If like me, every year you’re completely stumped on what to get for Father's day. Not just for your Dad, but also for your husband or partner from the kids... then I have a few ideas for you.
Each year we leave it to the last minute and end up sneaking out to the supermarket to the generic aisle of useless, novelty items that are just going to be shoved in the drawer or in back of a cupboard to gather dust, why not get something that he’ll enjoy and even be practical.
Don't forget Father's day is on June 15.
Cool Clothing and Superior Smellies
TK Maxx Mens Accessories: Henleys Trunk Boxers (£9.99), Storm Aviator Sunglasses (£12.99) and Original Penguin Cap (£12.99).
TK Maxx have a great selection of men’s accessories either available to buy online or just browse and visit one of their 277 stores. With a wide selection of big names at affordable prices you’ll be sure to find something to suit even the most stubborn, unfashionable man! Examples here are the modern looking ‘Henleys’ cotton boxers at half price, cool and classic ‘Storm Aviator Sunglasses’ for under half price and stylish yet casual ‘Original Penguin Cap’ available in 5 different colours.
Bad Boy Clothing: Walk-in Hoodie (£49.99) and Legacy II Camo Shorts (£39.99)
For the sporty dads ‘Bad Boy Clothing’ offer a broad range of training clothing and urban casual wear for all year round and modern dads will love the vibrant colours and extreme branding. With free delivery on orders over £30 and same day dispatch, you’ve no excuse leaving it to the last minute and getting him yet another Family Guy T-shirt from a supermarket that he won’t wear! Featured are the Legacy II Camo training shorts which are great not just for the Gym but would suit a wide range of uses including cycling or even just the beach and the ‘Walk-in Hoodie’ is not your standard hoodie but high quality with a striking embroidered logo to the rear.
Gold JAY Z edt (£35), XANTHE Mens Urban Quickfix (£35) and Davidoff Cool Water (£27.99)
Now apart from Christmas, the best time to get some posh smellies for your husband is Father’s Day and let’s face it you're the one who has to smell him so why not get something you both like? Exclusive to Superdrug ‘Gold by JAY Z’ is a fantastic new eau de toilette launched by the rap legend Jay Z, spicy and rich this is no doubt a masculine fragrance but the ladies will love it too! Available online, ‘BeautyLab’ in Harley Street London make some high-end yet affordable male grooming serums and the ‘Xanthe Urban Quickfix’ is ideal for everyday anti-aging moisturizing with anti-oxidants and that all important UV sun screen. Finally if you’re really stuck on what smellies to get him, why not go for ‘Davidoff Cool Water’ from ‘The Fragrance Shop’? You can’t go wrong with this extremely fresh smelling moreish scent. Currently at a great price you even get a free luxury washbag and mini wash/balms.
Police ‘Voyager’ Watch (£99)
If you’re looking for a watch with character then what about this super timepiece from ‘Police’. The ‘Voyager’ model oozes retro yet contemporary charm. The rectangle brown watch face with chunky typeface is perfectly evocative of the 1970’s, with water resistant (5 ATM) and genuine leather strap it’s just the quality item you’d expect from this Italian designer-wear company.
Premium Drinks and Spicy Condiments
Delaforce Vintage Port 2007 (£27.99), Barolo Briccobergera 2009 (£18.99) and Rioja Reserva 2007 (12.49)
If the old man is seriously into his wines then take a look at the devilishly good fun ‘Rude Wines’ where they scour the earth finding wines that are different and exclusive delivered directly to your door. As these fine wines are meant for sipping not slurping don’t expect a cheap Beaujolais nouveau or Blue Nun, there’s nothing but quality here! Starting with roast dinner on Father’s Day the medium bodied ‘Rioja Reserva, Villa del Camino’ from Spain - fruity, spicy and hints of vanilla, this ruby red goes perfectly with lamb. Moving on to the cheese board, the fitting and little more expensive Italian ‘Barolo Briccobergera Piemonte’ is a beautiful full bodied yet subtle Garnet red which features orange highlights. Finishing off the evening it’s got to be Port and the ‘Delaforce Late Bottled Vintage’ makes a perfect gift, coming in a smart presentation box with two port glasses. This deep red Port is full of flavour, rich with plumb and berries and goes perfect with those late evening nibbles such as Stilton or Roquefort and fruit and nut chocolate, mmm!
