Father’s Day 2020 is the perfect opportunity to treat dad. But what do you get the man who has everything? Because let’s be real, he already has you – the best gift of all, right? But whatever he’s a fan of, we’ve got him (and you) covered with this imaginative guide.
From cool tech to tasty tipples, whichever type of dad you’re buying for, these premium prezzies will always be a dream to unwrap…
When is Father’s Day 2020?
Father’s Day falls on Sunday 21 June 2020 in the UK, US, Canada, and many other countries across the world, as it’s always on the third Sunday of June. In Australia and New Zealand, Father’s Day is on the first Sunday in September, which is Sunday 6 September in 2020.
It’s time to order these incredible gifts now to arrive in time for the big day…
Marshall Uxbridge Voice Speaker
Best Father’s Day gift for hard rockin’ dads…
This compact Bluetooth smart speaker has a real rock‘n’roll attitude, perfect for the pop in you life. There are now two versions available, the original with Amazon Alexa and this new iteration with Google Assistant. Both offer voice control and Marshall’s gutsy signature sound. Using the Google Assistant you can play and control your tunes, set alarms and control connected devices around your home. Music can stream over Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, Airplay 2, or Bluetooth. We dig the iconic Marshall design, with that famous script logo, and it plays reassuringly loud, despite the compact footprint.
James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Lego Creator Expert kit
Best Father’s Day gift for kit-building dads
With car-loving dads unlikely to get the chance of enjoying a car circuit experience this year, there’s still the option of Lego toy cars, a gift certain to put a smile on every father’s face. There’s no shortage of iconic cars to build, from replicas like the Lego Technic Land Rover Defender (£160), comprising 2,573 pieces, and Creator Expert Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, (£124.99), complete with folding dinette table, to TV favourites. Our suggestion though is Bond’s classic Aston Martin DB5. As iconic as they come, the gorgeous DB5 made its debut in Goldfinger and has been a recurring favourite ever since. The car became so popular that an exact replica of the one used to promote Thunderball sold for £5.2 million at auction in 2019. The Lego version is a 1295 piece challenge, fitted with cool little brick-built gadgets, including a raisable bullet shield, working ejection seat and rotating license plate! The perfect present for a movie car-loving dad.
Personalised Papa John Pizza
Now this is a tasty idea. Deliveroo has partnered with Papa John’s to offer personalised pizza boxes, so you can put your papa’s name on the box on the big day! The special edition boxes will be available for customers ordering a large pizza on Deliveroo from Papa John’s restaurants in London (Fulham), Manchester and Canterbury on June 20-21 between 6-8pm. Head to the Deliveroo app to see if you (or your Dad) is in the delivery zone for the 3 participating Papa John’s stores, then before confirming your order, click the ‘Order notes’ section on the app and type ‘Father’s day’ followed by the ‘[First name]’ of your lucky father figure. A calligrapher will then personalise the top of your pizza box while the pizza is being made by Papa John’s chefs. Best move quick though. There are 80 boxes available for personalisation in London, 60 in Canterbury and 60 in Manchester.
Fossil FTW4025 Men’s Smartwatch
Best Father’s Day gift for timely dads
If your dad loves playing with gadgets, now is the perfect time to upgrade his wristwear to a smartwatch. This Gen 5 Fossil Carlyle number is smart in every sense: it combines a classic yet modern design, complete with customisable watch face, with Google’s Wear OS, to pair with iPhone and Android phones. It offers built-in Google Fit fitness tracking, smartphone notifications, calendar management, music storage, and more, as well as a 24 hour battery and easy-to-use touchscreen. Handy.
Best Father’s Day gift for car-proud dads
If your dad loves his car, one accessory guaranteed to upgrade his interior is this high-end car vent diffuser, from the scent wizards at Young Living essential oils. This simple, stylish diffuser, available in rose gold or grey, uses oil-absorbing cotton pads and the air conditioning or heat from your air vents to fill your car with the aromatic benefits of essential oils. You can use any of Young Living’s high-end therapeutic essential oils with the diffuser, so give dad a few which he can change between – try the Stress Away scent during rush hour, and the invigorating orange scent in the mornings. Now that’s a luxe driving experience.
