Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father's Day Gift Guide

by Mark

June the 15th will probably be a stressful day, or rather one of the days just before. Its Fathers day again and like all the other “days” in the calendar it’s a construct of the people to celebrate a good thing. Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. It has grown somewhat since those humble origins, designed principally to compliment mothers’ day.

Now the card industry and the flower growers and even the wonderful people who make chocolates have marketed their wares and been most successful in growing their business through Mothers’ day but they have struggled (barring the card industry) to make the same impression On Fathers’ day. This problem is everyone’s, there are no handy go to presents for dads (there are only so many socks an ties a man can need) especially when dads tend to have collected all the everyday objects they really want and let’s face it not many of us can afford the Aston Martin he really desires. Even if we could the problem will rear its head once again in 365 days, so what then!

Fear not my lovely reader for I have compiled a list of potential ideas you may not have considered before, or even if you have maybe it is time to consider them all over again.

Perfumes and After Shave

Perfumes / After Shave

This is one of the obvious choices but in my opinion it is a good one. They are not always cheap; even so, they always will make a nice treat… even for a male. The only really important thing to remember whilst picking the perfume is to pick the right one, which these days might not be so easy. If you know at least one scent your dad is enjoying but he already has some and you want to go with something slightly different you can use Mr. Google to find a similar one which will have the same ingredients in the base notes for example. Don’t be tempted to get him the new 1D perfume, just because you like it, after all, the gift is for him and not for you.

A special drinkA special drink

This is yet another example of an obvious choice but again I would recommend it. If you dad enjoys a nice drink every now and then Father’s Day make for the perfect occasion to get him a nice bottle of “something” unusual. Even if he isn’t a big drinker there must be something he enjoys on the odd occasion. Personally I like to have a quiet drink with my friend Jack (if you don’t, I am happy to take it off your hands).

Something he always really wanted but Mum doesn’t approve

Something he always really wanted but mum doesn’t approve

In my case it is a lava lamp. I always wanted one but Agata is not a huge fan of them. I finally got one… a friend of mine gifted me with it. It is not new but it does its job well and I can tick “owning a lava lamp” from my list. Despite my lamp not being a Father’s Day gift I know how it made me feel – happy! Something I always wanted finally appeared in my life. I am sure your dad has items like this on his list as well.

Something for everyday use just in case

Something for everyday use just in case

This one is a new for me but I think it might make a perfect gift for more than a few fathers out there – a headlamp aka head torch. The idea is simple – you have a torch and still two empty hands. Can you imagine how useful this is during late night dog walks… two dogs… two leads… two hands busy… one torch on my head lighting up the path ahead… Don’t have a dog? Not a problem, there is still use for it… what about the car breaking down in the middle of the night… you need two hands to fix it but you also need to see what you are doing… pop the headlamp on and you are ready to do what needs to be done. Or the loft, the back of the garage, the garden shed… or even late at night when you want to read a book but your OH is not so impressed with a side light on… the uses are endless.

Some special menswear

Some special menswear

As I have already mentioned, there is a limit to the number of socks and ties your dad might need or even want… but there are other clothing options. Think hard and remind yourself about conversation with your dad when he mentioned something he really wanted… maybe a wool sweater or a funky pair of boots…

If you think hard enough you will find some nice menswear except for socks and ties which will bring a smile on dads face. Failing this, ask mum for help 🙂

Life Proof Phone Case

LifeProof Phone Case

In this busy and hectic life we now all lead there is not always the time to take the due care we would all like to, it’s called being in a rush we have all experienced it, some of us experience it on a daily basis. At times of rushing it is all too easy to drop something, to knock it over or have that awfully expensive brand new Samsung Galaxy S3 effortlessly slide off the table and bounce across the floor all because your sleeve caught it as you reached for something at the far end of the table, I know I have that T shirt! Yet fret not a solution exists, I now discover. Boasting “out of this world” protection for your “out of this world” expensive smart phone the nüüd phone cover from LifeProof is really quite impressive. The list on the box says your protected from all accept a direct tactical nuclear strike though if that happened I doubt the phone will be first thing in your thoughts.

Something for bonding over with the kidsSomething for bonding over with the kids

A recent discovery, but I think intriguing none the less. A present that dads can enjoy with the kids or on their own as many adult versions exist. It’s an interactive adventure that does not require a plug socket or a computer or gaming console screen. It comes in that quaint old style, a book. A huge range exist of books that have a branching story line based on decisions you make, you don’t start at page one and read to the end as in the traditional sense rather you read from page one till the first decision and then you will be instructed where to carry on reading based on your answer. In this modern world though were everything seems to be augmented you can even get them with smart phone add on apps to enrich the experience even further. Bed time stories will never be the same again. I have Jack Hunter – The French Connection by Martin King set in 1392AD and my smartphone, so off into the castle we go to save the universe and hopefully some damsel in distress, oh and some gold; can’t have a good castle adventure without some gold for the taking!

