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Gift Guide for New Parents

Once you get to my age, with two kids of your own, you’re pretty well versed in what is and isn’t useful to give to new parents as a gift. I’ve been through various things like nappy bins (I never really got the hang of our one, to be honest) and wipe warmers to know what I would never buy again, and also remember what was an absolute godsend when my two were little. With that in mind, here are a few suggetions that will definitely be a hit with new parents:

Vests and Sleepsuits

It doesn’t matter how many new vests and sleepsuits new parents buy ahead of their baby being born, once they arrive it will never seem enough. I don’t think there are many parents in the world who have bathed and changed their baby into clean clothes, only for a poo-nami or vomit volcano to erupt! Cute baby sleepsuits are always a winner and the range of neutrals for parets who don’t know the gender of their baby is MUCH greater nowadays.

Takeaway Voucher

In the past, lots of people would turn up with a freshly baked casserole or a stash of frozen meals to make new parents life easier. The modern version of this is buying them a gift card! Either find out their favourite takeaway or go for a delivery service like Just Eat or Deliveroo and have a voucher for a meal delivered. They’ll thank you for making their lives easier AND for making sure they’re getting a decent meal between feeds and nappy changes.

Muslins

As with the baby grows and vests, another thing which new parents can never have enough of is muslins. They’re a fab multi-purpose item which can be used for wiping up spit-up, using as a shoulder guard when you’re burping baby, draping over you if you’re breastfeeding and want some privacy – there are even huge muslins which are made for swaddling baby.

Thermometer

When Sausage was a tiny baby, my Mum and Dad gave us a Braun in-ear thermometer, and we still use it to this day. It’s been an absolute godsend for over a decade and while some people may feel uncomfortable giving a gift which relates to potential illness, it’s genuinely one of the most useful, practical gifts we were given. A few years ago, we were gifted a newer, no-touch model which was fairly new tech at the time and after using it a few times, we actually gave it away and went back to our trusty in-ear model!

A V-Pillow

Although I didn’t breastfeed my two, having a large, v-shaped pillow was a huge help when it came to bottle feeding. I’d sit in an armchair and place the pillow on my lap with baby snuggled safely on top. It meant that my hands were both free for bottle holding and interacting, and we were both comfortable. It’s something that would be one of the first things I’d recommend to new parents, I think.

Inspiration – Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father's DayIf the men in your life are as tricky to buy for as mine, then you’re potentially going to find yourself lacking inspiration in the next few weeks as Father’s Day approaches. Husband AND my Dad are tricky to buy for which means that I get cold sweats at this time of year just thinking about finding decent gifts for them. This year, I’ve decided to be prepared a long way in advance and start thinking about what I can get them and I thought I’d share my ideas with you in case you need inspiration too:

Aftershave

I actually really like buying aftershave as a gift and I know it’s something that Husband likes to receive it, too. I’ve been having a look through the Hugo Boss sale and I’ve found some really nice options at some really decent prices, so this is definitely top of my list of ideas at the moment.

Experiences

Just recently, my little brother turned 18 and as he’s already been driving for a while, Husband and I bought him a supercar driving experience, and there are loads of other experiences too – my Dad’s partner paid for him to do a glider flight a couple of years back, so I know he’s up for doing that kind of thing, which means it could be the ideal gift for him if I find the right experience.

Sunglasses 

Sunglasses aren’t something that everyone wears but Husband and my Dad are both wearers of sunnies which makes buying them as a gift a really decent option. There are some great frames available in the Ray-Bans sale and I know that Husband loves an aviator and a wayfarer, which gives me several more options for him. His birthday is a month after Father’s Day too, so I need to be double-prepared!

Watches

Husband is a massive fan of watches and can often spend hours browsing and picking ones he likes. However, he’s not looking at brand new Rolex…he loves refurbished vintage watches! His favourite brands of vintage watches are Omega and Breitling and he also loves ones which have unusual numbers on the face – he’s had one with Hindi digits on his wishlist for ages!

Tickets

Both Husband AND my Dad are massive music fans and have several bands that they consider favourites. I’d love to be able to buy them tickets to gigs that I know they’d love, but often these things are a matter of the right time and place, as well as a decent budget. However, if tickets for the bands that your Dad likes are within your budget, I think they’d be an awesome gift. He gets to have a brilliant experience and keep hold of the memories forever.

Do you have any unique ideas for Dad gifts? Do leave me a comment below as a little extra inspiration never hurts! For more ideas and inspiration, head over to Love the Sales.

I Just Love It Whisky Gift Set Review

I think it’s fairly safe to say that everyone has someone in their lives who is tricky to buy for. Mine is my Husband. My ‘very good at buying gifts’ Husband, which makes my job so much harder around Christmas and birthdays because you can guarantee that he’s bought something amazingly sentimental and perfect for me (like the Teddy Ruxpin I’d been coveting for 25 years that he bought for my last birthday)! Enter ‘I Just Love It‘, a website which makes personalised gifts for people who can be a real pain to buy for.

I noticed they had a whisky gift set, which is labelled as a Fathers’ Day gift, but is actually perfect for Husband for Christmas. He’s a huge fan of whisky, with 16 year old Lagavulin being his usual tipple of choice. However, this gift set contains a whisky which is distilled on the island of Islay, one of the inner Hebrides, somewhere that Husband has been planning to go for a few years, so it seemed serendipitous to see it in the set.

Here’s the info:

Exclusive to I Just Love It, this Father’s Day Whisky Gift Set includes single malts from three of Scotland’s most famous whisky regions, including a limited release from one of Scotland’s sadly closed distilleries. Presented in a gorgeous hand-finished gift box with a personalised sleeve, it’s the ultimate way to compare and contrast the different characteristics of single malt from the Scottish Island, Speyside & Islay regions.

