Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

A bat-shaped keyring.

Disclosure: this post was produced in collaboration with the included brands.

So here we are once again. Father’s Day is on the horizon and offspring up and down the land are fretting about what to get their dads. Removing the illusory fourth wall for a moment here, this is the busiest time of year for me as a dad blogger. This gives me an advantage as PR folk get in touch with plenty of great ideas. Here, then, is a selection of the ones I liked best…

A beard trimmer.

Braun Beard Trimmer

If you like sporting a bit of face fuzz but fear going full-on hipster, this beard trimmer from Braun should be right up your street. Thanks to its precision dial, it offers 20 different length settings which makes trimming and styling a doddle. It’s also fully washable to make cleaning less of a chore and comes with two rechargeable batteries which enable up to 50 minutes of constant power for those who want to put in extra time to perfect their look.

RRP: £25

Two mugs featuring the faces of Spider-man and Hulk.

Marvel Pop ceramic mugs

You can never have too many mugs and these, available from RED5, are Marvel-lous. Sorry. As well as Spider-man and Hulk, the range includes Iron Man and Captain America, so there are plenty of ways of looking suitably heroic while enjoying a super-big morning coffee. Great for getting your Spidey senses up and running, but hopefully there won’t be any Hulk smash action going on!

RRP: £14.95 each

A personalised wooden coin tray.

Personalised wooden coin tray

Years ago, I was the Deputy Editor of two woodwork magazines and it obviously had an effect as I do like nice, tactile wooden things! Maria Allen Boutique has plenty of such gift ideas to choose from. I really liked the look of this personalised coin tray and was doubly impressed when mine arrived the very next day. What’s more, I have an exclusive discount code to share. Quote DIARYDAD10 at checkout for 10% off until 19 June. All orders come with free UK delivery too.

RRP: £22

Two images of a flip-open phone case showing it closed and open.

WaveWall Flip

I reviewed the classic WaveWall anti-radiation phone case last year and loved it, so was pleased to learn that the innovative brand has branched out to create a new case that protects users’ heads as well as their fertility. As well as providing protection for your phone, WaveWall cases have been designed to reduce harmful radiation from it by up to 85%. An excellent product that I’m very happy to recommend.

RRP: £24.99

A pop-up bottle opener with some bottle caps next to it.

Alessi pop-up bottle cap remover

Gadgets and beer are two of my favourite things so this polished stainless steel pop-up bottle opener caught my eye! Simply hold the bottle in place, push the opener down and the lid is removed and held in place by a magnetic plate. Effortlessly cool! If beer-related gadgets aren’t your kind of thing, Amara has plenty of other gift ideas suitable for dads.

RRP: £23.40

A close-up of two bottles of beer.

Kingfisher Beer

Of course, if you’ve got a nice new bottle opener that’s begging to be used, you’re going to need some bottles! Thankfully, Kingfisher sent me a crate of its fine lager. India’s number one beer, it has been brewed for over 150 years and, unsurprisingly, complements hot and spicy food very well. With barbecue season upon us, I’m going to be enjoying a fair few of these while grilling my favourite chicken tikka skewers. Cheers!

RRP: from £2 a 650ml bottle

A close-up of a man wearing a V-neck jumper.

Dunedin Merino V-Neck jumper

We all know that British summertime doesn’t last forever and the evenings can be a bit on the chilly side too. Dunedin Cashmere has the answer, with a great range of jumpers made from soft and comfortable Merino fleece. The classic V-neck design you see here is a good look for all seasons, comes in a range of different colours and qualifies for free standard UK delivery.

RRP: £25

Some soft toys of characters from DC Comics.

Hallmark DC Comics Itty Bittys and Itty Biggys

I have to admit that, in all likelihood, these will be permanently ‘borrowed’ by Dylan and Xander as soon as they become aware of them, but what self-respecting comic book geek of any age wouldn’t want these DC Comics characters from Hallmark‘s Itty Bittys and Itty Biggys ranges? Great for DC fans and collectors alike, these are great pocket money gifts that children can afford to buy for their dads!

RRP: from £6

A shaving brush and some shaving soap.

Erasmic shave brush and soap

I’ve always meant to try ‘proper’ shaving, so was pleased to receive this traditional brush and shaving soap from Erasmic, who’ve been making shaving gear since 1886. The brush is made of superior quality natural bristles to help create a rich lather while the soap contains camomile and glycerin to soothe and moisturise the skin for a smooth shave.

RRP: from £2.95

A selection of blue and white kitchen linens.

House of Fraser kitchen linens

I’ve found myself spending more time in the kitchen since becoming a dad as Dylan and Xander love baking. Well, they love watching me doing the baking and then taking the credit anyway. As a result, the oven gloves, aprons and tea towels were all a bit grubby so it was high time we got some more. These from House of Fraser’s kitchen linen range will serve me well and go very nicely with our kitchen too!

RRP: from £7

A flask, wash bag, cool bag, mug and tablet cover all with a retro world map design.

Dotcomgiftshop World Map range

This range from Dotcomgiftshop is definitely one for men of the world! As you can see, I chose a flask, washbag, mug, tablet case and lunch bag, but there are plenty more options available including a portable USB charger, hip flask and umbrella. I really like the vintage designs and all of the items are made out of high-quality materials.

RRP: from £3.95

A bat-shaped keyring.

Batman Multitool

Admit it. You wanted Batman’s utility belt when you were a kid! Well here’s something along the same lines. It may not help you catch crooks or scale buildings, but it’s pretty nifty nonetheless. It’s a bottle opener, flathead screwdriver and crosshead screwdriver all in one handy Batarang-shaped keyring. What’s more, I have a voucher code you can use for 15% off at IWOOT. Quote IWOOTDAD at checkout. It’s valid until 20 June and excludes technology, LEGO, experience days, film merchandise & memorabilia and selected home & garden lines.

RRP: £6.99

A personalised gift card with a picture of a father and baby.

National Book Tokens

I’ve got back into reading lately – graphic novels count, right? – so I was delighted when the friendly folk at National Book Tokens got in touch to show me the personalised gift card they’d designed for me with the perfect image for Father’s Day! There are several different ways of customising the cards, with photo uploads and templates for a range of occasions.

RRP: £1.99 plus the amount you choose to gift.

Two fragrance gift sets.

Gift sets at Asda

Smellies are often dismissed as unimaginative, but I’m always happy to receive them as they’re something I know I’m going to use. Asda has plenty of affordable options including an ICE Dive set by Adidas and a Nivea Men essentials kit that’s suitable for hand luggage. The former includes a three-in-one body, hair and face wash as well as deodorant and eau de toilette. The latter contains two shower gels along with deodorant, shaving gel and post-shave balm.

RRP: from £5

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