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13 Father’s Day Subscription Gifts That Are Anything But Lazy

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The best last-minute Father’s Day gifts don’t actually need to be gifts that arrive on your dad’s front door before or on June 19. If your mind wandered toward gift cards, you’re close, but there’s another article for that. We’re talking about subscription services or boxes.

Instead of turning to Amazon to get a gift that will surely ship and arrive before the holiday or impulse-buying a present from our listicles (we have rounded up great options, though), consider a subscription service.

They are already curated for you, so all you have to do is pinpoint your dad’s ongoing or latest hobbies and decide which one-off or recurring shipment out there will cater his current lifestyle. From plants to groceries, subscription boxes have gained popularity and make lazy gift-giving seem anything but. Read on to see our favorites.

For the dad who loves his cup of joe

From $60

If your dad has a trusty mug and his coffee routine has been the same since the ’80s, you’re more than qualified to gift him Trade Coffee’s subscription service. All you have to do is take its coffee quiz to let it know how your dad likes his coffee, and once that’s done, you get to customize the order frequency, grind setting, and, of course, the coffee selection.

For the Marvel and DC fan

It doesn’t matter if your dad is more of a Marvel fan or a DC one; with the Comic Garage, you can choose 10 or 24 comics from either publisher (or both!), and they’ll arrive each month for him to geek out.

For the techie

Breo Box
From $169
From $169
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From tech and home to fitness and more, this subscription box from Breo covers a bit of everything. Each box comes stocked with four to eight items that revolve around the season and make for the best surprise.

For the student of life

From $10

Dads like to think they know everything. This gift might make him a bit insufferable, but at least he will be entertained.

For the dad who wants to graduate from the grill

Blue Apron
From $48
From $48

Your dad might be the king of the grill, but expand his cooking skills by gifting him a subscription to Blue Apron. With recipes designed by actual chefs, he’ll get to choose from one-pan dinners to more elaborate meals, receive everything in a box, and proceed to follow the easy step-by-step instructions to whip up the family’s next dinner.

For the avid reader

From $60

Instead of entering your local bookstore and being overwhelmed with all the options for your last-minute Father’s Day gift, consider Book of the Month. For $60 every three months, the service curates five new reads monthly, and your dad will get to choose one new book from the roster.

For the movie buff

Whether he is an expert commentator or simply likes to take a nap while a movie is playing in the background, he’ll appreciate a monthly subscription to Criterion’s streaming service.

For the foodie

My ex-boyfriend’s dad is a complete foodie. He’s always cooking up delicious meals and when he’s not, he’s looking for the next best recipe to try out. Last year, I gifted him this olive oil subscription, and it’s what ignited my love for subscription gifts. Not only did he love the first olive oil option, but it was the gift that kept on giving because each month he was excited to see what was going to be next.

For the vinyl collector

Whether he’s into the classics or loves some country or hip-hop, Vinyl Me, Please offers your dad the chance to pick (or swap) a record of his choosing every month. From the essentials, classics, hip-hop, or country, he’ll always get something he really enjoys listening to or he’ll discover some new tunes.

For the dad who loves a cold one

Does your dad really need another bottle of whiskey? Probably not. Switch it up this year with Parcelle’s beer-subscription service. For $49 per month, he will receive six specialty beers on his doorstep.

For the dad with a green thumb

From $30

If you’re always calling your dad for tips and tricks to save your dying plants, Horti’s plant subscription might be right up his alley. Whether he believes there’s no such thing as having way too many plants, he’s still a beginner, or he’s looking for pet-friendly flora, the month-to-month subscription has a plan option for all the above. He can always skip or cancel at any month. While it does ship nationwide, shipping costs vary when you check out. If you don’t want to go through all that hassle, though, it also offers prepaid gift subscriptions.

For the dad who can’t get enough of socks

Socks make great gifts. Give him the joy of receiving up to four pairs every month (depending on the subscription), so he’ll feel like it’s Father’s Day every month.

For the dad who loves a good theme

From $49
From $49

Whether it’s the great outdoors, weekender bags, perfume, or drinks, Bespoke has a box for everything, and if you become a member, you’ll receive your own box for just $49.

Father’s Day Subscription Gifts That Are Anything But Lazy