Father’s Day is just around the corner and many of us will be looking forward to spending the day celebrating with family.
If your dad or father figure is notoriously difficult to buy for, head to Whiteley for a great range of gift options and plenty of fun ways to spend the day.
For the foodie
A personalised food hamper is sure to be popular with foodies. Pack it with all different types of foods and flavours, from chocolates and sweets, crisps and cheese, to craft beer or wines – you’ll find plenty of inspiration at Marks & Spencer or Tesco.
Kitchen gadgets from Next or Flying Tiger are also a good idea. Help them chop, dice and slice in style with a new knife set or spice up his life with a spice rack from Marks & Spencer.
We’re all optimistic for a British summer to remember for all the right reasons, so a BBQ grill set and apron may be the perfect gift. Inspire some new dishes by heading to WH Smith for the pick of the best cookbooks, including new release ’Outdoor Cooking: The ultimate modern barbecue bible’ from Tom Kerridge.
If eating out is more their thing, there are plenty of options for Father’s Day dining at Whiteley including Bar + Block, Wildwood or wagamama.
For the fitness fanatic
If your father figure is more into cardio than carbs, then let them work up a sweat climbing at Rock Up.
For the avid runner, gym-goer or weightlifter, you can find gym wear including tops and shorts from Sports Direct or JD Sports to help them to keep fit in style.
And thinking a little outside the box for fitness present ideas for dad, consider a foam roller, resistance bands, or some protein bars for something a bit different.
For the outdoor adventurer
Fuel your loved one’s next adventure with a gift that will help them to make the most of the outdoors.
You’ll find a variety of specialist outdoor and hiking wear, from waterproofs to backpacks, at Mountain Warehouse, Marks & Spencer or Trespass. And not forgetting a reusable water bottle, a must-have for long days out exploring.
If their outdoor adventures are focused closer to home in the garden, there’s plenty you can treat them to for their little oasis. Find the very best gardening gifts for dad at Poundland, from gloves and tools to garden gnomes and plants.
For the tech obsessed
Here’s our top picks of the latest gizmos and gadgets for dad.
Wireless earphones from Next and GoTech are a great idea to enjoy favourite tunes or podcasts on the go.
Or treat them to a smart speaker and turn up the volume for the whole family to enjoy.
For the film fanatic
Cinemas have reopened, so if your dad loves his movies then why not book to see one of the latest films at Cineworld for Father’s Day 2021.
Or, bring the cinema home and enjoy movie favourites from the comfort of the sofa. Close the curtains, bring down the blankets and stock up on popcorn and treats from Tesco, Marks & Spencer or Poundland, for the ultimate film night.
For the well-groomed
If your dad has kept his lockdown locks for a little too long, or they simply deserve a treat, pick up a gift voucher from Skin Squared or Hair Ott, or bring them along to get a trim from the experts at Barbers on the Square.
The Body Shop and Superdrug also have great grooming gifts including beard grooming and shaving travel kits.
A designer fragrance is always a good choice. Head into store to try the latest ranges and chat to the team at Boots or Superdrug for advice on a variety of scents, from Paco Rabanne and Hugo Boss to Jean Paul Gaultier or Emporio Armani.
And if one gift just won’t do the trick, creating your own man spa gift basket may be the way to go. You’ll find all of the essentials like treatments, cleansers and moisturisers from The Body Shop, Superdrug and Boots. And don’t forget to throw in a cosy bathrobe or a candle from Next to help set the relaxing mood.
For the style savvy
This Father’s Day, what better way to say ‘thanks for everything’ than with a shopping trip at Whiteley Shopping Centre on you, and the chance to spend some quality time together?
Start the day with lunch or a coffee at Caffe Nero before hitting the shops, not forgetting stops at Moss Bros, Tiger and River Island.
If you’d rather do the choosing, bomber jackets, bermuda shorts and statement shirts all make the top lists for men’s fashion trends this season. You’ll find plenty to choose from at Next.
For something more classic, you can’t go wrong with a crisp new shirt and a pair of cufflinks from Moss Bros.
For the dad-to-be or new dad
Help to celebrate their first Father’s Day by picking up a card at Paperchase, Clintons or Card Factory and writing a little message from bump or the new arrival.
Other popular new dad gifts could include a polaroid camera from Next to help capture precious memories of the new arrival. Pick up a photo album too from Boots or Paperchase to help store precious snaps forever.
We know that newborns bring lots of love but steal sleep too! Lavender scented candles or sleep spray from Mamas & Papas are likely to go down a treat with new parents.
Whether you’re organising a shopping trip to Whiteley Shopping to buy a Father’s Day gift, or scheduling a day out with dad to celebrate, you can find our full list of stores on our Eat Drink Shop page.