Just like mums, no two dads are the same — so when it comes to choosing the perfect gift (whether for his birthday or a just-because present), it’s good to get granular in order to find something he’ll really love. Are you buying for an artsy dad who reads every single line of text at a gallery? Or a pasta-loving dad who knows his garganelli from his agnolotti? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite gifts from the Strategist UK archives, sourcing products that come recommended from experts, cool people, and some celebrity shoppers, too (not to mention Strategist staff), and found 46 gifts on Amazon that we think would be great for every kind of dad.
For the dad who loves a potter round the Tate Britain
This book by Russell Tovey and Robert Diament is based off their popular podcast of the same name, and would be a great present for an art-curious dad (it also features a foreword by New York art critic Jerry Saltz).
For the dad with a bare windowsill
For the dad with “crispy leaf” panic
For the dad who just got into “proper” coffee
For the dad who will talk to you for 30 minutes about French-roast versus Italian-roast beans
On the other end of the Coffee Dad™ matrix: this sleek, stylish espresso machine.
For the dad who still uses a sandwich bag as a wash bag
For the dad who’s really a big kid
For the dad who isn’t competitive enough for Mario Kart
For the dad who still commutes to the dining-room table
For the dad who insists on WFS (Working From Sofa)
For the dad who swears he’s one-quarter Scottish on his mum’s side
Like anything ascribed to taste, you’ll know best what your dad’s into. But this single malt is a real crowd-pleaser.
For the dad who signed up to the Brighton Marathon this year
For the dad who needs a hobby
For the dad who needs to hydrate his skin
For the dad who seems a bit frazzled
File under “Things dad will never ask for but would secretly love”.
For the dad who is unorganised
For the dad who chews his Biros
Get him a proper pen, like this sophisticated one by Caran d’Ache.
For the dad who’s eco-conscious
For the dad who has Artusi on speed dial
Making your own pasta is easier (and cheaper) than you think.
For the dad whose agnolotti rivals the special at Ombra
If he’s got filled pasta shapes nailed, this beechwood board will help him nail shapes like garganelli and fusilli.
For the breakfast-for-dinner dad
For the dad who takes wine seriously
For the dad who takes beer seriously
That cherry saison looks particularly appealing.
For the dad who doesn’t really want anything
For the dad who’s into protein shakes now
For the dad who loves leftovers
For the dad with a bare study
You know who loves vintage prints? Dads.
For the dad who loves to lounge in the garden
A couple of beachy-looking deck chairs would make any outdoor space more relaxing.
For the dad who loves to lounge in front of The Great British Sewing Bee
For the dad who just heard about mirepoix
A chef’s knife is a kitchen all-rounder — and this option, by German brand Mercer, is an affordable way for him to hone his skills.
For the dad who just heard about anaerobic composting
For the dad who Hinches
For the dad who can’t stop asking questions
“Alexa, where were the 1956 Olympics held?”
For the dad who hits snooze
Because he still keeps his mobile phone in a drawer somewhere.
For the dad who takes out the bins
These slippers have a rubber sole, so he won’t slip.
For the dad who loves to drizzle
For the dad who cheats at Monopoly
For the dad who’s in a book club
For the dad who’s outdoorsy
Give him the gift of sleeping under the stars (even if he just camps in the garden).
For the dad who’s outdoorsy … ish
For the dad with a weak spot for spare ribs
For the dad who swore off red meat
A chef-recommended cookbook that’s quick, easy, and – crucially – vegetarian.
For the dad who is constantly on 20 percent battery
Comically long and virtually indestructible.
For the dad who turns it up to 11
One of the best features of these hyperenthusiastic reviewed buds is their noise-cancelling ability. One customer said they bought them to drown out the sirens that are always going off outside their flat, while another said he could listen to the football with these on and his wife wasn’t disturbed at all.
For the dad who turns it up to 11 (to listen to the World Service)
We like this (deceptively modern) old-timey radio, which has Bluetooth and Spotify capabilities.
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