The best Father's Day present ideas 2021
04 June 2020
From techy gadgets to tear-jerking personalised gifts, when it comes to Father’s Day gifts there are so many options to choose from it can be tricky to know where to start. Fortunately, Mumsnetters have you covered with their rundown of the ultimate Father’s Day present ideas, so you can put a smile on his face in these difficult times.
We know, we can hardly believe it either. It's already June and Father's Day, which falls on Sunday 21 June, is fast approaching. To help you find the perfect pressie, we've scoured the Mumsnet forums for advice and trawled the internet for new ideas that will delight the dad in your life.
Whether they're major foodies or fans of the latest tech, you'll be sure to find something on our list that'll bring a big smile to their face. Here are the 15 best gift ideas for Father's Day 2020.
1. Pact Speciality Coffee, from £8
For the curious coffee drinker, a new bag of freshly-roasted coffee is a welcomed sight. Choose from a selection of single-origin coffees or the Pact house blend and enjoy sharing the gift of fresh, ethically-sourced coffee. And if you're feeling fancy, sign up to a subscription to receive a new bag weekly or fortnightly.
“I have the Pact Coffee Micro-Lot Plan, which sends out a different coffee each time. The coffee is generally very good.”
“I've used Pact for a couple of years. I like the fact that it doesn't come wrapped in tonnes of plastic. It's also letterbox-friendly so no need to sit at home.”
“We get our coffee delivered from Pact and it's wonderful.”Buy now from Pact
2. I Spy: My Life in MI5 by Tom Marcus, £6.99
This gripping memoir tells the story of an M15 undercover surveillance officer and his role in the war against terror. Gritty and eye-opening, it's not only an enjoyable read, but it’s also a fascinating insight into the life of an MI5 officer. Perfect for fans of spy dramas and real-life crime novels.
“My husband read I Spy recently and was gripped from start to finish. He loved it.”Buy now from Amazon
3. Simply Cook Recipe Kit Subscription, from £10
For dads who love to get creative in the kitchen, a Simply Cook subscription box is a great fit. Sign up and you’ll receive the spices and sauces for four delicious meals through your letterbox each week. Boxes cost £10 per week, but you can get your first one for £3.
“There's lots of choice with Simply Cook. We’re really enjoying choosing and helping to cook some of the meals. We had Kerala prawn curry tonight, and it was really delicious.”View on Simply Cook
4. Bamboo socks, from £10
Okay, not exactly the most imaginative idea – but these aren’t just any socks, they’re bamboo socks. Because of the micro structure of the fibres in bamboo, these socks are two to three degrees cooler in warm weather and also very warm in cold weather. Great for hot feet, we'd say, and, well, some men just love a practical gift don’t they?
“My husband was given some bamboo socks one year. They're very useful when he's working in hot countries as they are smart but very breathable and cool.”Buy now from the Sock Shop
5. A People's History of Tennis by David Berry, £14.99
With Wimbledon cancelled this year, dads may need to get their
strawberries and cream tennis fix in a different way. Enter journalist David Berry's fascinating new book on a side of tennis you may not be familiar with.
From Victorian Britain to the present day, A People's History of Tennis is a radical retelling of the sport that eschews any upper/middle-class associations in favour of the racquet pasttime's role in struggles of sexuality, gender, race and class. Indeed, his chapter on feminism may well have you wanting your own copy.Buy now from Amazon
6. Edinburgh Cheese and Meat Preserves, £15
This gift set is a treat for any cheese or charcuterie lover. There are four different flavours to try: caramelised onion chutney, apple and English cider chutney, spicy tomato chutney and sweet beetroot chutney. Now where are those crackers?Buy now from John Lewis
7. Perudo game set, £20
Based on the South American bluffing game ‘Liar's Dice’, Perudo is a classic family game. It’s simple to master, requires no board and can be played with up to six people. Perudo is great fun for all ages and perfect for dads who love mastering a new game.
“Perudo is a great dice game.”
“Perudo is a winner in our house.”View on John Lewis
8. Baby Hand or Foot Print Mug, £20
A great way to combine a practical gift with a sentimental one, this high-quality mug features prints of your baby’s hand or foot print, along with their name and age on one side and a short message on the other.
Upon ordering, a print-taking kit will be sent to you to create the prints with your child – so it becomes a special moment for you too. This is a firm favourite amongst Mumsnet users for being a sweet, yet affordable keepsake.
