Fact: Dads are hard to shop for. They say they don't want anything, and so when Father's Day rolls around, you end up getting them yet another tie. Here are a few ideas for under a fiver for the dads in your life. Just remember to do it before the 17th June.
Unique gifts for dad are great but that doesn't mean the classics are out. Show us a dad that doesn’t need socks! Father’s Day is a good excuse to go all out on the novelty theme (especially if they have a ring of truth about them!) Or a mug will remind him of you every time he has a cuppa.
If your dad is often found in the kitchen, then a mortar and pestle means they can experiments with making spice mixes. If he’s more of a takeaway fan then pizza wheel is a great addition to the kitchen gadget collection. However for some dads cooking is limited to the barbecue so look for some tools that can help him cook the burgers. Alternatively if he loves food but doesn’t like cooking it you could make him a special pie for tea.
Men may love tools and tinkering but it's when they become a dad that their handyman skills are taken to new heights. He might have straightened every shelf in the house but it doesn’t mean he couldn’t do with a new tool box or tools. Clever magnetic gadgets are something a little bit different and will also guarantee that dad won’t lose that last nail in the pack ever again.
Even if he's fallen out of the habit of exercising regularly, a new piece of equipment might be just the thing to inspire him to start up again. Fitness trackers are all the rage at the moment and are great motivator to see how far you’ve run in a session or for setting personal fitness goals. If dad doesn’t need any encouragement than a shaker bottle to help with his nutrition might be appreciated and all cyclists need supplies for off road repairs.
If your dad loves the outdoors and he takes pride in his garden, then something to satisfy his green fingers is probably the way to go. Loves his lawn? Then get him something to make the grass greener. Grow your own is really popular right now and he’s sure to appreciate accessories to help the beans grow or keeping the spuds frost free. A grow your own kit makes a perfect gift if you don’t have a garden but he’s keen to grow the hottest chilli in the world.
When it comes to ‘men’s smellies’ there has definitely been a shift in recent times. There are lots of grooming gift products for the well-groomed dad. From beard shampoos to shower gel’s that are designed to be used after exercising and even bags to keep everything in. Aftershave balms are a great idea for a couch potato dad who wants to look his best but is a bit lazy with skincare. If you are feeling particularly crafty you could have a go at making your own aftershave pop it in a fancy bottle to make it extra special.
Every dad has a geeky side, whether they are attached to their mobile phone, love playing video games, or a big fan of fantasy films. Much as you might think a dragon’s egg is a great idea for your Game of Thrones mega-fan dad they are hard to come by. Instead make him some cupcakes and top them with edible Game of Thrones characters. How are you planning to celebrate Father’s Day? Share with us on Twitter or Facebook All prices correct as of 15/05/18