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#Guest Post: Get Dad Something He Actually Wants

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post | Posted on 13-06-2017

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Father’s Day in our house is usually a bit of a last minute affair. A handmade card from the kids (probably some sort of painty handprint affair), maybe a Toblerone and some novelty socks if he’s lucky.

But this year I’m on the ball. I’ve had a search round the Internet for some unique Father’s day gift ideas that he’ll actually want and enjoy using. If you’re stuck for a good Father’s day present too, here’s my shortlist so far:

1. Leather wallet

A good wallet is always a safe option when it comes to buying presents for guys. These leather wallets from Colville Leather make a particularly special gift. They’re handmade to order in their Devon workshop, which means that each one is unique. You can also get 10% off any wallets, belts or accessories at the moment by using offer code FATHER2017.

2. Phone mount for the car or bike

If you want to go for practicality over sentimentality, a car phone mount or a bike mount is a great idea. He’ll be able to use his phone to navigate safely on the go and they have the extra benefit of being really affordable. It’s not something I’d go wild about myself, but I know a few men who’d be pretty chuffed with a gadget like this.

3. Posh pen

At the top end budget, this brass fountain pen would be a bit of a treat for Father’s Day. It’s practically indestructible and pretty compact, so perfect for slipping into a back pocket. Or head over to Etsy and personalise a pen with your own message – this one comes in its own wooden presentation box.

4. Charging station

Got a gadget lover on your hands? A charging station that can hold his various devices is the perfect gift. It looks much better than trailing cords and chargers all over the place and keeps his gadgets all in one place.

5. Pocket Speaker

A pocket speaker is the ideal gift for music lovers. I’m a real fan of this mini wood style nut speaker which would also double-up as a key ring.

6. Bonsai tree

OK, maybe not the most practical gift, but a bonsai kit is a unique and quirky present that green-fingered guys would love. I stole this idea from my friend’s wish list – its all he wants for Father’s Day!

7. Home brew kit

This is an original gift idea for adults to buy their Dad on Father’s Day. Get a fancy starter kit gift set online, or head over to Wilko to pick-up all the bits you need.

8. Personalised keyring

If all else fails, print a photo of your kids on a keyring and add a personalised message. Everyone can use a keyring! Notonthehighstreet have some really nice wooden designs.

Whether you’re looking for presents for your own Dad, or helping your kids find something special for Father’s Day, I hope some of these ideas have inspired you. If not, there’s always that trusty Toblerone to fall back on!

Review: Socket To Me Design & Drill

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 22-04-2014

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A while back we reviewed a Design & Drill set from Learning Resources. It was then, and still remains, a very popular toy with Little Man. He’s very keen on hands on toys and anything that involves tools like Daddy and Pops’ have. When Learning Resources contacted us again about their new “Socket To Me” set it seemed like too good a chance to miss.
The set comes with four plastic shapes and a pile of screws to fasten in them. Unlike the Design & Drill set this set comes with a spanner as opposed to a drill so any fastening in is much more manual. The four shapes are a car, a rocket, a robot and a boat, and all are different bright colours. The screws are a range of colours too, and are the same ones you’ll find in the Design & Drill set so there’s no worries if they get mixed up, which they invariably will in this house!
This new addition to Little Man’s toy box is another clear winner. The rocket often gets whizzed past my face and around the room, with him making whooshing sounds as he goes. Screws get fastened in and taken out again over and over, and he’s become rather efficient at using the spanner, though we do sometimes get the screwdriver out from our other set to finish the job. I remain pleased with the quality of the shapes and screws and love that they are all nice and bright, and I will always encourage anything that improves hand eye co-ordination and motor skills. I also like the fact that the spanner is a much quieter tool than the screwdriver!
I’m a big fan of the Learning Resources website and their great range of fun educational toys and activities. If you’re thinking of making a purchase with them use the code “BLOGGER14” for FREE delivery on all orders over £15. This code is valid on UK orders until the end of the year.