The do’s and don’ts of Christmas gifts for Dad

Christmas is fast approaching, and dads can be a nightmare to buy for. If you ask them want they want, you’ll normally get a ‘don’t waste your money’ comment before he disappears back into the shed, man cave, under the bonnet or up a ladder! As a result, most man gifts are a bit last minute and a bit desperate. Here are some ideas for what is acceptable and what you should avoid:

Do convince the kids to make something themselves

Whether it’s tiny ones doing some abstract art, older kids making a handmade card or any kind of creative token of love and affection, dad will be chuffed and proud that they went to such efforts.

Don’t buy an experience

Unless your dad has specified exactly an experience day he would enjoy, avoid choosing something you don’t know whether he likes or not. If you do, chances are he’ll let it expire in a drawer somewhere and never go. It also suggests last minute, bargain-basement Groupon voucher. Unless he’s told you he wants to hot air balloon, do archery, spend an afternoon cooking or crocheting or drive a monster truck, it’s best to avoid this type of gift altogether.

Do buy him quality booze

His favourite tipple in a posh package will be just the ticket, whether it’s mini cask of his preferred ale, a case of fine wine or a pricey bottle of whiskey – he’ll appreciate this gift.

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Don’t buy him socks

Nothing says ‘I don’t know what to buy you’ than a pair of novelty socks. Whilst they might be greeted with mirth, they will most likely never see the light of day once being assigned to the back of the sock drawer. If you want to do clothing, choose something top-quality like Farah Shirts from

Do buy luxury grooming items

If your dad is the type who would rarely buy such things for himself, there are some great kits out there, fragrances and skincare that will give him a real manly treat.

Don’t make him go to a spa

Beware of the pampering gift for guys who might feel to self-conscious to slips into a white robe, toeless slippers or even worse – paper pants!

Do take note of his hobbies

If your father has an avid hobby then don’t be afraid to buy him something to indulge this passion, no matter how boring you think it might be. He might even have been good enough to drop you some hints about the latest gadget, piece of equipment or tool that he needs for his pastime.

Don’t buy anything with ‘Dad’ written on it

Corny, cheesy, overdone – save this kind of nonsense for Father’s Day!

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Do indulge his appetite

Whatever his preferred role, as chef or simply the eater of fine food, it’s often true that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Think exclusive meat hampers, selections of unusual coffee, posh jars of pickles etc. Failing that, a pub lunch on you might be enough to keep him happy.

Don’t buy him driving gloves

You’ll make him feel either old or like Alan Partridge. Best avoided to be honest.


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