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Father's Day inspiration: 22 unusual and awesome gifts

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It’s time to rise up against the sock/pint glass combos of Father’s Days past and try something new.

We’ve gathered together 22 stylish and unusual gifts to present your pa with come Sunday 18 June. We’re not saying they’re all out-there crazy, but they might just inspire you beyond the typical blokery. Looking for foodie, boozy, outdoorsy Father’s Day presents? You’ve come to the right place.

If Dad wants socks, Dad can of course have socks. But we suspect he may also want space gin and a truffle tree...

  • Smartphone Projector 2.0

    A compact, wireless, portable projector that will light up a blank white surface with pictures and videos from any smartphone 16cm long or under.

    £25, conranshop.co.uk

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  • Sophisticated Owls Notebook

    This classy Chase and Wonder lined notebook is a step up from a dog-eared reporter’s pad.

    £12.99, papier.com

  • BBQ Bucket

    Father dear can take/burn the barbecue anywhere with this steel and beechwood portable BBQ bucket in Fortnum & Mason’s lush signature eau di nil green.

    £40, fortnumandmason.com 

  • Personalised Vintage Map Wine Cooler

    Atlas & I personalizes all manner of things with vintage maps of a location of your choice. We’ve taken a shine to the leather wine cooler.

    £60, atlas-and-i.com

  • Tiger Shrimp Small Pasta Bowl

    He can serve up perfect seafood creations on this beautiful Emma Bridgewater bowl (you might have to buy more than one to be in with a chance of getting any yourself).

    £17.95 emmabridgewater.co.uk

  • Moonshot Gin

    Moonshot Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company is made with botanicals that have been sent to space. Yep. Coriander, cubeb pepper, liquorice root at al were sent into the stratosphere, while an extra botanical is actual moon rock.

    £32.95, masterofmalt.com

  • Skull Tidy

    Pep up his workspace with an unusual pen tidy from the Natural History Museum. Can also be used as a plant pot or for random snacks, of course.

    £45, nhmshop.co.uk

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  • Black Watch

    This premix cocktail is a “dark sultry Scottish take” on an Espresso Martini from restaurant Mac & Wild, featuring Talisker 10 infused with coffee beans, coffee liqueur, cold brew coffee and amaro. Boozy caffeine times ahead.

    £31.17, macandwild.com

  • Truffle Tree

    This tiny tree promises truffles (the intense, expensive mushrooms, not small chocolates). It’s a hazel and The Present Tree claims truffles can be found within its roots in four to five years (and every year thereafter). A present that’ll pay for itself…

    £45, notonthehighstreet.com

  • Plum Martini Glasses

    Swap glass for copper with this shiny Tom Dixon pair: perfect for Martinis. Plus they probably won’t smash after three too many.

    £80 (set of two), amara.com

  • Bar Light Box

    Highlight his favourite part of the house (or make his armchair stash official) with this Temerity Jones light box.

    £50 (available from end of May), temerityjonesshop.com

  • Printed Pocket Square

    This silk pocket square by Simon Carter adds an edge to a traditional look with its skulls. Also available in purple.

    £35, simoncarter.net

  • The Whole Milk

    The people behind pure milk-based Black Cow Vodka make a matching cheddar with the curds left over from the distillation process. Rude not to.

    £12, blackcow.co.uk

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  • The Comedy Store Tickets

    Stuck for a gift? You can’t go far wrong with a funny night out. Find it in London and Manchester.

    Tickets from £5, thecomedystore.co.uk

  • Compass Cufflinks

    The Imperial War Museum’s compass cufflinks are “inspired by the difficult life of navigating at night over hostile territory”. Something about that brings to mind teenage years…  

    £15, iwmshop.org.uk

  • Origin and Superstition Whiskies

    In a one-off for Father’s Day, Jura has clad special-edition bottles of its Origin and Superstition whiskies with visual tasting notes, such as honey, apple, cinnamon and chocolate.

    £35, jurawhisky.com

  • Game of Thrones Stein

    Big fans of the series can find GoT merch aplenty at the HBO online shop, including this slogan glassware.

    £16.99, hbostore.co.uk

  • Blend Your Own Whisky

    Master of Malt’s Blend Your Own Whisky service allows you (or Dad) to create a bespoke Scotch from £35. If that’s a little overwhelming, the kit of 12 trial bottles allows you to experiment at home first.

    Trial kit £69.95, masterofmalt.com

  • My Mug XL (Anthracite/Yellow)

    OK, it’s not that exciting but it’s practical: Dad can grab a hefty cuppa with this Jansen+co mug.

    £14.50, amara.com

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  • The Beer Collection

    He can imbibe his booze a little different with this beery collection from Hotel Chocolat. Think caramel stout and pale cocoa beer.

    £10, hotelchocolat.com

  • Bicycle Tool Set

    Dad a keen cyclist? He could probably make use of this set by Le Bicycle, including allen keys, wrenches and screwdrivers for every conceivable bike issue (except punctures, which you can also help him fix depending how generous you’re feeling).

    £6.95, dotcomgiftshop.com

  • Father's Day Howler

    The Father’s Day trio contains cans from Northern Monk, The Garden Brewery and Yeastie Boys, but there are other versions available year-round, including hop-themed, a craft introduction and a Beavertown selection.

    £7.90, honestbrew.co.uk

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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.

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