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The Local Directory Guide for Keeping Dad Happy on Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner, you may be wishing you had been more organised in buying something special for your dad or had some last minute inspiration. So here is your Local Directory guide to some brilliant local opportunities as well as a few different online gifts with a twist that might please your dad – here for our community as always! 

Buy him the Gift of Experience 

Give him something that he’ll truly remember and make it one fuelled by adrenaline with a luxury Off Road Driver experience! 

These experiences take place behind the wheel of a range of 4x4s, including the latest Mercedes-Benz X-Class 4x4s or iconic Land Rover Defenders, on exciting, adrenaline-pumping courses. They are set at venues across the country, but there’s one on your doorstep at Little Marlow!

He can tackle deep water crossings, scary slide slopes, vertiginous ascents and steep brake-free declines – learning new off-road driving skills and conquering the ultimate in exciting drives. Even better…lessons can be booked for adults, 10-17 year olds, families or groups – so it’s the perfect opportunity to decide who is the better driver, once and for all.  Visit www.offroaddriver.co.uk

Here’s a present that will blow your Dad away – literally! This could make him a flying legend. Indoor skydiving is the simulation of true free-fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel as you float on a smooth cushion of air. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth.

It’s an activity that’s perfect for anyone aged 3 to 103, so why not give the ultimate gift this Father’s Day. What you’ll really be creating are memories that will last a lifetime that even the whole family can enjoy! You’ll find the closest iFLY is situated in Milton Keynes. For full details see here > https://www.iflyworld.co.uk/fathers-day-special-offer/ 

If your Dad would like a little something more sedate then why not treat him to a cinema membership and have some free cocktails too!

Laphroaig whisky, the only single malt to have a royal warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales, has partnered with Picturehouse Cinemas to offer members free cocktails from Father’s Day weekend and beyond – making now the perfect time to treat any dad to a cinema membership that comes with a wee dram on the side!

Drinks on offer include a Popcorn Old Fashioned and Laphroaig & Ginger; perfect to enjoy whilst watching blockbusters or indie classics alike.

To book tickets visit www.picturehouses.com

The St Albans Film Festival – which is back for its 6th year –  is running an Open-Air Cinema in the stunning location of the Abbey Orchard for 10 days – from 26th of June until the 6th of July. Why not buy him tickets so that he has something to look forward to?

Photo credit: Mark Sims

There are plenty of dad-friendly flicks to choose from including Trainspotting, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption and more. 

Plus, if you feel he might like some self-development then there are further film-related events going on throughout the city such as a talk entitled How do Drones Work & What is Drone Technology – and even an Animation Workshop! 

For more info – see http://www.stalbansfilmfestival.com 

Treat your dad to a taste of Italy this June, with the ultimate Father’s Day Hamper, brimming with goodies, from online Italian delicatessen Diforti, based in St. Albans.  

Presented in a sturdy wicker hamper, each item included has been carefully selected by the Difortis, brothers and owners Andrea and Carlo.

Priced at just £40, which includes free delivery, ordering this superb gift online for your dad this Father’s Day couldn’t be simpler.

The Father’s Day Hamper will be available until Sunday, June 16, or until stocks last, and joins Diforti’s increasingly popular selection of hampers (shop.diforti.com).

Want to order him something a little bit different online? 

If your Dad isn’t up for something too adventurous then we’ve got some really great ideas of things you could buy online that are just a little bit different to the norm! 

Treat the father figure in your life to a home-baked gift. Our favourite include mouth-watering baking kits, quick and easy mug mixes, a cake in a card and a gift subscription to a Baking Club. Brownie points guaranteed! Visit https://bakedin.co.uk/collections/fathers-day-gifts

Personalised print company Posterhaste offer some really unusual  designs which make brilliant gifts that might even bring a tear to Dad’s eye. You can choose from a family portrait with a fun cartoon-style representation of each family member, including pets! Or a Star Map/Dual Star Map capturing the constellations in the night star at a moment important to dad, such as a wedding day, anniversary or a significant birthday. Or there’s a word shape for a fun personalised print. https://www.posterhaste.com/ 

If your Dad likes to look after himself then he’ll really like this lovely gift that we have discovered. XO Balm is an indie beauty brand for minimalists; made with minimal ingredients, minimising product repertoires, and creating minimal waste. It is not only kind to the skin but also kind to the planet. 

The multipurpose, natural balm has a matte finish and can be used on all areas of the face, body, hair and hands. The fragrance-free formula, natural, hardworking ingredients and minimal branding means it has a big male customer base and the compact size and mirror inside the lid helps it stand out from other men’s grooming products. Order your Dad his at www.xobalm.com

In time for Father’s Day, The Royal Mint has created a range of beautifully crafted gifts, inspired by the timeless elegance and heritage of British coins. Ranging from soft leather wallets and silver money clips, to sterling silver pens and cuff links, the elegant pieces take a contemporary twist on traditional designs.

Here are our favourite three picks from the selection but you can find your own at www.royalmint.com/gifts 

Sterling Silver Cufflinks with 2019 22 Carat Gold Half Sovereigns, £495

Whether dressing for a special occasion or just for work, an outstanding pair of cufflinks is the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. This elegant, contemporary design has an aura of pure luxury, with the Gold Half Sovereign coins being a symbol of pure quality.

Sterling Silver Feature Round Hallmarked Cufflinks, £85 

For the man who always wants to add a touch of luxury to their outfit, these sleek round cufflinks make the perfect gift. They have been carefully crafted from solid silver, and are the epitome of sophistication.

Traditional does not have to mean old-fashioned and this sterling silver money clip boasts a clean and contemporary design that bears the Royal Mint hallmarks: a sign of true quality.

The smooth contours of this money clip mean it will fit perfectly into your pocket while bringing a dash of style and class with every cash transaction you make.

Finally, what’s better than giving your dad a big hug on father’s Day…?  If you’re not able to do it in person, then here’s a final idea that might suit you perfectly! 

Send him a big hug in the post with a Box of Hugs, full of thoughtful treats, to let him know you are thinking of him. 

The idea has come from three young mums, and also sisters, who launched the idea after going through bereavements and illnesses, including their own mother’s battle with a brain tumour.

Each Box of Hugs gift is delivered in a keepsake box filled with beautiful hand-picked treats and a personalised card to make it an extra special surprise. Visit www.boxofhugs.co.uk to choose yours.

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