Five thriftable Father’s Day gift ideas

No gift can compare to the love and support a father gives to their children. That does not mean their kids and wives will not search far and wide to find the perfect gift for him on Father’s Day. 

If you need a little inspiration finding the ideal gift for your dad or husband this Father’s Day, one of the best thrift shops in Independence Missouri has you covered. Check out the history of this celebration and some affordable Father’s Day gift ideas. 


The celebration of Father’s Day began in 1908 when a church in West Virginia held a memorial for 362 men who were killed in a coal mining explosion. This event was considered to be the first-ever event honoring fathers. 

The following year a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd requested that fathers should have a day of celebration just like mothers do. Dodd was very passionate about giving all fathers a special day because her father raised her and her six siblings. 

After a year of petitioning, Dodd’s home state of Washington celebrated its first-ever Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Over the years, this holiday spread throughout the whole country. It was not until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signed a law to declare Father’s Day an official holiday. 

Now Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide but on different days. In the United States, it is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. People take their fathers out to eat, write them cards or buy them one-of-a-kind gifts. 


If you want to get your dad or husband a gift that is unique as they are, thrift one. Thrift stores have a variety of vintage and collectible items. Our team has rounded up some thriftable Father’s Day gift ideas. 

Sporting goods 

Do you have a dad who eats and breathes sports? Then, why not gift him a vintage or collectible item from their favorite team. Thrift stores have a selection of sporting goods in-store or online. For example, Thrift World sells sports trading cards, framed pictures, jackets, jerseys and even watches. 


If your father is always looking for ties, shirts or jackets to add to their wardrobe, check out thrift shops in Independence Missouri. These stores carry a selection of menswear that is in mint condition. You can even find your dad’s favorite designer brands for a fraction of the price you would pay in retail stores

Vintage watches

Does your dad prefer the look of an analog watch? Gift him a vintage watch. Thrift Stores have a selection of men’s watches that work, are name brand and include batteries in them. Buying new watches sometimes ranges anywhere from $100 to $5,000. Save yourself the money and go vintage. 

Video games

If your dad is more of a gamer, get him a vintage video game or system. You can find vintage video game cartridges of their old favorite games at thrift stores. Who knows, you might even get lucky and find him a working vintage video game system - like a Sega Genesis Console or Sony Playstation. 

Vintage camera

People like to collect vintage cameras because of the quality of the photos produced that do not match digital ones. If your dad is big about photography, give him a vintage camera. Head to your favorite thrift store and see their selection of polaroid and film cameras. 


Visit Thrift World! We have one convenient location in Independence. If you cannot make it in-store, we also have an online shop with unique finds you cannot find anywhere else. Shop here!

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