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How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Father’s Day

It’s safe to say we’ve all drawn a blank at least once when it comes to Father’s Day, and as our dads get older, it can be even harder to find something he doesn’t already own. But in a time when there’s more choice than ever before, all it takes is a bit of lateral thinking – and a little help from the team at Parks London, of course. We’ve put our heads together and done the legwork for you, collating a range of ideas with real wow factor. Read on below to find out what made the cut…

Experience days

An absolute classic for the adventurous dad, experience days create memories our fathers will cherish forever. Whether arranged by Virgin Experiences or Red Letter Days, these once-in-a-lifetime attractions are a mainstay of the leisure industry for good reason. Car lovers will relish taking the starting line at one of the UK’s many test tracks, or off-roading in a four-by-four, come wind, rain or mud. For the more history-inclined fathers, you can find plenty of fantastic castle tour packages – while engineering buffs will be fascinated by steam train experiences, and football-mad dads can relive their youth with a stadium tour. Just note, these are all popular days and can get quite busy, so you may wish to consider something out of left field if you’re looking for a more fuss-free gift.

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Fragrance sets

No, not aftershave… a luxury candle and diffuser collection! Comprising four votive candles, our frankincense premium gift set represents both excellent taste and value. The set blends lemon, orange and patchouli with aromatic pine – and if you want a present that will impress without breaking the bank, this is a great option. Platinum sandalwood ambergris is a particular favourite among the men in our lives, preferred for its masculine notes of tobacco and sandalwood. Be sure to check out the Black Magic collection too. Our presentation boxes are luxuriously opulent, with contents that will impress twice as much. Our edition for Father’s Day includes the cedar, vetiver and patchouli candle, which combines clove, orange and woody notes in a masculine mix befitting of even the most discerning tastes. Put simply, this hand-poured candle is a wonderful option for the dad that appreciates the power of a beautiful fragrance.

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Hobby-led presents

Nothing says ‘Happy Father’s Day’ like a gift that speaks to your dad’s interests. Take him back to his youth with a vintage gaming device from the likes of Atari or Sega. There are plenty to bid for on eBay, and game bundles thrown in to sweeten the deal. If he loves to cook – and your budget allows it – why not invest in an engraved chefs’ knife? Not only are most professional-grade knives guaranteed, they’re a special treat for an avid home cook, so your dad is sure to feel the part using them. Or, if he tends to spend more time mowing the lawn than dishing up dinner, why not replace his gardening gear with some fresh kit?

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Weekend trip

In our busy day-to-day lives, sometimes the greatest gift we can give is the gift of time. Show your dad that you really care by organising a secret weekend away. It may feel like a logistical nightmare at first, but with the help of your loved ones – and a night scouring the internet for last-minute deals – you’d be surprised what you can accomplish. The best site for this has to be Secret Escapes, where you can find five-star hotels for a fraction of the price you’d usually pay. The twist? Aside from destination, you don’t know where you’re staying. If you prefer life a little less risky, Booking.com and Lastminute.com are home to thousands of flights, hotels and packages, with endless options to personalise the holiday for an experience your dad won’t soon forget.

Hand-made goods

For those of you who can turn your hand to crafts, make the most of this talent; a present of your own creation is a truly amazing thing. Painting or woodwork lend themselves particularly well to this kind of gift, allowing you to express your appreciation in a way that is considered and personal. If you’re an adept painter, consider an image that means something special to your dad, like a landscape he loves or a treasured family pet, and try to evoke its spirit in your work. If you’re better at making things, design an item you think your dad will get use out of, like a wall planter, birdhouse, pallet shelf or wooden iPad dock. We’re sure whatever you come up with is guaranteed to put a smile on your dad’s face.

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For a great range of perfect Father’s Day gift ideas, visit the Parks homepage, or for more information, call our helpful team today on 0208 830 6300.