We know how it goes, sorting out a Father's Day gift has been on your 'to do' list for the last few weeks, but it never quite happened, and now it's this weekend. Luckily for you, we've been busy scouting out presents you can get right up until the eleventh hour - at no extra cost. All of these are either offering free next-day delivery right up until Saturday or come with downloadable gift certificates so you have something to give him on the day. Panic over.
1. American Crate: £40, marksandspencer.com
Ever-reliable M&S are offering free nominated-day delivery for Food and Wine gift orders over £20, just in time for Father’s Day. Our pick is this barbecue-themed crate, which includes a couple of bottles of American beer (Sierra Nevada IPA and Anchor Steamer), smoky BBQ sauce, hot dog relish and maple Bourbon gherkins; all the ingredients for a smashing summer afternoon. The wooden crate (23x20cm) will make great storage for booze bottles long after the original contents are gone.
2. BeerBods Subscription: £36 for three months, beerbods.co.uk
If your dad has hopped on-board the craft beer craze, here’s the perfect gift. He’ll get 12 beers, all from small, independent breweries, delivered in the post every three months – that’s one a week (in theory). There’s a live tasting session online on Thursday evenings for members, should he want to discuss tasting notes with other bods, and he’ll also receive a weekly email about the most recent bottle. Choose to send the gift certificate by email rather than post when you purchase.
3. Monthly Vegetable and Herb Seed Subscription: £21 for three months, notonthehighstreet.com
Whether he’s just starting out with his first allotment or has been tending to his acres for as long as you can remember, green-fingered fathers will love this subscription gift. He’ll get two packets of seeds a month, a mixture of vegetables and herbs, all seasonal so he doesn’t have to figure out when to plant what, and they’ll email you a gift certificate on purchasing to give to him on the day.
4. Now TV Sky Sports Pass: from £6.99, nowtv.com
If your dad loves his sport but doesn’t want to fork-out for Sky, this subscription service allows instant live streaming on any of the seven Sky Sports channels. It’s a pay-as-you-go set-up (for either 24 hours or seven days) that you can buy – click “save for later” – then activate when the event he’s keen on comes up. We suggest he saves it until July so you can watch The Ashes together.
5. Kopi by Café Direct Coffee Gift Subscription: £24 for three months, kopi.co.uk
If supermarket own-blend just won’t cut it for your coffee aficionado father, have a 250g bag of rare premium coffee delivered to his door every month, complete with a tasting booklet so he can talk the talk, too. Download the gift certificate on purchasing (customisable with his name and a message) so that you have something to present him with, and he has the code to redeem his unusual gift.
6. R/C Quadcopter Aircraft: £39.99, iwantoneofthose.com
The gifting website is offering free next day delivery on Father’s Day gifts when you spend over £35 with the code FNDD35. We fancy this remote control aircraft, which is designed for indoor use with a clever bounce-cage to protect the moving parts when the inevitable crashes happen, but you could also go for a home cider brewing kit or a radio-controlled Range Rover.
7. Emporio Armani Men's Watch: £119, watchshop.com
If your dad’s timepiece needs an upgrade, the Watch Shop have thousands of designs to choose from, available on free next day delivery for pieces over £60. We like this classically styled Emporio Armani one. It has a cool, clean-looking black dial with a useful date function, set in a stainless steel case on a smart leather strap. Order it before 4pm on Friday and you'll get it on Saturday. You can also do ‘click and collect’ if you’d prefer to pick it up in person.
8. iTunes Gift Card: from £25, store.apple.com
For dads who don’t like surprises, let him choose himself from the iTunes store’s millions of albums, box-sets, books, movies, games and apps. With denominations ranging from £25 to £100, a voucher will work for any budget. You can email it on the spot or set a time for it to be delivered to Dad’s inbox.
For beer buffs, you can't get much more fun or creative than a BeerBods subscription, and it's a gift he can joy for many months to come. If he's more of a sports fan, a NowTV sports pass is one he'll definitely appreciate and it's one he can cash in in his own time.
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