Father's Day last minute gifts

Last minute Father’s Day gifts – on land, on sea and in the air

We’ve got a whole load of fantastic last minute Father’s Day gift ideas for you. Whether your Dad’s a land lubber, a bit of an old sea dog, or an aerial adventurer, we’ve got Daddy’s special day covered. What’s more, if you’re up against it and don’t think the post will get to you in time, you can opt for a free e-voucher, which you can then print out to give to Dad.

So, let’s take a look towards Land, Sea and Air for our inspiration for our pick of the best last minute Father’s Day gift ideas.


Tank driving Dads

We talk about our ‘green and pleasant Land’, which is all very nice, but sometimes our ‘brown and muddy Land’ is best. And that’s because that’s what tank driving is all about! One of our best-selling Father’s Day gifts of all time, there’s something about Dads getting stuck in to the mud with a fully-tracked military vehicle that they adore.

Military vehicle driving starts at just £29, whilst the ‘Dads and Lads’ (or lasses’) tank day is a winner at £99 – and it means you, as their beloved son or daughter, can take part in the mud-filled tank driving fun too. Our top tip is a car crush tank driving experience. It’s not cheap, but then it’s not every day you can send Dad off in a 55-tonne Chieftain tank to go and drive straight up and over a car and squash it flat is it? 

Tank car crush for father's day

If you’re reading this and that’s your car being crushed to bits by a Daddy in a Chieftain – we’re sorry!

Getting into Bushcraft with Daddies

Dad doesn’t have to be as gnarly as Bear Grylls to enjoy a bushcraft experience. Whilst there’s no climbing inside the carcasses of large mammals to try and keep warm, Daddy will be leaving the comfort of his favourite armchair and leaving the TV remote behind to survive in the wild for a while. That means foraging for food, making fires and building shelters.

If you’re looking for a Father’s Day present for the kids to give, we have a family bushcraft day in Surrey, so all the gang can enjoy life by the campfire together. But if these sound rather tame, we have got the original Bear Grylls Born Survivor bushcraft course that really will push them to limits, with an intense day hosted by members of Bear’s team.

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Enjoy Father’s Day together on a family bushcraft experience


Dad’s sailing away day

They say nothing beats the feel of the sea spray and wind if your face as you sail the open waters of the sea. As to how you get that feeling, there are several ways for Dad to enjoy the sea air. If they love a challenge, book them onto a dingy sailing course where they learn to sail solo. If you reckon Pops will think modern yachts and dinghies lack soul, how about a tall ship sailing experience? They can be a hands-on ship’s mate for the voyage, or simply sit on deck and enjoy the sheer pleasure of being on such a beautiful vessel.

Father's Day tall ship sailing

Would your Dad find his sea legs on a tall ship sailing day?

JetBoards for go-getter Dads

For daredevil Daddies who feel the need for speed, we have some rather action-packed ways to ride the waves. Our JetLev and Flyboarding section is packed full of madcap waterborne activities, but the maddest has to be Jet Surfing. Just as the name implies, this is a surf board, but with a built-in motor. No need to seek out the perfect swells to ride the 20ft barrels dude, surfing Dads can hang 10 on flat water!

Go-getting Daddies will love giving motorised surfing a go this Father's Day!

Go Daddy, go! Daddies will love giving motorised surfing a go this Father’s Day!


Flying and Spitfire flights for Father’s Day

Dads and planes. They kind of go hand in hand don’t they? That’s why the go-to section on our website for Father’s Day is the Flying experiences page. Absolutely everything aviation-related is in here, from your 20 minute trial flying lesson in something like a Cessna, to a nice floaty hot air balloon ride.

But nothing could possibly prepare him for the ultimate air-bound experience ever: a flight in a two-seater Spitfire. Club together, raid their retirement fund and roll all their birthdays into one to give them that once-in-a-lifetime chance to fly in the wondrous Spitfire, with that Merlin engine sound we all know and love.

This is Maurice. He's just landed back at Biggin Hill after his two seater Spitfire flight. This could be your Dad  on the next departure!

This is Maurice. He’s just landed back at Biggin Hill after his two seater Spitfire flight. This could be your Dad on the next departure!

Drone flying – Dad’s new thing!

Equally aerial, but an experience where Dads keep their feet firmly on the ground is drone flying. With advances in drone technology, it’s become far more accessible, which is why drone flying is becoming really, really popular. There’s even a whole competition sport based around drone racing. Even though it’s a world away from their youth when they got into sticky situations with AirFix kits and superglue, Dads are bound to love piloting a high-tech, high-definition quadrocopter!

Forget model train sets and aero modelling, the new hobby for Dad is drone flying!

Forget model train sets and aero modelling, the new hobby for Dad is drone flying!

