During Father’s Day we celebrate fatherhood, parental bonds and the influence of fathers in society. Every year we try very hard to come up with a clever gift idea that would be good enough to honour them for their hard work, however all the preparation for a surprise gift often just ends up with us buying a pricier pair of socks, or aftershave in the very last minute!
He already has three of the same exact pair of socks, and he doesn’t wear half of his tie collection that has accumulated over the years. Every year you try really hard to come up with a fun gift idea to surprise your beloved with, but you find that it’s not as simple as you think.
Here is a list of 10 alternative gift ideas for Father’s Day (that aren’t socks and aftershave!) to help you choose the perfect gift for him this year. So whether it’s your own father, or the father of your children that you are buying for – you’ll find plenty of inspiration here.
Alternative father’s day gifts for Irish dads
1. Pocket watch
A pocket watch is a perfect and a very personal accessory for any fancy event. Mulling Pewter offers pewter and stainless steel mechanical pocket watches that could be personalised with engravings. A perfect gift for the perfect father from an Irish owned company that has been crafting Irish pieces of the highest quality for 800 years. Each piece is still cast by skilled craftspeople using traditional methods.
2. Hip flask
If the father in your life is a classic Irish man, who loves his occasional drink, you can’t go wrong with a personalised hip flask as an ideal Father’s Day gift. Flaskstore.ie offers a wide range of different hip flasks from classic plain vintage pewter hip flasks to cool contemporary hip flask designs.
3. Monogrammed pyjamas
Make any man feel he’s King of the Castle – at least at bedtime! These pyjamas are made of 100% brushed cotton from Magee of Donegal. These classic pyjamas can be personalised with embroider monograms, that will bring style and charisma to the bedroom.
4. Personalised t-shirt
Personalised T-shirts are the ideal way to let your father stand out from the crowd; your can design a funny t-shirt with typical dad jokes, or surprise him with a top that has his favourite family photo printed on it, so he can proudly wear it around. At Reads you can easily customise the desired t-shit for the ideal Father’s day gift.
5. Stylish pen
This stylist ballpoint pen from luxury goods maker Tipperary Crystal comes beautifully presented in a branded gift box. Tipperary Crystal is an Irish design legend, and has become synonymous with high-end designs and excellent quality, creating modern and classical collections. A great gift for your special dad on father’s day.
6. Bottle of fine whiskey
Midleton Very Rare Whiskey is a very rare blend that is triple distilled and exclusively matured in American oak barrels. Only 50 casks of Midleton are released every year which is why this whiskey is so rare. Each bottle is individually numbered and bears the signature of Barry Crockett, Midleton’s Master Distillermaking, adding to the character of this unique gift and making this the ultimate Whiskey Collector’s gift. A pricey gift for sure, but an unforgettable one!
7. Fine wine and gourmet cheese hamper
Fine wines, Sheridans Irish Crackers and quality cheese make this a gift to be savoured with the personal touch!
There are many occasions when a bottle of personalised wine is the perfect gift solution. On father’s day, a personalised bottle marks the day in a unique way and gives your loved one a lovely keepsake.
8. Pamper package for men
A man’s detox treatment. Why not book him in for a purifying and detoxing treatment at a local salon? Or, if your man is too much of a man for that you could get him the sport massage. Alternatively you could buy him a Father’s Day gift set – Clarins have some lovely one’s available, such as the Hydration Gift Set (Super Moisture Balm 50ml, Active Face Wash 30ml, Shampoo & Shower Gel 30ml) or the Anti-Age Gift Set: (Line Control Balm 50ml, Active Face Wash 30ml, Shampoo & Shower Gel 30ml)
Some great ways to persuade him to relax and get pampered!
9. Private golf lessons
This a great gift for anyone wanting to up their game and perfect their skills on the golf course. Your loved one would get to spend some time on the course under expert instruction practising and perfecting his technique on pitching and putting, working on consistency and improving your distance and accuracy. A truly enjoyable experience that won’t go unnoticed the next time he’s on the golf course.
10. Flying lesson
For the more courageous fathers, give the experience of flying from the front seat while having full control of all aircraft systems! Leaving from Sligo airport with a pre flight briefing, your loved one will be given control and allowed to begin with basic maneuvers such as turning, climbing and descending and take in the breathtaking views of Benbulben and Knocknaree while navigating the beautiful coastline and scenic areas.
A flying lesson is a unique and unforgettable gift!
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, and happy shopping to you!
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