Perfect Christmas presents for Dads

We've come a long way since A Christmas Present for Dad meant hankies or some socks. But of course unless your partner's surname happens to be Beckham or Rooney, you'll want to get them something special but affordable, whether it's from you or from the kids. Here's my pick of some of the best gifts around this year:


A new sweater from M&S
M&S have some brilliant knitwear this season, but I'm particularly crazy about this lovely Merino wool sweater (£35) – it's super stylish and feels fantastic. Instant huggability!


    Jamie Oliver's America cookbook (available from Play).
This is a very masculine cookbook, it has to be said – no frills, just fantastic recipes and fab photography. Perfect for any man who fancies himself as a chef (£12.99).       
    A sports car driving experience from buyagift
Unless you're one of the Euromillions winners it's unlikely you'll be able to afford a Ferrari or Aston Martin, but I'm sure any man would be thrilled with the chance to get behind the wheel of one. (Experiences start at £69).      
    A table football game. 
Great fun, easy to tidy away (!) and should keep them going until next season – this one from Debenhams  is only £20.  And the kids can join in too!      
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, available from Tesco and Toys R Us. 
Now I have it on good authority that this is 'the ultimate video game, with fantastic graphics, stunning action and an incredible at sea mission, plus some perfect action movie hero moments.' And I know several dads (and older teens) who would LOVE to find this under the tree. (OK, you may not see them for the rest of Christmas Day, but at least it will be peaceful.) Available on XBox 360 and PS3.
     Something to help them smell good.
Your man (and you) will love Green People's gorgeous Spicy Energising Trio (£25). And Botanics deliciously fragranced Essentials Kit from Boots  (£25) is fantastic value, and comes in a very handy (manly) tin.  

Don't forget if you shop for these or any Christmas presents through KidStart you'll get money back for your kids, and you'll also get the chance to win some amazing prizes in the Grand Draw.

Happy shopping!

written by Liz Jarvis