No two dads are the same, so when it comes to finding the perfect gift — for his birthday or just because — it’s good to get granular to get 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). While most of these gifts are available on Amazon, we’ve found some options elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around. And to shop for everyone else on your list, visit our gift guide hub.
For the dad who is already pruning his hydrangeas
For the dad who can’t miss Popmaster
For the dad who seems a bit frazzled
For the dad who still wears his Bass Weejuns
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
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.
For the dad with “crispy leaf” panic
For the dad who loves Monty Don
A non-gimmicky gardening gift, ideal for weeding, digging, and other jobs in the garden.
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)
Even if he’s heading into the office a few days a week, 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’s finally got a slot for the London Marathon
For the dad who needs a hobby
For the dad who needs to hydrate his skin
For the dad with piles of scribbled notes on scraps of paper
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.
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.
For the dad who doesn’t really want anything
For the dad who loves leftovers
For the dad with a bare study
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.
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
Get him a game that’s harder to cheat at.