album of your pictures for his eyes only. I don’t know any husband who wouldn’t want that!
A Cooked Meal/Breakfast In Bed
One of the pilots I asked told me he would love nothing more than to come home to a delicious dinner made by his wife. There’s something about someone cooking for you that makes you feel taken care of. Whether it’s breakfast in bed or a special dinner, making your man some food is thoughtful and sweet.
Set up an indoor picnic in the living room and rent movies or watch your favorite recorded shows together. Have drinks and snacks ready, and get some pillows and blankets for a nice night in.
I love coupon books, since they are full of fun little things you can do for each other that don’t cost anything but time. Here’s a really cute one from the blog iheartnaptime that is a free printable! You can download it here.
Handmade Gifts From The Kids
Anything your kids make for your husband, whether it’s cards or crafts are sweet and endearing. Check out Pinterest for ideas like handprint crafts, painted mugs, decorated picture frames, and more.
It never hurts to ask – you may be surprised that what your husband wants is simple or even easy to find. And if not, there’s always bacon served in lingerie. Guaranteed to be a hit!
The Flight Wife
***Have any gift ideas of your own? Comment below! I would love to hear them. :)***