For the thrill-seeking dad, there's nothing like a Father's Day gift that taps into his adventurous side. If your dad's happiest camping in the great outdoors, spending a weekend fishing or white-water rafting, or exploring exotic locales around the world, then you'll find the perfect gift for him among these Father's Day ideas.
Get geared up: Help him get ready for his next big adventure by giving him some of the gear he needs to get there. Whether it's camping gear, a rock climbing harness, or bike components, find out what he wants and what he needs. Use this Father's Day to support his hobbies and active lifestyle with a gift that feeds his sense of adventure.
Capture the moment: Half of the fun of the adventure is looking back on it. Help your dad capture the moment and remember it for years to come with a digital camera. A small model he can easily slip into a pocket or pack may be exactly what he needs. Look for cameras that are water- and shatter-proof for a rafting or scuba diving trip. A model with a telephoto lens is great for backpacking in the wilderness or an exotic sightseeing trip.
Something to contribute: Does your dad like to dream big? Help him get one step closer to his dream adventure by contributing to a vacation fund or helping pay for travel or lodging along the way. Even doing something small, such as house sitting or arranging for pet care while he's away, can help him get started.
Read all about it: Even the most adventurous dads have some downtime. When he can't be out experiencing the thrills, give him the next best thing with books or movies about adventure and travel. A good travel book or hiking guide might help him plan his next endeavor; or, he can immerse himself in the journey with a nonfiction adventure thriller or documentary on DVD.
Better together: The best part of any adventure is the people you experience it with. Give your dad the gift of great company by planning something special together. Book a skydiving trip for the two of you or organize a weekend of camping and fishing as a family. Whatever it is, he'll enjoy it more when you're spending time together.
Published June 12, 2013
Updated March 4, 2015