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The 46 Best Gifts (That You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Type of Dad

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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

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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

Even small spaces can be cheered up with a plant. This snake plant is perfect for beginners.

For the dad with “crispy leaf” panic

For the dad who just got into “proper” coffee

A stylish French press that will make enough coffee to get him through all the Sunday supplements.

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


Sometimes the best gifts are the most functional, not flashy. Case in point: an easy-clean, right-side-of-stylish wash bag.

For the dad who’s really a big kid

For the dad who isn’t competitive enough for Mario Kart

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Indulge his love of tinkering (and gossiping over the garden fence) with a game that rewards both.

For the dad who still commutes to the dining-room table

Give his (temporary) work space a little character with this charming scale model of the planets.

For the dad who insists on WFS (Working From Sofa)

Granted, he might be returning to the office later in the year – but a proper desk (that looks more expensive than it is) is still a great gift.

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

A nonalcoholic gift would be perfect to keep his training on track.

For the dad who needs a hobby

Jauntier than a keyboard and far easier to fit in your pocket, this comes straight from our own recommendations of the best harmonicas for beginners (even if dad says he was a pro “back in the day”).

For the dad who needs to hydrate his skin

For the dad who seems a bit frazzled

For the dad who is unorganised

Because there are only so many important things you can write on the back of receipts.

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

This chef-approved waffle maker produces restaurant-quality waffles, at a home cook-price.

For the dad who takes wine seriously

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An inexpensive (but fancy-looking) decanter.

For the dad who takes beer seriously

For the dad who doesn’t really want anything

How to make toothpaste giftable: offer a flavour for every day of the week.

For the dad who’s into protein shakes now


When we scoured Amazon for the highest-rated blenders, the NutriBullet came up tops.

For the dad who loves leftovers

Meal-prep dads to the front: This is a good alternative to Tupperware.

Throw in a bamboo cutlery set for the good of the planet.

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.

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

Hozelock Ltd Bokashi Composter

If he’s the sort of dad who already loves fermentation, then bokashi – a bacteria-based type of composting popular in Japan – could be his next hobby.

For the dad who Hinches


A weirdly satisfying motorised squeegee: perfect for using on the shower screen.

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

Joshua Pattison, founder of Bill & Beak in Camden Market, told us this olive oil was his go-to for “dressing dishes and dipping ridiculous amounts of bread into.”

For the dad who cheats at Monopoly

Get him a game that’s harder to cheat at (like a lawn game that’s basically dodgeball).

For the dad who’s in a book club

Thorn’s memoir would be perfect for a sensitive, bookish sort of dad.

For the dad who’s outdoorsy

Coleman 3-Man Tent

Give him the gift of sleeping under the stars (even if he just camps in the garden).

For the dad who’s outdoorsy … ish

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This classic raincoat can handle the great outdoors but is just as appropriate for a city break. [Editor’s note: Some of these colours are low in stock].

For the dad with a weak spot for spare ribs

Weber Smokey Joe

An inexpensive (but expert-approved) barbecue that’s small enough to take camping.

For the dad who swore off red meat

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A chef-recommended cookbook that’s quick, easy, and – crucially – vegetarian.

For the dad who is constantly on 20 percent battery

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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The 46 Best Gifts (You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Dad