Top Ten: Father’s Day the Indie Oxford way…

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With only a week left to go until Father’s Day, have you got a gift sorted for one of the most important men in your life? For the last few months Father’s Day themed items have been creeping in but how about breaking away from the mass produced and do Father’s Day the Indie Oxford way? Below is our top ten guide to Father’s Day gifting…


1.       Objects of Use

For the Father who loves things that are good looking and useful, why not pop into the fabulous Objects of Use? We love their range of handcrafted gardening tools which look good hung up in the shed and, if lovingly cared for will “outlast us all”. They’ve also got a brilliant range of pot, pans, jug and all things culinary for the father who loves being in the kitchen.


Truck Store

2.       Truck Store

Got a father who is music obsessed? Check out Truck Store on the Cowley Road. Pick something you know he’s into or ask the guys in store for some recommendations. They also run events so why not pick up two tickets for some son/daughter-father time.

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3.       WRAP

Illustration and print mad Dad? Pick him up something from the WRAP store. They’ve got a range of items created by some of the most talented illustration artists in the UK including stationary, prints and their bi-annual print magazine. We love the fact all of their beautifully crafted products are made in the UK.

Upp Cinema

4.       Ultimate Picture Palace

For any film buff UPP is a great call for gifts. For Father’s Day it’s a great way of bagging yourself some son/daughter-father time (followed by a bite to eat and drink in Big Society afterwards). We love the fact you can buy a membership for £25 a year, that they run a baby club (three generation Father’s day celebration anyone?) and have dementia friendly screenings too.


Burrows and Hare Shirts Fathers Day

5.       Burrows and Hare

We love this shop’s range of items for the discerning gentleman/father. From items of clothing to beautifully packaged grooming products, you father will feel suitably spoilt for choice here. Pop in and see them in the Covered Market one day this week.

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6.       Reign

For Father who loves all things vintage and retro, why not pick him up a snazzy shirt from Reign on the Cowley Road? Their range is extensive and he’s not likely to see someone sporting the same shirt as him any time soon!

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7.       Central Living

Central Living, on Little Clarendon Street, is a treasure trove for anyone who loves interior design. Pick him up an iconic piece or grab the latest in product design, and watch him place it pride of place in his home.

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8.       Sanders of Oxford

For any print loving Dad, why not try Sanders of Oxford? Situated on the High Street since the mid 1800’s they are one of the largest print sellers in Britain with over 30,000 items. You’re sure to find a print to suit as they stock topographical, natural history, military, literary, fine art, antique map, decorative and contemporary prints – to name a few!

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9.       Thirsty Meeples

We’ve all spent one Christmas Day playing board games into the early hours and for the Father who instigates these occasions, take him to Thirsty Meeples on Gloucester Green. They’ve got over 2,000 games to play there in their café over a beer and a sandwich, or why not buy one to play at home (with or without you!).


10.   Magdalen Arms

For the foodie father, rather than a physical present (or as well as), why not treat him to a meal at the Magdalen Arms? They’ve got a large dining room, a daily changing menu and a range of sharing dishes you and your Father can get stuck into.

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