Do you always struggle to think of good Father’s Day gift ideas outside
of the usual socks and ties? Wish Dad a Happy Father’s Day this year
with a present he’ll really want to receive from our gift guide.
From music lovers to sports fans to foodie dads, we have unique gifts to suit all tastes and budgets.
forget the dull presents this year and get him something special from
our round-up of the best Father’s Day gifts on the high street…
THE ADVENTUROUS DAD
The New York Times – 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe, £16.99, Amazon
better way to drop treat a Wanderlusting individual than with this book
of weekend itineraries from The New York Times. The collection of the
NYT’s 36 Hours feature details hundreds of hotels, restaurants and
activities in Europe’s top cities. The perfect coffee table book for the
Double Supercar Driving Blast with High Speed Passenger Ride, £60, buyagift.co.uk
Ferrari or Lambourghini? Or why not both? With this exhilirating experience, your father can choose two supercars to drive around in, then sit in the hotseat as an experienced professional takes the wheel.
THE FOODIE DAD
Craft Beer Box, £24, Flavourly
With the growing popularity of craft beers, chances are your dad will be a fan of the trend. This budget-friendly box comes with 10 small batch brews selected by a team of beer experts, a complimentary snack and a personal tasting profile.
Gentlemen’s Hardware Portable Suitcase Barbecue, £55, John Lewis
This handy barbeque in a suitcase is just the thing for dad’s that enjoy a spot of outdoor dining, and is far sturdier than your average disposable BBQ.
Gin Tasting and Distillery Experience for Two, £60, Sipsmith
Treat your discerning dad to a gin tasting and distillery experience run by world-renowned gin makers Sipsmith. The voucher is posted with a bottle of Sipsmith gin to enjoy ahead to the trip.
THE SPORTY DAD
Bluetooth Running Headphones, £17.99, Amazon
and joggers will know the struggle of sweaty, tangled headphones that
aren’t up to the task. Try these
best-selling Bluetooth headphones with a sleek neckband designed to ensure
Fitbit Alta, £99.99, Fitbit
These nifty little wristbands are hugely popular with health-conscious men and women alike. Not only does the Fitbit Alta track your steps, daily calorie intake and expenditure and sleeping pattern, but it reminds you to get up if you’ve been inactive for too long. Perfect for both first-time exercisers and veteran gym-goers.
The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s, £23.79, Amazon
Football fans will love this nostalgic
book about the beautiful game in the ’70s. Charting football’s global
rise and the first generation of ‘superstars, The Age of Innocence gives
an in-depth look at the cultural impact of football, the questionable
fashion choices, the cars, politics, hooligans and crucial World Cup
THE BOOKWORM DAD
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, £6.29, Amazon
This winner of both the Carnegie Medal for fiction and the Pulitzer Prize is a must-read for any bookworm. Set in occupied France during World War II, Doerr’s novel followes a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide during the devastation of the war.
Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: The Atlas of Everything You Never Knew You Needed to Know, £17, Amazon
For the number-crunching, statistics-loving dad, treat him to this ‘atlas’ of unusual maps, including maps of stereotypes, literature, music, sports and even the internet! This makes for a riveting read that you’ll want to steal once he’s finished.
THE CULTURAL DAD
Tickets to see 1984 in the West End, from £19.24, Playhouse Theatre
George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece hits the stage in an adaptation by Olivier award-winner Robert Icke and Olivier award-nominee Duncan Macmillan. With a cast featuring Outlander actor Andrew Gower as Winston and Call the Midwife actress Rosie Ede as Mrs. Parsons, this is a must-see production for any culture vulture.
Nick Fraser Coat Rack, £65, Culture Label
Here’s a gift for dads that love design – not to be mistaken for indoor plumbing, this coat rack comes in a range of colours for both the taps and pipes to co-ordinate with any interior.
THE WELL-GROOMED DAD
Damn Handsome Beard Kit, £25, Conran Shop
The beard is growing in popularity, but no beardy fellow should be
without this handy set! This tiny tin contains everything they could
need to stay groomed at all times.
Dior Sauvage 60ml, £50, Boots
There’s a reason Dior Sauvage is the best-selling men’s fragrance in the UK. With top notes of Reggio di Calabria Bergamot and Ambroxan derived from ambergris, this raw and natural-smelling perfume has just the right level of masculinity without going overboard.
THE MUSIC-LOVING DAD
Harmonica Taster Course, £40, The Idler Academy
blues connoisseur will adore this one-day taster course. Once the
giftcard is received, he can book any of the classes within a 9-month
Vinyl subscription, £26/month, Wax And Stamp
the gift that keeps on giving, buy your father a vinyl subscription
from the acclaimed Wax and Stamp. For under £30 a month, the W&S
team and guest selectors hand-pick the best records to be delivered
right to your dad’s door.
THE GEEKY DAD
Screen Magnifier, £12.95, red5.co.uk
For the father devoted to his devices, this screen magnifier is a must-have! At 7.8 inches, it enlarges the image on the smartphone screen, preventing eyestrain and headaches.
Father’s Day Mystery Box, £34.99, Firebox
For a truly unique gift – and one that saves you hassle – buy this mystery box worth £60. We can’t be certain what the box contains, but we’re sure that this bargainous buy will please any geeky father.
THE DIY DAD
DIY workshops, from £70, The Good Life Centre
Choose from day, evening or weekend courses of everything from tiling to basic electrics. Not only will dads who love to get their hands dirty thoroughly enjoy any of these workshops held at The Good Life Centre in London, but you’ll know who to call when the plumbing goes awry!
Personalised Hammer, £16.99, The Present Finder
Personalised items always make for extra special gifts, so what better way to show your DIY-loving dad your appreciation that with this 8oz draper hammer featuring your own thoughtful message?