Father’s Day is creeping ever closer! As promised, here are some more fab pressie ideas:
THE MIGHTY BOOMBALL SPEAKER
Small and round = big sound! The Mighty BoomBall Speaker, £15, can turn almost anything into a powerful music system by using its audio-vibration-conduction-system. In other words, the BoomBall effectively uses any empty space as an amplifier, so the larger the space, the bigger the sound. It’s only tiny so can be hung on a keyring or simply put in your pocket. Then, whenever you need to pump up the jams, you can just stick it to any nearby object and transform it into a speaker. Fantastic for cranking some tunes while putting up your tent.
WETTERLINGS SCOUT HATCHET
The recently reissued Wetterlings Scout Hatchet with its green head and lacquered red handle are something of an outdoor icon. Handmade in Sweden, the company has been around since 1880 and employs only nine craftsmen. Hugely popular between 1930 and 1950, this general use, small forest axe is all your camping man will need to keep the campfire stoked this Summer. The Scout Hatchet comes with a 10-page booklet of axe knowledge and an embroidered patch. You can order one from The Quiet Farm for €83.
BBQ BRANDING IRON
What dad out there could resist that weirdly satisfying “phsstt” as he brands his own steak? You’ll bring out his inner cowboy with this BBQ Branding Iron for sure. It’s only £14.99, has 52 letters and eight blank spaces and you can order it from Firebox.
You can check out my other Father’s Day ideas here and here.
I could stare at this picture of the Peak District all day. It just makes me want to hurl my tent into the back of the car and hit the road. But there’s Father’s Day gift-gathering to grapple with, so here are some more fantastic suggestions for you guys:
Mamnick is the road that leaves Hope valley and begins it’s steady ascent of Mam Tor, deep in the Peak District. It’s also the name of a slick, manly fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by these scenes. And it’s the place where these great shirts, and everything else they make, are made. Mamnick is a company that openly reveres Britain’s manufacturing heritage and they aim to carry on in that tradition by working with skilled, talented local artisans. The brand ethos? “Do one thing at a time, as beautifully as possible”. Here, here. What Daddy wouldn’t want to be a part of all that good stuff every time he shrugs an extra layer on at a campsite? I’ve got my eye on the Bagshaw Vest, £93, pictured above. But I’m probably even more seriously tempted by the very handsome Bubnell Gilet, £114, pictured below.
And why stop there? There’s always this Pilsley Shirt, £95. Or the Litton Shirt, £90. He’ll be the sharpest camper round the fire.
WAKA-WAKA SOLAR LIGHT AND CHARGER
The Waka Waka is the most efficient solar lamp in the world. A few hours in the sun and you’ll get more than 40 hours of light. There are four increasing brightness levels and an SOS signal in case the tent caves in or something equally nightmarish happens on your next camping trip. It’s lightweight and portable, and has a stand that enables it to be attached to the top of a bottle or hung from the tent top or tree. You can also use it to fully charge your phone and iPad. And you can charge it through the mains as well, which is pretty handy. Not only that, the beautiful people behind Waka Waka (which means ‘shine bright’ in Swahili) launched a ‘buy one, give one’ campaign that has raised over $US700,000 and provided 12,000 LED lamps to Haitian families living without electricity. They are now sending Wakas to Syria. This is one purchase that you can feel darn good about buying and using. You can order one directly from Waka Waka for $US79 and join in these campaigns or from Firebox for £59.99 with free delivery.