If your dad’s bored of the same old manky bar of fruit and nut every year then why not get him some really posh chocs courtesy of Hotel Chocolat. With an amazing range of quality confectionery these guys grow their own cocoa and produce only the finest chocolate gifts. With a great selection of gifts at prices to suit all budgets their range of chocolates are truly stunning.
A cool gift offer that these guys do is Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club. Join the club and these guys will send your dad chocolates every month for 3 months, 6 months or even a year.
How about a nice scent?. Fragrance Direct offer a complete range of discounted scents with really cheap delivery. Here’s a few of the more popular fragrances….
In 1968, Calvin Klein set up his own coat shop at the York Hotel in New York City. Calvin Klein’s portfolio expanded in later years to include sportswear, cosmetics, jeans, underwear and fragrances. Indeed, it was the success of Calvin Klein’s underwear and fragrances that saved the company from bankruptcy in the early 90s. Since the first fragrance, Calvin, was launched in 1981, Calvin Klein has become renowned for its fragrance collection; the biggest perfumes being Eternity, CK One, Obsession and Euphoria and most recently CK Free, Man, Contradiction and CK Be.
Founded by Renzo Rosso and Adriano Goldschmied, in the Italian town of Molvena in 1978, the Diesel label was predominantly a youth clothing brand, specialising in jeans. The label’s first flagship store opened on New York City’s Lexington Avenue in 1996, and now retails in over 500 outlets right around the world. Today Diesel produces much more than denim products; the brand now encompasses footwear, watches, beachwear, a childrenswear label (Diesel Kid) and of course, fragrances. The first fragrance, Fuel for Life, was launched in 2007, and has since been joined by Only the Brave, as well as an accompanying range of toiletries, including shower gels and body lotions.
Hugo Ferdinand Boss set up a clothing company in the small German town of Metzingen in 1924. Today, the Hugo Boss brand retails in over 6000 stores across 110 countries worldwide. From the launch of its first fragrance in 1993, the Hugo Boss brand now produces dozens of perfumes and aftershaves, including Boss in Motion, Hugo, Element, Deep Red, Baldessarini and Dark Blue.
Undoubtedly the world’s most famous celebrity couple, David and Victoria Beckham are now as well known for their business ventures as they are for their day jobs. Victoria in particular has been recognised the world over as a fashion icon, and has designed her own fashion line for Rock & Republic, VB Rocks. In 2006 the Beckhams signed a multi-million pound deal to launch their own range of his-and-her fragrances, Intimately Beckham. The Beckhams fragrance collection now includes Instinct, Intimately Beckham Night, Signature and Signature Story.
There are lots of cheap or free options for Fathers Day presents if you take a look around the web. A good site to start with is Instructables. They have some great ideas such as pimping USB memory sticks to make them look like a packet of chewing gum, a rubber and even lego!
For neo-luddite dad, a good alternative is the classic fathers day gift, cufflinks! At the end of the article you will find some links to instructions on how to make Star Wars (my personal favourite!) and hand sewn monogrammed versions.
Continuing the sartorial theme, how about making your dad a tie? Normally a tie is a gift I’d steer well clear of due to them being somewhat of a cliche, however your Dad will really appreciate the work and effort that has gone into a home made version, although I can’t promise he’ll wear it! Another alternative would be to dig out some of his old t-shirts or shirts and bring them up to date with a few small enhancements… add a few well placed pieces of material or buy a home transfer kit for the family printer and your dad will be looking the business on his special day!
If your dad’s a recycling nut then how about some of these great tips on re-using everyday items; make a tin can into a calendar or a pen holder… old cutlery for a wall mounted key holder or make a glasses case from an old tie.
With the world cup coming up in June every dad is going to want to get his hands on the new England Shirt. Shirts are available at £39.99 in adult sizes up to XXL. You can get your dads favourite player printed on the back with the price increasing to £54.99.
Books are a great way to put a smile on dad’s face. From puzzle books to biographies, some dads like nothing more than to put their feet up with a good book and all these books have free delivery. So let’s take a look at some great book ideas for your dad this fathers day:
Carol Vorderman’s follow up to the bestselling How To Do Sudoku is even bigger and better. With over 400 puzzles this is the very biggest collection on the market. Better still are the advanced secrets and tips that Carol Vorderman is able to pass on to her readers.
