Father’s Day 2020: Gift Ideas | The Bench


Falling on the 21st of June this year, Father’s Day is fast approaching once again. Men in general can be notoriously tricky to please and often call for gift buying that is just a little left of centre to strike the right note. The Cooksongold website makes the perfect hunting ground for those searching for a practical gift, so I have rounded up a selection of little gems that might just fit the bill.

‘Digital Crafts’ by Ann Marie Shillito – (999 A176), £32.99

Having had a design-based career, using CAD in the latter stages, I know my dad would be interested in a book focussing on industrial technologies being utilised by designer makers. Perhaps not for everyone, but I’m willing to bet that many of you who use this website also have creative parents with more than a passing interest in modern technology. Covering 2D and 3D digital designing and modelling, 3D printing, reverse engineering, CNC machining and waterjet and laser cutting, this book is packed with fascinating examples of jewellery, furniture and decorative objects all created using state of the art technology which is now more accessible than ever. A captivating read for anyone with a creative/technical mind.

Sterling Silver Lobster Hook Clasp/keyring 48mm X 21mm – (NVF T27), £23.35

With its chunky proportions, this oversized lobster clasp makes a really special keyring fob ideal for a gift. Weighing in at a hefty 13.47g this is not something that will be mislaid easily! Either team it up with a suitably themed accessory or simply give on its own to add to an existing keyring.

Daler Rowney Series A Sketchbook A3, 25 Pages, 150gsm, (997 473), £11.53 and Faber Castell Goldfaber Aqua Watercolour Pencils X12, (997 BF1), £10.18

A sketch pad is a thoughtful gift for anyone as it encourages us to stop and really look at things and reflect on what they mean to us. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) many of us have a little more time on our hands right now so it’s an ideal opportunity to get drawing; and by using watercolour pencils you can incorporate paint without the hassle of a palette or individual tubes which is simplicity itself.

Knot Cufflink Rhodium Plated Brass, (X2A 102), £13.10 and Black Leatherette Cufflink Box, (996 135), £2.94

 Cufflinks are a classic men’s gift and make a nice finishing touch to any formal shirt. These rhodium plated brass knots, are understated, classy and subtle enough to please any discerning gent and at a fraction over £13, are pocket money priced. Add a classic black leatherette box to complete the gift.

Magnetic Wooden Tool Holder 45cm, (999 099C), £23.60

My final pick is for practical dads who love their tools. Our fabulous magnetic tool holder is the height of practicality and simplicity combined. Fixed to a wall with the fittings provided, metal tools will be held securely and in clear view so will never be mislaid again (or that’s the idea). Perfect for hand tools and smaller objects such as drill bits which would otherwise clutter up the workbench. This is ideal for dads who don’t like a fuss when it comes to gifts.

So what will you be getting for your dad this Father’s Day?

Browse our full range online and ensure you order in good time to guarantee delivery for this years Father’s Day.

Written by Joanna Varney

Joanna has worked in and around the jewellery industry for well over 20 years. She has designed and created her own pieces as a designer maker, as well as working in jewellery retail on a much larger scale, producing designs and NPD for some of the UK’s largest high street retailers



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