Let's face it - dads are notoriously difficult to buy for, and coming up with something unique, that he will genuinely want and like, within a limited budget is nigh on impossible.
So we revert to 'the usual suspects' of socks and ties (all fathers have a maximum of two feet and one neck, which means that most could dress themselves every day for six months without wearing the same socks/tie once).
What are the alternatives?
The 'World's Greatest Dad' T-shirt, he might wear it on Fathers Day, in a pub full of men sporting similar apparel, each one desperate for their 'special day' to end so they can consign the offending garment to the darkest depths of the wardrobe.
Novelty gifts... singing fish, dancing golf bags, GIANT Homer Simpson slippers... the clue is in the name, and novelty quickly wears off.
So let's go a bit upmarket - how about a nice new leather wallet? Believe me, he already loves the wallet he's got, it has all the compartments he needs in all the right places and it's taken years to get just soft and flexible enough to be perfect.
A nice scarf, gentleman's umbrella, driving gloves, a keyring? How about you put yourself in dad's shoes before you make those purchases?
So we revert back to aftershave (to go with the stuff not opened since Christmas) a car wash kit (he always uses the car wash) a sweater or shirt (men do NOT get excited about clothes) or, heaven forbid, a mouse mat emblazoned with the family portrait (that's going to look great in the office).
There has to be something?
Of course there is! Right here in Haverhill there are a wealth of shops and businesses that can help make dad's day special.
Men like being pampered too!
For starters, just as mums love to be pampered, these days men also like a bit of relaxation and are not averse to a spot of male grooming.
Haverhill beauty salon a revolution's Gentleman's Club offers a range of treatments for men including manicures, pedicures, Executive facials, massage and waxing (ok, that might not be the ideal gift!). And this month a revolution is offering a massive 50% discount on mens manicures, meaning you pay only £10.
a revolution salon boasts a modern, calm and welcoming atmosphere and has open treatment areas or individual luxury treatment rooms for privacy and longer treatments (and if dad wants to preserve his 'macho' image!)
Claim this fabulous discount deal through our Offers page.
Maintain that fitness with a massage!
Staying on the self preservation theme, if dad is a bit of a sportsman, is thinking about getting fit for summer, or is simply starting to feel his age (don't tell him I said that!) why not take advantage of another of our thebestof offers?
Perform Sports Therapy is offering five hours of maintenance massage treatment for the price of four. Run by fully qualified sports therapist Katie Ditchman Perform provides a range of treatments designed to reduce and repair both sports injuries and the general aches and pains that everyday life can sometimes throw at us.
If you want to ease dad's aching muscles and put a spring in his step, visit thebestof Haverhill's Offers page for more details.
Possibly one of the easiest 'categories' of dads to buy for is the golfer... I mean how much stuff do these guys use! Golf shoes, trolleys, golf bags, golf balls, club covers and tees, not to mention the range of shirts, jumpers, trousers, belts, hats, jackets and waterproofs (in some very fetching colours I might add!) Oh, and of course golf clubs. Fortunately you can get ALL this 'stuff' under one roof at Haverhill Golf Retail Ltd at Haverhill Golf Club.
The golf shop at Haverhill Golf Club is a member of the Foremost Buying Group, where over 1,000 golf professionals have joined forces giving them a buying power which enables them to compete and sometimes even better the deals offered by golf superstores and internet companies. Quality brands plus a free custom fit service for clubs means Haverhill Golf Club shop will have the perfect gift for your golfing dad.
Similarly, for the dad that likes to get on his bike, Aerocycles of Haverhill has everything the cyclist could possibly need (and some things he doesn't actually need but wants anyway!) You may not actually be splashing out on a new bike for dad (although if you are, Aerocycles is exactly the place to go) but again you can get all the top quality accessories, helmets, eyewear and clothing under one roof and at competitive prices.
Say it with jewellery...
Perhaps you would rather get something dad can keep for many years to come? Look no further than Tony Strowger Jewellers, where you will find a stunning choice of quality gifts. How about some stylish and sophisticated WD London cufflinks? WD London is a fashion-forward, diverse range of unique combinations of materials ranging from simple crystal set metal to exciting stone settings, suitable for every occasion and at affordable prices.
Or you could choose from a selection of pens - fine writing pens, fountain pens and pen sets, stylish enough to grace the executive office yet sturdy enough to withstand everyday use. For a lasting, beautiful yet practical gift the selection of Skagen watches on offer will leave you spoilt for choice, and with prices starting at just £69 need not break the bank.
Tony Strowger Jewellers offers the finest quality, bespoke and designer jewellery and gifts in Haverhill, and is sure to help you find the perfect gift for dad this year.
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach...
Of course, you're going to want to treat dad to a slap up dinner this Sunday. Whether your preference is a restaurant quality meal cooked with your own fair hands, or (weather permitting) a BBQ feast, Kedington Butchers will make sure you get top quality produce at a price that won't break the bank. Fresh, locally sourced meat, poultry and game; fresh salads and vegetables, preserves, cheeses alongside mouthwatering cakes and biscuits mean you can produce a meal fit for 'The World's Best Dad' without setting foot inside the supermarket.
And if it should be BBQ weather, Kedington Butchers' offer of a large tray of fresh meat (typically chicken breast, lamb, pork steaks, mince or sausages) for just £10 or two packs for £5 (minimum weight 1lb per pack) The huge range of BBQ favourites on offer will leave you spoilt for choice, from a selection that includes flavoured chicken thighs, chicken breasts, pork chops, pork steaks, ribs, meaty ribs, lamb chops, lamb steaks and lamb niblets in flavours such as sweet chilli and lime, lemon and pepper, smoky BBQ, Chinese, tikka, hot and spicy, kofta, Moroccan and meat glaze. Just be prepared for dad to take over the BBQ duties - Father's Day or not, they love it!
So there you go, no need to head out of town, no need for head scratching and panicking this Saturday... Haverhill has everything you need for Father's Day!
Go to our Offers page for vouchers for all the deals mentioned above.
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