Seeking inspiration for the special gift for ~Father’s Day (16th June)? Here’s a showcase of the variety Ashbourne has to offer. Another reason to Try Ashbourne First
On the top floor at the Bennett’s store are a couple of tables showing Father’s Day gift ideas. They include some really nice cufflinks (£32), piggy banks (£22.50) and washbags. You could call in at the cafe while you are there and enquire about the afternoon teas on offer or treat him to an excellent breakfast. Bennett’s serve the excellent White Peak Farm sausages in a variety of combinations as well as a pretty fine cheesy crumpet.
2. Sticky Fingers
For something personal and different, Sticky Fingers is your answer. You can paint a garden gnome (with a range of prices based on size), cufflinks or even a trophy. As an alternative why not get him a painting or decopatch session to create his own gnome. Painting sessions are a fun family event and there is something that everyone will want to paint. While you are there the cakes are always home made and the coffee is excellent.
There are some really special and unique ideas by our own designer/jeweller. First off is the silver chip fork/money clip. This is a development from the firm’s shop in Whitby and costs £218. This can be engraved if required.
An alternative is a set of Shrovetide commemorative sterling silver cufflinks with Derbyshire Blue John in them for £243. Sellors specialise in Blue John and Jet jewellery and if you haven’t visited their stores it is worth going in to have a look. They also have a very good blog which shows their work and new arrivals. They have an excellent range of Pandora as well as some really very good watches. They also make jewellery locally as well as being a supporter of Shrovetide
4. The Olive Tree
The Olive Tree is always a great place to pop into for inspiration. Ideas for Father’s Day include clocks and wall plaques. They’d look great in his study or in the lounge and there is a good selection of clocks for the mantlepiece or wall. What is it with men and time? There are a range of prices but the one pictured is just over £30.
While you are there check out the range of unique crafted items often sourced from local suppliers. there is a lovely showroom upstairs as well as the shop by the Millennium clock.
5. Vintage Bluebird
Another great shop to browse in Ashbourne. For the fisherman in your life they have water bottles and mugs with a vintagy feel. For the boy at heart are some great mugs with images to take you back to the toys of (possibly) his youth. Which man deep down doesn’t really want a Hornby, Airfix or Scalextric mug?… or the toy for that matter! While you are there have a browse through the ever changing stock of candles, table decorations, ornaments, greetings cards etc
As summer approaches and the weather improves, don’t forget the legendary Pachacuti for a genuine Panama hat. Hats are like shoes – buy cheap, buy twice – in my opinion. A good hat will last for years and Carry’s shop has rollable and non-rollable options in a large range of colours, styles and sizes.
The shop is also a great example of ethical trading – Ashbourne has been a Fairtrade town for many years – with a really nice shop as well. Pachacuti also has a great website showing all the items in stock. Carry Somers has the hats made for her and regularly visits the manufacturers. She’s also just returned from showing her products at Chelsea Flower Show.
7. Best Wishes