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10 Father’s Day gift ideas for under £10

With Father's Day coming up, we know how hard it is to find the perfect gift on a student budget. Luckily, all these are under a tenner.

wrapped present with ribbon

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Father's Day is on Sunday 20th June 2021. Have you sourced a gift for your old man yet?

We know buying something cheap but super impressive isn't the easiest thing to do (particularly during exam period – you're so selfish, dads).

But, don't worry – we're here to help with our list of ten top gift ideas for Father's Day for under £10.

We also know of some rather lovely gifts that you can buy for under £5...

10 cheap Father's Day gift ideas

Here are the best Father's Day gifts to buy on a budget:

  1. Plant a tree

    tree in a field

    Credit: OlegRi – Shutterstock

    Cost: £5 (minimum suggested donation)
    Post and packaging: N/A.

    Moaning at you for wasting things, whether it's money, food or whatever else, is right up there with the most common things that dads do. And, to be fair to them, reducing waste is an admirable cause to get behind.

    So, with that in mind, why not forget the throwaway, perishable gift this year, and instead get your dad something that will stand the test of time: a tree.

    Through the National Trust, you can now pay to have a tree planted in honour of someone close to you. Although you won't get to keep the tree for yourself, your dad and you will at least get the satisfaction of knowing you've done some good for the environment.

    In fact, if you're able to spare a little more cash on a more regular basis, you could go one further and offset your dad's entire carbon footprint. Through Ecologi, hundreds (if not thousands) of trees are planted on your behalf, helping to counteract the emissions we all produce in our day-to-day lives.

    Here at Save the Student, we use Ecologi to ensure that the website and all of our workforce are a carbon positive presence on the planet, and we couldn't recommend it more!

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  2. Beer gift set

    beer gift set

    Cost: £7
    Post and packaging: Cost of Click+Collect and delivery varies; available in-store.

    Beer gift sets can be pretty expensive, so this world lager gift from Tesco is a real bargain. It's one of those great gifts that looks like it cost more than it did.

    Plus, you can pick it up from your nearest store, saving you from splashing out on postage – but please note, Tesco will add a minimum basket charge of £4 to baskets under £40 if you're getting it delivered, or £4 on a basket under £25 if you're going for Click+Collect.

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  3. Engraved plant marker

    personalised plant marker

    Cost: £9.99
    Post and packaging: From £3.99

    Got a green-fingered father? Then look no further than a personalised, engraved plant marker – perfect for helping him keep track of what's what in his burgeoning garden.

    Getting Personal, the company selling the marker in the picture, actually sell quite a few different plant markers, with different messages for various plants and occasions. They all start at £9.99, and you can view the full selection here.

    This is probably one of the most generous gifts you'll find for a tenner...

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  4. Glass tumblers set

    two glass tumblers

    Cost: £10 
    Post and packaging: Free delivery over £50, Click & Collect from £2; available in-store.

    For a gift that looks super fancy but is actually very cheap, we recommend this set of two glass tumblers from John Lewis.

    Particularly if your old man likes whiskey, this gift is ideal. Just note that you may need to go slightly over the £10 budget if you're looking to get it delivered or reserved via Click & Collect – but, as it's from John Lewis, you could always try your luck by shopping in-store.

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  5. Grow Tin – Killer Carnivorous

    venus flytrap in a tin

    Cost: £7.99
    Post and packaging: From £1.99.

    If you're hoping to surprise your dad with something a bit different this year, it's safe to assume that he won't be expecting to get a venus flytrap in a tin...

    The plant starts to grow in the tin, but will need to be transferred to a bigger pot as it starts to get bigger.

    And yes, in case you're curious – this 'killer carnivorous' plant really does eat flies.

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  6. Gin making kit

    gin making kit

    Cost: £7.99
    Post and packaging: Free delivery or free click and collect at Amazon Pickup Location.

    This gift's so much more fun than a standard bottle of gin. The kit has all the joys of getting gin as a gift, with the added bonus of being able to make it as part of a father-kid get-together.

    Your dad's bound to appreciate the chance to spend time with you making (and drinking) gin – if not now, then at least after lockdown.

    It's worth noting, though, that you'll need to get 700ml of vodka to make the gin with this kit. It might be too pricey to buy a bottle for this gift, but if you've already got one lying around, you're sorted.

    Or, if he's more of a beer guy, you could also try brewing your own beer for him – a cheap and thoughtful gift. Ideal.

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  7. Father's Day mug

    mug with dad written on it

    Cost: £6
    Post and packaging: Free delivery over £50, Click & Collect from £2; available in-store.

    Is your dad tea-riffic? Of course he is.

    You might think a mug is just about the most predictable Father's Day present you can get, but when you get the right one, it's a great gift. Trust us.

    If you go for a mug that's good quality, sturdy and nice to drink from, like this one from John Lewis, it can be used again and again for years. It'll give your dad a reminder of you every time he has a cuppa – cheesy, we know, but he'll appreciate it.

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  8. Personalised Father's Day gift box

    custom father's day gift box

    Cost: £10
    Post and packaging: £1.99.

    This cute gift box from Etsy has a selection of treats, including chocolate, sweets, socks, a coaster and a bottle opener – the latter of which can come with your choice of four messages.

    It costs a little over £10 when you factor in delivery, so if you're operating on a very strict budget, it might be worth putting together your own box of treats.

    Think about what his favourite snacks and drinks are, and knowing you've put together the box yourself with him in mind will mean a lot to him (we promise).

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  9. Retro keychain game

    Retro games keyring

    Cost: £8.08
    Post and packaging: Free.

    With 26 retro games to choose from, this little games console will take your dad back to his younger years.

    And, it's got the added bonus of being on a handy keychain so he can keep it with him wherever he goes. Ideal.

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  10. Gourmet popcorn

    Joe and sephs popcorn

    Cost: £9.83
    Post and packaging: Free.

    For foody dads, this set of popcorn is perfect.

    Some of the flavours are a tad on the unusual side (goats cheese and black pepper popcorn, anyone?) – but the combination of classic and experimental flavours makes this a great gift.

    If you usually get the same go-to box of chocolates, this will make a very nice alternative.

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