What are the best Father's Day gifts?
Father's Day is almost upon us (Sunday 18 June) and the hunt for the best gifts is on. If you're stumped on what to get this year, have a look at this collection of gift ideas inspired by Mumsnetters' suggestions. There's something for every kind of dad, from DIY-lovers to the well-groomed – and not a body wash set in sight.
Best DIY gifts for Father's Day
FORMCards (from £8)
Run these meltable plastic cards in hot water and FORMCards can be moulded into any shape – making them great for fixing things (have a look at the video on their website). You can reuse them too – just heat them up again and you're good to go.
“Ideal for dads who like to fashion their own tools when they haven't got one to do the exact job.”
Leatherman (from £48.99)
A Leatherman is the gold standard for dads who like to DIY everywhere they go. It's small enough to fit in their pocket, but don't be fooled by its size – it's got at least 10 different tools to it.
“I got him a fab Leatherman multitool last year. He loves it and has used it loads.”
Grid It Cocoon (from £10.24)
Brilliant for dads with an organisational bent, the Grid It is the among the best ways we've seen to beautifully store/display all those little bits and bobs that invariably end up all over the place.
“I've bought DH a Grid It. He travels a lot with work and it will change his life!”
Best grooming gifts for Father's Day
Jack Black Supreme Shave Cream Shave Lather (from £20)
Shaving cream is a classic dad gift, but this one from Jack Black is full of nice smelling herbs and botanicals and makes an extra luxurious lather.
“I got this for my husband for Father's Day and there is still more than half a jar left. He thinks it's the best he's ever used (previously used Clinique). Quite pricey but lasts for ages!”
'Scent of a Gent' discovery box (from £19)
Skip the hassle of working out which colognes your dad might actually like with this 'Scent of a Gent' gift box containing nine fragrances for men. There's bottles from Bvlgari, Davidoff, Molton Brown among others, plus some eye gel which is worth £30 alone.
“I think these men's fragrance discovery boxes are the best things ever!”
Personalised collar stiffeners (from £24)
A personalised message is a lovely touch on Father's Day and this one allows you to write a message on it (sort of). This set comes in hardwearing stainless steel and allows for different engraving styles with up to 28 characters.
“For anyone whose DP or dad wears a shirt, I buy silver collar stiffeners every year – the little blade type things to tuck in the collar to keep it straight. Have had them all engraved, and he said recently he looks forward to them every time.”
Best food gifts for Father's Day
Flavourly beer gift box (from £25)
The impressive gift box from Flavourly is a tidy taster set of 10 craft beer bottles from small batch breweries all over the UK, and will be a definite winner for dads who know their pilsners from their porter.
Rob Allison's Takeaways at Home (from £15.90)
Give the gift of homemade kebabs and curries with this fab recipe book from Rob Allison, which gets rave reviews from Mumsnetters for producing dinners that taste miles better than the takeaway version.
The Spicery subscription (from £22)
The Spicery sends letterbox-sized packages of recipe cards, a little bit about the meals and all the necessary spices to whip up something flavoursome for dinner – great for dads who like cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. It's also a nice one that can involve the DCs as well.
Best funny gifts for Father's Day
Private Eye subscription (from £30)
A monthly subscription to Private Eye is ideal for dads with a streak of black humour who love making wisecracks on politics and the bloody-state-of-things-nowadays.
“I got my dad a subscription to Private Eye magazine last year which went down well.”
Goats sponsorship gift (from £51)
When just one goat simply won't do, Oxfam now offers a goat couple sponsorship gift. It's guaranteed to make your dad laugh, as well as changing lives for families living in poverty, providing them with milk and crop-improving manure. (And if your dad has a lavatorial sense of humour, Oxfam also offer a 'Pile of Poo' gift, but you didn't hear it from us.)
“DF is always asks for something cheap and useful but he is not averse to an Oxfam gift. He asked for a goat last year, so I thought I'd spoil him and get him two. This cracks me up, but no one else sees the funny side. Yet.”
Funny T-shirt (from £9.99)
If you're truly stumped, then have a look at Truffle Shuffle's t-shirts, which seem to cater for every conceivable flavour of pop-culture geekiness, from Star Wars to super heroes, and videogames to 70s TV shows. They're all printed on nice soft cotton, too.
“Truffle Shuffle do great cotton t-shirts, though some are a bit geeky!”