Just like mums, no two dads are the same — so when it comes to finding the perfect gift for him this Christmas, 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 to shop for everyone else on your list, visit our gift guide hub.
Just FYI: To prevent disappointment, we have checked the shipping times for each item to make sure they’ll arrive in time for Christmas. Take a look at the delivery notes on each product for specific details. We’ve included standard Amazon delivery times, but if you are a Prime member, these will be dispatched much quicker.
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). Last day to purchase: 21 December.
For the dad with a bare windowsill
These plants are known for their succulentlike stems and round, coin-shaped leaves. They are low maintenance but easy to propagate if you want to grow more. Last day to purchase: 23 December. Gardeners Dream says it offers same-day dispatch if ordered before 7 a.m.; otherwise, it will dispatch the following day.
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
For the dad who still uses a sandwich bag as a wash bag
For the dad who’s really just a big kid
For the dad who still commutes to the dining-room table
For the dad who insists on WFS (Working From Sofa)
Granted, he might be returning to the office next year — but a proper desk (that looks more expensive than it is) is still a great gift. Last day to purchase: Songmics says this will still ship in time for Christmas, but there is currently an additional £9.99 shipping cost.
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. Last day to purchase: 19 December.
For the dad who signed up to the Brighton Marathon next 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”. Last day to purchase: 21 December.
For the dad who is unorganised
For the dad who chews his Biros
For the dad who’s eco-conscious
For the dad whose agnolotti rival the special at Ombra
This beechwood board will help him nail shapes like garganelli and fusilli. Last day to purchase: 21 December.
For the dad who prefers tortellini
For the breakfast-for-dinner dad
For the dad who takes wine seriously
For the dad who takes beer seriously
This set includes five beers, a snack, and a branded glass and comes in an easy-to-wrap box. Last day to purchase: 19 December.
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
For the dad who loves to lounge in the garden
A couple of beachy-looking deck chairs would make any outdoor space more relaxing. Last day to purchase: 17 December.
For the dad who loves to lounge in the garden (even in December)
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. Last day to purchase: 21 December.
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?” Last day to purchase: 21 December.
For the dad who hits snooze
Because he still keeps his mobile phone in a drawer somewhere. Last day to purchase: 21 December.
For the dad who takes out the bins
These slippers have a rubber sole, so he won’t slip. Last day to purchase: 19 December.
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). Last day to purchase: 21 December.