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Out, damned socks! Proper presents for dads (and grandads) 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 (Sunday 19 June), to suit every budget 

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Gifts for foodies

"A pasta maker - my husband said he wanted one after seeing Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall use one on TV."

"A Graze box! My dad loves nuts and snacks, and he's been genuinely excited to see what's in his box every week and try the different options."

"I've got my dad a tagine and a Moroccan recipe book to go with it."

A spice box subscription from the Spicery: "I bloomin' love them. You get a box (that fits through the letterbox) with recipe cards, explanation of the meal(s) and all the spices. I bought my husband a three-month subscription and he renewed it for a year as he loved it so much."

Liquid libations

"A coffee machine - best thing we ever got!"

"Does he like real ale? Lots of independent breweries do gift packs." Online beer retailer Beer Hawk is offering 15% off with the code 'MNGIFT'!

"Whisky may seem like a dull present - but it's not if you like whisky! Talisker is always my favourite."

"A subscription to BeerBods" (an online beer tasting club, with a subscription service that sends out a different beer each week - complete with the story behind the brew). 

For a harmonious Father's Day

"A re-issued or original record I loved years ago would be awesome."

"Get him tickets to a gig he'll really enjoy."

Gifts for the active man

"Parts for his bike - if he's anything like me, he'll have a mental list of all the bits he wants to upgrade."

"How about a course of personal training, or fitness training specific to his favourite sport?"

"I always try to get something my husband and children can enjoy together - this year it's a mini waterside for them to play with in the garden." 

Presence over presents

"In all honesty, the best gift would be the family doing something wonderful together - what that is, of course, varies wildly!"

"A family photo session followed by a nice lunch out. Then get the best photos framed for him."

"I recently found out about the Historic Houses Association - you can buy an annual membership for a bit less than National Trust membership (also good), and it gives free access to many privately owned houses and gardens across the country."

Something made with love

"The best Father's Day gift, in my opinion, is a handmade card from your child."

"If you have a pottery painting place nearby they'll often do baby hand printing onto plates, mugs etc."

"Get a scrap book and put some photos plus little messages in about how much/why they love Daddy. Add to it each year."

"Cover your baby's hand in paint, press it onto plain card, fold the card - and get your baby to do their best scribble inside."

And finally, a few curveball ideas...

"I'd settle for a lie in."

"I have bought a lovely big globe for my dad."

"This year he has a digital picture frame we are going to pre-load."

"I bought a bird box with camera inside. My parents spend HOURS staring at a grainy screen waiting for something to happen. Job done."


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