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Top 5 picks for Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day usually falls on the third Sunday of June and unlike Mother’s Day it is celebrated on the same day in both the UK and US and that is where the similarities end. Latest estimates show that we spend a third less on Father’ Day presents than on our Mums and there are a number of theories why.

It is thought that Mother’ simply deserve to have bigger or more expensive gifts, this maybe due to the fact that Mother’ are often considered to contribute to more to home life. People tend to understand the sacrifices mums make, that’s what you see. Mother’ have a special place in people’s hearts. Although this thought is likely to change now that Dad’ are playing a larger part in home life, with some Dad’ now taking what traditionally was the Mother’ Role’ and the recent legislation allowing maternity/paternity leave to be shared by both parents.

Another thought is that Dads’ are less interested in tokens of appreciation such as trinkets and flowers and are more likely to be happy with a day off to either play golf or go cycling. Experience days have also become more popular over recent years, be it adrenaline based or a more sedate affair.

Us men are simple folk and I personally don’t like fuss, but I’m not one to turn down a gift, so here’ my top 5 picks for Father’ Day Gifts

1 – Make that Call

A simple telephone call home on Father’s Day might not sound much but just even a quick 5 minute catch up can go a long way.
Prices start from Free!

2 – Beerbods – Beer subscription box

Dad loves his beer? Why not treat him to a beer subscription. A box of 12 beers arrives every 12 weeks and then every Thursday you join fellow BeerBod subscribers across the UK and share your thoughts (good or bad) with the online Beerbods community.
Prices start from £36 every 3 months.

3 – The Personal Barber – Shaving Subscription Box

Dad will receive a monthly box of shaving goodies and having been a subscriber since the beginning of the year I can truthfully say that my skin has never felt better.
Prices start from £24.99 billed every 45 days.

4 – Design a Sausage!

One for the meat lover! Grab Dad a chorizo making kit or spice up his BBQ with some fabulous seasonings to show who’s really the best cook in town. Their kits are amazingly simple to use so he will really look the star of the show this Father’s Day.

Check out their website for lots of great ideas https://www.designasausage.com/

5 – Socks and Pants Cupcakes by the Cake Nest

Don’t just buy him socks and pants… make them edible! NO, not like that! Cupcakes! The Cake Nest has the perfect gift, 6 handmade cupcakes delivered through the letterbox that will bring a smile to his face. A choice between vanilla or chocolate, guaranteed to go down well with a brew.
Prices start at £10

Don’t just give socks!

Father’s Day facts

  • The modern Father’s Day is an American invention, with the first widespread celebration taking place on 1910, two year’s after the first Mother’s Day celebration
  • While Mother’s Day was officially recognised by the US government in 1913, Father’s Day had to wait until 1972
  • Unlike Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is celebrated on the same day in the US and the UK – the third Sunday in June
  • Portugal, Spain and Italy are rare exceptions, celebrating Father’s Day on 19 March, which is also St Joseph’s Day – the date chosen to celebrate Joseph, the husband of Jesus’ mother
  • Father’s Day started to be marked in the UK after World War Two
  • More than 70 countries now mark Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June

Interesting Facts About Weddings

A Wedding always creates a buzz, and the up and coming Royal wedding is no exception. There are plenty of things that we all know about weddings. There’ a happy couple, they say I do and then everyone has an amazing party with cake. But we’ve taken 10 obscure facts that you may not know about.

The original meaning of the word bride was actually just Cook’ – I don’t think this one will be making a comeback anytime soon!

Rumour has it, if the groom doesn’t show up to the wedding, it is the best man’ responsibility to take over and marry the bride. Awkward somewhat if he’s married or your brother!

The Bride standing on the left of the groom originates from times where the groom would have to use his left hand to fight off challengers. Heaven knows what happens when the vicar announces, “Is there anyone who has any reason why they should not be married?”.

Queen Victoria’ wedding cake weighed a massive 300lbs. Anyone want to beat that?

Staying with Queen Victoria, the tradition of wearing a white dress was started in 1840, until then bride wore their finest dress to the wedding. Japan though was well ahead of the Victorians as white was always the preferred choice for a bride.

