What a year 2020 has been! It’s hard to believe this year is finally coming to an end. While our new normal has been completely shaken, the hope for the future is still within us. Our holiday spirit best embodies that hope.
Christmas and the holidays are a great time to celebrate our loved ones, our health, and togetherness throughout one of the worst pandemics of our times.
In this article, we will focus on the quintessential person on your list – your dad. Dads are always so hard to shop presents for, and this year, with their regular life routine changed, it will be even harder to find something they will enjoy in 2022.
We’ve put together a list of Christmas gift ideas that might just help you with this.
For Dad Who Loves to Travel
As of this writing, two drug manufacturers have announced that they are very close to acquiring vaccine approval. This means the hope for better days in 2021 is still burning strong in our hearts.
While 2020 has been a tough year for your dad as he struggled with his job, working from home, and worry about keeping his family safe, 2021 might be the year he can finally find some time to relax.
So, a perfect gift idea could be the gift of a travel experience. There is a tonne of deals out there on hotel packages, golf packages, and resort vacations.
Perhaps, this is the year you pamper your dad with a vacation package or a hotel package for when the restrictions lift, and he can relax – and it can even include you! Check out some of these getaway packages for some inspiration!
For Dad Who Loves Gadgets
Don’t ask me what it is, but there’s something about men and their fascination with things that take flight. Aeroplanes, helicopters, drones. The list goes on.
His Own Drone
The popularity of drones has skyrocketed recently and with it the variety of drones and additional gadgets to go with them. If he loves to thing go whizzy through the air, invest in a top-quality drone. He can have hours of fun controlling his mini-aircraft, a great way for him to totally switch off from the real world.
Fly a Real Helicopter
If he’s always wanted to know what it feels like to get behind the wheel of helicopter, now’s his chance. Taking control of an aircraft and soaring through the clouds is something most people never experience. But, believe it or not, you can actually give him the gift of flight this Christmas, without buying him his own private jet.
Book him a helicopter lesson in a Robertson R44 with Elstree Helicopters, one of most prestigious flying schools in the country. He’ll live out his dream as a pilot, without having to attend years of flight school. Who will ever top a present like this?
For Dad Who Wants Some Pampering
Yes, 2021 could be the perfect year for your dad to try out something new to celebrate life and health. To melt his stresses away, perhaps a spa package with a massage, pedicure, and manicure is in the books for your dad in 2021! Chances are he will appreciate this more than ever with all the stress he had to deal with this year.
You can make it a couple’s thing for your mom and dad or a father-child bonding experience and tag along with him to the spa! It is also an excellent gift for you and the father of your kids. Check out some of the great spa packages perfect for pampering your father.
For the Health-Focused Dad
The stress of a pandemic and overcoming the existential crisis is enough to take away years from our lifespan! There was no escaping the feeling of despair in the midst of the lockdowns. Your dad wasn’t able to escape to his work, his gym, or even burn off some stress at the yoga sessions. All of those personal health and wellness services were shut down for a good portion of 2020!
So, maybe you can gift him a slice of good health in a form he can enjoy right at home. We are more than aware now than ever before that good health and proper nutrition is the key to keep our immune systems healthy and stave off infections.
An excellent idea for the ‘gift of health’ could be a juicing regiment and juice-based diet. If you are in the UK, check out this company to deliver personalized cold-pressed juice packages to your dad through the Cold Pressed Juice Delivery UK. This will take the guess-work out of juicing for your dad and get him in the habit of getting into the benefits of juicing.
For Dad Who Loves Whisky
A bottle of fine whisky is never unappreciated around the holiday season. Nothing beats a wee dram of premium liquid gold around the fireside at Christmas time. But why give him a taste of one whisky when you can give him a taste of so much more?
There’s no shortage of whisky tastings in London to choose from – the difficulty lies in choosing which best suits the whisky lover in question. If he’s a man of tradition, treat him to a tasting of Scotch at the Soho Whisky Club. This member’s only bar stocks 600 types of whisky, offering an exclusive tasting of premium 18-year-old whiskies from only the best whisky regions of Scotland.
For something that extra bit special, take Dad on a journey to the East with a Japanese whisky tasting flight. High-end Japanese restaurant Kouzu stocks award-winning single malts like ‘Suntory Yamazaki 12y’ – malts he’s probably never heard of but which he’ll love to boast that he’s tried. To make this Christmas gift for Dad even more exotic, the whisky tasting is accompanied by premium sushi and sashimi.
If he’s truly passionate about the artful science of whisky tasting, the Whisky Lounge offers a Whisky School for fanatics wanting to up their game. Students will taste as many 25 different malts, learning about their origins and how to decipher them. The day culminates with a final exam, after which he’ll receive a Whisky School Certificate and a Glencairn tasting glass.
