Dads, god love ’em. They pick us up and carry us through childhood, shout at us when our skirt is too short or we’ve smashed a lamp coming in drunk. They do so much for us and Father’s Day is the ideal way to let them know how much we care.
But what do you do if the usual cufflinks, beer mug and football strip just won’t cut it?
Mr Luxe is just so one of these guys, a doting father and the anti-thesis of every traditional Father’s Day gift out there.
When I was put in contact with the Formations Company about collaborating on my gift guide with their cool and unusual product, I thought why not build a profile for the dads in our lives that don’t just quite fit the “traditional” box.
The Groomed Guy
Mr Luxe loves his beard. It’s all brown, gingery and hairy. It’s an excellent size for Mini Luxe to grab and the perfect receptacle to catch any lose crumbs. Because of this Mr Luxe takes impeccable care of his beard and grooming.
There’s a real trend nowadays for a beard and moustache. It was once seen as scruffy, even unkempt, but now beards are very de rigeur and I personally am a fan.
On the market there is a myriad of beard oils, clippers, combs and even wax. I came across the company Mens Society online and thought this specific kit, The Daddy of All Beards, would be perfect for the occasion.
It comes complete with:
- Beard Oil – 5ml
- Moustache Wax – 15ml
- Stainless steel moustache shaped comb
- Stainless steel scissors
All of these are from natural, age-old recipes to keep your dad’s face warmer in tip-top condition. Beard-i-ful!
The Budding Billionaire
The one thing many a parent, and particularly dads, lack is time. Whether it’s time spent commuting to and from work, or spent responding to stupid work emails when you could be spending time with your children.
I think most people would prefer to work for themselves and often, the prospect of setting up your own business can be daunting. There are forms to fill in, places to register and a huge amount of legal jargon to sift through.
I know, from experience, that working for yourself is one of the most challenging yet rewarding things you can do. And, as a parent, by following my dreams I can set a good example for my daughter.
This is where “Company In a Box” comes in. The team over at the Formations Company have put together the essential kit for setting up as a Limited Company, and at a fraction of what it would normally cost.
For £59.99 you get access to:
- Fully formed Limited Company – registered in the UK with Companies House RRP £15.00
- Assisted formation – guidance from our formations experts throughout the formations process RRP £40.00 + VAT
- Framed Certificate of Incorporation – sent on successful incorporation, on official grade paper and ready for display RRP £25.00 + VAT
- Bound copies of the Memorandum and Articles – these are the terms under which the company will be run RRP £14.00 + VAT
- Share Certificates – for all the share holders (the owners of the company) RRP £15.00 + VAT
- Free postage
So for anybody who has a father or dad that has aspirations of their own Necker Island but has every excuse under the sun not to, this makes an ideal Father’s Day present. Why not give them the push, and the belief from those closest to them, they can start and succeed.
The Discerning Drinker
As I mentioned many dads are not what you would call “beer drinkers”. Mr Luxe is case in point and he’s always had a bit of a penchant for whisky.
Whisky (Fun Fact: Whisky if it’s from Scotland. Whiskey spelt with an e is Irish) is a dad’s drink but rather than just buying a bottle of Bells from the Co-Operative and being done with it, why not add a little class and excitement into the day with a Whisky Tasting Kit from The Whisky Tasting Club.
I mean for starters, how cool does that look? All the different types and ages. It really does add a touch of class to the usual Tesco card and pair of socks you would normally get.
There are a number of different packages available, including a Pick ‘N’ Mix option and luxury packaging as well.
Plus, if like a lot of holidays things go a bit awry and tempers start to flare you can sneak off and pinch one to Gird Up You Loins. #planb
Have they got a Dad Bod? Do they like said Dad Bod? No? Then maybe the FitBit Charge HR would be a good purchase.
This wearable tracker measures heart rate, sleep patterns and syncs wirelessly to their smart phone or device.
One of the biggest things that changed when we had Mini Luxe was Mr Luxe suddenly became obsessed with being healthy. Losing weight. Eating right. Setting a good example and being able to run around with his children. The thing is no matter how much many people try these things are easier said than done.
“Gym tonight? Ahhh, it’s been a long day. I’ll go tomorrow.”
“One more slice of cake whilst Game Of Thrones is on.”
“I’ll just stay up a bit later ….oh crap it’s 4am”
These are all phrases that escaped his lips before he got his FitBit. I like to think of it as that scary Sergeant Major type hovering behind you, silently judging you as you open the fridge for a snack.
Be warned though, with its tip-top metrics and tracking, if you have a small baby like we do he uses the sleep charts against me to show me that the baby did not get up 43 times and I should let him have a lay in. Available from Firebox and other retailers.
The Animal Admirer
When you think of adopting a wild animal for conservation you think of cuddly pandas, a sad looking polar bear suffering with the effects of climate change. They are often a bit soft, a bit cuddly and all come with a soft toy that gives you unrealistic expectations and makes you forget the the sharpness of its teeth and claws.
Mr Luxe does not care for such animals, though he does agree that they should be protected as well. No, no. No soft gorilla toy for him, Mr Luxe is a huge fan of sharks.
Sharks are probably one of the most misunderstood creatures in the world. They are one of the oldest species, having been around for millennia, and sadly have a bit of an image problem.
They are hunted and killed, often accused of being vicious predators which, although true to a degree, isn’t directed at us humans.
I came across the opportunity to adopt not just one but a “shiver” of sharks from The Shark Trust. Can I just take a moment to address how cool the collective noun for sharks is.
For a one off payment of £20 you get:
- A beautiful A4 shark motif folder
- A personalised certificate
- Factsheets and leaflets on your chosen research project,
- An A4 picture of a Basking, Whale or White Shark
- An A4 British Sharks Poster
- A car sticker
- Set of eight postcards
So for a present that is not only pretty ferocious you also get to do good. Karma for the occasion? Check!
Adopt a Shark for £20
The Film Fanatic
Even if you don’t like football, you can’t wear socks because you have size 15 feet (yep, that’s Mr Luxe. Buying shoes is a NIGHTMARE) and you don’t want a personally monogrammed beer glass, it would be a lie to say that people don’t love films.
Films are escapism, they make us laugh, cry, fear and are a perfect thing to do together as a family. What dad doesn’t love sitting down with their children and watching a Disney film which they pretend they don’t like, but actually are enjoying it probably more than the kids.
Most guys like Star Wars. It’s a classic series and it’s recent release has reinvigorated the market for cool and quirky memorabilia around the franchise.
So, on Firebox.com, when I spotted this I knew it was a winner. Not only does it contain one of the best food groups, Biscuits and Cookies but it’s in the shape of the Death Star!
And I mean… it’s Father’s Day after all, and wasn’t the famous line of that film…
“Luke, I am your father!”
Enjoy your Father’s Day everybody! Make a big fuss of them, they probably deserve it 🙂
*This post has been sponsored in part by The Formations Company.