• Amy Middleton

Father's Day Gift Guide 2021

Updated: Jun 16

Finding a good gift for Father’s Day can be really difficult — especially with all the “traditional” dad gifts out there that are just, well, boring. From luxury tech to the best new additions to his alcohol cabinet and book shelf, these are RedHanded's top picks for this Father's Day - that he'll actually use! From big name brands to independent Scottish businesses, we've compiled a gift guide to suit all budgets and interests.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stewart, £7.49

Shuggie Bain is the debut novel by Scottish-American writer Douglas Stuart, published in 2020. It tells the story of the youngest of the three children, Shuggie, growing up with his alcoholic mother, Agnes, in the 1980s, in a post-industrial working-class Glasgow, Scotland. The novel was awarded the 2020 Booker Prize making Douglas Stuart the second Scottish winner of the prize in its 51-year history. Shuggie Bain was also a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction and a finalist for the 2020 John Leonard Prize for Best First Book from the National Book Critics Circle. Receiving 5/5 on Waterstones and 4.5/5 on GoodReads, this is bound to be a hit with any bookworm dads. Available from Waterstones.

Anther + Moss, The Dalton, from £12.00

Is your dad a proud parent to a collection of plants too? Why not consider gifting him something to fuel his horticultural ambitions. Anther + Moss’s latest houseplant pot, The Dalton, sports a sleek circular design that positions itself as a subtle piece. Made from concrete and available in ash, brick, charcoal, and concrete styles, the pot can be matched to a myriad of interiors, thus blending well as an understated décor choice. The ash, brick, and charcoal variants are made on lined concrete, making them excellent choices for leafier plants that need a high-amount of moisture. The concrete variant is made of an unlined concrete material that absorbs water over time, both keeping plants alive and forming a distinct patina effect, ensuring that each pot is completely unique. This version of The Dalton is perfect for drier plants like cacti and succulents as the pot helps keep the plants alive by absorbing the excess moisture. Buy now from Anther + Moss.

DIY Make Your Own Gin, from £17.00

Create your own gin with ease from the comfort of your home with the Juniper Lab Craft Gin Making Kit. With a variety of botanical blends, you're sure to find your perfect recipe. With several boxes on offer, such as Floral, Citrus, or Spiced varieties, there's something to suit every dad's tastes! Presented in a beautiful kraft gift box, each set includes a step-by-step gin making guide, making it an excellent gift for someone special this father's day. Best of all, each product is imagined, designed and created in Edinburgh. Available now from The Crafting Cartel at Etsy.co.uk

Music from the films of James Bond with The City of Prague Philharmoic Orchestra and London Music Works Vinyl, £22

To celebrate the (eventual) release of the new James Bond movie No Time to Die and Daniel Craig's return as Bond for the last time, discover this compilation vinyl performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The tracklist includes the greatest theme songs that have contributed to the saga's prestige, from Goldfinger to Skyfall. Available now from Diggers Factory.

Whisky Flight Board, from £22.95

Handmade from retired oak whisky barrels, this is the perfect gift for a whisky lover. These flight boards come with a choice of genuine Harris Tweed inserts, and are also available with Official Glencairn Whisky Tasting Glasses (£48.95). Handmade by small business Brave Staves in Glasgow, each board is completely unique and maintain the faint whisky aromas which have been collected throughout the maturation process of the whisky over a great number of years. This is an excellent way of supporting small businesses this Father's Day. Available now from Brave Staves at Etsy.co.uk

The Woodsman Whisky and S'more Box, £25.00

New from Morrisons, this Whisky Cocktail Box is centred around The Woodsman Whisky. The box contains everything dad needs to make The Woodsman Maple Syrup Old Fashioned, and The Woodsman with Ginger Beer. He’ll also find ingredients for the perfect S’more and other snacks, ideal for summer nights around the firepit or BBQ. The box includes The Woodsman Whisky (70cl), Fentimans Natural Ginger Beer (750ml), Morrisons The Best No. 2 Grade Pure Maple Syrup (189ml), Butterkist Crunchy Toffee Popcorn (170g), Morrisons Marshmallows (200g), Morrisons Milk Chocolate Digestives (300g), Morrisons Bamboo Skewers (100 Pack) and Morrisons The Best Chipotle Pulled Pork BBQ crisps. Morrisons exclusive.

Contigo Autoseal Luxe travel mug, £21.60

A coffee-loving dad’s dream, Contigo’s Autoseal Luxe travel mug keeps drinks piping hot for 5 hours (or cold for 12 if iced drinks are your thing) and provides 100% spill-proof confidence thanks to the lid’s lockable push-button technology. Just press to sip and the Autoseal Luxe will do the rest. Available in six elegant metallic finishes. Available at Amazon.

Contigo Ashland Chill water bottle, £23.53

Contigo’s advanced Ashland Chill water bottle is ideal for dads on-the-go. In addition to its 100% spill-proof and 100% leak-proof technologies, the Ashland Chill Couture keeps drinks cool for up to 24 hours thanks to its Thermalock double-wall vacuum insulation. Simply press the practical push-button and the drinking spout is released in an instant. Available at Amazon.