Yamazaki and Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Japanese Whisky (£42 each)
You’d be surprised if not very knowledgeable on the subject of Whiskies and how many countries produce this famous spirit, Australia, Germany and India to name a few. Owned by the famous Suntory brewers and distillers and available from Sainsbury’s, these two Japanese Whiskies, ‘Yamazaki’ and ‘Hakushu’ single malts are great examples from Japans oldest distillers. The flagship single malt ‘Yamazaki’ is gold in colour with red berry and oak aromas alongside raspberry, peach and slight coconut on the palate with vanilla and hint of cinnamon to finish – if that doesn’t get you salivating nothing will! ‘Hakushu’ on the other hand is rather different. Distilled in the mountains and forests attributes to the freshness of this much lighter gold in colour whisky. Peppermint, melon and cucumber to the nose amidst citrus and thyme on the palate with a refreshing smokey finish. I think you’ll agree these sound fascinating and would be a talking point at any gathering.
Round the World Chilli Tour (£35) and Borderfields Infusions Oil Sets (£10.99)
I’m useless with anything spicy and hot, I even had a korma which was too hot for me once, but we all know men and their love affair with chilli! ‘Sous Chef’ do a great tongue-tingling ‘Round the World Chili Tour’ package (free UK delivery) that includes 12 chilli based ingredients including Hot Texas Sauce, Sambal Oeleck Paste and the quite deadly Nag Bhut Jolokia Chilli Powder! With such a great array from Asia, Europe and the Americas there’ll always be something in the cupboard waiting to be added to Dad’s favourite dish. Another culinary idea for Dads is the’ Infusions Oil’ Set from ‘Borderfield’. Made from cold pressed rapeseed oil, this 125ml x 4 set contains the light & fresh Basil, Hot & Fiery Chilli, Fresh and Zingy Lemon and Warm & Aromatic Garlic. Furthermore to rapeseed having a lovely slightly nutty taste it’s full of a mix of omega oils, so good for your body too. Ideal on salads, pasta and meats. My favourite use for them is to bake a fresh loaf of bread and just simply use them for dipping oils with olives and cheeses, yum!
Borderfields Infusions Oil Sets available from Amazon from 6th June.
Adnams 5l Mini Cask Twin-Pack (£31.98) and Kirin Ichiban Japanese Beer (£1.69)
Now that the weather is warming up (fingers crossed) and you fancy a BBQ on Father’s Day, Adnams do a selection of their tasty beers (stock subject to availability) in handy mini cask twin-packs to guarantee he won’t run out of his favourite ale! Each twin-pack contains 10 litres of beer which is equivalent to 17 ½ pints, great value for a premium beer at £1.80 a pint. Featured are 2 pale ales ‘Mosaic’ 4.1% abv made with mosaic hops, a fresh and fruity blonde and ‘Ghost Ship’ 4.5% abv a blend of American citrus hops and inspired by Adnams own haunted 600 year old pub, both ideal for sunny afternoons in the garden. If you’re a lager drinker then may I recommend ‘Kirin Ichiban’ 5% abv Japanese Lager. Being made only from the 1st pressing (other lagers are pressed more than once) giving you a sweet and very flavoursome beer, making it one of the world’s most expensively brewed beers and to enjoy Kirin Ichiban at its best try it superchilled with Sushi and Tempura.
