There's no denying it, shopping for Father's Day gifts is tricky. No matter how many times you ask, he always insists he reeeally doesn't need anything, so every year you end up stress-buying him some kind of macho tool box or Bear Grylls-style survival kit that you know will never ever get used. But this year is going to be different.
Because this year we have done the legwork for you and trawled the internet (not just the Father's Day gift sections where the tool boxes and survival kits reside) to find the best Father's Day gifts out there...
1. A personalized Father's Day gift
You can't go wrong with a personalized Father's Day gift – and a mug is an easy option. They are a classic and you know they are going to get some use. We love this one from Not on the High Street. Yes, it's personalized, but before you just scroll straight on past, this isn't the 'My dad Jeff is the best' kind of personalized; this is subtly personalized (which we prefer). You can pick the wording but also choose a symbol too, based on your dad's hobbies.
2. A Father's Day gift of 60 second pizza
Gorgeously sleek and conveniently compact, this ingenious little wood-fired pizza from Uuni oven reaches 500°C just 10 minutes after lighting and can churn out pizzas in 60 seconds. Fast food at its best – and he'll have to cook it. Even better.
3. A cheap Father's Day gift: a beer making kit
Because he's worth it... Yes, but if you want a cheap Father's Day gift, you still want it to look like you care. And all dads like beer, right? RIGHT? Well okay, maybe not all dads, but if your dad does, then challenge him to make his own brew with this Brewdog beer making kit. It makes a gallon, which is basically two six-packs' worth of zesty, grapefruity American IPA. Just don't promise you will help with the taste testing.
4. Or just let him drink it, without the elbow grease
If there's no chance your dad is patient enough to make his own beer, treat him to a beer subscription. You can have a selection of craft beers delivered to his door for three months – the best kind of Father's Day gift that keeps on giving.
5. A Father's Day gift for a fit, eco-conscious dad
He sounds nice. Stylish annnnd environmental friendly, what's not to love about this S'well water bottle? Help your dad cut down on his single use plastics while out jogging/cycling/commuting in a heatwave, while at the same time just making him slightly more trendy. S'well have loads of gorgeous designs, too, so make sure you check them all out.
6. Give the Father's Day gift of manscaping
Dads rarely treat themselves to nice grooming stuff, so get him some lovely shaving cream as a Father's Day gift. This one from Taylor of Old Bond Street smells divine, with top notes of bergamot and white pear, a heart of violet leaf, with the warmth of sandalwood and amber. As well as smelling delicious, it is also super moisturising.
7. A Father's Day gift for grandad?
And to continue on the manscaping theme, a smart scent that you know they would never normally buy would also make a lovely gift. Obviously, scents are super personal, but if you want a suggestion from us, Acqua di Parma Colonia is gorgeous, plus it's a classic scent that we reckon most people would like. It's fresh, with top notes of citrus, combined with mint and neroli, but there is also a depth because of the woody base notes.
8. Add in some fancy Father's Day skincare
Your dad is going to have more products than you at this rate, but if would rather treat him to skincare over a scent, then try the Kiehls Ultimate Man Facial Fuel. Oooh... how manly it sounds. But just ignore the cliché branding for a sec; this is actually a brilliant product if your dad isn't going to spend 20 minutes in the morning on a full 10-step skincare routine. There's a face wash and a body wash, too.
9. A new wash bag for dad put it all in
And, for all these new products you've gifted him, your dad is going to need a swish new wash bag. If you really want to treat him, we love the simple grey leather number from The White Company. But if you know your dad isn't so bothered about owning a super luxurious wash bag, this Herschel wash bag (below) is also cute.
10. A smart Father's day gift idea: an Amazon Echo Dot
Okay, enough pampering products, let's move on to tech, probably a much safer bet when it comes to Father's Day gift ideas. The Echo Dot is a voice controlled speaker that can, among other things, play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms and control compatible smart home devices. Basically, it's your dad's dream. Just be prepared for every time you go round to get a full demonstration of the new feature your dad has discovered. Or to show him again how to switch it on. Find all the best smart speakers in our expert buyer's guide.
