I’m incredibly lucky, in that my dad is brilliant. Not only has he always been supportive, encouraging and loving but he is also fiercely creative and artistic. His love of books has without doubt been passed on to me, and I believe that it was him reading to us as kids – combined with his eloquence and love of language – that led to me becoming an author, columnist and performance poet. All that aside, he has been an incredible granddad to my daughter. She is following in his footsteps as a musician (although she is very much forging her own path). So as father’s day approaches, I’ve been thinking about what sort of gifts are ideal for the men who have shaped us, inspired us, challenged us and encouraged us. Environmentally-conscious gifts for guys who are a little left field, a touch unique and certainly worth celebrating.
Matching tops from Inkrocket
I recently discovered Inkrocket, and I fell in love immediately. This company was founded after Clare’s daughter expressed her concerns for poverty in Africa and insisted on doing something to help. Not only do they make beautifully designed clothes (that are also ethically and responsibly produced) but they also donate 15% of their profit to their chosen causes. I love the personality in the unique designs, and so I couldn’t resist adding their Daddy & Me – Adventure is Calling set to this gift guide. With a long sleeved t-shirt for the little one and a chunky ‘hideaway’ hoodie for daddy – I think this is the perfect gift for adventurous dads and their wild offspring! I love how family sits at the heart of this business too.
A bespoke song from Songfinch
When the guys at Songfinch heard that I was doing a Father’s Day Guide, they got in touch to offer one of my readers a bespoke song. Songfinch has a pool of professional musicians who will write, record and produce a radio quality song based on any stories or memories that you supply them with. So we set up a little comp and I got my daughter to pick the most deserving winner – based on their response to why they thought their dad deserved his own song! If you are looking for a gift with a difference then this is a really lovely way to celebrate your unique relationship with your dad, sum up some precious memories and give him a gift that he’ll treasure for life. I love how eco-friendly this gift is, with no postage involved as it is all done online. So even if your dad is the other side of the world you can send something meaningful to him. Get on this one quickly to allow the songwriters time to craft your song for you.
Here is the song that was written for our competition winner: https://www.songfinch.com/stories/derek-papa-d-steele
Any design on a cake from Bakerdays
I’m a big believer in celebrating with cake; from big birthdays to small victories there should always be an excuse for cake. If your daddy lives far away, then a letterbox cake with a unique design could really make him smile. If you’re local, you can always share the cake with him yourself. As the team at Bakerdays can create a cake with any design of your choosing, you might decide to feature the image from your baby scan if you’re celebrating father’s day with a daddy-to-be or if you want to throw some nostalgia at your dad then a family photo could cause a few tears (or hoots of laughter).
When I told the team at Bakerdays that I was going to feature them in my father’s day gift guide, they sent me a beautiful (and very delicious) cake with my book cover on!
Nowadays, so much of society feels disposable; from packaging and flatpack furniture to relationships. Nothing feels built to last anymore, which is why I am so enamoured by the beautiful, artisanal creations from Kaufmann Mercantile. Every item is built to last, making their products highly sustainable gift options. There is so much to choose from, you could lose hours delving through their wares. Here are a couple of stand-out items that I think would make awesome father’s day gifts – a birch cutting board, a Japanese Porcelain Nesting Sake Set, a lock knife, a cast iron skillet… there are some beautiful and unusual gifts on offer. You can peruse the full collection here:
I always think that memories and experiences are a beautiful gift. When someone has been in your life for many years, it can often feel as if you’ve exhausted every gift option. So taking your dad somewhere new or engaging in an experience together is a lovely idea. Days out also mean you can include dads and granddads, building lots of memories. Take your camera, a homemade picnic and some supplies, then find somewhere exciting to explore!
A Father’s Day Meal
A home-cooked meal is a fantastic way to show your dad some love. It’s also a lovely way to get the kids involved in making something special for daddy. Get the kids on board to help with a special breakfast or afternoon tea. If they are too tiny to bake they can make cards or decorations. For me, one of the best ways to show someone that you love them is by feeding them properly.
I love Aveda’s natural and eco-friendly products, and they do a brilliant range for men too. The Pure-formance shampoo and conditioner smell incredible, leave your hair feeling silky and nourished and you don’t have to worry about chemicals! (Click on the images to zip straight to the Aveda shop).
The light elements shaping wax is lightweight but has a great hold and would be the ideal addition to this little haircare collection.
Neville Beard Care Kit
This trio of magic includes an exfoliate, beard oil and shave cream for the perfectly groomed beard. I love how these products are brimming with natural tastiness such as olive oil, cocoa butter and organic argan oil. The addition of volcanic ash sounds deliciously masculine. Nothing says “you’re the daddy” more than a facial scrub with fragments of the earth’s core! (Click on the image to nab the Neville Beard Care Kit for your beardy Papa).
However you choose to celebrate your dad (or the father of your kids) there are plenty of ways to say thank you that are gentle on your wallet and the environment, and as delightfully unique as he is.