Stuck for gift inspiration this Father’s Day? Father’s Day is just around the corner (Sunday 18 June – put it in your diary!), but while shopping for Mother’s Day was a breeze, Father’s Day tends to be a little bit trickier. Buying a gift for your dad or the man in your life can feel like mission impossible, so should you be looking to give him something other than socks or cufflinks, I’ve put together a selection of gifts to suit any man – and budget.
These are all ideas that have been carefully vetted, as I either own one myself, have bought one recently, or borrowed them for testing. So without further ado, below are the coolest Father’s Day gifts ideas that I love and am positive your dad (or the man in your life) will love too.
What will you surprise your dad with this year? Let me know your gift ideas in the comments!
1. For the travelling dad
Personalise one of MAHI Leather‘s gorgeous canvas duffle bags with his name or initials, or even a meaningful phrase. Perfect for summer holidays or business travel, this bag is just the right size for hand-luggage, and would make a great gym bag too. They have a great selection of leather bags too (the clue is in the name), and as they are made-to-order MAHI is able to reduce waste and cut out middle men, making their bags around 45% less expensive than high street equivalents! On top of that, a percentage from every bag sold is donated to their partner water charity, FRANK Water, which provides clean water for life for hundreds of families in India. The classic duffle, £88.
2. For the sporty dad
Treat your dad to a pair of Love Brand‘s fun and summery swim shorts, with fun designs that’ll make you do a double take! From a seahorse pattern with hidden orcas or a jungle print with hidden monkeys, to the hare & tortoise or monkey & dolphin patterns, there’s lots of fun and unusual prints to choose from. Their motto is ‘loving life and saving wildlife’, and they aim to help save elephants from extinction in the wild (‘Trunks for Trunks’) by donating 5% of its revenue to wildlife charities.
3. For the music-lover dad
You may have already spotted the ever popular Emma Bridgewater patterned Hepburn MK II radios by VQ, but there are plenty of masculin looking radios to choose from too, such as the high quality leatherette covered Retro radios and Retro mini radios (pictured below, priced at £69.99). The Emma Bridgewater patterned ones are still my favourite – maybe you could cheekily get your dad or man a radio that you’ll enjoy using too? Use my discount code PLEASE50 to get £50 off all Emma Bridgewater Hepburn Mk II’s (valid until 31st May).
4. For the grill master dad
Does your dad love grilling meat? Okay, stupid question. Well this cast iron grill pan is not only the perfect gift for men who love to cook up a storm on the barbecue, it also secretly provides a healthier way to fry or grill meat, fish and vegetables whilst retaining that characteristic barbecue aroma too as the grilling grooves collect any fat. All the flavour, without the guilt. Oh, and much easier to clean than a barbecue too. Square Grill Pan from Zwilling, £129
5. For the sentimental dad
Which dad wouldn’t love a book of cherished family memories? Okay, he might not keep it on his desk at work, or display it on the coffee table, but he’ll love the gesture and the effort you put in, and will secretly love flicking through all the memories. He might even get a little teary eyed when you’re not looking. Printiki‘s photo books come in all different sizes, and are priced at just £12.95. What could be a better budget-friendly gift idea?!
6. For the gadget loving dad
What’s bigger than a smartphone, smaller than a laptop, and cheaper than an iPad? Amazon’s fastest ever selling tablet; the Fire tablet. Offering 8GB of storage, with a front and rear facing camera, thousands of apps, games and in-app items (all free), Netflix, WiFi, e-mails and calendar and other office essentials, plus four different colour variations, the Fire tablet is a steal at just £49.99 – or you can double the storage to 16GB for just £10 more. Perfect for those all-important business trips and presentations, or just for escaping on the bus or the beach.
7. For the wine loving dad
Thought a wine tasting and vineyard tour had to involve plane tickets and accommodation abroad? Spin the wheel again. The English Vineyard Tour Company offers a variety of full-day and half-day vineyard tours in nearby Kent and Sussex. With numerous award-winning vineyards nearby, and many offering food and accommodation too, there’s no better way to treat your old man.
8. For the dad who has everything
Surprise your dad with something truly priceless; the opportunity to discover more about himself and the unique stories hidden in his genes with an actual DNA test. The test provides a personal ethnicity estimate from up to thousands of years ago from 26 separate regions across the globe, and he can also uncover new family connections as the test matches users with a database of more than 3 million people worldwide who have taken the test. No blood samples necessary, just ask him to spit in a tube and shove it in an envelope, and hey presto. Long lost family connections. Magic. Ancestry DNA test, £69*. * There is currently discount of £10 on the kits for Father’s Day which runs from the 7th June – 18th June – hurry! After that the price will be £79 per kit.
9. For the well-groomed dad
Pamper your dad with one of Ushvani‘s luxury spa products. Originally developed exclusively for use in the award-winning spa (‘Best UK Day Spa’ Winner and Tatler Spa Awards Winner to boot), these luxurious toiletries can now be bought as gifts too. Perfect for sensitive skin types as each product is free of any parabens, SLS, SLES, and mineral oils. Mens grooming products, £35.
What do you get a dad who already has every kitchen gadget he could possibly need? An outdoor pizza oven, duh. Bake a perfect pizza in 60 seconds with this super-heated brushed stainless steel wood-fired pizza oven, ideal for summer entertaining or family barbecues. Reaching temperatures of up to 500°C, the Uuni 3 can cook a 13 inch pizza in just 60 seconds! Of course you could use it for other things too – meat, seafood, and even home-baked bread. high time to host a DIY pizza party, pronto. Pizza oven, £199.