Petrolhead presents for Father's Day
Geraldine Herbert has rounded up a few of the best motoring-related gifts for you to spoil your dads, stepdads, granddads and husbands this year
Cool and Shady Dad
Woodpecker Shades is an eco-friendly eyewear brand with a focus on using sustainable materials to create uniquely designed sunglasses and are a perfect gift for Dad. The Woodpecker Shades are shipped in bamboo cases, along with a pledge that the eyewear is made from materials sourced in sustainable harvested forests. There are three models in the range, priced from €89.99 and can be bought directly from woodpeckershades.com.
Park and Ride Dad
The adult scooter is the very latest fashionable form of getting from A to B. Simply park your car and off you go, plus there is need to lock them up as the Micro Scooter can be packed up and brought into the office. Did you know that scooting for 45 minutes burns an average of 350 calories an hour? Micro Scooters are available from Micro-scooters.ie priced from €234.95.
Tired of Dad always having to scour the house for his car keys? Tile Mate is a very clever and discrete tracker that can be attached to a key ring, luggage, wallets, purses, backpacks, clothing and shares the location of things via a Smartphone or tablet. You can ring your lost items with one of Tile Mate's four pre-set ringtones, or use it in reverse to find your phone - even if it's on silent. Tile Mate is available at Argos priced €27 and four-packs are available for €84.99
Even if it's been decades since he left his best on the court, the track or the pitch, there are still many useful gifts you can get the Dad who still likes to keep fit. The Activity Tracker from Scruffs is tough, durable and water resistant. You can set daily exercise goals with the step counter, alarm, light and stopwatch. That should help Dad get off the sofa. Available from Scruffs.com priced from €30.
Bike Mad Dad
Finally, a bike helmet Dad might actually want to wear. Inspired by vintage scooter helmets, the Thousand helmet is not only stylish but there are also some really clever features including an hidden inner lock that makes it easy to secure the helmet to your bike. With vintage good looks and modern innovations, you can now ensure Dad looks good while staying protected against the open road. Available from bearandbear.com priced from €102.
Car Proud Dad
Every superhero Dad needs the champion of car waxes! Armor All Shield Wax will ensure a car sparkles and prevents dirt and grime from sticking, helping it stay clean for longer. Applying just one layer of this easy-to-use wax adds a protective coating which helps to maintain protection, and give a dazzling shine, for up to 10 washes. Armor All Shield Wax is available from ie.wellindal.com for €24.19.
You don't want to talk to Dad before he's had his coffee. Lucky for you the 12V thermos means you can now drink your coffee or tea on the road. Simply pour your hot drink into the thermos and plug it into your car's 12V socket. This will allow Dad to enjoy a cup of comfort during his drive to work. The 12V Thermos can be found on coolgift.com priced at €12.95.
If it's a unique present you want to give your Dad this year, then personalised slippers may have just the thing. Now you can forever immortalise Dad's favourite car, event or motoring hero. All you need to do is upload your own image and then you choose from six different trim colours to highlight your design, creating a soft, comfortable slipper. To design your own unique slippers check out contrado.co.uk slippers are priced at €44.
Ensure Dad never worries about getting lost again. Compatible with Siri, TomTom Go is able to interact with your phone to read out messages and update over Wi-Fi so you can be confident the maps are always up to date. Plus, the TomTom traffic alerts mean you'll never need to worry about being late again. There are cheaper units that do the trick, but TomTom Go is a really good overall package. Available from Halfords.ie at €354.23.
Road Trip Dad
With many Dads embarking on the summer road trip abroad, some are unaware that foreign countries can have lower alcohol driving limits than the Irish limit, particularly in Scandinavia. This increases the risk of unintentionally driving the 'morning after' a few glasses of wine or beer the night before. So to ensure Dad stays within the limits but still enjoys his holidays, AlcoSense Excel is a handy tool and wherever you travel to, all you have to do is simply input the local country limit shown in the manual. Available from Halfords.ie priced at €115.
GoPro's action cameras are super for capturing high-octane activities and even come equipped with a watertight case. So for the Dad who loves to travel and go on new adventures, Hero Session, GoPro's smallest action camera, would be an ideal gift. Able to capture video at 1080p60 and photos at 8MP, the Session truly proves that the best things come in small packages. Available at Halfords.ie for €178.80.