Father’s Day Gift Guide: because every dad is different

Why are dad’s so hard to shop for?

Sure, they always appreciate socks, but if you want to show your father figure just how much you appreciate them while also supporting Chester high street, we’ve put together some gift giving inspiration. There are all types of dads from busy dads, hungry dads, trendy dads, dads with a sweet tooth and dads that love a little luxury. Whatever kind of dad you’re shopping for, we can help you sort the perfect gift.

Experiences for Dad

Now we have some opportunity to get back out into the world, why not treat dad to an experience unique to Chester?

View the city in a different light by hopping onto a Chester Boat. Not only that, grab a drink on board from their fully stocked bar.

Does your Dad fancy himself a brewer? Brewhouse & Kitchen on Love Street offer a whole heap of event packages including brewery experience days, beer masterclasses and gin tasting to name a few.

And we couldn’t mention experiences without mentioning Storyhouse. From the Stage to the Park, there’s an array of shows to choose from. Or our very own Chester Comedy Festival coming this July for 12 days, in 12 venues featuring 35 comedians!

Chester Boat – www.chesterboats.co.uk
Storyhouse – www.storyhouse.com
Brewhouse & Kitchen – www.brewhouseandkitchen.com
Chester Comedy Festival Ticket – www.chestercomedyfestival.com 


Hobby Dads

We’re lucky to have a great range of hobby shops in Chester. Family-run Chester Model Centre  is on hand to help you pick out the perfect gift, whether they’re new to models or they want a specific set. Complimented nicely by Warhammer, their sets are perfect for getting dads and kids alike involved.

If your dad is a bit more old school, Ancient World on Bridge Street Row is a treasure trove of interesting objects. Special mention to their beautiful selection of Chess Boards too (We won’t let on if you don’t know how to play. Really.)

Chester Model Centre – Bridge St. Row – www.chestermodelcentre.com
Warhammer – Watergate St. – www.games-workshop.com
Ancient World – Bridge St. Row – www.ancient-world.co.uk

Luxury Dads

Let’s be honest, some dads love the luxury. Our Chester streets are paved with gorgeous brands to help you treat and splurge.

If it’s time to go big on your gift this year, Powell’s Jewelers have a captivating selection of timepieces including some excetional Pocket Watches. Not only are they beautiful, but they’ll last for years beyond this upcoming Fathers Day.

If you want to help dad feel dapper, head to Penhaligons and let the team help you find the perfect scent. Put down the Old Spice, pops.

And be sure to pop next door to Loake and chat with Paul about their truly special bespoke shoes, shoes for life, belts, bags and wallets that are a real treat for dads.

Powell’s Jewellers – Eastgate Row – www.powellsvintagejewellery.com
Penhaligons – Eastgate St. – www.penhaligons.com
Loake – Eastgate St. – www.thebroguetrader.com

Cool Dads

We know we said no socks. But if paired with the classically cool Dr Marten boot, we’ll make an exception. Another product made to last, dad will be well booted for a good while in these bad boys.

If vintage vinyl is your dads desire, then look no further than Up North Records on St Werburgh Street. From Arctic Monkeys to Frank Zappa, Ronnie and Louise are on hand help you choose ideal tunes across decades and genres.

Dr Martens – Northgate St.
Up North Records – St Werburgh St. – www.upnorthrecords.co.uk 

Hungry Dads

If dad wants to go out for food…we all go out for food, right? It’s a win-win. Northgate St. Pizza place Dough Dough is a very cool stop for Pizza & Beer (or if you wanted to step up your takeaway game, they’re available for delivery).

For diverse dining options to make the whole family happy, try the famous Atina Kitchen. This eclectic family run independent eatery features Burgers, Mac & Cheese, Avocado on Toast, Lasagne…we could go on. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can treat dad any time of day.

Dough Dough – Northgate St. – www.eatdoughdough.com 
Atina Kitchen – Foregate St. – www.atinakitchen.com 

Thirsty Dads

We’re not saying we like a drink in Chester, but we do have a good selection of boozy offerings. Whether it’s exploring the world via wine at Vinological, or getting in some people watching with a pint on at Beer Heroes, we’ve got all bases covered for a drink for Dad.

If your Dad prefers spirits, pop a few doors down to Turmeaus for their vast range of whiskies, rum, gin, vodka, wine and Champagne. They also have a purpose built humidor and sell hand rolled cigars.

Vinological – Chester Market – www.vinological.co.uk
Beer Heroes – Watergate St. – www.beerheroeschester.com
Turmeaus Whisky & Cigars – Watergate St. – www.turmeaus.co.uk 

Dads with a Sweet Tooth

In the hopes that maybe Dad might share, we’d definitely suggest Sweet Elements for a sweet treat (Although if dad can’t waiver away from a Sausage Roll, they sell those too. They’re on a whole other level.)

Sweet Elements – Northgate St. – www.sweetelements.co.uk

Leave the decision making up to him – Give the Gift of Chester! 

If you’re strapped for time or fretting about a fuss pot father, then opt for a Chester Gift Card that can be spent on a meal out with the family, a trip to the theatre, new clothes, even socks if that’s what dad wants. The Chester Gift Card is accepted in store in each of the businesses mentioned above, plus 100 more locations on Chester high street! See the full list on www.ChesterGiftCard.com.

After the year we’ve had, Chester city centre needs our support more than ever and a Chester Gift Card does that, while giving dad choices with over 100 places to spend all in our compact city centre. Available to buy in person at Chester’s Visitor Information Centre or online at chestergiftcard.com.