Father's Day 2017: 22 best gifts

Not sure what to buy your old man this year? We've picked out the presents to suit any dad (and any budget)

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It happens every year, but it doesn't get any easier. Dads are notoriously hard to buy for, so when Father's Day rolls around each summer, finding that special gift can be tricky.

So, here at IndyBest we've taken it upon ourselves to find a whole range of gifts, separated into different price ranges, which we genuinely think are sure to delight your dad – and save you that gift-buying panic on Father's Day Eve. 

Father's Day gifts under £10

George Knit Mule Slippers: £8, Asda


Play it safe by buying your dad a pair of comfortable slippers. George at Asda has a great range to pick from, with our favourites being this slip-on pair for under £10. The knit exterior matched with a soft and cushioned inner lining makes them a cosy option for feet to slip into. The sturdy sole also means you can pop outside in them every now and then to pick up the paper or put out the bins.  

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John Lewis McLaggan Smith Bone China Mug: £7.60, John Lewis


If he’s a tea drinker then opt for a well-designed mug to show your appreciation this Father’s Day. This one is made from bone china and features an illustration from Quentin Blake – you’ll probably recognise his style from his illustrations for author Roald Dahl. The mug has good depth so it will give you a well-sized cuppa and it’s microwave safe – ideal for heating up any forgotten brews.

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Undercover Recycled Leather Travel Card Holder: £10, Not On The High Street


If like us, your dad has travel cards he uses every day, then one of these two-card holders is super useful. They’re made from recycled leather and are come in over 30 colours. We’d opt for a bright one so he can always find his most important plastic at a glance. The compartments are quite snug so these are best for the sort of cards he doesn’t have to constantly get out – we use ours for work security pass and a contactless debit card. There’s an option to add personalisation, but take note that it will double the price.   

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Lakrids Salt Caramel Choc Coated Liquorice, 150g: £7.95, Trouva 


We’ve long been fans of posh Danish liquorice brand Lakrids and these salted caramel-coated treats are our favourite of its selection. You get just the right hit of sweet and salty goodness and they’ll make your dad feel like he is in on a delicious foodie secret. 

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The Bottom Corner: A Season with the Dreamers of Non-League Football by Nige Tassell: £9.75, Wordery


Dads who are fans of non-league clubs will find familiar faces and tales in this paperback, from those unshakeably dedicated supporters to the veteran strikers who have banged in goals everywhere from Truro to Tranmere. But there are plenty of stories told here not so well known – like the Ascot United defender who led the Philippines national team into international folklore, or the septuagenarian referee who’s aiming to officiate in his 5000th game. Journalist and author Tassell, who spent a season travelling all over the country gathering material for the book, delivers something that will affirm the allegiance of the non-league obsessive, and surely tempt some dads away from the bright lights of the Premier League.

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Fortnum & Mason Dad Pork Pie: £7.95, Fortnum & Mason


We don’t think there are many dads who would turn their noses up at a pork pie, especially when it’s delicious as this one – and is even personalised just for them, in case there was any confusion as to who would be scoffing it. This one from Fortnum & Mason is stuffed with Lincolnshire pork, and decorated by hand. It’s a great addition to any Father’s Day feasts you have planned. Available for delivery from 15 June.

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Father's Day gifts under £20

Hotel Chocolat Billionaire’s Shortbread Grand Slab: £16, John Lewis


If, like us, your dad has a seriously sweet tooth he’ll enjoy eating this delicious chocolate slab from the British chocolate maker Hotel Chocolat. This 500g bar is roughly the size of a tablet and feels weighty, while the familiar mix of caramel, milk chocolate and shortbread biscuit is rich and creamy. It will cure any chocolate cravings and is made for sharing, so hopefully your dad is feeling generous.   

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Oliver Bonas Tiles Resin Frame: £16, Oliver Bonas


For a dad that has everything why not try going down the sentimental route? Fill this frame with a fun picture or memory shared by the both of you so it’s ready to sit on the mantelpiece. The neutral tones of the frame means it will go with most interiors and can stand landscape or portrait. Frame dimensions are 21cm (height) x 15.5cm (width) x 1.5cm (depth). Available in other colours.

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The School Of Life: Great Thinkers: £15.99, Amazon  


Here’s one for dads who love a debating  - and who probably pride themselves on excelling at pub quizzes. The chunky but accessible tome from the educational company covers the works of philosophers, political theorists, sociologists, artists and novelists whose thinking The School of Life feels can be applied to our modern lives. So he can treat the whole family to gambits from a host of influential thinkers from Aristotle to Andy Warhol. There is also an ebook available but we think this is one that looks good on the shelf. 

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Earl of East Smoke & Musk Candle, 100ml: £16, Touva


From our experience, men love a candle, even if many wouldn’t splash out on one for themselves. This scent by young London brand Earl of East really does remind us of bonfires in the woods – you can tell your dad, it’s actually green balsam fir and patchouli creating the magic. This one gets bonus points for being made from non-toxic and more eco-friendly soy wax. He’ll get 20-25 hours of burn time and there are larger versions available, all come in the cool looking amber glass pots. 

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Hurd Vinyl and Craft Beer Subscription: £19.99, Hurd


Is your old man a proponent of the vinyl revival? Is he partial to a craft beer? If the answer to both of those is yes, then this is a damn-near ideal gift – and if not, we reckon it could be the thing to convert him. Hurd is a subscription service, but you can get him a one-off box for Father’s Day. Each box contains four beers – ours contained a delicious mix of IPAs, pale ales and more – and the 7-inch record included is exclusive to subscribers, coming courtesy of an emerging artist. There are also some arty extras, such as prints and stickers, as well Hurd’s monthly periodical. 

