A Foolproof Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day sneaks up on me every year. It’s always the Sunday right after my birthday, so I joke that the more birthday money my parents give me, the better my dad’s gift is!

But seriously, every year I’m constantly trying to keep up the standard I’ve set for myself by giving my dad gifts he loves. And let me tell you something – it’s hard! How do you find something personal, something he doesn’t already have, and something in budget? Read on for my top ideas!

(P.S. I’ve also done a gift guide for mums that combines your interests and hers!)

Tech Dad

A man looking at his smart phone with a laptop in the background

This is 100% my dad, which is where the issue with budget comes in! I can’t afford to buy him a 100 inch Samsung OLED Curve LED TV or whatever it’s called, so I have to try and find things that are suitably techie without breaking the bank!

My dad’s faves over the years have been:

  • ZUS Car Charger: This little thing plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter and allows you to charge two things at once, as well as locate your car when you’ve lost it in the supermarket car park by using the app! It also does cool stuff like warn you when your parking ticket is about to run out, measure your mileage and tell you your car battery’s health.
  • Wemo Insight Plug: This plug is basically the easiest way to start a smart home set up – it allows you to see electricity usage, turn it off and on from your phone, and a bunch of other stuff. But what do you do with it, you ask? My dad loves to plug the kettle into it and turn it on with his phone from upstairs or round the corner from the house on the way back home so he’s ready to make a coffee the second he steps into the kitchen! He also likes to plug a lamp with an awkwardly positioned switch into it so he can turn it on more easily!
  • Pebble Smart Watch: Every tech dad needs a smart watch, and these aren’t actually too expensive anymore! But it was Dad’s first smart watch so he loved it! (He’s since moved on to a Fitbit Blaze, which muggins here bought and then told him he wasn’t getting any gifts for the next 4 gift giving occasions due to the price!)
  • A dash cam: Nothing like giving him a little screen which allows him to show us “that nutter on the road earlier”…
  • A phone case that charges your phone for you: They’re actually really handy, and there’s one for most phones! He looks so pleased with himself every time he can go: “My phone’s a bit flat – oh, hang on!” *clicks button on case* “Charging!” Like a kid at Christmas, honestly! You can also buy some cool smart phone cases that interact with the phone itself, like these ones.
  • A Chromecast: so he can watch YouTube etc. on his TV. Also great for Netflix on a bigger screen if he doesn’t have a smart TV!
  • Amazon Echo Dot: He’ll have a great time asking Alexa for the news, the weather, what day it is, when his doctor’s appointment is, why the Earth is round, what the meaning of life is, etc. etc. Mum’s got competition! There’s also the Echo Spot, which is the same size but with a little screen, or the Echo Show, which is like an smart tablet kinda thing. Take a look here.
  • VR Headset: Again, these are pretty cheap now, and there’s loads of phone apps for it, so he’ll have a whale of a time!

Basically, any car or phone accessory will go down a treat!

Do-All-The-Things Dad

Man and two women at festival

This dad is less about material things, and more about the life experiences! He’d rather go to a theme park with you than get a new pair of socks, and he likes trying new things!

  • 4DX films: These are still fairly new, so he might not have been to one yet. 4DX is an immersive cinema experience where the film is in 3D, and there’s light, sounds, smells, and movement which make you feel like you’re in the film! I’ve seen quite a few films like this now, and it’s great fun! Your chair moves as the camera does, you get sprayed with water when characters do, you can smell the flowers when they’re outdoors, etc. etc! They can be quite intense – if you see a Marvel film, for example, you’re bound to get “punched” in the back by your chair, or sprayed with “blood”! (It’s just water, don’t panic! But when you see blood on screen, it doesn’t feel that way!). 4DX is available at lots of Cineworld cinemas. I think it’s called D-BOX at Odeon cinemas, but I haven’t been so I can’t vouch for that!
  • Escape rooms: These are so much fun, especially if your dad likes a good puzzle! There’s hundreds of these rooms popping up, and they have some awesome themes, from Harry Potter to roman ampitheatres! The premise of a puzzle room is that you’re locked in a room with your group, and you have to solve a puzzle to get out in time. This could involve finding things hidden in ornaments, cracking clues hidden in a book you had to solve a puzzle to find, performing tasks, and more!
  • Experience days: There’s soooo many of these, covering everything from spa breaks to off-roading, falconry, food and more, so there’s bound to be one for your dad! Check out Red Letter Days or Virgin Experience Days to see what you can find.
  • Themed afternoon teas: This is a quirky take on the traditional afternoon tea! I know Dearden Tea Rooms do a cool Harry Potter one, and there’s tonnes of Beauty and the Beast ones!
  • Gift card for somewhere like Costa: This is just a little gift you could perhaps pop in a card. Whack a fiver on it and it’s a nice way for him to remember you care when he’s out and fancies a coffee!

Daddy Cool

Man looking pensive in car

(Is anyone else now singing that song?!)

