Father's Day in the UK has been celebrated since the early twentieth century - as it has been in the USA and more than 40 other countries. The idea of honouring dads at this time of year may have started as a much earlier pagan festival, one which celebrated the sun as a father figure and took place during the summer solstice, on the 20th June.
When is Father's Day in the UK?
This year Father’s Day will be held on 20th June 2021, the third Sunday in June. In future years, the week will remain the same, but of course, the exact date will change. Father’s Day will take place on 20th June 2021,19th June 2022, and 18th June 2023.
As well as planning a visit or organising a special day out with their dad, many people will spoil him with presents and cards. Traditionally, dads could expect some new socks or a bottle of their favourite tipple. While those are great gifts, there are plenty more ideas to consider depending on what he most enjoys.
Where to Shop for Dad's Favourite Gifts
As Father's Day draws closer, shrewd sons and daughters in the UK will be getting ready by checking out the best bargain buys. Finding an awesome present on a low budget is certainly possible, but it's also a great time to save money on more extravagant gifts.
As most dads try their hand at a little DIY from time to time, power tools and toolkits have become one of the most popular gift ideas for Father's Day. There are always plenty on offer in the run-up to this event, so check out specialist retailers like Halfords which stock socket and ratchet sets, as well as car maintenance packs and storage.
Many stores and online retailers organise promotions for Father's Day which run for a few days before the event and continue for a while after. These can range from free personalisation at premium stationary sellers like Moleskine to discounts of up to 70% on various gifts for dads at Ebay.
Similarly, Argos always bring together a wide range of discounts suitable for all types of dad. These can include up to 50% off products aimed at dads, like men's grooming, men's jewellery and selected watches.
If the best gift for dad is time spent with his family, then you can organise a meal out for everyone at a Toby Carvery or Harvester restaurant, both of which regularly offer free meals for fathers on the day. At Morrisons, the restaurant may provide specific meals for less, like their full English 'Big Daddy' breakfast, and at Beefeater steaks can be reduced or free for dads at certain times. Unfortunately, with most restaurant deals you can’t just arrive and eat. Terms and conditions apply to this kind of offer, so be sure to take a look through those before arriving.
The army of dads who like collectables, memorabilia and gaming, will love the unusual gift ideas at MenKind. It has numerous quirky gadgets and gizmos to choose from and in the past, they have offered an extra 10% off certain items, just for Father's Day 2020.
Father's Day Present Guide
Father's Day is the ideal time to indulge the man who has always been there for you or the one who holds a special place in your heart. The majority of retailers organise their Father's Day gifting ideas into separate categories, this makes it easier for buyers to find inspiration and then to locate exactly the right present.
Electronics – Some dads love to keep on top of all the latest gadget, game and device releases, so why not treat him to a gift he'll always find a use for? A huge selection of electronics deals are available in the lead up to Father's Day, many of which are heavily discounted.
At Asda, it is the gaming section which is most often promoted during the Father’s Day celebrations. You can find half price offers on big-name console games, along with accessories like controllers and VR headsets.
Currys have a massive collection of electricals and they regularly have selected reductions of up to 60% across the store for tech-loving dads. Choose from speakers, bundled games packages and dash cams.
Gift Cards – Lots of us appreciate the chance to choose our own presents and when you're buying for a man who feels that way, you can opt to give a gift card. Gift cards are also the ideal solution if you've left things to the last minute as most can be purchased online, then sent to dad immediately via email.
You can let dad have a look round, then pick out exactly what DIY tools he'd like, using a gift card from B&Q. Alternatively, if you think he would prefer a new outfit, Debenhams sell email gift cards which can be purchased online. They also allow buyers to customise a physical card with Father's Day messages.
Grooming Products and Fragrances – A daily grooming routine is part of life for most men. If you know a dad who likes to take care of his appearance and values a quality fragrance, there are plenty of bargain gift ideas to consider.
Boots often lay on a raft of great offers just for dapper dads, you can shop here for toiletries, wash bags and men's fragrances which are reduced by up to 60%, including those from stellar brands like Gucci and Dior.
To give dad the chance of a luxury pampering treatment or a free special gift, you could head to a top department store like Fenwick for the day. In the past, they have put together a selection of special offers which are only available when you arrive in person with dad.
