Father’s Day UK gift guide 2022: great presents for Dad, from sporting gifts, gadgets, drinks, to drive days
Don’t buy a dodgy tie or ‘best Dad’ mug - here are the best presents to buy for every kind of Dad this Father’s Day
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Father’s Day may seem sentimental and a touch cheesy, but it is the perfect occasion to show the father figure in your life how much you care for him with a thoughtfully selected present. The only issue? Coming up with a great idea for a gift.
Of course, there’s a huge difference between what one man’s idea of the perfect father’s day gift is and another - they may be a sports lover, a foodie, an avid reader, an adventurer, a gardener - or a mixture of all of the above - making the selection of a perfect present deeply personal.
Fret not. We’ve scoured the internet to find the ideal gift for every kind of man, from a James Bond Lego set, to a nifty drone for gadget lovers, a thrilling read to a lush skincare set.
How we chose
Opting for quality over novelty, we made sure our selection came from reputable brands that genuinely care about their products, so there’s no chance of the gift ending up in the skip when you’re back is turned, or gathering dust in the attic.
We wanted to ensure the gifts would bring a smile to the face of the recipient - even if he’s notably particular about his interests.
Prices vary, from reasonably priced but delectable chocolates, to a more spendy - but sure to please - pizza oven. Each option offers value for money, though.
The best Father’s Day gifts for 2022 are:
- Best for the father who loves to travel: Jack Daniel’s – The Gentleman Jack Gift Pack
- Best for photographers: Nixplay 10-1 Smart Photo Frame
- Best whisky for a lovely drop: Ardbeg 10 Year Old
- Best for wine lovers: Whispering Angel Rose
- Best for a fisher man: Cuda Knife and Sharpener Set
- Best for a LEGO lover: LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Model Car
- Best for a golfer: Oakden Personalised golf glove
- Best for a car lover:Drive Experience by Track Days
- Best shirt: Linen Hawaiian Shirt by M&S
- Best for a great read: How To Kill Your Family
- Best for BBQ lovers: Outwell Asado Gas Grill
- Best pyjamas: Arket Men’s Cotton PJ shirt
- Best pizza oven: Ooni Fyra 12
- Best for a keen gardener: Nordal Black Indian Metal Planter With Legs
- Best skincare set: Bee Lovely Family Favourite
- Best craft beer subscription: BeerBods by BeerHawk
- Best chef’s knife: Global Ukon Chef’s knife
- Best gadget: DJI Mini 2
- Best socks: Sock Shop Star Wars 5 set
- Best luxury chocolates: Harry Specter’s Luxe Selection
Is your Dad something of a fancy Dan, a man who loves to travel in style as much as he loves settling down with a decent drop? This reasonably priced gift from Jack Daniels is great for the travelling man who wants a gorgeous drink to come home to.
The Gift Pack features a travel-sized wash bag with a 70cl bottle of the beloved Tennesse brand’s renowned double-mellowed whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack. For those who haven’t tried it - its oh-so-smooth.
As to that toiletry bag? It bag comes with adjustable metal side buttons that can be unclipped to give more space for an overnight trip or longer holiday.
Better yet, there’s next day delivery, so you can order now and have it in time for Sunday.
If your dad is a dab hand with a digital camera, this is the ideal gift for him.
It allows him to upload images straight from his phone to a digital picture frame. Using an app that is intuitive to use, he can exhibit his latest portraits, including those he’s uploaded to Google Photos, Instagram, Facebook or Dropbox.
After a lovely dram for your whisky loving da? Ardbeg 10 Year Old will please any whisky fan with a taste for a smoky drop.
It’s a fabulous Islay whisky, a warming drink with a smoky, buttery taste and a hint of salinity.
It has a surprisingly fruity nose, too. In short - it’s a smooth, not too fiery whisky.
Real men drink rosé, and if your father is an oenophile then the crisp drink, with its ballet-slipper hue, is ideal for summer celebrations.
Whispering Angel is the rosé on everyone’s lips, and makes an excellent gift - at £19, it’s pricey enough to stand out as ‘special’ without being ruinously expensive.
As to the drink - it’s a gorgeous summer tipple, slipping down easily, with a silky texture, lightly fruity aroma, and bracingly dry finish. Fresh and creamy.
If you know a gent who loves heading out fishing, this knife and sharpener set is ideal, with four purpose-specific knives contained in an easy-to-carry case.
The knives do everything you need to catch and fillet fish, and are ruthlessly sharp - though if they dull, there’s a sharpener in the case that will restore them to their former glory.
Contents: Titanium Bonded German 4116 Stainless Steel Knives
Includes: 2.5″ Bait Knife (18834), 6″ Fillet Knife (18831), 6″ Curved Boning Knife (18833), 9″ Chunk Knife (18830), Sharpener & Case
If he loves LEGO and James Bond (and who doesn’t?) than this is a match made in heaven - and the closest most of us will get to being able to afford Bond’s fabulous 1964 Aston Martin sports car.
It includes a working ejector seat, revolving number plates, rear-window bulletproof screen, front wing machine guns & wheel-mounted tyre scythes
If your father loves playing 18 rounds, he’ll be chuffed with a personalised golf glove.
