Father’s Day gift ideas

From shoeshine kits to beer fridges, there should be something here

It’s Father’s Day soon – June 16 to be precise – about a week away. Had you forgotten? Is it a big deal in your household? Do your kids overlook it and hope you don’t notice?

Mine do. Overlook it, that is. And, to be honest, I’m not too fussed. They would forget Mother’s Day at their peril. But, Dad’s Day? I’d be more worried if they forgot my birthday.

However, it’s a pet theory of mine that some kids try to let Father’s Day pass under the radar simply because they just don’t know what to get their dads.

If your children fall into that group send them the url for this page and keep your fingers crossed that they get the hint.

So, here are a few gift ideas to prompt them with:

£10 (or more)

One4All gift card £10-£400

If you have cut it a bit fine then this gift card might be your saviour. You can put pretty much what you want on it from £10 up to £400 and the card can be redeemed at more than 55,000 retailers across the country. These include John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Argos, Curry’s, B&Q, and Burton among others. Dad will be inundated with choice, whether he is looking for fashionwear, home accessories, the latest technology or even an experience day to remember. It is possible to personalize the card with your own artwork/photos by going online, but keep an eye on the calendar to ensure it will reach you in time. Alternatively, unpersonalised ones can be bought at any post office. From one4All website


Boost Oxygen Menthol-Eucalyptus 5L (pocket size) £14.99

I confess that I thought that people only take oxygen when they are in some sort of trouble. But it seems I am wrong. Admittedly, this is a bit left field, but how about giving dad a few cans of oxygen to perk him up? It seems that the likes of Kanye West and a couple of the Kardashian ladies are regular users. Each active ingredient offers additional benefit for both the body and mind, so simply inhaling Boost Oxygen Menthol Eucalyptus can relax the nervous system and muscles say its publicists, not to mention helping relieve pent up stress. They even claim it can help you overcome jet lag. It would be worth it just for that in my mind. The can will easily fit in the repurposed Butler Bag (see below) when your dad jets to somewhere exotic.


The Premium Butler Bag £24.99

Allow your dad to bring the shine back to his shoes with this polish and brush set all housed in a smart leather bag. It contains brown and black polish, two brushes (horse and pig’s bristles) and a soft cloth. The bag really does look the part and, if your dad is not renowned for being a great shoe shiner, the bag happily doubles up as home for all the toiletries needed on holidays. From Thumbs Up


Personalised Football Team History Book £34.95

If your dad is a football fan this could be just the job for him. All the major events involving his favourite team of the 20th century are covered. It can be personalised to include his name and a message from you. Apologies for showing illustration of a non-London team, but it was the only one of a decent size that we could get hold of. Though, that said, a standing joke in the football community is that (too) many United fans talk with a Cockney accent. So maybe we are not totally off the mark. From Prezzybox


Indoor Karting Race (for two) £49.00

And here’s one you can share with your dad, provided you are 16+. Bring out the boy racer in him with 50 laps of a go-kart track. There are several venues to choose from in and around London, among them are Basildon, Croydon and Enfield. The price, we repeat, is for two. Take care! From Prezzybox


Hyundai Volts Combi Drill £59.00

A drill for all reasons. The drill is battery-powered for wire-free DIY and has variable speeds and a reverse function. It is accompanied by 89 drill bits and accessories and comes with a three-year warranty. Dad might actually enjoy doing DIY again. Might! From ao.com

Delonghi EC146.B Traditional Pump Espresso Coffee Machine £79.97 (a saving of more than £25.00)

If dad likes “proper” coffee then this might be the machine for him. Its boiler is made of stainless steel and the self-priming system means machine is always ready for use. The removable transparent reservoir holds a litre of water. It mixes steam, air and milk, producing a rich, creamy froth for great cappuccino. It produces one or two cups at a time. From appliancesdirect

Husky HY192 Mini Fridge/ Drinks Chiller £133.97

If your dad is the type to fill up all the fridge door shelves with his beverages (who isn’t?) then this gift may please him and mum at the same time. Result! It can hold up to 40 cans and can easily sit on counter top. Though, again, that might not be too popular in the kitchen. If you want to make sure you have room to install it, the all-important dimensions (in millimetres) are 520 high, 440 wide and with a depth of 470. The door is double-glazed and the temperature can be adjusted between six and 15 degrees. Now all he needs is a four-pack of his favourite lager/beer/pop.
From appliancesdirect

As we point out at the start of this, the day is not too far away so you need to act quickly when ordering items from the internet, especially personalized ones.

Happy dad’s day to all from London Inspire.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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