Life in Bitesize

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted on: June 15, 2010

So it’s Father’s Day this weekend. And if your dad is anything like mine, it’s absolutely impossible to buy him the right gift. These are the extent of my dad’s interests: watching football, Chelsea, playing football and oh, did I mention football?

Every year, on the weekend of Father’s Day, my dad organises a junior 5-a-side tournament (football tournament, in case you hadn’t already guessed), for all the local teams in our area. Part of my ‘gift’ to him each year is working in the kitchen servicing teas, coffees, (and now also hot chocolate due to public demand) to the tired mums and dads, and occasionally aunts, uncles, grandparents & older siblings. I don’t receive any payment for my weekend that I give up every single year. Just a few hot dogs or burgers from the barbeque whenever I want. So there goes the usual annual summer bikini diet. Cheers dad.

I think this is enough to give my dad for Father’s Day, but apparently society doesn’t see it that way. You have to buy a card and a physical present. So usually, last thing on the saturday I’ll run down to our local shops and buy him a slightly offensive Father’s Day card and a giant bar of chocolate (oh yeah, that’s my dad one other interest – I figure he has enough football  with the 5 a side).

But if you have a ‘normal family’ and you want to actually buy a present for your dad, here are some interesting gift ideas:

Is your dad a bit of a petrolhead? How about buying him a driving day in one of his favourite supercars, like a Lamborghini or Aston Martin? There are race tracks all over the UK so there is abound to be one near you.

If your dad is stuck in the 20th Century, you could buy him a cassette tape converter, which will convert all of his old tapes into MP3 format. Although, you might have to buy him an iPod if he doesn’t have one!

If your dad is a nature lover, you could Adopt an Animal on his behalf. Most animal charities have some sort of scheme set up, and UK based wildlife parks Howletts & Port Lympne in Kent will even give you free entry so your dad can visit his new ‘adopted offspring’.

To all the dads out there – Happy Father’s Day!


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