Last year it was socks, the year before it was DVDs and the year before that it was er, socks. Ok, maybe it’s time to get your Dad something more thoughtful this Father’s Day.
But what do you get the man who’s got everything they need already? Well that depends on what type of Dad he is. Let’s break it down…
On a Sunday afternoon, what is your Dad most likely to be doing?
a) Surfing the net
b) Cooking a roast
d) Putting up a shelf~
e) Watching the football
f) None of the above
Your Dad is into every gizmo going from Sat Navs to the enigmatic iPhone 5. He knows every online techie forum and product spec released in the last year down to the last gigabyte. He’s a bit of a nerd, but quite a cool one.
Chances are your budget won’t stretch to his dream gadget so concentrate on getting the best with what you can afford. The Sony Kobo Vox eReader Android 8Gb is a great start, it’s optimised for outdoor reading and will keep him in the loop with social networking and tonnes of geeky apps.
A Sony DAV-TZ140 DVD Home Theatre System is also a good idea, it’s powerful but compact so the living room won’t look like an electricals store. If he doesn’t already have one, the Apple 8Gb iPod Nano is a safe bet or a Panasonic FS35 16 Megapixel Digital Camera which is a top of the range point and shoot in the £100 price range.
Foodie Dads worship Heston Blumenthal and spend more time wearing oven gloves in the kitchen than they do in front of the telly. They say the best cooks are men and in your household, it’s actually true – even though you hate to admit it.
Because these Dads are perfectionists, they’ll love the precision cooking of this Gas BBQ 2 Burner Grill with Side Burner. Coupled with a BBQ Tool Kit with Wooden Handles, he can rotate his marinated chicken drumsticks to his heart’s content.
Gadgets for the kitchen like a Kenwood Pro Slicer & Grater Attachment would be a nice treat or if he’s a coffee fiend, this Krups KP210040 Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody 2 will really look the business sat on the worktop.
Lucky you! Whether he’s rugged like handsome Dad, Hugh Jackman, or more polished like David Beckham, trendy Dads just seem to get better with age. We salute them!
They may be pricey but there’s no substituting the style of these Converse sunnies or some classic Converse Unisex Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Plimsolls. These Superdry Foundry Mens Jeans are a good compromise between the youth of skinny’s and comfort of old man baggy jeans. If your budget is under £30 then go for a Goodsouls Mens Multi Coloured Stripe Polo.
He might be dangerous or damned good with a power tool, but DIY Dads love a home improvements challenge. Getting them to finish can be another story though.
The trouble with buying for DIY Dads is knowing that they need – have a rummage in the shed and check out whether he has any of these toolbox essentials: Bosch PSR 18 18-volt Cordless Drill/Driver, Precision Comprehensive 72-piece Screwdriver and Pliers Set, Youngman Odd Job, Bosch Combitrim Electric Grass Trimmer.
Watching or participating, your Dad can’t get enough of sport, sport, sport. Doesn’t even matter what it is, so long as there’s some action that he can yell at the TV about, he’s happy.
Ok so a set of golf clubs may be out of the question for Father’s Day but this Nike 62 inch Windproof Golf Umbrella isn’t (and you can borrow it). Speed demon Dads will absolutely love a Virgin Experience Days Silverstone Thrill, perhaps this can be a joint birthday present as well.
Active Dads might like to keep fit with this great value CARLTON Maxi Blade Iso4.3 Badminton Racket, look the part in a adidas Team GB Cap or simply have a kick about in the garden with their beloved Umbro England Football.