All the gifts he didn't know he needed.
Relentlessly quizzing your dad for ideas typically ends in a frustrated sigh from both parties followed by a martyr's cry: "I really, really don't need anything." Naturally, procrastination follows and suddenly you're racing against the clock to find a gift that includes free two-day shipping. Next thing you know, you're somehow sending home yet another tool kit that ends up in the local charity shop come summer. But not this year. This year, you'll prove to your dad that not only do you know him as a person, but you'll find a sleek gift that's completely on-brand for his personality type and interests.
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After years of careful study (ie: building gift guides like these), we have finally solved the ancient mystery that is shopping for Dad. Good gifts for dads have to hit these three points: they're unique, they're functional, and they tap into his passions. And this shopping list is packed with cool Christmas gift ideas just like that.
Here you'll find the perfect present for the father figure in your life – from granddad to anyone you consider dad. Shop personal experiences, cool gadgets, and the coffee machine of both your dreams for the dad who already has everything.
SHOP CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR dads:
A vinyl membership means your dad can embark on a musical adventure with a brand-new album every month. Choose his musical taste — classic jazz to old school finds or a mix of cross-genre essentials — and prepare for the gift that keeps on giving. Bonus points for when he learns all the words to Billy Joel's We Didn't Start The Fire.
Vinyl Subscription, €186 for six months, LovesVinyl.com
He says he doesn't need anything but we beg to differ, he needs to be able to tell the time. While there's obvious merit in gifting a proper Swiss watch, dad still needs a watch for the everyday. That's where Emporio Armani steps in. With reliable insides and a classic design, its universal appeal will keep things ticking over nicely.
Emporio Armani Steel Blue Watch, €215, Weirs and Sons
It's the decade of the beard, or so we're told. Assuming, however, that your dad doesn't work as a vegan barista in Stoneybatter, he may want to tame his facial hair. This Harry's Christmas Winston Gift Set will be able to tame that and more.
Harrys Christmas Winston Gift Set, €32.99, Boots
If your dad spends most of his free time on the green, chances are he's expecting a new club or another colourful polo this year. Surprise him with Bose's audio sunglasses instead — the stylish frames not only play headphone-free audio and make phone calls, but also connect with the Golfshot audio app to estimate his distance from the green or give him a rundown of the next hole.
Bose Frames Alto, €229.95, Bose
Some dads love their coffee almost as much as their children. Whether they’re sipping a morning latte or evening espresso, these guys are never without a cup. Created especially for those who love coffee with fresh milk, this is no ordinary coffee machine. Prepare an Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato or a Creamy Latte at the touch of a button.
De'Longhi Lattissima Touch Black, €299, Nespresso
So we get it, your dad doesn't need anything but he would quite like to spend the day with you. While he'd be thrilled to have you just rocking up unannounced for dinner, why not spend the day doing something he loves like a tour of a whiskey distillery? With gift cards of up to €500 available, you can give your dad the chance to go on a guided tour of either distillery (Dublin or Cork), try some cocktails, enjoy a whiskey tasting or buy their very own personalised bottle of whiskey.
Jameson Guided Tour, From €22, Jameson
No matter what age your dad is, you're guaranteed he still fancies himself a bit. They all like to pretend they don't care what they look like and make no effort but in our experience dads are more into their skincare products than any mam we know.
5 Minute Men's Routine, €17-€98, Kiehls
To some of us, dad is synonymous with, "I-can-fix-it" — and thanks to our own personal Bob the Builder, we've seen many a doomed item revived in front of our own eyes. But unlike an old bulky toolset, this versatile and compact tool-pen screwdriver can hang out in his pocket ready and primed for the next emergency repair.
No matter what your dad is into (or what your relationship is like), buying a book for someone is a lot easier than picking the right colour or size sweater or a tie, and it's much more exciting than a pair of socks. If he’s into music, likes to cook, likes to learn new things, or even likes photos more than actually reading, you’ll have options. But for Dads who just like to read, you can't beat the latest John Grisham.
The Guardians by John Grisham, €28, Easons
Rather than overloading your parent's kitchen counter with yet another set of glasses or untouched decanters, give your dad a chance to experiment with his own beer making kit. He'll love sipping his own creation, plus the distilling process is pretty easy: just clean and sterilise the tank, fill it up with a beer yeast sachet and boiled water, pour in sugar, and let the DIY beer age.
Beer Homebrew Starter Kit, €99.99, KraftyKellys.ie
Travel Wallet, €119, Bellroy
This is the kind of gift for the dad who doesn't even know his phone can charge wirelessly aka all of them. This charger, in particular, solves the flat-on-the-back problem with a screamingly obvious design change: It’s a stand. It props your phone up so you can see it from your pillow or across the room. Better yet, the charging happens whether you’ve put the phone down vertically or horizontally, while watching a movie, for instance.
Stand + Dock + Watch Aluminium Wireless Charger, €155, Zens
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