Gift ideas for Father’s day

Gift ideas for Father’s day

This Sunday is Father’s day, which makes this week the prime time to start panic buying some last minute presents. I know I struggled to think of ideas of gifts for my partner, and with our little one turning 12 weeks tomorrow she didn’t exactly participate in the brainstorming process.

After many hours of deliberation, these are the ten gifts I’d recommend getting for your dad/grandad/partner/whoever you’re purchasing for. I can’t guarantee that they’ll love them, but I can guarantee that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and you’ll have at least something to wrap up before Sunday.

(Disclaimer: some of the recommended products will contain my Amazon affiliate link. I will receive a few pennies from your purchase, but the price you pay will not increase.)

10) Tickets

Pile of tickets

Buying tickets can get quite expensive, which is why I’ve placed them so low on the list. This is the perfect gift if you and your dad have common interests: you can buy two tickets and have a great day out together, meaning the Father’s day fun lasts even longer.

9) Cuddly toys

Cuddly bear
Bailey the bear, my 22nd birthday present from my partner

Fathers might act as though they’re manly and tough, but I’m sure most of them would love to receive a cuddly toy from a loved one. My partner is a huge fan of stuffies, which is convenient as this is my go-to gift for every occasion.

8) Keyring


Everyone has at least one key, so giving the gift of a keyring is practical (as well as pretty cheap).

7) A blind date with a book

Blind Date with a Book

I’ll be surprised if you haven’t heard of the concept of Blind Date with a Book. A book gets wrapped in paper, with a list of hints towards what’s included written on the outside of the package. They have a special Father’s day section on their site, so if your dad is as much of a bookworm as you are, this is the ideal gift. You could even treat yourself to a secret book at the same time.

6) Mugs

You can’t go wrong with a novelty mug. Over the years I’ve bought my grandad more mugs than I can count, and although they take up quite a bit of space they all get regularly used.

5) Slippers

Pile of slippers

This depends on the type of dad that you have, but most of the males in my family can’t resist a good old pair of slippers. There’s a lot of variety here: you could get him a nice fluffy moccasin, or a slip on mule (perfect if you don’t know his specific size!)

4) Grooming kit

Man trimming

My partner doesn’t have a huge beard, but my grandad does. I’m sure at least one of the men in your family will be hairy enough for a beard and hair trimming kit, and your mum or gran is sure to thank you for making them look a little less unkempt.

3) Socks

Pile of socks

Old but gold. You can’t really go wrong with socks, particularly novelty ones which will make your dad laugh! Is he absolutely bananas? Or a huge Marvel fan? There’s a sock out there for every type of father. Whereas some dads don’t wear slippers, I don’t know many dads who don’t wear socks!

2) Personalised gift from Thorntons

Thorntons gifts
The personalised gifts I’m giving my family this Father’s day

This might be a cheeky one to include because I recently started working at Thorntons, but I have been buying their products at every holiday for as long as I can remember. Of course, Thorntons are one of the first places you think of when it comes to Easter – their Easter eggs are absolutely divine – but did you know that they also have some cool Father’s day trophies which you can get personalised, letting your dad know how highly you rate him? Even better, they’re featured in the 2 for £10 offer: find out what his favourite type of chocolate is and you’ll be able to get two gifts easily!

1) Customised star map

Customised star map

You can buy custom star maps from a few different sites, but it’s hard to choose between Posterhaste and The Night Sky when it comes to which offers the most beautiful design. Although I haven’t purchased one myself yet, I know a few friends who’ve bought or received them as gifts and have been absolutely delighted. When I eventually buy one I’ll be getting it for my partner, so I’ll probably order a star map from the night our daughter was born. If you’re thinking of getting one for your dad, why not pick the day that you were born?


I hope you enjoyed this Father’s day gift guide. Leave your gift suggestions down below to help give your fellow readers even more ideas!