Best Father’s Day gift for bookish dads
As e-readers go, this is arguably the best of the best – not only does Amazon’s Kindle store have more than 5.5 million books on offer, from new bestsellers to Amazon exclusives, but this model is the best in the Kindle range. The ‘Paperwhite’ screen is easy to read, even in bright sunlight. It’s also waterproof – so you can relax with it by the pool, beach or in the bath, splashes be damned. Boasting an impressive 32GB memory and long-life battery, dad will be able to use this for literal weeks at a time without charging. This new model also pairs with headphones via Bluetooth, so you can listen to audiobooks on Audible, too.
Pasta Evangelists artisan pasta subscription
Best Father’s Day gift for foody dads
Who doesn’t like pasta? The correct answer is, literally, no one. These subscription boxes from Pasta Evangelists deliver recipes of fresh, handmade pasta, sauce and garnish to assemble in minutes at home – whether you’re a self-styled chef or simply an experienced pasta-eater. From Crab & Prawn Ravioloni with Fresh Samphire & Sage Butter, to Gnocchi with a Beef & Barolo Wine Ragù, to Sausage Ragù from Sardinia with Fresh Conchiglie, the menu is seemingly endless – but always delicious. Add to the mix that the likes of Prue Leith and Giles Coren are fans and you know you’re in for proper high-end-restaurant-standard ravioli. Each box comes with the ingredients to make home-cooked meals for between two and eight people, depending on the subscription level you choose – so opt for a bigger subscription for dad to reap the rewards of this gift for yourself, too. You crafty little tortellini.
Best Father’s Day gift for Don Draper dads
Here’s a treat for the discerning sherried whisky fan: Darkness 8-year-old single malt is first matured in ex-bourbon barrels, before spending three months in specially-coopered Oloroso sherry octaves, the end result is a big flavoured beverage, with a candied orange peel nose with peanuts, followed by amaretti biscuits on the palate with toasty hints. The good news is that it’s on offer till June 23, so stock up.
Twelve South AirFly Pro
Best Father’s Day gift for travelling dads
This gadget should delight dads on the go. A compact Bluetooth adaptor, the AirFly Pro allows any wireless headphones to be used where only wired headphone jacks are normally available, such as at the gym or with the in-flight entertainment systems on a plane. The adaptor simply plugs into the 3.5mm jack on the device in question, and provides a Bluetooth connection to your wireless headphones. And yes, you can also use it in a (classic) car that lacks a Bluetooth-enabled in-car entertainment system. It just plugs into the Aux socket.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Greatest Hits of Whisky
Best Father’s Day gift for vinyl-loving dads
Styled like a record album, with a punky ‘77 vibe, this Greatest Hits compilation offers a unique opportunity to try multiple whiskies from around the globe, as curated by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. The choice is wide and enticing: Teaninich 10 Year Old; Bourbon Whiskey #1 24 Year Old; Royal Brackla 12 Year Old; Speyside #3 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company); Auchroisk 12 Year Old; Blended Whisky #2 22 Year Old; Cotswolds 3 Year Old Irish Single Malt #1 14 Year Old; Dufftown 10 Year Old and Islay #3 13 Year Old. We rate this pop compilation a definite hit!
Deezer High-Res Music streaming
Best Father’s Day gift for audio dads
Offer your dad the gift of high-resolution music this father’s day with an annual subscription to Deezer. The streaming service is currently running a three-month deal for its £14.99 high-res Hi-Fi tier so that means you can bag the first three months free.
Unlike Spotify, Deezer streams in FLAC, but has an equally comprehensive music library (56 million songs), plus curated playlists, albums, radio and podcasts. Even better, it supports Sony’s 360 Reality Audio format, which works with any stereo headphones, and creates the sonic illusion that you’re completely surrounded by music (you’ll need to use the separate 360 by Deezer app).
It has some very cool features too, like Flow which is an endless, personal music stream. It’s based on Deezer’s in-house algorithm, spiced up with recommendations from Deezer’s in-house music experts. There’s also a lyrics on the Go feature, so that dad can sing along with his favourite tracks. Thinking about it, probably best not tell him about that one…