Dads are notoriously difficult to buy for. Whether it’s your old man (who actually is getting on a bit), a new Dad or a Dad-to-be, we often find ourselves asking “what should I get him for Father’s Day?”
So, shout-out to all the last-minute gift buyers out there! But fret not, as food always has the answers. And here’s why:
Eating together means quality time well spent
An obvious start, but it’s true. If you’ve booked a meal for this Sunday (or are frantically calling restaurants today to try to get a table) then you’re on to an absolute winner.
Most dads are not materialistic. Most dads are actually very easily pleased. Most dads just want to spend more time with their offspring, especially now you’re all grown up and away from home. So reserve a table (some suggestions below!) turn up, turn you phone off, eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy and appreciate each others’ company, and make some fab new memories.
Food literally makes people happy
As a psychology graduate, we studied ‘happiness’ on countless occasions. One thing that kept cropping up as a main cause? FOOD. Earlier this year, The Telegraph looked at five foods that make us happy – and, yep, you guessed it, some of my suggestions are on the list:
CHILLI, CHOCOLATE and NUTS are all part of a balanced diet that get our feel-good endorphins flowing. So if you’re going to put a hamper together (suggestions below), make sure you include these three things for an extra happy Daddy!
You don’t have to gift wrap a meal
Gift wrapping is a faff, am I right?! And trust me, Dad’s agree. That’s why all the suggestions here avoid any sort of laborious time spent wrestling with sellotape, ribbons, shiny paper or even gift bags. Dad’s will appreciate the minimalist, no-frills approach, I assure you!
There’s so many great pubs and restaurants to try
I mean, the list is endless. Try a country pub like The Bull’s Head in Mobberley with their great food and impressive choice of whiskeys. Or Cafe Football in Manchester for football inspired (and very tasty) food and drinks.
Or if he likes curry (what Dad doesn’t?!) venture over to the amazing Indian Tiffin Room for laid-back Indian dining with a small-plates twist. Dad will be suitably impressed that you’re hitting towns hottest food spots with him, I promise!
Other gifts are available (drinkable and edible)
If all the above sounds too much, and you can’t stand the thought of listening to your Dads hilarious jokes at the dinner table for more than 10 minutes, fear not. There are other ways you can show your appreciation for him bringing you into this crazy world. And they’re also ready to eat or drink…
What about some craft beers? I love The Beer Emporium in Sandbach, it’s got an amazing choice of beers, and you can just go wild picking him a load of different ones to try.
Or you could put yourself a little hamper together – beer, cured meats, cheese and wine (The Cheese Yard in Knutsford have the best choice), chocolate, nuts, spicy chutney and pickles. Also, (remember point two, we hate wrapping presents) keep the gift wrapping to a minimum. Luckily for us, rustic is trendy, so the ‘less is more’ approach will go down an absolute treat. I hope your Dad loves it!