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Ten great gift ideas for Father's Day

Need some new gift ideas for the old man this Father's Day? Look no further

By Danielle Goldstein

Stuck for Father's Day inspiration? From an Olympic day out to a hi-fi rebooter, via some tasty booze options, we've rounded up the best gifts for your old man.

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1. A visit to ArcelorMittal Orbit

For fit fathers

If your dad watched everything - even the closing ceremony - at the Olympics, take him to explore Anish Kapoor's wild red sculpture which stands 115 metres tall as a reminder of the great event. On Father's Day, the first 50 dads get free entry; then it's £2 off for all other dads visiting with family. The East Twenty Bar & Kitchen next door will be doing a pie and a pint for a tenner, so you can make a day of it. 


2. Lucetta Magnetic Bike Lights

For pedalling papas

Is he the kind of guy who's too busy to faff around with accessories? These stylish little shiners will make Dad's face light up. Created by Italian designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso, Lucetta lights can magnetically, and firmly, attach themselves to metal parts of your bike. They stick to each other for easy storage too. Neat. 


3. Crep Protect Cure Premium Sneaker Cleaning Kit

For rad dads

This is the product every sneakerhead dreams of. One generous spray of Crep Protect will help you keep your trainers box-fresh for up to two weeks by repelling liquids. The Cure Premium box set includes the solution, a couple of brushes in horsehair and bristles, and a microfibre cloth. 


4. Otto D'Ambra Exclusive Artwork

For your arty old man

Italian surrealist Otto D'Ambra will be at his exhibition ('We Are All Animals') at the Curious Duke Gallery for one day only to create personalised artworks. On June 21 you can take your pa to east London to have his picture taken and turned into an A3 animalistic illustration. It's not cheap, though, at £300 a pop. Ask your dad to lend you the dosh! Email to book or turn up on the day. 


5. Regent Street Cinema Fathers' Day Membership

For celluloid seniors

The newly refurbished and really quite beautiful Regent Street Cinema, which in 1896 was the first place in the country to screen moving images, is offering one year's membership for a wallet-friendly £20. This means Pops can get concession rates and early-bird booking for himself and a plus one (ie. you!).  

Up at the O2

6. A trip up the O2

For action men

Do Father's Day with a difference this year by scaling a London landmark. Get kitted out in top-notch climbing gear before making your 52-metre ascent. Your efforts will be rewarded by a breath-taking (what's left of it) bird's-eye-view of London. And aching legs the next day.

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7. Meantime Brewery Tour

For boozy geezers

If the old boy likes a convival tipple or two, take him to Meantime in Greenwich. The craft beer company was founded in 1999 in Alastair Hook's tiny flat and now produces well over 100,000 hectolitres of booze every year from their south east London site. You can learn about Meantime's brewing process, handle the ingredients and, most importantly, taste their unique selection of beers. 


8. Sagaform Rocking Whisky Glass

For Dad Drapers

If anyone knows good design it's the Scandinavians, with their clean lines and eye for a nice bit of wood. That's why 'Mad Men's male style icon Don Draper had an apartment full of the stuff. Suave Dad up with this set of elegant Swedish whisky glasses, which not only look good, but will gently roll the aromas out of a heady dram for you too.

£18.99 for six.

9. Napoleon LED Handle Lights

For urban grillers

Darkness: the barbecuer's worst nightmare (apart from hungry local foxes). But barbie-barmy dads everywhere will appreciate these nerdy nightlights. Available solo or in packs of two, these torches stick to your griller and tools magnetically or with the detachable clips included. They also rotate and tilt to ensure all corners are lit and no sausage is left unturned. 

£13.99 (£19.99 for two).
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10. The Vamp speaker adaptor

For cable guys

Does your dad have the corpses of long obsolete speakers dotted around the house with no purpose but as a place to put coffee cups? Enter the Vamp, a simple but brilliant device that enables you to use old speakers without expensive hi-fi hardware. Just connect the wires from the speakers to the little unit, and you can connect to it via Bluetooth or an iPod jack. It also means you can buy a pair of cool old speakers from Oxfam, and start using them straight away.


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