Father’s Day 2014 is on 15 June in the UK and the USA. Here is our selection of presents you might like to consider for your dog-loving dad.
Choosing presents for Father’s Day can be a bit of a hit-and-miss affair. World’s Greatest Dad socks just feel like a cop out. With that in mind, we thought we’d make your life easier by trawling the web for a range of suitable gifts for dads who love their dogs. And if dad has all the dog gear he could possibly need, Amazon has dedicated Father’s Day gift pages for both its US store and its UK store.
Update: Also see our Father’s Day gift guide for 2015.
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 16.4MP waterproof digital camera
The weather may be unpredictable, but dad will have all the angles covered with Fujifilm’s waterproof XP60 in his pocket, from Amazon.co.uk (£124.99) or Amazon.com ($170). Yellow not to dad’s liking? Amazon has a wide range of waterproof cameras to choose from in its UK and USA listings.
Dog dad mugs
Pair a mug with one of Container Group’s ‘Gentleman’s Coasters’ from Amazon.co.uk (£10.03) or one of Dog is Good’s ‘Take Time To Unwind’ coasters from Amazon.com ($4.99) and dad’s all set for his morning brew.
Mountain Warehouse Mini Trek 6-litre rucksack
Hawke Nature Trek 12X50 roof prism binoculars
If dad likes to take in a spot of birdwatching while out walking his dog, then Hawke’s Nature Trek binoculars will bring things into sharp focus. Sturdy, waterproof, shock resistant, and available from Amazon.co.uk (£134.99) and Amazon.com ($209.99).
Kobwa silver stainless steel ultrasonic dog training whistle and keyring
We know stocking fillers are for Christmas, but we couldn’t leave out Kobwa’s stainless steel dog training whistle – every dad should have one. Available from Amazon.co.uk (£0.69) or Amazon.com ($2.69)
Dibote multi-functional waist pack, bumbag
A waist pack, or bumbag is a more compact alternative to a rucksack. The Dibote bumbag from Outt is a lightweight, durable piece of kit with several compartments. Available from Amazon.co.uk (£15.99) or Amazon.com ($25.99).
Berghaus men’s Explorer Ridge hiking boot
A good pair of walking boots is a must for every dog walker and they don’t come much better than Berghaus’s Explorer Ridge waterproof, two/three season hiking boots. Available from Amazon.co.uk (from £76.86) and Amazon.com ($163.30).
Time for a break
Maybe what dad really needs is a short break – him, mum, and don’t forget the dog. Holiday Cottages has numerous dog-friendly places where you can treat dad (and mum) to a short break, a week, hell, two weeks – buy them a holiday. Whether dad’s heart lies in south-west England, Norfolk, the North Yorkshire Moors, Wales or Scotland, you are bound to find something to his taste among the numerous properties on the Holiday Cottages website.
In the US, Bring Fido has a huge range of dog-friendly hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals and apartments, from mountain retreats to beachfront getaways.
If you think dad would appreciate you making a charitable donation on his behalf, there are numerous ways to do so. Guide Dogs (UK) and Guide Dogs for the Blind (USA) are two you might like to consider. Or how about making a donation to dad’s favourite rescue shelter?
Find more gift ideas in Shake Paws’ product pages.