My dad is absolutely awful at treating himself and rarely ever buys himself things throughout the year (unlike my mum!) So when it come’s to occasions like Fathers’ Day I love to spoil my dad whenever possible. This year, in particular, I want to be very special because my dad was made redundant just before Christmas and I know he’s not feeling quite himself, he’d been there for about 20 years’, was very good at his job but the job just isn’t something which really exists very more which doesn’t help when looking for other jobs. A few weeks ago some gift cards* from Debenhams dropped through my letter box and it gave me a great excuse to treat my dad and even take him out on a little father-daughter spree.
There are a few Debenhams stores close by to me in Watford although I am so excited that we’re getting our own store within the next few years’ with a huge development happening in Watford Town Centre. Although it might be lethal having all those beauty brands so close to me *oops*.
I wanted to keep some treats and ideas as a surprise for my dad so chose some items without his knowledge but taking him into the store was lovely as he got the chance to have a look around and try on clothes, something he rarely does because we’re usually in too much of a rush. We opted to look at polo shirts as they’re a fantastic hybrid of smart, casual clothing and look really good both with jeans and smart work trousers and we picked up this beautiful Ben Sherman patterned polo shirt which fit perfectly. I definitely think men’s brands get a much better diversity of sizes than ladies versions.
Next up it was something super practical and we headed to the umbrella’s because my dad is awful with them always leaving them places or not taking one out because he doesn’t want to carry it. Because of this we picked up this tiny umbrella which is so small it can fit comfortably without notice into the inside pocket of a coat. With the Summer weather being so unpredictable I know that he’s going to get quite a bit of use out of this and I’m far less worried that it’s going to go walkabouts.
My dad was over the moon with his two items and he left the store with a spring in his step but he had no idea that I had another surprise up my sleeve. Debenhams not only sell some of the best clothing and accessories but they also sell experiences. Now I know how much my dad loves going out for nice dinners’ especially when it’s an excuse to be able to take my mum out and dress up so I booked an afternoon tea experience for two for them at a fancy London hotel. I decided against giving him this treat early so he’ll have to wait until month to find out where he’s heading but I can’t wait to see the look on his face as an experience like this is not something my dad would actively book himself as he’d think £79 is too much for an indulgent treat when in reality I think it’s well worth the price to see my parents relax.
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