Unusual Father’s Day Gifts

I don’t often do gift guides, I did one at Christmas but that was very focussed on children. So in a break with tradition, I thought I’d do some recommendations on things to buy for dad.

If your dad / partner are anything like mine, they are really, really hard to buy for. So I’m focussing on unusual and ethical gifts, as well as a couple of budget options too. 

For the outdoorsy dad

My dad isn’t particularly outdoorsy, but he does love his garden. He really doesn’t like receiving gifts and we find it difficult to buy for him. So plants really do make the perfect present.

My plant recommendation is the beautiful fuss-free flowers from set your world on flowers. I love their colours and they really take no looking after other than regular watering. 

My hubby is also quite outdoorsy, but in a totally different way to Dad. Hubby would rather be out walking, going to the beach or enjoying a beer at a festival. The perfect present for him was this Tarp Hat.

Of course, it’s from an ethical company. They not only make all their products from recycled materials, they also give 50p from every sale to a fund to build wells for people who don’t have clean water. 


When you’re skint

I don’t mind admitting that there have been numerous father’s days when I’ve been too hard up financially to buy anything exciting for dad. I have two recommendations in this situation. The first is to hit the charity shops. 

I am a huge fan of charity shopping. Not only is everything cheaper, you are recycling and your money goes to a good cause. What’s not to love?

We’ve picked up tennis, squash and badminton racquets, pool cues and an immaculate set of golf clubs from charity shops lately. All perfect dad presents. 

If your dad / husband has a sweet tooth, I just LOVE this idea for home made cookies from the fabulous Eat Love Live blog.

You just put all the dry ingredients in a pretty pot with some instructions and dad can have gorgeous home-made cookies in minutes. 

For Grandad

There are several things that happen when you become a grandad as far as I can see. You start to appreciate the finer things in life, you like whiskey and you really do have everything you need. 

This year, my dad is getting personalised cufflinks from a company called Personalised Gift Solutions UK. They are so shiny that I’ve actually struggled to photograph them.

The case is personalised with our own message for Granddad.

I was particularly impressed with the customer service from this company. They processed my order immediately and picked up on the fact that part of my address was missing. 

I love the fact that they make gifts that really are unique, so even the dad who has everything won’t have them. Thank goodness for that. 

Another personalised gift that I love is from Dorothy and Theodore, who sell this hip flask, perfect for a whiskey lover like my dad.

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Last year, I treated hubby to a gift voucher to fly the hawks at Newent Bird of Prey Centre. It’s something he’s always wanted to do.

Coincidentally, he never got around to booking it so he’s going to do it this Sunday and we’re all going there for a day out. 

Another experience idea is going to a music festival. There are plenty of family friendly ones out there. Local to us, we love the Colwall Family Music Festival.

We went for the day last year. The music was brilliant and this year it’s a two day event, so my hubby will be treated to a family ticket for us all to go there and camp as his father’s day pressie this year. 

Ethical gifts for the dad who has it all

As you may be aware, Wyatt and Jack are one of my favourite companies, because their amazing handbags are made from reclaimed deckchairs and bouncy castles.

Believe it or not, they also make men’s things. I bought hubby one of their gorgeous wash bags for Valentine’s day. 

When the girls are a bit older, I’ll also be looking into these gifts created from your child’s drawings. They are made from ethical, fair trade cotton and of course, each one is unique. 

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Please note, a few of these items are things that we’ve been sent for the purpose of a review, either for this post or previously. All views, opinions and men in my life who have everything are my own. I apologise for any ruined surprises.



  1. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)
    June 5, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    Oooo i do like alternative gift ides. I love it when my children make their gifts and homemade cookies/cakes are a perfect. Its amazing what you can pick up in charity shop 🙂

    • monsterid June 5, 2015 / 8:02 pm

      Thank you Rachel. I like to support small and ethical companies anyway but most of them have gifts that are miles better than the usual tat 😉

  2. June 6, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    Some fab ideas you have there 🙂 Suitable for all occasions and not just Father’s day

    • monsterid June 6, 2015 / 3:01 pm

      Thank you, I wanted to feature things that were a little out of the ordinary.x

  3. June 6, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Thanks again for sharing my cookies in a jar post. I really love it when people enjoy me recipes as much as I do. I love all your gift suggestions. They are all so thoughtful. I’m a big fan of the flowers idea. Hubby has a green thumb and loves spending time in his garden. K x

    • monsterid June 6, 2015 / 11:02 pm

      No problem at all, thank you for letting me share it. I think it would make a brilliant Father’s Day gift. I have eaten my bodyweight in cookies since I read it. I need to make another batch now, they’re all gone!x

  4. June 7, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    Just bought David a Tarp Hat thank you x x x

    • monsterid June 7, 2015 / 6:53 pm

      Oh did you? That’s awesome. They’re fabulous Jennie, I guarantee you’ll see it and regret buying it for him instead of yourself!xx

  5. June 7, 2015 / 10:08 pm

    You have great taste Nat! Did make me laugh your shiny item photography issues I always come up against the same, I seem to spend half my time crouching in a darker corner to try and get a vaguely non blinding photo 😉

    Stevie xx

    • monsterid June 7, 2015 / 10:17 pm

      Haha I am so glad that’s not just me!!! I started off trying to photograph it outside, ended up in a dark corner of the living room!xx

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