Clothing and Accessories – Whether dad is a style icon or a relaxed dresser who just wants to be comfortable, online and high street stores have bargains on apparel and accessories to coincide with his special day. It's not always easy to choose clothes for someone else, but it's likely that you've known him long enough to understand his sartorial style, so just bear that in mind when searching.
At the online store, I Want One of Those they have a range of geeky t-shirts featuring gaming, Sci-Fi and comic icons. These are often reduced by around 20% as part of their Father's Day deals.
It's difficult to go wrong with smart casual clothing and you can find a range of quality apparel at House of Fraser, with many lines brought together on one page especially for Father's Day. They often include up to 50% off t-shirts, shirts and accessories from major like Levi's, Armani, Barbour or Hugo Boss.
Experiences – When you want to give something entirely unique as a way of marking Father's Day, then experiences are ideal. They show that you have put a great deal of thought into what dad's passions really are. Unlike most other gifts, a day of adventure will provide him with a wealth of memories to look back on in future years. From professional cookery classes to supercar track racing, distillery days and hot air ballooning, the list of possibilities is endless. Take a browse through the following sites to find a special experience for every dad, from thrill seekers to gastronomists.
For the man who has it all, Virgin Experience Days have curated a selection of days out for under £50, many with additional reductions. Choose something which you think could appeal to dad from steam railway journeys, afternoon tea on the Thames, city tours and stadium visits.
Red Letter Days have a huge selection of experiences to choose from and many are reduced by up to 50% on Father's Day. There are supercar track days for petrol-heads, dining experiences for foodies, beer tasting, sports stadium tours, cultural visits and more.
Beer – One of the all-time favourite gifts for fathers has to be beer. Whether he's a real ale drinker or a lager lover, you can find selection packs and subscriptions to put a smile on his face.
At supermarkets like Tesco you can buy dad a few beers for less, as packs of four or larger boxes are often reduced by 10-15% for special events like Father’s Day. Elsewhere, Morrison’s reduce selected ales in time for dad's day, as do Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.
For a more specialist beer gift, Best of British Beer have many selection packs with different beers for dad to test out. These represent great value compared to buying the bottles individually. Alternatively, for true connoisseurs, you could purchase a Referendum Brewing membership. These include a £10 voucher which can be put towards future spends, fifteen bottles of beer, and a say in the brewing process of new products.
As part of their Father's Day celebrations, Honest Brew often bundle packs of 6, 12 or 18 beers together and they may even include a £10 voucher off dad's next purchase. Alternatively, the company provide subscriptions to bespoke beer boxes, gift vouchers, and the chance to custom make a beer crate for your dad.
Presents for Sports Fans – Father's Day is a great time to show that you really do pay attention when dad talks about his hobbies. By selecting a sporting gift which involves his favourite pastime, team or venue, you are sure to make him feel like a winner. For sports clothes, socks and trainers, JD Sports has everything you need and they run regular sales in their menswear department. For more unusual sporting presents Not on the High Street has a selection of Father's Day treats including prints for dad to hang on his wall, wash bags in the shape of rugby balls, cufflinks with a sporting theme and much more.
Personalised Gifts – A gift that is inscribed with your dad's name or a thoughtful message is likely to be especially valued. It shows that you have gone out of your way to order a customised item that cannot simply be bought off the shelf. The type of product which you choose to have personalised can be fun, meaningful or functional.
Yumbles regularly have free delivery or special discounts on their personalised Father's Day gifts for foodies. From chocolates to whiskeys, chopping boards to wine bottle stoppers, you can find something that he'll be able to pick up and use straight out of the box.
If you have a treasured photograph or a collection of favourites, you can get them printed on books, cushions, phone cases or calendars at PhotoBox. Their Father's Day gifts are often reduced by 50% during the run-up to the day.
More general gifts with personalised features can be found at Moonpig, Etsy and Getting Personal, where you can get 10% off your first order.
Father's Day Discounts and Offers at hotukdeals
hotukdeals is a massive online resource aimed at helping shoppers across the UK to save money on one-off buys and everyday products. Every June we bring together news of all the latest Father's Day bargains on a special page which we dedicate to the event.