Christmas Presents To Buy For Your Dad That Aren't Lame
The Debrief: Not a sock in sight. Promise.
Things to buy for that guy that likes to tease you mercilessly and drink too many Christmas fizzy pops before passing out under the tree.
If your dad takes himself off to the local football ground each and every weekend, wrapped up in his parka with a spring in his step, only to return three hours later stinking of Bovril muttering something about the ‘ref’ being ‘born yesterday’ then it’s safe to say he’ll appreciate something a little football-y.
The only problem is, football merch isn’t actually very nice and, seeing as your dad’s not a six-year-old boy, we’re imagining that he won’t be all that chuffed with a single duvet cover printed with footballs. Check out Dinkit then who do lovely stylish prints of a team’s geographical co-ordinates and soundwaves of each team’s song. Even better, it’s only £14 a print.
Print, £14, DINKIT
Foodie dad is the sort of dad who buys into whatever Heston’s zany mince pies happen to be this year at Waitrose. In fact, that year they all sold out he showed up at the store at 6am to make sure he snagged himself a box. Or seven. Your turkey is less likely to be roasted and more likely to appear in the form of turkey and cranberry sushi or beer battered breasts and don’t even get me started on the exciting array of Brussel sprouts you’ll have on offer.
Get Foodie Dad this cheese-making kit from Selfridges. At £22.50 it’s a total bargain and comes in the Selfridges box so it looks LOADS more expensive than it actually is.
Cheese Making Kit, £22.50, Selfridges.
We all love a hark back to the good old days but Nostaglia Dad takes it one step further. He’s bought himself a refurbished record player, won’t stop talking about that time he saw one of Joy Division in a pub in Manchester and reckons Quadrophenia is ‘probably the best film ever made ever’.
Stop nostalgia dad from wanging on about how bad Justin Bieber is with 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded by notorious music writer Jon Savage. It’s a book all about how pop music went massive by looking at the social history of the time. By the time he’s finished it, you’ll hopefully be back in your house so you won’t have to listen to how it reminded him of his childhood.
1966: The Year The Decade Went Pop, £12.80, Amazon
When you were a teenager, Lad Dad loved to embarass you in front of your mates, boys, teachers, anyone possible. He’s always the centre of the party and, more often than not, misbehaving in a more outrageous manner than you’ve ever seen any of your mates.
Get Lad Dad the Immerse Virtual Reality Headset to shut him up once and for all. Simply slot his phone in, boot up a game, YouTube clip of drunk people falling down or a John Bishop comedy set and watch your dad settle in to watch or play. Remember, the longer the activity you set up on his phone, the longer he’ll stop bothering you.
Virtual Reality Headset, IWOOT, £17.99
If you‘re dad’s more of a Ross than a Joey, more of a leather elbow padded chap than a Russell Howard’s Good News kind of guy then chip in with your siblings and get him a National Art Pass. It’s £45 (hence why going in with a sibling or other parent is probably a good shout), but it means Arty Dad can get into over 225 of Britain’s museums for free and get 50% all the fancy exhibitions that pop up at the country’s major museums.
Plus, it’s run by the Art Fund who raise money to keep museums expanding, learning and growing. Excellent if your Dad also happens to be Lefty Dad who’s mistrustful of the government’s promises to protect the arts.
National Art Pass, £45, ArtFund
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