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10 Father's Day Gift Ideas and Military Discounts

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The third Sunday of every June is dedicated to the celebration of dads. Father’s Day is the perfect time to let the special dads in our lives know how much they’re loved and appreciated.

But what do fathers really want? Here are some ideas for the military dad in your family, along with some great deals so pampering him won’t break your bank.

1. Golf

It’s probably no coincidence that Father’s Day coincides with summertime, which is the prime season for one of dad’s favorite pastimes: golf.

Through Birdies for the Brave, the PGA TOUR offers free and discounted tickets to select PGA TOUR events for veterans, retirees, and active duty. 

The United States Golf Association (USGA) is offering active military personnel complimentary Grounds tickets during the practice rounds of the U.S. Open Championship (Monday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 15). They’re also offering discounted practice-round Grounds tickets for retired service members. These dates fall before Father’s Day, but this can count as an early celebration.

Looking for a great golf course to book a tee time? Check out Military Tee Times. Military Tee Times allows all members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and family members to find and book the best tee times and courses online. Membership is free.

Most military installations have golf courses so visit your local base and pick up a gift card so he can play whenever he wants. Some bases also hold Father’s Day tournaments so go in and sign him up. 

If he needs some new golf clubs, head over to PING and take advantage of their Military Mail-In Rebate Program on select models of clubs. For more on golf-related military discounts, click here.

2. Baseball

Is Dad a baseball fan? Many Major League Baseball teams, including the Washington Nationals, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Houston Astros, offer a military discount on tickets throughout the season. Click here for a full list of Major League Baseball discounts, and get him tickets to see his favorite team.

3. Home Improvement

Has he been eyeing that fancy power drill? Did his favorite grill get broken in the last move? Does he need storage to help him organize all those tools in the garage? Both Home Depot and Lowes offer a year-round military discount to help you find whatever home improvement item is on his wish list.

4. Cars

Thinking big this Father’s Day? Is it time for a new car? Many automakers, including GM, want to show their appreciation for military families by offering special pricing on their vehicles. Before you head out to shop for cars, click here to find the best military auto rebates and discounts.

5. Man Cave Necessities

If he doesn’t already have one, he probably wants one. And the man cave just isn’t the same without certain must-haves. From mini fridges to recliners to televisions, help dad create a new man cave or add on to an existing one. BJs and Sam’s are great places to find all the man cave essentials, and they all offer military deals on memberships.

6. Electronics/Gadgets

Computers. Cameras. Headphones. What dad couldn’t use more gadgets? The best place to start is on base at your local Exchange, but you can find military discounts at stores like Dell, Apple, and Verizon offer deals as well. Don’t forget about the Exchange price match policy!

7. Fitness Needs

Help dad stay in shape by using military discounts for all his fitness needs. If he’s interested in a gym membership or coaching, look into the discounts offered by Gold’s Gym and Beachbody. If he needs something to wear during his work out or other athletic gear, check out Under Armour, Adidas and Nike.

8. Personal Interests

Does dad like to fish or hunt? Bass Pro Shops offers a military discount. Does he play the guitar? Check out the military discount at Does he like to visit museums? Look into the Blue Star Museums program to find a participating museum near you.

9. Photographs

Give dad the gift of family photos. Dress the kids up and head over to JC Penney or Target, where you can get military discounts at their portrait studios. (Don’t forget to print out the coupons before you go!)

10. Homemade Gifts

Dads can never have too many homemade gifts from the kids for Father’s Day. Whether they’re creating homemade cards, personalized signs or their own creative craft project, they’re going to need supplies. Michaels, A.C. Moore and Jo-Ann Fabrics can help you find everything you need for the perfect homemade gift from the heart.

Happy Father's Day!

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