Whether dad likes sampling only the finest of chocolates or is keen on tending tiny eco-systems, here are ten awesome gifts sure to please (almost) any kind of dad. From pocket-sized synths to discerning biscuits, artisan beer, wondrous whiskey and misanthropic card games, something here is sure to catch his eye this Father’s Day. Move aside comic-sans cards and football flag shirts, your services are not welcome here. Let’s take a look at the ten best alternative gifts for unique dads.
1. For the beer-lover: Honest Brew beer bundle
Three cheers for dad! This delightful hamper includes 18 delightful artisan beers, brewed as far afield as Germany, Sussex and London.
There’s even a Freddy Krueger themed stout, with suitably vivid cover art.
With plenty of opportunities to sample new flavours, you can’t beat this artisan brew bundle if dad enjoys unique beers.
2. For the chocolate fiend: Chocolate Lovers hamper
A hamper filled with artisan chocolate treats; scouring the best bean to bar the world has to offer.
Confectionary lovelies from London, to South Africa, to Latin America abound. Is there anything else anyone could ask for this Father’s Day?
It includes ten chocolate bars, covering an impressive spectrum of far-out flavours and textures.
3. For a man of science: Gorgonia Ecosystem
A sealed sphere containing an exotic sea plant, and the miniature shrimp that live alongside it in peaceful synchronicity.
This dreamy looking biosphere is filled with shells and picture-esque white-sand. As a self-contained ecosphere, it requires no help from its owner.
Keeping it in daylight for at least 8 hours a day helps micro-algae contained inside produce oxygen for the tiny shrimp, who in turn help the algae grow. Because – SCIENCE!
4. For the renaissance man: Customisable Cambridge satchel
Some sort of super-stylish backpack and satchel hybrid, the Portrait Backpack manages to be both beautiful and functional, with sturdy fastenings and adjustable leather straps.
It’s available in seven colours, and can also be embossed with words and symbols for an additional.
He’ll be able to cart a laptop, cycle snacks and shades, wherever the road might take him.
5. For the whiskey lover: Woodford Reserve
This small-batch bourbon from Kentucky’s oldest distillery site.
There, it’s been triple distilled in copper pot stills, and then aged in charred barrels – is an exceptionally tasty drink with aromas of dried fruit, vanilla and tobacco spice.
Perfect as a big Father’s Day treat – no matter how long it lasts.
6. For the temperate soul: Gentlemen’s Alcohol-free hamper
If dad is more for biscuits than booze, this lovely hamper filled with all manner of rare treats is just the ticket.
Snacks sweet and savoury feature in the bundle, including olives, spiced nuts, coffee and only the finest biscuits.
It also comes in a stylish wicker hamper, perfect for stashing away a snackrifice or two.
7. For the wanderer: One Person Rambler Picnic
Perfect for a dad who is desirous of a woodland stroll with a trusty pooch in tow, this decadent hamper features both a cheeky single serve champagne bottle and a dog biscuit.
Additionally, it comes with ramble-ready edible treats for both man and dog of the most luxurious kind.
8. For the muso: Pocket Synth
This pocket-sized KORG synth is ideal for wonton space-rock, cosmic screaming and any other far-out effects a prog-rock father may tend toward.
Its in-built speaker means he can get straight to tinkering with all manner of strange noises.
Plus there’s plenty of retro button delights for him to experiment with.
9. For the tea-drinker: Loose leaf tea infuser
Any discerning tea drinker knows the importance of properly brewed tea, and this convenient device means fresh, loose leaf tea can be enjoyed anywhere.
Simply add hot water, and when ready, a valve will release crystal-clear tea.
Rinse, and repeat, for brewtiful tea, wherever you go.
10. For the misanthrope: Cards Against Humanity
A card-game for people who enjoy offensive shenanigans in the vein of South Park – as opposed to a hot glass of milk and a spot of tiddlywinks.
The elected Card Tsar picks a black card and reads it aloud. Other players must then use their white cards to fill-in-the-blanks for the Tsar’s selected card.
Awesome Points are awarded to the most hilarious answer. Pitch-black humour fun-times guaranteed.