Esther O'Loughlin 14 Jun 2019 10:47am

Ideas for Father's Day gifts

With Father’s Day just around the corner it’s easy to fall into the same routine of buying socks or chocs at the last minute. Why not shake things up a bit this year? From gadgets, to subscriptions, to self-designed items, here are some alternative ideas for what to get your dad this Father’s Day.


Give your dad a usual routine with the sleek Philips Norelco’s series 3000 wet-or-dry electric shaver, or take him back to basics with The Art of Shaving’s old-fashioned sandlewood shaving kit. Alternatively, Modern Day Duke’s beard oil and balm might go down a treat. If he’s the athletic type try an Art of Sport body care set or, if he’s inked-up, a Jack Black tattoo maintenance kit could make for a nice change.

Toys and tools

If your father is a practical kind of guy then you could consider some high-quality kitchenware or outdoor gear. There are Miyabi Birchwood chef’s knives, RavPower’s solar mobile phone charger or Nuku’s underground beer fridge – to name a few. But if that’s not your dad’s thing, there are plenty of other gadgets that might hold his attention, for example, a Walletech’s cyber secure wallet, noise cancelling headphones – Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II are highly praised – or an Altair AA300 GPS drone.

Subscriptions and experiences

For a gift that keeps on giving, then go for a membership or subscription to a club or product that your dad is into. Give him something new to try with sample boxes such as Beer52, SnackSnack, Jerky Snob or Bokksu. Or make a memory by taking him to an event you know he will enjoy. Options are endless but, to start the ball rolling, how about: extreme fishing trips, track or rally days, gigs, master classes, sporting events, brewery tours and tastings, or show recordings.

A personal touch

Handmade items can go beyond finger paintings on the fridge. Why not try your hand at creating a keychain or a personalised Lego figurine? If that’s too tricky try designing a bumper sticker, phone case or T-shirt and get sites like Zazzle to print them for you. Anything engraved is also a nice touch. If you’re willing to put in the hours, a book of IOU vouchers promising the completion of fun activities or the odd jobs he puts off doing will never go amiss, or get your own back with a self-penned collection of dad jokes.

Food and drink

Whiskey is a classic gift for Father’s Day, however if it’s not your dad’s tipple of choice then there are other options to explore. Retailers such as HonestBrew and Beer Hawk will deliver to dad’s door while Home Brewtique sells DIY brewing starter kits. Meanwhile, the key with edible gifts is to get something he wouldn’t buy himself. Try Holly’s Lollies whiskey chocolate git set, BoroughBox’s meat lovers hamper or, for the daring dads out there, the Modern Gourmet’s world traveller chilli sauce collection.


Buying clothes for someone else can be daunting and when considering the general guidelines – suit their style but be practical – it’s easy to understand how socks become a default. But this year could be the year to throw a light-knit sweater or a long sleeve shirt into the mix. Both can be dressed up or down and come in a bunch of patterns or designs. Thought Clothing offers a range of options that are environmentally and ethically friendly and won’t break the budget.