Father's Day is right around the corner. Normally somebody who plans out gifts months in advance, this year I have gotten somewhat behind. However, with two weeks until the big day there is still time to think about what to get the dads, grandads and father figures in your life.
Here are all the things that are on my list of potential presents this year -
Something Personal - I'm all for supporting smaller and independent businesses. And there are some really great ones out there.
Time may be limited to put Father's Day orders in, but if there is a little delay and you are happy to wait then what could make him feel more special than receiving something that you can't find on the high street
As for shops and sellers? Etsy is always a great place to start. If I'm ever in need of gift ideas that are a little more special. If it's a print you're looking for, then Peachie Pie is amazing. I've ordered from there on several occasions and haven't ever been disappointed.
For something a little different, I ordered this book for Ryan last year and it went down a treat. It's a lovely story to read together and a keepsake that can we can turn to time and time again whenever we want to get really sentimental.
Say It With Cake - Know someone with a sweet tooth? Nothing spells out L-O-V-E better than surprising them with a tasty treat.
There are lots of different places where you can find something that will tickle his taste buds, but if you're Liverpool-based and it's a local business you're after then Cakes by Andrew is my recommendation.
Again, with this being an independent cake shop you will need to get in touch to check whether there's time to order (plus slots fill up incredibly quickly) but Father's Day celebrations don't need to be limited to just one day. If you think he's happy to wait then Cakes by Andrew have just started to offer some incredible-looking brownie boxes (seriously, they look delicious).
Make It Matching - If you are shopping for the dad or grandad of a bouncing baby or tot then I don't think there's anything cuter than shopping for some matching or complementary clothes.
There are loads of places you could look for these - from Amazon right through to Etsy - and each offering a range of designs, sizes and styles. My personal favourites are this T-shirt / babygrow combo from zoeysattic on Etsy and this t shirt I found on Amazon (there is a also a matching babygrow)
Memory Makers - Sometimes the best gifts can't be bought. They are experiences. You don't need to break the bank or struggle for ideas of what to buy this Father's Day.
Instead, why not make a day of it? Fill the hours with all of his favourite things to do. Make him breakfast in bed, let him have an undisturbed showers, let him watch the match or take him somewhere you know he loves. Put the phones away, pick up a camera and document the whole day. Not only will you get to spend quality time together, you'll also have some great photos to look back on too!
Going With Tradition - If all else fails, you just cannot go wrong with what I'd call "traditional" Father's Day presents. You know - the ones you immediately think of when you're trying to come up with ideas for what to buy your main man.
Socks, underwear (recipient depending), a mug, t shirts, an aftershave set or a set of BBQ tools. After all, it's the thought that counts and if there is something you know he has been meaning to update or replenish then now could not be a better time to do it for him.