Father’s Day is 21 June, so with not long to go, and for many, lockdown rules mean they won’t be able to visit the special father-figure in their lives, whether that’s a step-dad, uncle, grandad or brother too.
If you’re not going to be seeing him in person, it’s likely this year’s present shopping has been made a little harder than normal.
When seeking out the perfect gift, you’ll need to consider delayed delivery times, which practically all brands have suffered with during the pandemic.
And if you’re a little less organised than some, you’ll be leaving this until quite last minute. But don’t worry, we’ve got that covered too.
We’ve done the hard work for you and put together this gift guide for last-minute options, with fast delivery times and gift-wrapping services, which won’t even involve a trip to the post office.
All that’s left for you is to pick what your dad will most enjoy and get a card, which can also be easily ordered online, or you could make your own.
Ahead are some of our favourite finds.
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Gifts for food lovers
If your dad loves being in the kitchen and has used lockdown to improve his culinary repertoire, this Japanese ramen bowl set (Sous Chef, 39.50) makes mastering a bowl of ramen easy.
In the set, you’ll find two beautiful ramen bowls, two ladles and a ramen recipe booklet that all comes in a reusable cotton drawstring bag. The bowls are dishwasher safe too.
For a caffeine connoisseur, a coffee subscription is a gift that keeps on giving, with many available from independent brands across the UK. It also means all you need to do is set the address as your dad’s when your order, and it’s all taken care of.
A coffee subscription goes beyond just Father’s Day. In our review of coffee subscriptions, our favourite was the Manumit house roast subscription (from £6.75 a month) from the Cardiff-based roastery that plays an important role in its community. You can choose how many months you want to set it for up too.
The taste of its beans are top-notch, coming from farms and collectives aiming to improve communities (anywhere from Brazil, Uganda and Congo) but the real story is the brand’s antislavery work.
Manumit coffee is roasted, packaged and shipped by survivors of modern-day slavery and human trafficking. It pays above the living wage and supports its employees to re-enter the workplace, plus the coffee profits are then ploughed back into local antislavery projects.
As a bonus, its monthly house roast subscription package features delights like the gently festive Brazilian variety we tried: all sourced ethically, fairly traded and delivered straight to your door. It’s the ultimate feel-good gift.
To dunk in their tea, this Biscuiteers green fingers luxe biscuit tin (Biscuiteers, £45) is fitting for a nature and gardening lover, with 13 hand-iced biscuits that can be delivered in a keepsake box. He could even use it after you’ve eaten them all to store packets of seeds.
Typically Biscuiteers will deliver your order by the next day if ordered before 1pm Monday to Saturday, but there may be delays due to the coronavirus, so we’d recommend allowing two to three days to ensure it arrives on time.
Gifts for film and TV buffs
From Gordon Ramsay’s lessons on cooking to Natalie Portman on acting and Martin Scorsese on filmmaking, Masterclass has enlisted the help of some of the biggest names in the industry to teach across a range of subjects.
For film lovers there’s an extensive library on directing, acting, editing skills, animation and more to swot up on.
All classes are taught by video and the average class features 20 lessons, each lasting roughly 10 minutes and for £170 you can gift an all-access pass.
If your father-figure is missing the cinema, a subscription to MUBI is your best bet for them to get their cult, classic and independent movie fix. It picks a “Film Of The Day” and includes filmmaker retrospectives and spotlights on film festivals like Sundance and Cannes to keep you up to speed on cultural moments in film.
We’d recommend checking out Oldboy a violent, unpredictable neo-noir thriller from Korean director Park Chan-wook that sees the protagonist Oh Dae-su held captive for 15 years before being released, discovering his captor all while being intertwined in a web of conspiracy. For £9.99 a month (or £95.88 a year) you can access the database of 30 films, where a new one is added every day.
Grooming and lifestyle gifts
While you’re still unable to get dressed up to take your dad out to dinner, you can still make the occasion special with a bottle of cologne, that he can wear even if he’s lounging around at home.
This Jo Malone London warm and distinctive duo (Jo Malone London, £147) includes two of its most popular scents; the fresh wood, sage and sea salt 50ml and a wood dark amber and ginger lily cologne intense 50ml.
The duo will arrive in a signature cream and black box, surrounded in tissue paper, delivery is also free, and your order will arrive in two to five days, so you can still order up until 15 June for it to arrive on time.
If he already smells good, but maybe his car doesn’t, luxury fragrance brand Diptyque goes beyond fragrances and candles, it also makes car diffusers. Its car diffuser and 34B scent insert (Space NK, £75) is ideal for a car enthusiast dad who has everything.
It’s a woody blend of mosses, blackcurrant leaves and fig leaves that will keep his car smelling fresh, and Space NK offers next-day delivery when you spend mor than £70, as long as you order before 1pm. Just make sure you select “it’s a gift” at checkout so you can add a message and have the price tags removed.
If your dad loves his watches, a new one may well be out of your price range, but something to store it in can be a stylish and functional piece.
This travel watch roll (Aspinal of London, £95) is made with Italian leather and a cobalt blue suede to keep his watches dust and scratch-free when he isn’t wearing it.
The padded cushion it comes with is 8.4cm wide and removable, meaning it will fit a dress watch or a chunky, sportier style. Aspinal of London also offer free next day delivery if you order before 1pm and have it luxury gift wrapped at no extra charge.
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