If your dad is like mine, whenever you ask him what gift he might like, he’ll claim that he has everything he needs already and only wants gifts that he can eat. So I do quite a lot of baking. But always one for a challenge, I am convinced that the perfect gift for him is out there; it’s not edible, it’s impressive and it’ll make him rather chuffed. So along the way this year I’ve discovered a number of brilliant new Father’s Day gifts that it seemed wasteful not to share (and my dad hates waste):
FOR THE DAD WHO’S A BIT SENTIMENTAL
A cube photo frame is a perfect token gift that you can fill with photographs of family and friends. It works great with black and white photos – and it’s easy to create a story if you choose photos from one event. If you’re pushing the boat out, this personalised heroes sign is brilliant – choose three of his heroes and get an original piece of art made for him.
FOR THE DAD WHO HATES FUSS
A clock is a lovely gift to give, and one that you know will come in useful. This rev counter clock is perfect for sitting on a desk and looking cool.
FOR THE DAD WHO APPRECIATES FINE FOOD
A deliciously stylish set of olive oils that look brilliant and won’t break the bank. We’ve sampled them in the office and they are delicious indeed.
FOR THE DAD WHO LOVES GADGETS
Not a traditional gadget, but definitely something to get out to entertain guests! This hot stone grill is a brilliant alternative to BBQs.
FOR THE DAD WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR
This ‘No dancing dads’ print is just brilliant.
FOR THE DAD WHO LIKES A PRACTICAL GIFT
A good set of knives is an essential for any kitchen, and this set from Japan is an affordable gift that will impress. Only get these for him if he’s the kind of dad to take good care of them as they do need a bit of maintenance. But for some dads that is part of the fun.
FOR THE DAD WHO PUTS FOOTBALL ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE
FOR THE DAD WHO LOVES CHEESE
This sturdy, unique slate cheeseboard will stand the test of time and make eating cheese even more enjoyable (if that’s possible).
FOR THE DAD WHO’S HIPPER THAN YOU
If he’s hip, and he loves tea, these great british teapots are fantastic – choose from iconic british brands marmite, tate and lyle or colman’s mustard. Or if he’s not a tea fan, a poster is a great gift, and these retro film illustrations are rather stunning – there’s 12 films to choose from. Finally, vintage bus blinds make a brilliant style statement, and a sentimental one too if you can find a destination to suit.
So many ideas, and only one Father’s Day.