Father’s Day is fast approaching and what better way to show our dads, father figures, carers and guardians how much we care than dedicating June’s wish list to them? We’ve selected a mighty array of handmade and independently-touted gifts and tokens that we’re sure will put a smile on your old man’s face. Forget the clichés this year, our fathers deserve better.
1. Ohh Deer are our number one for witty, hand-illustrated cards so obviously with Father’s Day fast approaching we’re turning to their impressive offering for help. We love this little number as an alternative to all the ‘Best Dad Ever’ cards you’ll see lining the till-side aisles in supermarkets this week. This well-turned-out koala is named Ron and was created by Ohh Deer’s founder. He comes printed on recycled card with a lovely brown envelope – because a nice bit of brown paper is the epitome of all dads, everywhere. Psst, it’s two-for-three on greetings cards on the Ohh Deer site so nab Ron’s furry friends whilst you’re there.
2. Yes folks, it’s an Ohh Deer double-whammy. The online gift emporium is serving up a smorgasbord of treats this month and we’re loving each and every handpicked and often handmade item. Giving your pops a slab of Dairy Milk for the fourth year running would just be embarrassing and nothing quite says, ‘I love you, you grump’ like a unique jar of Bah! Humbugs. Created by the Hoxton Secret Monster Supplies sweet makers, this jar puts a playful twist on the confectionery of our dads’ schooldays. Mmm, minty fresh.
3. A foray into intelligent, modern and innovative creativity, The Eighty-Eight is a wonderful read. An independent magazine curated by jazz musician Jamie Cullum, the publication is a real treat for the eyes but more so for the mind. We’re big fans of the thoughtful layout and more so of the contributors, some of which we’ve featured here on YOUNG GOLD TEETH. We think issue two would make the perfect gift.
4. Pedlars World are a new favourite shop of ours and a great place to discover gifts for homemakers and outdoorsy types. For a nice mix of the two go for these earthenware cappuccino cups. The colourful dipped glaze lends them a lovely creative edge and the shape is perfect for warming your hands on a chilly morning. We happen to think this a far superior gift to a novelty mug and hey, what’s better than coffee and a catch-up with your old man? These babies also come in a mini espresso size if that’s more your style.
5. When it comes to gifting, you can’t beat a nice book and the Do Book Co‘s mini series are very nice. Do Preserve is a beautifully designed guide to making your own jams, cordials and chutneys. Now, we know a lot of dads who love nothing more than a potter about in the garden so this manual seems a very fitting present. If perhaps home preserving isn’t your dad’s bag, the series boasts plenty of other creative titles on design, bread making and more to choose from.
6. Between Dog and Wolf are one of our favourite minimalist homeware stores so if you’re not into our suggestions, just have a browse for yourself. This coriander and black pepper soap by L:A Bruket is one for fans of the kitchen and garden. Mixing heady scents, natural ingredients and a cool grey colour, it’s also presented in trusty brown paper. We love the treats this shop offers.
7. This blue peg board by Block is the gift that keeps on giving. Well, we think so anyway. One for the office, studio, kitchen or shed, it’s ideal for organising tools, stationery and all the bits and pieces that sadly don’t have a home. We stick reminders, project plans, sharpies, postcards and keys on ours. Both the board and pegs are crafted from colourfully painted wood so the whole thing is a jazzy work of art in itself.
8. Ah, the humble sock. The ultimate father’s day gift. Avoid disappointing your dad with a days of the week-themed pack of seven and instead, opt for these chunky beauties from Form and Thread. Crafted from triple-twisted yarn in three lovely colours (and there’s that brown paper again), we’d be very happy to unwrap these for ourselves.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth