10 Independent Oxford Ideas For Father’s Day 2019
Father’s Day is this Sunday 16th June, and if you’re stuck for gift ideas, we’ve put together some cool ideas for Father’s Day, to give you inspiration to discover some unique, awesome and local gifts for your dad from some of the brilliant independent businesses in Oxfordshire we love to support.
Creation Theatre creates exciting, ground-breaking productions of classic texts in unusual locations across Oxford. From Blackwell’s Bookshop to Oxford Castle, Peter Pan to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, they see stories in new ways.
This year they have a great line up of productions to choose from including Pictures of Dorian Gray, The Tempest and Don Quixote. Find out more and book your Dad a truly different theatrical experience on the Creation website.
Cultivate is Oxford’s Local Food Cooperative supplying local, organic, fresh fruit and veg to the people of Oxford via their Summertown Farmer’s market stall, and online click & collect and delivery services. Less than 1% of the food consumed in the county is actually produced here and they’re looking to change that by working closely with local growers, farmers and producers to help create a more sustainable food chain in the county. Shopping with Cultivate not only means you’re getting a wide variety of fresh, tasty, and organic produce, but you’re also helping them create a better food system for Oxford. Better for everyone who eats food, better for everyone who grows food, and better for the planet.
A Cultivate produce box makes a great Father’s Day gift. Pack it with awesome local produce from Warborough Honey, The Wonky Food Company, Linden Chocolate, Missing Bean Coffee, Ermana Skincare and Tiddly Pommes Apple Juice. Check out the Cultivate online shop.
The Deli at No. 5
The Deli at No. 5 in Thame, is a Great British Delicatessen with artisan alcohol and lifestyle home ware. Owners Hannah and Joe celebrate Great British produce with a great range of cheese, meats, local produce and gifts perfect for foodies!
They hold regular in store events, and their Cheese and Wine Pairing Evenings make a great gift.
Grape Minds is Summertown’s new independent Wine Merchant based on South Parade, owned by Graeme Woodward and Michael Jelley. They stock a fantastic range of wines from all over the world catering from entry level party wines to some of the worlds very finest. Graeme and Michael are highly knowledgeable and will help you find the perfect Father’s Day gift.
Healthy Oxford, organised by Ayurvedic practitioner Laura Hancock, is a peaceful therapy room in the heart of Jericho offering a range of restorative, nurturing and transformative alternative practices and treatments to the local community. The team of practitioners are highly qualified experts in their fields and includes therapies such as Somatic Experiencing, Life Coaching, Ayurvedic Massage, Yoga, Craniosacral and Dorn Therapy. The ethos and values of Healthy Oxford is to offer space for alternative therapists to build long-standing and sustainable practices and to build a strong team of highly experienced practitioners who can offer a diverse range of complementary therapies to the local community.
I highly recommend Laura’s Ayurvedic Massage, it would make a great gift for tired and stressed parents seeking some calm and balance in their lives.
An award-winning independent bookshop located in the heart of Abingdon. Mostly Books, owned by Sarah Dennis, offers an excellent range of books, greeting cards, gifts and children’s toys. The team can source most titles ready for collection the following day (subject to availability). They can order any book that is currently in print and even track down some that are not. The team are happy to deliver books within Abingdon for no charge. If the books need to go further afield, they will happily arrange delivery for a small cost.
Sarah and the team are passionate about books, and can advise you on new and popular titles that would make a great Father’s Day gift.
Objects Of Use
Objects of Use, owned and run by Hazel Rattigan & Alexis Dexter on Market Street in the heart of Oxford, is a source of enduring household tools and functional items, consciously sourced from around the globe, with a special focus on everyday archetypes and vernacular objects. Beautiful, hand-carved ‘Kuksa’ cups from Finnish Lapland sit alongside beeswax candles from Cumbria, glassware from the Atlas mountains, cutlery from Sheffield and Catalonia, Japanese kitchenware and Dutch garden tools.
It’s an ideal place to find a quirky and alternative Father’s Day gift.
Open Stage Arts
Based in Rose Hill, Oxford, the classes at Open Stage Arts are designed to be fun, friendly and pressure free.
Their instructors are Oxford-based actors, directors, singers and vocal coaches who want you to enjoy their craft as much as they do. They will use their knowledge and enthusiasm to bring out your creativity in a relaxed environment that never asks you to do anything you are uncomfortable with or unsure of.
If you have a budding thespian in your family, you can book him a Open Stage Arts Gift Voucher for a taster class, or a term of singing and drama classes.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery
The only distillery in the world to be using ancient populations heritage grain, all sustainably grown exclusively for TOAD on organic farms within a 50 mile radius of Oxford. The rare and distinctive subtleties in their spirits are a direct result of their commitment to these diverse populations of heritage rye, wheat and barley.
TOAD is based in OX3 and you can buy their award winning spirits from the distillery.
Truck Store & Rapture
Truck Store is Oxford’s independent music hub, a proper record shop in the heart of the city’s music scene, a perfect place to pick up a Father’s Day gift for the music fan in your family!
If you’re looking for a great music store outside of Oxford, check out Truck’s sister store Rapture in Witney. Rapture is Oxfordshire’s longest running independent record store, right in the centre of Witney.
As the town’s independent record store, Rapture feel it’s vital to keep the local music scene thriving. They’ve always encouraged bands to bring in their CDs, records and even tapes so that they can encourage customers to support them. They also sell tickets and advertise for the latest events happening in Oxfordshire.