Your fail-safe Father’s Day Gift Guide and Giveaway with Boots [AD]

Your fail-safe Father’s Day Gift Guide and Giveaway with Boots [AD]

This post is an advertised collaboration with Boots but all thoughts are my own. 

Father’s Day is literally just around the corner. It’s this Sunday and every single year the date creeps up on me and I end up getting a gift on behalf of my children that my husband doesn’t really want. I always think that the traditional aftershave and chocolates are a great gift but something that he has already has a lot of, and that taking Dad out for a spot of lunch is a good idea but everyone else is doing it and I’m conscious he may not always fully appreciate it.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the Dad in your life. These gifts are a great way to say thank you to Dad, they’re fail-safe, trusted and something that he always needs.

So if you’re stuck for inspiration here are some ideas Father’s Day Gifts to help you find a trusted “Fail-Safe” gift, plus I also have some ideas for how you can spend the day together too!

Give him a trusted “Fail-Safe” Father’s Day Gift

There are literally hundreds of “Fail-Safe” gifts that your children can buy for their Dad on Father’s Day, all are simple and offer peace of mind that he is going to get something special, and this is where Boots can help. Think posh aftershave, to name a few you have Jean Paul Gaultier, which is my husbands favourite. Then you have a range of aftershaves from Hugo Boss including The Scent and Infinite, there’s Gucci Guilty or 1 Million from Paco Rabanne.

Fail Safe Father's Day Gifts

Fail Safe Father's Day Gifts

If aftershave isn’t his thing, and he loves a pamper session you could treat him to something from the L’Oreal Men Expert range. All the items here are excellent, my husband swears by them. The list of items goes on and on. You could opt for the Hydra Energetic Deep Exfoliating Face Scrub, or the Anti-Fatigue Daily Moisturiser, or the Wake-Up Effect Face Wash, or the Recharging Tissue Mask. All of these gifts are a “fail-safe” gift but it will be something that is used again and again. Plus it will make him look good and smell nice too!

Or if beards are his thing there’s the L’Oreal Short Beard Grooming Kit, and the The Daily Expert Gift Set for keeping his face as fresh as a daisy every day.

Fail Safe Father's Day Gifts

Fail Safe Father's Day Gifts


More importantly you could be in with a chance of winning one of the best sellers from the Boots Father’s Day Gifting Page. All you need to do is simply comment on this blog post with your thoughts on whether you find it hard to buy for Dad on Father’s Day and what gifts he would really want. Simply complete the Rafflecopter competition entry form below. (The competition is open from Tuesday 11th June 2019 until Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 11.59 pm).

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Treat your Dad to lunch

This may sound simple and possibly something you do too often, but it is such a nice gesture. You could book Dad their favourite restaurant, or one that you haven’t tried before. He’ll enjoy it, plus you’ll enjoy it at the same time. It’s also a good excuse for delicious food and fine wine. I’m pretty sure that on Father’s Day this year I’ll be treating my husband to lunch with our children.

Fail Safe Father's Day Gifts

Take him out for a long country walk

This is something that doesn’t cost the earth, and it’s also a great idea if you’re looking for that one-to-one time with Dad. There are literally hundreds of places in the UK to get out and about for a walk, and you could also combine it with a pub lunch too! If Dad enjoys a day out at a National Trust property, you could spend the day there, walking the country trails and having a slice of Victoria Sponge and cup of tea when you’ve finished. That sounds like the perfect day to me.

Fail Safe Father's Day Gifts

Enjoy time together

One of the things about Father’s Day is that it may feel like a bit of a forced day – everyone else is celebrating it so why should we? If you’re feeling all the pressure of Father’s Day, then I would stop, and think about how you can make the day easier. It isn’t just about the present or the pub lunch, it’s about being there for Dad and having fun. I think that makes the day far more memorable than posh fish and chips.

Fail Safe Father's Day Gifts

Have fun

Lastly have fun. Father’s Day doesn’t always need to be getting out and about, or buying a glamorous gift. It could be as simple spending the day together. You could enjoy time at home, playing in the garden, or even helping out with a spot of DIY. The day isn’t always about the gifts, it’s about sharing a bond with Dad and making time for him. After all I do think that Dad’s are slightly overlooked.

