Your dad’s jokes may be lame, but he still deserves a cool gift for his birthday, Christmas, Father’s Day, or maybe “just because”. Here are some gift options that will ensure you are his favorite child. Whether you’re looking for a lavish last minute gift, or something that’s more budget-friendly, we’ve got a gift recommendation that will work for your papa bear. With the shipping window starting to close for physical last minute gifts, this gift guide has been converted to feature only digital gifts and services that you can order online and deliver digitally, making this gift guide perfect for those of you who left your shopping until the very last minute.
1. Prime Gift Membership
In case you missed the big announcement, Amazon is now selling cheaper Prime memberships. You used to only be able to buy a year of Prime at a time, but now Amazon lets you buy a limited 3-month membership for $33. Of course, you can still get the $99 membership for a full year of Prime services.
If you need a cheap gift, you can’t go wrong with Prime. Between streaming video, fast shipping, and tons of other perks, this is a gift that’s suitable for pretty much anyone you still need to shop for. We also wanted to highlight this gift idea for those of you who already missed the shipping cut-off for getting a physical gift shipped to your geographic area, and are super stressed out about it. This is a solid gift idea for pretty much anyone on your list, even if they are current Prime customers. If the recipient is already a Prime member, the gift can be exchanged for an Amazon.com Gift Card. Amazon will send your gift recipient an email on the day you choose along with redemption instructions. The gift recipient can start their Prime membership right away. The gift membership does not automatically renew, which is great news for your wallet.
Price: $33 for three months, or $99 for one year of Prime
2. Smart Home Installation
Did you know that Amazon offers Home Services? You can book everything from a handyman to landscaping, but one of the coolest things they offer is smart home installation. If you already purchased a smart home device for your dad as a holiday gift, this is a nice add-on gift that takes the stress out of actually getting the new device to work. Let’s face it, installing and setting up Christmas a gadget is not the most fun you can have on Christmas morning. While a smart home installation is hard to wrap and put under the tree, it’s definitely a gift that will appeal to many folks, especially those easily overwhelmed by new tech. Available services include smart thermostat installation and smart lock installation.
Prices vary based on region and service selected
3. H&R Block Tax Software (Deluxe + State 2017 + Refund Bonus Offer)
Is dad still doing his taxes by hand, on paper? Make things easier with this user-friendly tax software. Between dedicated free support from tax pros and in-person audit representation, this tax software is a great gift for any dad who has ever stressed about tax season.
Best of all, this is the gift that keeps on giving. When Deluxe Tax Software is purchased and used for preparation and filing, and the consumer opts to put their refund on an Amazon gift card, they will receive a five percent bonus. So dad gets even more money, which is pretty dang cool. This software is available as a physical disc, as well as digital downloads for PC and Mac. This Amazon guide has some helpful background info on downloading and installing digital software.
Price: $34.95 for digital download (24 percent off MSRP)
4. Amazon.com Gift Cards – Print at Home Edition
Gift cards are great when you’re pressed for time. We like the print-at-home options the best. They give you the personal touch of a physical gift card, but the “buy it at the last minute” speed of an eGift card. And because you can actually write a handwritten, heartfelt message inside a printed gift card, this approach to gifting feels more personal than just sending an email with a gift card code inside. If you’ve missed the shipping deadline to order a physical gift, and can’t bear the thought of the mall, this little gift is a nice option.
Available in denominations from $25-$100, or for custom amounts
5. ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
If dad loves Star Wars, a copy of the soundtrack is a great holiday gift. If you’re lucky enough to live in the delivery radius for Amazon One-Day shipping or Prime Now, you may still be able to get a physical album shipped in time for Xmas. But if not, you can opt for MP3 downloads of the album instead. Amazon has this helpful explainer for those who have never purchased digital music as a gift before, to walk you through all the steps.
Price: $9.49 for MP3 download, $11.19 for a CD