What to buy your north London dad for fathers’ day
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What to buy the man who has everything? It’s not as hard as you might think with our fathers’ day gift guide, which has been geographically targeted for north London dads.
High tech, boast-worthy gadgetry is most likely to pique Hampstead dad’s interest when it comes to anything to do with the home. For the kitchen novice, the Drop Bluetooth-enabled kitchen scales is straight out of back to the future. Offering confidence boosting technology, if you’re lacking in an ingredient, Drop will measure what you have and adjust the rest of the recipe accordingly or offer ingredient substitution suggestions by connecting to the iPad app, as well as intuitively guiding the cook step-by-step through finding and making recipes.
£79.95 from apple.com
Think men don’t like scented candles? Highgate dad might be more inclined to get a fragrant draft wafting after a leisurely loo visit if he knows it’s inspired by historical events. The Commune de Paris candle from Astier de Villatte is named after the socialist government that briefly ruled Paris in 1871 and offers a pleasantly unisex blend of bergamot, Italian lemon, green almonds, geraniums, Styrax resin and nutmeg, designed to evoke a warm powdery mist rising from revolutionary cobblestones. Vive Papa!
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St John’s Wood
Chances are SJW dad is a man who has everything money can buy, but he may not have thought of shoe trees. These cedar wood versions from classic cobbler Church’s absorb humidity (aka sweat) naturally – perfect for dad’s stinky trotters – and will keep his shoes in perfect shape, ensuring St John’s Wood dad looks the part when he heads off to his big bucks day job in Bond Street or Canary Wharf.
£67.95 from church-footwear.com
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Hampstead Garden Suburb
The perfect excuse for Hampstead Garden Suburb dad to get away from it all is a round of golf at Highgate Golf Club, even if the excuse may be that it’s a good networking opportunity. Help him perfect his swing (and measure the perfect angle for a rewarding tipple at the 19th hole) with this Zepp golf swing analyser, a gizmo that fits on to a golf glove and measures swing speed and accuracy before transmitting its findings to a smart phone or tablet via Bluetooth.
£129.95 from John Lewis
Crouch End has a strong vinyl scene and local dads can be spotted bouncing babies in slings while they flip through racks of records on a Saturday morning if possible. Treat the music man with a personalised 12” storage crate made from a vintage apple box complete with a special fathers’ day message. Even better, it can be wheeled around, perfect if the ageing dj has back issues.
£34.95 plus postage from plantabox.co.uk
Living in the hipster capital of north London, Kentish Town dad likes a craft beer or two. Give him a fun project – and ready access to tasty brews when the co-parent’s out on the lash and he’s babysitting – with one of these home brewing kits. None of your giant plastic eyesores here though, these glass contraptions won’t take up too much storage space and even look attractive enough to keep out on display.
£29.95 plus postage from brewcraftbeer.co.uk
If you’ve got a Muswell Hill media dad who works from home, or from the pimped out garden shed, then you could do a lot worse than helping him keep his office looking stylish. Tom Dixon has a fabulous range of satisfyingly functional, industrial inflected office ware, including this Cog desk tidy, designed in London and crafted from brass plated solid aluminium.
Reduced to £140 at tomdixon.net
The phrase “middle aged ravers” was invented for Primrose Hill dad. Indulge his love of hard partying with some covetable bar ware. This penguin cocktail shaker and ice bucket set treads a careful line between sweet and stylish and, even better, it can be picked up locally at Graham & Green.
Cocktail shaker £35, ice bucket £55 from grahamandgreen.co.uk