Repairing your toys, driving you to your friend’s house, giving you advice, teaching you to drive – it’s a busy job being a dad! So, with Father’s Day just around the corner, you’re probably on the hunt for the perfect gift to say ‘thank you’.
Choosing gifts can be tricky and dads are notoriously difficult to buy for. But if you want to show him how much you appreciate everything he’s done for you over the years, perhaps it’s time to bypass the novelty socks and choose him a present that he’ll truly love. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of 10 great Father’s Day gift ideas with a difference.
1. Experience days
Buying vouchers for a day out can be a really great gift. Whether this is for an escape room, paint balling or a sky diving experience, you can choose the activity that you know your dad is going to love. Giving them an experience instead of a physical gift makes a nice change and means they can create memories to cherish forever. Better yet if you book an experience day for two, that way they can choose someone to join in the fun with them (and you never know, they might choose you!).
2. Personalised jewellery
With more men embracing jewellery trends, there are now more options available to them than ever before. So why not gift your dad with something truly meaningful. You could choose a bracelet, ring, watch or necklace depending on his style, and have this personalised with either his name or initials in his or your own actual handwriting. This is something he can treasure for years to come.
3. Something for the kitchen (or garden)
Does your dad love to cook? Or perhaps he’s the opposite – is he a hopeless cook who could use a hand? There are some great gifts out there that can really make his life easier. Lazy pans allow dads to make a quick and easy fry up (with less to clean up afterwards!) or alternatively you could choose him some great tools for cooking outside on the BBQ. If he’s already got all the gear, why not add some spice to his life with meat rubs, spices or chilli sauces – there are some great gift sets out there that you can choose from.
4. Engraved gifts
Add a personal touch by having your gift engraved. There are a number of great gifts that you can have personalised in this way depending on your dad’s interests. For example, hip flasks, whiskey glasses or tumblers, watches, golfing equipment, key rings, or cufflinks. Choose the perfect gift for your dad and have it engraved with a special message from you.
5. His favourite tipple
What does your dad love to drink – beer, whiskey, gin? Whatever his favourite tipple may be, you can make it extra special this Father’s Day. There are a number of upcoming retailers and unique new stores producing interesting and delicious drinks. Whether that’s a local ale, flavoured gin, smokey whiskey or funky bottle of tequila. Help your dad kick back and relax on Father’s Day with his favourite drink.
6. Something retro
If your dad is a bit of a collector, or perhaps he has one thing in particular that he loves, why not find him something retro to add to his collection. If he supports a football team, look for old memorabilia, or perhaps he loves a particular sports star, writer or artist? Track down something they’ve signed or produced years ago. When it comes to finding something like this it can get a little bit pricey, but there are a number of vintage stores both online and on some high streets that hold a huge range of retro pieces, it’s just about tracking down the perfect one.
7. Gaming gifts
Your dad might be a gamer and with new technologies emerging all the time there’s always a new release or new attachment to try out. Think VR (virtual reality) headsets, Playstations and top of the range gaming chairs. There are so many gift ideas for the gamers in your life, but if you’re unsure what to buy, you can always gift him with physical vouchers or online credits that allow him to choose what he wants himself.
And it doesn’t just have to be a techie gift. If you know your dad loves an evening in playing board games, or can’t resist an opportunity to get down the local for the weekly pub quiz, why not get him his very own quiz game for at home. Pick from a huge range of fun and hilarious board games so that dad can delight in a family or friends games night in.
8. Useful gadgets
Dads love a gadget! Whether that’s a bottle opener, multi-tool, miniature game, keyring, soap dispenser or radio – if it’s a weird and wonderful gadget, dads are sure to love it! There are a number of novelty gifts out there for you to choose from, so you just need to decide whether you’re going to pick something to make him laugh, or whether you want to opt for something that will come in very handy (bonus if it does both!).
9. Interesting foods
Is your dad a bit of a foodie? Treat him to some of the more creative foods that have been popping up in recent years. You’ll have your choice from chocolates to condiments, you’re bound to find a unique taste your dad will love. Choose from whiskey chocolates, spreadable rum chutneys or chilli gummy sweets, there are so many retailers offering weird and wonderful creations.
10. Travel accessories
If your dad is always jet setting here and there, help him on his way with some unique travel accessories. Perhaps a suitcase printed with his own face, a personalised passport cover, travel books to give him inspiration or a scratch wall map that allows him to showcase everywhere he’s been so far. Give him a gift that is sure to remind him of you every time he travels.