It’s no secret that at the Strategist, we take gift-giving quite seriously, and Father’s Day (June 21) is no exception. We’ve already covered the best gifts for every kind of dad, and we’ve also looked at the cheapest gifts from the fanciest brands. Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite gifts under £20 that you can buy on Amazon — including kitchen gadgets, artsy gifts, and the best presents for dads who bird-watch.
For the dad who can’t get his sourdough right
Like sourdough, kombucha uses a SCOBY (that’s a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) – but is a lot easier to make.
For the dad who makes his own cold brew
For the dad who sees a target step count as a challenge
They might not be much to look at, but these sandals feature pressure points to ease his feet.
For the dad who is not averse to a little ‘me time’
These lavender bath salts came recommended by none other than Busy Phillips, when she told us about the products she can’t live without.
For the dad who wants to be a better ally
For the dad who takes DIY seriously
This magnetic wristband can keep screws or bolts close to hand while he’s putting up shelves.
For the dad who takes birding seriously
These miniature binoculars can easily fit in his jacket pocket, just in case he sees a sandpiper while he’s out and about.
This book would also make a thoughtful gift.
For the dad who is an unapologetic nerd
These postcards, based on Penguin’s suitably weird sci-fi classics, are a nice way for him to keep in touch with people.
For the dad who likes to wind up the cat
This is ostensibly for presentations, but we all know what he’ll really use it for.
For the dad who spends his weekends (socially distancing) in the park.
Give him this not-quite-a-seat, not-quite-a-cushion hybrid to make him comfy.
For the dad who is fluent in Zoom
For the dad who is decidedly analogue
A handsome notebook in a striking colour is always appreciated.
For the dad who has forgotten how to dress
This illustrated guide by John Jannuzzi, a former GQ staffer, features history, upkeep, and maintenance tips.
While you’re at it: Get him started off with a pair that will stand out.
For the dad who stockpiled flour in March
For the dad who knows the value of seasoning
For the dad who insists on cocktail hour
For the dad who insists on cocktail hour (but doesn’t drink)
For the dad who misses restauraunts
This book by blogger turned author Lizzie Mabbott is designed for home cooking (even the cheddar-kimchi toastie feels quite luxurious).
For the dad who misses restaurants (but not meat)
As featured in our look at the best vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, this book is full of game-changing dishes, like the tacos de yaca al pastor (jackfruit al pastor tacos).
For the dad who won’t do a puzzle under 1,000 pieces
This mat, recommended by Strategist UK editor Ailbhe, means he can roll up his puzzle during meal times and come back to it later.
For the dad who loves teamwork
We first featured this in our look at the best two-player games. Players make associations between words as they cooperate to identify targets with a limited number of guesses.
For the dad who is highly competitive (but pretends not to be)
For the dad who is curious about candles
This de-stress one will be the gift that keeps on giving.
For the dad who is curious about skin care
For the dad who likes a glass of Malbec with dinner
For the dad who keeps losing his phone
Cheaper than phone insurance, and he’ll secretly enjoy showing people how this works.
For the dad who has an unapologetic lockdown beard
For the dad who chugs tea like it’s water
He’d love this infuser mug, which Strategist contributor Isabelle O’Carroll says lets her drink eight cups a day.
For the dad who loves cooking but lacks coordination
For the dad who doodles in meetings
For the dad who has everything else
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