Why are dads so hard to buy for? If you’re struggling with a gift idea for Father’s Day then we hope this mega gift guide will help alleviate some of the stress. We’ve trawled the internet, put our most stylish thinking caps on and tried to find something for every dad. We’ve also tried to consider the age of the gift giver, whether you’re helping little ones choose or getting something for your own dad there should be something here to either meet the brief or at least expand your shopping horizons. Good luck!
- Introduce your dad to a new scent for summer, with Jo Malone’s, Jo Loves, latest scent. After the year we’ve all had, it’s no wonder that Jo opted for a scent and design that was inspired by optimism and blue sky thinking. Cobalt Patchouli & Cedar exudes celebration, enthusiasm, and a new-found intensity for enjoying life, something we all can relate to right now. Fresh and truly uplifting with a clean, crisp air, Combat Patchouli & Cedar features powerful base notes that give this fragrance a unique intensity, while the classic notes of vetiver, patchouli and cedarwood take on an eclectic twist to create a captivating new scent. But of course, while it needs to smell great, we’re a sucker for pretty packaging and stylish bottles. Available only at Jo Loves, the brand has created a limited run of 100ml exclusive bottles designed by artist Natasha Murray. Inspired, much like the fragrance by the notion of limitless opportunities and excitement of the unknown, this gift encompasses practicality, style and a beautiful sentiment, all in one. Cobalt Patchouli & Cedar A Fragrance (100ml), £115, Jo Loves (50ml also available, not in limited edition bottles).
2. The gift that benefits two. This woven wine bottle cooler is one heck of a transportable party. With space for a bottle, two glasses, napkins and a bottle opener this is a cute gift for dads who like the great outdoors. Greenfield collection, Woven wine cooler bag for two people, £28, Selfridges
3. Why do dads so often get associated with socks as gifts? No we have no idea either. If you’re dad still genuinely enjoys getting comedy or jazzy socks as his main present motivation then these Happy Socks will definitely put a smile on his face. 7 Days Socks Gift Box 7-Pack, £64.95, Happy Socks
4. For the coffee lover on the go, this is such a clever contraption. All you need is hot water and you have espresso wherever you are! So if you’re dad loves camping or even has an office with no decent coffee machine then this is a nifty gadget you wont regret getting him. Even better, it works with generic Nespresso or compatible pods. Minipresso NS portable espresso machine, £36.90, Wacaco
5. Waterstones has a great selection of signed books that are ready to purchase, so if you know your dads reading taste you can get him something he’ll enjoy that will also have that added little detail. We promise not to tell him you didn’t queue in the rain for the privilege. Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography – Signed Exclusive Edition (Hardback), £25, Waterstones
6. Get your dad ready for the warmer weather with this neatly fitted silk and cotton knit polo shirt. In classic black this is a great, versatile and easy summer update. Frame luxe Stretch-Knit Polo Shirt, £240, Mr Porter
7. Get a present everyone can enjoy. Your dad might already be king of the barbecue, but does he have a pizza oven? This season’s must have outdoor cooking accessory, the Ooni is flying off the shelf, so if you want to bag one for your family, be quick. Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven, £299, Lakeland
8. If your dad is still catching up on those missed pub hours, then this gift set is a great idea. Unsurprisingly, Not On The High Street is packed with great ideas for Father’s Day. From personalised presents to fabulous indie brands and gift boxes. This Best of British Beer set features 6 craft beers and a pub quiz and can also be personalised. A great treat for the day itself. Best Of British Beer Pub Gift Box, by BEST OF BRITISH BEER, £27.50, Not on the High Street
9. Beautifully presented tipples are always a strong way to go when it comes to gifting. If you’re dad is a gin drinker, then he’s in luck as the market is absolutely pumping right now. There are many different flavours and infusions to try and of course stylish bottles to peruse, so you will have to use your discretion and knowledge of your dad’s tastes. We’ve picked this Hyke bottle as our one to try right now. HYKE is made in England using grape spirit that are surplus to the requirements of the supermarket supply chain. The grape spirit is blended with grain spirit and flavoured with a blend of botanicals inspired by the grapes’ global origins, including coriander, myrrh and rooibos. Great in gin and tonics or in cocktails. Hyke gin, 50cl, £30 per bottle, Foxhole Spirits
10. Sticking with the drinks theme, if your pops is more of a whiskey man then you don’t get much more stylish for dining ware than Tom Dixon. With these mouth-blown glasses with copper detailing, we might be persuaded to take up whiskey drinking too. Tom Dixon Tank whiskey glasses set of two, £60, Selfridges
11. Super suave dad? Then cufflinks could be a good shout. Tateossian are on the slightly pricier side but they have some really classic and intricate styles. We’re particularly fond of the ‘gear’ mechanism style cufflinks. Round Skeleton Gear cufflinks with black enamel in stainless steel, £229, Tateossian
12. With summer on its way, everyone needs a little bit of sun protection and this super stylish Panama hat is an excellent choice for dads that love the great outdoors. A straw hat offers good protection whether your dad is jetting off this summer or simply enjoying a lazy day in the garden. HURCANE Straw Panama, £39, Ted Baker
13. This is the kind of gift you want to give in person, in the hope that dad will let you sneak a couple of pieces too. Hotel Chocolat is always a solid option for gifts big and small but we particularly like this selection box. Father’s Day ‘Best Dad’ collection, , £30, Hotel Chocolat
14. Curve ball! Why not get your dad a course as a gift? Whatever his interest or hobby, there is sure to be an in-person or online course available in the near future. We’ve opted for this barista course, because who doesn’t want their dad to be able to make them the perfect cup of coffee when they pop round. From latte art to home enthusiasts, there is something for everyone. Courses start from £119, London School of Coffee
15. You’re never too old to introduce a skincare routine and an intense hydration set is a sensible option for the summer. The hot weather can really dry out our skin (to be fair so can the cold) and of course mask wearing hasn’t really improved the situation so this gorgeous daily intense hydration set for Father’s Day is a jolly good idea indeed. Including a Charcoal face wash, exfoliating scrub and Clinique For Men™ Maximum Hydrator. Daily Intense Hydration: Clinique For Men Set, £37, Clinique.
16. If you’ve ever gifted or been gifted a Fortnum and Mason’s hamper, then you’ll already know they’re a pretty spectacular affair. For Father’s Day Fortnum and Mason have created a couple of specially curated hampers, starting at £65, with a larger one (pictured below) for £150. This is great if you’re either all planning on getting together on the day (excellent for picnics), or if you simply want to slide your dad some delectable treats to enjoy (but seriously invite yourself over if you can). Don’t forget Fortnum and Mason also allow you to construct and compile your own hampers for delivery, so you can pick items that fit the receiver perfectly. This gift is always a winner. The Father’s Day Favourites Hamper, £150, Fortnum and Mason
17. A portable, smart speaker for all your dad’s musical needs. This powerful bit of tech ensures there can be music wherever he goes. Working with WiFi, Bluetooth® streaming and allowing for voice control, and multiroom listening at home, this speaker also benefits from all-day battery life, and waterproof durability on the go. Roam portable speaker, £159, Sonos
18. For fit dads and those that need or want to up their step count post lockdown, encourage them with this nifty Fitbit tracker. A smart and sleek gift that tracks 24/7 heart rate, Active Zone Minutes and more. It also offers personalised guidance, exclusive insights and sleep tools that are currently free for 1-year, with a Fitbit Premium trial (for new users). This is a step in the right direction for healthier living. Inspire 2, £89.99, Fitbit
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