Colin the caterpillar, walnut whips and a Father's Day bunting

Unique Father’s Day gifts for every taste 

From bespoke cocktail kits and posh whiskies to grow-your-own chillies and proper picnics, here are a few thoughtful ways to treat dad this year

Want to treat your dad to a special day together? Celebrating Father’s Day from afar? However you’re marking the occasion, M&S has everything you need to make Father’s Day special, with top-quality ingredients and unique products. We’ve made a few suggestions below to find the perfect gift for all types of dads, from foodie hampers sent in the post and indulgent treats to share, to virtual activities to enjoy together and fun kitchen projects that will keep him occupied for weeks.

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For the green-fingered dad

Encourage your dad’s green-fingered side by sending him a selection of trendy houseplants. Choose between ferns, succulents and more, displayed in unique planters, for a gift that will last for months to come. Can’t choose? Try this houseplant trio (£45). Go one step further and buy your dad a plant to nurture as his next kitchen project, and use in his cooking. An olive tree (£35) instantly adds a Mediterranean look and aroma to the kitchen, or a mixed chilli plant (£35) gives colour and heat to dishes from around the world, including chettinad chicken fry, healthy chilli and one-pan green chilli eggs with chorizo.

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Three houseplants in pots

For the dad with a sweet tooth

Treat your dad and get stocked up with chocolaty beer whips, ‘bank of dad’ crunchy chocolate and cute bunting to mark the occasion (all included in the Dad is my hero gift, £25). This decadent gift includes M&S’s newly launched mini hero Colin the Caterpillar, complete with edible cape. You could also send a selection of stunning chocolate truffles (£25), an afternoon tea through the letterbox (£15) or a gift bag of Belgian chocolates (£30).

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Colin the caterpillar, walnut whips and a Fathers Day bunting

For the mixologist

Peruse M&S’s extensive selection of spirits, mixers and syrups to curate your own cocktail kit for dad to shake up on Father’s Day. Or go for a ready-made option with a selection of cocktails in a can and salty snacks (£40) to pair for happy hour over the following weeks. You could also organise a wine tasting – send your dad a curated case of punchy reds (£52), white wonders (£62) or New World mixes (£48), create your own tasting cards and invite him to an online evening of wine-fuelled fun.

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A bottle of red wine and two glasses filled with red wine

For the outdoorsy dad

Spend some quality time together and take your dad on a country walk, then tuck into a readymade picnic or BBQ in the garden or park. M&S’s picnic hamper (£75) includes the likes of sparkling elderflower, antipasti, pulled pork sausage rolls, mini fruit kebabs and lemon loaf cakes, as well as napkins, paper plates, cutlery and paper cups all wrapped up in an exclusive reusable M&S cool bag. Or choose the bespoke Daddy of All hampers, that includes Southwold beers, Cornish Cruncher cheddar, a DAD decorated pork pie, sweet treats and more, so you can get properly involved in the al fresco fun.

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A table full of picnic items including beers, charcuterie and nuts

For the whisky connoisseur

If your dad is a fan of an evening dram, choose from M&S’s range of premium whiskies, including Speyside single malt whisky and Kenmore blended Scotch whisky, available in bottles, curated gift boxes or whisky tasting minis. We love this whisky warmer gift box (£40). Every time he has a sip, he will think of you!

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A box with a bottle of whisky and a whisky tumbler