Made from a synthetic leather with a reinforced palm patch for extra durability, they can be embossed with his initials. Left and right-handed gloves avaliable, depending on his swing.
Dad a petrolhead? This will be a total joy.
Drive experience by Track Days allows a licensed drive to step behind the wheel of some of the world’s fastest (and seriously gorgeous) cars on a high speed race track.
There are a range of cars avaliable - from Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches and Aston Martins - for him to ride, at race tracks up and down the UK, so you’ll be able to find one near to you. Prices vary but start at £35. Vroom vroom!
With Top Gun: Maverick wowing audiences in the cinema, we’ve all remembered the immortal cool of a good Hawaiian shirt, just in time for the UK summer.
This Linen option from M&S is effortlessly cool, and super comfortable to wear - particularly in summer heat.
A tongue-in-cheek gift to give on Father’s Day, this Sunday Times Bestseller by Bella Mackie is a cracking read - a dark comedy with a roaring, propulsive plot.
(No, it is not an instruction manual)
Does your Dad love the smoky, chargrilled flavour of a BBQ? A portable BBQ is ideal for allowing him to show off his culinary skills, be it in the backyard, down the beach or out camping.
Outwell have offered a traditional BBQ experience with the Asado Gas Grill but put it into a diminutive package that means it’s a perfect option for transporting.
The removable grill shelf means it’s very easy to clean after use, and the folding legs and sturdy handles offer both portability and peace of mind when you’re cooking your food. It’s also thoroughly efficient.
Stylish, classic comfortable.
These are the ideal PJs, made by ever-so-cool Swedish brand Arket, from cool, breathable cotton, with a subtle pinstripe design.
The bottoms are avaliable to buy here.
Help your gent seriously up his pizza game with a brilliant pizza oven.
The keenly-priced Fyra 12 runs on wood pellets like those used in pellet barbecues, weighs just 10kgs and comes with a 12-inch baking stone.
A fabulous ‘starter’ pizza oven - ideal for feeding a small family or a pizza party. Cooks 12” pizzas in 90 seconds and is an absolute doddle to use.
If your father has a green thumb, this handsome indoor planter will allow him to practice his gardening skills and exhibit his handiwork indoors.
Made by Nordic brand Nordal, it is understated in its elegance and easy to move.
Size: Height: 60.0cm, Diameter 31.50cm
If your father is a bit stressed out, or an active man whose muscles need some TLC, this Foot Massager will be a delight to his weary feet.
Made from durable wood, it’s ideal for offering immediate, soothing relief, particularly to plantar fasciitis sufferers. Run your feet across it and it works a neat treat to relieve pain, stiffness and tension.
This is gorgeous, and ideal if you have a father who like a decent scent (but don’t have a huge budget to spend)
The dominant scent of this hand wash/ shower wash duo is divine orange blossom, a heady summer scent that isn’t feminine, like a floral, but not too heavy for the warmer weather.
The formulation is made with fair trade organic honey and sun-ripened Italian and Mexican oranges, which help soften skin. Just lush. Oh, and 3% of sales from Bee Lovely go to support the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
BeerBods are now the wise old sages of the beer subscription service world, with their unique form of sociable drinking more valuable than ever during lockdown. The model is simple: sign up and BeerBods will deliver 8 beers every 8 weeks for £24 to your pa.
The beer is of a high standard and, besides the occasional classic, the ‘bods are continually unearthing new gems.
The award-winning knives brand Global has been wooing chefs and cooks for years with their stylish knives by Yoshikin in Japan.
They liken their craftsmanship to Samurai sword-making, and these knives are sharp indeed.
The finely honed blade made with their own stainless steel Cromova 18 is ground on both sides and at an acute angle that slips seamlessly through meat, fish, vegetables and even the ripest tomatoes.
The knife is light and carefully weighted, making it effortless to use.
If the knife seems expensive, it is one of the sharpest and finely designed commercial chef knives out there should last a lifetime.
Has your dad always had his eye on a photo drone? The DJI Mini 2 is the perfect option - a great entry-level drone at a reasonable price. With a powerful lens for capturing aerial photos and video in stabilised 4K, it can be controlled by a phone.
The DJI app works well, everything functions excellently without glitches, and we were up and running in less than 10 minutes.
The built-in gimbal works really well and we were also impressed with the flying time – nearly 30 minutes of continuous use.
Socks? For Father’s Day? How novel, you may cry.
But these Star War Socks are a cut above for any fan of the space opera.
A five-pack of SOCKSHOP Disney Star Wars Heroes Yoda, Chewbacca, C-3P0, R2-D2 and Han Solo Socks made from a cotton rich blend of fibres - he can mix and match his favourite characters.
Oo lordy, these are delicious. Chocolates expertly hand-crafted in Cornwall, Harry Specter’s don’t fall into a trap luxury chocolatiers are susceptible to: making their chocs so sophisticated they’re dark and unpleasant to eat.
No, Harry Specter’s Luxe box manages to be sophisticated and delectable. Their flavours are creative but not weird for weirdness’ sake, such as Apple Cinnamon, Carrot cake, Citrus Punch, Fresh Mint with lime, and, of course, plenty of chocolate-lovers classic faves: Milk Sea Salt Caramel, Peanutbutter Crunch, Pistachio.