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Father’s Day Gift Inspo

It's all about him on 17 June.  And we're fine with that.  For a day, at least.

Here are some gifty ideas for Dads of all tastes, from some of our favourite local businesses. Happy shopping!

FOR ACTION DADS* (or y’know, Dads who like the idea of trying new things)

man on climbing wall and man sailing

Go climbing at the Climbing Hangar; get on the water with SeaSports South West

The Climbing Hangar

Is he yearning to try a new sport? Or already an accomplished climber? He’ll love this one, then. Plymouth’s brand spanking new Climbing Hangar will be offering free unlimited climbing for Dads coming in with their kids all weekend.  You just need to pay for your small person (if they’re already a member, even better!).

SeaSports  South West

Fancy taking Daddio to the seaside and sitting on the shore with a picnic, while he splashes about, eventually emerging from the sea looking like Daniel Craig (in a wetsuit?). Hell, why not even join him for a taster session or lesson on a personal watercraft (jet ski), or a spot of windsurfing or paddle boarding? SeaSports South West can also offer a Day Skipper or navigation course for the intrepid sailor, or the opportunity to head out for a tranquil paddle along the seafront.  Basically, there’s loads on offer for all budgets, starting from just a tenner, so best to give them a call to book your gift of choice.

 

FOR THE SHARP-DRESSING, SNAZZY-LOOKING DADS 

shoes socks shirt and bottles

Clockwise: Bamboo Socks £18.50 for 4 pairs, mixed designs; Bamboo shirt £55; Aveda Travel Essentials Invati Men £24.50

BAM Clothing

If he actually looks forward to receiving socks, at least make sure they’re comfiest, snuggliest, coolest ones on the planet ie. made from bamboo, by BAM Clothing.  Alternatively, if he likes to show off his threads, rather than hide them under trousers, then this shirt will tick the box.

Amanda Marsden
Shopping in Exeter? Pop into the lovely Amanda Marsden Aveda Lifestyle Salon on Queen Street and pick up this fab travel essentials kit especially for men, at a special price, too.  The Invati Men Travel Essentials kit is one for Dads wanting to give their bonce some tlc, with the shampoo and scalp revitaliser helping to reduce hair loss, plus an invigorating Rosemary Mint body lotion.  Lush! Snaffle this for £24.50 (a 25% saving), plus receive a £10 off retail voucher to be spent in store when you spend over £40.  So if he loves it, he can stock up on bigger bottles.  Aren’t you good to him?
FOR FOODIES AND WANNABE CHEFS
exterior exeter cookery school chefs cheese and beer and crackers

Back to Basics one-day course £155  and half-day Traditional Indian Cooking course £65 at Exeter Cookery School; Gentleman’s Relish weekend cookery course at Ashburton Cookery School £330; Beer and Cheddar Box from £31, The Cheese Shed

Ashburton Cookery School
Is he cooking novice who desperately wants to do something about it? Step up, the Gentleman’s Relish weekend course at Ashburton Cookery School, taking place on Sat 7- Sun 8 July.  At £330 it ain’t the cheapest gift, but it could change your life in a priceless kinda way.  Aimed at men who want to feel more confident in the kitchen, this course covers the fundamentals of cookery, helping to build skills, confidence and enjoyment of cooking. By the end of the weekend, he’ll be able to cook a range of starters, main courses and desserts, perfect for family meals, or entertaining.  Bonus!
The Cheese Shed
Is he a man who unashamedly prefers to skip the cooking bit and leap straight into the scoffing part? More to the point, is he a cheese fiend? How about a neat little package from Bovey Tracey’s The Cheese Shed? Lots to tempt him for Father’s Day including the Beer & Cheddar Box which does exactly what it says on the tin. Featuring Mary Quicke’s Vintage Cheddar, two bottles of Devon beer are included, plus chutney’s, set fruit preserves and water biscuits.  That’s gotta please him, right? Last delivery day is Fri 15 June.
Exeter Cookery School

For those on a tighter budget, Exeter Cookery School are running their brilliant Back to Basics one-day course this month.  A tour of the kitchen, followed by some simple staple recipes, delivered in a fun, hands-on fashion, he’ll return to you richer (and fuller) for the experience. Alternatively, if he’s a fan of Indian cuisine, treat him to half a day in Traditional Indian Cooking, learning how to make dishes like Biryani and Pooris. Delicious, Daddio!

 

FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER

Wicked Wolf Gin

Wicked wolf gin bottles

Gin.  Of the premium, award-winning, Devon-made kind, of course! Seriously, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of this distinctive, gorgeous tasting blend from Wicked Wolf Gin. He’s going to share it with you too, isn’t he? You’ll find all the stockists, of which there are loads, via the website.

 

LITTLE GIFTS WITH LOTS OF HEART

gifts mug books

Clockwise from left: Letters to My Dad £12.95; Letter Star Mug Dad £8.95; 101 Weekends in Europe £14.95; Dad Jokes £7.95

If you’re in Exeter this weekend, make Hyde + Seek top of your list; you’re pretty much guaranteed to find all you need to schmooch Dad with hugs, kisses and cute little gifts and that’s why we’ve just added this awesome store to the Muddy Little Black Book. And if you’re not in town, then no matter – hop online and get ordering.

 

FATHERS DAY ROASTS

exteriors pubs

Turtley Corn Mill – a pub in a garden; and The Thatched Inn – top roasts!

And finally, the perfect family celebration must include a stonking roast.  Our two faves – one North, one South, are the Turtley Corn Mill at Avonwick and the Thatched Inn at Ilfracombe.  Total crowd-pleasers for all the family.

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