Bored with buying your poor old pops a pair of socks again this year? Sick of grabbing the last bottle of red wine on the way out of the supermarket again? Tired of making him smell like a tarts handbag for the tenth year running? You’re in luck. I’ve found a fabulous website that offer presents such as robots revolving tea lights to submarine tea bag holders. Yes, everything your dad wanted but never knew he did can be found at www.utilitydesign.co.uk and although you may be too late for this Father’s Day, they are worth book-marking as they not only do gifts for men but for ladies and kids as well. So come Christmas when you are frantically searching the high street for inspiration, you can just pull up this page and do all your shopping from one website! And all the gifts can be wrapped with a message for just £2.50 extra per gift. Here are some examples of what I mean:
Tea Sub Infuser – £9.50
Tea Sub is the Tea Sub Infuser which brings a little fun to the tea round. Channel your inner Beatle, with this submarine inspired silicone tea infuser. Simply fill with your favourite tea leaves – we are partial to a little Earl Grey, and submerge the submarine in boiling water to create the perfect infusion.
Plectrum Pickmaster – £19.99
Plectrum Pickmaster is a must have for all guitar players! Whether you’re a private Paul Simon who only allows your bedroom walls to hear your strumming or a fully fledged pro, Plectrum Pickmaster will keep you in the best plectrums for as long as you like. What the Plectrum Pickmaster allows you to do is to make plectrums from your old plastic cards. Whether it’s an old loyalty, membership, store or credit card simply slide it into Plectrum Pickmaster, give it a push and “voila”, you’ve made yourself a completely original plectrum all of your very own! Plus, slide it in at the right angle and you can even make your name appear on the plectrum itself, giving it that extra personal touch. How cool is that – and just think of the savings you’ll make!
NANOBLOCK Space Centre – £15.99
Nanoblock is the worlds smallest micro-sized modelling block, first launched in Japan in 2008. The size of the block allows intricate and astounding three-dimensional creations to be built resulting in hours of fun! Nanoblock packs contain between 70-800 pieces and a collection that features popular animals, famous landmarks and musical instruments. They’re so addictive you won’t be able to help yourself from working through this impressive range! Each miniature block connects securely to the next to assemble complex compositions of differing size and complexity. The various levels of difficultly will challenge the most expert of builders. So go on and test your coordination, patience and construction expertise – you will be absorbed!
Man Tin – £6.99
The Man Tin is the ideal size for storing all those those bits and bobs which always seem to get misplaced or go missing – just when you need them most! Keep screws, wiring, allen keys or other ‘I may need them in the future necessities’ in one safe place. The hinged lid is embossed with the words ‘Man Tin (Leads, screws & other pointless stuff I must keep)’ and is offset against the ‘Man Tin’ print around the four sides of the base. The perfect gift for any handyman!
Fish Hotel Fish Bowl – £40.00
Give Goldie his or her very own home with the Fish Hotel Fish Bowl. In white resin it has a glass inner case which is removable for cleaning. At last your fishy friends get their very own des-res! Fish not included but why not get him a gift voucher for a plant and lifestock nursery to go with this exotic gift? Designer : Teddy Luong. Material : Glass with resin case – H: 20.5cm; W: 19cm; D: 19cm. Inner bowl removeable for cleaning. Stackable.
Keyholder – Male – £13.00
Lost keys are a thing of the past! This Key Holder for all your keys is the perfect home to store them when you’re at home. Made from stainless steel this is the male version of the Key Holder and comes with a key to attach to your keyring which, in turn, slots into the slot in the Key Holder. The Key Holder is wall mounted – and there’s also a female version available.