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The Ultimate Father’s Day 2022 Gifts For Under £20 | Best Free & Cheap Deals For Dads

Budgets may be tight, but we still want to show our dads some love for Father's Day. NimbleFins has scoured the market and found some really great gift ideas that cost under £20, and we’ve also found some Father’s Day freebies and additional discounts. Which of these will your dad like?

Father’s Day is an opportunity to show our appreciation for all that our dads, step-dads and any other applicable male figures in our lives do for us. Whether your father is more of a joker, enjoys the great outdoors or even if you're a mother whose partner will be celebrating their first Father’s Day this year—every dad deserves a special treat to mark the occasion.

However, Father’s Day 2022 which falls on Sunday the 19th of June this year is a little more challenging to navigate. First of all, for the last couple of years, there have been restrictions meaning not everyone has had the chance to spend Father’s Day together, especially for those with elderly parents. Then add in the cost of living crisis, including record increases in the cost of utilities, and buying presents could create a financial strain this year.

So to keep things affordable without having to miss out, we’ve carefully put together the best Father’s Day gift ideas for 2022 that won’t break the bank. All of our gift ideas cost under £20, and we’ve also included Father’s Day freebies and additional discounts, so that you can say thanks to your dad without having to worry about the cost of doing so.

Virgin Experience Days - From £5

Want to spend some quality time with your dad this Father’s Day? Virgin Experience Days have 28 different offerings for under £20 for Father’s Day starting from just £5.

The experiences vary wildly from a chilli tasting tour for two to a police interceptor passenger ride, and even a visit to the Household Cavalry Museum. There’s also a river cruise in Stratford-upon-Avon, along with a tour of various football and cricket grounds up for grabs.

It’s safe to say, all bases have been covered here, so if your dad isn’t into physical gifts then a day out could be much better suited. Likewise, if like many of us you were separated from your family during the lockdowns and perhaps haven’t spent many Father’s Days together in recent times, then we’re sure a special day out will be warmly received.

QVC Buildcraft 46 Piece Wall Storage Set - £25 (£5 discount code available)

Regardless of what your dad may appreciate most as a gift this Father’s Day, there are thousands of affordable ideas at QVC.

Enter the code ‘FIVE4U’ at the checkout, and you’ll receive £5 off your first order. The voucher can be used on any item priced at £20.01, meaning so long as you choose an item up to £25.01 you’ll be within the £20 limit (postage costs may apply).

One such item is this Buildcraft 46 Piece Wall Storage Set, which has a regular price of £25 without the £5 voucher. If your dad is keen on a project in the garage and can never keep track of his tools or accessories, this kit is just the ticket! Plus, receiving 46 individual pieces is pretty good going for a budget gift.

For existing customers who don’t qualify for the voucher, there are currently several items listed at or below £20 that all make for excellent gift ideas elsewhere on QVC.

In order of price these include:

L’Occitane Hero Collection - £13.80

A trip to Provence might be out of the question for £20, but luxury skincare and grooming treats from the region are much more affordable at L’Occitane.

This delightful Hero Collection was originally worth £27 but is now priced at £13.80. Inside are miniature versions of the shower gel, after shave balm, legendary shea butter hand cream and the Cap Cedrat soap. It’s all packaged together nicely in a gift bag, which is perfect for dad’s next trip too.

A notable mention also goes to this L’Occitane Grooming Essentials kit, which was priced at £26, and it has since been reduced to £21.50 so just misses out on our ‘under £20’ selection, unless you are happy to push the budget an extra £1.50. Father’s Day only happens once a year, after all!

New customers to L’Occitane can receive a 10% discount on full-priced items, so if your dad is a fan of any of their fragrances, shower gels, aftershaves, deodorants or similar accessories, it may offer a great saving.

Also, if you live locally to any L’Occitane store, you can opt for store delivery for free on any gift or product, meaning you’ll also save up to £6.95 on postage costs. New customers are also eligible for free delivery on their first three online orders.

Woodford Reserve Whiskey - Glass & Syrup Cocktail Gift Pack - £16.90

No Father’s Day gift guide would be complete without a mention of the elixir of life - whisky (or whiskey, in the case of the American Woodford Reserve).

Presented in a smart gift box, your dad can enjoy a tipple and can have a go at making an old fashioned, as everything he needs to do so bar some ice and orange rind is contained within this kit.

There are also plenty of other gift sets on offer costing under £20, including a Tanqueray Gin Exploration Pack, a Cut Rum Taster Pack and The Lakes Classic Spirit Collection.

Selfridges Ted Baker Summed Branded Leather Cardholder - £18

As a luxury clothing group, it’s extremely unusual to find Ted Baker items for under £20. However, a large number of Ted Baker accessories have recently been discounted at Selfridges, including this leather cardholder.

Just to highlight what a good deal this is for Selfridges specifically, similar card holders and wallets range up to £720 at the store - this Ted Baker alternative is a whopping 97.5% cheaper!

Top tip: Sign up to TopCashback and receive an additional 5% back on all purchases at Selfridges.

Game PS4 & PS5 Games - Starting At 99p

For dads who are into their gaming, why not set up a gaming tournament this Father’s Day? Be sure to arrive armed with plenty of new titles to get stuck into. But don’t worry, it will cost less than you may think so long as you know where to look.

Game currently has 384 Playstation games for sale on their website that are priced under £20 including PS4 and PS5 games. Starting at just 99p, there’s plenty to entertain all the family across all genres including action, puzzle, racing, strategy, sport and much more.

Bonus tip: You’ll need fuel for your Father’s Day gaming mission, but don’t worry about a big splurge as Voucherbox currently has 97 different discount deals for Domino’s pizza.

