22 great gift ideas for Father’s Day from York indie retailers

18 Jun 2015 @ 5.01 pm
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Yet to buy that perfect gift for dad? And Father’s Day is looming large… (Sunday, June 21). Well worry not, because York has loads of fantastic gift ideas right on your doorstep.

Whether yours is an ale drinker or music fan, gardener or stationery fanatic, there’s something for every kind of dad. Here’s a few ideas…

Men’s paisley shirt



Bowler Vintage

52 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF

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For the fashion-conscious dad, Bowler Vintage stocks a wide range of vintage attire, from jackets to shirts to fancy hats and ties.

Hammer multi tool



Daisy Taylor’s

4 Kings Square, York, YO1 7LD

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Is your dad’s tool box cluttering up the garage? Need to hint at those odd jobs that still need doing around the house? This hammer multi tool from Daisy Taylor’s is perfect for the DIY dad.

Personalised pork pies



Ye Olde Pie & Sausage Shoppe

45 Shambles, York, YO1 7LX

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What better way to express your affection for your dad this year than having your feelings presented in delicious pie form? Head to Ye Olde Pie Shoppe for the perfect personalised pork pie – but quickly: they need 48 hours’ notice.

Watering can



Blossom And Walker

3-7 Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7HB

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If you have one of those green-fingered dads, never happier than up to his elbows in compost and slug repellant, then this 10 litre, gooseberry coloured watering can will make him well up.

Tabu Cologne 105ml



Burgins of York

2 Coney Street, York, YO1 9NA

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Treat your dad to this classy new cologne from Burgin’s of York, or browse their wide range of other fragrances to find the one that’s just right.

Marvin’s Mind Blowing Cool Magic Set



Festival of Fun

75 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LS

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If your dad isn’t already embarrassing enough at parties, then why not treat him to this collection of easy-to-master magic tricks. Highly commended by the Magic Circle, this collection is the best way to break into a world of wonder and illusion. Plus it’ll keep him busy for hours.

Father’s Day Hamper



Love Cheese

16 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ

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This hamper comes filled with ales from local breweries, as well as a selection of cheeses and accompaniments. Alternatively, visit them in store and build your own personalised hamper with your dad’s favourites.

Storm Trooper Talking Alarm Clock



Give The Dog A Bone

17 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA

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Awaken the force with this novelty Star Wars alarm clock, with talking alarm setting. Will exclaim Storm Trooper phrases like “Do you know what’s going on?” and “It’s them! Blast them!”, this clock will make every early start fun…

Whisky tasting evening


£20 pp

The Grand Hotel & Spa

Station Rise, York, YO1 6HT

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Treat your dad to an evening of sampling some of Scotland’s finest whiskies from Islay distilleries, in the luxurious setting of York’s Grand Hotel. Various dates.

Ties for under a tenner


Under £10

Dog And Bone Vintage

36 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ

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If you’ve a dapper dad but you’re on a budget, Dog And Bone Vintage has a selection of ties, scarves and wallets for less than a tenner.

Chocolate tools


Around £20

York’s Chocolate Story

King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD

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While they are not likely to last long, these highly detailed chocolate tools look just like the real thing. And for many dads, chocolate and tools is a winning combination.

7” Record box



Earworm Records

1 Powells Yard, Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS

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For the nostalgia-seeking dad, these record cases are perfect for storing all of those obscure 60s singles. Earworm also carries a wide range of new and used records, and is bound to stock your dad’s faves.



£18.99 + 10% off this weekend

Red Cow Music

13 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LW

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Treat your dad to a day of beers and cheery ukulele strums at the Red Cow’s free ukulele festival at the Black Horse on Monkgate, and then buy him his very own ukulele for 10% less – there isn’t an easier instrument to learn.

Reformed ale bottle pint & shot glass



Something Different

23 Shambles, York, YO1 7LX

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These unique artworks really are ‘something different’ – Yorkshire ale bottles transformed into bespoke pint glasses, each with its own accompanying shot glass for those boozy evenings.

York City FC mug



York City FC Shop

Bootham Crescent YO30 7AQ

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The loyal York City supporter dad needs his own mug to show his allegiance. The shop carries a variety of City merchandise, but the mug is the classic Father’s Day gift option.

Yorkshire ales



House Of The Trembling Madness

48 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS

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Ale aficionados at Trembling Madness have a range gift packs which will allow your dad to relax in the company of some of Yorkshire’s finest ales. Who knows, he might even let you try one…

Lorus watch



County House

22-23 High Ousegate, York, YO1 8RX

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County House on High Ousegate are having a Father’s Day sale, with 50% off a selection of watches, cufflinks and hip flasks.

Dad chocolate bar



Monk Bar Chocolatiers

22-23 High Ousegate, York, YO1 8RX

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Chocolate is always a winning present – even more so when it bears the word ‘Dad’ in delicious writing. Give this year’s gift the personal touch at Monk Bar Chocolatiers.

Parker pen




49 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF

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Good stationery is something that every dad needs, and this timeless Parker pen is the perfect gift for the connoisseur.

Dave Ward Maclean & Friends gig


Tickets £7

The Basement

13-17 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL

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Enjoy an evening of music from some of York’s finest musicians. Maclean’s summer solstice gigs are always a blast, and the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day.

My Amp portable speaker



Hawkins Bazaar

15 High Ousegate, York YO1 8RZ

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Get your dad one step closer to his rock star dreams with this authentic looking portable amp speaker from Hawkins Bazaar.

York Dungeon dad’s week


Dads go free from June 15-21

York Dungeon

12 Clifford Street, York YO1 9RD

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Get your dad back for all of those unfunny dad jokes by taking him on a tour of the terrifying York dungeons, which offers 12 different shows all exploring York’s dark and gruesome past.