Whether it’s a reassuring hug, some words of sage advice or bailing us out of trouble (again!), our dads are our heroes and on Father’s Day we want to show them just how special they are. Sunday 21st June is a day for the dads, grandads, dads to be and father figures that we just couldn’t live without! We’ve been scouting around for some great ideas for Father’s Day for the special men in your life….
Adventures with Daddy
Give a dad the gift of making fun memories with his children with this Adventures with Dad Jar, a perfect Father’s Day present.
Inside the Adventures with Dad Jar are 24 cards: 12 have ready written ideas for fun activities for fathers and their children to enjoy together, and 12 blank cards for the family to write on their own ideas.
Finish filling in the cards, fold them up, pop them back in the jar and pick one out when you’re ready to go on a grand exploration! Or you want to make a den in the sitting room.
www.notonthehighstreet.com | £13.95
Whether you’re looking to buy for a sporty dad, or a dad trying to get back into shape, Fitbit have a tracker to suit all budgets and fitness levels! At its most basic level, a Fitbit tracker is used to track daily footsteps, but when it comes to reaching fitness goals, steps are just the beginning. Fitbit tracks every part of your day, including activity, exercise, food, weight and even sleep to help you find your fit, stay motivated, and see how small steps make a big impact. With an easy to use app, and competitive challenges with friends to spur him on, we think this will be a big hit with the men in your life!
www.fitbit.com | From £39.99
A Day in the Dungeons
What better gift than a day packed full of special memories (and a few laughs at Dad’s expense!!)? On Sunday 21st June, not only do Dads go half price with a full paying child* (4-15 year olds), the resident cast of rogues and rascals will be on a mission to ensure they get extra special Dungeons-style attention.
Unfortunately for Dad that means being put on trial by Judge Wendy Farqhuar in his mad-cap 17th century courtroom, taking a seat in the mediaeval torturer’s chair and ‘volunteering’ to assist the excitable Plague Doctor’s assistant demonstrate cures for the Black Death. The perfect Father’s Day option for any child wanting to repay a parent for showing them up in front of their mates, ‘Dad dancing’ in public places or generally just being annoying – and at just £33.93 for entry for two it’s great value too.
The London Dungeon is guaranteed to please kids AND adults alike as 1000 years of London’s murky past is brought to life in 18 shows, featuring edge of the seat surprises and two thrilling rides (although it might be a bit scary for teeny weenies, so do make sure you look at the website before you leave!).
www.thedungeons.com | Father and child entry £33.93
A book of Dad
This hardcover book from Photobox makes the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Pick out all your favourite photos of you and your dad, or your little one with theirs and combine them in a gorgeous keepsake that can be treasured for years to come!
Printed on quality gloss paper and featuring a unique cut out cover, you can decide on the layout of each page and the wording accompanying each photo. It doesn’t get more personal than this!
www.photobox.co.uk | £27.99
Solar powered phone charger
Perfect for Dads on the go to keep fully charged at all times! This clever solar powered device is not only shock proof but it contains 3 charging cables and can charge up to 2 USB devices at a time, meaning it is compatible with most phones and tablets!
Using the power of sunlight to charge any device, it works really fast charging an iPhone 5 in just 2 hours! As long as the power bank has enough charge itself it will work to its maximum potential! It takes up to 4 days to be full by sunlight alone but can also be charged via a computer too. Once fully charged just pop in your bag and it’s ready to use in an empty battery emergency!
No need to always find an empty spot on the train next to a socket to answer those important work emails and great for travelling too. The solar power bank will always be there to fill up any ones empty phone tank at any time!
www.prezzybox.com | £49.95
One for the coffee lovers – what we love about this gift is that if you’re buying it for your children’s dad, you get to reap the benefits too!! This Magimix Pixie automatic coffee maker is the smallest Nespresso machine for making great espresso coffee at home. In fact it’s so ultra compact its footprint is only 11cm wide on your worktop.
The Pixie uses easy-to-load Nespresso coffee capsules for great tasting, hassle-free espresso, while the automatic and programmable settings for cup size make operation a breeze.
This little coffee-making gem has a 19 bar high pressure pump and thermoblock heating element for the optimum water temperature and pressure, for great tasting espresso. Plus if you add in an Aeroccino 3, you’ll be able to make creamy hot or cold milk froth and warm milk for lattes, cappucinos and many different coffee recipes.
John Lewis | Nespresso Pixie £139.99 (with Aerocino 3 £189.99)
The Supercar Event
A once-in-a-lifetime treat for supercar-loving Dads , this gift will also provide entertainment for all the family. The popular Supercar Event, in aid of The Children’s Trust, will be taking place on Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st June at Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh, Surrey from 9 am – 4.30 pm. The two-day event – now in its ninth year – offers exhilarating passenger rides from just £30 in over 150 supercars around the famous Top Gear track
For football fans, who would love the opportunity of having a photo taken with the Barclays Premier League Trophy, the famous Trophy will be on display at the event for one day only – on Sunday 21st June.
Also this year for the first time, tables can be booked in a special VIP Hospitality Marquee, which offers guests an entry ticket to the event, a picnic lunch and the opportunity to relax and enjoy a great day of entertainment, which includes a supercar passenger ride!
Money raised from The Supercar Event will benefit The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk
www.thesupercarevent.com | Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £31.50
If you’re looking for a real keepsake, this is a winner! First introduced by Rotary in the 1960’s, the ‘Ocean Avenger’ watch has verve and sophistication but is yet sporty and practical in design. A waterproof, quartz timepiece in bracelet and strap versions, with a 38m case and all black dial, shielded by a domed mineral glass and rotating bezel.
A beautiful gift that will remind lovely dads of their lovely children every time they check the time.
www.rotarywatches.com | £139
BRICA Universal Smart Phone Holder
Yes, we know, when he’s pushing the buggy, Dad should be focussing on where he’s going, but we also think that tech mad Dad’s will love this pushchair accessory and if it encourages them to take your little one out and about a bit more, that can only be a good thing, right?!
This phone holder is easy to securely install and remove with large adjustable push & turn safety knob, will rotate to landscape or portrait modes and can shape tube, rail, or seat. With self adjusting side-arms it will securely grip most phone models.
Amazon | £8.00
Make it yourself
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones made from scratch…. Be it a scribbled drawing, a card made at preschool or some creatively decorated cakes! Teeny tinies can get involved too by donating their hand and footprints to make a card, or even create a canvas to go on the wall.
For more inspiration, why not take a look at the Hobbycraft site, from glitter to glue, paint to parchment, they’ve got it all and some fab tips on how to put it all together to make a Father’s Day gift that he can treasure forever.