43 best Christmas gifts for dads 2023 UK | The Sun

Dads can be notoriously tricky to buy for, but you needn’t worry as we’ve pulled together the best Christmas gifts to buy your father – or father figure – this year.

We’ve got something for every dad, whether he’s into golf or games, fashion or food and drink.

We’ve picked out the best Christmas gifts for Dads, even for the dad who has everything, with great gifts even the hardest-to-please man will be pleased with.

Want to save on wrapping by getting your dad and mum one gift to enjoy together? We’ve covered this too, searching out gifts that they’ll both love, from foodie treats to trips out together.

Alternatively, perhaps you know a man celebrating his first Christmas as a father this year and want to buy him something special to remember it by? If so, read on, as we’ve got a great selection of gifts to mark this milestone occasion.

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Here’s our round-up of what to buy your dad for Christmas 2023.

Present ideas for Dad’s first Christmas

Maybe he’s had a baby within the last year, or perhaps he has become a father for the first time in another way – either way, a dad’s first Christmas is an extra special one.

Whether the gift is coming from yourself or from the child, you can celebrate the occasion by getting him the perfect gift to mark his new life as a dad, from personalised keepsakes to treats to see him through Dad's life.

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1. Personalised Daddy Book

This cute kids' book can be customised with the dad's own detailsCredit: Not On The High Street

Make the kids’ bedtimes even more special with this cute storybook, which tells the story of a little bear’s love for his father, and can be customised to include facts like the dad’s name, age and characteristics.

It’s also available to come packaged in a gift box and personalised wrapping paper.

  • My Given Name Personalised Daddy Book 'Because Of You', £23 from Not On The High Street – buy here

2. Little's Christmas Spirit Flavour Infused Ground Coffee

If he’s a new dad, we imagine he’ll be experiencing his fair share of sleepless nights – and so a fancy bag of coffee will be greatly appreciated. 

This festive blend from small start-up business Little’s Coffee is infused with flavours of orange, brandy, cinnamon and vanilla. 

“If Santa were to drink coffee, this is what he would drink,” says the brand – and we’d have to agree.

  • Little's Christmas Spirit Flavour Infused Ground Coffee, £6.51 from Amazon – buy here

3. Daddy Ceramic Mug

What better way for him to enjoy his coffee than in this meaningful mug?

Made from speckled stone-coloured ceramic, it’ll fit in well with any kitchen decor, and the word ‘daddy’ is engraved on both sides, so the sentiment is visible whichever hand you drink with. 

It also comes in a box, for easy wrapping.

  • Daddy Ceramic Mug, £8 from John Lewis – buy here

4. Personalised Multi Photo Leather Case Keyring

Subtle and stylish, he’ll love this handy way of being able to carry around photos of his family with him at all times.

The leather case comes in six colours and has the word ‘Dad’ or ‘Daddy’ embossed on the front, while inside there’s space to upload four precious photos.

  • Create Gift Love Personalised Multi Photo Leather Case Keyring, £35 from Not On The High Street – buy here

5. Ember New Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

There’s nothing more annoying than making a hot drink and then forgetting about it, only to find it’s gone stone cold – and new dads probably have a lot of things to distract them!

Ember’s smart, app-controlled mugs keep your drink at your desired temperature for up to 80 minutes – so no more cold brews.

It also turns off automatically when it’s empty, and comes with a one-year guarantee.

  • Ember New Temperature Control Smart Mug 2, £129.95 from Amazon – buy here

6. Polaroid Go Instant Camera

Yes, it’s great to have a camera roll full of snaps, but sometimes nothing beats a printed photo – and this little retro instant camera is a great way for him to capture his first Christmas as a dad.

Simply point, press and watch your photo be automatically printed from the front of the camera (drop forget to shake and wait a few minutes until it’s fully developed).

This model is also available in black and white.

  • Polaroid Go Instant Camera, £79 (Was £89.99) from Amazon – buy here

7. New Dads Survival Kit

This funny joke ‘survival kit’ is guaranteed to get a laugh out of any new dad who might be feeling a little bit clueless. 

Designed to look like a soldier's kit, it contains a baby onesie with ‘helpful’ instructions for what limb goes where, poo defence safety goggles, a nose peg, rubber gloves, an ‘emergency dad jokes’ coaster and keyring, all stored in a personalised keepsake tin.