The bridal veil had the original purpose of protecting the bride from evil spirits according to ancient Greeks and Romans.

Italians used to break a loaf of bread over the bride’ head for good luck, apparently this is wear the tradition of having a wedding cake originates from.

In Ireland, to ensure fertility the newlyweds would tie a young hen to the bed to lay an egg.

The stag do is a spartan tradition. It came from the fifth century Sparta where military compatriots would celebrate and toast the eve of the wedding, similar to the eve of a battle…….brave men!

An old Danish wedding tradition where the bride and groom would dress up as each other to confuse evil spirits. Sound like a hilarious wedding theme.

The Joy and Stress of Getting Married

The Engagement

First it’s the proposal, one of the happiest moments in your life. The ring, the congratulations, the love surrounding you both. Oh the excitement for the future! Times have changed though and most couples have already begun living together. So generally know more about their betrothed than their parents or indeed grandparents ever did. Shifting the focus onto the wedding more than the marital home. Perhaps, there is a party to arrange to celebrate or maybe just a few drinks with friends. Family to call, cards to receive! You may even like to surprise someone a little further away with a surprise message gift, personalised with your news.


Wedding Planning

Before turning into Bridezilla, it’s worth considering what you really want from your day. Start at the beginning. What is your budget? Will anyone else be contributing? Nowadays, it is quite normal for both sets of parents to contribute or for the couple just to pay for it all themselves. Consider how this will work for you. Furthermore, weddings are rarely without contentious issues. However, getting married shouldn’t put you all in lots of debt before your married has begun.


Location, Location, Location!

Where will it be? Church? Registry office? Country house? Abroad? The list is endless. Dreaming is key. I’ve been to weddings done on a tiny budget but with lots of imagination and friends. Equally, I’ve attended some where there was money than sense spent on them.Remember your wedding day may be special to lots of people but none more than the two people getting married. So do what you want to do not where someone else pushes you – I told you there would be contentions!


TheWedding Invitation List

This really could be the most disputed part of the arrangements – second only to the seating arrangements! Does Mum want Great Aunty Gertrude there? Yet you can’t really the recall the last time you saw her or if you would recognise her in the street. Leave falling out with family to me! Tell them I’ve said it’s all about balance and budget. It’s YOUR day! Why not suggest Facebook live for the speeches? Posting slices of cake to those further away so they can still join in your day is always an option (just ask, we can help). Finally, one thing worth keeping in mind are the logistics. 200 people for a sit down meal sounds wonderful but the practicalities can mean not everyone gets their meal at the same time. So please check your venue can cope, look for other people’s feedback. What they say may be different from what the venue promises.


Favours and Place Settings

These really can be as complicated or simple as you would like. Perhaps a traditional small bag of sugared almonds would suit your day. Bundling these up yourself can be a little time consuming but produce a stunning affect that matches your colour scheme. Cake Cards work wonders as place settings. Individually named with your design on the front. They are a great take home item that can also be sent through the letterbox to those that couldn’t make it. Contact us for more information on what we can do for you. Delight your guests with personalised push pops. Perfectly layered cake and buttercream in a perfect container to throw in a handbag while they party.


Wedding Gifts

So I said it was all about you and I’m sure you are capable of coming up with a wish list, I’m not sure you need my help with that. However, on this part there are a few other people to consider. Traditionally bridesmaids and mothers are given gifts. Although, I did also get my dad a fancy cigar for the evening – a story in itself as my grandparents didn’t know he ever smoked! Gifts that you can order in advance are great and put your mind at ease. One more thing to tick off. Why not consider a thank you message cake alongside a bunch of flowers for the mother of the bride? Or a box of gin and tonic cake balls for the matron of honour.


Final Words of Advice

Just think it could be worse, you could be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They have to entertain a nation as well as keep the Queen happy!
Personally, we chose to spend more on our honeymoon than our wedding. Our thoughts were that our wedding day was just one day that we would cherish forever but our honeymoon was the trip of a lifetime. Whatever you decide have a wonderful day. Take a deep breath and don’t look at your mum, she’ll be in tears.

Good luck message cake