Dads are notoriously difficult to buy for. Often they just already seem to already have everything they need, don’t they?
Fear not, though. With Father’s Day fast approaching (Sunday 17 June, make sure it’s in your calendars), we’ve rounded up some unique ideas to help jump-start your inspiration…
According to Ancestry DNA, the average British person’s DNA is only 36% British. This and other surprising facts could be waiting for your pops after the simple act of popping some spit in an envelope. Not only will he finally be able to understand where he really comes from, but he could also track down some relatives he didn’t even know about in the Ancestry DNA database (they have 7 million people globally, so he might well find out something interesting). They are also offering 20% off from the to the 17 of June.
The Book of Everyone describe their service as “a gigantic heart-thumping, grin-inducing, lip-wobbling celebration of the individual” — and their novel gifts certainly boast a high score on the originality scale. Add details like name, birth date, favourite photos and memories into their unique personalisation platform and the peeps over at The Book Of Everyone will produce a high quality, 50-page personalised book all about your dad — set against a backdrop of world events and curious facts. By far the most riveting book he’ll read this year.
Does your dad like to be surprised? Would you prefer not to know what you have bought him before the day? Well, this box could be just the antidote if you are not a fan of the predictable. Your guess it is as good as ours in terms of what it will have in it, but Firebox have promised each box has over “£55 worth of Father’s Day greatness”. For those less comfortable living life on the edge, check out some of the unboxing videos of previous Firebox Mystery boxes.
We know dads are big kids at heart, so why not indulge his love of Lego by creating a minifigure in his image. Upload a picture, share some fun facts like hobbies or favourite clothing and boom — you have created the best Father’s Day present. Ever.
Enough said. This one is a must for any AFOL (Adult Fan of Lego) Star Wars geeks. This Lego brick version of the iconic Corellian freighter from the new Han Solo movie is packed full of detailed features, 6 minifigures and a DD-BD droid. If you’re really lucky he might even let you have a go.
Make sure your dad never forgets what you look like by getting him a monster cushion with your face on it. “Monster Mushions” are not only entertainingly massive (60×40 cm), but they also fall very firmly into the “original gift” category. Get ordering before the 7th of June for this one to arrive on time.
If food is more the way to your dad’s heart, we have found the very aptly named “Best Dad in the World Box”, worth considering for the title alone. Pong Cheese champions the “leading independent and artisan producers” in the UK, and this box comes with four such cheeses (including Taleggio DOP, which apparently has been been made since 900 AD and may even be the oldest cheese in the world).
If your dad is something of a muso, why not turn his favourite song into a work of art with this Song Colour Wave Print. You can choose the colours and the team Yve Print Co create an image with layered soundwaves from the track. It comes printed on 265gsm satin paper and is available with a variety of different frames with a personalised message at the bottom.
Plenty of us grew up thinking that our dads were superheroes, and now you can actually help him turn into one. This indoor skydiving experience from Virgin Experience Days simulates the experience of skydiving using a wind tunnel. The package includes four single flights, each lasting one minute (which is apparently equal to freefall in six tandem skydives). So you can treat your dad to the feeling of human flight without him having to actually jump out of any planes (or magically acquire superpowers).
Every dad needs to have a project on the go, and this one has a tasty reward that you can both enjoy at the end. The Brooklyn Brew Beer Making Kit contains all you need to create your own homemade IPA. Guaranteed to allow your father hours of mindless tinkering in the garage. Happy brewing!