Your Handy Father’s Day Gift Guide

By Laura Foulger June 2, 2017

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Looking for the best Father’s Day gift ideas?

You’ve come to the right place.

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Here’s to the evolution of your relationship with your dad. There was an irksome period in your history when he used to embarrass you in front of your friends, but it wasn’t so much longer ago that you used to humiliate him by throwing up baby food on his clean shirt in public. Fast forward to your first pint together: equals at last, bonding over the grown-up pastime of boozing.

Remember how he helped teach you to tie your laces, or to drive his car? Now you repay him by teaching him how to use an iPad or by explaining internet memes. Back in the day, you derided his fashion sense and taste in music but the ensuing years have seen the tables turn as those same fashions and music make their way defiantly back into the mainstream. Sometimes, at social events, you find yourself accidentally making a ‘dad’ joke. How did that make its way into your repertoire?

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Now that Father’s Day is approaching, it’s only right that your old man gets a token of appreciation. This year, it’s on Sunday, 18 June. If you’re stumped on how to celebrate, look no further than our nicely comprehensive Father’s Day Gift Guide. As ever, we’re championing #MakingMemories above ‘stuff’. Delve in and get inspired.

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 Dads Who Drive

Nobody does driving experiences like Red Letter Days, so if your pop has an insatiable need for speed, gift him one of these beauties. Match covetable supercars and rally vehicles with iconic circuits like Silverstone for a blood-pumping, whirlwind day out; drop things down a notch with a smooth cruise through the city, or go left field with a go-kart or tank experience.

Gordon Ramsey - maze and Maserati

For the discerning gentleman dad, the Maserati Drive and Lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s maze for Two is the ultimate token of appreciation. He gets to slip behind the wheel of the ineffable Maserati Grancabrio and put its 4.7 litre V8 engine to the test on a cruise around London, a singular perspective from which to view the capital’s iconic landmarks. At lunchtime, he’ll stop off at Gordon Ramsay’s maze for top-notch European cuisine with an Asian twist. If you’re lucky, maybe he’ll pick you as his plus one.

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If your dad fancies himself as The Stig, what about Paul Swift Ultimate Stunt Driving, where he can learn to perform hair-raising tricks from the Top Gear stunt driver and Guinness World Record-holder. Be sure to snap some photos from the sidelines; this is one he’ll want to boast about for years to come. Or let him customise his track day with a Quadruple Supercar Blast and Hot Ride, which allows him to pick four sleek vehicles to try out, including show-stoppers like the Lamborghini and Ferrari. Alternatively, help him forget his age by swapping four wheels for two and looking like a stone-cold Hell’s Angel with the Harley-Davidson Riding – Half Day.

There’s plenty more for petrol heads in our Driving Experience Days category.

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“As my kids are still little, it’s the effort they put in rather than the money that’s nice. That said, if they want to stand track side and watch me take a 911 Turbo sideways on a track day, that’d be welcome too.” – Alex, DaddaCool

 

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Dads Who Like a Tipple

 These boozy presents for dads are among our most popular gift experiences. With a plethora of brewery tours, cocktail-making classes, classy bars and vineyard visits to choose from, your old man can wax lyrical about the good stuff in style. Cheers to you, Dad.

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The sophisticated gent will appreciate this Personalised Malt Whisky with Cigar in a Case, which even comes with his name or a message of your choice on the label. For Father’s Day Gifts that involve getting out and about, check out this Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting for Two, from which he can choose a location such as Meantime Brewery for an eye-opening day that includes plenty of sampling. Vino-loving papas will love this English Vineyard Tour, Wine Tasting and Lunch for Two. Truly, these are gift ideas to pop a cork over.

 

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Dads Who Dine

Put a tie on him and take him for a slap-up meal, where you can toast the finer things in life together. Our foodie gifts are always head and shoulders above the average. Think Michelin-starred eateries, quirky new venues and mood-boosting extras like champagne cocktails.

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Our Seven-Course Tapas and Cocktails for Two at H10 Waterloo Sky Bar is a must for those with bottomless appetites, and it affords an awe-inspiring view of London’s iconic skyline. Catch it at sunset for added wow factor. Perhaps he’d like to savour some top-notch grub with Three Courses & Cocktail for Two at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Co. City, the ideal spot from which to continue into the city for the evening. Then there’s the Shaka Zulu Three-Course Meal with a Cocktail for Two: tuck into South African delicacies and explain Instagram to your dad while snapping one of the most ‘grammable venues around. #NoFilter

Work up an appetite by browsing the rest of our Gourmet Gifts.

 

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Dads Who Dare

 We’ve got tons of ideas of presents for dads who love a good adrenaline injection or out-of-the-ordinary adventure. Set him a challenge to step up to this Father’s Day.

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Give your father the chance to put his logic skills and cunning to the test with the Escape Room Murder Mystery for Two: it’s the 1930s and you’ve both been summoned to help a private investigator solve a murder. Work as a team to break into offices and crack the case. Biggles enthusiasts will be ecstatic with the chance to Fly In A Spitfire Over The English Channel. Originally utilised by the RAF to train  pilots in WWII, there are a mere 8 of these 2-seater aircrafts operating in the world today. For a real challenge, send him undercover to Spy Academy, where he’ll get to try out a high-powered crossbow, a sniper rifle and even a spot of axe-throwing. Or get him underwater for the ultimate fear-stoker: Scuba Diving with Sharks in Cheshire.

We have a ton of other Adventure Days here.

 

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Dads Who Like Days Out

 Get your dad out of his shed and into the world with one of these unforgettable experience gifts.

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With a Horse Racing Day for Two, tip chasing dads can choose between 15 well-known UK courses, including Lingfield Park and Uttoxeter. If he’s a music lover, send him down the river with a Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise on the Thames for Two to be serenaded by a live band. We haven’t forgotten the nerdy dads: take a look at The STAR WARS Identities Exhibition at The O2 and a Meal for Two – Peak Time. It boasts 200 original props, models, artwork and costumes from films and an ‘interactive identity quest’, so he’ll be right at home while he’s doing his Darth Vader “I am your father” impression.

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Dads Who Do Sports

 For fathers who can usually be found shouting at the ref on TV, having a kick-around in the garden or polishing his golf clubs ready for a weekend game with the lads, we’ve got a multitude of exciting sporting Father’s Day present ideas.

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Dad can improve his handicap with an Intermediate Full Day Golf Masterclass with a PGA Pro. He’ll begin with a two and a half hour golf lesson, break for a hearty lunch, then take to the golf course to put the new knowledge into practise. For footie fans, the Tour of Wembley Stadium is a thrilling eye-opener which goes behind the scenes of one of sport’s most iconic venues. Keen-eyed, steady-handed dad? We’ve got Archery, Air Rifle and Clay Shooting for Two, to improve his shot under the guidance of a fully qualified instructor. And then there’s Medieval Jousting, for fathers who think sport was at its finest back when players brandished a broad sword or quarterstaff.

Sprint over to our dedicated Sports Experiences page for more present ideas like this.

To new dads, old dads, stepdads, granddads, great-granddads and the paternal role models in our lives: Happy Father’s Day.

 

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If you don’t believe this is the best Father’s Day Gift Guide going, maybe your dad really does aspire to receiving socks again this year. If you want to be even more spoilt for choice with gift ideas, visit our page dedicated to Father’s Day Gifts – guaranteed to offer something for every kind of dad. Go on, take a look!

Looking for gift suggestions for other occasions? Check out our ultimate Wedding Gift Guide.

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