  • Butterscotch Studio New Dads Survival Kit, £48 from Not On The High Street – buy here

8. Far Afield X The New Fatherhood Good Dads Club T-Shirt

This is a great gift for fashionable new Dads.

This chic and simple logo T-shirt is from clothing brand Far Afield who has collaborated with the men’s support community The New Fatherhood, which helps to fund therapy sessions for men.

This T-shirt is 100% cotton and machine washable – ideal if he has a messy baby or young child!

  • Far Afield X The New Fatherhood Good Dads Club T-Shirt, £45 at John Lewis – buy here

9. Triple Aperture Hinged Fine Silver Photo Frame

Photo frames are always a great gift, but especially when milestones come around as you can print those precious photos and hold as memories forever more.

The White Company have a selection of photo frames, but this design is super sleek, and can fit three photos inside.

The frames can include one of each family member, or three of your favourite images.

Choose to fill yourself or leave to the recipient.

  • Triple Aperture Hinged Fine Silver Photo Frame, £65 from the White Company – buy here

10. John Lewis Hand and Foot Print Inkpad Kit & Photo Frame

First time dads will want to treasure every moment of their newborn's life, so what better way than an inkpad to get their child's fingerprint, hand print and footprint?

This set is super affordable for just £22, includes the stunning frame and ink, so all you have to do is try and get the print – and keep your home clean without baby footprints in the carpet. But that's all part of the fun right?

  • John Lewis Hand and Foot Print Inkpad Kit & Photo Frame, £22 from John Lewis – buy here

Christmas gifts for those who want nothing

We’ve all heard it before: “I don’t want anything for Christmas this year.”

While it’s true that plenty of dads might not desire anything more than your company over the festive period, it’s still nice to get him something to unwrap on Christmas Day – and these suits-all gifts will please even the trickiest dads to buy for.

1. Dior Sauvage Eau De Parfum

If you want to buy him a fragrance this Christmas and aren’t quite sure what he likes, you can’t go wrong with one from the Dior Sauvage family.

Fresh, masculine and expensive-smelling, it’s the UK’s best-selling men’s fragrance for a reason – we’ve yet to find anyone, male or female, who doesn’t love catching a whiff of this.

  • DIOR Sauvage Eau de Parfum 60ml, £62.90 (Was £74) from Boots – buy here

2. Merry Christmas Signature box of chocolates

Chocolate is a failsafe gift option for anyone at Christmas, and Hotel Chocolat has something for every taste and budget.

If in doubt, this box of 12 chocolates is guaranteed to please, containing six seasonal favourite flavours such as Treacle Tart and Christmas Mess.

  • Merry Christmas Signature box of chocolates, £16.95 at Hotel Chocolat – buy here

3. Glenmorangie The Original Single Malt Whisky

A posh bottle of scotch will always go down well, whether he wants to share it with guests over Christmas or save it to enjoy after the festivities.

This single malt has been distilled in the Scottish Highlands and aged in bourbon casks for 10 years, giving it notes of orange, honey, vanilla and peach.

  • Glenmorangie The Original Single Malt Whisky 70cl, £33.89 at Master of Malt – buy here

4. 5pk Striped Cotton Rich Socks

No one will say no to getting new socks at Christmas!

These five pairs come in a range of classy, muted shades that work equally well for work as with more casual outfits.

They’re made from a comfy cotton blend fabric and include M&S’s ‘Cool & Fresh’ technology to keep feet feeling dry all day.

  • 5pk Cool & Fresh Striped Cotton Rich Socks, £14 at Marks & Spencer – buy here

5. Waterstones Gift Card

Gift cards might seem like an easy present, but if you’re really struggling with what to buy, at least this way your dad can get himself exactly what he wants.

There’s plenty at Waterstones aside from books to spend a gift card on too, like stationery, games and art supplies table books.

  • Gift card, from £10 at Waterstones – buy here

6. LEGO Icons 10317 Land Rover Classic Defender 90

Lego isn’t just for kids (this model is even marketed for those over 18), so it’s definitely one for your dad to enjoy himself.

Even if he doesn’t particularly think of himself as a Lego fan, we bet he’ll love taking the time to build this classic car, a detailed replica of the 1983 Land Rover Defender, complete with working steering and suspension.

