If you’re anything like me you simply can’t believe that Christmas is right around the corner.
Where did that year go?
I’m usually one of those, ‘leave it till the last minute’ kind of Christmas shoppers. Or, perhaps more accurately, a ‘leave it to my wife’ kind of Christmas shoppers!
Either way, I’m determined that this year, I’ll be better organised and better prepared.
That’s why I’m sharing my ultimate Christmas Gift Guide nice and early; mainly for my benefit, but it may help some of you out as well.
I’ve decided to split the guide into different sections for different members of the family, so it’s nice and easy for you to find some inspiration.
An innovative “backwards” backpack, designed with the zips sitting against your back, as opposed to on the outside, making it practically tamper proof. A great present for those commuting.
The iconic windproof lighter is the perfect keepsake gift – available in an array of colours and graphic designs. With a lifetime guarantee, it makes the ideal gift for the adventurer in your life, ever in need of a flame!
Whisky is quite simply a wonderful gift. A little sip in the evening might be just what Dad needs to get him through. I’m going to be hinting at Jen for this, that’s for sure! And Santa needs a glasson Christmas Eve too!
Since becoming a Dad, I’ve let myself go a little. I’m determined to get myself back on track and this impressive grooming essentialsset is just what I need to start the process. Brought together by the England Rugby international player, the range includes nail clippers and pliers, plus nose and facial hair scissors. All products are precision engineered to a high spec for sharp cutting edges and extreme durability. Each metal implement has a stylised grey wood-effect finish and comes with a five year guarantee.
This is a smart device for urban cyclists, bringing innovative technology to cyclists for safer and healthier urban mobility. SmartHalo shows the quickest and safest paths to destinations, lights the way at night and keeps the bike safe against thieves with its integrated alarm system. It’s the smart biking system cyclists have been waiting for.
Can you tell I like Whisky? This gift pack contains a bottle of 70cl The Macallan Gold with two glasses featuring a design inspired by the oak trees which are integral in the process of ageing The Macallan. One glass for me, and one glass for Father Christmas!
Does Dad wear the same jacket all year round? Carhartt’s true classic jacket, our their most popular seller. Heavy 12 oz outer fabric, with quilted lining in the body and sleeves, for extra warmth come Autumn & Winter time. This is a great gift!
What Dad doesn’t want brown leather boots? The Rieker boots have beige laces in contrast with the highlight stitching on the sides and at the back, and Rieker logos at the heel and on the tongue. Stylish, smart and casual all in 1 boot.
For the new dads this Christmas! Hatched from the quest for functional fashion, this unique top loader design comes with additional deep zipper access and sports a top pocket that holds everything needed for a quick change. Urban or trail ready, the ergonomic shoulder harness delivers long haul comfort, sporting premium padding and a sternum strap. Ultra organized inside and out, you’ll find plenty of places to stash your dad essentials.
Beards have fast become the new dad essential! This is a lovely gift for those dads who like a spot of grooming every now and again. They can step up their shave regimen with these pain-free shave essentials. The Dad Network Dad’s regularly compete to see who has the best beard, so this set might be just what they need this Christmas!
A must for my cold blooded wife, Jen!
Hand warmers are the perfect accessory for anyone bravely tackling the outdoors in the cold weather this winter. (Or if your partner has an auto immune disease meaning they’re always cold!)
Olverum literally is ‘hygge’ in a bottle – such a deeply soothing, relaxing and uplifting treat, which will help you achieve a great nights’ sleep. All parents know how important sleep can be and anything to aid you into the land of nod is a must-have. Olverum would make the ideal gift for the discernning lady or gentleman.
Within the O’Keeffe’s Hardworking Skincare Multipack is O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Jar, providing guaranteed relief for extremely dry, cracked hands, a Jar of O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet, providing hard-working relief for hard-working feet and new O’Keeffe’s Lip Repair Cooling lip balm; cooling relief for dry, cracked lips. Products are unscented, non-greasy, hypoallergenic and provide guaranteed relief in days.
James White have been making fruit juices for more than 25 years, which means we have masses of experience when it comes to knowing exactly what to do to make a high quality juice. And these really do taste delicious!
£16 (for 6 bottles)
This ceramic mug marks your place in The “Still Awake Club” and makes a lovely gift for new mums and dads, as well as a lighthearted gift for more experienced parents who are still not getting any sleep! The Artisan Coffee sourced from Tierradentro, Columbia is roasted in the UK and requires a cafetiere/french press for brewing.
For the Teenager
Controlled by nothing more than the gestures of your hand, this indoor drone is the perfect way to enjoy a little bit of flying fun without worrying about controls or controllers. All you need to do is strap the special gesturebiotics glove controller onto your right hand, and then with a press of a button you’re off! Nice!
