Father’s Day is just over a month away (Sunday 19th June to be exact). That’s just enough time to drop blatant hints to your kids (but in reality, to mum) on what you really want this year. With a few weeks to go, websites can be repeatedly and conveniently left open to help ensure that this year, you don’t receive another fat polyester tie, Homer Simpson socks or a ‘World’s Best Dad’ mug.
Below I’ve detailed an assortment of pieces, ranging from bespoke bits for the kitchen to some handsome clobber. Hopefully there’s something for everyone and on varying budgets. There are gifts from just over a fiver up to around £100, so perhaps for the more lavish items, the kids (or mum and the bank manager) could club their piggy banks together.
£20 AND UNDER
DADS TO DO LIST – There just aren’t enough hours in the day to put up the never-ending shelves that are supposedly required around the house. This To Do List will help keep track of all the DIY disasters that are expected of you. There’s a section for mum to fill out (put up shelves), a section for the kids to fill out (buy toys to go on shelves) and lastly, poor old dad (hide in shed, with shelves very much still in their packaging).
Buy here £5.95
POSTERITTY PRINT – A minimalised Pulp Fiction/Breaking Bad/George Best print might look a little out of place on the sitting room wall, so perhaps one of these could be for dad’s study, man cave or shed (they’re all the same thing right?). There are loads to choose from; film, music, TV, sport and there might even be a Real Housewives of Cheshire print... maybe you’ll be allowed that one?
Buy here from £8
LIVING WITH: HATTIE STEWART – the most colourful book of unique art you ever did see. Hattie has worked with the likes of Nike, House of Holland and Playboy. Pages can be removed and then framed as prints; a chance to add a splash of colour to the monochrome décor you’ve unwillingly found yourself swamped by at home!
Buy here £11.38
SWINGERS LDN CRAZY GOLF – a far cry from Clacton Pier crazy golf with seagull poo and flattened chips encrusting the tired astro turf. Swingers in East London, provides two modern indoor crazy golf courses that can be enjoyed with street food and cocktails, all in a cool setting. Not a blue rinse in sight…
Buy here from £15 per person
TOBIAS CLOTHING BOXER SHORTS - Tobias Clothing is an ethical brand offering a range of items, most of which are shirts. If they’re too expensive for a Father’s Day gift, a pair of boxers is an affordable alternative and I personally love the snazzy prints. You (plus your kids and mum) will be happy to know that Tobias donate 10% of profits to the Akanksha Foundation which helps underprivileged children in India.
Buy here £15
WIGWAM SOCKS – there’s an inevitability to dads receiving socks on such occasions as this. If they're not bland and boring, they'll be emblazoned with cartoon characters or labelled with the days of the week - such unnecessary pressure in the morning! But socks needn't be boring, so these Wigwam numbers should provide the answer to your repeated sock woes.
Buy here £16
THE MODERN PRESERVER – more and more of us are spending time in the kitchen and it’s not just to quickly knock up beans on toast for the kids. Being partial to a pickled onion or two, I love this chunky tome by Kylee Newton, in which she details how to create some tasty chutneys and jams amongst other bits (meaning we can knock up fancy jam on toast for the kids instead - jokes).
Buy here £20
£20 - £50
CEREAL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION – despite the name, there's not a mention of Sugar Puffs anywhere. There's only two issues per year but it's such an elegant and extensive bible of a magazine that embraces all things art, travel, fashion and design, that two issues are all that's required. Less is more and all that (that's what I keep telling my wife).
Buy here £22
PAUL SMITH'S CYCLING SCRAPBOOK - cyclists, they're everywhere aren't they, hogging the Sunday morning roads completely unaware of the term 'single file'. That said, grumpy car drivers and cycling enthusiasts alike will appreciate the super graphics, design and photos in this book by fashion designer Paul Smith (let's just hope there's a chapter on road etiquette...!)
Buy here £29.95
LABOUR AND WAIT APRON - For the king of the kitchen who wants to raise the apron style level from the Michelangelo’s David one received in the office Secret Santa a couple of years back. Not a little stone winkle in sight, just a lovely, stylish apron.
Buy here £42
ENVELOPE HOLDER - our letterbox is only a few items away from being classified as a Royal Mail Sorting Office. The mass of bills, magazines and pizza menus have a tendency to collect on the hall table until recycling day - annoying and messy. But with this cool holder, there's no need for such clutter, instead offering a contemporary and attractive solution, whether it's in the hall, study or kitchen.
Buy here £44.95
PAPA SWEATER – we’ve all seen the ‘MOTHER’ sweaters produced by Selfish Mother haven't we? In fact, these sweaters and t-shirts are now found in 97.84%* of ladies wardrobes around the UK. Brilliantly, sales help charities including Women for Women International, The Refugee Council UK, KIDS, and Help Refugees UK. And now, it’s the dad’s turn... The ‘PAPA’ sweater is a simple, classic design following on from the 'MOTHER' equivalent - you can never go wrong with a grey sweater. It looks great and sales help raise money for Prostate Cancer UK - a win, win. *this figure may or may not be true.
Buy here £45
SUNSPEL / FOG LINEN WORK BAGS - I’m always on the lookout for bags, now we have the environment saving 5p charge and especially because I have to think about Arlo’s arsenal of supplies when leaving the house. These lightweight bags from Sunspel and Fog Linen Work are good for a trip to the shops or a quick outing with the kids when you need the essentials but don’t want to be weighed down with every single item that adorns your child’s bedroom.
Buy here £45
Buy here £49
£50 - £100
MAHABIS – these beautifully designed slippers have been a mainstay of my wardrobe for a couple of years now. I absolutely love them. They’re comfortable and stylish and the clip-on sole helps bridge the gap between a cosy housebound slipper and light weight shoe that may need to face the elements once in a while.
Buy here £60
TOM PIGEON PRINT - a range of minimal prints that use wonderful, fresh colours to depict abstract interpretations of varying scenarios and scenes. Blimey, for a second then I sounded like I knew what I was talking about. I dunno, it looks nice dunnit? If one of these prints don't make it to me for Father's Day, then I'll be doing my best to get one as a house warming present when we move this summer. Mum, take note.
Buy here £60
LE LABOUREUR WORKER'S JACKET – I love worker's jackets. Casual and light, they're perfect from Spring until Autumn and can be worn with jeans, chinos or shorts. Le Laboureur offer a range of great colours to choose from too. Get those kids to do some extra shifts on the paper round and this could be yours.
Buy here £95
NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERSHIP – school holidays come round quicker than a Jack Wilshere muscle strain, so there’s no better way than to spend a sunny (or rainy) day that letting the kids run wild around a National Trust site. It’s £111 for two adults and up to 5 children under 17 or £69 for one adult and up to 5 children under 17 (children under 5 go free).
Buy here £69-£111