Butchery class at Ginger Pig
Dad a bit of a carnivore? Book him in for a butchery course at London’s upmarket butcher chain, Ginger Pig. The £135 voucher may seem a bit steep but it includes three-and-a-half hours of top-notch butchery tuition, a two-course meal with wine and whopping joint of meat to take home.
Call 01751 460804/www.gingerpig.co.uk to book.
How to Tie a Bow Tie
A novel idea from the world’s poshest department store: dads can learn the art of tying the perfect bow tie at Fortnum and Mason while sipping on Claret. The experts from Brit men’s accessory brand Peckham Rye are on hand to show them how it’s done.
Sat June 16 12noon-4pm, £10. Call 0845 602 5694 to book.
Cheese hamper from Neal’s Yard Dairy
Neal’s Yard Dairy’s monthly cheese box – featuring four different speciality cheeses a month – will set you back £55. Alternatively, make your own more thrifty selection online. You can also treat him to a cheese course, an informal one-hour Saturday session where he’ll get to learn about classic British and Irish cheeses and taste a selection, for £20.
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Transformer
Preening products are a bit of a gift cliché, and often lie gathering dust on the bathroom selves, but what self-respecting dad wouldn’t be happy with some handsome-inducing super-cream from one of the high street’s best brands? This one really works.
Science Museum Doctor Who iPad case
There’s a plethora of iPad covers out there but we heart this one in the shape of a Tardis. For Doctor Who-loving dads, it’s a must.
Ally Cappelino satchel bag at Tate shop
Men can be a bit funny about bags, but this design by Ally Cappelino is a perennial best-seller due to its manly-yet-elegant shape and reasonable price tag. It says: cool, arty and in touch with his sensitive side. Winner!
Gadget brand Mophie have invented a portable battery, which is small enough to fit on your keyring and will charge iPhones and iPods when they run out of juice. Perfect for techy dads.
Wine tasting at Berry Brothers & Rudd
This 310 year-old London wine merchant offers a wide range of wine tasting courses and tasting sessions ranging from evening tastings to six-week courses.
From £40 for an evening tasting session. www.bbr.com/events