“Daddy's Mug with a footprint is good one for a new dad.”
“I had my son's footprints done at about that stage. They are so lovely to look at now, and he loves to see them too.”View on Amazon
9. Beery Gift Hamper Selection Box by Beer Hawk, £22.50
Whether you're buying for your own dad, your partner or even your grandfather, this case of craft beer is sure to tick all the right boxes. With five different beers carefully selected by Beer Hawk's in-house sommeliers – from Pale Ale to IPA – as well as a stylish glass to drink them in and pitta chips to snack on alongside, this is a great gift for beer lovers. Bottoms up!
“My husband was thrilled with the beer hamper we got him for Father’s Day last year. He said he felt so cool trying all the different styles.”View on Amazon
10. Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Gift Set, £27.50
For whisky drinkers, or those who like to dabble in cocktail-making, this Woodford Reserve Bourbon whisky and Bitters set is the perfect way to nail a classic drink. If you want to go all out, pair it with some stylish whisky tumblers and a night in rewatching Mad Men – win.
“We love Old Fashioned's – they're very Don Draper.”
“I’m so very pregnant and cannot wait to have an Old Fashioned again soon”View on Amazon
11. Le Creuset Three-In-One Waiter's Corkscrew, £32
The humble corkscrew may be an overlooked kitchen accessory, but if the old man in question is into wine, they’ll love this well-designed waiter's friend from Le Creuset.
If they like wine then a really good corkscrew is imperative! The Le Creuset Waiter's Friend one is particularly robust, and crucially has the double-jointed arm that helps with fragile corks.View on Amazon
12. Google Chromecast Smart TV Streaming Stick, £30
A Chromecast is a great way to stream Netflix, YouTube and photos on a TV. It's a great gift for dads and granddads who'd like to see photos and videos of their kids or grandkids on a bigger screen. The Chromecast is very easy to set up – simply plug it into the HDMI port on the TV and away you go.View on Amazon
Personalised Voice Sound Wave Print, £33
For a truly original gift with a sentimental element, why not have your child record a special message to their dad or granddad, then have it converted into a beautiful sound wave print? Simply send your voice recording via notonthehighstreet.com and it will be transformed into a completely unique sound wave, printed on a textured matt-finish card.
“There's a company that turns an audio clip of speech into a sound wave print that you can frame. Our daughter is eight months old so my husband's gift will show 'Da da da da da da da!'"View on Not On the High Street
13. Hario Mill Mini Plus Hand Coffee Grinder with Ceramic Burrs, £35
Ceramic burrs grind coffee beans more evenly than blade grinders, resulting in an even better brew. This Hario grinder is small enough to travel with, but sturdy and ergonomically pleasing enough to be used every day. A great addition to the kitchen if the dad in question is a coffee aficionado.
“I gave my coffee-mad DH a Hario Mill Burr Grinder for his birthday last year – since we already have an electric grinder I really only expected him to use it while he was travelling for work. Six months later, he’s used it pretty much every day.”View on Amazon
14. Kindle Paperwhite, £119.99
Give the man in your life the gift of a little rest and relaxation with the brand-new Kindle e-reader. Now waterproof as standard, Dad can chill in the bath with his favourite book, or listen to that new thriller by the pool thanks to the Audible integration. Incredibly, a single battery charge ensures that the Kindle will last weeks before a recharge is required.
“My DH has a Paperwhite and he LOVES it. He takes it everywhere with him.”
“My husband reads more since having the Kindle as he’s never without a book in otherwise dead time. As the Paperwhite has a built-in light, he can read in the dark sitting up with children or in hotels etc.”View on Amazon
15. Fitbit Charge 3, £89.99
Whether it’s for your dad or your partner, the Fitbit Charge 3 will encourage anyone to think more about their health and fitness. This smart-looking watch tracks steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes while also monitoring your heart rate. It's also waterproof, making it great for swimmers too.
“My husband loves his Fitbit. It’s definitely motivational and encourages you to be more active. He said it's changed his life!”
“I have a Fitbit Charge 3 and I love it. I swapped my Apple Watch for it and much prefer it, I’ve had two other Charges and a Surge. It counts my steps, logs my calories and tracks my exercise and sleep. It’s fab.”View on Amazon
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