He’s the man of the house, the big kid, he may have taught you to ride your bike or fix your fuse box over the phone. Whatever he’s done, don’t forget about your dad on 19th June. That’s Father’s Day, and if you’re stuck for ideas, you’re in luck…
Father’s Day was the brainchild of Washington woman Sonoroa Dodd who, inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon, decided to pay her respects to her civil war veteran father – who raised his six children alone. Now, every dad is made to feel the hero for a day.
1972 saw President Nixon enshrine Father’s Day in law, making it official, and it’s occurred on the third Sunday of June every year since. It’s your chance to prove that your long-suffering old man is in your thoughts and that he raised you right – by showing how much you know him with a thoughtful gift, which doesn’t need to break the bank. Leave that pair of socks in the shop.
For the Adventure Dad Go Groupie have a host of heavily discounted, action-packed family days out, for you to really make the most of Father’s Day together. From clambering around treetop assault courses, to laser tag, or adrenaline-fueled games of paintball – where your paint-splattered clan spend a hilariously competitive afternoon together, all at your fingertips.
You could spoil your dad rotten with a treat all to himself, like a genuinely cheap and cheerful flying lesson, or help him make memories with the entire family through Groupon. Indulge his speed daemon side together, with a three passenger lap drifting experience. Or his head for thrilling heights, with a group a climb up an indoor ice wall – for a surprising, yet utterly affordable price.
The choice is yours.
Whether you love or loathe your dad’s playlist, Father’s Day sees a slew of gigs he may happily bop to this year. Among Lionel Richie, Cold Play and The Stone Roses, you’ll find dad music soul and pop legends – Simply Red, at Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Take your old man to see front man Mick Hucknall in the flesh, with tickets from See Tickets, and let him dance his heart out to classics like Holding Back the Years, Stars, and you guessed it, their track – Dad.
Reckon your dad can’t play video games? Think again. You mum can probably vouch that he played Saga Mega Drive, Sonic or Pong long before you were born. So a new Xbox game for Father’s Day may be right up his street.
Stick to classics like Call of Duty, Assassins Creed and FiFa, or offer him a cheeky copy of Saga Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection – Classics (Xbox 360) and watch him relive his glory days, with a trip down memory lane. You’ll find all-sorts of gems online, and Amazon may surprise you.
If the way to your dad’s heart is through his stomach, stick to your gut and bag him some tasty morsels for Father’s Day. Cook him a meal, take him out for lunch, or hand over a luxury John Lewis Edinburgh Preserves Chilli Box – to truly blow his socks off. It gives you plenty of bang for your buck, and looks far more expensive than it is, packed with everything from Scotch Bonnet Sauce to Cayenne Chili Mustard.
M&S wicker food hampers, on the other hand, are pure indulgence, and far easier on your dad’s pallet. They’ll deliver a host of biscuits and Belgian Chocolates, jams and bottles of Bordeaux Merlot, and more besides, to your house or your father’s home – in time for the big day.
Otherwise, keep an eye out for Introduction to Brewing Masterclasses, and whiskey tasting sessions on Groupon, that he’ll surely love.
Want to keep your dad on his toes? If he’s cycling mad, loves DIY, and you want to push the boat out, how about a bicycle in flat pack form from IKEA?
Launched just last month, these 14 part ‘Sladda’ kits are entirely customisable, with back peddling brakes, and they’re guaranteed for 15,000 km – which, for many, would perhaps mean a lifetime. Once he’s done tinkering and putting it together, he can cycle from A-B to work on his fitness and health. How thoughtful!
If you follow your heart and genuinely try to find your dad a gift in time for Father’s day, you honestly can’t go wrong. Clichés are clichés because they’re true, it’s the thought that counts above all else.