We can’t understate how important this gift is. As much as you love your partner, best man or maid of honor and the rest of the wedding party, you need to nail the father of the groom and father of the bride gifts.
Here’s what’s most important to dad, in no particular order:
We can’t control the first 3, but with a wedding, he knows for a fact his son or daughter is doing just fine.
No, there doesn’t have to be a difference. The fathers of the bride and groom are already receiving the ultimate gift — their child's happiness. But if you want to go the extra mile, photos are the way to go.
Depending on the personality of the fathers, you could go a couple way with this. You could give the father of the bride a picture frame that has a photo of the groom when he was younger. You could do a series, so he can create some sort of life narrative of his daughter’s husband before the two met.
This is somewhat of a gag gift, so if you want to play the safe route, get the father of the bride a gift he’ll put on his desk at home forever. Take the bride’s favorite photo of her and her dad together and put it in a sturdy, personalized picture frame.