He won’t admit it. He’ll even claim that he’s pleased, that it’s all silly nonsense. But, deep down your dad will be gutted if he doesn’t get a substantial Father’s Day present on 19 June. But what do you get for the man who has everything (most of it stuffed in the back of the garage)? Here are five ideas to be getting along with.
1. Turning the Tables
It’s official, vinyl is back. So what better way to indulge your dad than by getting him a record player. Watch his face light up as he realises he can dust off those old LPs and sink into the soft, soapy bubbles of nostalgia. Mind you, depending on his musical tastes, it might be worth bunging in a set of headphones as well.
2. Burn, Baby Burn
If there’s one area in which most Dad’s believe they excel, it’s the barbecue. You’ll see them standing proudly behind their culinary altar, beer in hand, surveying their kingdom whilst hideously charred burgers, sausages and ribs scream for attention. But he’s happy, and there’s plenty of salad to fill you up. How about really spoiling him with this £2,300 bad boy?
3. Man v Food
Traditionally it’s mums who get wined and dined on Mother’s Day, but taking dad out for a meal would making him feel loved and wanted, and that can only be a good thing. You could indulge him in a Michelin-starred meal, but he’ll thank you more for a burger and a beer – the Fat Hippo in Durham, Burgerstop in Newcastle and Yarm’s The Purple Pig are just three great burger joints in the region.
4. Groomers in the Heart
Ever since David Beckham flounced across the tabloids in his sarong, and unashamedly discussed his grooming regime, it’s become the norm for men to look after themselves using ‘product’. Unless your dad sports a hipster beard and hangs out in pop-up bars serving Armenian wheat beers from jam jars, this might still be an alien concept to him. Maybe now is the time to bring him into the 21st century with an introduction to the world of male grooming at Fenwick.
5. This Sporting Life
Most dads profess to having a love for sport, though mostly from the comfort of their armchair. But if your dad does like to keep himself fit, or still wows the crowds playing football, then some new sports clobber will go down a treat. Or if he relishes a challenge you could sign him up to a Tough Mudder, or a Spartan Race. For those dads whose glory days are behind them, you’ll do worse than a Sky Sports subscription, or a season ticket for his favourite football team. If that team happens to be Newcastle United, dads can go down to St James’ Park on Father’s Day for a free stadium tour when you book an adult or child tour.