I haven’t actually written anything since my Mother’s Day gift guide (oops), but what better reason to make a return than to make sure we get the Daddy cools sorted in time for Father’s Day? You have just under a week to get the kids’ handmade/glitter/pipecleaner stuff together (it’s next Sunday, 19th June), but in the meantime here are some actual nice bits I’ve found that offer a pleasant alternative to the annual sock/pant unwrapping.
So first up we have these great Timex watches. They’re cool, relatively hard-wearing and they’re pretty reasonable as watches go. What’s more you’ll get 15% off your first order when you subscribe to their newsletter. This one is the Timex Weekender Fairfield and is £59.99, but there’s a great selection over on the website and plenty for under £50 too. If you’re looking for a pricier timepiece, check out Mondaine and Uniform Wares, both super cool and minimalist in design, and both available at Liberty London.
Mindfulness for men
Following the success of my yesmum positive affirmation cards for mothers and kids, I decided to create a range specifically designed for fathers. Being a dad isn’t easy and these yesmumPOPS cards (£10.50) offer a quick, straightforward way to access the power of positive programming and start each day of fatherhood with strength and self-assurance. The School of Life is also a great place to check out. They run loads of thought-provoking workshops around developing emotional intelligence, or this Night Thoughts book (£15) is brill and promotes their philosophy of Writing as Therapy.
Southwood Stores selection
For the man who has everything, I’m pretty confident you’ll find something excellent at the Southwood Stores online store. I love this Completely Devoted print (£25 or £55 depending on size), these Gangster Pencils (£5), and this gorgeous hand-carved Bark Board (£22.95) if your pops is a king in the kitchen. Oh and these Bernard & Samuel egg cups (£10) deserve a big thumbs up for the bearded ones too!
Hey hey for HAY
I’m a big fan of HAY. They make amazing interior products and all of their Danish designs are quite frankly a thing of beauty. Take these playing cards which are super sleek, some posh pencils or this Pieces n Play Set for the doodle/domino-loving dad in your life. Their stationery selection genuinely gets my pulse racing, so if dad’s that way inclined you could check out their Perforated Calendar or the delightfully named Pinorama for dads with desks. If you’re a design obsessive and haven’t stumbled upon HAY yet, then you’re welcome.
Every dad needs a bag big enough for baby stuff, and the Tiba & Marl girls have nailed it once again with this unisex black Elwood backpack. It’s £120 but you’ll get to share it so that’s a bonus. Crafted from tumbled black faux leather for a luxurious finish, this backpack is large enough to fit most laptops and doubles up perfectly as a work bag, gym bag or carry-on bag. Norse Projects have a great selection of dad bags, tablet cases, pouches and accessories too.
Anyone who knows me know I have a bit of an Aesop obsession. Their products are SO good, amazing on the skin (and aesthetically mega-pleasing). Maybe it’s time to let dad in on the goods with some of their shaving products, or their miracle APC Post-Poo Drops (£20) – yes really it’s a thing. As they so eloquently put it, “after vigorous activity has occurred in the bathroom, Post-Poo Drops’ crisp citrus peel notes – fortified with rich floral elements – effectively neutralise disagreeable smells.” Genius.
Molly Gunn’s brilliant charity MOTHER sweatshirts have totally taken the mum world by storm, and now dads can get a piece of the action too. Check out her PAPA sweatshirt, which is £45 (and all profits from sales of PAPA designs go to Prostate Cancer UK). This Breaking Dad one (£40) from the lovely crew over at Parent Apparel is great, and they have a fun selection of tees and DadAss pin badges (£6) too.
Father’s day fish
This may sound like a slightly obscure one, but the men in my family are massive fish fans, so when I’ve bought them fish boxes from The Cornish Fishmonger in the past they’ve been very well received! Their Cornish Seafood Selection Box is £46.95 and will normally include a dozen cleaned king scallops or 500g clams, local black mussels, oily fish fillets, filleted flat fish and white fish fillets. All the seafood will be delivered to their door fully cooled and prepared and ready to enjoy. They also deliver oyster boxes, cookbooks and gift vouchers if you can’t quite decide.
I bought my husband this publication a couple of years ago and I’m a big fan. Delayed Gratification is the world’s first Slow Journalism magazine. It’s a beautiful printed quarterly publication “which revisits the events of the previous three months to see what happened after the dust settled and the news agenda moved on”. It’s £36 for an annual subscription. There’s also a brilliant book called Letters of Note (£20) which is “a collection of over one hundred of the world’s most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters. From Virginia Woolf’s heart-breaking suicide letter, to the first recorded use of the expression ‘OMG’ in a letter to Winston Churchill, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives”.
Here’s wishing all the papas an excellent Father’s Day. You rule! x