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Fail Safe Father's Day Gifts

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

  56. Mandy Betts June 20, 2019 / 9:33 pm

    My dad is easy – anything related to fishing or guitars

  57. Anige McDonald June 21, 2019 / 7:53 pm

    I found it more difficult when I was younger but now I tend to buy something I know he loves from nostalgia or take him out somewhere or for a new experience instead so it create memories

  58. Anthea Holloway June 22, 2019 / 10:25 am

    I find it really hard but usually find something – often a good book or some beer! These Boots gifts look really good.

  59. Craig Havery June 22, 2019 / 11:22 am

    no problem anything football related

  60. Aaron Milne June 22, 2019 / 5:04 pm

    Very difficult buying for Dads

  61. Kate Loader June 22, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    I find it difficult but my present always includes Chocolate!

  62. Maria P June 22, 2019 / 10:01 pm

    It is really difficult – so for a few years now on, I try to give experience and memories instead of things 🙂

  63. Joanne Smith June 23, 2019 / 6:57 am

    My dad loves gizmos and so a new tool usually does it

  64. Ruth Harwood June 23, 2019 / 8:19 am

    My dad’s pretty hard to buy for, I usually get him a book or some toiletries! x

  65. Leslie Evans June 23, 2019 / 10:17 am

    Since an expensive Electric Car is to rich for me, Any nice aroma stuff like after shave etc will do very well.

  66. Sarah Hanson June 23, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    My husband suggested the kids could get him a tomahawk steak but they were sold out everywhere. He got BBQ tools instead

  67. Francesca Harrod June 23, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    My dad ALWAYS loves being unleashed in his local garden centre with a budget to blow on plants for his garden – makes him happy and us too, as when we get back its usually BBQ time!!

  68. Laura Wright June 23, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    I find it really hard to buy for my dad (& husband from children) its tougher for men! Usually end up getting the usual generic stuff so they know i at least tried!

  69. Kelly townsend June 23, 2019 / 10:40 pm

    Always end up buying him some toiletries

  70. Amy Beckett June 24, 2019 / 6:45 am

    I find it really hard as I always want to buy something meaningful

  71. Katie Kingsbury June 24, 2019 / 10:47 am

    I don’t find it hard to buy for my Dad because I don’t bother. When I was about 8 years old he told me off for wasting my money on a present and card so I never bothered again. I do buy for my husband though, because he’s always grateful.

  72. Phil Boyle June 24, 2019 / 10:53 am

    Argos vouchers work. Plenty of choice.

  73. Sheri Darby June 24, 2019 / 12:57 pm

    We usually try and go out for a meal

  74. Charlotte G June 24, 2019 / 1:48 pm

    I always buy my Dad aftershave, so it’s pretty easy

  75. Debby Windley June 24, 2019 / 1:55 pm

    I find men in general difficult to buy for. It’s the same old boring bits, my hubby doesn’t appreciate clothing, hates socks,has no need for ties….so, I’ve stopped wasting cash on ‘things’ and now buy vouchers for things to do. Lately, kids bought a Halfords voucher for a bike service…a spa break and a men’s car experience. Seems to be going well so far !

  76. kerri-marie Davidson June 24, 2019 / 3:54 pm

    My dads always happy with something he can either eat or drink!

  77. Angela Kelly June 24, 2019 / 4:00 pm

    My Dad is really hard to buy for. He has no real hobbies so we’ve forced him to set up a wish list!

  78. Hannah Igoe June 24, 2019 / 4:34 pm

    He is hard to buy for but he is often quite happy with some whisky

  79. Anne Plumb June 24, 2019 / 4:37 pm

    A good whiskey never goes amiss

  80. Debi Newman June 24, 2019 / 6:12 pm

    I always struggle to know what to buy so I normally just get some bits and bobs x

  81. janine atkin June 24, 2019 / 7:27 pm

    i never know what to buy for my dad!!

  82. Elaine Stokes June 24, 2019 / 8:30 pm

    find it very hard, i end up getting him vouchers for the garden center

  83. pete c June 24, 2019 / 9:17 pm

    it`s always hard – anything he wants is technical that we know little about!

  84. Gemma Middleton June 24, 2019 / 9:59 pm

    It is always a struggle buying for my Dad. He doesn’t need anything.

  85. Emma Ellams June 24, 2019 / 10:15 pm

    I always struggle but he looks anything for the garden!

  86. Clare Hubbard June 25, 2019 / 7:11 am

    I find it really hard, pictures of the grandchildren framed are always a back up present!

  87. Stephanie Crimes June 25, 2019 / 7:39 am

    My dad used to be so hard to buy for, but now as long as he has Airshow tickets he’s happy 🙂

  88. Sandra Fortune June 25, 2019 / 9:09 am

    It’s a struggle to buy something we usually have a day out and a nice meal usually goes down well

  89. yvette morgan June 25, 2019 / 9:15 am

    Anything to do with bush craft is always a hit 🙂

  90. Meryl Thomas June 25, 2019 / 9:15 am

    I always find it difficult. I tend to take him out for a meal or end up giving gift vouchers, which is so unimaginative

  91. Jayne Kelsall June 25, 2019 / 9:17 am

    I always find it hard to buy for my dad and feel like I get him the same things year after year, but he does like his aftershaves ! Ideally he would probably like a new camera but he will have to wait til I win the lottery 🙂

  92. Alison Macdonald June 25, 2019 / 9:40 am

    Definitely find it hard to buy for men! Gets harder every year to think of new ideas. As my OH self employed and quite stressful job the kids and I plumped for a voucher to treat himself to a relaxing well deserved massage

  93. lynn neal June 25, 2019 / 10:10 am

    Yes it is really tricky as they have everthing so I usually stick to food and drink!

