Last minute, eco-friendly Father’s Day options

Father's Day I Love You Dad

Sunday 19 June is a day to celebrate everything paternal. If you haven’t made any plans yet don’t worry. We have some last minute ideas for how to make this year’s Father’s Day memorable for your nearest and dearest.

A chance to celebrate differently

You could dash to the shops or click online for socks, football memorabilia or a day at Silverstone, but in current times when climate warming and sustainability are at the forefront of our minds, there are huge opportunities out there to celebrate Fathers Day differently. We can doff our caps to the environment, side step traditional masculinity and, most importantly, give our Dads a day to remember.

Lockdown taught us the value of nature and a simple hug. As Father’s Day approaches, these two elements may be all we need to guide us, especially if personal finances are being plundered by the current cost-of-living situation:

  1. The gift of time is immeasurable, so perhaps a walk in some of our extraordinary countryside with your Dad, or a couple of hours bonding in the garden could be all that is required.
  2. A summer picnic or outdoor feast (see our easy recipe suggestions here) is a pleasure at this time of year. Or book a special Father’s Day Sunday roast or traditional afternoon tea at the lovely Blandy’s at Inglewood.
  3. Membership of our local Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) could be a great way to treat your Dad to future countryside adventures.
  4. Or perhaps it is time to record your father’s life story, in his own words, with a legacy recording with Suzi Cairns at You Me and a Cup of Tea?
  5. If you want to give a gift, what better than a jar of honey from a local beekeeper, or a handmade gift by local artisan? See the Craft & Gift section of our Local Business Directory for ideas.
  6. Or why not make your own card, gift or cake? If he likes rhubarb, this White Chocolate and Rhubarb Swiss Roll might hit the spot. Whatever your age or skill, it’s very much the thought that counts – to simply say ‘I love you’.

A truly memorable day can be created with imagination and not too much money, even if you are caught in a last situation. Grab a trowel, grab a crayon, grab a camera and give the gift of your time and a happy, sustainable Father’s Day can be had by all.


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