9 Father's Day Gift Ideas and Military Discounts

Father's Day military discounts
Lt. Ed Menezes, assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), carries his daughter during a homecoming ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk July 18, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo/Janiel F. Adames)

Father's Day is the third Sunday of every June. It’s the perfect time to share our love and appreciation for the special dads in our lives.

Are you wondering what fathers want? The following list includes some great ideas for gifts along with military discounts to use.

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.

Most military installations have golf courses so visit your local base or check online to make reservations. And many courses off base offer military discounts on golf rates, so make sure to call your local golf course to find out what they offer for the military.

2. 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 Lowe's offer a year-round military discount to help you find whatever home improvement item is on his wish list.

3. Baseball

Is Dad a baseball fan? Many Major League Baseball teams, including the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres, as well as Minor League teams like the Norfolk Tides in Hampton Roads, Virginia, offer a military discount on tickets throughout the season.

4. Outdoor Fun

The weather is warm and summer is almost here, making Father's Day the perfect time to head outside. Visit your local MWR on base to rent a variety of items for outdoor fun, such as kayaks, boats, bikes, fishing poles, camping gear and much more.

5. Electronics and 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 Apple as well. Don't forget about the Exchange price match policy.

6. Fitness

Help dad stay in shape by using military discounts for his fitness needs. If he’s interested in a gym membership or coaching, look into the discounts offered by Anytime Fitness24 Hour Fitness and Beachbody.

There are also fitness options at home. PelotonThe Fitness App by Jillian MichaelsAaptiv and Barre3 all offer special deals to the military community.

7. Personal Interests

Does dad like to fish or hunt? Bass Pro Shops offers a military discount.

Does he like steak? Omaha Steaks offers a 10% military discount.

Would he enjoy a unique gift basket? Get a 10% discount at Man Crates

Does he enjoy amusement parks? Check out the military discounts offered by amusement parks all over the country.

Does he like to visit museums? Look into the Blue Star Museums program to find a participating museum near you.

8. Cars

Thinking big this Father’s Day? Is it time for a new car? Many automakers, including Subaru and Toyota, want to show their appreciation for military families by offering special pricing on their vehicles.

9. 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 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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