Jess Commons | Deputy Editor | Tuesday, 6 December 2016

The Foolproof Dad Christmas Gift Guide

The Foolproof Dad Christmas Gift Guide

The Debrief: Whatever kind of dad you've got, we've got the present that'll make them forget you owe them so much money. No ties, CDs or bottles of whiskey in sight.

Dads are tricky to buy for when it comes to Christmas and many of the nations' fathers are set to spend this festive season as the victim of yet another drive-by cufflink gifting.

Spare a thought then for father dearest then this year and give him something he really wants. We've broken down Dad types and found the perfect gift for each one so you don't even have to waste time looking. 

Gift for Tech Dad

Tech Dad loves a gadget. Tech Dad's got a boiling water tap, a SONOS speaker system for all round the house, a smart fridge 'GOODMORNING IAN' it shouts at you everything you try and get some milk, a Fitbit and one of those systems which means you can turn your heating on when you're down the road at the pub. Make Tech Dad the envy of all his pals then and deliver him into the intrepid world of virtual reality with this VR headset. Obviously because you're not a millionaire and you're not related to Mark Zuckerberg, this headset only exists to insert your smartphone in but it'll probably be a while before Tech Dad realises he's not got the real deal. Just make sure you remove breakables before he has a go.

Aizbo 3D Virtual Reality Headset, £15.89

Gifts For Foodie Dad

Foodie Dad loved Ottolenghi before you, spiralized his first courgette before you even knew how to cook one and is so over quinoa and kale it's not even funny. Seeing as 2017 is going to be the year pasta makes a welcome return now we've all realised that that whole gluten-free thing was a pile of rubbish, invest in a pasta maker for dad. Not only will he be one of the first Foodie Dads to have like, THE kitchen gadget of 2017, he'll probably make you some pasta with it. This one makes spaghetti, linguine, tagliatelle, fettuccine, lasagne and ravioli.

Vivo 5-in-1 Pasta Maker, £29.99

Gifts for Football Dad

Football Dad is a blessing and a curse to shop for. On the upside, he's got a very strong interest on which to base your purchases. On the downside, there's not many things about football that are chic, interesting and/or have a reasonable price tag. Head to Futbol Prints for some nice takes on traditional posters for iconic games with a Subuteo theme. They're reasonably priced too.

Prints, £15

Gifts for Commuter Dad

If your dad spends hours driving up and down the M1 or wedged into the teeny tiny seats on Easyjet flights around Europe or forever trying to find a charger for his laptop on the 6:55 AM from Euston to Birmingham New Street, he needs some distractions to take away from the boring doldrums of commuting. Gift him Audible then - you can purchase in three, six and twelve month slots and, each month, your dad will get himself a freeaudiobook from their extensive libraries.

Audible, three months, £23.99

Gifts for Nerd Dad

Nerd Dad is the greatest. Mainly because a little bit of his intelligence hopefully was passed onto you through the power of genetics but also because he's good at explaining the stuff that your Milliennial brain sort of takes in but also sort of gets distracted from before it fully has time to process it. Get Nerd Dad the hugely anticipated The Fix: How Bankers Lied, Cheated and Colluded to Rig the World's Most Important Number by Liam Vaughan and Gavin Finch as the two together attempt to uncover how the bloody hell the Libor scandal managed to happen. Then get Nerd Dad to explain it to you.

The Fix, £13.59

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