Father’s Day the AMARA Way

With Father’s Day fast approaching I guess it’s about time I start to think about gifts. I’m the lazy kind of shopper, the shopper that wants to do it all from my sofa in just a few clicks of a button, and preferably nail it all on the first website that I visit, and so I was quite excited to discover Amara’s* fantastic product range.

Over the years I’ve bought Spencer many a personalised item ranging from mugs and mouse mats through to garden tools and hammers, and while these items are lovely, sometimes it is nice to buy something that little bit more luxurious.

Father's day gift guide featuring ted baker westminster and arch from amara

When I discovered the AMARA website I knew that I had hit the luxurious Father’s Day gift jackpot. Stocking many designer brands including Ted Baker, UGG and Ralph Lauren to name a few, and with something to suit every budget I was pretty much guaranteed to find the perfect gift.

For the purpose of this guide I left it to Spencer to pick his gifts, I wanted the guide to be for men, by men, to give you a little extra insight, because buying for men can be so difficult.

After a lot of debate Spencer eventually settled on three gifts, a nice watch for special occasions, a stylish yet practical accessory tray and a set of beautiful whiskey glasses, for when he becomes a man of leisure, because apparently that is happening one day (yeah, right!).

You can shop Spencer’s picks below or see the full selection of Father’s Day gifts on the Amara website here.

*Disclosure – we received these items in exchange for this gift guide*

A Perfectly Practical Father’s Day Gift Guide

I always struggle to buy gifts for the men in my life, I like to buy something special but also something that is useful and won’t just be tossed in a corner never to be seen again. Shops and on-line retailers seem to be latching onto this and launching some fantastic perfectly practical gifts for the men in our lives.

The perfectly practical father's day gift guide - a guide of practical gifts for men including personalised hammers and garden tools

personalised wooden hammer for father's day or gift for men - when it comes to dad's you've nailed it

These hammers seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment, and I can see why, they are fab! I bought mine from Love Emma for £19, but be sure to shop around as they are being sold by a lot of different retailers all at varying prices.

personalised wooden gardening tool set beautiful gift for the man in your life or for father's day

This engraved gardening tool set from I Just Love It* for £24.99 is adorable. It can be personalised with a name up to 10 characters and a message up to 25. I decided to personalise mine with ‘nurture me, watch me grow’ as I thought this was apt for both the garden and Aria. The tools are very good quality and something that I imagine will last for years, even with heavy use.

father's day gift guide men-u pro black shaving brush

If personalised gifts aren’t your thing how about a shaving set? This shaving brush from men-ü costs £19.95* and comes with a free 15ml shave creme. This shaving brush isn’t made in the traditional way using animal bristles and as a result uses up to 40% less shave creme, is easier to clean and there is no bristle loss.

dad and me father's photoshoot in pontypool south wales day gift guide

Jenny Healey Photography in Pontypool are running a dad & me photoshoot package which is a lovely way to capture some perfect memories. While you may be too late to book this before Father’s Day you could always purchase a voucher for the offer and redeem it at a later date.

If all else fails you could always go down the practical edible route. Collier’s have recently launched a Royal Gold Ale, the ale has been perfectly brewed to be the perfect match for Collier’s Cheddar. An ale and cheese hamper would be the perfect gift for a foodie father. The Royal Gold Ale can be purchased at Asda stores in Wales.

What Father’s Day gifts have you bought this year? Is there anything that I should add to this list?

Super Hero Father’s Day
You may or may not have seen this Father’s Day gift guide in which I shared the presents that have been bought for the father’s in my family. While I’m very pleased with what we’ve bought I’m more than aware that some of you will want some more exciting presents.
Into The Blue Super Hero Father's Day Competition

This is where Into The Blue come in, they sell experience vouchers for all kinds of things including steam train driving, helicopter lessons, jet pack experiences and a lot of other exciting things, or, if you’re looking for something a little more tame there is always the father and child photo shoot which I think is such a lovely idea.
Father’s Day activity prices start at just £6 and go up to a whooping £2,750 so there really is something for every budget.
Even more exciting Into The Blue are running a Father’s Day competition in which you can win one of ten activity prizes. To enter this competition all you have to do is enter a personalised message when purchasing any one of the Into The Blue experience days by 21 June 2015. The customer service team will be picking the winners so be sure to make yours as emotional or witty as possible to get it noticed! 

Father’s Day Gift Guide
Are you stuck for ideas for Father’s Day next week (21 June)? If so, take a look at my gift guide suitable for most budgets.
personalised photo cake for father's day
Who doesn’t like cake? This cake fits through your letter box so you don’t have to wait in for it’s arrival. You can choose your personalisation and cake filling. This is actually a cake that I won via Life of Mum’s blog and it has already been eaten, I must admit, we did feel guilty eating Aria!
Father's Day personalised photo mug comic style
With Spencer being in work while Aria and I are enjoying ourselves at home I thought it would be nice to get him a little something to remind him of Aria, he drinks a lot of tea in work so what better something than a personalised mug?
colourful photo frames
Another one for the office, these photos come ready framed in frame colours of your choice. They are small enough to fit nicely on a desk without getting in the way.
distressed denim gift boxes containing jam from Nanny Violet's Jams
Nanny Violet’s Jams
You can read my review of Nanny Violet’s jams here, I enjoyed the jams so much that we decided to buy some for both mine and Spencer’s dads for Father’s Day. We will also buy them some local cheese and posh crackers to go with these.
Gift voucher for Park Plaza Gentleman's Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea consisting of steak, yorkshire puddings, mini burgers and scotch eggs. Sounds amazing right? I just hope that Spencer takes me along with him.

personalised peppa pig my daddy book from pen wizard
Personalised book
This is a pretty cool gift, you can personalise the characters in this Peppa Pig book (from a limited choice!) to resemble daddy and child, you can also add additional spouses. You enter the child’s name in and can also enter a short personal message. Get £3 off using the code DADDY.
As well as it being Father’s Day on 21st June it is also the day that Aria and I are taking part in the Race for Life. This outfit is simply perfect for both of these occasions, it will be a lovely surprise when Spencer sees her in it on the day and the pink tutu will look fantastic in the Pink Army! My friend who I am doing Race for Life with has also bought one for her daughter, they are going to look adorable next to each other. I’m a little excited about this one as you can probably tell.

Das Horn Drinking Vessel and stand

Das Horn*

As well as a nice thoughtful gift I love to throw in a novelty gift. This year I have gone for the Das Horn, a very manly drinking vessel that can be displayed in a stand in pride of place when not in use.

personalised photo Father's Day card from Moonpig

Personalised Photo Card

As it is Spencer’s first Father’s Day I thought I would put a bit of effort into the card in the form of a photo card. I fell in love with this one, I love that it looks as though it has been coloured in with a crayon.

Some of the retailers in this post pay cashback via Quidco, if you haven’t already signed up with them you can do so here, if you have make sure that you go through them first to get your cashback. It really is worth doing, I’ve earned £97.50 in about a year and a half.