On Sunday 20th June, father’s across the nation, across the globe, deserve to be pampered and spoilt. The past year and a half has been gruelling for everyone and your father may have been your backbone through it all. Father’s Day is that one special day in the year that you can show them how much you appreciate their presence in your life. Here are some gift suggestions for those needing a gift for their father.
Socks – You cannot go wrong with socks when it comes to Father’s Day. There are many routes you can take when it comes to buying socks. Some fathers like to wear the standard black socks, so it would be thoughtful to buy them some more if you have noticed some socks with holes in them. However, if you are feeling more adventurous then you can buy them some funky socks. By funky I mean crazy patterns, funny images imprinted, flashy colours, etc. For example, you could get him some blaze red socks that have green dinosaurs on them. There are some nice, professional-looking patterned socks that they can wear for their work. For example, they may be black but have bright blue polka dots on them.
Personalised bottle opener – Any gift that is personalised is sentimental as you are putting a lot of thought into customising a specific item just for them. A bottle opener is a good shout as what father does not like a few beers on the weekend or on game night? It could be their name, the typical ‘Best Dad Ever’, an image or word relating to their favourite sports team, or a family photograph.
A book – If your father likes to read, what better present than a book? Look at what genres they like to read, any authors they prefer, and buy a book based on those factors. Take a look at what literature classics they have and see if there are any collectors editions or hardbacks signed by the author. While you may think ‘what is the point if they already have the book?’ every book lover will agree that having a limited edition of a favourite book is one of the best presents. Even if your father does not avidly read, you can get him an autobiography of their favourite sportsperson, musician or celebrity.
Chocolate – Everyone loves chocolate, so pop down to your local supermarket and look at what selection boxes they sell. On the other hand, look on the internet to see if there are any fancy or personalised chocolates or chocolates-related foods you can purchase. However, if you think that fancy chocolates are more of a ‘mums present’, create your own gift box/hamper of their favourite chocolate bars.
Collection of quality beers – A lot of supermarkets have deals on individual beers, such as different IPA beers. Just like the previous chocolate suggestion, create a hamper of different beers, you could even add little extras like crisps or pork scratchings so it is like a pub selection. Include some beers they have never tried before or what may be classed as ‘unusual’. For those types of beer, you may be best shopping at individual alcohol stores. If your father is not very adventurous with his alcohol, you could just buy them a crate of their favourite beer. It does not have to be beer, you can buy them whatever their favourite is, whether that is whiskey or rum. However, there are expensive bottles of alcohol, like whiskey, that will be over £20.
Funny slippers – While slippers may be considered a good present for mums, dads may want to be comfortable in the house too. You could buy him some quality slippers that are soft on the inside and have thick soles, this offers them more support when walking around. On the other hand, you could buy them some really comical slippers. For example, you may have seen people buy giant turkey slippers for their father at Christmas. Even if they do not really want to wear slippers or you have never seen your dad wear them, it is sentimental for them that you have thought of their comfort.
Work tie – Since offices and workplaces are opening back up and people can return to work, buy your father a tie so he has something snazzy he can go to work in. Much like with the sock idea, you can different routes when it comes to buying ties. Firstly, you could play it safe and buy them a simple, one colour tie. However, in my opinion, that may be a little boring, especially for their birthday. Secondly, you could take it up a notch and purchase them a tie that has a mild pattern on it, like stripes or spots. It is a slightly adventurous tie but it is keeping it subtle. Finally, you could go all out and buy them a crazy tie. It could be crazy in a humorous way with pug faces dotted on it. Or, it could have an ‘in your face’ but appealing pattern. For example, paisley, floral, or checkered.
Leather workbook – If your father works within an industry where he has to take notes, attend meetings and write things down in general, then a professional notebook would be a good idea. Without a doubt, your father will have a sense of pride walking into his meeting with something that his son/daughter bought him. There are different types that you can get but my favourite are the ones with the leather cover and quality writing paper on the inside. Some even come with pouches and pockets on the inside of the covers for pens, phones or work cables. On the topic of pens, a fancy pen would be another good present that would nicely accompany a notebook.
Personalised beer glass – Make pub nights at home more exciting with a personalised pint glass. They are a good idea for anyone whose dad drinks. It could feature their name on, a special date and time, or their favourite quote. Some places can even print images onto the glass, so it could have a family photo, a pet image, or a logo of their favourite brand or sports team.
Barbeque set – Is your dad really your dad if he does not suggest having a barbeque every time the sun comes out? Now that it is summer, the weather has been amazing (in it has Barnsley anyway) and I bet that fathers across the UK have been waiting for the right time to crack the barbeque out. For some of you, it may have been a long time since you have had family and friends around or enjoyed a nice meal in your garden, so why not get your dad some new barbeque utensils? Supermarkets sell really nice sets of utensils, or you can order them online. I’m not thinking of those plastic ones, I’m thinking of the metal ones that have a metal handle, the posh kind. Another present idea that would be hilarious and would accompany this one nicely is a cooking apron.
Leather bracelet – There are many great men out there who do not see wearing jewellery as a threat to their masculinity. While some may think that a piece of jewellery has no value or meaning, it is an appreciative gesture that you have looked at something and thought of them. There are a variety of different bracelets, just a straight-up leather band or one that is braided. It does not have to be leather either, you could be him a metal one. Also, like a few items on this list, bracelets can be personalised and engraved.
Wallet – Just like us girls get excited when we get a new bag or purse, men like to be treated too. Since it’s a day all about them, I think you can turn a blind eye to the price and pay attention to the quality of it. Similar to cars, people want their wallets or purses to last them a good few years so you want to make sure that the standard of the wallet is incredibly efficient. What type of wallet does your dad prefer? Does he use a cardholder? Does he prefer one that has a clasp or one that doesn’t?
New top – When it comes to clothes, I have found that men can be very difficult to be for. They can be very fussy when it comes to how things fit. So, you are going to have to do some investigating. What types of tops does your dad like to wear? They is no point buying him a nice, expensive t-shirt when he doesn’t wear them. Then look at the brands he likes to wear and what sizes he wears from those brands. Like I said, men can be fussy how a top fits across their shoulders, chest and how ling it is. Finally, take note of the colours he likes to wear. You want him to be comfortable with what he is wearing. This is a nice present if you are going out for a meal in the evening.
Speaker – Many households do have speakers or Alexa’s, so not every father may want or need a speaker for Father’s Day. However, if he doesn’t then it may be a good present idea. Wireless Bluetooth speakers are becoming increasingly popular and many technology companies sell them. So, if your father has a favourite brand when it comes to technology then they will most likely sell a variety of speakers. There is no need to go overboard and buy them massive speakers, something hand-held sized they can take anywhere with them. Similar to this idea, maybe your dad would like a new car radio?
Watch stand – Even if your father is not a watch person, he probably owns at least one watch. If you have not seen one before, they kind of look like those sticks in a hoop-throwing game. Most of them are made from wood and they have a stand which the watch rests upon. Some have extra features attached to the stand, like an additional stand for a phone or a compartment for bits and pieces. Also, instead of a stand, you could get him a watch box. the majority of these boxes only fit one watch inside and displays it like it is in a store or on a jewellery programme. There will be a small glass window at the top of the box that will show the watch rotating.
Cufflinks – A guy can never have too many cufflinks! Obviously, if your father does not wear shirts then there is no reason for you to buy them. However, if he does, then it will be exciting for him to have a choice on what cufflinks he wants to wear. It would be cute if you got him cufflinks that resemble something that he likes. For example, if he likes to go cycling then buy him some bike cufflinks.