Camping Gear: Fashionable Father’s Day gift ideas for camping dads

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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 CLOTHING

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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.

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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.

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WAKA-WAKA SOLAR LIGHT AND CHARGER

 

WWP_Yellow_1The 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.

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Turn Up The Volume On Your iPad

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Camping is a great time to disconnect from the world, but sometimes a little bit of iPad action is a wonderful thing. Like when it’s pouring with rain. Or freezing cold. Or when you can’t get your kids to settle in the tent. Or all of the above! The only problem is that you can barely hear the sound on those things and you spend your time going: “What …? What did he say?” But flicking around the internet one day I discovered this Amplifiear. It’s a cute little thing that simply slips on to the side of your iPad. It increases the sound level 10 decibels by amplifying and projecting the sound towards anyone listening. It’s even 100% recyclable. It comes in 6 colours and there are foam pads so it’ll fit on every model. It’s $US24.99 and is available from here. Cute, huh!

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