With Father’s Day just around the corner, many of us will be starting to pick our brains for creative ways to spoil the dads in our lives.
The big day falls this Sunday, June 19, and whether you’re planning an in-person visit or sending a thoughtful treat in the post, it all takes careful planning and consideration.
If you’re on the hunt for a special gift or looking for some inspiration, here are 10 Irish gift ideas your dad is sure to appreciate.
If your dad is anything like mine, his current wallet will be years old and coming apart at the seams.
You can’t go wrong with a new, shiny leather wallet and it’s something he’ll have for years to come (€37 from wallets.ie).
If he has a beard and it looks like it could do with some TLC, treat him to a grooming kit from the West Cork Beard Company.
Beard Care Gift Boxes vary in size and price and include a number of products including beard oil, moustache wax, beard balm and a boar bristle brush (€35 from westcorkbeardcompany.ie).
Does he like to express himself through his socks? If so, sock brand Irish Socksciety has a number of options on offer including a range in 12 county colours. Perfect timing ahead of the All-Ireland Championship Quarter Finals.
Counties on offer include Mayo, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Tipperary, Kerry, Donegal, Wexford, Limerick, Clare, Waterford and Kildare (€9 per pair from IrishSocksciety.com).
If your dad is a craft beer fan, Irish business Beer Cloud offers “The Deadly Dad Box” (€42 from beercloud.ie). The gift set includes nine craft beers, one glass, two pairs of socks, five beer mats and one bag of crisps.
Or if he’s a Guinness fan, you could treat him to a four-pack of official Guinness glasses to enjoy his pint from (€24 from carrollsirishgifts.com).
For the whiskey or brandy connoisseur, there is a timeless and classic gift awaiting him. Newbridge Silverware has this fabulous decanter set with six glasses that he can enjoy his favourite whiskey from for years to come (€49.95 from newbridgesilverware.com).
Whether he’s busy doing DIY or just out for a walk, noise-cancelling headphones will allow Dad to listen to his favourite podcas – or he could use them to watch his favourite TV series in peace (Goji Wireless Bluetooth Headphones €60 from currys.ie).
Does your dad appreciate a good card? Dublin-based gift shop Designist offers a variety of unique, unusual and punny Father’s Day cards (€3.50 from shop.designist.ie). There are also a number of gifts on offer – from a cocktail shaker to a garden scissors set.
You can’t go wrong with a hamper full of scrumptious treats. Carrolls Irish Gifts has a “Not Before Your Dinner Gift Hamper” which is packed with all the fan favourites including a variety of Cadbury chocolate, Tayto crisps and Emerald toffees (€36 from carrollsirishgifts.com). You could also get creative and make your own hamper unique to your dad’s taste.
Does your dad fancy himself as a whizz with the barbecue? If so, treat him to this 18-piece tool-kit from DID Electrical so he can cook up a storm this summer. The stainless-steel utensils with wooden handles come in a hard-wearing case for easy carrying (€29.99 from did.ie).
If your dad loves a bit of DIY, then he could probably do with a pair of all-purpose gardening gloves. This pair from Irish company Lawn Mower Parts have double stitching and an extended stretch-elastic cuff which provides a secure fit to your wrist.
The synthetic leather material is touchscreen capable and protects your hands from cuts, scrapes and blisters while you work (€19.99 from lawnmowerpartsonline.ie).