Craft Rum and Scottish Ginger Beer Perfect Serve Box, £27.50

The box includes Morvenna Spiced Rum, Walter Gregor's Ginger Beer, and Walter Gregor's Original Tonic Water. For the perfect serve: 100ml Walter Gregor's Limited Edition Ginger Beer, 30ml Morvenna Spiced Rum, Fresh Lime Juice and wedges to garnish. Squeeze the juice of one lime into a glass filled with ice. Add the rum and top up with ginger beer. Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve. Available to order now via www.waltergregors.com

Whisky Afternoon Tea at The Register Club, £38 pp

Situated in a venue that's certain to impress, Edinburgh's The Register Club elevates afternoon tea and conversation to an art form. Dad can indulge in a traditional Afternoon Tea, with homemade scones and Scottish jam and sweet treats as well as a savoury selection using the finest seasonal produce from artisan suppliers across Scotland. Served alongside his choice of three whisky cocktails; Johnny Walker Gold, Talisker 19 or Lagavulin 16, it's an afternoon tea with a dad twist! Priced at £38 per person and available on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June 2021 only. Book from Friday 11th June at www.theregisterclub.com

Arran Lochranza Mens Eau de Toilette 100ml, £42.50

A perfectly balanced fragrance designed for men, the Lochranza Eau De Toilette is a delicate combination of patchouli and anise, creating a spicy base note, peppered with aromas of warmer floral tones. Created to have a deep, rich yet intricate fragrance, this luxury men's fragrance boasts an affordable price tag with long-lasting scent and stunning packaging. Available now from Arran.com

Father's Day with PURE Spa & Beauty, £90

Dads deserve a pampering too! No doubt your Dad is your hero and what better way to show him you care than with the gift of spa? PURE Spa and Beauty have some unique gift experiences that will make 'Dad's Day Out' a memorable one, such as the 90 minute Elemis Time Out For Men Package for the price of 60 minutes - available to book on gift card too! Gift card valid for 24 months from date of purchase and are available to book in store or online. Book now at PURE Spa

Master Lock Biometric Padlock, £129.00

The Biometric Padlock can save up to 10 different fingerprints so that access can be shared with your most trusted contacts. Dad’s shed never looked so Bond! The easy to setup device allows prints to be stored for two primary users plus eight additional people. First time users will need to unlock using the directional system before fingerprints can be added and removed to revoke access. No need to repeatedly get keys cut or worry about losing a set. Available at Amazon.

Master Lock 8278EURDPRO U-Lock, £28.90

Alternatively, the U-Lock is a little bit more budget-friendly and features a cemented steel body for maximum strength and reliability. The dual-lock handle provides increased resistance to leverage, cutting and sawing. The disc cylinder with key protects against hooking. This product offers maximum safety and is available in two sizes to suit all bikes - no wonder this model has been used around the globe for years! Only the best for your old man. Available at Amazon.

Ariat Wexford H2O, from £150

For the country enthusiast, Ariat has introduced two new shades to its loved Wexford H2O boots. Now available in Weathered Brown and Mocha, the classic Chelsea boot is the perfect pairing for casual and smarter looks this Father’s Day. Not only does the Wexford H2O look stylish but thanks to Ariat’s exceptional waterproof technology, keeps feet fully dry - perfect for unpredictable British weather! Available at Ariat.

Marshall Mode II in-ear headphones, £159.00

Engineered to deliver a thunderous audio experience and 25 hours of portable playtime with its charging case, Marshall’s Mode II in-ear headphones produce phenomenal sound with no wires attached. Perfect for the Dad who is a walking fanatic or about to return to their noisy city commute. Built for all-day listening, Mode II is ergonomically designed to fit securely and comfortably. Customise your fit with adjustable ear tips so you can listen for hours and allow the touch-responsive earbuds to easily control your music, answer calls and more. With its durable rubberised finish, IPX4 water-resistance rating, ensuring the headphones are 100% splash-proof, and charging case, Mode II is the ultimate travel companion for the music obsessive Dad on the go. Available now from Marshall.

Marshall Acton II BT - £219.99 (currently on sale at Curry's for £179.99)

For something a little more extravagant, consider Marshall's Acton II. The Acton II may be compact, but its sound is nothing short of large. Perfect for the music-loving dad, this dynamic compact speaker features three dedicated class D amplifiers that power its dual tweeters and subwoofer. It produces a well-balanced, powerful audio experience, yet can fit in the tiniest of spaces. Plus, with Bluetooth 5.0 technology you can play your music in glorious, stereo sound with no wires required. Or, for the less tech-savvy Dad, you can plug it into your device or record player. Available now at Marshall, Curry's, and John Lewis.

Nespresso Creatista Pro SNE900BSS Coffee Machine, £649

The opulent gift for a dad that really loves his coffee. With the Nespresso Creatista Pro, you can comfortably craft café-style quality coffee, personalised to your taste. With a stylish sleek design and stainless steel finish, the Creatista Pro has a 3-second heat-up time, 8 pre-programmed coffee drinks with the ability to customise coffee volume, milk texture and temperature settings. Thanks to the intuitive touch screen, you can then customise these settings at will to make your signature coffee. And if you’ve developed one you love, a quick save will allow you to enjoy it again and again. Available now from John Lewis.

Leica Q2 Daniel Craig X Greg Williams, £5,600

The ultimate, luxury gift for dads looking to pad out the photo albums, this limited take on Leica’s Q2 is a camera that’s built for Bond himself. Conceptualised by Daniel Craig and photographer Greg Williams, it takes its inspiration from vintage Leica Ms whose chipped-away black paint revealed the gold-coloured brass beneath. Of course, it makes use of the much more robust tech of the Q2, but where it’s really elevated is with such details as engravings inlaid with gold paint, a name and serial number that’s laser-engraved beneath the cover of the display and signature red dot lettering replaced for the first time ever by black and gold. With only 750 models made, the word “flash” barely does it justice. Available from: store.leica-camera.com

Want more Father's Day gift ideas? Check out the Food & Drink Father's Day Gift Guide in our sister publication Taste Magazine Scotland for even more inspiration.