Cool Father's Day gift ideas – as chosen by actual dads

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You know how it is. Every year Father's Day rolls around and every year, you scratch your head about what to get the old boy. Some dads like golf – and they get golf soap. Some dads like football and they get a, I dunno, a scarf or some shit. 

But your old man likes rock. And metal. And punk. In fact, he's crazy about music, full-stop. So what do you get him? Don't worry – we have the answers. It just so happens, we know a bunch of old blokes. So we got them to tell us what they'd want this year.

The answers, predictably, include booze (special booze they wouldn't buy themselves), vinyl, books and some t-shirts they probably won't look good in. Your mum really isn't going to thank you. 

But your dad deserves a bit of a treat. He lifted you onto his shoulders so you could get a better view at some of the first gigs you ever went to. Some of your all-time favourite music you heard on his turntable, or on his car CD player, first.

How do you repay that? Not by buying him the Greatest Dad Rock Album Ever, that's fer sure. You could wait until next week and pick up something from the all-night garage OR you could get him a Motorhead shower curtain instead…

Rush jigsaw puzzle

Elderly folks love a good jigsaw puzzle, so this Rush puzzle – 504 pieces, and officially authorised by the band themselves – is the perfect present for the prog-rock loving father type in your life. View Deal

Black Sabbath bathrobe

Your old man loves nothing more than kicking back and enjoying a spot of relaxation in his favourite, cosiest bathrobe, right? Well now he can do it with the logo of his favourite band proudly displayed on the back. Also available in GN'R, Rolling Stones and many more.View Deal

A history of alternative music wall print

The walls at your parents' gaff looking a little bare recently? This sophisticated print – which includes over 300 alternative artists mapped out to the circuit board of an early transistor radio – will fix them up a treat.View Deal

Post-punk albums print

This colourful number takes classic post-punk album artwork and reimagines them as a series of highly stylised postage stamps. Starting with Television's Marquee Moon in 1977, it goes all the way up to Depeche Mode's Violator in 1990. The folks over at Dorothy have a whole host of music-related prints which you can browse at your leisureView Deal

Two records for £30

There's a whole host of albums up for grabs in Amazon's two for £30 vinyl deal, including Tangerine Dream, Swervedriver, and You Me At Six for the cool dads among us.View Deal

Three CDs for £20

Pops still not back on the vinyl wagon? No worries, Amazon are also offering three CDs for £20, including Sting, Bryan Adams, Rolling Stones, Def Leppard and more.View Deal

Festival backpack

Don't be fooled - this is no ordinary backpack. No, it's tailor-made for the festival-goer, meaning your dad will be more than sorted for this year's festival season. The makers promise space for his sleeping bag, camping mat, tent, beer, and even more beer. Also available in black.View Deal

Marshall Major II Bluetooth Headphones

The pioneering rock amp brand has spent almost 60s years perfecting the noise you hear. Who better, then, to design headphones? This bluetooth set is over 40% off right now on Amazon, with 4.2 star reader reviews. Perfect for the dad who commutes.View Deal

Marshall Mode EQ Earphones 

And if you're thinking, "Hang on, it's summer, he's not going to want those big ear-warmers on," then there's these buds, with two EQ settings, built in mic and the classic Marshall cache. Now almost 40% off at £44.View Deal

Marshall Fridge

An item now iconic amongst dads who rock, this mini Marshall beer fridge would make the ideal addition to your old man's shed, practice room, allotment – whatever. It'll make him look 10x cooler no matter where he stashes it. View Deal

Iron Maiden Trooper 8 x 500ml pack

The Official Beer of Metal Dads everywhere. Back in 2015, we reported that Maiden had sold 10 million pints of Trooper, so gawd only knows what they must be at now. Tescos do it in 8 packs. Who wouldn't want this over a bag of toffees?View Deal

Iron Maiden Trooper Keg (5L.)

