With only a couple of days to go until Father’s Day – for those of you that haven’t got round to finding the perfect gift for the Dads in your life have a read on! Let’s keep it local this year and treat our Dads with some of the great local produce Harrogate has to offer, and support our fabulous local independent shops too!
If the Dad in your life is anything like mine (my hubby, and fab Dad to our little girl) then the three things I know will make him happy on Father’s Day would be food, drink or a good old pampering session -he’s worse than me! Actually, that’s a big fat lie – the thing he’d probably like the most is a lie in, but I don’t see that happening!
I always like those gifts that us Mum’s can get enjoyment from too. The weather is pretty awesome at the moment and everyone knows men love a BBQ. So why not spoil Dad with some good quality local meat or fish. We win twice here – if it’s a BBQ they’ll cook it, and we get to tuck into some yummy food too!
Yorkshire Farmers Meat Company was established in Harrogate in 1936 and is still going strong. They provide high quality, locally sourced meat products, including a great selection of meat boxes – ideal for the BBQ!
Ramus Seafood Emporium – winners of Fishmonger of the year 2017 also sell some terrific fish boxes – which all come with a free Ramus cookbook.
I don’t think we can do a piece on local gifts in this section without mentioning Betty’s! They have some great gift ideas; my daughter and I will be heading down there this week to choose something for Daddy!
The world famous Farrah’s Toffee comes from Harrogate too! HRH The Queen visited Farrah’s Toffee factory in 1998 and commented on how her family had enjoyed the Harrogate Toffee for years! If it’s good enough for the Royal Family then its good enough for our Dads!
I could probably do a whole other blog on local bakeries! For those Dads that love a sweet fix in the form of donuts or cakes then check out Manna Bakery or The Secret Bakery.
So much great locally produced booze to choose from in this section! If Dad is a bit of beer monster then check out Harrogate Brewing Co or Cold Bath Brewing Co for some great local Lager and Ale.
Looking for something a little bit stronger? Check out The Spirit of Harrogate on Montpellier Square for some great Father’s Day gifts.
Probably not the first though when thinking of gifts for Dads, but if they are anything like my hubby then they’ll love a good pamper. Harrogate is a Spa Town after all!
H2k of Harrogate is another home grown gem – I’ve been reliably informed the Mischief collection is a big hit with the men!
You don’t actually have to spend anything on Fathers day; the gifts that mean the most are the ones that the kids make with love. So get out that glitter and glue and make a homemade card, turn an old sock into an essential phone- sleeping bag (to keep it safe when charging apparently!) or decorate a small box to use as a change/ cufflinks tray. He’ll love it I promise!
What should you do?
Fathers Day 2018 falls on the same day as the Valley Gardens 1940’s day in Harrogate. If you haven’t been before then I’d thoroughly recommend a visit, it’s on from around 10.30am until 5pm. There is a massive selection of military vehicles and displays plus live bands all afternoon and vintage stalls and there will be a flyover from a WW2 plane if the weather permits. You can take a picnic or buy refreshments from a variety of vendors. You can dress up if you want; plenty of people do!
Wishing all the Mumbler Dads (and those mums, grandad and uncles who are also dad!) a very happy and a fun filled Father’s Day!
We also would like to send our love to those of you can’t celebrate with your own dad. x