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Get ready for Father’s Day

Father's Day

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Father’s Day is on the horizon once more, falling on Sunday June 18th this year.

Although it’s still more than a week away there’s no harm in getting organised early rather than the usual mad dash around the shops on Saturday night. Unless your dad is a huge fan of the novelty ties or Harrison Ford DVD boxsets that are still sitting on Tesco’s shelves the night before, you might want to broaden your scope.

From the heart

If you’re looking for a gift that mixes cost-effectiveness with thought, a homemade gift is a great way to go. That doesn’t necessarily mean a photo frame made from pasta – how about a jar filled with activities he’ll love and that the whole family can enjoy over the next year, or if you’re handy with a sewing machine, a bespoke sleeve to protect his tablet, smartphone or any other gadgets.

Out and about

Does your dad enjoy a spot of camping when the weather’s fine? Halfords is offering up to 50% off its range off camping gear, including air beds, chairs, tents, picnic tables and cooking utensils.

Father’s Day with Aldi

Aldi has got a range of Father’s Day gifts on sale at the moment – skip the emoji golf balls, dad dice and the anti-perspirant spray and have a look at the vinyl records, a gift set of whiskey jam and marmalade, or wireless headphones – something he might actually use!

Dapper dad

Have you got a dad who likes to look smart? Debenhams has up to 50% off a range of items including leather wallets, bags, belts and bags, and a few other ideas for the well-dressed man.


Eason is also getting in on the act, with 25% off a range of books spanning fiction, sport, history and politics. Highlights include John Grisham’s Camino Island, Conclave by Robert Harris and The Battle by Paul O’Connell.

Quality time

It might be a little cheesy, but perhaps the best gift you could give your dad is the gift of time – with or without you!

Consider spending some quality time with your old man by taking him out for dinner and/or a few drinks, or to catch the latest flick in the cinema. Or perhaps he’d prefer a cold drink and free reign over the TV for the afternoon!

When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.