Gift shopping for the big man can be a real hassle, and each year it can feel like every gift you do find inevitably turns out to be something he already has. Finding an original present that’s both thoughtful and practical is no easy task.
To help you find the perfect gift for your dad, The Recommended scoured the web to find a selection of the best gifts for every price point. With everything from gardening accessories and kitchen gadgets to Kindles and wireless chargers, there’s bound to be a gift in this guide that’ll impress your dad whatever the occasion.
The best gifts for dads at a glance:
- Best for bookworms: Kindle Paperwhite
- Best dry January gift: Seedlip Spice 94 – Alcohol Free Spirit
- Best for keen gardeners: Burgon & Ball Memory Foam Garden Kneelo
- Best for would-be chefs: AnySharp Twist Hands Free Safety Knife Sharpener
- Best gift for cheese lovers: Artesà Fondue Set With Hammered Copper Finish
- Best gadget gift: Native Union DROP – High Speed Wireless Charger
- Best gift for coffee drinkers: Bialetti Moka Express Caffettiera in Alluminio
- Best for hot sauce enthusiasts: Hot Sauce Challenge Gift Set
- Best gift for gin lovers: Sandy Leaf Farm Gin Making Kit
- Best for watching sports: WiMiUS WiFi Bluetooth 9800 Lumens 4K Projector
The best gifts for dads
Best for bookworms: Kindle Paperwhite
Great for travelling
A classic dad gift, the Kindle Paperwhite boasts an impressive 10 weeks of battery life and waterproof rating of IPX8, making it the ideal travel present for dads who like to read.
The Kindle Paperwhite has a 6.8-inch display, thin borders and a 20% faster page turn speed when compared to the previous generation of Kindle. The brightness can also be toggled between white and amber for reading before going to sleep.
Best healthy gift: Seedlip Spice 94 – Alcohol Free Spirit
Alcohol without the headache
After a decadent festive period, Dry January has become a yearly tradition for many. If your dad plans to ditch the alcohol, this is a great gift for satisfying his thirst.
Seedlip Spice 94 is a non-alcoholic spirit made from six botanicals and spices, and is said to be best drunk over ice with a grapefruit peel.
Best for gardeners: Burgon & Ball Memory Foam Garden Kneelo
For added comfort when gardening
An ideal gift for dads who enjoy gardening, these memory foam garden knee pads are great for tending to flowerbeds or allotment without injuring your knees.
Designed to keep your knees cushioned while gardening, these wearable knee pads have adjustable straps and eliminate the need for carrying around a padded kneeler. Available in a choice of 10 colours, they also have a waterproof, wipe-clean outer and a memory foam core for ultimate comfort.
Best for would-be chefs: AnySharp Twist Hands Free Safety Knife Sharpener
For safely sharpening knives
A great gift for dads who like to cook, this hands-free safety knife sharpener is a handy gadget for sharpening blunt knives at home with less risk of injuring yourself compared to using a sharpening steel.
This knife sharpener is designed to be used one handed and features a suction pad on the bottom of the gadget for attaching to flat surfaces such as worktops.
Best for cheese lovers: Artesà Fondue Set With Hammered Copper Finish In Gift Box
Cheese bath, anyone?
If you’re shopping for a cheese lover, you really can’t go wrong with a fondue set.
This stainless steel fondue set from Artesà has a stylish hammered copper finish and is designed to perfectly melt cheese or chocolate for dipping in bread and fruit. This set contains a fondue pot, burner, metal rack, diffuser, and six fondue forks.
Best gadget gift: Native Union DROP – High Speed Wireless Charger
No more cables
A great gift for dads who enjoy gadgets, this high speed wireless charger from Native Union will eliminate the need for multiple charger cables.
Available to buy in six stylish colours and designs, this wireless charging pad can be used with a range of compatible smartphones.
Best for coffee drinkers: Bialetti Moka Express Caffettiera in Alluminio
For quality coffee at home
If your dad’s addicted to buying takeaway coffees, or it’s about time he upgraded from instant powder, this espresso maker from Bialetti is a perfect gift for making quality brews at home.
Featuring the original 8-sided design, as invented by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933, this espresso maker is suitable for all hobs except induction.
Best for hot sauce enthusiasts: Hot Sauces To Go: Global Edition Gift Set
Find out who can really handle the heat
A perfect stocking filler for dads who love spicy food, this hot sauce challenge gift set contains ten bottles of hot sauce, each with its own Scoville unit ranging from mild to extreme.
With an overall Scoville range of 493 to 11,300 units, this gift box contains 10 unique hot sauce flavours: garlic herb, bacon jalapeno, cayenne, smoky bourbon, apple whiskey, mango habanero, garlic de fuego, fiery cayenne, extreme habanero, and ghost pepper.
Best gift for gin lovers: Sandy Leaf Farm Gin Making Kit
Become a master distiller at home
This gin making kit from Sandy Leaf Farm is ideal for gin-loving dads who enjoy sampling unusually flavoured gins.
This kit contains ten 700ml glass bottles for creating ten infusion blends, including classic spiced, citrus explosion, dark chocolate, chocolate orange, spiced pink gin, pink gin, a Christmas blend, sunshine, gingerbread, and ‘The Zinger’. Also included in the box are tasting piettes, bottle tags, cotton twine, a metal sieve, a funnel, measuring scoops and an instruction booklet.
Best for watching sports: WiMiUS WiFi Bluetooth 9800 Lumens 4K Projector
Create your own home cinema
If your dad is a film fan or enjoys watching sport, this projector is ideal for setting up a home cinema or hosting friends and family to watch big sporting events.
This 1080p projector provides 9800 lumens brightness and wirelessly connects to iOS devices, android smartphones, and Windows 10 computers via Bluetooth. It also has a 16000:1 contrast ratio and has a zoom function for adjusting the image without needing to physically move the projector.
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