Fathers are notoriously hard to buy. But we’re here to help, friends.
Whether your aul boy is a proud dub, modern style icon, golf enthusiast, or a decent tip, here are 10 different ways to get your dad excited for Christmas.
Some Dublin father would be very interested in his football.
Emerald Exiles is a book by Barry Landy is a book out this year that describes the fascinating journey of footballers from Dublin and Ireland making waves around the world.
Other popular books to be published (or due out) this year include Be Good, Love Brian: Growing up with Brian, Clough, Playmaker: My Life and the Love of Football by Glenn Hoddle, and Devotion: A Memoir by Gaelic Football Manager Mickey Harte.
Fathers are known to be a fan or two of technical items. Looking for the best pieces this year? Here we go.
Google’s Chromecast with Google TV, released in 2021, has proven popular, offering voice remote control, a personalized viewing experience, and compatibility with other Google devices like Google Nest and Nest Cam.
If your dad is crazy about his tunes, be it classic dad rock like AC / DC or Irish trad like The Wolfetones, he can immerse himself in the sound with a pair of noise canceling headphones like the Sony WH1000-XM4 headphones, that came out this year.
If he’s a fan of drinks
Fathers enjoy tips just like the rest of us. But MANLY drinks, no doubt.
For whiskey lovers, Jameson has a nice selection of gifts on offer for Christmas, including a variety of whiskeys, personalized merchandise and other sundries such as hip flasks, glassware, whiskey stones, pins, cufflinks and clothing.
Meanwhile, The Guinness Storehouse also has a range of gifts on offer, such as personalized pint glasses and Guinness Nitrosurge cans, so that he can pour the perfect pint at home this Christmas season.
The stylish dad
As a Christmas present for the dad who wants the highest style, you can’t go wrong with an Aran sweater. He’s going to knives out Chris Evans with one of these for his money.
For some of the most beautiful sportswear, Gym + Coffee offers a nice selection of hoodies, fleeces, t-shirts, sweatpants, crew necks, jackets and other sportswear.
If he has a sweet tooth
If your dad has a sweet tooth, we may have found the perfect gift for him in the form of a giant Cadbury chocolate bar from Dublin’s greatest dad. You can receive it with a personalized greeting card from Gifts.ie.
Green & Black’s also has a range of delicious gifts on their website, some of which come with a perfectly paired bottle of wine or a selection of beers.
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The coffee addict
Dad is often a very busy man and enjoys good coffee on the go or at home.
Bean Delivered offers coffee subscriptions that keep your dad with the good things all year round. They also have great gift card options.
There is also Dublin’s most popular 3FE which sells a variety of ground coffee and even has a Christmas blend as well as great coffees from Nicaragu, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador. There’s also a selection of handy coffee accessories and merchandise so your dad can become the ultimate barista in his own home.
Experiences for thrill seekers
Perhaps your dad values a memorable experience, and not just stuff.
The Mondello Park in Naas is sure to satisfy your thrill cravings. With a range of adrenaline-fueled driving experiences, your father will race the track like a Formula 1 sensation.
There is also Newcastle Aerodrome, the only licensed airfield in County Wicklow that offers gift experiences for those introducing themselves as pilots.
Whether running, hiking, swimming, or at the gym, there are many Irish brands out there that have everything he needs to work on his fitness.
New Dimensions calls itself Ireland’s premium sportswear brand, selling high quality clothing such as golf apparel, hoodies, fitness equipment and accessories.
Fitness Equipment Ireland now sells everything he needs for his home gym, including dumbbells, weight plates, weight benches and kettlebells.
The golf enthusiast dad
It is estimated that 99% of fathers enjoy playing golf. Did we just invent this statistic? Yes sir. But we assume we’re pretty close.
Duck Hook Golf was founded by four golf-loving friends who today sell first-class golf clothing such as polos, fleeces, gilets, golf towels and other accessories.
Seed Golf has a wealth of great offers for golf lovers and those who want to give them away. It’s a convenient one-stop shop for things like gloves, accessories, and even personalized golf balls.
The proud Dub
Is your father proud of his Dublin identity? Do you want to give him something to reflect that?
Photographers like Dermot Garland capture beautiful moments in the city and sell them in print to hang in your house or the house bar that so many Dublin fathers built over the lockdown.
The Jam Art Factory is another place where you are likely to find a range of Dublin-themed prints and gifts.
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