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Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guide with Jamie Day from A Day in the Life of Dad

With Father's Day coming up this weekend, we asked Jamie Day, founder of award-winning blog A Day in the Life of Dad, to share his top gifts that can still be ordered to arrive in time for Sunday. 

Jamie lives in the Berkshire countryside with his wife Georgia, their two kids, Edie and Arlo and their dogs. Aside from wiriting his blog, he has a busy career as a writer, editor and social media manager. He is the editor of blogzine for dads The FMLY Man and he contributes to GQ magazine, Little London magazine, and the Fifi & Friends blog.  

It'll come as no surprise that Jamie has the Jem + Bea Jamie Backpack – in grey python. Find out what else is on his wishlist for Father's Day below...  




Sunglasses are essential for any dad; perfect for hiding those bags caused by sleep deprivation or black eyes from being a part-time climbing frame. These Oliver Peoples ‘O’Malley’ shades will hide those dark bags and crucially ensure you look good.

Go wild with this amazing leopard print linen jacket from Stussy… Warning: your wife might want to borrow this and you’ll never see it again.

I love the entire Kent and Curwen heritage range – praise be for somehow making rugby, rowing, cricket and athletics look cool! This rose embroidered t-shirt offers classic British style and is perfect for the summer months; great with shorts or layered under an open shirt or jacket.  

You’re a dad, and it’s only a matter of time before you embrace the pipe and slippers lifestyle, and whilst I can’t endorse pipe use, I can certainly recommend a pair of Mahabis.

We all like to pretend we’re a cool French artist now and again don’t we? No? Just me then. How about a French vineyard worker? No, still just me. Ok, this is getting awkward. Just check this khaki work jacket from APC out, it’s très bien, non?

When everyone has Stan Smiths and Gucci Aces require a remortgage, Seven Feet Apart, as described by Jamie Oliver as 'the comfiest shoe ever', might be the answer.

When it comes to being an on-the-go parent, I want a bag that looks good, but also makes my life easier. The Jamie Grey Python from Jem + Bea does just that and much, much more with its practical design and minimalist look.

If you’re ever around Highbury in North London, I’d recommend you book supper at Trullo – it’s a wonderful Italian restaurant. But if a trip to N1 isn’t on the cards any time soon, then ‘Trullo – The Cookbook’ is a fantastic alternative, offering bold and creative recipes but with a laid-back approach.

Whilst you’re lugging buckets and spades, beach balls and giant inflatable flamingos down to the beach this summer, retain a little cool by adding this towel from Hartford to your hefty load.

Fact of the day: the average person spends 37 years* of their life untangling headphone cables. Go wireless and spend those 37 years listening to music instead with these fab Bose headphones.

*might not be accurate

You can’t move for Hawaiian shirts at the moment. If they’re your thing, this Bird of Paradise number from Wacko Maria will look groovy with your can of Lilt.

It was scatter cushions in the ‘90s, coffee table books in the noughties, and nowadays our homes are being invaded by fancy candles. But unlike those unnecessary cushions, here’s a trend we can get on board with, especially with this fun monkey print from Fornasetti.

Ahh, British Summer Time… BBQs, frisbees, Pimms and err, rain macs. As much as we’d like to believe summer is all about days in the hazy sun, let’s be honest, at some point we’re going to get drenched. This stylish Stutterheim coat will ensure you’re prepared for that inevitable soaking. 

So many men moan about shaving. It’s a protracted chore and can leave our skin looking like it’s been hacked at with a rusty old key. So as a treat, why not enjoy a traditional wet shave and hot towels experience at Trumpers in the heart of London.


11th June 2018

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