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The Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen: £11.95, Hive


For any disciples of well-grilled goods, this so-called bible is the book to buy. Father’s Day comes slap bang in the middle of BBQ season, and this book is packed with literally hundreds of recipes to get those creative juices flowing, whether that be for grilling chops, fish and steaks, or making those all-important sauces and rubs. It’s written by Steven Raichlen, an American food writer known for his barbecuing prowess, so you can trust you’ll be leaving your dad in safe hands.

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Father's Day gifts under £50

Aspinal of London Classic Leather Hip Flask: £49, Aspinal of London


Aspinal of London is known for its quality leather products so you know you’re in safe hands when it comes to picking a present. We like its leather hipflask – it’s robust, stylish and smart. Made from stainless steel and Italian calf leather, the hipflask comes in three designs. You can also get it engraved with your dad’s initials for that extra personal touch. It’s ideal for taking on walks or other outdoor pursuits.

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Birchbox Limited Edition Man's Bag: £25 for subscribers, £35 for non-subscribers, Birchbox


The team behind the monthly beauty subscription boxes also does some seriously good-value one offs. This one means not only does your dad get a quality feeling washbag made of tough Levis denim, but it’s filled with premium grooming products. This is said to be worth £126, we can’t verify that exactly but we were impressed with the range of products that we think most guys will get on with, from paraben and sulphate-free Davines shampoo that helps rejuvenate thinning locks to hard-working moisturiser made from algae from the Arctic by Polaar. There are some shaving products in the mix, as well as a universally appealing shower gel courtesy of posh French skincare brand Thermaliv. 

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Seasalt Box O’ Socks: £35, Seasalt Cornwall 


We know, we know, socks aren’t exactly original but these ones from Cornish clothing brand Seasalt are super comfortable and great quality. Made from breathable bamboo, the idea is they will keep his feet cool in these summer months then warm in winter. These come in a box divided into days of the week, so feel more gift-worthy than some. Choose from these nautical-inspired colours or the darker hues if he prefers his sock game to be subtler. Fit sizes 8-12. 

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Thought Harper Hemp Shirt: £44.90, Thought


Thought is one of our favourite sustainable menswear brands, and one of their shirts would be an excellent addition to the wardrobe of any style-conscious dad (or a push in the right direction if he’s somewhat lacking sartorially). This one, which comes in three muted colours, and from size small to XXL, is made from hemp and organic cotton, so it’s soft and breathable.

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Glenfiddich IPA Experiment, 43%: £45.55 for 70cl, The Whisky Exchange


Scotch is a classic gift for the discerning drinker, but with this one, it comes with a twist. Distilled by Glenfiddich, one of the biggest names in whisky, it is finished for three months in casks that had previously held IPA. The result is this, part of Glenfiddich’s so-called Experimental Series. And you can certainly taste that added influence, with the whole thing a fruity, hoppy experience. Ideal for the dad who wants to try something new.  

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Father's Day gifts under £100

Campbell Cole Simple A6 Pouch Black: £85, Campbell Cole


Dads are normally the ones holding on to all the passports and travel documents when you head to the airport to go on holiday, so this smart pouch will keep all those travel essentials together. The black Italian leather makes it robust and stylish, while the knotted puller makes it easy to access your documents quickly. It comes with a dust bag to keep it clean when not in use and there’s a range of other colours available too.

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Le Creuset Vitesse Wine Fountain Carafe: £80, John Lewis


This is one any budding oenophile dads can whip out at a dinner party to impress guests. He gets an elegant carafe and a contraption that holds the bottle vertically and helps aerate the wine, giving it time to breathe and connoisseurs promise, improving the taste. By kitchenware gurus Le Creuset, this one looks and works like a quality bit of kit. 

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Alessi Pina Espresso Coffee Maker: £51.14, Amazon


If his morning cup is an espresso and he isn’t the type to opt for a noisy machine, then he might appreciate this traditional stove-top maker from the Italian design house. As well as this three cup version, it also comes in a larger size that will give him six cups of the good stuff. Take note: this can’t be used on induction hobs. 

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Shibumi Grenadine/Garza Grossa Tie: £99, Bombinate


Tucked away in one of Florence’s paved side streets, this Italian tailor makes sophisticated menswear that’s inspired by the Far East. The shop itself is a pleasure to peruse, but if you’re not planning a trip there any time soon, a good range of the wares are available online in the UK. This tie will delight the suit-wearing dad, it is woven from 100 per cent silk, and we think it’s very versatile in this navy colour (although it’s also available in forest green).

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Audio-Technica ATH-AR3BT: £99, Audio-Technica


You don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds to treat your dad to some great quality headphones, as this newly released pair from Audio-Technica proves. There’s a strong Bluetooth connection here, so it’s a great on-the-go pair, although there’s also a cable for wired listening, which is a lifesaver when the battery is depleted. The sound, considering the sub-£100 price, is excellent, with fulsome bass and a generally wide soundscape. Gives around 30 hours of battery life. 

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The Verdict: Father's Day gifts

We think that The Bottom Corner is an excellent read, even if you're dad isn't a non-league obsessive, while the Aspinal of London hip flask is something that he'll keep for years and years. But for value for money, and for something that he'll really use, we'd recommend the Birchbox Man's Bag.  

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