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Give it up for the Dads. Whether it’s for Father’s Day rapidly approaching over the horizon or for a birthday, anniversary or just a plain old ‘thanks for being there’ token of appreciation, there are tonnes of great gift options for your father (or father in law), no matter what stage of life he’s at. Here are our favourites…
By Kevin Larue • Published Nov 24 2021
Dads love socks. It's a rule written down...somewhere. Even if he briefly seems disappointed when he opens a package, he'll eventually come round. These If You Can Read This designs are genuinely funny and come with a bunch of cosy kickers.
It's far from a mere dad-specific affliction but key and phone amnesia is a very real problem in 2020. Tile Mate is the very versatile finder for most everyday items. The Tile app is improved again and the battery life is now extended to at least one year from activation.
Maybe there's an empty nest that could be turned into the perfect sanctuary. Or maybe dad's got his eye on a bigger project. Cabin Porn began as an online project created by a group of friends to inspire their own homebuilding. This new offering of rustic inspo is sure to get dad's simple life juices flowing.
This definitely falls into the splurge category but hey, maybe the old man deserves to be spoiled once in a blue moon. La-Z-Boy have dominated the recliner game in recent years and justifiably so. This plushtastic Pinnacle Power model has all of the trademark comforts and a built-in USB charger.
If your dad is like ours, kicking back to watch the game is pretty high up his list of favourite pastimes. DAZN, the streaming company that wants to become 'the Netflix of sports' is rapidly building up its package of offerings from NFL to baseball, soccer and combat sports. Time to hook him up.
If anyone deserves a decent nap from time to time, it's mom. And dad probably merits a good sleep too. These Cosy House pillows were recently voted among the best on the market. They're super easily adjusted and have removable fill under a breathable hypoallergenic cover. Sweet dreams.
Tired of those same old, lifelong one-liners from papa dearest? Well maybe it's time to feed him with some fresh content. With just the right amount of cheese and enough cringe for all the family, get those eyeballs ready.
There are many ways to help the old man keep feeling young and anything that encourages activity is generally a good idea. Fitbit's design and platform has been perfected for a few years now and the Charge 4 is its best model yet. Built-in GPS allows dad to leave the phone at home when out jogging and hit key goals with new exercise metrics.
If you're having difficulty finding the perfect gift, sometimes functional can trump fun. A Prime membership can be used for so many home and life essentials that it's likely to be really useful. Bonus: it includes even more streaming options.
Got a father who is keen to add a new string to his bow? Well he may as well be learning from the best. Filmmaking with Martin Scorsese, chess with Garry Kasparov or hey, maybe having Steph Curry work on that rusty jump shot — there are some great options. Why not take the class together?
The world's largest men's magazine has a bit of something for everyone — fashion, nutrition, fitness and features. And an annual subscription can keep dad informed and entertained year-round.
It may all in our imagination but classic hits juts sound better coming out of a classic radio. This 40th anniversary edition Sangean, with its walnut veneer finish, is a beauty and will take your father back to when his favourites were new and popping. Turn that dial up.
A lot of dads would love to have free time to work on that golf stroke. But it's not always that easy. So for the busier fathers, this indoor putting green means they can fit in a quick practice without leaving the house. Adjustable hole and automatic ball return let him focus on sinking them.
One of the reasons we love dad is because he knows a little bit about fixing a lot of things. In one way, he's like a walking Leatherman. The industry leaders in utility tools has a sleek new pocketknife design with nine tools in one, all of which open with the push of a thumb. So handy.
Another that probably falls into the functional rather than fun bracket but pops is going to thank you for it. Over and over. This two-pack comes with a stand and a pad and is compatible with almost all recent smartphones and AirPods.
The old man wants to listen to Motown while cooking? Well, help the old man get that Motown fix then. Spotify premium is the gateway to hours, no years, of great music and as they build out their podcast offerings, a force to be reckoned with there too. Get papa tuned in.
We also know fathers who are hyper-aware of security. We also know fathers who are so proud of their lawn they'd actually watch it grow — 24/7. The Ring Spotlight is a HD security cam that lets you speak with visitors through your phone, tablet or PC. Just watch out for dad talking to the lawn.
The king of the grill doesn't want to abdicate his throne any time soon. And this is a pretty cool way of marking his reign. The wooden chopping board is great for all BBQ'd meats and there's even an eye-catching slate option too.
Is there such a thing as a dad show anymore? The days of MacGyver and Knight Rider may have fallen by the wayside but in their place, Netflix is a treasure trove of great TV and film. If dad has more time on his hands, this is one great way to help him spend it.
Tailor made for the man who can't get his day going without a morning fix of Joe. With an in-built grinder, digital temperature control and impressive steam pressure this Breville machine delivers with a kick. Just make sure he pours it into one of those Best Dad Ever mugs.
This work apron is the definition of utility. But it's cool too. Dad could just as easily don it in the kitchen as in the workshop. It might just be cool enough for him to get a second job in a hipster cocktail bar. It's functional too though with double-stitched heavy duty pockets and waterproof coating.
Fathers love filling you in on the latest news from home. So giving them the gift of pretty much unlimited news seems likely to go well. To keep dad's brain ticking over extra aggressively maybe add the NYT crossword package to the subscription.
Fresh suds delivered to the door on a weekly or monthly basis might just be the thing of dad dreams. No matter where you're based, there are a host of beer clubs that you could subscribe your father to. In Canada, Hops Collective are one of the best, providing in-depth info on every brew they include.
Give the self-proclaimed king of the grill the opportunity to flex those BBQing muscles even further with all he needs to create his own kick. These neat DIY hot sauce kits include two spicy starter packs from the Chili Lab and are sure to lead to some mouth-watering (and eye-watering) wings
A little extra help managing his day is sure to be appreciate by dad. The Echo Spot brings Alex right into your parents' routine and keeps your father up to date on weather, news, traffic while playing whatever music takes his fancy, all while being ready to connect to phone and video calls too.
Let's face it, a lot of these great ideas centre around relaxing or doing the things that will lead to the relaxing. So we may as well get to the heart of the matter — fathers love naps. And there may be no better place to nap than in the outdoors. These super simple hammocks are made with parachute nylon and are very lightweight. Take a load off, dad.
The first reaction is likely to be an incredulous laugh or a snort of derision. But give it a day or two and daddy dearest will have succumbed to the cosytatstic charms of these oversized hoodies made with a sherpa fleece lining.
If the name doesn't impress him (Viking Revolution!!?) then the sweet, oaky scent of the sandalwood will get dad onside. This kit has a bit of everything — wooden Boars Hair beard brush, double-ided comb, Sandalwood beard oil, Sandalwood styling balm, and beard scissors in a cool metal tin. No excuses for anything but immaculate grooming now dad.
It's okay to admit you may not know your father as well as you once did. Interests can change with the wind so rather than risking it on a book that may end up gathering dust let him choose his own with a Kindle voucher. Always a great option.
'So much of me is made from what I learned from you' reads the inscription on the front of these Father's Day and birthday designs. But they can also be personalised for other occasions and make for a great sentimental gift. Next time he's taking a quick blast of whisky at a football game, he'll think of you!
How comfortable do these look? The faux fur lining and foam footbed ensure warmth as well as that added cushiness. Just don't let him go full Tony Soprano and pair them with a half-open bathrobe for the walk to get the morning newspaper.
It doesn't get much more dad than this — the most popular screwdriver and drill on the market. The cordless model comes with a 30-accessory kit to cover every imaginable base. Put this one i the bracelet of gifts that you're likely to get a lot of use of yourself.