Reckon your dad is top of the pops? So do most people, but that doesn’t mean your old man is any less special. In fact, he’s part of a distinguished group of gents due to be celebrated on June 21.
Whether you pour your papa a pint, make him a card or bounce one of his dodgy jokes right back at him, there are countless ways to say ‘thanks’ on the day that’s annually dedicated to fathers.
Of course, things are a little trickier this year. If you’re not living the lockdown life with your dearest dad, you’ll have to show your gratitude for his parenting techniques from afar.
You could stand on his doorstep, clap for three minutes then spell out a message of thanks on his manicured front lawn using leftover Amazon Prime packaging, à la Art Attack. Or, for a demonstration that’s less likely to get you written out of his will, you could buy him one of the cracking gifts listed below. The choice is yours.
The Sub Compact (£99)
Beer mats bought on eBay. Pint glasses sourced from the back of the cupboard. The picnic bench painstakingly stained with lukewarm lager for that authentic summer scent. Yet despite his best efforts, your dad still can’t recreate the true pub garden experience.
What’s missing? A properly poured pint – which is where the Sub Compact comes in. Drop a compatible 2-litre keg in the top and – after a short wait to build anticipation and cool the contents to an optimal 2°C – dad can start pulling pints like a fully licensed landlord.
With a whole range of beers and ciders available, you’ll never again see supermarket tinnies served at The Father’s Arms.
Lego 1985 Audi Sport quattro S1 (£18)
Despite what your rally-mad dad might think, trying to get his hatchback sideways on a country lane was a bad idea before lockdown – and it definitely doesn’t count as an essential journey now. Satisfy his hooning fix a safer way with this retro Lego set.
A miniature reimagining of Audi’s legendary Sport quattro S1 – the boxy beast that became an icon of Group B rallying in the Eighties – the 250-piece set is as faithful to the original as little bricks can be, from the optional spot lamps to the whopping rear wing.
There’s an authentically suited minifigure in the hot seat, but you’re not exempt from co-driver duties: dad might need you to read pace notes from the instruction booklet.
Jabra Move Style Edition (£60)
Some might love their lockdown lodgers, but extended house guests aren’t every dad’s idea of the perfect quaranteam. If your papa is among those craving some personal space, these cordless cans could be just what he needs for audio escapism.
They can’t do anything to ease state restrictions on his liberty, but the Move Style will at least leave him free to roam about the house: a full charge delivers a solid 14 hours of wireless Bluetooth streaming – which should outlast even the longest of squad sourdough sessions.
Unlike said sourdough, the ’phones are well-made and lightweight. And, while there’s no active noise cancelling, the cushioned cups limit outside sounds so that your father can focus on the crisp, balanced tunes caressing his canals – instead of the gluten-fuelled group call going on downstairs.
Amazon Fire HD 8 (£90)
Amazon’s Fire tablets have long been a staple of the Father’s Day gift guide – and for good reason: they’re versatile, capable and affordable, offering endless entertainment options and no shortage of smarts.
The updated Fire HD 8? You guessed it: the same, but a bit better. Alongside everything you’d expect – Alexa for voice assistance, a decent app catalogue and an Amazon-focused interface – the latest variant of the 8-inch tablet runs faster, lasts longer and offers more storage. It also ships with USB-C for rapid recharging and an optimised gaming mode – so your dad can finally crack the top levels of Candy Crush without getting sidetracked.
No, it won’t threaten an iPad, but if your dad’s after a straightforward slate for procrastination on tap, the Fire HD 8 ticks the boxes.