Help gardening dads get to work on their allotments, borders and lawns with the great range of gardening gifts on offer this Father’s Day. Choose the right tools and accessories and your dad will soon be making light work of his digging, pruning, staking and clipping.
Here’s our pick of the crop...
Best foot forward
Footwear is an essential part of comfortable gardening and Backdoorshoes have new designs of Shedshoes with men in mind. They’re lightweight, slip on and off easily and the new ‘Mulchwood’ design makes a change from boring old block colours that you find in other gardening clogs. £20, www.backdoorshoes.co.uk
If Dad’s always losing his gardening string, splash out on a useful twine dispenser from Nutscene which also incorporates a cutting blade within the ‘thistle top’ stand for handy cutting and looks great in the potting shed. The dispenser, which is made in the UK from managed forests, includes a ball of jute twine. £16.50, www.nutscene.com
Garden scissors are a must-have for any gardener but the new Cuts+More multi-tool scissors from Fiskars do much more than cut gardening string. Open them up and you have a wealth of other features including a twine and wire cutter, a power notch for cutting light rope and even a bottle opener if he fancies a beer at the end of the day. £19.99, www.fiskars.co.uk
Bulb planting made easy
At the end of summer, when your dad is thinking about bulb planting but has trouble bending down to plant the narcissi and other spring blooms, an ideal present is Burgon & Ball’s new long-handled bulb planter, which was recently nominated as Chelsea Garden Product of the Year. This RHS-endorsed tool slices through soil with ease thanks to its sharp, angled blade. With FSC certified ash handle. £29.95, www.burgonandball.com
To help keep lawn and borders trim, Dad might welcome one of the new range of cordless grass trimmers from Bosch, including the ART 23-18 LI. The updated cutting system uses Durablades, which last up to 12 times longer than current blades, powered by an 18V lithium-ion battery which provides full blade speed until the end of the charge. He will be able to get under garden benches and other awkward corners thanks to a 90-degree rotating head which can change from trimming to edging. £92.95, www.amazon.co.uk
Time for a cuppa
Budget-conscious buyers may plump for a good old-fashioned enamel mug with an apt comment on it. Perhaps as a variation on the ‘Keep Calm’ theme, the Wild & Wolf Dig For Victory enamel mug may fit the bill. £6.95, www.wildandwolf.com
If you want to give him something altogether more stylish and pampering, consider a novel gift from Heyland & Whittle, comprising three bars of natural soap, handmade in England and presented within the pages of a ‘book’ called Grime & Punishmen. £20, www.heylandandwhittle.co.uk
Style-conscious dads may appreciate some practical and comfortable clothing, such as a handy gardening gilet from Genus. Completely windproof, the lightweight soft shell fabric has a durable water-repellent finish and a soft waffle fleece lining, while fast wicking properties draw moisture away from the body. With a tough lined pocket in the back to secure secateurs or knives. £89, www.genus.gs
If he’d rather have an ornament, bring a touch of fun and a Mediterranean flair to your dad’s garden with this pair of metal geckos, which have integrated hooks on the reverse for easy hanging. £12.95, www.houseofbath.co.uk