Anyway, this dad is as cool as a cucumber, very put-together, and definitely down with the kids (though perhaps not as much as he might think 😉 ). He’ll love stuff like:

  • A nice jumper: This is always a thoughtful gift – a nice wool or cashmere one (*cough* in the sale *cough*!)
  • Supercar experience day: Needless to say, Daddy Cool feels at home in a Ferrari or a Lamborghini (which he may affectionately dub a “Lambo” as if he has one tucked away in the garage). Buy him one of these and watch how many photos he takes posing with the car afterwards!
  • Netflix/Amazon Prime subscription: He’s got to be in-the-know, so this means he can stay on top of all the shows everyone’s raving about!
  • Beard stuff: There are three types of Cool Dad. There’s the bearded assortment, the designer stubble variety, and the clean-shaven type. The first two will delight in beard accessories, such as special beard shampoo, beard oil, or a swanky little comb that tells them where to shave!
  • Razor Pit: All of the Cool Dads as mentioned above will enjoy this, but the last type especially – this little razor rest allows you to clean your razor blades and sharpen them for longer use with a few easy swipes after use!

Outdoor Dad

A group of people camping and looking at the sunset

  • Hydra Smart Bottle: He’ll love this. This bottle will of course hold his drink, but also acts a light for cosy camping or keeping him safe on his bike, a speaker for music or movies on his phone on outdoorsy trips, a speakerphone, and a phone charger! The light setting also has multiple colour options, so he could even use it for mood lighting! I’m pretty sure it also makes ambient sounds like waves on a beach to help you sleep, too.
  • A nice coat or a voucher towards one: Go for somewhere like Trespass or Berghaus, or another well-respected outdoorsy brand. I know these two are more affordable than the likes of The North Face, for example! Plus, Trespass aaaaalways has a sale on!
  • Some nice skincare products: If he’s outdoors a lot, his skin needs extra TLC! Get him some SPF moisturiser, or moisturiser for chapped hands.
  • Clay pigeon shooting: You know he’d love this! Or something quirky and less traditional like a Segway rally!
  • Remote control helicopter: Yep, you read that right – you’d be surprised by how quickly grown men turn into 5-year-olds with one of these bad boys! (My dad’s got caught in the wind and blew over the fence and into the ether. He was heartbroken. We had to get him a new one).

Nerdy Dad

Toy dinosaurs lying on a yellow background

This is also my dad – am I successfully painting a picture of a nerdy little boy in an adult’s body? 😉

  • Funko Pops of his favourite character: Which, of course, is inevitably from Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Starship Troopers, Stars in their Eyes – wait, no, that’s not one of them!
  • Tickets to Comic Con: I’m not talking the Comic Con, unless you’ve got that kind of money to splash, but usually there’s local ones in towns and cities that are fun!
  • 4DX films: Like the Do-All-The-Things Dad, he’d love this! I reckon the new Jurassic Park movie would go down a treat with him, and the 4DX effects would work really well with it!
  • Special edition Blu-rays: It’s a win-win – he probably has a DVD collection, so a collector’s edition of his favourite (almost definitely sci-fi) series or film will go down a treat!
  • Quiz games: These are always fun, especially if you can get something like a themed Trivial Pursuit! My dad and I are at each other’s necks every Christmas over Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit! (It’s serious business!) There’s also tonnes of themed Monopoly games, from Stranger Things to the Walking Dead, themed Cluedo, and themed Risk! A game show quiz game like The Chase is more generic so everyone can join in too!
  • A special edition book: Something like the Star Trek leatherbound anthology from Barnes and Noble, or the Death Note All-in-One edition!

Foodie Dad

Dipping bread into pesto with jars around the bowl of pesto

  • Cooking experience days: I’ve spotted a lot of “cook with chilli” workshops recently – is it a go-to Dad-ism to like spicy food?! But anyway, you can get cooking classes or experience days, or even subscription gifts which deliver cool recipe cards and ingredients, freshly baked cakes or brownies, or coffee for caffeine connoiseur!
  • Meal experience days: If you’d prefer to get him out of the kitchen, you can buy things like a 3 course meal for 2 at certain restaurants that works out a fair amount cheaper than just buying a 3 course meal each on the day! You can find these on the experience days websites I linked in the Do-All-The-Things Dad section!
  • Make him a meal: If you want to do something more personal or homely, maybe you could get in the kitchen and cook his favourite meal! Or, if you’re like me and baking is more your thing, you could make a dessert and order the mains from his favourite takeaway!
  • Buy some quirky food: Something like a delicacy from another country he hasn’t tried, or one of those novelty chocolate bars flavoured with weird stuff like Marmite! Blue Mountain coffee goes down well, but it’s about two gazillion pounds to buy a normal sized tub of the stuff!