Something to show him you really do care

Something to show him you really do care…

This might not be the sexiest of the gifts ideas but it is a practical one and it will show you really do care…

There comes a time in a man’s life when it dawns on him he is not as he once was. Lifting things becomes an effort, moving quickly is slowing down and various body parts that where once toned are starting to travel in all the directions like belly’s growing out or jowls forming. It’s usually around this time in life that a new order is brought into his life. One of eating right and yes exercises! Now whether you find it roll on the floor hysterical or it makes you nervous watching your father run off in his lycra shorts on foot or on that flash new bike he just bought there is something you can get him that will make everyone have peace of mind. There are many of them but the one that caught my eye was the Ozeri CardioTech from there premium series. It is a digital blood pressure monitor but with a potentially lifesaving feature, it can detect irregular heartbeats and hypertension! Grab him whilst he is collapsed on the sofa proclaiming to be fine whilst looking anything but.

Of course this does open up the endless possibilities of health supplements to help in his new found self. One that springs to mind which will probably come up quite quickly as “needed” is Padma Circosan, a herbal remedy that is amongst other things, very good at helping with cramping in the calf’s. Ever think you would see the day that your father was happy to receive some pills as a present, well it can happen. I am a biker and there is not a lot scarier than getting cramps whilst riding at 100 miles per hour the speed limit of 70m/h. I take Padma to help me with my cramps and it works well. Another one is Iron FitalF – it is a liquid iron which can help with constant tiredness and lack of energy. Observe your dad for a while and I am sure you will be able to notice the small changes and thus pick the correct health remedy to aid it.

So, this is my gift guide for incoming big day.

What’s on your Father’s Day gift list?

* This post is a brand collaboration.
We received some of the items mentioned for free in order to try them out.

Review – IWOOT – Big Head Memo Pad by j-me

IWOOT – Big Head Memo Pad by j-me
IWOOT – Big Head Memo Pad by j-me

With Christmas just around the corner we all face the same problem – what to buy for our loved ones. Sometimes if luck shines on us we are provided with a lengthy wish list and our selection is so much easier, but sometimes we have no help at all, so it is up to us to get it right. I find that some of my friends cause me the biggest headache, especially the one which I don’t have the most regular of contact with to know their current passion yet they still feature on my Christmas Gift List. I want to buy something for them to show my “love” and to make them smile this festive season. Most of the time this will probably be a lower value gift with a budget of maybe up to £20 or so… something which will say “Enjoy” have a great time and yes I am still thinking of you.

“I Want One Of Those” offer a great selection of gifts like this. They stock some awesome gadgets which are fun, quirky yet still very usable. I was offered a pick from a selection of their gifts for review… after spending over an hour thinking about which one to pick as my choice which really wasn’t easy… I’ve selected The Big Head Memo Pad.

My thinking was – it looks great, it will be very useful and it will go perfectly with the red details in our (though Mark has declared it as his) kitchen. Once it arrived I was extremely pleased with my final choice.

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The Big Head Memo Pad is exactly as described and exactly as I imagined it would be. No more small pieces of paper flying around with important notes on, no more missed appointments or phone numbers which I wrote down somewhere and now they are nowhere to be found, hiding with all the other things I can’t find, you know in that safe place.

I totally adore my Big Head Memo Pad.

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Sometimes gadgets like this do not live up to our expectation, but The Big Head Memo Pad in my opinion is perfect and there is nothing I would change to improve it. It is solid and doesn’t feel flimsy. It supports itself with no problems despite its giant head :-). The pen, which comes with it, includes a dry wipe sponge end so cleaning the pad couldn’t be any easier…

Dry Wipe Pen
Dry Wipe Pen
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write…flip…wipe…

… but most of all it looks fantastic. It is stylish, well made and it will brighten up any room you put it into. The memo pad itself measures 7” across, which is big enough for most notes, messages or even a full shopping list if you write with a regular letter size.

Browsing around IWOOT I come across The Big Head Memo Pads “brother” – The Big Head Coin Dish… and I just must have it! I need one more little fellow to help resolve the problem of loose change and maybe another for keys… which most morning are nowhere to be found, which drives me mad because I know I definitely put them somewhere safe the night before, just please don’t be the safe place never to be found again.

Looking gooood :-)
Looking gooood 🙂

The Big Head Memo Pad can be purchased at this moment for £13.99 (7% off standard price). That’s it. No extra cost and no delivery charges (IWOOT offers free standard UK and European delivery on orders over £10, some restriction apply so please check website for details).

So, what do you think about The Big Head Memo Pad?

Would you find it useful?

Do you like the look of it?

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Product was provided free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.