Your clear, concise guide to the essentials – half the price of the competition but with just as much information Ideal if youre a new homebuyer, or a time-pressured owner with no time to do more than the essentials covers everything you need for house maintenance, including how to assemble flat-pack furniture and unblock drains lots of clear b-and-w diagrams, and plenty of practical information Plenty of resources and safety tips, with clear indications as to what you should and shouldnt tackle alone teach yourself DIY explains all the basic tasks and gives you all the information you need to undertake essential decorating and maintenance in an informed and sensible manner. It offers insight rather than complex diagrams, options or methods, but is full of practical information and indispensable tips.
‘An artist, in my eyes, is someone who can lighten up a dark room. I have never and will never find difference between the pass from Pele to Carlos Alberto in the final of the World Cup in 1970, and the poetry of the young Rimbaud’ – Eric Cantona Football, and art. Eric Cantona – legend, maverick, troubled artist or just plain trouble – never saw a need to make a distinction between the two. For all the heat and noise surrounding his infamous Crystal Palace ‘kung-fu kick’, it is for the sheer exuberant beauty of his play that Eric Cantona is chiefly remembered by English football fans. At Leeds United he transformed the team into title contenders, but became a true talisman at Manchester United, where to this day fans sing of ‘King Eric’. And yet the effortless style of Cantona’s play could not hide a darker side to his temperament. In his own words, ‘I play with passion and fire. I have to accept that sometimes, this fire does harm.’ Leading French football journlist Philippe Auclair has interviewed over 200 key protagonists in Cantona’s career, searching for the man behind the myth. Marrying a deep knowledge of Cantona’s impact on the pitch with soulful, pin-sharp insight into the heart and inner thoughts of this most complex of characters, this is nothing less than the definitive biography of a one-time rebel of the French game, who rose to be the King of Old Trafford. ‘I’d give all the champagne I’ve ever drunk to be playing alongside Cantona in a big European match at Old Trafford’ – George Best.
WHAT WAS LOST WILL BE FOUND…Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned at the last minute to deliver an evening lecture in the Capitol Building. Within moments of his arrival, however, a disturbing object – gruesomely encoded with five symbols – is discovered at the epicentre of the Rotunda. It is, he recognises, an ancient invitation, meant to beckon its recipient towards a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. When Langdon’s revered mentor, Peter Solomon – philanthropist and prominent mason – is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes that his only hope of saving his friend’s life is to accept this mysterious summons and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon finds himself quickly swept behind the facade of America’s most historic city into the unseen chambers, temples and tunnels which exist there. All that was familiar is transformed into a shadowy, clandestine world of an artfully concealed past in which Masonic secrets and never-before-seen revelations seem to be leading him to a single impossible and inconceivable truth. A brilliantly composed tapestry of veiled histories, arcane icons and enigmatic codes, The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced thriller that offers surprises at every turn. For, as Robert Langdon will discover, there is nothing more extraordinary or shocking than the secret which hides in plain sight…
Little Bear and his dad do wonderful things – exploring high in the mountains, swimming in the rain and telling stories as the stars come out. Best of all, they do everything together!
This title offers a terrific value – a full-size book plus video demonstrations of key Windows 7 tasks. Windows 7 is Microsoft’s much-anticipated new release of the operating system that powers nearly 90 per cent of the world’s computers. This two-for-one package provides the step-by-step guidance that will get you up and running with all the exciting new features. This bundle includes the complete “Windows 7 For Dummies” book plus a DVD with two hours of video training. Featuring the expert advice you get in the book, the DVD shows you how to accomplish various Windows tasks and displays the screens you’ll see as you proceed. This title provides a two-for-one value – the full-size “Windows 7 For Dummies” book plus two hours of video training on DVD. Windows 7 has new features, an interface with more graphical elements, better interactivitiy with other devices, and faster speed. Whether you’re new to computers or just to Windows 7, this handy package provides a simple, easy-to-use guide plus video illustration to help you accomplish basic tasks in Windows. It covers the things most books assume you already know, as well as how to work with files and programs, get things done online, and customize Windows 7. It shows you how to use movie, music, and photo management features, how to upgrade your system, and how to fix common problems you’ll encounter. DVD shows you what you’ll see on the screen as you master each step. This great book-and-DVD package will have you comfortably using Windows 7 faster than you can say 1-2-3.