It can be a daunting task to buy something the old man will like this 21 June, especially with social distancing measures in place. While those restrictions are slowly starting to ease, buying a Father's Day gift under lockdown makes gift giving even harder – especially with slower delivery times.
We're here to offer you some inspiration, whether you're looking for something cheap and cheerful or something premium.
With the special day still over a week away, ordering now means you still have time for your gift to arrive within time. Whether you choose to have the presents delivered straight to Dad's door, or want to have it hand-delivered to his doorstop, there are loads of gift ideas and options to choose from.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd-gen)
Virtual assistants are a great gift option if your Dad loves using Google voice or Siri.
Amazon's Echo Dot 3, at £49.99/$49.99 is an obvious choice if you want something that won't break the bank. Though of course, there's the Google equivalent, the Nest Mini (RRP £49/$49, though available for £27.99 from MyMemory).
Apple iPad 10.2in (2019)
If your dad is constantly fighting for the TV remote, enjoys reading news online or maybe enjoys a spot of gaming, a tablet could be a really good idea for a Father's Day present. It's an extra special gift under lockdown, as it'll open up the world of video calls via Skype or FaceTime.
The gold standard of tablets is surely the iPad (£349/US$329), which upgraded from 9.7in to 10.2in in 2019 and gained Apple Pencil support.
That’s just two options, so why not take a look at our definitive guide to the best tablets available too?
23andMe Health and Ancestry
DNA kits are becoming ever-popular gift items for Mother's Day and Father's Day alike, and thankfully DNA Kit services offer discounts around those events too.
See our full guide to DNA Kits to learn more about what sets these services apart and other promotions on now.
If your dad is still toting around a creaky old feature phone or you just feel he deserves a swanky new handset, there’s always a smartphone – and it doesn't have to be expensive. For instance, the Realme 6 boasts a 90Hz screen and only costs £219
A nice case can also add a special touch - we've rounded up all the best ones here. Many case makers will have discounts on now too, like Mujjo which make premium leather cases and has 15% off until 21 June with code #dad.
If your dad loves TV and movies, you might find that a media streaming device is a good way to give him access to services such as Netflix, HBO Max or BBC iPlayer without having to fork out for a smart TV.
Many also offer additional benefits such as the ability to stream content from a tablet or smartphone, for example.
Our favourite streaming stick is the Roku Streaming Stick+, sitting pretty at number 1 in our best TV media streamer list.
Another undisputedly great option for around the same low price is the Amazon Fire TV Stick (£39.99/$49.99). Simply plug it into the USB port on your dad’s telly and he’ll have a wealth of shows and films at his fingertips.
Fitbit Charge 3
As long as its not a cheeky ploy to get him to lose weight, an activity tracker is a cool, affordable present for your dad this Father’s Day.
There are so many on the market, so maybe a peek at our list of the best activity trackers and best fitness tracker deals is in order.
We've also rounded up all the best Fitbit deals all in one place.
Apple Watch Series 3
There’s always the option to go full-blown smartwatch, so long as your dad is a smartphone user – he’d need to pair the two over Bluetooth.
Smartwatches have more features and a screen, and the go-to example for most is the Apple Watch, which has a few models. If you don't want to go for the latest Apple Watch 5, you could opt for the Watch Series 3, which starts at £279/$279. If you want cellular connectivity, however, prices start at £199/$199.
Additional smartwatch options that we've been loving can be found in our best smartwatches chart.
Even if he’s blasting Rod Stewart, it’s his day, so let him. Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Here is our guide to the best.
High on that list is the outstanding Aukey Eclipse. You can get it for around £40 and the sound it delivers for the price is unbelievable – and its enough to fill a room despite its size.
GoPro Hero 7 Black
If Dad likes the outdoors or traveling, the GoPro Hero7 Black may be an ideal gift for him. Now reduced to £219.99/US$229.99 from £319.99/$329.99, it's not cheap, but it does come packed with features he will appreciate. Here's our review.
There's also the new Hero8 Black which now comes with a free 32GB SD card for £329.99/$349.99 (reduced from £329.99/£449.99).
The Hero7, though the previous model has loads of impressive features. It's voice activated, which eases operating the camera when climbing or bike riding or when having your hands tucked behind your head on a seaside hammock in Bermuda.
It's also waterproof up to 10 meters, touchscreen, voice-activated and can record in up to 1440p at 60 fps.
If you’d rather your dad kept his questionable audio tastes to himself, you’re in luck. Headphones are an affordable item that he can use with his phone, tablet, laptop or even TV.
A good pick is the Tribit QuietPlus noise cancelling headphones. For £89.99 you get great audio quality and the option to connect over Bluetooth 5.0.
For a full run-down of the best budget headphones available, here you go.
For the literary-inclined father in your life, there’s always an eReader. It’s impossible to not mention Kindle. The recently updated base Kindle is only £69.99/$89.99, though you may want to pay the optional extra £10 to avoid your dad having adverts on the lock screen.
For a Kindle-heavy rundown of the best eReaders, check out our guide
Why not pair the eReader with a subscription service?
A Readly subscription can get him a variety of great magazines with just one monthly subscription rate. Choose from titles like Men's Health, Sport, Esquire, GQ – it's like a gift that grants more gifts. It's like the Netflix for magazines.
Here's an option if you're on a tighter budget. This is tech any practical-gift-loving man would appreciate, especially under lockdown.
The Philips Series 3000 shaver is rechargeable and can run for up to fifty minutes on a single charge. It's also waterproof, which means the recipient of this gift can use it dry, or with a gel, or in the shower.
See the best electric shavers of 2020 here.
One4All Gift Card
If you still can't decide what to get Dad, you can always have him choose instead. The One4All gift card works with over 130 High Street stores in the UK, such as John Lewis, Argos, M&S, Argos, Curry's Topman and many more. So whether he prefers tech, fashion, fine dining or wants a bit of R&R on a Virgin Experience Days, the One4All card has it covered.