If you and your other half are thinking of buying something special for the father of the bride but aren’t sure what to get, we’ve come to the rescue with our helpful guide to buying father of the bride gifts.
The father of the bride role is a big one on the wedding day and includes walking the bride down the aisle and kicking off the wedding speeches - you can calm his nerves with these great father of the bride example speeches here! - so he deserves a gift worthy of the task.
Full of fun and thoughtful ideas, there’s a gift here that every dad will love.
Need more gift-spiration? Check out our groomsmen gift ideas for every budget.
If he takes pride in his appearance and loves a good suit, you can’t go wrong with a sophisticated pair of cufflinks for the father of the bride. These monogrammed cufflinks from Sally Clay are made from sterling silver and feature intertwined initials and room at the back for a secret message.
Another great gift idea for the dad who likes to take care of his appearance is a care package from his favourite grooming brand. The Bluebeards Revenge do a range of fantastic gift sets for men with something to suit every budget. If he’s got a beard, encourage him to keep it in check with a gift set from The Brighton Beard Company.
Don't forget to check out our helpful grooming tips for the groom so that all the male members of the wedding party can look their best.
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A Beer Barrel
If beer is his beverage of choice, then the father of the bride definitely needs this oak beer barrel from 3 Blonde Bears! It’s a mini version of an actual beer barrel and lets him age his favourite beer at home.
If the father of the bride is the kind of man who insists that he already has everything he needs (ie. the hardest type of person to buy gifts for) then you could just give him vouchers from his favourite store or brand so that he can choose whatever he likes – it’s still a thoughtful sentiment that he’ll really appreciate.
If you want to buy a sentimental father of the bride gift that’s not too OTT, these penguin socks from ALPHS are cute without being too slushy. They can even be customised with the date of your wedding too for a personal touch.
If you like these, take a look at our pick of socks for the groom for more fun ideas.
A Personalised Tumbler Glass
If you’re adding personalised touches to your wedding, make sure you extend this to the gifts by getting the father of the bride something really special – like this personalised tumbler glass by Becky Broome which can be customised with his name and your names.
A Day Out or Experience
If your dad likes to try new experiences over receiving a gift, then why don’t you spoil him with one of the many exciting options from Virgin Experience Days? They have something to suit every dad, no matter what your budget – such as supercar driving experiences, stadium tours and restaurant vouchers.
A Bottle of His Favourite Tipple
How do you make a bottle of whisky even better? By personalising it of course! If you’re looking for whisky related father of the bride gifts, then this customised bottle from gettingpersonal.co.uk is sure to go down a treat.
A bottle of his favourite aftershave should definitely do the trick if you’re trying to think of father of the bride gift ideas. If you’re not sure which scent is his favourite, try and drop subtle hints to find out or get a family member to ask.
If your wedding budget allows, then a watch would make the perfect father of the bride gift. This Martha Jackson meteorite watch is a unique choice with its classic black leather strap and a face made from pure Muonionalusta meteorite (try saying that after a few reception drinks!). He’s sure to treasure it forever.
Gifts for His Man Cave
This personalised street sign from Oakdene Signs is just what every dad needs. Whether they’ve already got their own little zone sectioned off in the house or they’d like to claim a space for their tools/gadgets/pool table/hobby (delete as appropriate), then this gift is perfect.
A Hip Flask
If you’re the bride and you want to get your dad something special just from you, then this hip flask from Pickle Pie Gifts is perfect. Not only is the flask a great way to keep a few swigs of his favourite drink handy, it's also a keepsake that he can treasure forever.
A Gift for His Favourite Sport
Even if you hate his love of sport and have to leave the room when he’s shouting at the latest game on TV, why not put this frustration to one side and get him something that relates to his favourite sport? Think golf sets, a rugby shirt or perhaps even this dart board from The Great Gift Company.
However, if he’s passed on his love of sport to you, take a look at our edit of the best sporting wedding venues if you’re yet to choose the setting for your big day.
A Leather Holdall
If you’re looking for father of the bride gifts for the dad who likes to travel, then this leather weekend bag is stylish and practical. Made from luxurious Italian leather, this is a gift that he’s sure to be thrilled with.
A Phone or Tablet Case
These luxurious leather goods from KleverCase are a tasteful and thoughtful gift for the father of the bride who owns an iPhone or a tablet. The cases can also be monogrammed for an even more special touch.
Quirky Décor Items
For the dad who takes pride in his home, this lordship cushion from The Great Gift Company is the ideal gift. It would also be a great way to poke fun at him if he has a certain spot in the house where he always sits (we all know a dad like this).
Or how going one step further and getting the father of the bride an actual lordship? Lord title packs are available through lordtitles.co.uk and they come with an official certificate and a legal title deed.
Another fab gift idea are these quirky door mats from More Than Words – they’re the perfect tongue-in-cheek way for him to welcome any guest into his home.
Tickets to See His Favourite Team
Whether he’s football mad or has always wanted to see his favourite rugby team in action, getting him tickets to see a sports game is a wonderful father of the bride gift idea. Tickets can usually be booked through the official team websites or via popular ticket selling sites.
A Curry Subscription
Whether he loves a good tikka masala or can handle the heat of a fiery vindaloo, the three month curry subscription from The Spicery would be an amazing father of the bride gift and is something a bit different too. They also offer a range of other subscriptions for the dad who loves food with a kick, such as Mexican recipe kits and three month subscriptions for BBQ food from around the world.
If the father of the bride is the real life version of Homer Simpson, present him with a sweet treat from Krispy Kreme. They offer individual doughnuts in personalised boxes, doughnut gift packages and even glazed doughnut cufflinks!
A Tie Clip
This elegant silver tie clip from Hersey Silversmiths would be a lovely gift to give to the father of the bride before the wedding, so he can wear it with pride as he walks you down the aisle.
Sometimes just a simple yet poignant message says it all – write it down in these father and stepfather of the bride cards from Yellowstone Art Boutique which have a lovely navy font and come with a stylish kraft envelope.
If the father of the bride currently owns a tatty wallet that’s seen better days, give him a stylish replacement in the form of this buffalo leather wallet from NV London Calcutta. Make this gift even more thoughtful by adding his name to it.
A Beer Gift Package
Take him on a trip around the world via this award winning beer collection from Beer Hawk. This gift includes 15 bottled beers from across Belgium, Germany and America – it’s a must for a father of the bride who loves a good pint.
Once you’ve got the groomsmen and father of the bride gifts sorted, make sure their outfits have the finishing touch with these alternative buttonhole ideas.