I’m writing this as I look out to the ocean today which is where I wanted to be on what will be quite a difficult day for lots of us tomorrow. As some of you know, I lost my Dad a year ago. I wanted to write this post because for many of you, Fathers Day is a chance to show your Dad just how much he means to you, and I wanted to just say a little reminder of how important that is.
My Dad was such a fun man to be around. He was loved by so many people, and Fathers Day was a day to tell him that. I wasn’t always the best with texting and calling him, and I know the moments he treasured most were when we were together as a family. Time is the biggest gift you can give someone, so if you can, make the time for your Dad tomorrow. However far away you are, however busy you might be, try your very hardest to give the gift of time to him. When they’re gone, those memories are what you hold onto, and it’s those memories that keep you smiling when you miss them.
I didn’t want this post to be a sad one so I wanted to come up with some gift ideas if you’re last minute shopping, and it’s also a great chance to do a few gift ideas for men if your looking for birthday presents through the year. So the first ones I want to talk about are some aftershaves. This was also a winner with my Dad, he loved it. So here are some of my favourites that I think they will love. Here’s a little fun fact for you, before I went to University I was selling perfume in a department store! I loved learning all about them. The first I’ve picked out is Boss Bottled Intense. At £45 it’s a slightly newer version of Boss Bottled which my Dad loved and I have to say is one of my favourite smells. It’s so manly and sophisticated with hints of wood, spices and orange blossom. I always remember people by what they smell like and this really is so nice.
If it’s someone slightly younger, Eau de Lacoste is brand new on the market and I think this is really gorgeous. It’s much lighter with hints of grapefruit and apple but still has a lot of masculine body to it with cypress wood. At £35, I think this is going to do really well, and I love the packaging. I’m actually giving one of these away to someone who comments below.
Next is something that I’ve talked about before. One of my favourite gifts to buy men is cufflinks. They are such a special and classic gift and my favourite ones I’ve ever found are from Rodology. These won’t arrive in time for tomorrow so you could order them as a late surprise or if you have a birthday coming up they would be perfect. I am in love with the quirkiness of them, they are such a talking point and great for Dads!
Next is something that you can do together. Not on the High Street is one of my favourite websites, have a look here and there are so many experience days for you to choose from like tea and chocolate making. My dad loved doing things like this. We used to take him flying and go karting and they are some of the best memories I have. Plus you can print it off and give it to him for tomorrow!
Finally, if you’re on a budget. Here is something you can do for free and it’s actually my favourite gift of them all. Get a jar, do a little bit of DIY on it to make it look pretty with a ribbon and a little note. Then fill it with little notes inside with fun things to do together. Then each month or each week however often you want to do it, your Dad can pick one from the jar and you can make fun new memories together. If you live a long way apart, choose things like a Skype call, or to send each other a letter through the post. Small things like that are so precious in life, so hold onto them.
So I want to wish you all the love in the world for tomorrow. If you’re with your Dad, cuddle him tightly. I’d give anything to do that tomorrow. If you’ve lost yours, try to find a quiet place tomorrow and think of all the amazing memories you have. I feel lucky to have had a Dad for 26 years, and that’s what I hold onto. All my love, Becky x