  • LEGO Icons 10317 Land Rover Classic Defender 90, £209.99 at John Lewis – buy here

7. Clinique Daily Age Repair Skincare Gift Set for Men

Having a good skincare routine is important at any age, and this simple three-step set from Clinique will keep his skin feeling healthy and happy.

It contains a full-size moisturiser and 50ml charcoal face wash for everyday use, plus a 30ml face scrub to use a couple of times a week.

  • Clinique Daily Age Repair Skincare Gift Set for Men, £13.60 (Was £16) from Boots – buy here

8. Navy Check Recycled Cashmink Scarf

A scarf will always come in useful during the cold winter months, and this is one that can be dressed up and down – it looks smart enough to wear to the office, yet also looks great wrapped around a casual outdoors jacket.

What’s more, it’s made with recycled ‘cashmink’ yarn, a fabric that feels just as soft as cashmere just without the hefty price tag.

  • Navy Check Recycled Cashmink Scarf, £29.95 from Moss – buy here

9. Introductory Flying Lesson

If your dad really doesn’t want any material possessions, how about getting them a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will create memories to last a lifetime?

Perfect for any wannabe Top Gun pilot, this beginner’s flying lesson will take you up in the air for 30 minutes as a licenced instructor shows you the ropes.

The voucher is valid for 12 months and can be redeemed at 26 locations around the UK.

  • Introductory Flying Lesson, £150 at Virgin Experience Days – buy here

10. Guinness Draught Nitrosurge

Guinness drinkers will know that drinking it from a can at home just doesn’t hit the spot in the way that a freshly pulled pint from the pub tap does – until now.

This nifty little rechargeable gadget creates that famous ‘surge and settle’ found in a pint of Guinness, for the perfect pour from the comfort of your home.

This set contains the device plus one special ‘Nitrosurge’ can.

  • Guinness Draught Nitrosurge, £28.99 at Amazon – buy here

Funny Christmas gifts for dads

Is your dad the joker of the family?

If so, he’ll love this selection of humorous gifts, guaranteed to get him chuckling as he unwraps them on Christmas day.

1. Inflatable Zimmer Frame

Always teasing your dad about his age?

He’ll certainly get the hint loud and clear when he opens this inflatable walking frame.

It may be a realistic size, but remember that it’s not actually designed to support any weight!

  • Inflatable Zimmer Frame, £10 at Menkind – buy here

2. Baldi Mug

If your dad’s follicularly-challenged on top, make sure he’s reminded about it every time he makes a cup of tea with this novelty mug.

Making a play on the logo of a certain supermarket, this ceramic cup is also microwave and dishwasher-safe.

  • Baldi Gift Mug, £11.99 from Amazon – buy here

3. Dad Jokes

If your dad’s always telling the same (bad) jokes, this pack of cards should give him some new (if not better) material. 

Here’s a taster of some of the cringe comedy he can expect to find inside: “What’s the world’s saddest pizza?” “Pepperlonely.” (Groan…)

  • Dad Jokes, £4.99 at Waterstones – buy here

4. Salami And Chorizo Bouquet

Your dad might not be particularly interested in receiving a bunch of flowers for Christmas, but if he’s a meat eater and snack-lover, he’ll get a real kick out of this unusual bouquet.

Instead of stems, it contains five sticks of cured meat, including flavours like fennel and white pepper salami, and wild venison chorizo.

  • The Real Cure Salami And Chorizo Bouquet, £48 at Not On The High Street – buy here

5. Desktop Boxing

For the wannabe Muhammad Ali or Tyson Fury in the family, get them first starting out on a smaller scale with this mini-finger boxing kit.

It’s also perfect for keeping on his office desk to relieve any workplace stress.

  • Desktop Boxing, £7.99 at Waterstones – buy here

6. Froster Man Cooking Apron

Any dad who likes to think he’s the boss of the kitchen or the barbecue will love this novelty apron.

While it might not exactly be the most practical, it does have pockets for all the important things: phone, condiments and four bottles of beer…

  • Froster Man Cooking Apron, £14.99 at Amazon – buy here

7. Three Wise Stormtroopers Figures

A great collectable for any dads who are big Star Wars fans, this set of three hand-painted 5” figurines depict the Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil, See No Evil motto.

They make a fun addition to any dad’s office desk, bookshelf or bedside table.

