Every single year I struggle to find something suitable to buy my dad for Fathers’ Day. Blokes are notoriously difficult to buy for – but hopefully this little guide might offer a smidgeon of help! I’m not sure I can really do the ‘here, Dad, I made you a mix CD’ for the fourth year running…
Ceramic Bird Feeder, £13.99
For the dad who likes nothing more to chill out in the garden, why not pick up a little bird feeder! This one’s really cute and sleek enough to please the aethstetically minded.
Available online from Garden Beet.
Peppermint Green VW Camper Van Tent, £299
For the dad who loves to camp, why not grab one of these amazing full size VW Camper replica tents! The tent has two compartments and sleeps 4 – 5 adults. It’s crying out to be bought!
Available from Monster Factory.
Guylian Sea Shells, £3.99
If your dad’s got a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with a box of Guylian! They’re a classic favourite, and they’re not too pricey, so no excuse not to pick up a box for Sat. Plus, if you’re extra nice, your dad might even share ‘em with you!
Available from your local supermarket.
Baylis & Harding, from £2
I love Baylis and Harding. They’re like the chic, affordable version of Molton Brown. If your dad doesn’t like his hands to smell all flowery or herbal, pick up some of their black pepper and ginseng hand wash – it’s all masculine-smelling and lovely. Their hand cream is lush too – if your dad’s been out in the shed, he might just want a bit to keep his mitts soft!
Available from most supermarkets and big chemists.
Paperblanks notebook (Old Leather – Jade), £10.99
If your dad likes to write things down (anything from epic poetry to shopping lists), it’s always nice to have a good notebook. I like this one from Paperblanks – it’s striking but not OTT.
You can pick one up from John Lewis and top stationery sellers.
Handheld hoover, £49
If your dad’s the type to take pride in his car, then a little handheld hoover might be just the ticket this Fathers’ Day! This handy tool is a powerful bugger (7.2 volts, which they tell me is good) and will run for nearly 20 mins before needing a recharge. Lovely.
Available from Argos, Amazon and
Thor, by Highland Park, £120
If your dad’s into his whiskey (or his Marvel comics), spoil him with one of Highland Park’s latest releases, Thor. This is the first from the new Valhalla Collection; a range of four unique whiskies, set to be released annually, taking inspiration from the legendary Nordic gods of old. All he needs now is a giant hammer and a thunderstorm.
Thor is available from specialist independent whisky retailers, at the Highland Park distillery and www.highlandpark.co.uk
Joe & Seph’s Caramel and Ginger Popcorn, £2.95
I love Joe & Seph’s popcorn. It’s ridiculously moreish. The Caramel and Ginger variety is coated with a specially created caramel, and as you crunch into the popcorn the ginger flavour is released for a hit of pure stem ginger. Wowzer.
Available from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Wholefoods, and a large number of independent retailers. Also available online from Love Your Larder.
Simple for Men, from £2.99
Simple (my personal favourite moisturiser brand), has brought out a brilliant range for men. A no-nonsense three-step skincare regime, the Simple For Men range contains the goodness of Aloe Vera, Tea Tree and Willowherb to combat the sensitivity caused by daily shaving. Lovely! The range includes Simple For Men Hydrating Face Wash (RRP £4.99), Simple For Men Soothing Shave Gel (£2.99), Simple For Men Soothing Aftershave Balm (£4.49) and Simple For Men Hydrating Daily Moisturiser (£5.50). For dads who realise the importance of skincare!
Available from Boots, Superdrug and other chemists.
Woolenstocks ehtical slippers, £61.99
Woolenstocks’ collection of handmade, ethical slippers are the perfect alternative gift for Father’s Day. All styles are available in a multitude of bright colours and fun patterns whilst retaining the comfort and style which has become synonymous with the brand. Each slipper takes 40 hours to make by hand, so they’re all unique. Which is nice.
Smokey Joe Sauce Set, £12.50
For the spicy dad, the ever brilliant Love Your Larder has a wonderful gift set full of spicy, smokey sauces perfect for marinading, cooking and perking up dishes. The set, which comes from The Smokey Joe Sauce Company, includes their four most popular products and is a great gift for anyone who wants an introduction to Caribbean cooking and flavours. I’m particularly keen to try the banana ketchup…!
Pick up yours for just £12.50 from Love Your Larder.
Go Ape! Tree Top Challenge, from £30 for an adult
Fancy a challenge? Why not surprise your dad with an outdoor adventure, and take him to Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure to swing through the forest canopy? There are lots of locations, so why not pick up a voucher and go do something a little bit adventurous!
For more info or to book, check out www.goape.co.uk
Superdry Black, £29.50 (for 40mls)
If you want your dad to smell FUNKY (yeah, you heard), pick up some not-too-expensive cologne. This stuff’s nice and it’s got a nice bottle. Go on, make him feel young.
Available from Boots, lots of dept stores and online. Easy.
Black & Decker Mower, £99.99
Powered by E-Drive technology, the new Black & Decker® Edge-Max Mowers allow you to cut through a range of different grass types including overgrown and damp grass. I imagine this is something my dad would approve of. Who knows.
Buy the EMAX34S at Argos, or at all good garden centres.
Kindle (classic), £89
If your dad likes to read, and doesn’t have one of these already, do the right thing and buy the poor man a Kindle. I recently borrowed my mum’s and have already decided I’m never giving it back. Sorry, Mummy Fry. It’s super light weight, easy to peasy to use and really handy for the commute, the garden, bed and long, boring plane journeys. Essential for holiday reading. And most importantly, it’s getting people to READ MORE. Which is EXCELLENT.
You can buy Kindles all over the place now. If in doubt, shimmy over to Amazon and check out the different varieties.