9 Father's Day Gift Ideas and Military Discounts

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father and baby at homecoming
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)

While many merchants still report offering discounts during this ever-changing time of closures and alternate schedules some may not be available. Always check with the company for full details on their hours and offerings.

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. 

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.

And many courses 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 Lowes offer a year-round military discount to help you find whatever home improvement item is on his wish list.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 Gold’s Gym24 Hour Fitness and Beachbody.

There are also fitness options at home. Peloton, which streams live and on-demand workout classes, offers military members a free Essentials Package with the recent purchase of a bike or tread. Aaptiv, which provides access to thousands of workouts, offers a military discount on their annual subscription plan. And Barre3, which provides full-body, low-impact workouts, offers military discounts on monthly subscriptions to its online classes.

6. 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.

7. Family Photos

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

8. Cars

Thinking big this Father’s Day? Is it time for a new car? Many automakers, including Subaru and Honda, 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, 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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