The best Christmas gift ideas for Dads

Christmas gift ideas for the man in your life

by Adejumoke Ilori |
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Stuck for Christmas gift ideas for your dad, or your child's daddy, and don't have time to trawl the internet for inspiration? We're here to help - with our Christmas list of gift ideas for dads that they'll really appreciate.

It’s always easy to buy a gift card or a new pair of socks for Dad, as most of the time he’ll probably go buy the gadgets and gifts that he’ll really love himself. So, if this year you want to surprise him and show him just how much he means to you, why not break the cycle of sock presents and get him something really unique?

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From practical gifts to sentimental ones, we’ve found a selection of gifts that will fit any budget, so if you’ve agreed on how much to spend or not, you’re bound to find something that he’ll really appreciate.

Whether he loves Guinness, chocolates, or even the latest gadgets, you’ll definitely win him over with our pick of Christmas gifts. And you can tell him some of them are from the kids, too.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for tech-lovers

There’s nothing like a new gadget that will keep your other half busy for a few hours! The Amazon Echo is the perfect gadget, using voice control Daddy can play his favourite music, ask it questions and even play popular TV show games.

One review said: "I found the 4th gen sphere echo on sale during black friday week. Having had the Echo 2nd gen for five years (very happy with it) I though it was time to upgrade as the deal was good. I like the cylinder tower of Gen 2 but the Sphere shape of the new one definitely felt and looked more imposing. The circular notification light is also on the bottom which is a good touch as it illuminates off the tables surface. Good weight too it too, that adds to the premium look. Gen 4 echo is a big step up in sound. I liked my old echo but this one delivers deeper bass and better sound all around. Even at volume 3 you can feel the sound fill the room and the vibration. All these features can be played with and lowered or made higher but I love it. Music definitely feels better with this echo. The shape of the device definitely makes your music feel more expansive."

Pros

  • 50% of the plastics used is post-consumer recycled plastics.
  • To reduce its energy consumption, this device will enter Low Power mode when it is idle. 

Cons

  • Selling quite quickly.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for memories

photo frame
Price: $62.73

This large family photo frame, featuring a butterfly and leaf design is the perfect gift. Build and store memories with this creative piece that holds up to 9 pictures and holds 12, 6" x 4" individual Photographs, Overall Frame Size: 59 cm x 47 cm x 3 cm.

One review said: "I was a bit hesitant at first because reviews said it was flimsy and others said it didn't have a butterfly, which was the only reason I purchased it as no other big frames went well with my living room theme, when it arrived I was relieved to see the butterfly haha, it is plastic and a bit flimsy, but it looks brilliant hung up."

Pros

  • Sturdy and strong.
  • The wall-mounted picture frame can be suited to any wall of the room or office.

Cons

  • Not many colours to choose from.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for chocolate

The perfect chocolate hamper filled with sweet favourites. With a mixture of Billionaire's Shortbreads, Brownie Chocolates, Mini Patisseries, caramel and strawberry and cream puddles, dark fruit and nut slabs and a salted caramel slab. This is the best kind of gift to receive this Christmas. It also comes ribbon-tied, so you don’t have to worry about wrapping it.

One review said: " brought this last week as an anniversary gift for my partner and its incredible. The way its presented, the selection of chocolates and the variety. Perfect for any occasion and would highly recommend."

Pros

  • A stunning showcase of favourite recipes.
  • Those who enjoy a blend of chocolate grades will appreciate the Mississippi Mud Pie Selector.

Cons

  • Not ideal for non-chocolate fans.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for apps

christmas ideas for dads

Rrp: $47.99

Price: $44.99

One of the best Bluetooth trackers, Tile Mate attaches to pretty much anything that you don’t want to lose, so that you can find it fast. You can call the tile using an app to find your keys or wallet – you can even use the Tile to call your phone when it’s on silent. It’s perfect for those who misplace their things. With two Tile Mates in this pack, that's two things you can't lose.

One review said: "Tile Mate (2022) is a brilliant solution for those who often lose important items, such as their house keys. In the box, you'll find two devices, one white and one black. This Bluetooth device is easily configured with the phone and has a decent range. When you need to find a lost item, the sound made by Tile Mate is loud and fun, turning the search into an exciting treasure hunt. I recommend Tile Mate (2022) to everyone who lives with someone with memory problems. It will help to find important items and a little peace of mind in everyday life."

Pros

  • Tile helps you keep track of your things.
  • Water-resistant.

Cons

  • Not good for car tracking.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for art

It can be tricky getting the whole family to pose for a photo, and your partner might have his suspicions if you ask for one all of a sudden. This family portrait print is a great replacement, just select each member’s stick figure outline, personalise the colours, expressions and hair and you have the perfect, quirky family portrait.

Pros

  • It's perfect for anyone looking for a fun.
  • Personalised gift that will be treasured forever. 

Cons

  • Only 4 sizes to choose from.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for drinks

This free-standing drink dispenser has four leak-proof optics and is the perfect accessory for a home bar. It provides the exact shot measurement of 25ml and is the ideal gift for spirit drinkers. You could even put his favourite spirits on the optics ready for when he unwraps this gift.

