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Best Father's Day ideas and gifts from the kids and big kids.

Father’s Day began in the States over a hundred years ago to commemorate the good work done by dads. Even though it is named Father's Day, the accepted culture around this event has been to give thanks not just to fathers as caretakers but also to patriarchal figures who have performed the same duty for a dependent.

So if you have a father, or male guardian in your life that you would like to show how much you or your kids appreciate him then here are our tips and ideas on making this Father’s day really special.

If the father in your life has everything he needs then buying him the latest gadget, socks or pyjamas might not cut it with your has-it-all dad. Sometimes the best gift is just spending time with the people you love most. So here’s recommended daddy-day ideas.

Food and Wine

Everyone loves food, right? Whether you are an only child or come from a massive brood, brunch or dinner at home or perhaps a barbecue if the weather is good, check out some simple recipes here. An alternative to going out for the day are local restaurants who offer collection menus, another great way to celebrate this Sunday.

Sports Dad

Go sports! Usually, there’s always plenty of sports on Sundays in Ireland no matter which part of the country you are from. However, with Covid-19, lots of fixtures are on hold. We have an alternative for Sports lovers, maybe a mountain biking day out.....Outsider have a brilliant list of mountain bike trails around Ireland, make sure to bring water and stay hydrated.

If you hate sports and would rather pull your eyes out, well here’s the time to do something truly altruistic on this special day and join him in his favourite hobby. Listen intently while he explains the offside rule and join him in shouting at the referee from time to time. Remember, feigning interest in what your dad says on Father’s day is considered obligatory.

Build Something

If your dad likes to spend his free time tinkering around in the garage or with arts and crafts, finding something you can do together is a perfect way to spend the day. If you have trouble handling tools or fear creativity then helping your dad fix something around the house will do (even if you just stand there holding the hammer).

Joint Haircut

A great way to spend time and bond with dad is to have a joint haircut and shave in one of Ireland's many dedicated barber shops. Many great places offer vouchers for a full range of services. If he’s bald, don't worry, face shaving and head massage is all part of the service.


If your dad’s like mine and reading is his passion, check out the listings for the Man Booker nominations this year. There’s plenty of amazing reads for every dad and all types of genre. Finding a book you both enjoy and can discuss is even better!