Buying gifts for men, whether that be your boyfriend, brother, father, uncle or neighbour, is such a difficult task. The only ‘go-to’ thing that ever comes to mind are gadgets and socks; and no matter how much I personally love a fresh pair of socks wrapped up, it’s not a gift that screams ‘thoughtful’ solely on their own.
That aside though, after many, many years (obviously) of buying gifts for my own dad, I think I have nailed down a few fun gift ideas that perhaps may help some of you out this Father’s Day. Some of them are items I’ve bought him in the past, others are ideas for the future, but they’re all items that can be easily bought last minute. So without further ado, here’s my Father’s Day gift guide of 2019…
*Items marked with an asterisk were kindly gifted to me with no obligation to post. All other items were bought with my own money. All views are my own.
Personalised Camera Strap
My dad is very into his photography, but this also means that he already has all the little bits and bobs for it like, cases, cleaning cloths, SD cards, lenses, filters… BUT, he
doesn’t didn’t have a personalised camera strap in real leather. I bought him this strap on Etsy last year, and it’s worn really well. If you want one that’ll arrive in time for Sunday though, then Amazon also sell some quirky designs.
*men-ü Hair Styling Products
There’s nothing like a bit of pampering to lift your spirits, but many men aren’t always on top of buying and testing new products – that’s why gifting them them is always a winner. Whether your dad has thin or fine hair, straight or curly locks, men-ü have a selection of great quality products to choose from. They very kindly sent me some products to try out (with no obligation to post), so I assigned the task to my boyfriend as he is currently on the hunt to find his new look. Enter Andrew’s review here: “Really clean, easy to apply and smells great. It was also really easy to wash out and remould throughout the day”.
National Trust Membership
This is the gift I went for this year, but I must give the credit to my mum as it was her idea. My parents retired late last year, and with both me and my sister recently moved out they have that extra bit of time to fill (not that we’re replaceable, of course).
They have been members of the National Trust before, so this gift for my parents was very worth it. I went for a one-year joint account for £120; giving them unlimited entry to over 500 places across the UK, with free parking at most of the site’s carparks. The membership also includes a handbook, as well as a magazine which gets posted out to them three times in the year.
*The Best Socks I’ve Ever Seen
No matter what I buy my dad, I can’t pass a year without also buying him socks; so when Printster emailed me about these personalised Father’s Day pair, I got so excited! The PR lady I spoke to actually bought her dad a pair with her own face on, which I thought was hilarious. However, knowing what my dad is like, there’s no way I’m risking the chance of him going out in public with my printed face splatted across his ankles.
Instead, I emailed the team over a couple of pictures of my dad as I couldn’t decide which to use, and left it down to their designers to pick the one they thought would work best – and I’m very happy with how the colour palette came out. I also want to quickly add that the quality of the print is so impressive (obviously you need to send a high-res image), as well as the material of the actual socks. Not to mention everything is printed on demand and can be delivered the next day when ordered before 2pm using express delivery – perfect for last minute gifts!
Flower/Garden Show Tickets
I always think that you can’t go wrong with buying tickets as a gift. I feel that we (my parents, friends and myself) always discuss going to events, but then life happens and we rarely get the chance to actually book anything. So I’m thinking that tickets to a flower or garden show such as Hampton Court Palace, or Grand Designs would be a cute Father’s Day gift.
Book of Mormon Tickets
Staying on the topic of tickets, the Book of Mormon is such a hilarious show, and quite a few of my friends at work have bought their own dads tickets in the past, as have I. I wrote a very brief review here.
With summer on the horizon (because it clearly hasn’t arrived yet), it’ll soon be the perfect weather for spending more time in our gardens. So a subscription to your dad’s favourite magazine could be a fun and thoughtful gift. You can buy these pretty much anywhere online, but we personally always buy them on the Tesco website using club card points!