Land, Sea and Air just for Dad

All these and a whole load of other experiences that take place on land, at sea and in the air are all available now on intotheblue.co.uk. And whilst they make superb gifts for Father’s Day, they are fabulous presents to give for anyone you love on any occasion. Have a browse and find that perfect day out for Daddy that’ll make him really smile with utter glee this year. And don’t forget, you can buy online and opt for an e-voucher, so you can print out your gift for Dad at the very, very last minute if you need to!

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Two wheel treats for Father’s Day!

With Father’s Day coming up, we imagine many of you are stuck for a gift to buy for your Dad. We thought we’d take a bit of a sideways look at what gifts to buy for Father’s Day, with a selection of our best experience days for Dads – on two wheels!

Call us nostalgic, but we think there’s something wonderful about harking back to those carefree-days when you all played outside on your bikes and Dad was the one who first showed you how to ride with the stabilisers off. We reckon Daddies all over the UK of any age will love these two-wheeled gift experiences that’ll give them lots to smile about this Father’s Day.

In our two wheeler collection we’ve got vintage, we’ve got high-tech, we’ve got hip and happening, we’ve got eccentric and we’ve even got aerial thrills. Intrigued? Well, without further ado, here’s our top two wheel experiences for a fun Father’s Day celebration this year.

Happy Dads getting ready for their Father's Day Harley Davidson ride out

Happy Dads getting ready for their Father’s Day Harley Davidson ride out

Harley Davidson hire

When you think of two wheels you think bike. When you think motorbike you think Harley Davidson. This is surely a dream experience for biker Dads. They’ll get to ride their very own Route 66-style road trip with a day’s Harley hire. Although a tassled biker jacket and Ray Bans aren’t obligatory for this experience, they will need a motorbike licence to be at the helm of a Harley, but we also have experiences to ride as a pillion passenger too. This has got to be the king of all two wheeled, adrenaline-filled experiences for Dads!

Dirt bikes for dads

Dirt biking Daddies having (environmentally-friendly) fun on electric dirt bikes

Electric dirt bike riding

We’re still talking motorbikes here, but swopping the big American cruisers for agile trial bikes. Get Dad in all the gear and hope he’s not going to be all ‘no idea’ when you take him dirt biking on these fabulous electric-powered trials bikes. Less noise, just as much power and possibly even more fun than their traditional petrol-powered counterparts, you can only watch in awe as Dad gets back to his lost youth, ripping it up those mudbanks like a naughty teenager.

Segway Dads

Watch in despair as your Dad tries (and succeeds) to be as embarrassing as possible on a Segway

Segway treks

These gyroscopic personal transporters are quite possibly the most eccentric thing on two wheels! We’ve got loads of locations around the UK offering Segway treks and safaris. You could be sending Daddy off around a country house estate rounds parts not normally open to the public, or attacking a tricky obstacle course. And whilst these things look easy, when you first get on them they are tricky little things to master. Riding a Segway will be like nothing your Dad has even been on before and will, quite possibly, turn him into a giggling fool!

Chocks away Dad, you're going on a Tiger Moth flight for Father's Day

Chocks away Dad, you’re going on a ‘seat of your pants’ Tiger Moth flight for Father’s Day!

Tiger Moth flights

Ah yes, these fabulous vintage biplanes only have two wheels!  Whilst everything from light aircraft like Cessnas to big Airbus jets have three wheels, the good old Moth is, what aviators affectionately call, a ‘tail dragger’. That’s to say there are two wheels on the undercarriage under the wings and just a skid on the back. Come to think of it, the Moth doesn’t have a nose wheel, any brakes, no starter and not even a roof. You could say this really is back to basics flying ‘by the seat of your pants’ and we think your Dad will love a flight in an open-cockpit Tiger Moth.

DJ Dad on the double-decked wheels of steel having it large this Father's Day

DJ Dad on the double-decked wheels of steel having it large this Father’s Day

DJ experience

Transform him from a terrible Dad dancer into a superstar ‘who’s the Daddy’ DJ with this learn to be a DJ experience. You might be asking where the two wheels come into it? Well, have you never heard of the DJs playing the latest tunes on the double-decked wheels of steel? Two decks (they’re the wheel bits), a mixer, some records and a sense of rhythm and you’re away. Next stop for your disco Daddy is Ibiza to give the likes of David Guetta and Calvin Harris a run for their money on the dance floor!

Some Airstream love for Dad (and Mum) on Father's Day

Some Airstream love for Dad (and Mum) on Father’s Day

Stay in an Airstream

Caravans have two wheels. But mention the word ‘caravanning’ to Dad and he’ll probably wince and wither, with visions of being stuck on the M5 to Cornwall towing a caravan for hours on end. Well, rest assured, with these vintage Airstream holidays everything is ready for you, right down to the vintage crockery and board games. So how about treating Dad and Mum to a funky retro weekend away for Father’s Day (and you can have a party in the house while they’re gone…).

