There’s no better time than Father’s Day (this Sunday 19th June – we know you didn’t forget!) to give back to the man who taught us that the old ones are the best! Sure, putting up with his dad jokes seems like a legitimate trade off for presents, but this day rolls around but once a year so we better celebrate!
Making dad feel special doesn’t have to cost the earth. Here are a few ideas to give him a Father’s Day to remember, that doesn’t include socks!
Treat dad to your company and spend quality time together on one of his favourite pastimes. Whether it’s a day on the (mini) golf course or tickets to watch his team play, he’ll remember the experience more than a material gift. Why not treat him to a stadium tour of his favourite team, a trip to the National Football Museum (it’s free!), or even tickets for a tour of Wembley or Twickenham!
For something closer to home, why not grab a football and go for a kick around on a playing field, or pick up a kwik cricket or Swingball set for some fun in the garden!
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, treat dad for being the ultimate arm chair fan. Grab some snacks and watch sport together on the tellybox! Alternatively, reminisce about your favourite sports games and see if you can find them on YouTube.
Let dad live out his Top Gear dreams by booking him onto a driving experience! Buyagift.com has locations around the country for dad to unleash his inner Stig. Groupon and Wowcher also often have great deals on driving experiences.
Brewery tours are becoming more and more popular, so why not go behind the scenes of a local brewer. On the Black Sheep brewery in Yorkshire, you’ll get to see a traditional brewhouse in action and even sneak a sip or two. Or do it yourself! Wilkinsons sell a range of home brewing kits, starting from £23.45.
If beer isn’t his thing, you can always pick up theatre tickets. West End shows are often touring the country, so check your local theatres to see what’s playing. Whatsonstage.com is a great hub to find out what’s playing in and around your area. Alternatively you can see theatre shows at the cinema with National Theatre Live. NTL Live is a great way to see the best of British theatre from the comfort of your local cinema, for just the cost of a cinema ticket. Or why not show him how the professionals do it, and take him to a comedy show! Jongleurs has venues throughout the UK where you can see the next Peter Kay or Michael McIntyre. There’s nowhere better to tickle your funny bone!
Wearable fitness trackers are still super popular for people who like to keep track of their health goals. Check out Wearable’s suggestions for cheaper alternatives to the pricey Fitbits here. Or, if he already has his eye on the prize, why not pay for his gym membership for a few months, or his entry fee for a race? Run for All has a range of events all across the North and Midlands, or find an alternative at Runbritain.com.
For the dads who always appreciate the handmade touch, check out Pinterest for an array of DIY ideas. Whether they’re cards or gifts – and good or bad! - it’s something that dad will keep for years and great way to get younger kids involved. You could even buy something that both dads and kids will enjoy, like these Star Wars Thumb Doodles!