It’s not as serious as it sounds, but it is a seriously perfect Christmas present if he fancies himself as the ultimate whisky fan.
For Dad Who Loves Football
Whether he’s a die-hard Gooner, an avid Red Devil or part of the Blues, football fans are always up for a footie-themed Christmas present. No doubt he’s got every version of his favourite team’s jersey already hanging proudly in his cupboard, so that’s out of the question.
VIP Football Experience
If you’re really looking to treat Pops this year, a VIP football experience is just the ticket. Sitting in his own private box, he’ll experience the magic of the game like never before. Padded seats, panoramic views and premium backstage passes add up to the ultimate football day.
If that’s a bit out of your price range, don’t worry. There are plenty of other football Christmas gifts for Dad that he’ll love.
New Football Boots
If he’s a player himself, Christmas is always a good excuse to buy him new some new football wear – especially if those boots are looking a bit tacky. Treat him to the ultimate pair of Adidas football shoes so he can take to the pitch in style. Whatever your budget, there’s a new pair of kicks for him he’ll love unwrapping.
For Dad Who Loves Food
What grown man doesn’t love food? No doubt he loves the old lady’s cooking but sometimes a man needs grub that’s a bit more imaginative. Especially after days and days of Christmas leftovers.
Instead of taking him to his usual take-out spot, treat the favourite man in your life to a restaurant gift voucher at an extraordinary location. London is home to some of the best restaurants in the UK, so the possibilities are practically endless.
Premium Steak Dinner
Is he a manly meat-lover? Indulge his carnivorous side with one of the best steaks in London at Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar. The plush leather couches, Thames River view and tender Aberdeen Angus steak make this an unforgettable Christmas gift he can’t wait to use.
So he wants to cook his food and eat it too? If he fancies himself the next Gordan Ramsay he’ll love a hands-on cooking class. Mimo London in the heart of Borough Market is a Basque-based cookery school where he’ll learn traditional and modern cooking techniques to craft scrumptious meals. The next Christmas dinner is on you Dad!
Walking Food Tour
Sausage rolls, fish and chips, sticky toffee pudding. If this sounds like Dad’s ideas of heaven, this Christmas present is one he’ll love receiving year after year. On this unique secret walking food tour through London, your old man will enjoy the very best of British grub around the area of London Bridge. As well as quintessential London street food, he’ll pass iconic locations such as the Shard and Southwark Cathedral.
For Dad Who Loves Beer
What do you get the Dad that spends more than his fair share down at the pub? Simple. You get him the ultimate trip to the pub.
Bermondsey Beer Mile Pub Crawl
London is filled with unforgettable beer tasting experiences that take the appreciation of pints to a whole new level. For a New Year’s shindig he won’t soon forget (or remember) gift him with the ultimate pub crawl down the Bermondsey Beer Mile. This infamous stretch of bars, microbreweries and taprooms will leave even the most passionate beer drinkers deliriously happy.
Beer Making Workshop
If he’s head over hops and wants the whole brewing experience, give him a taste of life as a brewer in a beer-making workshop at the London Beer Lab. He can finally live out his dream of creating his very own brand of beer, whilst enjoying international brews throughout the afternoon. After weeks of anticipation, Pops will return to the Beer Lab to collect his very own bottle of brew that he will be able to proudly show off to anyone in the family who will listen.
For Dad Who Loves History
There’s something about wars, guns, bombs and top-secret stuff that some men flock to. Don’t ask me what it is, but it’s a thing. And I’m not complaining, because it opens up the door for so many unique Christmas gifts for dads.
Churchill War Rooms Tour
London abounds with fascinating historical tours and unique days out. Give him an inside look into the lives of one of England’s most famous men, Sir Winston Churchill, at the famous Churchill War Rooms. Deep beneath the streets of Westminster, he’ll learn how one powerful man planned the route to Allied victory during the Second World War. To top it off, this experience includes a three-course meal at Alyn Williams at The Westbury, worthy of even Churchill’s high standards.
Hidden London Tour
For something even more off the beaten track, there’s a trip to the London Transport Museum to discover Hidden London. The museum is offering exclusive tours of a part of London most people never get to see – abandoned stations of the Underground. He’ll be surprised to uncover deep dark secrets lying beneath the city, secrets not even know-it-all-Dads are aware of.
Discover More Christmas Gifts for Dad
Buying a gift for the most important man in your life this festive season doesn’t have to be such a chore, as long as you put a little thought into your gift. Chances are he’ll be happy with any old thing you buy him, but he’s your dad after all. And that means he deserves more than a crappy t-shirt and a “World’s Best Father” mug.
For even more ideas for Christmas gifts for Dad, have a look our many gift experiences for him.
Once Dad’s out the way, it’s time to think about that other important person who gave birth to you. Check out our list of Christmas presents for Mum to show that you really care.