Ruark R1 Tabletop DAB Radio (£179) and Maxell Retro DJ Headphones (£25)
With loads of brilliant radio stations, DAB radios have been a must in households for some years now. Early models looked cheap and dated and sound quality pretty naff too, not anymore! The splendid looking ‘Ruark R1’ not only looks great with its retro walnut veneer styling, but the radio housing acts like an amplifying speaker which certainly packs a punch for a small desktop radio. No complex buttons all over the place either, just one uncomplicated dial on top for easy navigation. The large display is crisp and easy to understand and with a light sensor, dims in low-lit rooms, with this and an alarm makes it also perfect for the bedroom. On the rear there’s auxiliary inputs so you can enjoy the superb sound of the R1 through your iPhone, additionally a headphone socket so you can’t annoy everyone with Jazz FM!
And what better way to listen through when you’re plugged in is these retro DJ headphones from ‘Maxell’. Available from QVC these very comfortable headphones have an amazing rich & full sound whilst blocking out any background noise. With the cable on just one side, tangling becomes a thing of the past and with a 6mm jack adaptor you can easily listen to multiple audio equipment.
Forge Steel 47 Piece General Tool Kit (£59.99) and Draper Ultimate Spanner Set (£39.95)
Fed up of bemoaning Dads that can never find their philips screwdriver or that he’s mislaid his tape measure? The ‘Forge Steel’ 47 Piece General Tool Kit from Screwfix not only keeps all his tools all in one place in a handy carry bag, but comes with all the general purpose tools he’ll need to my jobs done! There’s a great selection of good quality tools including 6 screwdrivers, utility knife, measuring tape, pliers and hacksaw to name but a few.
But if the men in your life have plentiful types of tools but never seem to have the right sized spanner then what else do you need but the ‘Ultimate Spanner Set’ from ‘Draper’, Ingeniously colour coordinated so you can quickly Identify what size you need, this 13 piece hi-torque, hardened steel set will last him a lifetime.
Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive (£59) and Netgear AC750 WiFi Range Extender (£64.79)
Is your PC full up of junk that you wouldn’t mind keeping but killing the performance of your machine, or are you paranoid that when your computer goes pop you’ll lose all those mp3’s and precious family photos? Then a ‘Seagate External Hard Drive’ from ‘Currys’ is definitely the answer. Much more affordably priced than they were a few years ago and now available with absolutely massive storage. Compatible with XP, Vista Windows 7 & 8 operating systems it stores data information in seconds via USB 3.0 cable by simply dragging and dropping. Also available in 500GB, 1TB, 3TB and 4TB models.
Another amazing product that’s not just essential for home PCs, laptops and tablets but smartphones too is the ‘Netgear WiFi Range Extender’ from ‘Amazon’. If you suffer from loss of WiFi signal in your home because of thick walls or lack of coverage upstairs, you just simply plug in this clever little box to boost the WiFi coverage all around your home and even the garden. There’s also a Ethernet port for you to plug in games consoles, smart TVs and bluray players.
Roku Streaming HDMI Stick (£49.99) and One For All Tablet Remote Control (£59)
Can’t find anything to watch on TV? The ‘Roku Streaming Stick’ streams 500+ TV channels via the internet all through this marvellous little stick that you plug into your TVs HDMI input. With free channels such as BBC iPlayer, You Tube, 4oD and Facebook it’s worth it alone, but there’s all the top pay channels to like Netflix, Sky Sports and Now TV. You can either control Roku through a simple remote or an app through your smartphone which via Roku apps you can send music, videos and photos to your TV.
I think at the last count we had about ten different remotes for various devices, it’s ridiculous, but the war on who controls the remote is legendary in all households across the country! Make him feel special this Father’s Day by treating him to the ‘One For All’ Tablet Remote Bridge by ‘Nevo’. It turns you iPad or android tablet into a smart remote via a WiFi Bridge and a free downloadable app. Works with 1,000s of TV brands, this device is simple to set up you can personalise your tablet to suit his needs and with one simple control to watch a programme it will switch on your TV, select the right HDMI ports and turn on your amplifier, now that’s quite special.