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Father’s Day Gift Guide… unique gifts for every type of dad

With Father’s Day just around the corner, there’s still time to get your hands on a thoughtful present or two, to show the dad in your life just how much you appreciate him and all that he does. But, as we all know, us guys are notoriously difficult to buy for, usually just buying what we need, when we need it! So, to give you a helping hand, I’ve brought back my popular Father’s Day Gift Guide (2024 edition) packed full of gift ideas and inspiration for every type of dad, so you don’t need to lump for a new pair of socks to accompany the kids’ homemade cards again this year.

Dad-to-be

Dads-to-be often get left out of Father’s Day celebrations, but I’m a firm believer that every dad should be recognised, whether they’re the father of a 12-week old foetus or a 12 year old teenager! For expectant dads, pregnancy can be a really overwhelming time, with so much to learn, organise, and get their head around before they really get thrown in at the deep end. This book (my book!) – YOU THE DADDY: The Hands on Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Years of Fatherhood (£11.75) – will make the perfect gift for any dad-to-be, giving them all the practical advice they need to support their partner through every stage and be a hands-on, confident and knowledgeable dad when their little one arrives.

New dad

I can’t count how many times I’ve bought this Emma Bridgewater mug (£17.50) for friends of mine after they’ve become a dad, and it’s always a winner. I’ve had one for years now and it’s still going strong as my go-to mug of choice every morning. Simple, sturdy, dishwasher safe, and for dad’s exclusive use only!

DIY dad

Every dad needs a good toolbox (or three) and this small steel toolbox from cult Japanese brand Toyo (£36) is one I personally own and love. Most of my tool collection lives in a huge box under the stairs, but I use this one as my everyday toolbox, keeping all the most used essential tools in here for quick DIY jobs around the house. For a little extra, you can also get it engraved with names, initials or a quote, to add a personal touch.

Outdoorsy dad

Made from durable waterproof materials, this 15 litre backpack from Stubble & Co (£110) is engineered to keep your belongings safe and dry in all weather conditions. The perfect companion for a dad who loves the great outdoors, whether a trip to the beach, a weekend of camping or to fill with snacks for a day out with the kids, this backpack is guaranteed to see a lot of action.

Cool dad

Effortlessly cool (and a fraction of the price of designer frames) these £40 sunglasses from Izipizi are a firm favourite of mine. They last for years, come in a range of different colours and styles and, crucially for dads, are at the price point where it isn’t the end of the world if the kids snap off an arm or sit on them.

Foodie dad

There’s nothing like receiving pies in the post, and these ones from from Piglets Pantry are honestly the best around. In this Father’s Day gift box, you get six pies (a combination of their bestsellers – Chicken Balti, Steak and Ale, and Chicken, Gammon and Leek) plus a bottle of the excellent Harvey’s Best Bitter, all for just £24.50. Eat them straight away or freeze them for another day, any foodie dad will squeal with glee when this thoughtful bundle arrives.

Arty dad

Organising a day out with the kids on Father’s Day can be something of a lottery, but this one hits different. Frameless London is an incredible immersive art experience in the centre of London, with four uniquely themed, interactive and audiovisual galleries, inspired by the artworks of Bosch, Van Gogh, Seurat, and many more. I recently went with the kids and it was honestly amazing…unlike any gallery you’ve been to before, as everyone is allowed to be a big kid for the day; to dance, sit and roll around on the floor, and just take in the artwork in their own unique way. From £27 for an adult ticket, £17 for a child, and free for Under 2s, I can highly recommend this as a great day out, whether for dads to enjoy alone or with the whole family in tow.

Thrill Seeker dad

Adventurous dads will love this epic speedboat experience with Thames Rockets (£54.95), as they take in the sights of London’s most loved landmarks at high speed, with the boat’s 880 horsepower engines roaring underneath them. With pumping tunes and award winning guides straight from the stand-up and acting circuit, thrill seekers are guaranteed to have an amazing ride. Plus, it’s suitable for all ages, so the kids can come along too!

Funny dad

London artist Billy Thomas (AKA “Billy the Kid”) has an awesome range of clever, thought-provoking and often downright hilarious prints to choose from which dads with a sense of humour will absolutely love. This one (The Male – £80) in particular made me chuckle and would make an excellent addition to any man cave, home office or downstairs loo!

Gassy dad

It’s a well known fact that every dad loves a fart joke, so they are guaranteed to get a kick out of the new bedtime story from hilarious dad (and Sunday Times bestselling author, don’t you know) Matt Coyne – My Dad and the Toot that Shook the World (£4.50). An instant classic (and absolute bargain) that kids of all ages will love dad to read to them this Father’s Day!

Stylish dad

First introduced in 1979 for elite handball players, these Adidas Originals Spezial Trainers (£85) are beloved for their classic style. Built with a nubuck suede upper for a supple feel and a soft gum rubber outsole, these cool kicks stay true to their vintage roots and will make a welcome addition to any dad’s collection.

Chocolate loving dad

What can I say…these Salted Caramel Brownies from Love Brownies are mouth wateringly good and can be delivered straight to your door for £15 along with the handwritten message to add the personal touch. Made fresh in Yorkshire, with a tasty Shortbread Star on top of each, they are also gluten and nut-free (not that you can tell!). I’ve tried them and can give a huge thumbs up. Delicious!

Sentimental dad

Unsure what to do with the stacks of artwork your kids have produced over the years (which you’re too nostalgic to put in the recycling)?! Well, I recently discovered Doodle Nest on Instagram and was blown away by the ingenious service they provide. All you do is send them your child’s best artistic creations, awards and mementos, and Doodle Nest will turn them into beautiful, bespoke, museum-quality books that you can look back on for years to come. Prices start from £195 (although you can get 10% off by signing up) and duplicates can be ordered at a 50% discount for the rest of the family too. Such a brilliant idea and the perfect gift for sentimental dads this Father’s Day!

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