Menkind - Aqua Bluetooth Speaker - £20

Menkind has cleverly arranged their Father’s Day offerings by ‘type of dad’, which includes the barman dad, the classic dad, the cool dad, the first time dad, the foodie dad, the gamer dad, the joker dad, the outdoor dad, the tech dad and the dad who has everything. They’ve clearly thought this through!

Taking a punt on the ‘cool dad’ section, we found this awesome Aqua Bluetooth Speaker for £20 which has also been featured on This Morning. It creates a mesmerising array of light up water jets that would bring anything from Vivaldi to the Stone Roses to life in full technicolour.

Kudos is also given to the ‘Star Wars I Am Your Father Book’, which retails for £5.99. Those who haven’t shopped on the Menkind website can receive 10% off their order by signing up for the newsletter, which is yet another way to make savings on gifts.

Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic, White - £19

Sure, the newer wireless Apple EarPods may look the part. But one false tilt of the head and down the drain one ear goes, meaning the entire set needs to be replaced, since like shoes - it’s not possible to only purchase a left or right one on its own!

If your dad’s EarPods have suffered a similar fate, or if he simply doesn’t get on with the more modern style of earphones, then these Apple EarPods are an absolute classic, at just £19.

Whether he uses them while on the phone or to plug into other devices such as a laptop, everyone needs at least one pair of reliable headphones, and with a 2-year guarantee included, Apple makes for a solid choice.

These original Apple EarPods are part of John Lewis’s under £20 range for Father’s Day. Some of our other top picks from this year's gift selection include:

Nestle The Big Biscuit Box - £15.67

If your dad fits the quintessential British stereotype of enjoying nothing more than a cup of tea, then this incredible box of treats containing a staggering 71 chocolate bars would surely offer the perfect accompaniment.

Featuring Nestle’s finest including Toffee Crisp, Kit Kat, Blue Riband and more, this set will keep dad topped up with many a sweet snack well until Christmas. We’re sure he wouldn’t mind if you ‘borrowed’ one either.

Superdrug - Father’s Day Gift Sets - From £2.99

Compared to some of the other pharmacy brands, Superdrug often has unbeatable deals around the holidays, and Father’s Day is no exception. Their Father’s Day range starts at just £2.99 for 2022, which is especially ideal if you have multiple gifts to purchase and still want to keep your total spend under £20.

Superdrug Health & Beautycard members (free to access) can also get free delivery on spends of at least £15, compared to £25 for non-members. Or, you can place your order to collect at any store within 30 minutes for free.

Additional Notable Mentions - Best Father’s Day Discounts 2022

  • Argos - Up to 50% off men’s watches for Father’s Day from £9.99 - Shop here.
  • Save up to 40% in the Nike summer sale with menswear items starting at £12.97.
  • Save up to 10% at Boots with the code ‘SAVE10’ - Father’s Day range includes 314 items starting at just £1.49.
  • £5 discount at Debenhams including free delivery with the code ‘DADDYCOOL’.
  • £5 discount at Zavvi when you sign up to their newsletter - Father’s Day Hasbro gifts starting at just £7.99.
  • Save 67% on a craft beer hamper with Wowcher costing just £13.99 down from £41.99.

Father’s Day Freebies 2022

  • Free printable Father’s Day cards at Greetings Island.
  • Get a free pint of Peroni at Prezzo if you book a meal for Father’s Day.
  • Get a free drink at Cineworld on Father’s Day with the Three+ app.
  • Get a free pint of Stella Artois or a bottle of Bud at Stonegate pubs on the WeLoveSport app.
  • Get a free pint of Bud or a soft drink at Frankie & Benny’s if you sign up for their newsletter.
  • Choose from a selection of beers or soft drinks for free on Father’s Day at Chiquito if you download their app.
  • Having breakfast with the kids this Father’s Day? Up to two kids under 16 can eat for free at Beefeater when purchasing a £9.50 breakfast. The same deal also applies at Brewers Fayre.

Key Worker Discounts For Father’s Day

If you are a key worker, the cost of living crisis may make buying a Father’s Day gift a bit tougher this year. However, the good news is that many of the key worker discounts that first arose during the pandemic are ongoing, especially for those who work within the NHS or emergency services.

It’s well worth checking if the restaurants or stores that could make the ideal treat for dad are included, as even a small saving could make a huge difference if you are worried about your finances.

Asda - 10% off

Conditions: Applies to NHS and emergency service workers with a Blue Light Card.

JD Sports - 10% off

Conditions: Discount can be used against most full-price or discounted items if you have a Blue Light Card.

Leon - 15% off

Conditions: Applies to NHS workers only.

Mankind - 22% off

Conditions: To qualify, you must work in one of the following sectors: supermarket, delivery driver, transport staff, healthcare, care or social care, emergency services, military, and education. Discount available against full-price items.

Nando’s - 20% off

Conditions: NHS, emergency services and military employees are eligible. Can be used in one transaction per day up to the value of £20, giving a £4 discount.

A full list of key worker discounts specifically for NHS workers is also available via the NHS website.

In Summary

If you are watching your pennies this Father’s Day, taking the time to shop around rather than making an impulse purchase on the day can save some serious cash.

In addition to any of the deals we’ve mentioned above, be sure to sign up to TopCashback and install the Honey browser add-on which are both excellent ways to find additional discounts or coupon codes on your purchases.

Rachael O'Flaherty

Rachael O’Flaherty is a freelance writer who graduated from Teesside University in 2012. Her background is in digital marketing and journalism, with a particular interest in money saving hacks. For more information, see Rachael's Linked In profile.

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