Out, damned socks! Proper presents for dads on Father's Day

Determined not to do socks or soap on a rope this year? Mumsnetters have some more thoughtful gift suggestions for Father's Day on Sunday 21 June.

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For dads who like a tipple

Craft Beer

Gift case of craft beers 
A selection of eight or ten craft beers to tantalise the tastebuds of beer buffs. "My DH loves his ales. He's quite obsessed. Always looking for a new one he hasn't tried yet."

Specialist whisky hamper
Because fancy beer isn't everyone's tumbler of Speyside single malt. "Whisky may seem like a dull present - but it's not if you like whisky! Talisker is always my favourite."


For foodie dads

chef knife


BBQ spice box subscription
Anything that improves a BBQ is a gift for you if you get to sample the end product. "DH would BBQ every night of the year if he had his way."

Japanese chef's knife
For when they want to show off in the kitchen. "I'd love to upgrade all our knives to Japanese high quality steel ones."

Pasta maker
"DH said he wanted one after seeing Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall use one on TV."  

For sweet-toothed dads

Percy Pigs

Percy Pigs
"We will be buying Percy Pigs - that's all he requires to make him happy."

Sweet Reasons Father's Day Brownie Bites
Letterbox-sized, homemade fresh bakes that you can even personalise with a card. "Sent some to DH - really just wanted an excuse to have some of my own."

For bookworm dads 


So, Anyway - John Cleese
This hilarious bestselling autobiography details his extraordinary life and career, from awkward teen in Weston-super-Mare to Monty Python and superstardom, with a bit of cricket thrown in for good measure.

Sons + Fathers - various authors
A remarkable and touching anthology with celebrities and public figures writing about their relationships with their father. 

Quicksand - Steve Toltz
Hailed as one of the funniest books of 2015, Quicksand follows the story of Aldo Benjamin, the most hapless and unlucky man ever to walk this Earth. 

You can find even more suggestions for bookish dads on our Best Books for Father's Day 2015 guide.



For fun-loving dads 

London Motor Museum

A trip to the London Motor Museum
"By far the best motor museum we have been to - something for the whole family."

Don't Wake Dad
Not only a great sentiment for Father's Day in general but also "a good game for a three year old".

Mini water slide
"I always try to get a little gift DH and DS can enjoy together - this year it's a mini waterside for them to play with in the garden."

For dads who appreciate the homemade touch

fathers day card

Homemade cookies
"Every year we make Daddy cookies with letter cutters." Try Mumsnet's 3-2-1 biscuit recipe.

Picture montage
"We have ordered a picture montage of pics of my husband and DS (DS helped pick out the photos)."

Handmade card
"Best Father's Day gift in my opinion is a handmade card from your child". If this isn't possible, or you're after a card with a twist, this fancy alternative from Barclays may be just the thing you're after. You could even be in with the chance to win one of ten Kano computers if you enter it into our free prize draw

Connected Generation bespoke T-shirts
Do a good deed and create a unique T-shirt for Dad at the same time. £5 from every sale goes to a specific children's charity project chosen by you. 

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