The set itself comes beautifully boxed with a personalised sticker on the outside which you can add your own message to and really is a lovely looking gift.

The set also comes with tasting notes and a tasting mat, allowing the recipient to really get involved with the whisky sampling process (rather than just glugging it down before it hits the sides!!).

The set costs £29.99 (plus P&P) and makes such a lovely gift for anyone with an interest in whisky, or even a complete beginner who you feel might appreciate learning about whisky and its origins. The girls and I were really impressed and can’t wait to give Husband his pressie!

Thanks again to I Just Love It, who sent us the set for review purposes.

How Much Do You Value Your Dad?

ud_ultimate_supercar_half_day_ferrari_astonWith Fathers’ Day just around the corner, everyone’s thoughts are turning to Dads and how much they mean to us. It’s hard to measure the ‘worth’ of a person but someone below seems to think they’ve got the method sorted, so I thought I’d share thisvideo with you, which I thought was rather funny!

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The lovely people at The Car Buying Service are running a competition to win a supercar track day for your Dad, as they think it would be the perfect way for you to show your Dad how much you love him on Fathers’ Day. I’m lucky enough to have two Dads, both of whom mean the world to me, however one of them would be happier with a motorbike day and the other would would be in his element with some kind of surfing or skateboarding prize, so I may just keep the supercar experience for myself as it sounds like something I’d LOVE!

Now that I’m older and married with kids, Husband is also a Dad who’s super important to me; Sausage and BB are lucky to have a Dad who is devoted, kind and loving and everything I could hope for in the father to my children. He might be a pain in the bum who never remembers to take his towel into the shower with him (causing an inevitable cry of ‘Jaaaaayne….I’ve forgotten my towel…” every single time!) but he’s genuinely an awesome Dad and Sausage and I are planning a few surprises for this Fathers’ Day so that we can all tell him how much he means to us.

I asked Husband a few weeks ago if there was anything he needed or wanted the girls to get him for Fathers’ Day and he said that all he wanted was a picture drawn for him by Sausage, which will be no problem at all as the girl seems to have a pen or pencil in her hand for most of her waking hours. She loves nothing more that drawing pictures for people to show how much she loves them, so we’ll be doing something extra special for Daddy this year.

How about you? Are you planning anything special for your Husband or Dad? Do you think they’d love a day of messing around with supercars? Are you lucky enough to have two wonderful Dads? Do leave me a comment below and let me know.

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This is for my Dad.

If he were ever to read this blog, he’d know what it means.

The rest of you just get the privilege of listening to Foo Fighters for six glorious minutes.

Love you, Dad.

The Other Woman.

The other day, when I was sitting waiting for an appointment, I got my pen and notepad out of my bag and just started writing, I was gripped by a compulsion to get something down on paper. I only managed to get two pages written, but I wanted to put it on here. So here goes;

Contemplating mortality is a peculiar thing. Contemplating the mortality of a person you care about, when you have a timeframe, isn’t peculiar. It’s nigh on impossible. Doctors can speak in medical terms and give you weeks, months, years, but trying to actually wrap your head around the fact that a persons days might be numbered is so much harder than you might think.

I hadn’t wanted to like Lorraine. When my Dad told me he was seeing someone new, my main emotion was one of indifference. I’d heard it before, got attached to some of them even. My Dad is what you could describe as a serial monogamist. He’s had a series of relationships in my 27 years of life, I even have a little brother from one of them, and in general I’ve got on well with most of them. But they all fit a mould, you see. Younger, much younger than my Dad. In fact, my brothers Mum is only five years older than me, the same age as my Husband. She was 17 when they got together, my dad in his very early thirties, and at 12 I thought he’d lost his fucking marbles.

But Lorraine is different. Sure, she’s not quite old enough to be my Mum, but she’s just in her forties, so at least she’s age-appropriate. She’s intelligent, feisty, travelled and easy to get along with. You can see why I didn’t like her…right?!

Up until my Dad met Lorraine, I hadn’t really taken any of his girlfriends seriously. I could have beat any of them in a game of Trivial Pursuit, even at the age of 11. I suppose in a way I felt superior, felt like my Dad had more respect and admiration for me than he did for them. He’s never been married, never really settled down, he always kept his own house just in case he needed to go back when things didn’t work out.

He and Lorraine are engaged. I was happy when I found out. In a way, it speaks volumes about her, the woman who succeeded where so many others had failed. The woman who got my Dad to settle down. I respect her. Over time, I’ve got to know her and I’ve grown to love her. She’s a good person, great with [Sausage] and my little brother, always friendly, and most importantly, she makes my Dad happy.

That’s where it stops, I think I was called in for my appointment at this point. Last year, Lorraine had a melanoma removed from her leg, and had her lymph nodes removed to prevent it from spreading. Sadly, a few weeks ago, we received the news that the bastard disease had reached her lungs and brain. Needless to say, we’re devastated but she’s having treatment and we’re staying positive. I’m not one to pray or go to church, but I do belive in the power of positive thought, so if I can get as many people as possible to think positively for her, maybe the universe will see its way to helping her out. Lorraine is an inspiration, I’m so impressed with how positive she’s been, and I’m proud of my Dad for dealing with it so well.

Me? I think it’s really fucking unfair and I want to punch someone in the face for letting this happen to such a lovely person, but anger doesn’t get you anywhere, does it? I’m using my maths brain and telling myself that Lorraine’s chances for a full recovery are miles better that the chances of winning the Lottery, and people win the Lottery three times a fucking week.

But in the meantime, if you could all spare a positive thought, that would be great. Thanks, in advance.