Get set for Father’s Day

Sunday is Father’s Day, which means it’s time to spoil rotten that fella you call dad. The trouble with dads though - bad jokes and even worse dancing aside – is they can be notoriously difficult to buy for. So if a pair of socks and a packet of razor blades won’t cut it this year, here are a few ideas that could help make his weekend.

What do you get the man who has everything?

It’s hard to know what to get for the man who has everything – and if he’s under any illusions that he doesn’t actually have it all, gently remind him that you’re his offspring or, even better, point him in the direction of his grandkids – so the best place to start is to think about the things he enjoys.

So, if he’s into sports and he already subscribes to Sky, Virgin or any other paid for TV service, then why not add a year’s subscription to the sports channels? To add the Sky Sports to a current Sky package will cost £22 extra a month, while the Sky Sports Collection on Virgin costs £27.25 a month, on top of the normal subscription cost.

If that’s a bit too steep, you could add BT Sports to his existing Sky package for an extra £12 a month, plus a dubious sounding £15 one-off ‘activation fee’.

Alternatively, sports paraphernalia is always a winner, and if he’s a keen golfer, you can pick up a whole host of golfing gear – from tartan bow ties to tams – at the Ryder Cup online shop, ahead of the tournament teeing off at Gleneagles in September.

If TV and movies are his thing, you could get him a subscription to Netflix, Amazon Prime or any of the other streaming services. For a full run down of what on offer, read Mark’s article.

If music be the food of love (are you the indigestion? - Half Man Half Biscuit, there) then show your dad how much he means to you with a set of premium, in-ear Torino Lamborghini headphones which you can pick up for as little as £61.00 – not bad for a top notch set of cans.

And, if you were wondering “Tonino Lamborghini” brands luxury goods and services and shouldn’t be confused with the car company “Automobili Lamborghini” founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini, who happened to be Tonino Lamborghini’s dad.  

Or perhaps drinking is his thing? Instead of going for the usual bottle of Bell’s or a few bottles of real ale, why not challenge his pallet to a more refined flavour of Hendrick’s gin or Gordon’s with a spot of elderflower? Both perfect drinks for lazy summer days in the garden.

If he can’t function without a coffee, you could pick up a Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine so he can make his own Macchiato in the morning. Prices vary depending upon the machine you go for, but you can currently pick one up from Tesco for just £59.50.

Or if you really don’t know what to get him, why not leave it up to someone else instead, Firebox.com is currently offering £50 worth of gear for £29.99 in its Father’s Day Mystery Box.

Special treats to make Father’s Day special

If money’s a bit tight, or you just want to let dad kick back and relax for the day, then with a bit of imagination you could make his day extra special without spending a small fortune.

One of the simplest things you can do is make a card, or get the kids to make a card, and maybe stick in some home-made vouchers that dad can redeem against getting the lawn mown, breakfast in bed, a couple of pints down the pub, or even whole day watching whatever he wants on telly – this could come in handy with the World Cup being on.

Alternatively, you could perhaps challenge dad to a man vs. food contest, either by whipping up the hottest dish you can think of or the biggest burger you can build and challenging him to eat it within a certain timeframe – if he does it you could maybe give him a commemorative t shirt, it could even become an annual challenge.

Or if you really are a glutton for punishment you could give you dad free reign to tell as many of his bad jokes as he likes, promising not to groan and you might even stretch to a grin.

Speaking of which, get your dad to post his worst jokes to Twitter (or do it for him) using the hashtag #MSMDadJokes

And to get you started, here’s mine: “Scientists have been conducting experiments to see if taking the shells off snails makes them move faster.”

“They found that, if anything, it made them more sluggish.”

I'll see myself out...

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