Father’s Day gifts your dad will love

Is your dad special, like Peter from Family Guy? Then spoil him this Father's Day. Photograph: Fox Broadcasting
6 Jun 2013 @ 9.37 am
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Is your dad special, like Peter from Family Guy? Then spoil him this Father's Day. Photograph: Fox Broadcasting
Is your dad special, like Peter from Family Guy? Then spoil him this Father’s Day. Photograph: Fox Broadcasting

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mix-six-logo-rightFather’s Day: a day of appreciation for the lovely dads out there, or a fake holiday sponsored by consumerism? Either way each year the majority of us feel compelled to find the perfect gift for our fathers.

Unfortunately even the most valiant attempts usually result in sheepishly handing over a “World’s Best Dad” mug and some cheap aftershave… Thankfully this year YorkMix is on hand to take the panic out of shopping for daddy dearest. Here are six of the best Father’s Day gift ideas that York has to offer.


Music dad

fathers-day-attic-recordsEverybody loves vinyl. It sounds good, it looks good and it’s just inherently cool. If your Dad doesn’t have a record player then that doesn’t have to stop you either. Pop a thoughtfully chosen vinyl in a frame with a personalised message from yours truly and – voilà – a multifunctional gift you can listen to or hang on a wall! Check out Attic Records on Patrick Pool for a wide selection of vinyl records.


Hungry dad

fathers-day-lunchOf course the ultimate gift you could give your Dad this Father’s Day is the gift of quality time with their favourite child. How better to do this than by filling their bellies with food and their ears with conversation in one of York’s fine culinary establishments? A few fail safes include a slap-up Italian at Il Paradiso del Cibo on Walmgate, posh pub grub at Masons on Fossgate, or a Sunday dinner with all the trimmings at the Guy Fawkes Inn, High Petergate.


Gadget dad

fathers-day-gadgetsIf your Dad is a fan of gadget wizardry then Red5 at York Designer Outlet is the shop for you. It boasts very type of gadget you could possibly think of, from the useful to the completely pointless. They stock remote control helicopters, novelty mp3 docks, multi tools, lifestyle gadgets and an array of games for over grown children.


Telly dad

fathers-day-game-of-thronesHelp your Dad feel culturally relevant and “down with kids” by bringing a bit of GoT into his life. Let’s be honest, no father’s life is complete without a medieval fantasy television series to call their own. Head to Coney Street to visit HMV and pick up the Game Of Thrones box set. Alternatively if your old man is more of a book worm than a couch potato then mooch down to Waterstone’s and buy him the novels instead!


Sporty dad

fathers-day-ycfcWith no World Cup, your football fanatic Dad is probably moping around the house, bereft. So cheer him up with a sporty present. York City have a range of kit and gifts, including a personalised mug and coaster set: you can visit the club shop at Bootham Crescent or have a look online. If he’s more a rugby fan, York City Knights offer umbrellas, ties and DVDs.


Sweet tooth dad

fathers-day-millies-cookiesThere is very little in life that can compare to a giant, iced cookie. I am a great advocator of edible gifts and you can make this one extra special with a personalised Father’s Day message on top. Twelve inch celebration cookies are available to buy from Millie’s Cookies on King’s Square and are iced with a message of your choice.