Fathers Day is a tricky one to deal with as a father of small children, which is why it’s always a good idea to point the family at Boots. It’s a case of balancing what you’d actually like with what is i) affordable and ii) something the kids would actually like to give you. A case in point is I’d quite like a new soldering iron and a stand but that’s not something the kids will actually get any joy in getting for me. Frankly it would just confuse them.
So it needs careful planning to ensure you get something that you want and something that the kids want to give you. It doesn’t always work out though, last year when I gave it the old “just make me a card, that would be perfect, I don’t want anything”, routine I got a cravat. Apparently, I had complimented Matt Berry’s cravat in the amusing film What We Do in the Shadows and that
was enough of an indication that I should like to own a cravat. Now I’ve written the word cravat four times, I’m beginning to even doubt it’s a word. The time before that when I couldn’t be bothered to come up with something I got a jumper with my twitter profile motto ever so slightly paraphrased.
It’s not that I’m ungrateful; far from it but if people are going to spend the money, they should spend it on something, well, better.
This is where Boots comes in handy. I’m often running through their Christmas gift aisle on Christmas eve, exchanging knowing (and panicked) looks with other men because we all leave our shopping to absolutely the last minute. Which reminds me, it’s our 15th wedding anniversary tomorrow and I simply must get something.
Anyway I digress, the range at Boots for Father’s Day gifts handily solves the issue of cravat vs misspelled jumper as they have plenty in terms of scents, shaving and general pampering stuff to cater for all but the most picky of picky individuals.
If I had to put together an informed yet spontaneous list of some of the groovy things you can get for Father’s Day at Boots, well it would look a little something like this:
- Hugo Boss The Scent I was married wearing this, and a wedding suit of course. It’s a gingery smell that works well for more and it obviously evocative of my wedding day.
- Paco Rabanne (1 million) eau de toilette have to admit I’m a sucker for something that has a cinnamon aroma to it, and unlike a lot of other scents this one doesn’t bring me out in a rash- I’ve got sensitive skin you know!
- Les Males De John Paul Gaultier eau de toilette I remember John Paul from the heady days of EuroTrash but you can’t really go wrong with a bit of mint either.
- The Barbers Club short beard grooming kit that will ensure that everything is a proper length when You’ve finally sorted out your scent.
- Harry’s Post shave balm I have to admit with my aforementioned sensitive skin I’m a sucker for a nice shaving balm and Harry’s works well in that regard, ensuring I stay unsightly rash free after a shave.
- Boss Infinite Eau de Parfum Fairly sure this won’t keep you smelling lovely for an infinite period of time but while it does, it’s pretty darn nice.
- Gucci Guilty Cologne As a husband my default position is guilty; I just need my wife to fill in the “what” part, so this is rather apt.
- Harry’s Shave Gel A nice shaving foam is a nice start to a shave and this is a nice shaving foam
- Harry’s Shave Cream Unless you fancy a foam, the cream is very nice. Very smooth too
- Harry’s Face lotion It’s possible to exit the house entirely covered hair line to neck with Harry’s products, and why not? At least the scent isn’t going to be confusing.
- L’Oreal – Face Wash
- L’Oreal – Exfoliating scrub
- L’Oreal – MoisturiserNo gel has ever quite quenched my hydras in such an energetic fashion of this did. \and it smells nice.
- L’Oreal Men Expert The Daily Expert Gift Set You cn’t really go wrong with a gift set can you?
- L’Oreal Face masks All the lads in my house put these on and we terrified the girls!
So that’s my advice then; chuck your nearest and dearest mini people (and their mum) towards Boots if you can’t decide what to pick up as a gift this Father’s Day. Job done!
Do you find it hard to buy for your Dad on Father’s Day? Well here’s your chance to win something amazing for him! All you have to do is leave a comment below on what you like to do with your Dad on Father’s Day, and what kind of gifts he usually appreciates!
This post is an advertised collaboration with Boots but all thoughts are my own