One review said: "Novel piece of practical equipment, that has the ability to hold and dispense four of your favourite tipples!"

Pros

  • Free-standing drinks dispenser with four leak-proof optics.
  • The bar optics provides shot measurements of 35ml.

Cons

  • Only has four dispensers.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for massages

This easy to use massager uses a corded hand control to customise the experience, switching between clockwise or counterclockwise. The deep kneading massage pillow helps relieve aches and promote blood circulation.

One review said: I've had back pain for years and I've never been able to afford "luxury" items like this (£40 is a luxury when you're broke). But recently, I decided to get one and this seemed like the best design at this price.
I definitely wanted one without a battery because that sounds like a house fire just waiting to happen. And, this is perfect. Great remote. No battery. Fair price."

Pros

  • Adjustable direction.
  • Easy handheld remote control.

Cons

  • Machine can not be taken everywhere.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for comfort

Wonderfully cosy, there’s nothing like receiving a good dressing gown at Christmas, to wrap up in after a long day of eating and celebrating. This dressing gown is a classic design, with shawl collar, tie belt and two handy pockets. Its fleece material is ideal for those cold mornings too.

One review said: "Got this for my partner, but the material seems to be too thin."

Pros

  • 50% cotton, 50% polyester.
  • Cut to a regular fit, with long sleeves and a snug shawl lapel. 

Cons

  • Cannot be tumble-dried.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for creativity

Perfect for a Guinness lover, you can even add a personal message. This is a truly unique gift for someone who loves Guinness, making it ideal for Christmas. It comes with Guinness Chocolate Truffles, Guinness Mini Caramels, Guinness a Caramel Chocolate Block, a Guinness Dark Chocolate Block and Guinness Mini Pints.

One review said: "Guinness flavoured choc's of various sorts - these were a present for my son on his 50th. He likes guinness and is a big fan of these chocolates. Tempted to buy some for myself!"

Pros

  • Includes - Guinness Chocolate Truffles (135g) Guinness Mini Caramels (102g) Guinness Caramel Chocolate Block (90g) Guinness Dark Chocolate Block (90g) Guinness Mini Pints (65g) 
  • Packed With Wood Wool & A Premium Burmont's Sleeve.

Cons

  • May noty be suitable for nondrinkers.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for DIY

This unique gift would make a great stocking filler for the handyman in your life. With 15 strong magnets surrounding the strap, it’s perfect for holding screws, nails and bolts, rather than having to search for them in pockets or on the floor.

One review said: "I bought this with something else simply to spend enough to qualify for the free delivery! Well, in spite of buying this magnetic wristband that was cheaper than others that popped up I can honestly say that this was a good choice. It’s robust and well made, the magnets are even capable of holding tools! It’s one of those things that you thought you wouldn’t have a use for but this is absolutely brilliant. After only a couple of days (I’m an electrician by the way and up and down ladders all day) this is beginning to prove it’s worth and I’ll be using it a lot in future."

Pros

  • 15 super powerful magnets.
  • The breathable mesh and lightweight design allows maximum comforts for the whole working day, makes your hand feel breathable while working.

Cons

  • Size - 36*9 cm (15.6*3.7 in) one size.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for brews

There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee for on the go. This machine brews real coffee from fresh grounds, for the perfect cup of coffee each time. It comes with an adjustable drip tray to reduce splashes and spills, and a 400ml stainless steel travel mug.

One review said: "I bought this for my wife so that it can be set up at night, so in the morning she can pick it up straight off the machine and head out with a fresh, hot coffee in an insulated mug. It's been used every day (at least once) for 3 weeks so far and is really good. It's inexpensive, and it does feel it in places, but it works very well without fault. A lot of people have said about leaking and drain holes at the top, but this is more to do with user error. It has a set capacity. If you put more than this capacity in the tank then its going to overflow. You don't try to put 1.5pints in a pint glass and expect it to be ok? Simply tip out the grinds into your compost and rinse out the basket and insert and you're good to go again."

Pros

  • Brews real coffee from fresh grounds.
  • 400 ml capacity stainless steel travel mug included.

Best dad Christmas gift idea for socks

Gift a dad and have them step out in style with these comfortable and creative socks that will have you standing out. With different designs like hotdogs, burgers, chips, beer, and pizza, this will put a smile on their face. 

One review said: "Purchased as a secret Santa gift for a foodie mate. Great and fun designs, and great for everyday use as well"

Pros

  • These funny men's socks come in a handy pack of 5.
  • This 5 pack of mens crew socks is available in one size (approx 7-11 UK).

Cons

  • Only machine wash.

Remember, while Christmas is fast approaching and most of us happy with the thought of getting gifts. It is vital that we remember what Christmas is about.

Christmas time is about bonding and creating memories with those that you cherish and love.

Yes, you might generously want to purchase and surprise family members or friends with that jacket or gadget that they have always wanted. But, bear in mind, this is a time in love, care sharing, and being together.

Mummy to a little girl, Adejumoke Ilori is Commercial Content Writer for Mother&Baby. With a BA hon in Creative Writing, she has worked for digital platforms, where she has empowered women from the inside and out, by sharing real life stories based on relationships, loving yourself and mummyhood.

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