Father’s Day can be a strange and sad time for me and for many I’m sure. I sadly lost my Dad when I was pregnant with my eldest daughter. It’s not something I talk about much on my blog but when Father’s Day approaches it’s hard not to. Most days go by when he pops into my mind; an old memory or someone simply talking about their Dad. Friends just using the word “Dad” can feel strange too, as I know it is a word I will never use again when talking to my Dad.
I’m lucky though, very lucky, as have another person in my life, who has been like a Dad to me and is now IS one the grandads to my children, something sadly, my Dad never got to experience. My children know no different and it doesn’t matter. I’m firmly one of the people who believe anyone can father a child but it takes someone pretty amazing to be a Dad. I’m not experienced myself but I can imagine it is quite a feat to take on other people’s children and love and care for them like their own. I’m very grateful to have this and although I’ll always miss my Dad, my step-Dad Dave is the best Dad I’ll have instead.
My Step-Dad is Like a Dad
I’ve known Dave since I was around 8 years old and at 36 now, it’s a huge part of my life. I know I drove him pretty crazy as a moody teenager but he’s always been there for me and supported me like a daughter. Some of the sadness on Father’s Day is definitely dampened because of him.
It’s the simple things that make someone a Dad; simply picking me up from work as a teenager. Sitting me down and telling me his experiences with his friends, whilst I was struggling starting high school, losing my best friend. Taking me to University, kitting me out with what I needed and all the amazing family holidays we have had together. Seeing him with my children and how much he loves them and how much they love him is pretty lovely to watch.
Father’s Day is a great time to show your Dad or person in your life who has been and IS the Dad to you. This year Boots have asked me to “Think Dad, Think Different” when it comes to choosing gifts for Father’s Day. Boots is one of the places to go when looking for gifts, as they want their customers to look and feel better than they could ever imagine.
Choosing Father’s Day Gifts with Boots
We are all different and all Dad’s are unique of course and Father’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate this and choose a gift that reflects them and their personality.
My Step-Dad is one of those people who loves to shower and will quite often shower more than once a day, especially if training or being busy. I know my Mum complains about how long he spends in front of the mirror sometimes! For him I know something from the fragrance section will suit him down to the ground. Boots have a wide range of men’s aftershave to choose from. Aftershave is a brilliant gift for a Dad who loves to smell great throughout the day and feel fresh.
For him Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Homme Mens Eau de Toilette 100ml will be a real treat. This is described as a “light, dinstinguished Eau de Toilette inspired by the fresh sea, warm sun & the richness of the earth.” It currently retails at £78.00.
If you head over to my Instagram page there is a fantastic giveaway where you have the chance to win some Georgio Armani Acqua Di Gio aftershave with Boots UK. Comment and tag a friend to win!
Boots also have a huge range of men’s toiletries and gifts and another idea for the Father’s who love some grooming products. Another idea would be this Rituals The Ritual of Samurai Try Me Set, which retails at £15. This lovely set includes The Ritual of Samurai Foaming Shower Gel 50mls, a 3-in-1 Cooling Shampoo & Shower Gel 70ml and The Ritual of Samurai Shaving Cream 125g.
Celebrating Father’s Day this Year
There are so many things you can do to celebrate Father’s Day. Have a meal, have a day out, have a BBQ. For me, Father’s Day is simply about spending the day together and it doesn’t really matter what you do.
In our family, this maybe simply just hanging out together for the day, having lunch, maybe have a walk and play with the children. I know it will all be about simplicity and being together and this is all my Step-Dad usually asks for. I often find the best memories are made from the simplest ideas.
Whatever you do this Father’s Day, enjoy that special time with your Dad or the person you call Dad.
Happy Father’s Day!
Disclosure – this post is in conjunction with Boots UK but all thoughts are my own.