So there you have it – our collection of Father’s Day experiences on two wheels to get you rolling when it comes to ideas for gifts for Dad this Father’s Day. We’ve got a whole load more of suggestions for you on our Special Occasion Father’s Day gift page too.

Win Father’s Day – Less Than A Week To Go!

There’s less than one week to go for our Win Father’s Day competition which closes at midday on Thursday 16th June 2016! We asked you to let us know which of the hundreds of experiences days that feature on our website you would love to send your Dad on for Father’s Day and why, for the chance to actually win that very activity for your beloved Daddy – along with a £250 activity gift token for yourself while you’re at it.

You have been getting in touch with us in your droves via the IntotheBlue Facebook page and using the #experienceDad hashtag on Twitter to tell us what you’d like to win for Dad. They’ve made us laugh, they’ve made us get just a hint of the sniffles and some have, quite honestly, been quite off the scale, but enough of our waffling, we’re going to let you guys do the talking…

Dad loves his food (and drink!)…
As you might have guessed, food and drink is pretty high up on the list of Father’s Day gift wishes. We like LeeLee Newsome’s sweet request for her Dad to win one of our chocolate party kits, as he ‘loves making chocolate  with his grandkids’. Then there’s cheeky KatDray who suggested a wine tasting and lunch for her Dad as ‘drinking wine and eating are two of my Dad’s super powers’! Whilst Teresa reckons her Dad is a Masterchef in the making who’d love some home cookery lessons.

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Turning Daddy into Masterchef Daddy with cooking lessons

Then there’s Rick Haswell who’d like to send his Father on a visit to the Shard, followed by a Thames lunch cruise. He really showed us his creative side by penning a lovely little poem just for him:

For King and Country in World War 2
Stationed in France with his RAF crew
Ninety not out and with a mind of his own
Though he’s yet to embrace the mobile phone.

Dad’s wise, generous and extremely funny,
But he dragged his heels over pocket money.
He can use the toaster and open a jar
But boiling an egg is a step too far.

On TV’s Countdown he found his drive
One from the top and any other five
Dad’s never afraid to tell it straight
He’s smart, showed and my bestest mate.

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Rick Haskell’s collage for his very special Dad

You can’t go wrong with planes for Daddies…
It seems Daddies everywhere love anything aviation related. Carolynn Woodlow’s simple request for a Tiger Moth flight her her Father as ‘he used to fly and misses it dreadfully’caught our eye. And there’s more nostalgia from Natalie Morgan who remembers watching her Dad having a flying lesson when she was about four years old and says: ‘That was about 27 years ago now and I’d love Dad to have a Pilot Course’.

And we think this is a fab photo of Mrs JTea’s Dad dispatching a fighter jet with his decidedly less animated USAF buddy. His daughter thinks a session in a flight simulator would be just the ticket for a man who ‘is a huge fan of planes’.

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Flying experiences galore for people like Mrs J Tea’s Dad who loves planes

Father’s Day equals family time…
For many, Father’s Day is about celebrating as a family with the kids. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves with Zozza77 saying her hubby would love a stunt driving day, ‘as he’s practising already with our daughter’! Lovely photo.

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Busting some stunt riding moves ready for a Father’s Day stunt driving experience

Likewise, Prerna Gupta says her little girl would love to join Daddy on a VIP tour of London and sent us another lovely piccy of Dad and daughter.

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Prerna’s daughter would love to take her Daddy on a VIP tour of London

Richard Evans is a Dad who got in touch himself telling us why he’d love a luxury tree house break for Father’s Day: ‘My Dad died when I was young and now I’m a Dad myself, if I won I’d get to spoil my little ones and take them with me, which is what it’s all about’. Now that one got our ladies in the IntotheBlue office putting their heads to one side and saying ‘Ahhhh’, whilst the gents shifted uncomfortably in their seats!

There’s not much that we can follow that one up with, so we’ll save the last word for KeenBean who nominates her Dad to go Segwaying and asks ‘is Segwaying even a word?!’ we’d like to think that in the heady world of fun-packed experience days it is indeed very much a word, KeenBean!

And a reminder how to enter the IntotheBlue Father’s Day comp…
Keep your ideas coming in via Twitter #experienceDad and on our Facebook page for the chance to win the gift experience your Dad would love. The comp closes at 12:00 on Thursday 16th June 2016 and one winner will be drawn to win the activity they nominated and a £250 activity gift token. There are two runner’s up prizes of a £50 token too. Good luck and we’ll announce the winners on social media next week.