You may have forgotten til now, but not to worry — these Irish-owned businesses will sort out your last-minute Father's Day needs
So it's Monday, and you know you've something important on this week. Is it another Zoom meeting? Painting the front room? Oh no... it's Father's Day, and you still haven't gotten a gift.
In fairness, since there is still a literal global pandemic going on, as well as traumatising news from far and wide, it's kind of understandable that it may have slipped your mind. But there's no need to panic and spend two hours in a queue for Penney's to pick up a lacklustre jumper — let the great Irish businesses we have come to you and save your spot as the favourite child.
These brilliant Irish-owned businesses have some great options for Father's Day, and if you act quickly, you can get them delivered before the weekend. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this very weird 2020 Father's Day.
Let the pub come to him with The Back Page's Pub in a Box
If your dad's really been missing his local since lockdown kicked off, why not bring the boozer to him? Lots of pubs around Dublin are doing takeaway pints and cocktails at the moment, but the Back Page in Phibsborough has gone one step further. Their Pub in a Box includes everything you'd want from a great night in the venue — a pizza, 12 cans, two bottles of wine, pint and wine glasses, a board game, some t-shirts, crisps, peanuts, beer mats and a playlist full of bangers to enjoy it to. A better night out than we've had in months, for €125. Order on (01) 535 5941 and collect during your time slot.
A pamper session for his facial hair
The lack of barbers and salons these past few months hasn't been ideal for any of us, and if your dad likes a pamper session every now and again, he'll be missing them too. Aroma Buff is an Irish company founded by professional aromatherapist and reflexologist Lisa Heeney and their Handy Beard Balm is full of beautiful ingredients, like castor oil, beeswax and aloebutter. Best of all, it's as good for your hands as for your beard — simply rub the remaining product into your palms after you're done. €35, delivering nationwide and available for pick-up in Drogheda.
The ultimate Father's Day gift box
The Bee Thoughtful Gift Company is a small business based in Wicklow, headed by Stephanie, who got the idea to start a truly thoughtful gift company when her dad got sick with cancer (thankfully, he's recovered now). The above gift box, specially made for Father's Day, includes lovely, Irish personal grooming products, chocolate (which every dad needs) and a very cute Ladybird book too. It'll set you back just €30, with free shipping across Ireland.
Girseach is a print business based in Donegal, run by Monaghan-born Eilíse, that makes fabulous Gaeilge cards and prints. Their Father's Day cards (there are grandad options too) are just €3 and there are an assortment of Irish dad-esque images to choose from.
And of course, what every dad needs...
If all else fails, go for socks — especially if they ask the age-old dad question of whether you left the immersion on. These brilliant socks are from Irish Socksciety, based in Galway, that specialise in fun, colourful, well-made socks. This pair is €9, but you can also go for a Father's Day gift set combo of four pairs for €36.
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