25 Creative and Sentimental Gifts for the Father of the Bride

Get him something special to say thanks for always being there.
Father of the bride gifts
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
Naoimh O'Hare
Associate Commerce Editor
  • Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
  • Before working on editorial content, Naoimh wrote storefront descriptions for some of The Knot Worldwide's many wedding vendors
  • Naoimh studied creative writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway
Updated Jun 04, 2021
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Your wedding day isn't just a huge milestone for you and your partner—it's an emotional moment for your parents too. If you want to thank Dad for always being there, a sweet father of the bride gift or father of the groom gift is an excellent idea. Not sure who buys the father of the bride a gift? You both can! While it's definitely a nice gesture to get your own dad a wedding thank-you present, it's not unusual to buy a little something for your spouse's father too.

If you're shopping for your own dad, a meaningful gift is a sweet way to show him that your father-daughter relationship is still just as strong as ever. On the flipside, if you're shopping for your soon-to-be spouse's parents, a gift for your future father-in-law will let him know just how much you look forward to being a part of the family. But what do you get the father of the bride that symbolizes all of the above? The answer: one of these memorable picks.

Sentimental Tie Patch

I Loved You First personalized photo tie patch

First on our list of gift ideas for the father of the bride: a keepsake tie patch he can wear on the big day or have sewn onto his everyday tie. Photo gifts are always a great idea, especially when it comes to shopping for meaningful occasions like this. The Etsy seller can add a sweet note over a throwback snapshot of you and your dad. The icing on the cake? It's in the shape of a heart.

Personalized Pocket Watch

Monogram pocket watch father of the bride gift idea

Gifts for the father of the bride from the groom (or the other bride) can be a little trickier—you want to hand over something you're proud of, but it might be too soon for anything overly sentimental. If that's the case, monogrammed presents are your best friend. Why not go the old-fashioned route with a timekeeping keepsake? The father of the bride can't be late to the wedding, after all!

Meaningful Glass Ornament

Recycled glass ornaments with symbolic meaning

Here's another incredibly thoughtful gift idea he'll immediately want to put on display. These beautiful glass globes symbolize different family roles and relationships, including one for fatherhood. It celebrates the selfless help and guidance your dad has delivered over the years.

Practical Pocket Notebook

Monogram leather pocket notebook

Keep his creativity flowing with a pocket-sized journal made from full-grain Italian leather. You can even have it embossed with his initials for a personalized touch that won't go unnoticed. The best part? Once it's full of his bright ideas, shopping lists or whatever, you can easily order a refill pad. It's a wonderful wedding gift for the father of the bride with a creative streak.

Illustrated Wedding Portrait

Illustrated wedding portrait of bride and parents

Looking for a sentimental FOB gift from a loving daughter? An illustrated portrait of your family on the wedding day might just make him tear up all over again. To pull this one off before the nuptials, you'll need to give the Etsy seller plenty of details about your attire. Or, wait until after the wedding and send a few photos for reference.

Cute Fill-in-the-Blanks Book

What I Love About Dad by Me fill-in-the-blanks book

This fun fill-in-the-blanks book is a sweet gift from a daughter to her father on her special day. It's chock full of opportunities to tell your dad everything you love about him.

Cool Bottle Opener

Game used baseball bat bottle opener gift for father of the bride

Got a baseball fan on your hands? He'll be super impressed by a bottle opener made from an actual game-used bat from his favorite team. Trust us, this one tops the list of unique gifts for the father of the bride.

Special Wedding Socks

For My Dad Special Socks for a Special Walk labeled socks

The best gifts for the father of the bride are all about the sentiment, not the price tag. These simple but incredibly special socks are meant for your dad to wear while he's walking you down the aisle.

Keepsake Fishing Lure

Father of the bride fishing gift lure

One easy way to make a present feel extra special is to get something that reflects his interests. This thoughtful pick is the perfect gift for the father of the bride who spends his weekends fishing with his buddies.

Party-Ready Formal Wear

Pocket square, tie, and socks gift set for father of the bride

Any dad who appreciates formal wear with a bit of personality will love this gift set by Spirit Hub x The Tie Bar. It includes a pocket square, tie and socks in matching cocktail-inspired prints. Bonus: The pocket square has a cocktail recipe on the back.