  • Three Wise Stormtroopers 5” Standing Figures, £30 at Menkind – buy here

8. Pump The Pints Dumbbell Beer Glass

For the dad who prefers downing beer to doing bench presses, he’ll be delighted by this novelty-shaped glass.

So the next time your dad says he’s going for a workout, you’ll know what he really means…

  • Pump The Pints Dumbbell Beer Glass, £15 at Menkind – buy here

9. Da Bomb Beyond Insanity Hot Sauce

Fans of the popular YouTube series Hot Ones will immediately recognise this bottle as the sauce that completely floors every celebrity guest who comes on the show.

If your dad’s always bragging about how well he can handle his spice, put him to the test with this internet-famous, super-hot sauce.

  • Da Bomb Beyond Insanity Hot Sauce, £11.98 at Amazon – buy here

10. Personalised Golf Whisky Tumbler

One for golf fans, this glass tumbler is designed to seem as if there’s a golf ball sitting at the bottom of your drink.

It can be personalised with your dad’s name as well as three more lines of text – perhaps a funny anecdote from the course, or a message from his son or daughter (heartfelt or hilarious, you decide!).

  • Personalised Gold Whisky Tumbler, £14.99 at Getting Personal – buy here

Christmas presents for dad and mum

Buying your dad and mum a present that they can enjoy together is potentially a great way to save a little money (or at least save on the number of boxes you have to wrap), compared to buying two separate items.

If you like the sound of this idea, read on to see our pick of the best gifts for both parents…

1. Beronia Wine Gift Box

For something a bit more special than your average bottle of red, get them this box of three Spanish Rioja wines by Beronia.

Inside there’s the smooth and rounded Rioja Crianza, the intense, oaky Rioja Reserva and Rioja Gran Reserva, which has been aged for five years.

  • Beronia 3 Bottle Gift Pack, £50 (Was £60) from Ocado – buy here

2. Everyman Gift Voucher

Going to the cinema is a lovely way for your parents to spend some time together, whether it’s watching the latest blockbuster or enjoying an old classic.

Everyman cinemas are a more indulgent way to watch a movie than your average cinema chain, with comfy sofa seating, a great food menu and drinks delivered to your seats.

  • Everyman Cinema Gift Card, from £20 – buy here

3. The Merrymaker’s Hamper

A hamper full of luxury foodie treats is something that most people probably wouldn’t buy themselves, and so they make wonderful gifts at Christmas time.

This one contains tea, biscuits, Christmas pudding and cognac butter, all packaged up in a gorgeous reusable F&M basket.

This is one of Fortnum’s cheaper hampers, but if you really want to push the boat out, they go all the way up in price to £1,000!

  • The Merrymaker’s Hamper, £70 at Fortnum & Mason – buy here

4. VonShef Fondue Set

If your parents like entertaining, they’ll love whipping out this retro piece of kitchen kit in front of friends.

Made from cast iron and with six dipping forks, it can be used to heat up cheese or chocolate for a fun sweet or savoury dining experience.

  • VonShef Fondue Set, £31.99 (Was £34.99) at Amazon – buy here

5. Great Pub, Great Walk Book

What more could a parent want than a list of all the best walks and pubs to visit in the UK to fill their days?

If you know a couple who while away the weekend exploring the UK, enjoying long walks with the family pooch, and venturing to pubs for tasty roasts, this book is ideal for them.

For only £16.99 your parents will be filled with inspiration.

  • Great Pub, Great Walk Book, £16.99 at Oliver Bonas – buy here

6. ‘Mine… And Yours’ Porcelain Mug Pair

There’ll be no more squabbling over whose mug is whose with this cheeky his ‘n’ hers set.

They look beautifully chic and rustic, with horizontal lines visible to show that they’ve been hand-made.

The only question is…which one will each parent claim as theirs?

  • Gemma Wightman Ceramics 'Mine… And Yours' Hand Thrown Porcelain Mug Pair, £44 at Not On The High Street – buy ahere

7. Mr & Mrs Smith E-Gift Card

If your parents deserve a night away together but never seem to find the time, a gift card for luxury travel site Mr & Mrs Smith will give them the encouragement they need.

There are hundreds of top hotels available to book on the site, from UK spa hotels to sunny overseas destinations. 

