10 Father's Day gift ideas that dads will actually use

By Group Reporter
Tuesday, 11 June, 2019, 15:11
Dads aren't always the easiest to buy for (Photo: Shutterstock)

by Zoe Galloway

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Father’s Day falls on 16 June this year, which means it’s time to find a gift that will make your dad feel special.

But they can be tricky to buy for - what do you get someone who already has everything? Well, whether your dad enjoys a bottle of something boozy or loves to have the latest gadgets, here are the presents for him. We’ve put each one through real-world testing, so you can be sure they’re great value for money, too.

Presents are listed in price order.

£6.99 (price correct at time of publishing), AmazonBest for: The environment

More and more of us are starting to make a conscious effort to cut down our plastic waste. And one of the simplest ways to do this is by investing in a reusable water bottle that you can take from home to office to gym with ease.

This one won our Best Buy award for its completely leakproof design and dishwasher-safe build. It’s also available in a range of colours.

£7 for 230g, Neal’s Yard DairyBest for: A tasty treat

The Appleby family have been making this Cheshire cheese since 1952, with its mellow orange colour and tangy texture. It’s matured for around four months before hitting the shelves and is a beautifully crumbly cheese.

If you’ve got a bigger budget, Neal’s Yard Dairy also do gift vouchers and subscription boxes, so your dad could receive a selection of British cheeses every month.

£8.50, TrouvaBest for: The green fingered

If your dad enjoys a bit of greenery around the home, add this pretty String of Hearts to his collection. It’s a very forgiving plant, as it tolerates drought well, meaning it's the ideal option for any forgetful waterers. Place it in bright light and watch it grow.

£8.95 for 250g, Pact CoffeeBest for: Coffee addicts

Pact is a subscription service that delivers fresh coffee direct to customers’ doors. Our top pick from its range is the Planalto, which comes from the south of Brazil and is one of Pact’s best-sellers. With notes of malted milk chocolate, this is a great gift idea for anyone who can’t start the day without a coffee fix.

We like the ethics behind this brand, too. It pays farmers between 25 and 125 per cent above the “Fairtrade” wage, with all its coffee being roasted, ground, packed and delivered within seven days.

£11.71, WorderyBest for: Keen cooks

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This cookbook by food writer and chef Gizzi Erskine encourages reconnecting with our ingredients and embracing old-school cooking techniques, such as braising, baking and roasting. Dishes include buttermilk and wild garlic pie, Jewish chicken soup and blond ragu with pork. This is ideal for anyone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen creating beautiful dishes.

£29.99, Cool StuffBest for: Regular travellers

If your dad is constantly hopping from train to plane for work or holidays, a trusty travel pillow can make all the difference when it comes to getting some sleep. This one has two securing straps so the pillow can attach itself to a seat, and front and side chin supports prevent your head from rolling. A practical gift that will get used again and again.

£67.25, The Whisky ExchangeBest for: Whisky drinkers

Japanese whisky is now big business, with demand continuing to increase. So if your dad considers himself a bit of a whisky man, then this bottle - a blend of whiskies from the various Suntory distilleries - should take pride of place in his drinks cabinet. It’s simply an excellent example of the Japanese way of doing things.

Take a look at our full Japanese whisky roundup for more ideas.

From £77.02 (price correct at time of publishing), AmazonBest for: Outdoors enthusiasts

UK weather is often unpredictable, so if your dad enjoys heading off on hikes in the great outdoors a reliable waterproof is essential. This one from British outdoors brand Rab is as good as they come, keeping you waterproof in heavy downpours. Available in a range of colours, this lightweight coat is a gift that will be used for years to come.

£78.99, HalfordsBest for: Commuters

This practical present will serve any keen cyclists well, especially if they commute to work by bike. It’s a sturdy piece of kit that was tested in the mean streets of the Big Apple and designed to stop thieves twisting and cutting through it. It’s simple to use, too.

Our bike lock reviews can help you decide on the best one for your dad, if this one doesn’t suit.

£79.99 (price correct at time of publishing), AmazonBest for: Music lovers

This impressive DAB radio won our Best Buy award in our latest tests. Its sleek design and rich sound make it the ideal machine to listen to podcasts, music and more on.

You can save up to 60 radio stations and Bluetooth allows you to connect your phone, tablet or computer to stream your own playlists. This is ideal for any dads who loves to listen to music regularly.

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