Possibly even more special – upset your mum by turning your kitchen into a pub with this Trooper Keg from Morrisons. Buy the Maiden beer mats below to complete that pub feel.View Deal

Iron Maiden Trooper Gift Set

Not 'special' enough? Then go for the Trooper gift set. If he doesn't drink it, it will become the kind of collectible that'll no doubt sell for big bucks in years to come.View Deal

Iron Maiden Trooper Beer Mats

…And if you really, REALLY want to impress, then the final touch is Trooper beer mats. Rumours that Trooper cocktail umbrellas are coming soon are untrue and just made up by me, just then.View Deal

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History Of Punk

All the sex, drugs and absolutely hair-raising stories of punk's New York birth are captured in this tome – if your dad's hair isn't white already, it may well be once he's got through this.View Deal

Allan Jones – Can't Stand Up For Falling Down: Rock'n'Roll War Stories

From getting beaten up by Tony Iommi to hanging out with Phil Lynott or drinking with Bowie and Lou Reed, Allan Jones has the best rock'n'roll war stories and this is a fine collection for anyone who wants to peak behind the scenes.View Deal

Oh So Pretty: Punk In Print 1976-1980

Listed as "a visual portrait of a time, place, and subculture that raised a middle finger to modern society", this book collects images of the zines, gig posters, flyers and badges from the bands who defined British punk's glory years.View Deal

Killer Queen vodka

This drop from the UK's favourite rock superstars was released to mark the 40th anniversary of Killer Queen five years ago. Made by the people behind Stoli, it's becoming relatively hard to get your hands on, though there's a reasonably-priced bottle at the link below.View Deal

Motorhead Road Crew beer 

Raise a toast to Lemmy with the official Motorhead beer – a lovely citrus-y American pale ale that was rolled out last year. 12 packs have sold out but you can get it in single bottles here.View Deal

Motorhead Single Malt Whisky 70 cl

A really special gift. Made by Sweden's own malt whisky brewery Mackmyra Svensk, it's well reviewed and very collectible. A great gift for a Motorhead fan - with the added bonus that he might pour you a dram...View Deal

Motorhead Shiraz Rose Wine

You might not associate Motorhead with wine, but in the last couple of years of his life, Lemmy was a wine drinker, switching from JD & coke to rose wine on "doctor's orders" (it's made out of fruit, it's gotta be healthy, right?). This is official 'Head brand, also available in red.View Deal

Luxury Motorhead Gift Hamper

The mack daddy of all Motorhead gift sets might just be what your own daddy deserves. With two bottles of wine, coasters, a Funko pop and all manner of other bits and bobs, this set was born to win.View Deal

Motorhead Gift Set Bundle

Featuring shot glasses, pint glass, bottle opener, hip flask and coaster set, this might seem pricey at first glance, but if you buy them all separately, it soon mounts up, a nice set for the bugger who was born to raise hell.


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Motorhead - Warpig Bottle Opener

If you just wanna get him a little something, this is something he'll never buy himself but he'll love to have: a Warpig bottle opener, so that he can open bottles faster than Fast Eddie Clarke.View Deal

Funko Pop Lemmy

Those puppy dog eyes stand out more than his giant warts, but this is perfect for standing by your record player, getting misty-eyed over and mumbling, "They don't make like that any  more…"View Deal

Motorhead Apron

It's summer! He's going to be barbecuing! He doesn't want to wear your mum's flowery apron! He wants to wear A MAN'S APRON! THE KIND OF APRON PHILTHY WOULD HAVE WORN! And here it is. View Deal

Motorhead shower curtain

It's what Lemmy would've wanted.View Deal

Classic Motorhead tee

Alternatively, get him some classic Motorhead merch. EMP have everything from drinking bottles to bed linen . This baseball top is cool, but you can browse the whole lot here.View Deal

Tattoo punk taxidermy rats

Now for something completely different, this – frankly, extremely fucking weird – piece of taxidermy shows a punk-rock rat giving a sailor rat a tattoo. Why not, eh? Perfect for the eccentric, tattooed, punk dad in your life. Be warned before you check out the rest of this shop – their pieces only get grimmer from here. View Deal

Old Punk Ass T-shirt

Is your dad old? Does he love punk? Then this is the shirt for him.View Deal

Testival suit

There seems to be a phenomenon that the older music fans get, the more they love adorning themselves with absolutely bonkers fashion choices. And more power to 'em. This "Testival" suit, with a print made up from the transmission error image, is just the job. Just don't blame us when he turns up wearing it to your cousin's wedding. View Deal

Papa T-shirt

This T-shirt is presumably meant to reference Ghost's man of mystery, Papa Emeritus, but your dad doesn't need to know that.View Deal

Rammstein lanyard

Does pops have to wear a lanyard to work? Well, now he can let all his colleagues know he's a cool dad, not like all those other dads.View Deal

