Best Fathers’ Day gift ideas: last minute gifts that he’ll actually want
The best Fathers' Day gifts for doting dads
Fathers’ Day is always a tricky time - even more so given he's probably been in lockdown for a few months now - as your dad will always say that he doesn’t need a gift for you to make him happy. But he does, he really, really does.
UPDATED:Beer52 is currently doing a cracking Fathers' Day box - where you get £52 worth of beer for better than half price. So, if you fancy getting your dad one of the best beer subscription boxes, then now's a good time. And there's always Amazon Prime to help you out as well with the below gifts.
- If you are looking for some bargains, then head to our best whisky deals guide.
Best Fathers’ Day gift ideas
1. Engraved Bombay Bramble bottle
This a cool little gift. Given we are edging into summer, a bottle of Bombay Bramble would be a decent Fathers' Day gift. The drink mixes up freshly harvested blackberries and raspberries to the original Bombay dry gin recipe. And you can get the bottle engraved if you thrown in an extra fiver, which is a good deal we reckon.
2. Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is currently top of our best Bourbon list so is well worth a punt this Father's Day. It's made from the finest corn, rye and barley malt, this whiskey ages in new oak barrels for years in century-old warehouses until the peak of maturity. The taste is rich and complex, with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied fruit and is as good on its own as it is propping up a cocktail or two.
Buffalo Trace is also hosting a social competition on Instagram and Facebook where you can nominate a dad who they feel deserves a gift. Buffalo Trace will handpick five dads to receive a bottle of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and another five winners will get a homemade bar installed in their garden or home, filled with whiskey.
3. Beer Hawk Curry Gift Set
Beer and curry is a perfect combination. Which is why this beer and curry set from Beer Hawk is a perfect fathers' day gift. It comes with two beers that compliment spicy food, a pint glass and a spice kit.
4. Pantherella Shine socks
Part of the Sports Luxe range, these Shine rainbow stripes sock feature an iconic rainbow design combined with a stylish sporty look. They are knitted from Egyptian cotton with a touch of Lycra. Buy these and 10% of proceeds go to an LGBT charity.
5. Old Pulteney & Oysters Father's Day Hamper
If you are London based (check the site to see whether you are within the catchment) then this is a lovely looking package. Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen in Covent Garden has paired up with Old Pulteney whisky for a hamper that includes 12 fresh oysters, a bottle of Old Pulteney 12 - The Maritime Malt, shucking knife and a Glencairn Crystal whisky glass. Every order comes with a a £5 donation The Drinks Trust, which is a nice touch, and you can book a hamper for delivery on 19th and 20th June on Oystermen’s website, while they are still in stock.
6. That Boutique-y Whisky Company World Whisky Collection
If you fancy sending your dad some whisky but don't really know the type of dram he likes then this is a good selection. You get four whisky miniatures here from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. The 5cl miniatures include a Single Malt Irish Whiskey 8 Year Old, Slyrs 3 year Old, English Whisky Co. 8 Year Old and Heaven Hill American Whiskey 9 Year Old.
7. Galaxy Watch Active2 Under Armour Edition
If you fancy spending a bit more on your dad and they aren't an iPhone user - as they'll probably want an Apple Watch if that's the case - then the Galaxy Watch Active2 Under Armour Edition is a really nice smartwatch that's packed with fitness smarts. It comes with a free 6-month membership to Under Armour MapMyRun MVP and makes use of tracking tech and heart-rate monitoring to help you improve your running. It looks great, too.
8. Whiskey Club Box Father's Day gift set
This is fun. Get your father a whisky gift that is actually whisky in edible form. These gummies are alcoholic and have all the taste of your favourite whisky drinks, including a whisky sour and old fashioned. This gift set includes a selection of cocktail gummies and some 'cheers!' socks.
