Father’s Day 2021: ultimate gift guide
From beer boxes to gadgets, there’s something here to suit every dad
For a foodie dad
Champagne Lanson Wimbledon at home picnic
Serve up a foodie treat for a tennis-loving dad by ordering this ace picnic box from Champagne Lanson, the official champagne of The Championships at Wimbledon. This limited edition picnic box features a range of delights such as Ritchie’s of Rothesay hot smoked salmon with fresh sourdough crumpets, caviar butter and lamb’s lettuce; “Henman Hill” sweet onion and smoked cheese tart; and Isle of Wight heirloom tomatoes with smoked beetroot and Rosary goat cheese. Those with a sweet tooth will also be able to enjoy strawberries with Estate Dairy double cream with pink peppercorn shortbread fingers and Champagne Lanson chocolate truffles. The picnic box also comes with two champagne flutes and a bottle of Lanson Le Black Label Brut enclosed in a Wimbledon inspired bottle jacket cooler. Free UK delivery included, first deliveries from 28 June.
Dads are the BBQ kings - or at least they think they are. If your father fancies himself as a chef then this stainless steel grill from Sous Vide Tools should be on the gift menu. The innovative Kasai, meaning “fire” in Japanese, is ideal for grilling meats, vegetables and fish. Used by Michelin-starred chefs including Tommy Banks, Mark Birchall and Paul Ainsworth, the compact, portable design sits neatly in any garden setting. The smaller grill is priced at £399 and the larger one costs £499.
Bobbie’s Brownies, the London-based start-up, delivers gigantic, indulgent and freshly-made brownies to doorsteps across the UK. The sweet treats are made from sustainable and ethical ingredients and, for every brownie bought, Bobbie’s provides a meal for a child in education across the globe through its charity partner Mary’s Meals.
For a popcorn-loving or movie buff dad, check out snack company Proper’s “snack and save” subscription service. Picking from various flavours including salted caramel and sweet and salty (or a mixed pack if that’s more your style), you can arrange for your dad to receive a regular popcorn delivery, with prices starting from just £7. Lentil tortilla crisps are available too.
BBQ meal kit
Banquist, the Michelin-standard meal boxes curated by the world’s best chefs, has released a special limited-edition kit for Father’s Day. Designed by top chef Gary Foulkes, the barbeque-themed meal box features a ribeye of beef with chimichurri, truffled potato salad and miso caramel glazed sweetheart cabbage.
Support small businesses
Mighty Small, the food and drink brand which curates products by small British startups, has a monthly discovery bundle - the perfect present for a foodie father. Each month, an exciting box filled with new goodies is sent out, including snacks, drinks and cooking ingredients. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.
Grow your own greens
Help your dad start his own “regrow garden” from his kitchen. Grow new herbs and vegetables from scraps of cabbage, leftover spring onions, surplus avocado stones or sprouting garlic cloves with Brabantia’s Regrow Kit. The kit is the perfect size for any vegetable or herb and is dishwasher safe.
For a dad who’s into a gadget
Find my things
For a disorganised dad, the Chipolo ONE Ocean Edition could be life-changing. This tiny Bluetooth item finder can locate all the essentials (keys, wallet, luggage, phone etc) and is made from materials recycled from oceans. Chipolo is also pledging $1 of every sale towards the non-profit organisation Oceanic Global, which supports ocean clean-up efforts.
Massage on the move
If your dad’s prone to achy muscles, a portable handheld massager could be the perfect present. Power Plate’s new Mini+ massager, which creates a deep tissue massage treatment, is small enough to fit into a work bag and quiet enough to be used in the office or on the go.
If your dad fancies himself a bit of a coffee connoisseur, what could be better than the Barisieur coffee alarm clock? The clock has a sleek and sophisticated design (it’s made of stainless steel, glass and walnut) and works with filter and espresso coffee. Milk is kept fresh due to a milk vessel that cools overnight.
For a sporty dad
Marvel Volvik golf balls
Give your dad some superhero powers on the golf course with these Marvel Volvik balls. The pack contains four officially licensed Marvel Merchandise Volvik Vivid golf balls and a magnetic hat-clip superhero ball marker. The Volvik Vivid golf ball is the world’s first ever matte finish golf ball and provides better visibility to help a player locate their golf ball with ease. Choose from six different collectable superhero boxes: Black Panther, Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk, Spiderman and Thor.
As the weather gets too warm for a running jacket, it can be difficult to know what to do with your phone and keys when sprinting around. If your dad’s a keen jogger, he might like the Freetrain V1 vest - a streamlined way to take your small essentials out with you when exercising. The vest can fit a phone, keys and even an energy booster without bouncing around on your arm or riding up your back.
The ultimate home workout
If your dad’s continuing to exercise at home rather than the gym, the Bowflex SelectTech 840 adjustable Kettlebell could make a generous (and useful!) gift. Perfect for all fitness levels, this kit can take you from beginner to expert with six incremental weights ranging from 3.5-18kg. There are 24 trainer-led accompanying videos on the Bowflex YouTube channel.
