If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that dads are great. And the best part is, the likelihood is that unless you or your mum reminded him, your dad probably won’t realise it’s fathers day, making the surprise all the more exciting. Luckily this means you still have plenty of time to find a gift to knock his socks and sandals off.
Whether you have a sporty dad, a naughty dad, a musical dad or a juvenile dad we have an array of nostalgia-inducing gifts to transport him back to the good old days when Brian Cox was playing the drums for D: Ream instead of playing the D: Reamiest physicist on telly. So hold onto your Kangol Skull Cap as we take a trip down memory lane to find your dad the perfect gift for June 20 that proves you have been listening to his stories from the golden age of Blur and Britpop.
CARHARTT WIP DIXON DROPPED-SHOULDER CORDUROY SHIRT, US$158 / £130
Before Northface and Napaparij made outdoor clothing brands fashionable, your dad was rolling about town in Caterpillar boots and Dickies cargo shorts. Show dad you respect his closet choices with this contemporary twist on a classic Carhart corduroy shirt. Practical and perfect for wearing while cracking one-liners at inappropriate times. Just how dad likes it.
TOP OF THE POPS BOARDGAME US$28.25 £20
Let dad reminisce about his earliest mods and rockers memories with the Top of The Pops Boardgame. Gather round and listen to dad recount tales of a pre-MTV Britain where you had to wait until a Friday evening to find out what your favourite bands actually looked like.
FOLIO SOCIETY ‘80TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION’ OF CAPTAIN AMERICA US$125 / £84.95
Whilst dad may be your biggest superhero, his favourite superhero (at least those not on a football pitch) is a spandex-wearing octogenarian called Steve. That’s right Captain America is officially 80 years old and to celebrate Folio has created an exclusive hardback edition of the original comic book.
MARSHALL STOCKWELL II PORTABLE SPEAKER US$199 / £169.99
This Bluetooth and fully portable speaker from Marshall is an instant must-have for any music lover in need of some classic British craftsmanship. Plus, Marshall makes most of dad’s favourite band’s guitar amplifiers so you know he’s going to respect it.
ASS BLASTER HOT SAUCE US$19 / £13.95
There is nothing dads love more than a good pun combined with a challenge. Your dad has been training for this moment his whole childhood with a strict diet of Monster Munch and Atomic Fireballs, so let dad prove that he can handle the heat. Trust me, he will enjoy proving he can hack it more than any other gift he gets that day.
YETI ROADIE 24 HARD COOLER 24L US$245 / £175
You may have noticed that everything your dad owns is built to survive a nuclear war. Whether it’s a Nokia 3310 in the ‘man drawer’ or his wet-dog smelling Barbour jacket, there’s no better feeling than hearing dad say “They just don’t make things like this anymore”. Grab him this hardy cooler from Yeti and bring back memories of country walks armed with wind up radios and Wagon Wheels.
LEGO® CREATOR 10262 JAMES BOND ASTON MARTIN DB5 US$158 / £130
You see, dads come from a bygone era where male role models wore tailored suits and drank scotch through gritted teeth. Do your family a favour and skip the midlife crisis by letting him live out his inner Don Draper dreams with this replica Aston Martin DB5. Keep the crisis miniaturized people!
TRAMONTINA PORTABLE CARBON STEEL CHARCOAL GRILL US$97 / £80
Your old man has emerged unscathed from an era where British BBQ’s would persist through monsoon-like conditions as the whole family gathered around a tinfoil tray to watch a sausage cook in three hours. Reward his bravery with this sleek carbon steel charcoal grill, perfect for fulfilling all his ‘Grill Master’ fantasies.
CREED AVENTUS US$240 / £195
Nothing says 90’s like the sweet smell of creed. When paired with the floral notes of old spice and old speckled hen, this aftershave will have your old man strutting around like the 6th member of The Spice Girls.
NIKE AIR MAX ’96 LEATHER LOW-TOP TRAINERS US$165 / £150
Dad creps have come a long way since the days of the all-white Nike Monarch. Perhaps the biggest difference is now Dad creps are universally beloved as fashionable sneakers. Give your dad the credit he deserves for always representing the Dad crep with honour and award him this fresh pair of 96’s. The new era of dad creps has officially arrived.
TONY HAWK SKATEBOARDING MASTERCLASS US$268 (APPROX.) / £190 P/Y
Whether he chooses to admit it, your dad had a skateboard propped against his Pulp Fiction poster at Uni. Whether it ever saw the light of day is a different question altogether. It’s never too late to learn your first kickflip and who better to learn it from than Mr 90s himself, Tony Hawk.
SO SOLID CREW 21 SECONDS: SIGNED EXCLUSIVE ULTRA CLEAR 12″ VINYL US$35 (APPROX.) / £25
This one is for the London dads. If you’ve had enough of listening to your dad’s nostalgic soliloquies about the beginnings of Grime every time he hears a D Block Europe track then gift him this incredible signed vinyl by the legendary So Solid Crew.