What are you planning to get for your dad this Father’s Day? Which type of dad from the list above have you got?! Leave me a comment! 🙂 x

Image credit for cover image goes to Ben White Photography. Other images are linked to their sources.
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34 Comments

  1. June 7, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    This is incredible! I’ve never seen a gift ideas post with this many amazing options. My dad is the hardest guy on the planet to buy for and this has definitely given me some ideas x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      Aww, thanks so much!! I’m so happy it helped, as I get totally stumped each year! Hope it makes your life easier, haha! X

  2. Creative Nails
    June 7, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    It can be really tricky trying to find a good present that he may not have already! You’ve made such a good guide though, my dad is definitely the techy kind so will be checking out your suggestions there! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Right?! And things are so expensive!
      Yay, thanks so much! Hope it helps! 😘

  3. June 7, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    great post!!! these are some really good idea’s because my dad is so hard to shop for since he just buys things he wants himself! I’ll have to look into some of these idea’s, thank you for sharing!
    -michelle
    simplymich.com

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Oh, my dad is the worst for doing that! It drives me mad trying to think of new ideas 😂 hope this helps, Michelle! Thanks for commenting 😘

  4. aimsysantics
    June 7, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    Great post! So many option to choose from and tailored for different tastes. I think this list could cover a prezzies for over the year for dads!
    My dad’s a bit techy but more DIY fan so I’ve opted to get a personalised hammer for my dad. Just got to see if he likes it now!

    Aimsy xoxo

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks Aimsy! Yeah, that’s true actually, it could be for birthdays etc. too!
      Ooh, such a good idea! I bet he’ll love that! So thoughtful! X

  5. June 7, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    This is such a great and well-thought out list and has definitely sparked some ideas for me! My dad is so incredibly hard to buy for as he has interests but is such a hermit so it’s hard to get him out of the house to actually do anything haha. We usually just end up going with cheese and wine but I love the idea of making a meal at home. Brilliant list!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks so much! Haha, I totally know what you mean – for me, it’s rounding up everyone else in order to get them out of the house with us 😂
      Ooh, cheese and wine sounds lovely too! I might steal your idea! Haha! X

  6. June 7, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    Love these tips!! Men are so hard to buy for!! X

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks Marie! And they SO are! Women are so much easier to buy for! Men are a pain 😂 x

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much Aditi! 😘 Now I’ve got too many ideas and I don’t know what to buy 😂
      Hope it helped you! X

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks so much! Ooh yeah, you can’t go wrong there! Always fun! 😘

  7. June 7, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    This is such a great guide! I still have shopping to do for my dad, so I’ll definitely be referencing this! 🙂

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Aww yay, I’m so happy it helped! Thanks so much 😘

  8. June 7, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    That’s such a great post!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      Aww, thanks! Thanks for reading, Joy! 😘

  9. June 7, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Woah you’ve smashed this father’s day gift guide out the park, girl!
    So many options for different types of dads, I love it 🙂
    Unfortunately I don’t speak to my dad but I’ll definitely be using this for my baby daddy – he loves experience days and interactive trips out instead of materialistic presents so thanks for all your suggestions – amazing post x

    Jessica | jessinwonderland.com

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you so much!!
      Aww, sorry to hear that but definitely use them for your baby daddy! Then you can jump in on them and have fun too 😎
      Thanks again, I’m so happy it helped! 😘X

  10. June 7, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    These are some great suggetions and also for any gifting time. Thanks for sharing. xx

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks so much! Yeah, that’s true, they could be used for anything really, not just Father’s Day! Thanks for stopping by! 😘Xx

  11. June 7, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    This is such a detailed gift guide, so many great options! I always find it hard to get gifts for Father’s Day so these will definitely come in handy! I think my dad is a mixture of ‘Tech Dad’ and ‘Daddy Cool’ 😂 xx

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 7, 2018 / 9:39 pm

      Thanks so much Andrea, I hope it helps! 😄 Haha, my dad is a Tech and Geek Dad! He’s got a bit of Daddy Cool there sometimes 😂 xx

  12. June 7, 2018 / 11:44 pm

    “the more birthday money my parents give me, the better my dad’s gift is!” – Haha, love this!

    My dad isn’t very techie but I’m absolutely sure he would love everything that you listed for Tech Dad. This is a super helpful post hun! xx Ain

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 8, 2018 / 6:38 am

      Hahaha, if you don’t hint at the idea, they might not realise 😏😉😂
      Ooh, yay, that’s good to hear! Hope it helps you! 😄
      Thanks Ain! Xx

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 8, 2018 / 6:39 am

      Aww, thanks so much! Hope it helps you 😄 x

  13. June 9, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Wow! What a fantastic selection of gift ideas, something for everyone. However you have reminded me that it is not long till Father’s Day and that it’s crept up again!

    Jo | mindfuladventures.co.uk

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 9, 2018 / 4:16 pm

      Thanks Jo! Glad you liked! Haha, oh yes, it catches me by surprise every year! 🙈

  14. June 10, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    I love how many great options you have here! This definitely gave me a lot of inspiration and I love the idea of a phone cover that charges the phone Aswell! Great post! 🙌🏼🙌🏼

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      June 11, 2018 / 10:20 pm

      Yay! Thanks Huda! Yeah, it’s actually so handy! Much easier than lugging a big power bank and dangling cable around! 🙈

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