The Right Gift For Every Type Of Dad This Father’s Day

It’s a universally acknowledged truth that it’s impossible to think of a gift your dad would want. Whether he’s fortunate to own everything already, professes to not need anything, or has a hobby that’s so niche it requires getting into an eBay bidding war, thinking of easy, perfect gifts for him often draws a blank. With Father’s Day sneaking up on the calendar, we don’t recommend ignoring it. We made that mistake once, and for a man who claimed not to care about a “made up day” he’s still quite sore about it.

It really doesn’t have to be tricky – at the end of the day, you’re just showing some appreciation for the main man in your life and all that he’s done for you, or buttering him up with an eye on the next favour.

New socks or bath salts aren’t going to cut it, but there are plenty of gifts that do – and we’ve spent the time finding them so you don’t have to. Here’s a timely list of winners for all the dads, stepdads, granddads, father-in-laws and father figures out there. So add to cart, kick back and relax – you’ve cracked it for another year.

For The New Dad

Revolution Man Energise Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Serum

Anyone who’s had a baby knows those sleepless nights in the first few months are brutal, and poor dads rarely escape unscathed. If you’re buying him a present on behalf of his bouncing bundle of (wide-awake) joy, help him look his best during those exhausting times.

The Revolution Man Energise Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Serum contains hyaluronic acid, tri-peptides and Vitamin C and works to minimise bags and dark circles. Chuck in a free babysitting session and he’ll know you’ve got his back.

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For The Flash Dad

Tom Ford Costa Azzura Eau de Parfum

For the dad who likes the finer things in life, we recommend this bling edition of Tom Ford Costa Azzurra. It’s a parfum, which means it will last longer than the eau de toilette version.

One of our favourite summer scents, it manages to capture that sun-kissed, woozy feeling you get from holidaying on those lush Balearic or Sardinian beaches. An aromatic blend of shore line woods and salty air with notes of driftwood, seaweed, cypress and lentisk (a coastal plant specific to the region), as well as uplifting citrus.

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For The Stiff And Achy Dad

HoMedics Physio Massage Gun

Remember the guy who said he didn’t want to get a dog, and now it sleeps on his chair and sneaks food off his plate because he’s a soft touch? He might approach this massage gun with the same level of scepticism, only to find its the best thing he’s ever been given.

For the sporty dad who aches after every game, or the creaky dad who’s desk bound all day long, this massage gun definitely won’t end up gathering dust in the shed. It’s an absolute game changer.

The HoMedics Physio Massage Gun comes with different attachments and three intensity settings, including a U-shaped head to curve around the calves. It uses a powerful massage action to penetrate the deep tissue and release tight muscles. He can be his own physio, using it to enhance his warm up or warm down, or whenever there’s tension in his back, shoulders or neck.

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For The Pampered Dad

GilletteLabs Heated Razor

Anyone who likes to (or has to) shave everyday can enjoy a new kind of ritual with this heated razor from Gillette Labs. This first-of-a-kind, manual razor, rests in its own charging dock and delivers a similar heat to the kind you get from a hot towel barbershop shave.

It’s a one-stop pamper shop that delivers a seriously good shave.

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For The Dentophobic Dad

Ordo Sonic+ Electric Toothbrush

Dental care in this country can be a bit of a shambles unless you’ve got deep pockets or private health cover. Certain electric toothbrushes are very pricey but you can keep him out of the dentist’s chair with Ordo’s affordable Sonic+ Electric Toothbrush.

With four brushing modes and a two-minute timer, it uses sonic technology to pulse away plaque and stains. The battery charge lasts for a lengthy three weeks so it’s good for travel, and all you need is a USB port to recharge it.

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For The On-The-Go Dad

Braun PocketGo Mobile M90 Electric Shaver

We’ve always been big fans of the Braun PocketGo Electric Shaver. This pocket-sized device delivers a decent shave and takes up minimal space, so he can keep it in his desk drawer at work, his car, his gym locker or his in-flight travel bag.

It’s battery powered too so there’s no cables or leads to lug around.

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For The Retro Dad

Instax Mini 40

If he’s old enough to remember the original, clunky Polaroid camera, he’ll get a kick out of the retro-style Instax Mini 40. This compact camera produces instant, credit-card-sized prints and it has a built-in selfie lens bringing it bang up to date, so he can capture his best angle and create memories with the press of a button.

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For The Dad Who Has Everything

An Experience Day

Trainspotter? Adrenalin junkie? Gourmet foodie? Wine lover? Indulge his passion with an unforgettable experience. Whether that’s a helicopter ride, go-karting, paint balling, driving a supercar or travelling by steam train, a taste bud tickling gastro pub meal or wild food foraging, trip up to the West End or a hotel escape, Boots has a wide range of unique, bucket list experiences that he’s sure to remember. Prices vary.

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Jessica Punter

Jessica Punter is a freelance journalist and stylist specialising in men's grooming and style. She has over 15 years experience in consumer magazines, having held the positions of Grooming Editor at British GQ and FHM. She also writes for MR PORTER, MATCHESFASHION, FashionBeans, British Airways and wellness magazine, BALANCE.