Is your Dad as difficult to buy for as the men in my life? I find it so hard buying for both my own Dad and now my husband and father of my daughter. Hopefully this will help! I’ve sourced the very best gifts from a range of Derbyshire small businesses. I know lots of us are keen to buy small and local where possible (and if you’re not yet convinced, read my reasons for shopping local), so here are 20 Father’s Day ideas from Derbyshire small businesses. There’s only the very best here, at prices to suit a range of budgets.
Remember it’s always worth ordering sooner than later, particularly with anything handmade or personalised.
All of the small businesses are included her on their own merits. I have not been gifted or received any sort of payment – if they’re in here it’s because they’re fabulous local companies who I think need just a bit more exposure. (Edit – post publishing I have since received gifts from Woodsquare and Reap & Sow)
Father’s Day ideas from Derbyshire small businesses
Dads who like a Drink gift ideas
For those that drink, alcohol is often a very well received gift. Particularly if it’s from a quality, local producer. My go-to would be to visit the Reap and Sow Spirits Gin Shop in the pretty village of Barlow. Reap and Sow have developed so many different brands and flavours of not just gin but also limoncello (developed in association with the iconic Chatsworth Estate) and also vodkas. All hand produced with quality ingredients using traditional methods in small batches. Visit the shop and chat to Becky or Ade about their wonderful artisan products, or shop online. Read my review of the Derbyshire gin shop here.
The Courtyard Barn in Eyam is a wonderful shop full of gorgeous gifts, including over one hundred local beers! For something really special, there’s a gift set featuring The Coolstone’s own black gin and a handcrafted ceramic tumbler from a Wirksworth pottery. Read my review of The Coolstone here.
In Bakewell, there’s Rebel Drinks and in Ashbourne there is the wonderful House of Beer which stocks over 500 world, craft and traditional beers, ciders & small batch gins.
Gifts for Food Lovers
Woodsquare are based in Derbyshire, selling beautiful artisan products. Although the brand is based solely online, you may well have met founder Ieva exhibiting at local events, most recently at Haddon Hall’s spring Mercatum. Woodsquare specialise in stylish wooden chopping boards and other wooden kitchen accessories and utensils. Ieva paints the birds herself, but most of the products are made in the Baltics from five different artisan families, so the brand works as small co-operative. I particularly love the simple, wooden chopping boards that would be perfect for an indulgent antipasti or grazing board. Surely a perfect gift for a food loving father?
Farm shops are always a great place to source foodie gifts. Often the stock is locally sourced. Read about my pick of the best farm shops in Derbyshire here. The Riverside Kitchen café in Bakewell also stocks some lovely foodie things that would make a nice gift, read my previous review here.
Geranium Bakery make the prettiest, tastiest macarons and will be selling limited edition manly flavours including Guinness.
Some wonderfully quirky Father’s Day ideas from Derbyshire small businesses come from the fabulous Rate Good Brownies who are selling limited edition ‘fry up’ boxes of brownies, and ‘cow pat’ cookies! Place your Rate Good Brownies Father’s Day order here.
A range of places are offering afternoon teas. Depending on where you live, I would recommend The Café at Libby’s in Chesterfield, The Star at Cotton or The Little Shed in Allestree or Ashbourne. All need booking in advance.
There are a range of independent menswear shops across Derbyshire, all of who would be very grateful of your custom. In Chesterfield, there’s Zebra Menswear who also have a great website and in Belper, Strut Menswear.
Orgill Originals is a family run business based in Breaston. Father and daughter team, Nicole and Neil are self taught in leather craft using traditional methods and a classic style. Every item is unique and there are a range of gifts for men with prices starting at just £4 for a ‘Best Dad’ token, and a range of hand stitched leather items. Just be aware that the majority of their leather goods are made to order and can have a lead time of 1-2 weeks before dispatch. Order early!
And So She Made handmakes personalised bracelets from healing gemstomes and delicate glass, and makes regular donations to Sands. There are a range of Father’s Day gifts with prices starting at just £7 including postage.
The Outdoorsy Dad
The Ramble Guide to the Peak District is a beautiful book written by Athena Mellor. It features twelve walking routes, as well as over 50 sites of interest, pubs, cafés, accommodation and more. There are a handful of stockists across the Peak District, or buy online here for £16 plus £3 postage. Mine arrived super quickly.
