Father’s Day Gift Guide

With Father’s Day fast approaching I’ve been getting my thinking cap on and trying to work out what the children could get my husband that he would a) actually use and b) would be a little different from the usual mug or cufflinks. Obviously he would be grateful for a cup of tea and a lie in (which he’ll also be getting) but I’d like to give him something that he can look back on and cherish or something that he will use regularly so here is my simple but effective Father’s Day gift guide.

First off, with his new job needing him to travel semi-regularly, we’ve got him the Fire TV Stick which is actually AMAZING, especially for the great price of just £34.99! We’ve had a Kindle in one form or another for the last 6 or 7 years and have used them to death. Last year I upgraded from my old Kindle to the Fire tablet and along with Amazon Prime, used the Kindle to watch films on the television by using the Display Mirroring option. This sometimes froze on the TV as the connection wasn’t always perfect but the Fire TV Stick simply plugs into the back of the television in one of the HDMI ports and streams brilliantly and is so simple to use. It’s also got the option to use a parental password too (which is perfect for families).img_5459-3.jpg

The Fire TV Stick will mean that Ed can pre buffer films and TV shows that you are likely to watch so they are ready for playback before you even click on them ensuring that it doesn’t affect your viewing. He will be able to access news, sports, films, radio and more just by taking a small and simple device wherever his work takes him; now he won’t have to miss out on a programme because of work, he can use the catch up options. This really is a gift that he will use again and again.

Moving away from the brilliantly practical present, I wanted to offer something that actually involved the children too. We’ve made mugs and cards, photo books and photo frames before but this year, with Isabella being a little older and more inquisitive, I thought it would be nice to get him a Dad and Me journal from Journals of a Lifetime that they can actually write in together. It’s aimed at getting the conversation flowing about childhood experiences and will hopefully give them some quiet one-on-one time that Daddy and daughter can both cherish. We’ve started it off by Isabella drawing a picture of them both and adding a few of her favourite things to do and watch and the rest can be filled in by them (and Benjamin as he gets older). At just £15, I’m hoping this will be a treasured gift for years to come.

Lastly, something that’s just a bit of fun but also really cool I’ve got him some plantable pencils from Sprout; in fact, I loved these so much that I also got my brother some for his birthday! In the first instance, they are just pencils that you can use on a daily basis. The body is made from sustainable PEFC or FSC-certified cedar wood, which means that a new tree is planted each time a tree is harvested and once the pencil is too short to write with anymore, you can plant it! There is a special seed capsule at the bottom of the pencil where the rubber would usually be. The seeds will usually germinate within 1-3 weeks and (most) can be grown both in or outdoors. There are so many options to choose from too. You can choose herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables to choose from so there really are pencils to suit everyone. The Sprout Knockout Chilli edition retails at £4.90 for a pack of three pencils and will make a really different but interesting gift that he could use a lot.

Some of the items listed were gifted to me for the purpose of this gift guide however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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