I hope that this list makes it a little easier to decide on what to do for Dad this Father’s Day and that it has given you some gift inspiration from Boots too!

Claire x

A Fail Safe Father's Day Gift Guide


  1. Emma Walters June 11, 2019 / 1:27 pm

    i usually end up buying the same thing for hubby off the kids, men are so hard to buy for!

  2. Solange June 11, 2019 / 2:17 pm

    I do as he seems to have everything. I think he would like experience days like a golf day or a super car driving day.

  3. sam macaree June 11, 2019 / 4:41 pm

    my dad is hard to buy for as he has everything. i think he’d like a getaway or shaver

  4. Katie Skeoch June 11, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    I always struggle, I’ve tried imaginative gifts but they dont get used. I generally stick to toiletries & a bottle of whisky these days

  5. Michelle June 11, 2019 / 10:10 pm

    Love the guide. My Dad is always hard to buy for. Don’t like getting him the same thing year after year but he’s always disappointed if he doesn’t get his twice yearly tobelerone

  6. Ellie S June 13, 2019 / 10:55 pm

    I don’t find it too difficult to buy for my dad. He always appreciates books or some craft beer but I still like to try to buy him something different sometimes. I think he’d like an experience day, like a trip on a steam train or a day at the races or maybe a compact camera.

  7. Kim Neville June 15, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    My dad is happy to receive aftershave, beers, guiness and chocs and a nice family meal out

  8. MARK THOMAS June 15, 2019 / 10:00 pm

    I ask my dad what he would like or needs .

  9. James Silcock June 15, 2019 / 10:20 pm

    This will make a great present

  10. Sarah Mccaffery June 15, 2019 / 11:24 pm

    Pretty easy, all they really want is to act like a big child.

  11. Kevin banham June 16, 2019 / 2:50 am

    My dad loves anything smelling nice

  12. Margaret Mccaffery June 16, 2019 / 4:10 am

    Pretty difficult as they’re so fussy and their trends are ever-changing.

  13. AnnaSSS June 16, 2019 / 5:49 am

    Great ideas. Thank

  14. Paul Bingham June 16, 2019 / 7:25 am

    Normally a book

  15. Catherine McAlinden June 16, 2019 / 7:52 am

    Yes, I always end up buying socks!

  16. Tracy Nixon June 16, 2019 / 7:53 am

    My dad says he wants nothing other than his favourite treat – a bar of Cadburys Fruit and Nut – so I give him a big bar every fathers Day and he is very happy! So, no, I find it easy to buy for my dad on father’s day!

  17. Peter Watson June 16, 2019 / 7:56 am

    Fathers Day is pretty easy for me as he can always do with a bottle of a nice malt whisky.

  18. Amy SIMPSON June 16, 2019 / 8:17 am

    I normally take him out for a meal,ad he’s so hard to buy for x

  19. Mark R June 16, 2019 / 8:22 am

    Fairly easy to get for my Dad – new jigsaws or else something he has specifically asked for.

  20. Kate Sutton June 16, 2019 / 8:32 am

    Done really nice gifts in this guide, think any dad would like any

  21. allan evans June 16, 2019 / 8:53 am

    He’s 78 so I normally treat him to a meal out and a nice bottle of whisky

  22. Chris Andrews June 16, 2019 / 9:02 am

    yes difficult to buy for, but he always appreciates the gift, whatever it is

  23. Susan Lloyd June 16, 2019 / 9:40 am

    I find it so hard, and usually end up having a meal out.

  24. Jade Hewlett June 16, 2019 / 9:41 am

    I find it easy as he’s happy with chocolate, harder the rest of the year though when I want to get a nicer present and he doesn’t know what he wants or needs!

  25. Claire woods June 16, 2019 / 10:32 am

    Very hard, as he doesn’t have any real hobbies and if he wants something he buys it. I usually buy chocolates.

  26. iain maciver June 16, 2019 / 12:00 pm

    my dad is hard to buy for as he has everything. but we usually go out for some food

  27. Angela Treadway June 16, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    my dad is usually in need of slippers ect x

  28. Natalie White June 16, 2019 / 12:48 pm

    I find it really hard actually! I ordered him a coffee cake this year which he seemed to enjoy 🙂

  29. fiona waterworth June 16, 2019 / 1:02 pm

    Hes murder to buy for as he says dont waste money, so we get his grandchildren to give him presents, we just buy him books

  30. Keith Hunt June 16, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    We don’t really do gifts as a family just go on lots of trips and spend money on the a meal.

