Father’s Day Gift Guide | 2019

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…

Kin toffee vodka

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.

Toffee vodka 
Kin toffee vodka 
Prosecco 
Bubbly 
Proescco & vodka

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).

Keepitpersonal.co.uk glass

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).

Personalised glass
Gin table 
Personalised glassware

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…

Green & Blacks selection box

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!

Green & Blacks chocolate
Image: tesco.com

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.

Happy Socks

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.

Happy Socks 
Rolling Stones 
Happy Socks Rolling Stones
Image: rollingstonesshop.com

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.

Personalised tin

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.

Last Nights of Havana
Tobacco Docks
Cocktails 
Pina Colada

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

Last Nights of Havana
Tobacco Dock
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Joe Allen & Flight Club | WKND 18

Covent Garden 
Covent Garden London 
Things to do in Covent Garden 
Covent Garden flower bench

Steak, cocktails, surprises and hurling pointy things at a board whilst trying to not hit younger brother with said pointy thing after a couple of beers. Plus an extra day off. A pretty ideal weekend.

I’m aware that the first May bank holiday feels like an age ago but it’s a nice weekend to start off my ‘WKND’ series with (and yes, I really couldn’t come up with something better than ‘WKND’ to name these posts). Does what it says on the tin really; I’m going to post weekly about the two sweet, sweet days of freedom that we’re graced with at the end of five days of work, that I try to squeeze some plans, booze and good food into due to being a millennial and not wanting to waste precious free time, or get FOMO. Maybe it’ll include the Friday if I’ve done something nice, maybe it won’t include the Friday if I’ve just come home, had a violet G&T, squabbled about whether watch the Last Leg or Gogglebox and fallen asleep on the sofa watching Graham Norton in my fluffy mermaid PJs (aka quite a lot of my Fridays).

Flight Club 
Flight Club Victoria 
Flight Club Darts
Social Darts 
Things to do in London 
London days out

Two weeks ago my parents were visiting London as my dad had bought tickets to see The Book of Mormon (highly recommend) and stay in the brand new Hard Rock Hotel London for my Mum’s birthday. Lucky lady right? Even luckier when she realised that she wasn’t in for a quiet evening having left the bickering of her two darling children at home, as we were there in the restaurant waiting for her. Surprise!

Dad had chosen Joe Allen in Covent Garden for dinner having been recommended it, and it did not disappoint. Located behind the Lyceum Theatre, the restaurant is popular before and after the theatre which meant that it wasn’t too busy but still atmospheric when we ate at 8.30 on a Saturday night. It’s also decorated entirely with posters from West End shows which is pretty cool, even though I only recognised a couple (one being Dirty Dancing, obvs) as I’m v uncultured in the theatre world.

Joe Allen 
Joe Allen Covent Garden 
Where to eat in Covent Garden 
Places to Eat in Covent Garden 
West End London

I started with cheese and bacon croquettes which were TASTY, before steak and chips; there were more adventurous options on the menu like tuna steak, lobster roll, liver and bacon or duck leg, which I’m surprised in myself that I didn’t go for, but sometimes your girl just fancies some fries. Also had a peach bellini and it goes without saying anything with prosecco in lasts five minutes around me. Then had red wine – I’m not going to pretend I know anything about wine but it was red, it was alcoholic, and it was very nice.

Joe Allen 
Joe Allen Covent Garden 
Where to eat in Covent Garden 
Places to Eat in Covent Garden 
West End London

Sunday bought yet more surprises as mum thought she had shaken us off for good, but up we popped in their Sunday plans also, yay for having clingy children! I had booked us a booth at Flight Club Victoria, and if you’ve not been then you really need to. The idea is based around social darts so there are various games to play, a bonus for people like me that have a 50% chance of even getting the dart on the board each time it leaves my hand. I don’t have a competitive bone in me (always say I’m not good enough at anything sporty or practical to have a chance to compete in it) so I’m much better at the drinking and eating part of things like this but even I scored some points and it really is great fun for all abilities. Even if you adopt the technique of my mother, who drew her arm so far back before absolutely launching the dart…not sure if she thought she was doing javelin instead tbh.

Flight Club 
Flight Club Victoria 
Flight Club Darts
Social Darts 
Things to do in London 
London days out

I’ve visited the Shoreditch and Bloomsbury branches but was recommended Victoria when I booked, and it does have the edge on the other two locations – a helter skelter that you walk up to enter, huge bar themed to look like a carousel in the middle and the outside drinks terrace was an instagrammers’ heaven. My top tip is that Sundays are classed as off peak so the ‘oche’ (their name for your booth) is £15 an hour rather than £35 in the evenings or Saturdays. Anything that saves me dolla for cocktails is a win in my eyes.

Flight Club 
Flight Club Victoria 
Flight Club Darts
Social Darts 
Things to do in London 
London days out

And the best thing is that at the time of writing this, it’s only a week until the next bank holiday. Yippee for three days off.

Let me know in the comments what you got up to on the last bank holiday or what you have planned for next weekend, this girl is a nosey one and would love to know…

Peace out. Becca x

Aaand BeccaLois Blogs is born!

Hiya and a very big welcome to BeccaLois Blogs – a lifestyle blog documenting all that I’m eating, doing, wearing, thinking and loving. Essentially everything that this nosey bitch loves reading on other people’s blogs.

I will buy a domain name imminently and have a proper swanky website but thought that I’d best get my head around how to bloody work a blog first before I go splashing the cash on a website that I can’t work.

I’m a twenty-four-year-old radio advertising exec living in a little flat in East London, that misses writing, being creative and doing something for ‘me’. I also think a blog will be so nice to look back on in later life and is a productive outlet for all the photos I take.

Wembley Stadium 
Stone Roses 
Wembley Way 
Selfie Wembley Stadium

Born and bred in Essex, I then moved to Norwich to study Business Management at the University of East Anglia, and stayed there for a further year as the Events and Promotions Intern for the Music Centre as I just didn’t want to leave. I was also a cheerleader and wasn’t quite ready to hang up my pom poms and bows yet!

I then landed my ‘dream’ job (wanky phrase alert) in radio advertising in London which also allows me to help at music events – event organisation is my ultimate career goal. After six months of leaving my house at 6.45am to commute in, the bags under my eyes were bigger than my Mulberry Bayswater so I decided to give away a disgusting percentage of my wages each month to an estate agent and moved to East London with my boyfriend. I always knew that I was destined to pay twice the amount of the rest of the country for a drink (why does having ‘craft’ before the name of a beer mean it’s £2 more expensive?!) and seeing bits of actual air pollution on a cotton pad when I take off my makeup. 

Skiing blog post 
Skiing blog 
Ski Tignes 
Things to do in Tignes 
Tignes Le Lac

To give a final insight into my tiny brain, here are some things that I love, in no particular order:  

Pornstar Martinis. Police TV shows. Oasis. Getting overexcited about cheap tat in Home Bargains. Glitter. The Stone Roses. Prosecco. Organising things. Doggos. Leopard print. Violet gin. Chocolate of any form. Wearing emerald green. Marble print homeware. Shoes. My Emma Bridgewater Chilly’s water bottle. Mermaids. The Greatest Showman. Designer handbags that I can’t afford.

And on that note, your basic bitch is off to try and work out how to make this blog look remotely nice. x

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