The best Father’s Day gifts
Father’s Day is just around the corner so we’ve scoured the shelves and trawled the internet to find the best gifts for deserving dads. Whether he’s a tech-mad gadget lover, fussy foodie or softie for a handmade present, he deserves a treat on Sunday 16th June. So if you’ve got cash to splash, or simply need inspiration to help little ones craft something extra-special, check out these Father’s Day gifts to suit every taste and budget.
1. Gifts for tech-mad dads
Keep gadget geeks happy with these clever gizmos…
Jinhoo Wireless Mini Projector
This neat mini projector connects with smartphones, laptops, TV sticks, games consoles and more to give a big-screen experience in the comfort of your own home. Ideal for family movie nights and group gaming sessions.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Ever wished you could turn the volume down on the kids, just for a few moments? Sony’s noise-cancelling headphones are the next best thing to a volume switch! These wireless headphones block out environmental noise, and are ideal for when household noise levels get just a little too high (you can take it in turns…) They also offer fantastic sound quality, and connect with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
If Alexa isn’t in your family’s life yet, now’s a great time to treat yourself (sorry – Dad!) with huge discounts currently available on Amazon’s mini smart speakers. The personal assistant that every busy parent needs, Alexa doesn’t just play music – she also answers questions, reads the news, checks the weather, sets alarms, control smart home devices and much more.
2. Gifts for foodie dads
Whether he’s a culinary genius or coffee aficionado, these gifts are ideal for dads who enjoy their food (and drink!)
Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker
£119 (Bluetooth)/£139 (Bluetooth + Wi-fi) www.anovaculinary.com
Sous vide is rapidly becoming the go-to technique for home cooks who fancy themselves as super-chefs. Derived from the French for ‘under vacuum’, it involves sealing food in a bag then slow cooking in a water bath to create super-succulent meals. Anova’s state-of-the-art precision cooker isn’t the cheapest option out there but it’s consistently rated as one of the best. The Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled cooker works with any pot; just attach it to a pot with the adjustable clamp, use the app to find your cook settings and hit 'start’.
These stylish glasses feature a rounded topple-proof bottom (ideal for after-dinner drinks when there may have been a tiny bit of over-indulgence) and are decorated with a map of the world. Perfect for globe trotters and dads who love a tipple.
Nespresso Citiz Coffee Machine
From £99.99 www.amazon.co.uk
A kitchen essential for sleep-deprived parents, the Nespresso Citix range features a Thermoblock heating unit for instant boiling water, and delivers a quick and easy coffee fix when you need it most. We love that Nespresso makes it easy to recycle used pods now too.
3. Gifts for big-kid dads
Indulge his inner child with these perfect gifts for big kids…
Lego Technic 42083 Bugatti Chiron Supercar
The average Dad is unlikely to ever drive the real thing (unless he has a spare £2 million or some seriously flashy friends) but this grown-up Lego set is the next best thing for petrolheads who dream of owning the ultimate supercar.
Thumbs Up Plug and Play Retro TV Games
This nifty portable games unit is designed to look like a retro controller. It comes loaded with 200 retro games and plugs into the TV for instant arcade fun. The kids will be baffled by how games use to look (‘what even is 2D?’) before wrestling the controller off Dad to get stuck into some seriously addictive gaming.
Ideal for big and little kids, this fun jail will protect family time and keep mobile phones under lock and key. Just make sure the grown-ups agree to use it too…
4. Experience gifts for adventure-loving dads
Make this year’s Father’s Day gift truly memorable with an experience he won’t forget…
Treat adrenaline junkies to the thrill of their choice with this flexible gift voucher. Red Letter Day’s Ultimate Adrenaline ticket can be used for 420 different adventurous activities including skydiving, helicopter rides, supercar driving and hot air ballooning.
Who wouldn’t love to hop into the cab of a JCB digger for a spot of racing? Available at three locations around the UK, this unique two-hour experience is available at Diggerland parks in Kent, Devon and Yorkshire. Pack up a picnic and make a day of it with the family, with 20 different rides and drives also on offer at the parks, and an array of activities for all ages.
From around £8.25 an hour (plus booking fee) www.sitters.co.uk
Even superhero dads deserve a little downtime so treat him to a night out courtesy of the UK’s biggest online babysitting service. Whether it’s a meal out with mum or an evening sampling the latest craft beers in his local, give him a grown-up night out to say thanks for being the best.
5. Handmade gifts – for every dad
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a handmade gift (and they’re super-cheap too, which is always nice!) Find inspiration and ideas with these easy craft projects…
Grab some child-friendly paint and create a keepsake that Dad will cherish forever. From colourful animals to superheroes and stars, little handprints and footprints can become a work of art with just a bit of imagination!
Find inspiration online at www.treasureeverymoment.co.uk/2016/11/pinterest-36-handprint-art-ideas.html
Image credit: www.treasureeverymoment.co.uk/
Foam photo frame
Use colourful craft foam and PVA glue to create a personalised frame that’s ideal for holding an extra-special photo.
Find instructions and inspiration at www.activityvillage.co.uk/craft-foam-photo-frame
Image credit: www.activityvillage.co.uk/
Give Dad somewhere special (and tidy!) to keep his spare change with a handcrafted dish made with easy air-drying clay.
Find full instructions for this and other Father’s Day craft projects at blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/3-fathers-day-projects-for-kids/