Say hello to Cozmo, a gifted little guy with a mind of his own. He’s a real-life robot like you’ve only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out. He’ll nudge you to play and keep you constantly surprised. Cozmo’s your accomplice in a crazy amount of fun. More over for the new generation of gift – the robot.
I remember when my Grandpa gave me a pen for my 12th birthday. It was a really special moment, a memory that I treasure, and I still have the pen nearly 20 years later.
The bold profile and striking super-hero-themed design of this pen is matched only by the powerful performance that happens when Cross X Marvel hits paper. It’s the perfect gift for fans of the Marvel Universe.
Any budding musicians in your family?
Well, this single cutaway guitar is based on a design made famous by Gibson starting in the early 50’s. This classic design offers easy playability and great rock tone. Complete pack for beginner or novice player with 5W amp and cable, strap, picks and spare strings. The pack also contains an easy-to-follow lessons on an instructional DVD. The guitar has a gloss black finish on a solid wood body, a smooth maple neck and fingerboard, humbucking pickup and die-cast tuners.
For the Kid
These Herschel bags are so much fun. Whether used for school, toys, travel or just to have they make great gifts for the kiddiwinks.
This is a great piece of kit for any child with a bike or scooter. It’s a light & horn combined, but with a variety of different sounds. Hours of fun! And it will keep your Little One’s safe when scooting or riding on the dark winter’s nights.
If your child likes all things slimy and scary, this kit is for them. Including everything you need to create sludgy goo, slime balls, scary snakes, an invisible monster and monster blood and bogies. Try throwing the slime balls at windows for a splatting good time! Slime was one of the biggest trends of 2017, making this gift a sure winner.
£10 (reduced from £20) From The Entertainer
What do you get when you combine the incredible intergalactic adventure of Star Wars, with Mitre’s legendary footballs? The best football in the universe… or at least we think so! Go to battle with your friends in the park – shoot and score, with this iconic Star Wars match ball.
Fast becoming the must-have Christmas gift, the Scriball is back, and this time scribblers can go crazy choosing the dark side or the light side, as they get colouring to create the ultimate custom ball.
This is one web you’ll want to get caught in with the Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set! Use the included parts and pieces to send the air propelled coaster car through horizontal and vertical thrills. Once done building turn off the lights – this coaster glows-in-the-dark! As the step-father of an adrenaline roller coater junkie I know how popular this gift would be.
By day, the globe shows political boundaries, oceans and seas, borders,countries and capitals. At night with just the touch of a button, budding astronomers can view an illuminated map of the starts and planets. Displaying 88 constellations, the globe turns into an impressive room decoration, ideal for children who find a night light soothing.
Using a tablet or smartphone, children can even unlock augmented reality content including animals, landmarks, dinosaurs and weather facts! Plus, there’s extra fun to be had exploring flags and taking on challenges.
I know a little girl that will love this! But this TuTu is also extremely popular among the older girls and a superb item to be worn at concerts or festivals.
Pokémon TCG theme decks are a great way to learn the ropes of the Pokémon Trading Card Game! Each deck comes ready to play right out of the box, with a 60-card deck, two-player playmat, and damage counters! There’s even a guide to get you started and a special foil card for collectors! Crimson Invasion features a number of powerful creatures – a great set for players, beginners and collectors alike!
This British tweed crown and wand, compiled in a set for a magical Christmas gift is perfect for those children who love role play and dress up.
It’s made with 100% British woven tweed, and backed in a natural linen.
For the Toddler
Here comes Makka Pakka! Press his hand and watch him walk around carrying his favourite sponge. Listen to him say his fun sounds and phrases, which is bound to make your little one giggle!
Any creation is possible with the new K’NEX Budding Builders Tub! Aspiring K’NEX builders can choose from 100 colourful parts and pieces and 50 amazing building ideas to create everything from a fish helicopter to a robot puppy! The K’NEX Budding Builders Tub offers endless possibilities for a child’s imagination to grow!
Of course, Duplo! Bring some holiday magic to your LEGO DUPLO world with Santa’s Winter Holiday play set!
Fly Santa around in his sleigh and land him in time to give the 2 child DUPLO figures their presents! That’s if they stop sledging down the slope and having fun in the snow long enough to say hello to Santa!
Includes 3 DUPLO figures plus 2 animal figures, Santa’s sleigh, reindeer figure, fir tree, snowman, sledge and a buildable slope.
For the Whole Family
This is much more than just a pushchair. (Or pullchair…) For those families who love getting outdoors, whether a short trip to the park or a hike through the woods, the Yippie Yo Cross Buggy is fantastic. It can tackle any terrain and brings so much family fun in the process.
It’s agile and extremely safe. Here at The Dad Network, we highly recommend it.
There you have it, some wonderful gifts for every budget, for every age.
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and don’t forget to leave a comment to say hi, sharing your Christmas present ideas or anything else :)
*Many of these products were gifted to Dad Network Dads in need of support this Christmas or given to children spending this Christmas in hospial.