  31. Laura Pritchard June 16, 2019 / 1:15 pm

    No, my dad’s really easy – chocolate or golf stuff.

  32. Mark Mccaffery June 16, 2019 / 1:41 pm

    Quite easy , anything to do with sport and it’s a done deal.

  33. Sheena Batey June 16, 2019 / 2:19 pm

    Always liquorice allsorts

  34. Joo Dee June 16, 2019 / 3:51 pm

    sadly no longer with us but yes very difficult to buy for but was always grateful what we go him! x

  35. Tracy Hanley June 16, 2019 / 4:04 pm

    I find all men hard to buy for , dad being the worst , he never give clues to what he would like , so i play it safe with smellies and sock

  36. Lucy June 16, 2019 / 6:11 pm

    I always find it hard to get something as he has everything already! Usually I just get something like socks and chocolate or aftershave but this year I just took him out for lunch

  37. sue rushworth June 16, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    sounds boring but he actually does like boring gifts, hankies . socks etc

  38. Kim Styles June 16, 2019 / 6:50 pm

    Fathers Day is always difficult to buy a gift for for a dad who has everything!!

  39. Carolyn E June 16, 2019 / 11:25 pm

    Love these ideas. This year my sister and I clubbed together and bought him a ticket to a show. Harry Redknapp ! He was thrilled not to get socks/polo shirt

  40. charlotte isobelle June 17, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Its so hard! I think its the same every year, a typical toblerone, socks and beer haha

  41. kimberley ryan June 17, 2019 / 1:15 pm

    i don’t really struggle to buy for my dad, he loves DIY so anything DIY related is a winner. My husband is really difficult to buy for though

  42. Susan B June 17, 2019 / 2:44 pm

    In a word, yes. I was sad for dad when he showed me his bathroom cabinet and it was literally full of aftershave that he had been gifted but which he could never use. We all should have been more thoughtful when choosing gifts for him.

  43. Ellis June 17, 2019 / 4:18 pm

    My Dad can be pretty tricky to buy for but as long as he receives some beer, he’s normally pretty happy! 🙂

  44. ADEINNE TONNER June 17, 2019 / 5:34 pm

    I find it hard but normally he just asks for beer or aftershave to be honest.

  45. hannah ingham June 18, 2019 / 9:25 am

    No I don’t find it hard, we both like similar things and sports so there’s always plenty of books to buy related to them!

  46. samantha bennett June 18, 2019 / 3:28 pm

    I find it so hard lucky he has a beard so care for it helps also anthing david bowie never fails

  47. Hazel Rea June 18, 2019 / 10:26 pm

    My husband likes books, DVDs. t-shirts, wine, and chocolate as gifts so we have quite a bit of choice for Father’s Day gifts. However, we always also have a special family meal (cooked at home due to family allergies).

  48. Annie Ley June 19, 2019 / 12:40 am

    my dad is quite easy to buy for, any chocolates and beer and he is happy. Unless he starts hinting a few weeks before for something in particular.

  49. Megan Williams June 19, 2019 / 8:04 am

    My dad is hard to buy for! He’s the least materialistic person I know so I always end up buying him practical things….and always chocolate too of course!

  50. joanne casey June 19, 2019 / 10:56 am

    Quite easy! He loves to look after himself and also loves the odd whisky so there’s quite a few options to choose from

  51. Suzanne Ashley June 19, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    I don’t find it hard at all! He’s pretty easy to please. He never treats himself, so any gift is appreciated.

  52. Jan H June 20, 2019 / 11:54 am

    My hubby is happy with a bar of chocolate to be honest. Its me who ends up feeling guilty that I can’t think of anything clever to buy. Still. It’s the thought that counts.

  53. Tamsin Dean June 20, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    he has all that he wants so normally take him out for a meal or something like that

  54. Victoria Prince June 20, 2019 / 4:33 pm

    I find my dad both hard and easy – he is very hard to be inventive for and get something different, but dead easy in so much as he LOVES crystallised ginger so will always be happy with a few bags of that!

  55. Lucy Irving June 20, 2019 / 6:28 pm

    Anything for the garden

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