The Best Father’s Day Gifts From the Decade Your Dad Was Born

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Say no to a tie, socks or slippers this Father's Day and get your a dad gift inspired by the decade he was born instead.

From turntables to tool boxes, we can guarantee he'll still be swooning over these presents this time next year...
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If Your Dad Was Born In the '90s...

If your dad was born in the '90s then there's little chance you're actually able to read this, and your mum is probably searching for a Father's Day gift on your behalf. 

So, you'll just have to trust us on this: A record-playing turntable will definitely put a grin on his face. 

Vinyl sales are at a 28-year high right now thanks to a new generation of music fans discovering the joy of collecting LPs, 12-inches and seven-inches. That means you can pick up a brand-new turntable with built-in speakers for less than 40 quid. 
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If Your Dad Was Born In the '80s...

Doing the house up, your dad probably spends a fair amount of time banging, drilling, tweaking and repairing – possibly with the odd bit of swearing thrown in – so why not help him organise his arsenal of trusty tools with a rugged metal tool box

Hey, it may not look all that exciting to you, but seriously, dads love this kind of thing. He'll give it a satisfied double-tap every time he walks past it – guaranteed.  
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If Your Dad Was Born In the '70s...

Your dad traversed his teenage years during the era of 16-bit gaming, and he likely credits his cat-like reflexes (snigger) to hours spent mastering the likes of 'Sonic the Hedgehog', 'Mortal Kombat' and 'Golden Axe'. 

Transport him back to those heady days with a Sega Mega Drive, the must-have console of the early '90s. You can pick up original Mega Drives for around £20, or £40 will get you one of the modern reissues that come with 80 classic games built-in. 

Not cheap, but Mum'll probs chip in if you do that big-sad-eyes thing at her.  
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If Your Dad Was Born In the '60s...

Every 50-something dad likes to thing of himself as a bit of a wizard on the barbecue, but he's not achieved Gandalf-like levels of grill-skill until he's mastered a smoker

With the lid up, a smoker cooks like a normal barbecue; with the lid down, Dad can use flavoured wood chips to imbue his food with all manner of drool-worthy tastes. 

The neighbours will be peering over the fence and sniffing at the air in ravenous envy.
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If Your Dad Was Born In the '50s...

These days, 60-something dads don't need strong-arming into keeping themselves healthy – decades of public-awareness campaigns have left them fully aware of the dangers of over-eating and under-exercising. 

It can be tricky for your dad to know, however, if he's being sufficiently active, so a pedometer is the ideal way for him to find out how close he's getting to the NHS recommendation of 10,000 steps per day (while also indulging his life-long love of gadgetry). 
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If Your Dad Was Born In the '40s...

Your dad doubtless loves looking at pictures of his ever-expanding family – kids, grandkids, maybe even great-grandkids. 

We're all taking more pictures than ever before, but the vast majority languish on hard drives, cloud accounts and social-media galleries, unseen by those who'd love to see them most. 

Get your 70-something dad a digital photo frame and you can keep it topped up with the latest pics from your phone: Weddings, birthdays, toddlers dressing up dogs – the lot.     
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If Your Dad Was Born In the '30s...

Nostalgia meets cutting-edge with a retro-style DAB radio. Your dad can enjoy crystal-clear sound and one-touch tuning, alongside the understated styling he'll remember from the household electronics of his childhood. 

It's a stealthy way of sneaking 21st-century into his home, and an instant Father's Day win-win.  
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If Your Dad Was Born In the '20s...

Most 90-somethings are more than happy to live without the constant screen-checking and app-fiddling that smartphones invariably lead to – and let's be honest, who could blame them? 

But there's no reason why Dad shouldn't be able to stay in touch with friends and family while away from his landline, and a frills-free, easy-to-use mobile phone designed specifically for seniors is just the ticket. Snapchat is most definitely not included. 

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