Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

Garden Tools – things like sheers, plant pots, or expanding hoses always go down well.

‘Posh’ Shirts – men are notoriously bad at choosing their own clothes, so simplying buying stuff for them is the best way to give them push in the right direction. My favourite are from FatFace (around £40) and NEXT (around £25)

Navy Short Sleeve Printed Dot Oxford Shirt

Sweet Treats – at under a tenner, this company has tonnes of different sweets to choose from all in a cute bottle container.

Marmite Popcorn – if he falls into the ‘love’ side of Marmite, get him something a bit more special like this popcorn, chocolate bar, or even a personalised maritime jar.

Joe & Seph’s Marmite® Popcorn

Fudge –

The Toffee Shop Fudge 454g

Drink – if you find out what his favourite drink is, then chances are they’ll be a set to go with it, but there are generic gifts, such as this 5 can beer set at a very reasonable £20. And if alcohol isn’t their thing, try this ginger beer, or even make your own for an equally delicious beverage.

Beer Hawk Top Dad Beer Box

BBQ – on the slightly more expensive end, BBQ’s are a great present if you know it’s something he’s been yearning over for a while now. With not many mouths to feed, these smaller ones are perfect and only £24.99, or you can go all out with an absolute beast of  a BBQ, like this.

Mug – easy and simple, this old classic is always a reliable option for when you’re really running last minute. In the weeks leading up to Father’s Day, pretty much all supermarkets, shops and even card factories will have enough mugs to last a life time.

CHOCOLATE COVERED MARZIPAN // Recipe

 Marzipan is definitely a love or hate it kinda thing, but these tiny little treats are more popular then the thick strip everyone picks off from their Christmas cake. I made these using the left over ready to roll marzipan from decorating our own cake, but you can make your own if you’re feeling really adventurous. 

  

Ingredients:

200g marzipan

50g chocolate of choice (I used a mix of 70% dark and dark orange chocolate)

Handful of icing sugar 

Decorations of choice (eg. Holly leaves, red balls, sprinkles)

If you’re using flavored chocolate, you may want to decorate them to reflect this (e.g. Orange zest as I did, crushed candy canes for mint chocolate, chopped dried cherry for cherry chocolate) 

 Dust a clean working surface with icing sugar, then roll out the marzipan to about 2mm thin, ensuring you regularly turn it and dust the pin as well so nothing sticks.

Using a variety of cooking cutters, cut out the shapes, place them on a tray of grease proof paper and gather up the left over and re roll it until you have used up as much as you can. 

Leave them to harden up slightly for ten minutes in the fridge while you get the chocolate and decorations ready.

Break the chocolate into small pieces, then melt it over a ban Mari or microwave in 20 seconds bursts, stirring between each so it doesn’t burn.

Using a spoon, paint the melted choocate on the shapes in whatever fashion you wish (I went for the ‘half dip’ style, and rustic drizzle). After each one, sprinkle or place the decorations of your choice before the chocolate sets.

Leave them all on the tray to harden for around 1 hour back in the fridge, then you can layer them up and keep them in the fridge for up to one month!

These are great to tie up with ribbon and give as edible gifts, and you just even pierce holes in the top of them and hang them on the Christmas tree! (Although I would recommend using cooking chocolate if so, as this hardens better).

  

I also used the left over chocolate to dip some nuts and dried fruit in; equally delicious and quite pretty in pictures.