Oomph Portable coffee maker
Got a dad in need of fresh, portable coffee? The folk at Union Hand-Roasted Coffee suggest ‘The Oomph’, an insulated travel mug that you can brew your coffee in, and drink from. It takes less than two minutes to make that cup of Joe, and comes with a 200g pack of Union Balcones Especial – a specialty filter coffee with tones of red apple, raspberry jam and sticky toffee.
Mystery cheese box, The Courtyard Dairy
We’re big fans of Andy Swinscoe and his Courtyard Dairy in Settle, North Yorkshire (you can read Andy’s guide to farmhouse cheddar cheese here). This year he’s kick-started a special ‘mystery cheese club subscription’ (perfect for fromage-obsessed fathers) that includes a diverse selection of hard, soft, blue and goats’ cheeses each month, all of which will be relatively new developments on the artisan British cheese scene.
Cheeses are selected for being perfectly in-season, ripe and on-form for that month, and because some are so brand new, your dad will be among the first to try them in the world! Each month’s mystery cheese box costs just £28 and includes three new exciting cheeses to try (over 700g in total), water crackers and free delivery throughout the UK.
£28 for one box thecourtyarddairy.co.uk
‘I Love Dad’ shortbread tin
In celebration of Father’s Day, Walkers Shortbread has released an ‘I Love Dad’ tin, filled with the classic pure butter biscuit in miniature sizes. Take your pick from a finger, circle or triangle, all topped with those signature dots. The gold tin can be reused, but with the small sizes, the contents won’t stay around too long!
Bowmore’s Vault Edit1°n Atlantic Sea Salt
If you’re looking for a dram that’s a little different this Father’s Day, and have a generous budget to play with Bowmore’s Vault Edit1°n Atlantic Sea Salt is a good bet.
Aged in ex-bourbon casks in Bowmore’s No.1 Vaults (the oldest scotch maturation warehouse in the world) on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, this whisky highlights Bowmore’s distinctive salty flavour profile with notes of salted honeycomb and Atlantic sea spray balanced with sun-ripened fruits, zingy spiced cocoa and blood orange.
The Snaffling Pig pork crackling
The epitome of melt-in-the-mouth, these jars of pork crackling are super moreish and are coated in flavours such as classic salt and vinegar and slighty spicy habanero. Paired with four of Hogs Back Brewery’s award-winning British beers, this makes an ideal gift for your dad.
Clip clip with spoon – HAY
Any coffee lover will love this two-in-one coffee scoop and bag clip to keep artisan coffee fresh. The brassy stainless steel will look super stylish in the kitchen, too.
Nessie family gift set – Red Candy
Let Nessie help dad in the kitchen – this trio includes a soup ladle, a colander and the baby Nessie tea infuser. The family nestle into each other so they are easy to store, and they add a dash of colour to the kitchen. Dad will love them!
Pop Culture Snack Box – The Japan Centre
Get the best of kitsch Japanese snacks and quirky packaging delivered to dad’s door every month. You never know, he may share :-)
£15, £25 or £40 depending on size japancentre.com
Now we really love this idea. Every three months the folks at BeerBods will send you 12 beers from small, independent breweries around the world, and the idea is to drink one a week. You’ll also get an email giving a little bit more information about that week’s beer – so it passes as an educational present, too!
In our first delivery we got everything from a London-brewed lime beer to a pilsner from Manchester and a sour gooseberry can from the Magic Rock brewers in Huddersfield. And at £36 for 12 weeks, that works out at a very reasonable £3 a beer.
Chilli bacon jam – Eat 17
Yep, that’s right! Give dad the treat of adding smoky, spicy bacon to anything – it ramps up a bacon buttie, burger or sandwich, or is extremely indulgent straight from the jar.
From £2.99, eat17baconjam.co.uk, available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Booths, Ocado plus excellent independent retailers all over the UK
Gin explorer subscription
If your dad loves gin and presents, then this monthly subscription service, featuring a mini ‘suitcase’ of four different 50ml gins from around the world and selected tonics, complete with tasting notes, is the gift that keeps on giving. Increase his gin knowledge, with details on the heritage and origin of each gin and its unique botanicals, and teach him clever serving tricks, too. Winner!
One monthly subscription box starts at £24.99, ginexplorer.com
Good grips 3-in-1 avocado slicer – Lakeland
This nifty gadget will have your dad’s avocado skinned and sliced, looking instagram perfect in a flash and is much safer then digging out that stone yourself.
Alessi Savon Du Chef Odour Removing “Soap” – John Lewis
A useful tool to grace any kitchen counter, simply use as a soap after preparing any strong smelling foods. Perfect if your dad loves garlic.
Luckies Lid Sid – John Lewis
A useful kitchen gadget for the man who has it all. Prop “Sid” on the side of your pan and place the lid on top to allow your pan to simmer away and let off some steam.