  94. Debbie Jayne Davies June 25, 2019 / 12:07 pm

    Unfortunately my dad has alzheimers so i do find it very difficult to buy for him however he does love chocolates so thats usually what i get.

  95. ROBERT NICHOLLS June 25, 2019 / 12:13 pm

    Men are big kids! – give them something to remind them of their childhood like a magic set or a bottle of bubbles.

  96. Heli L June 25, 2019 / 12:20 pm

    I find it fairly easy as my other half and dad aren’t fussy peple. A card from the kids is all they expect. Maybe a bottle of whisky or perfume or taking them our for lunch if I wanted to treat them to something fancy.

  97. sarah morris June 25, 2019 / 12:37 pm

    For my husband off the kids I tend to get what he says he would like but wouldn’t buy himself, for my father in law a bottle of red and a book

  98. Romilly Snowden June 25, 2019 / 12:55 pm

    I always buy alcohol for my dad!

  99. Sheila Reeves June 25, 2019 / 1:05 pm

    I do find it hard, as he’s got most things he wants already! Going out for a meal together is always welcome though.

  100. emma kinsey June 25, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    not really he appreciates most things

  101. Monika Bascombe June 25, 2019 / 2:08 pm

    Yes, my dad claims he doent need or want anything , very hard to pick something he would appreciate

  102. Alan Youngman June 25, 2019 / 2:09 pm

    My Father has always been difficult to buy for. He is nearly 89 and rarely goes out. He loves his sport and we used to go to sporting events together, we went to the Olympics in 1996, but he is not so mobile these days but if there is sport on the television he will watch it. I usually buy him a nice bottle of wine or a case of beer. That makes it sound as if he has an issue with drink, that’s certainly not the case. He has a beer or cider with his lunch every day and occasionally we have a glass of wine with a meal.

  103. Fiona jk42 June 25, 2019 / 2:11 pm

    My husband is quite hard to buy for so I usually just get him a food gift or a kitchen gadget as he is a keen cook. Our kids often used to make up little books of “vouchers” as gifts, where they would offer to do chores such as mow the lawn. One voucher that my husband always appreciated was the gift of a barbecue clean-up, as this is a chore he hates (and which I refuse to do as he is the person who uses the barbecue). The barbecue always needs cleaning before using it for the first time each year, so father’s day is a good day to offer to do this. Even though the barbecue has been cleaned after the last use the previous year, it’s more hygienic cleaning it before use, and it’s also nice to know that there are no spiders or other things lurking in it waiting to be burned.

  104. Claire Nelson June 25, 2019 / 2:18 pm

    My husband is difficult to buy for because he gets things he wants himself so it is hard to buy him something he needs. My dad doesn’t get things for himself but says he does not want anything so I get him an experience.

  105. Rebecca Funnell June 25, 2019 / 4:49 pm

    Very difficult!! Would love golf gifts but often too expensive

  106. Katie Ann James June 25, 2019 / 5:39 pm

    My husband ordered his own gifts and I paid for them as he just so hard to buy for! No surprises so for him in this house so to win would be a nice little surprise for him.

  107. claire blaney June 25, 2019 / 5:51 pm

    i find it really hard to buy for him, i get inspiration from blog’s

  108. Teresa sheldon June 25, 2019 / 6:42 pm

    So hard buying for my Dad, I’m sure he would be happy with anything he is so easy to please, usually anything with the granchildren on a mug or coaster is always really appreciated by him

  109. Lucy June 25, 2019 / 8:07 pm

    My dad is a nightmare to buy for so I usually get him a magazine subscription.

  110. Rena Plumridge June 25, 2019 / 8:30 pm

    Socks or pants like xmas

  111. Diane Duggan June 25, 2019 / 9:12 pm

    I find it hard to think of nice gifts to buy for my dad. I think he would like to get away for a while.

  112. Naomi Williams June 25, 2019 / 9:55 pm

    I don’t find buying for my Dad hard, there is usually something he wants or needs

  113. Adrian Bold June 25, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    I always buy him novelty items as he loves silly things!

  114. Kelly Hirst June 25, 2019 / 10:52 pm

    I always struggle to find gifts for my dad so I tend to take him on days out as a gift alongside the usual socks n chocs!

  115. Megan June 25, 2019 / 11:12 pm

    I find it very hard to shop for any man!

  116. Hayley Coleman June 25, 2019 / 11:31 pm

    My dad is a Oxford United fan so he always appreciates something OUFC related!

  117. Tammy Neal June 25, 2019 / 11:44 pm

    Yes I find it hard to buy for my dad and even my partner x

  118. Joy Winn June 25, 2019 / 11:50 pm

    It,s very hard to buy for my 88 year old Dad – he always says he doesn’t need anything

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