The gift card can be loaded from £50 right up to £10,000 if you’re feeling super generous! They can either be sent directly to the recipient’s email address or your own and are valid for 24 months.

  • E-Gift Card, from £50 at Mr & Mrs Smith – buy here

8. Ooni Fyra 12 Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven

December might not typically be the time of year for cooking pizzas outdoors, but there’s no harm in your parents practising now ready for warmer weather.

Fuelled by wood pellets, this cooks delicious 13” wood-fired pizzas in just 60 seconds.

It’s lightweight and has foldable legs, making it easy to store when the weather really is too bad to be cooking outside.

  • Ooni Fyra 12 Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven, £299 at John Lewis – buy here

9. All Butter Christmas Pudding Biscuit

These Christmas cookies are a tasty little stocking filler-sized gift that goes perfectly with a cup of tea or glass of sherry during the festive season.

Containing dried fruit, citrus flavours and spices, they perfectly encapsulate the taste of Christmas in one bite.

  • All Butter Christmas Pudding Biscuit, £7 at Whittard & Chelsea– buy here

10. Logo-embossed personalised tin and Champagne Brut NV

Christmas is a time for celebration, and what better way for your parents to do so than with a bottle of champagne, personalised with their names, ‘Mum and Dad’ or perhaps simply ‘Merry Christmas’?

The tin can also be reused afterwards for storing household knick-knacks.

  • Logo-embossed personalised tin and Champagne Brut NV 750ml, £54.99 at Selfridges – buy here

11. Perfect Pot

Whether you still live at home with your parents or not, you will no doubt go round for tasty home cooked food.

Your parents will need all the pots and pans to rustle up a feast for the whole family, and crockery big enough to cater to everyone.

Our Place is the store we recommend to shop all cooking essentials as they are multifunctional, sturdy and durable.

The bestselling Perfect Pot is perfect for casseroles, soups and other hearty dishes only our parents can make the best version of.

  • Perfect Pot, £140 from Our Place – buy here

12. Dualit 84470 Espresso Coffee Machine

If your parents love their coffee, why not treat them to their very own coffee machine so they can channel their inner barrista and make delicious coffee in the comfort of their own home?

It uses pods to create espresso shots, or doubles, in a matter of seconds, and with the perfect crema on top.

Plus, it has an in-built frother so you can also froth your milk for those who like a frothy coffee, matcha, or need hot water for their tea.

  • Dualit 84470 Espresso Coffee Machine, £129.99 from John Lewis – buy here

13. Roberts Revival Uno BT DAB/DAB+/FM Bluetooth Digital Radio with Alarm

If your parents are anything like ours, they may love listening to the news on the radio, or music, while pottering around the house.

If so, why not treat them to a stylish, yet vintage looking radio, in the form of Roberts' Revival Radio.

This digital radio can be programmed with your parents favourite channels, though shifting between stations manually is also super simple, and it can even allow you to set an alarm too.

  • Roberts Revival Uno BT DAB/DAB+/FM Bluetooth Digital Radio with Alarm, £149.99 from John Lewis – buy here

What to get Dad for Christmas

One useful way of finding a Christmas present for your dad is to tailor it to his favourite hobby. Does he play golf? Does he follow a particular football team? Does he love reading?

If you’re still struggling, a simple gesture like a nice bottle of wine, some posh toiletries or a hand-made food hamper will always be a welcome treat.

You can also find more great ideas for guys in our gift guide for him.

How much should I spend on a Christmas gift for Dad?

We bet your dad doesn’t mind how little you spend on him at Christmas, especially at a time when everybody’s a little more conscious of costs at the moment – after all, it is the thought that counts.

We’ve found great gifts for every budget in our selection above, from £5 up to £300, and there are plenty of options around the £30-£40 mark.

If you’re still unsure how much to spend, why not set a gift budget within your family this year?

Where to buy Christmas gifts for dads

Dads aren’t always the easiest people to buy for, and so you may need to search a little harder for the perfect gift, but there are still loads of great options on both the high street and online (just be mindful of delivery charges and times if shopping online).

Don’t forget that big retailers like Amazon and John Lewis sell almost everything you could wish for!

If you’ve also got women to buy for this Christmas, check out our guide to the best gifts for her and the best gifts for girlfriends.

And if any children have made it onto your Nice List this year, we’ve got some brilliant suggestions for kids and teens.

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