Cool, Quirky, Funny Father’s Day ideas from Derbyshire small businesses
Sit and Sketch have a wide range of beautiful illustrations, prints and gifts perfect for art lovers. You can also purchase personalised digital Father’s Day cards for just £5, or have the personalised print in a range of sizes. Check out their Etsy shop for more options.
Me & Thee is a design led business set up by Chesterfield based, Maria, that takes quirky Northern and Derbyshire sayings and prints them on to mugs, coasters, prints etc. ‘Gaffer’ or ‘Be Reyt’ might make perfect Father’s Day gifts. The Gaffer design is available as a mug, coaster, card and fridge magnet. Shop on Etsy or support a local shop (and get gift wrapping and cheaper delivery) by buying at Handmade Design in Ashbourne or Shop Indie in Chesterfield, both offer click and collect and local delivery.
Dads who just like being Cosy at Home
Hide and Thread is a small, independent furniture business ran by skilled carpenter Matt and other half Catherine, creating handmade and bespoke furniture from its workshop in the vintage quarter on Dale Road, Matlock. There’s handmade footstools, ottomans, benches and hallstands but also a beautiful range of throws and blankets. I particularly love the Weaver Green brand, so luxurious that you’d never guess they’re made entirely from recycled plastic bottles! Hide and Thread have also just commissioned a beautifully illustrated tea towel celebrating some iconic Matlock sights.
Herbert and Rose is based on the illustrations by Ali Scothern. She sells a range of products including prints, notepads and mugs, most of which are decorated with lovely animals, many of which Ali observes on her walks in the Derbyshire countryside. The lovely enamel mugs would be perfect for gardening, walking or camping.
And for Dads who Like to be OUT…
Gift an experience
For a unique driving experience, check out DriveDadsCar.com you can even opt to receive the gift voucher as an old style driver’s licence in a special presentation box. Driving experiences start at £49 for the classic collection consists of a selection of cars from the 70s,80s and 90s including quirky cars like the Reliant Robin. Driving experiences include free entry to the Great British Car Journey attraction in Ambergate.
Sauced Here sells a full range of experience gift vouchers such as cookery classes, including learning to cook Afro-Caribbean food with Stella Kisob, chocolate making and tasting workshops, photography and yoga. Check out the full range here.
The Little Shed also sell a wide range of vouchers, everything from a box of cupcakes voucher to a gentleman’s afternoon tea! I love that prices start at just £5.50 for a ‘tea and cupcake’ voucher – a perfect little treat for your single mate that needs cheering up?
Or why not treat Dad to a gift voucher to his favourite restaurant? A perfect way to support hospitality after this awful year.
Dads who like a pamper
Peak District Candle Co. make delightful hand poured soy wax candles that are stylishly presented in environmentally friendly glass jars. The 100% soy wax is a completely natural product which burns slower and more evenly, giving you a long lasting product. A standard sized candle costs just £10. There’s a wide range of scents available but check out the limited edition Cuban Tobacco and Oak candle or there’s the option to personalise a special Father’s Day candle for just £12.
Design 44 has gorgeous ‘Wiseman Toolkits’ filled with little luxuries to carefully sourced and curated by Design 44’s owner Jade with a BIG emphasis on supporting small brands and businesses. This particular box contains a range of masculine toiletries and also a bar of artisan chocolate.
Eco conscious Dads
For a full range of eco friendly gifts, head to the Dronfield based It’s All About You website. There’s all sorts, from eco friendly shaving sets to bamboo sunglasses to a zero waste travel kit. Read more about It’s All About You eco store and refill service here or you can read about other eco friendly Derbyshire companies here.
Father’s Day ideas from Derbyshire small businesses on your local high street
Let’s not forget brick and mortar stores. Our local high streets need our help more than ever before. Despite being shut for lockdown many lovely shops are still selling online. Many offer gift wrapping and local delivery. My favourites are Design 44 in Derby, Shop Indie and Libby’s in Chesterfield, Bow Boutique in Matlock, Handmade Design Ashbourne and The Bottle Kiln in West Hallam.
If you’ve enjoyed this, check out my 7 Reasons to Shop Local