10 Father’s Day gift ideas and military discounts


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 12 through Wednesday, June 14). 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.

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.

Click here to learn more about golf-related military discounts.

2. Baseball

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

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. 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 stores like Dell, Apple and Verizon offer deals 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 Gold’s Gym and Beachbody.

7. Personal Interests

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

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!)

9. 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.

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.

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