If your dad is anything like mine, or my Grandad, then they are bloody hard to buy for. Anything that they like, they tend to buy for themselves there and then (that’s the life, hey), unlike your girl here who will probably only give it another month before I start adding things to my Christmas list. Unless I start making friendship bracelets with embroidery thread vis a vis five year old me again, then it can be tricky. However, if I say so myself I’ve smashed some good little presents lately…
We discovered Kin at Taste of London: Festive Edition back last November. A huge food and drink market held in Tobacco Dock, with hand produced food, drinks and many many samples. Anywhere with free food and drink tasters (I ate SO much free cheese) is a great evening out in my eyes.
One of the bars at Taste had paired up with Kin, adding a dash of the toffee vodka to their prosecco like you would Chambord – I mean what can possibly go wrong with alcohol as a mixer for alcohol? I had wandered off to look at a stall of recycled ski all-in-ones and returned to find my parents with a prosecco flute in hand. You take your eye off them for one second…
The free tasters did their job as I walked out with a bottle for my dad for Christmas, and have been sent many a ‘cheers’ Whatsapp message since, along with a photo of a generous glug of Kin in a glass of bubbles. There are also many other recipes on their website to play around with, or the hardcore amongst you can sip it over ice, the rich velvety toffee flavour masks the traditional ‘burn’ of vodka and it genuinely is a pleasurable drink (this is coming from a girl who once threw up a shot of Smirnoff vodka back over a bar; so we all know how I feel about neat vodka).
What better to sip your toffee vodka from than a personalised glass? These make a thoughtful present for all occasions; I’ve previously purchased a pair of high ball tumblers for my parent’s thirtieth wedding anniversary, a whiskey glass for my Grandad’s eightieth and a gin balloon glass for my Nan’s eightieth which have all been gratefully received (even if my Nan did think the gin one was a generous sized wine glass).
I love gifting something personalised for a special occasion and what better than something that you know will definitely get used rather than sit and collect dust. They don’t just have to be bought for alcohol drinkers; with the range of glasses on the website a personalised pint glass would be a lovely everyday glass for water or squash. They’ve survived in my house after many beverages have been consumed out of them, so I guess they’re pretty durable to have stayed intact around a girl with a small track record of smashing my parents’ nice glasses…
I think my Grandad has received one of these for his birthday and Christmas for at least the last two years. And he ain’t complaining. He loves chocolate so much that my Nan rations any edible gifts that he receives to stop him from eating them in one sitting!
They look a bit posher than your usual selection box or pouch of Maltesers, making them a lovely gift; as well as not feeling as much of a ‘cop out’ as gifting chocolate sometimes does. My Grandad loves the selection of flavours, meaning that he can try types of fancy chocolate that he wouldn’t usually buy, as well as enjoying his old favourites.
My dad actually sent me a photo of his feet in the pair that I bought him for Christmas the first time that he wore them, but I’ll spare you that image for this post. A bright sock to sit between a pair of suit trousers or jeans and smart shoes has become a bit of a “thing” recently, and Happy Socks do the best designs to show a bit of personality, whether you want full on lairy or just something a bit jazzier than normal.
They’re not the cheapest for a singular pair of socks, but knowing how much my dad loves them definitely makes it worth it, and I’ve been told that they’re great quality. A bright sock between dark jeans and boots with a bright Fred Perry polo has become a bit of a look for my dad. But if your dad’s more of a plain black sock kinda man then you’re probably better spending that money on chocolates or something that will get used. Currently got my eye on: the Rolling Stones collection.
Having owned a TR6 classic sports car since I was born, my Grandad has collected most of the gifts by now; mugs, keyrings, coasters, you name it he’s got it. But we all know how I love a practical personalised gift so what better than a tin with my Grandad’s car on, to store car things in. Also keeps my Nan happy with no more ‘tat’ cluttering up the house.
He’s a very handy man, my Grandad, so within the day this was in his garage with all manner of screws, bolts and general man things in. We all know what men are like with keeping things tidy, so anything that helps them along the way is always a help. Cars not your gift-receiver’s thing? This eBay site does tins with all manner of football teams on, retro designs (you know, old Coke logos, american petrol signs etc etc) and bands.
Something to do together
Great descriptive heading, I know. Another useful sentence coming, in that the ‘something I did’ with my Dad for his birthday was a short term event that no longer exists. Informative. I bought us tickets to Last Nights of Havana at Tobacco Docks, if you’re interested – I’ve linked this in case the events run again as it was a great evening.
This doesn’t have to be expensive – you could arrange to go for lunch and some drinks somewhere you haven’t been before, a themed walking tour of a nearby city or play a mini or indoor golf course. If you’re struggling with tangible gift ideas then the memories of doing something together will always be cherished.
To gather some inspo, there are great ideas of things to do on TimeOut, Secret London or Design My Night ranging from indoor golf; (Putshack or Junkyard Golf are personal faves) to Moonshine Saloon cocktail bar or a Secret Cinema experience. Definitely want to go to Moonshine Saloon now – Design My Night doing their job right there.
Peace out. Becca x