Father’s Day is coming up fast – this year it’s on 21 June. And with the current situation making planning ahead more important than ever, it’s time to get organised with a little something to show him how much he means!
They say men can be difficult to buy for, but if you’re lucky enough to have a green-fingered gent in your life, the task is made that bit easier. There’s a special bond, it seems, between a man and his shed, and kitting him out with some great gardening gizmos will be a sure-fire way to his heart!
Of course, if you’re a father yourself, you may want to make sure that this year Father’s Day brings you something you actually want, rather than another pair of novelty socks - charming as they may be. If this is the case, feel free to direct your loved ones to the below for a little gift inspiration…!
Here are our top gift picks to make Dad’s day.
National Trust secateur – Our ‘National Trust Made by Burgon & Ball’ collection of garden tools is the result of our collaboration with Europe’s largest conservation charity. These tools have a beautiful heritage look, with dark wood handles and touches of brass. This secateur is drop forged, a manufacturing process which gives it rust resistance and lasting sharpness, and the steel extends right through the handles for added strength. The whole range benefits the National Trust too, with a percentage of revenue from sales supporting the charity's conservation activities. We’re even running a special Father’s Day offer on this collection, with 20% off everything in the range.
RHS-endorsed axe – Not the most conventional Father’s Day gift, admittedly, but what man doesn’t secretly fancy himself as a bit of a rugged woodsman, when it comes to the tougher garden jobs? Our new RHS-endorsed axes have a traditional look with forged steel heads and FSC© hickory wood handles, and they’re beautifully weighted, making them a real pleasure to use. There’s a small hatchet which is ideal for chopping wood into kindling for woodburners, open fires or outdoor fire pits; and a larger chopping axe for splitting logs, limbing branches or working with larger timber. Give him the lumberjack look this Father’s Day!
Corona convertible pruner/lopper – Corona tools are a range of high-performance tools from the USA, known for their durability and reliability. In North America it’s a name that’s trusted by keen gardeners and professional landscapers alike, so you know that you’ll be giving a Father’s Day gift which will stand up to some pretty robust treatment. This ingenious convertible pruner/lopper combines advanced engineering with innovation, too. It’s a tough drop-forged bypass secateur, but at the touch of a button the handles fold out to make a two-handed mini lopper – ideal to give a bit more cutting power for those times when you bite off more than you can chew.
Kneelo® knee pads – These knee pads are the most comfort his knees will ever know! Our Kneelo knee pads are the original memory foam design, with generous twin layers of memory foam around a lightweight foam core. The unique cut-out design means they don’t ride up or dig in uncomfortably when kneeling. They’re great in the garden so he can wander as he works, without the fuss of carrying a kneeler. They’re great for DIY, too, and for all sorts of hobbies – we’ve heard of them being used for yacht racing, for example, which can involve some pretty active scrambling around. These will be his new go-to garden accessory.
Garden Supplies – For a gift which is not just purely practical but is pretty stylish too, this gorgeous collection of gardeners’ storage and gardening sundries might fit the bill. There are lots of ideas here, from a twine dispenser filled with handy jute twine, to a rather smart seed packet storage tin to keep saved seeds in perfect condition until planting time. All these items have been finished with stylish moulded corners to give them curves in all the right places, and this designer finish means they’re more than smart enough to leave on show, in shed, kitchen, or anywhere else!
Essential Tools - This selection of handy planting and propagation essentials is ideal for making up a mix’n’match gift set. Cell tray trowels, planting line, tampers, seedling widger… if Dad grows from seed, there’ll be some bits and bobs here he’ll find useful. In fact, he’ll come to wonder how he managed without them! They’ll help him to cut down on plastic in his gardening, too.
So this year, inspire Dad to hit the gardening heights, with a stylish but very practical gift to help him enjoy his time in the garden.
[National Trust secateur images: thanks to National Trust, Kingston Lacy]