Finding the perfect sympathy gifts for loss of father can be difficult. If your loved one was very close to their father, this loss will be hitting them pretty hard. Even if they weren’t that close to their dad, there’s no doubt they’ve still lost a monumental figure in their life.
When you know someone who is grieving over the loss of their dad, you want to give them a gift with real meaning. You don’t want to just give some random material item. No, you want something meaningful that will bring them comfort and peace at a time when they need it most.
If you feel like there’s nothing you can say right now to ease their sorrow, a thoughtful sympathy gift can do a great job at getting the message across: “I’m thinking about you during this difficult time.”
To help you with that, today we’d like to share with you 10 meaningful sympathy gifts for loss of father.
Each of these gift ideas serves as a gentle reminder to your loved one that, even though their dad is no longer with them in person, his legacy will never die.
10 Sympathy Gifts for Loss of a Father
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1. Personalized Wooden Memorial Bottle Opener
Featured first on our list of meaningful gift ideas is this wooden memorial bottle opener from Urns Northwest.
With personalization of their father’s name included, your loved one will truly be able to “raise a glass” in their dad’s memory. Note the beautiful contrasting tones of walnut and birch wood, as well as the classic cast iron bottle opener.
This one-of-a-kind bottle opener measures over 8″ tall and comes with a screw for easy wall-mounting.
2. Personalized Memorial Bird Feeder
For a sympathy gift that serves as a comforting reminder that life always goes on, you can’t go wrong with this personalized memorial bird feeder.
Our cedar bird feeder is an extra special sympathy gift for loss of a father because it comes with a special message laser-engraved on the acrylic panel. You can put a poem, quote, favorite Scripture, or even some artwork along with name of your loved one’s dad, making it a truly personal gift. (Check out these Loss of Father quotes for more inspiration)
So every time they see the birds sweetly snacking and singing away on it, they’ll be reminded of their father and all the happy times they shared together.
3. Custom Memory Pillow Made From Dad’s Favorite Shirt
During this time of grief over the loss of their father, another keepsake gift that will serve to provide your loved one a sense of calm and comfort is this custom made memory pillow.
What makes this pillow special is the fact that it’s made from an actual shirt that belonged to their father. Every time they hold their pillow close, they’ll be reminded of their father and the warmth of his memory.
4. Memorial Photo on Wood
Choose this memorial gift for your loved one if you’re going for a rustic, nostalgic feel.
This keepsake memorial photo on wood will feature a picture of your loved one’s dad (or one of the two of them together) carefully printed on a circle cut of natural basswood.
Optional printing on the backside of the wood is also available, with your choice of font.
5. Global Giving Memorial Donation
Looking for a sympathy gift that’s not necessarily a material item? Consider donating in the name and memory of your loved one’s father.
With Global Giving, the largest crowdfunding community in the world, you choose the charity or project you want to contribute to (or that your loved one’s dad would have wanted to give to).
Your donation will be tax-deductible, and your loved one will find peace in knowing that, in the form of giving, there is light to be found during this dark time.
6. Custom Engraved Memorial Tumbler
Practical items never fail to make great sympathy gifts for loss of father (or for any other occasion, for that matter.) For a gift that your loved one can use time and time again, and in the memory of their late dad, personalize a memorial tumbler from Northwest Gifts.
This Polar Camel (comparable to the popular YETI brand tumblers) is a special find. Double-walled and vacuum-sealed, it serves to keep either hot or cold beverages for hours on end.
Personalize your loved one’s tumbler with their dad’s name and dates. You also get to pick the color and size. To browse all our other tumbler options, click here.
7. Father and Daughter Willow Tree Figures
For years, Susan Lordi’s recognizable Willow Tree figures have brought back smiles, memories, and feelings of peace to people everywhere.
Gift your loved one this same joy with this Willow Tree figure, a hand-painted cast of Lordi’s original sculpture of a father and daughter. The precious figure set measures 5″ high and over 4″ wide, making it a perfect addition to any mantle, shelf, or tabletop.
8. Custom Keychain with Handwritten Note
What could be more comforting for your loved one than to see the familiar handwriting of their dad once again? And better yet, to be able to carry it with them wherever they go?
That’s the kind of comfort that this gorgeous personalized handwriting keychain will bring them. Simply upload the handwritten note you’d like featured on your loved one’s gift, and the shop will carefully engrave it onto the genuine cowhide.
9. Gone Fishing Memorial Plaque
Did your loved one’s father love to fish? If so, chances are they have more than a handful of wonderful memories of being out on the water with their dad.
This touching “Gone Fishing” memorial plaque would therefore make for them the perfect memorial gift. The best thing about his handmade plaque is that it’s entirely customizable, right down to the wood, stain and personalization.
10. Trees for a Change Memorial Tree Planting
Here is another memorial gift idea full of meaning, but it’s not necessarily a tangible item. Trees for a Change offers memorial tree planting packages in which you can literally have a tree planted, in a national forest, in honor of your loved one and in memory of their father.
When you place your order, your friend will receive a keepsake certificate with their father’s name on it. Besides the fact that you’ll be bringing a sense of comfort to your friend by doing this, you’ll also be contributing to a great cause: doing your part in the restoration of the nation’s forests.
You can take this gift idea a step further, too, by offering to plant a tree with your loved one in memory of their father.
More Sympathy Gifts for Loss of Father
In addition to the sympathy gift ideas mentioned above, “alternative” ideas- like gift baskets, for example- can also go a long way in showing someone grieving the loss of their dad that you’re here for them.
While you can certainly DIY a gift basket if you want to (you know your loved one best, after all), it can help if you’re running low on time or other resources to simply order a gift basket that’s already been thoughtfully prepared.
The package is tailored toward providing self-care items especially for someone who is dealing with the loss of an immediate family member (in this case, a father). What makes this gift basket unique is that you can custom-order it to the needs of your loved one.
Alternatively, you can opt for one of their more practical compassion packages, The Sweetbriar or The Camellia. These packages contain items like household essentials to help your loved one make it through the days and weeks ahead.
If gift baskets aren’t your thing, here are some other meaningful gift ideas for you to consider:
- Get a meal train going on your loved one’s behalf. Several people pick a day of the week or month to provide a meal for the bereaved.
- Make them a playlist filled with comforting songs. For inspiration, check out this article featuring the most popular funeral songs of all time, and here is a list of 21 funeral songs for fathers.
- Create a memorial keepsake for your loved one to treasure. Paint them a picture or put together a scrapbook full of memories of happier times they had with their dad. Or make a memory pillow yourself like the one pictured above.
- Send your loved one a handmade sympathy card with a special message inside. Handwritten notes and letters hold more meaning than cookie-cutter, store-bought cards (not to mention they are 100% customizable).
- Offer to help around the house. Right now it’s probably hard for your loved one to focus on everyday tasks that still need to be done. Seeing that the dishes have been taken care of, or the beds made or the trash taken out, will go a long way in helping them feel a little better.
We hope that you benefited from this list of the most meaningful sympathy gifts for loss of father.
While we hope you found the perfect gift to help your loved one along in their season of grief, in the case that your search continues, consider taking a look at all Northwest Gifts has to offer. We carry only the highest-quality products on our site, most of which can be personalized.
If you have any other sympathy gift ideas you’d like us to know about, feel free to share your thoughts with us in a comment below.