Father’s Day has once again crept up upon us and we want to make sure that you have some fabulous ideas to treat your Dad this year, so we have put together a Gift Guide that will hopefully inspire and help you in finding that perfect present for him!
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword – Century II Marvel Pen by Cross
If you have a Dad that loves to write, works in an office or just has a random obsession with pens, (we aren’t judging), then this latest special edition of Cross’s incredible range of pens could be just what you are looking for.
The range was created to coincide with the new Marvel film Captain America: Civil War and celebrates all of our favourite super heroes. Cross have chosen some of the most well known and loved heroes from the Marvel Universe including Iron Man, Captain America and Spiderman. The sleek, quite frankly beautiful designs are stunning to look at and come presented in a sturdy black box that has a black on black embossing of your chosen super hero. Inside the box is lined with velvet to keep the pen safe from scratches and a character card.
Opening the presentation box you instantly see quality and craftsmanship of the pen. If you take the Iron Man pen for example, it is finished with a translucent Titan Red lacquer and has metallic aspects as well, the pattern resembling Iron Man’s suit and finished with 23 carat gold platted detail. When you take the pen from the box you instantly feel the weight of it and it feels comfortable and is a joy to write with, using the Black Gel Rollerball system that Cross is known for. It glides across the page and writes with an ink flow that is reminiscent of a fountain pen. You can even customise your writing experience by using different pen refills – rollerball, ballpoint or creamy porous felt tip pen. Each pen also comes with a lifetime mechanical guarantee.
Luxurious and elegant, the pens are gorgeous and the perfect present for any Dad who is a fan of Marvel.
The range is available from Cross or select retailers and is £95 (RRP)
Meat & Booze
Craft Spirits by Eric Grossman
If Dad is a fan of his spirits, then Craft Spirits could be a match made in heaven when it comes to gifting on Father’s Day this year. Craft Spirits features more than ‘250 top-tier spirits’ that are made world wide. The book starts with an introduction and history of distilling, detailing the science behind making spirits and even talks about a few of the more famous distilleries from across the globe.
Craft Spirits will show Dad how he can create some of the classic cocktails he knows and loves, as well as many contemporary ones. Every chapter focuses on an individual spirit including, whisky bourbon, rye, rum, vodka, gin and cognac. The book is filled with illustrations and plenty of ideas to get Dad’s taste buds screaming for a tipple. He can learn to infuse spirits and flavour them with fruits or herbs and will even have lessons on the correct way to shake or stir.
Craft Spirits is available from DK from 2nd May 2016 for £14.99 (RRP)
Smoking Meat by Will Fleischman
Of course if Dad is more interested in his food then Smoking Meat by Will Fleischman could be just the gift for him, it will make him feel like a old mage performing alchemy as he learn to transform a boring piece of meat into a flavour sensation.
The ultimate guide to everything you need to know about smoking meat, Fleischman includes techniques, tools, recipes and which cuts to pick. the book is divided into sections, each one focusing on a different type of meat in each one. It explores the best cuts of lamb, poultry, beef, pork, seafood and game, teaching the reader to prepare the ingredients correctly to ensure the best flavour.
Smoking Meat also includes a variety of recipes for the various cuts of meat, including Jerks-Rubbed Chicken Wings, Lamb Shanks and Baby Back Ribs. Is your mouthwatering yet? Picking the right smoker is another important aspect of the book and of course the selection of woods that can be used to get that rich, tasty smoked flavour everyone loves come BBQ season.
Smoking Meats is available from DK from 2nd May 2016 for £12.99 (RRP)
Light Up His Life
Another interesting and rather different way to treat Dad this year could be by literally lighting up his life with a brand new lamp!
If your Dad has an office at home or an areas that is just his then this lamp could work a treat. Design to resemble the old fashioned banker’s lamps, this one is made with an antique brass finish, light filtering shatter proof shade and can be bought in green, white or blue. It is sleek, elegant and perfect for a desk where Dad does the bills, reads, or writes. The high quality finish means that the lamp look luxurious and sophisticated, but is more than affordable for most budgets.
Available from Value Lights for £24.99 (RRP)
Modern Chrome Plated Ceramic Skull Table Lamp
If Dad is a little bit quirky or likes his heavy metal music, then look no further as we have uncovered the most incredible gift for him this year, the Chrome Plated Ceramic Skull Table Lamp. The large base of the lamp is design to resemble a skull and it sits proudly beneath a large drum fabric shade. This is just the sort of lamp that Dad could have on his side table in the front room for reading or even on his desk. It is made extremely well and looks absolutely fantastic, worth every penny this Father’s Day.
Available from Value Lights for £39.00 (RRP)
A Close Shave
Braun Series 3
Braun are synonymous with quality when it comes to shaving and the Series 3 is no different at all. It comes with a fantastic Micro Comb Technology that actually guides the hair into the areas that cut. There are no restrictions on how Dad can use the shaver either, pick wet or dry, use foam or gel, the choice is down to Dad’s own preference. If Pops has long hair or a beard, then the Series 3 can handle that as equally as it can tackling the areas where a more precise trim is needed, such as under the nose or jawline. To top it all it comes with a handy pouch so Dad can take it with him on holiday or away on business!
Available from Boots, Amazon and other electrical retailers from £99.99
Gillette Fusion ProShield
The final shaving pick this year is the Gillette Fision ProShield, their newest razor. It has some great features to please Dad including making sure that whilst he shaves, his face is properly protected by having lubrication before and after the blades. It also has the fantastic Flex Ball that glides over the skin adhering to all of the contours that it is faced with and it comes equipped with a micro comb to get all the hair where it needs to be. Gillette say that this new razor features the thinnest and finest blades that they have ever used, so that Dad gets the best shave a man can get, (sorry couldn’t resist), it even has a built in precision trimmer!
Available at all good retailers for £12.99 (RRP)
Is Dad a bit old fashioned? Does he like the feel of the barber’s razor against his skin? Does he enjoy the hot towel afterwards? Well if you answered yes to any of those questions or you think that Dad could do with a little help pampering himself, look no further.
Yankee Candle is generally not the kind of thing you would associate with a man, but now they have bought out a fantastic range with men in mind, the Barbershop Collection. This is an array of candles all based around the theme of the Barbershop. Our favourite has to be Hot Towel, it comes is a gorgeous sleek, sophisticated and all together masculine jar that has echoes of the Roaring 20s with its black and chrome finish. The candle itself has a single wick and is scented with rich aromas that scream aftershave and have a refreshing, relaxing feel to them. Perfectly seamless, the Hot Towel candle is both suitable for the modern man and the old fashioned among us!
Available from Yankee Candle for £12.99
Dads are always out and about, whether it be going to work, picking the kids up from football or having some ‘me time’ down the local pub. Wherever he goes you can be sure that his phone goes with him and that is why this next Father’s Day pick is just right for all Dads.
The TP-Link Powerbank is everything your Dad needs to keep his phone connected when he is off on his travels. It comes in a rather stylish blue and white ergonomic casing and will be compatible with the majority of Dad’s digital devices and once full it has the ability to do a 200% charge on an iPhone 6, 140% charge on a Samsung Galaxy S6 and a 150% charge on a Lumia 930. Impressive statistics for such a small gadget. Even more so is the fact that the the device is able to identify what type of smartphone or tablet you are using and then delivers the fastest, most efficient charge to it.
TP-Link also comes equipped with 6 in 1 safety protection against short circuits, over-voltage, over-current, over-charge, over-discharge and over-heating, so there is always going to be peace of mind for Dad when using it!