Sony SRS-X11 bluetooth speaker

Got your old man on to Spotify or podcasts? Then why not get him a bluetooth speaker for the kitchen/garage/shed/whatever? Sony's SRS-X11 Bluetooth speaker is a no frills cube that packs 12 hours of battery life in a 2.4 x 2.4 x 2.4 inch (W x H x D) shell and outputs 10w of power. It has a decent frequency response of 20–20,000 Hz (with 44.1 kHz sampling) and weighs around 7 ounces. View Deal

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom bluetooth speaker

Another great bluetooth speaker option, is brand-new UE Wonderboom. It has 360-degree sound, has decent bass AND it’s one of the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers you can buy. With a 100-foot range and the ability to pair two devices simultaneously, it’s highly recommended. Also available in various colours from John Lewis.View Deal

Status Quo Limited Edition Dog of Two Head Ale Gift Set 

The price is a bit steep for a bottle of beer – but this is a collectible, not something for a night on the sauce. View Deal

Dexter Holland's Hot Sauce

Your old man probably loves a bit of hot sauce. Of course he does, he's a ruddy bloody bloke! Well, if he also has a predilection for SoCal punk rock then you're in luck, as this range of hot sauces comes from Offspring head honcho Dexter Holland. View Deal

CJ Wildheart's Devilspit Hot Sauce

Ol' Dexter isn't the only rockstar trying his hand at a spot of hot sauce-making – here we have Wildhearts guitarist CJ's attempt. Made to his "own secret recipe", this sauce promises a lot, though be warned: it only hits a measly 100,000 scovilles.View Deal

Kiss Hot Sauce

Kiss have slapped their branding on pretty much every other piece of merch conceivable, so it figures they've jumped on the hot sauce bandwagon, too.View Deal

Police Synchronicity Syrah

A cheeky red from rock's second favourite Geordie. Your dad could stick it in his wine cellar – but he's much more likely to drink it straight away. Also available in Woodstock Chardonnay and Grateful Dead SyrahView Deal

Rolling Stones Gift Pack Crystal Head Vodka 70 cl

Cool, collectible, rare and featuring a 2CD best-of, this is a great gift for a Stones aficionado and is a double-whammy in the band-booze stakes: Crystal Head vodka is owned by Blues Brother Dan Ackroyd and contains no additives, added sugar or citrus oils, common in many types of vodka. And it comes in a glass skull. No other vodka bottle is as cool.View Deal

Crystal Head Vodka 5cl Miniature

Can't afford £90 for the Stones Crystal Vodka set? How about just a sniff over £7 for this cool gift idea?  From Blues Brother Dan Ackroyd's Crystal Head, after you drink the vodka you have a great glass skull to keep, fill with whatever you fancy or use as a candle holder. View Deal

The Pogues Whiskey

The Pogues Whiskey is actually a decent wee dram, if you like Irish whiskey, proven by the fact that it's available in decent pubs everywhere. It doesn't make you as poetic as Shane MacGowan but neither do your teeth fall out, so swings and roundabouts. Also available in a Gift Hamper. Lend me 10 pounds and I'll buy you a drink etc.


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AC/DC hipflask

An essential part of any gig-goer's armoury, this AC/DC hipflask will be his friend in times of need and stop the old boy complaining about bar prices at Download. For five minutes or so.View Deal

Skull shot glasses

Look! Shot glasses that are skull-shaped! For the dad who still thinks he can handle a tequila or two.View Deal

Darth Vadar "I am your father" mug

Well, he is, innee? Perfect for the sci-fi nerd dad.View Deal

Led Zeppelin NYC 1971 t-shirt

Cool, rarely seen Zep tee design. It's simple, not too crusty - it almost looks like the kind of thing thy sell in Gap. Maybe that's a bad thing, in which case, there's a full range of Zep merch here.View Deal

Subscribe to Classic Rock, Prog or Metal Hammer magazine!

A subscription is the perfect present – the gift that keeps on giving – and Classic Rock, Prog and Metal Hammer are the leading mags in their field, full of exclusive interviews, untold stories and the latest new music.  View Deal

The Faces – Snakes And Ladders: The Best Of Faces (vinyl)

You can't fit the best of the Faces on two sides of vinyl, but this is still a cool gift for anyone who liked Rod back when he rocked.View Deal

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