9. The Balvenie Double Wood 12 Year Old
If you fancy giving your dad some scotch this year, then this 12 year old from Balvenie is a good choice. The whisky has been first aged in American oak for 12 years, before being transferred to Spanish oak ex-Oloroso Sherry casks for a nine-month finishing period. This brings out a taste that's spicy and fruity with a honeyed taste.
10. Marshall Monitor II A.N.C. Headphones
We loved the Marshall Monitor II A.N.C. Headphones when we tried them early this year. Not only do they look great, with their style taken from the look of Marshall's iconic amps, they feel and sound great, too. Battery life is immense and the noise cancelling is up there with the best.
11. Perky Blinders Father's Day coffee and mug
This is a great little gift for your dad - it's a coffee mug and personalised bag of coffee. The blend is Forest Blend, "AKA the best brew in the business" according to its makers, and we aren't going to complain about that.
12. The Last of Us Part II (PS4)
If this is a swan song for the ageing PS4, then it is one of the best we have ever seen. There is no better game on the PlayStation 4 right now - which makes the Last of Us Part II an essential purchase, for you or your father. Pre-orders turn into orders Friday the 19th June, so just before the big day itself.
Read: our The Last of Us Part II review
13. Bushmills Black Bush
Yep, it's another whiskey but this time one that's been made in Ireland. Black Bush is one of the more reasonably priced Bushmills and has a great taste. Matured in former Oloroso sherry casks it's fruity and intense and makes a cracking old fashioned (billed 'the black fashioned').
14. What Would Jurgen Klopp Do?: Life Lessons from a Champion
Okay, we are a little biased here as What Would Jurgen Klopp Do?: Life Lessons from a Champion is written by one of ShortList's contributors, Tom Victor. But the book is a brilliant guide on how to live your best life... by following some of Klopp's mantras. Given football is back, there's no better time to send this one to your dad - just check first how much he can tolerate Liverpool.
15. Johnnie Walker Black Label personalised label service
This is a fun one for the whisky drinking father in your life - you can get a personalised label on a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label, or if you want to splash out a little more it's also available on Double Black, Green and Gold Label bottles. And if you really want to spoil him, then there is an engraving service for £145 (which includes a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue).
16. The Kraken - Black Spiced Rum - 40%
Release the Kraken! Rum may play second fiddle to gin at the moment, in the popularity stakes, but it is still a brilliant drink. Kraken rum is spiced, affordable and a lovely drink to have straight or with a splash of cola. The reason for the squid on the bottle is because the rum is almost ink black - and there's a deal on the 1ltr bottle at the moment
More options: The best rums: 10 put to the ultimate drinking test
17. Brisk - Citrus
If he's got a beard and never used beard oil, then your dad is missing out. This is as cheap as chips and a mighty fine beard oil that is up there with options three times its cost.
It's got a great lemon scent, combines Vitamin E with Almond, Avocado, Argan and Jojoba oils. When it comes to its finish, Brisk beard oil leaves a touch of shine but it’s fast-absorbing.
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18. Quicksilver Rawaki 35l
We’re not saying your dad wants to get away from it all, but if he did then the Quicksilver Rawaki 35l should be his travel bag of choice. It’s cabin sized, for a start, has a ton of mesh pockets to stash things in and there’s a handy sleeve on the back to attach it to any other luggage he might have when he runs away - we mean, goes on a little break, ahem
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19. Russell Hobbs Brew & Go
Home coffee machines needn't be too expensive. This one from Russell Hobbs is an affordable coffee maker that grinds coffee straight into the accompanying travel mug. It can handle soft filter pods and ground coffee, and may well be the best bang-for-your-buck coffee machine out there.
More options: Best coffee machines: barista ready coffee at home.
20. Chilly’s Chrome Silver (500ml)
Reusable water bottles are just one way that you could be doing your bit to save the planet. Given their popularity there are many to choose from now, but we definitely recommend the Chilly’s Chrome Silver bottles - they look great and hold a decent 500ml of water too.
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