Top ten Christmas gifts for dad in 2012

You’ve seen our top ten Christmas presents and our best Christmas gifts for mum, so here’s our top ten Christmas gifts for dad. Dads can be tough to shop for at Christmas time. If you’re like us, and can be the kind of person to be stuck for Christmas gift ideas for dad, this year you can change. In 2012, avoid getting him yet another pair of socks, or a gift card that stays in his wallet until the following winter! These presents will really put a smile on his face, a spring in his step, and some festive joy in his heart – aww. And remember, there are also loads more to choose from over on our dedicated Pinterest board.


The new iPad

Make your dad’s day this Christmas with the ultimate present, the new iPad. Here’s a review from “The hotly-anticipated new iPad is largely about incremental, hardware upgrades, under the bonnet stuff rather than a design change. But the third-generation iPad is faster, more powerful, has by far the best screen ever seen on a tablet.” Thirsting for more tech gifts? Our top technology Christmas gift post will be coming soon; in the meantime, here’s something we put together a few weeks back.

Avengers Assemble

If your budget doesn’t quite reach to an iPad, then why not buy your Dad a new DVD for Christmas? Just make sure he doesn’t own it already. Here’s what one reviewer on said about Avengers Assemble: “Joss Whedon’s ensemble comic-book outing has a sparkling script and a tremendous villain.” We think it’s the perfect dad gift. If he’s of a certain age, remember to gently remind him it won’t have Steed or Emma Peel in it.

Mud, sweat and tears

What better biography is there for dad than one of Bear Grylls – a guy who’s life has been one big muddy adventure! Here’s what a reviewer on thought: “A great read. Exciting, funny, honest – I was completely hooked from the start and could barely put the book down in order to eat or do anything else.” We don’t recommend dad gives up eating – especially at Christmas – but that’s enough of an endorsement to put this book on our Christmas wish-list.

UGG Australia slippers

Slipper time! UGG Australia make the ultimate slippers for comfort. If you’re going to go down the slipper route, you may as well get the best. Here’s a review from one Schuh customer: “The sheepskin lining makes them very comfortable. They feel like heaven on your feet and to walk in. Once on, you just don’t want to take them off, you want to live in them. They are well made and are the best slipper I have bought!” They look like they could last a while – so the only problem is what to buy dad next year.

Driving thrill day out

Does your dad have everything he needs? Why not buy him a fun day out for Christmas? This supercar driving blast would be perfect. A fantastic way to get a glimpse of life from the fast lane, you’ll be able to drive one of eight of the world’s most incredible supercars for up to three miles! (The only problem being that if you want to get your money’s worth you’ll want to troll round at 20mph, which seems to defeat the point.) The experience also includes an exciting high-speed passenger ride.

The Real Mackenzie scotch whisky

Pretty much every dad likes a little tipple at Christmas. And for someone looking for that perfect Christmas gift for dad every year, the good news is that whisky never lasts! (Not in our house, anyway.) Whether you’re a daughter or son, wife, sister or brother, it’s time to treat your father to a nice drink. And there’s no better time of year than Christmas to spoil him with a bottle of scotch. This little tipple will be just the thing to warm him up over those cold winter nights. Just don’t ask to share. Dad’s whisky!


QI board game

Christmas is the perfect time for board games with the family. QI is the BBC’s hugely popular quiz show, and up to six players can take part. A reviewer on seemed to think the game was entertaining and informative: “This is a quiz that challenges the answers that you want to give! It shatters preconceived ideas and in-built beliefs. It provides entertainment with information and leaves you feeling that you want more.”


Ping collection waterproof jacket

For any father who wants a golfing gift for Xmas, this jacket will ensure your dad’s game isn’t challenged by the weather. It utilises the man-speak “hydro pro-dynamics rain system” which we are assured is designed specifically for golf, delivering breathability and flexibility so your pater can concentrate on his game in comfort. Probably in the snow. Or at least the rain. Now your dad will be praying for the inclement weather, just so he can get his man-jacket out.


Port and cheese hamper

Port and cheese is a delicious after-dinner treat. Port’s also good as a tasty addition to your Christmas cranberry sauce. Any dad would love a gift from the variety of hampers available from Serenata. This one, for example, boasts Graham’s fine ruby port, a variety of crackers and cheese, and is displayed inside a traditional wicker hamper. Buy him this and he’ll forgive you for all those Christmases of vouchers.

John Rocha cardigan

Everyone should buy their dad a cosy new Christmas jumper to keep him warm at Christmastime. We’ve heard that dads love a bit of the woollen stuff as Yule comes in. A roaring log fore, a bottle of the whisky above, slippers and this grey cardigan should do just the trick. It’s not only comfy and warm, it’s stylish too. In fact, we think this jumper will make him feel like a million dollars. The fact it raises money for charity, of course, is an added bonus.


Top ten Christmas gifts for dad

Dad-style gifts can be hard to source, but we hope this list of top Christmas presents for dad hits the spot. As ever, if you’ve found a better Christmas gift for your dad (or someone else’s), please let us know in the comments below.