11. Get your dad streaming
Open your dad's eyes to the world of binge watching with a Google Chromecast. Plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port of his TV and he can start streaming his favourite entertainment straight from his smartphone. It's compatible with loads of apps, including Netflix, Youtube and Spotify. In the simplest terms, it basically turns a standard TV into a smart TV.
If you (or your dad) need any help or advice when it comes to streaming devices, make sure you check out our guide.
12. A (not so) retro record player
Take him back to his youth with a turntable. We love the overall look of the Roberts RT100 two speed USB turntable. Beautifully designed, with a sleek and minimal wooden deck, it has its own built-in amp so you can connect directly to other audio equipment, such as radios, sound systems or even multi-room speakers. And the USB port allows conversion of your records to digital files, so your dad can upload his whole '70s collection on to his laptop or computer. Yay.
John Lewis have loads of more turntables for every style and budget so make sure you check the whole range.
13. Up his music listening game with some AirPods
If you dad is less old school in his music listening habits, get him a really good pair of headphones. Obviously, everyone is different in the style of headphones they like, but if you really want to treat him, go with some Apple AirPods.
14. Keep him fit with some home gym equipment
Got a dad that spends his life in lycra? Up his fitness regime with some of the best home gym equipment, maybe a selection of dumbbells? A punch bag? Maybe a turbo trainer if you are feeling generous? Click the links to see all our favourite finds and best price comparisons.
15. Or go for a fitness tracker
If he's got all the gear but no idea, give him an idea with a fitness tracker. The Garmin Forerunner 235 is our pick of the best. The built-in activity tracker keeps recording steps all day long. Information about distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned – indoors and out – is also recorded. Plus, it can be used for emails, texts, calls and calendar updates.
16. A stylish rucksack
Father's Day is your perfect opportunity to make dad a bit more fashionable. You might not be able to Queer Eye him into skinny jeans and trendy trainers, but a nice, sensible rucksack could be your in. This Vancouver rucksack from John Lewis isn't too out there that it's gonna scare your dad away, but the super simple style is actually very fashionable.
17. A cute card card holder
A classic card holder is a great Father's Day gift idea. This Morris & Co embossed card holder is a twist on just a plain leather version, plus we love the detail of the Acanthus print inside (not that your dad will probably know what that is).
18. A Father's Day gift from baby: a nifty smartphone projector
If you're shopping for a new dad, think smartphone territory. This genius invention lets him project things from the small screen of his phone (think new baby pictures and videos) on to the wall for easier viewing with up to 8x magnification. Easy to assemble and easy to use, the projector also amplifies the sound with no need for an additional power source.
19. The world's smallest helicopter
Was a more dad-like thing ever made? This gadget is exactly what it looks like: it's the world's smallest helicopter. It's remote controlled and works from rechargeable batteries. We love it.
20. A star-gazing kit
Nawww how lovely is this star-gazing kit? Treat your dad to a tranquil evening under the stars. This kit includes a compass, hip flask (an essential), neck rub (no idea why) and a binocular lens cleaner, all housed in a cute portable box.
21. An aspirational travel book
We love these Lonely Planet books, obviously they are great inspiration for trips but they just look lovely on the coffee table. Depending what you dad is into, they have Epic Bike Rides of the World, Epic Hikes of The World, Epic Drives of the World and Epic Runs of the World.
22. A biscuit BBQ
This cute little box from Biscuiteers contains everything you would associate with a dad who likes to BBQ, right down to the embarrassing shirt and chef's hat. You can even add a beer to the box (a real one not a biscuit one)! Make sure you check out the rest of the Father's Day gifts on Biscuiteers, even if your dad isn't king of the BBQ there is plenty more thoughtful gifts to choose from. Or, of course, you could just buy him a real BBQ, from our list of the best barbecues 2019.
23. A subscription to his favourite homes magazine
Hey, you can't blame us for just saying... but a subscription to his favourite homes' mag, whether Real Homes, Period Living or Homebuilding & Renovating (or all three) is a win-win. He gets to read them, your mum gets to read them, then you get to read them. It's the gender-neutral, whole family-pleasing Father's Day gift you've always looked for.