An active dad might benefit from the Cannaray Fitness Kit which contains a trio of Cannaray’s bestselling CBD products including oral drops (to enhance recovery after exercise), muscle balm (perfect for targeting tired and aching muscles) and curcumin capsules (proven to reduce swelling due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties).
For a dad who enjoys a tipple or two
Vodka, pickles and more
Dima’s, the new triple grain Ukrainian vodka brand, sells a special tasting kit containing one 20cl bottle of Dima’s, a branded stemmed shot glass, a pack of premium pickles and a set of tasting cards. As a Father’s Day special offer, the tasting pack currently includes a free 45-minute private virtual vodka masterclass hosted by founder Dima Deinega.
Virtual whisky and cheese tastings
Whisky writer and spirits expert Felipe Schrieberg is hosting virtual whisky and cheese tastings four times a week. Participants receive a pack of three delicious cheeses (selected by Bristol cheesemonger Two Belly) to pair with various whiskies including Compass Box Spice Tree and Jura Seven Wood. £1 of every ticket sold goes to the Trussell Trust, the UK foodbank network.
A yard (yes, a yard) of gin
Have a juniper-loving dad for whom one bottle is simply not enough? Look no further than the Manchester-based Zymurgorium, who after months of “secret development” has just launched a new product: the Yard of Gin. At three feet tall, the Yard of Gin contains 12 gins and gin liqueurs, packed in a “luxury box with black and gold accents”. People say good things come in small packages - but this feels like an exception to the rule.
The online craft and speciality beer retailer Beer Hawk has launched its “Cheers Dad” Beer Selection Box just in time for Father’s Day. The box contains five unique beers and a savoury snack - the perfect gift for a lager-loving pa.
Bring the pub home
The Devon-based Salcombe Brewery Co. has launched a new gift box containing everything you need to recreate the pub experience from the comfort of your own home (minus queues for the loo, sticky floors and shouts of “last orders”). The Discovery Pub in a Box contains a variety of beers, Salcombe Brewery branded glasses, nuts, salami and - of course - beer mats.
The taste of spring, summer and autumn
William Lowe, an expert in creating luxury gin, has designed a fancy new juniper tipple called Three Seasons. With flavours including fragrant spring lemon verbena, freshly-bloomed summer rose and ripe autumnal blackcurrant leaf, the gin claims to capture “spring, summer and autumn in liquid form”. Why not let your dad be the judge of that?
‘Dad’s gone wild’ gift box
If you’re looking for more than just the average beer gift set, then this effort from Ember Snacks could fit the bill this Father’s Day. Created in collaboration with The Wild Beer Co, the “Dad’s gone wild” box includes all the elements needed for the big day. It features Ember Snacks’ new charcuterie range, including its sell-out Wild Venison slices, three Wild Beer Co cans and a “Dad’s Free Pass”.
For a dad who’s impossible to buy for
Retro gin fridge
That Boutique-y Gin Company’s retro gin fridge is a perfect gift for a G&T-loving dad. Inside the retro-inspired “fridge tin” (which is not actually a fridge, but just looks like one) are eight 50ml bottles of some of the most interesting and delicious gins, including Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin and Rhubarb Triangle Gin.
Whisky and chocolates
Old Pulteney whisky and Belgian chocolate company Guylian have created an exclusive coastal-inspired gift box for Father’s Day. Showcasing the definitive house style of the “Maritime Malt”, a bottle of Old Pulteney 12 Years Old pairs perfectly with Guylian’s iconic praline seashells, with a 250g box containing 22 delicious white, milk, or dark chocolates. The Old Pulteney and Guylian gift box is available for UK-wide delivery via Chocbox.
Not-Another-Bill, the shop which sources unique gifts from independent brands across the globe, sells a stunning set of beechwood and carbon knives made by Opinel, one of the world’s oldest knife manufacturers. The box contains ten knives ranging from pocket penknives to practical utility knives. An engraving option is available.
Coffee connoisseur kit
Nitro cold brew coffee company Paddy & Scott’s has created a coffee pack specifically for Father’s Day. The Fuelling Ambition Starter Kit contains a range of ethical and sustainable freshly-ground coffee, as well as a week’s supply of craft coffee brew bags.
Send your dad to Italy in just 60 seconds with a Gozney Roccbox, the portable garden pizza oven. Designed to make wood-fired cooking effortless, the Roccbox is extremely simple to use and its in-built thermometer means there’s no risk of burning. The oven can also be used for wood-roasting steak, fish or vegetables.
Say it with trees
For something a bit different this Father’s Day, why not dedicate a tree to your dad? Treedom is the world’s first web platform that enables you to plant a tree remotely and follow its progress online. You can choose from a range of trees, including mango, cacao and avocado, with Treedom working in partnership with local NGOs and smallholder farmers to ensure that every tree planted brings social benefits as well as environmental ones.
And from The Week...
Our Father’s Day offer
Finally, this Father’s Day, The Week has teamed up with The London Sock Company - because what dad doesn’t love socks? For a limited time, every gift subscription to The Week comes with a free pair of luxury socks worth £15 in a selection of sizes and colours (as well as the weekly magazine delivered to the recipient’s door). Gift subscriptions start from just £38.75 for 13 issues, saving you a brilliant 25% on the shop price.