Sentimental Cuff Links

Father of the bride Forever Your Little Girl cuff links

These aren't just any cuff links—they're a special gift for the father of the bride he'll be honored to wear with his suit on the big day. Have a pair customized with your wedding date for a heartfelt keepsake he can wear on his sleeve. One reads "father of the bride" and the other: "I will always be your little girl."

Pampering Grooming Kit

Father of the bride grooming kit

For the guy who always tries to sport a clean shave, this fancy grooming gift box will help him achieve his goals. It includes pre-shave oil, shaving cream, a shaving brush and after-shave balm for smooth results every time.

Engraved Cutting Board

Engraved wooden chopping board gift

Is your dad the ultimate home cook? Thank him for years of putting delicious food on the table with this cutting and serving board. You can have it engraved with the recipe for one of his prized dishes. It's hands down one of the top gifts for the father of the bride who's a whiz in the kitchen.

Premium Leather Belt

Reversible Italian leather belt gift idea for father of the bride

Every man needs at least one good quality belt. Made from beautiful Italian leather, this stylish pick is a great gift for the groom to give the father of the bride. It's durable, handmade with care and—wait for it—reversible! That's right, he'll be getting two gorgeous leather belts in one.

Cool Wall Art

Gold foil custom map art thoughtful gift idea for father of the bride

Show him you'll never forget the streets he once held your hand through when you were a little kid. Minted lets you bring the streets you grew up on to life in a shiny foil print. Add a stylish picture frame so your father of the bride gift is ready to hang right away. Trust us, it'll earn prime real estate in his home.

Heartfelt Handkerchief Message

Mom and Dad wedding day gift handkerchiefs

When it comes to wedding gift ideas for the father of the bride, we're suckers for anything sweet and sentimental, like these keepsake handkerchiefs addressed to Mom and Dad. You can pick them up as a set for the father and mother of the bride or buy one individual handkerchief.

Monogram Hip Flask

Monogram hip flask for father of the bride

Or, how about a classy, timeless flask to commemorate the wedding day with? The Knot Shop has lots of cool personalized gifts that make top-notch mementos for parents. You'll also find affordable wedding party gifts for your bridesmaids, groomsmen and everyone in between.

Personalized Wrist Watch

Engraved wooden watch sentimental father of the bride gift

You won't find a more timeless gift than this personalized wooden watch. Have the back engraved with a personal message to your dad thanking him for being there for you on your wedding day (and in life). This one reads: "Thank you for walking by my side today and always."

Novelty Whiskey Chillers

Gold ball-themed whiskey chillers

If you're shopping for a guy who golfs, this gift for the father of the bride is a hole in one. These golf ball-inspired whiskey chillers will keep his booze at the ideal temp without watering it down—score.

Keepsake Scented Candle

Father of the Bride scented candle

You really don't need anything too flashy to let your dad (or your other half's dad) know you appreciate them. A candle printed with his wedding title is a useful memento that'll get the message across.

DIY Hot Sauce Kit

DIY make your own hot sauce father of the bride gift idea

If you're on the hunt for something a little more creative, this make-your-own hot sauce kit is just the ticket. Not only can your dad upgrade every meal with a healthy dose of hot sauce, but he gets to enjoy making his very own spicy concoctions.

Useful Barbecue Tools

Barbecue tools in golf club-inspired bag father of the bride gift funny

This BBQ tool set is adorably packed in what looks like a golf club bag. It's a funny father of the bride gift idea he'll be eager to pull out at the next family barbecue.

Smart Leather Slippers

Man wearing dark brown leather slippers reading newspaper

These bad boys may not be cheap, but they're worth every penny. These smart-looking slippers are pretty much made for the father of the bride who prides himself on his style. Plus, elastic panels, a shearling-lined interior and soft nubuck leather make them so comfy that he might never take them off.

Special Coffee Mug

Best Dad Ever coffee mug for father of the bride

A coffee subscription is an excellent last-minute father of the bride gift, but if you've got a little more time to pull together a present, add this cool mug labeled "best dad ever."

Thoughtful Handwritten Card

To My Dad on My Wedding Day card

Actions don't always speak louder than words. Taking the time to put together a handwritten note is a truly meaningful gesture that'll immediately show him how much he means to you. We love this classic father of the bride card that reads: "to my dad on my wedding day."

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