Father’s Day gift guide
Taxi service, sports coach, cash machine… dad's rock. If you're stuck on what to buy the paternal figures in your life this Father's Day take some inspiration from us. (Psst! it's on Sun 20 June.)
If buying dad an actual Ferrari is a little out of reach, here’s the next best thing! Treat him to a four-hour driving experience at the wheel of the Ferrari 308, thanks to Reigate-based RNG Classics. Pop a picnic in the boot, and you’ve got the perfect day out.
Back to school
Wine school that is! And all from the comfort of home. Taurus Wines offers a Wine School @ Home. Dad will get a case of wine with instructions on how to taste like a pro (slurping and spitting optional), tasting notes and food pairing suggestions. Choose from and Introduction to Wine, Old World versus New World or Journey Around the France.
This men’s grooming kit from Banstead-based natural skincare company, Naturally Thinking, includes two beard oils (peppermint explosion and barber fresh) plus a handmade peppermint and fennel soap.
If dad is partial to sweets, he’ll love this personalised pick-and-mix tin of sweets from Surrey company Proper Goose. And the best bit? If you’re lucky, he might even share them with you. There are also options for personalised tins with dad’s name.
£16.50 to £21
A bottle of fine wine is the perfect gift for dad – you won’t go wrong with this Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Cuvée d’Antan. It’s equally good when it’s young, or up to 6-8 years ageing. And the bottle looks lovely too! It’s from The Grape Variety in Chipstead.
Give him a grilling (lesson)
Help dad become a barbecue pro with a masterclass in grilling at the Limpsfield Cookery School. Chef Fausto Eppinger is a former head chef a Scandinavian smokehouse Rök and also at the middle eastern grill house Berber&Q, which means he’s brilliant at barbecuing. The masterclass is on Sun 11 Jul from 10am-4pm.
Get the party started with a set of six whisky glasses from lifestyle store Two Ducks in St John’s, Woking. The Sagaform whiskey glasses have not only been designed to look great on your table, but will also swirl and blend dad’s favourite tipple to perfection.
Secret Vineyard Trail
Dads can be tricky to buy for, which is why experiences make such fab gifts. We’re loving this walking tour and tasting at Denbies Vineyard near Dorking. The 90-minute Secret Vineyard Trail takes you at a leisurely pace to some of the most beautiful viewing points in the vineyard, including areas not normally accessible to the public. Wine tastings are served along the way. The tours are held on Saturdays at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
£29.50 per adult
Cuff it to him
Let dad know how much you love him with a pair of personalised cufflinks from Hampton Court jeweller Joulberry. Crafted from 999 fine silver and featuring actual fingerprints on each cufflink, they can also be personalise with a date, name or initials hand stamped into the silver. Lovely.
Wine and cheese tasting
Wine and cheese go together like, well, wine and cheese. And if your dad’s a lover of both, he’ll be thrilled to bits to be given tickets to a tasting event at Albury Organic Vineyard. They’re held at various times on Sundays from June to September, as well as some Fridays.
£29.95 per adult
Got a gin-loving dad? Nibbs Surrey Hops Gin is a local artisan gin produced in small batches in the Surrey Hills. The ‘Surrey Hops’ gin uses local Farnham hops as a botanical. It’s available at Pip of Manor Farm in Searle near Farnham.
If dad’s the adventurous type, and you’re looking for something a bit different, why not give him a clay shooting gift voucher? Bisley Shooting Ground near Woking, offers a one hour clay shooting lesson for one person which includes 100 clays and cartridges.