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5 Ideas for Fathers Day Gifts that Support Local Businesses but Won’t Clutter up the House

Fathers day always seems to creep up unexpectedly and dads can be so tricky to buy for! It’s really hard to come up with thoughtful gift ideas that will be well received and not end up cluttering up the dad in your life’s house, ultimately gathering dust.

I always think ‘something to do’ rather than ‘something to have’ is the way to go and can create great opportunities to spend some special time together. If you can support some small, independent, local businesses in the process then even better! Here are a few ideas for Fathers Day gifts that support some of the brilliant small businesses of Sale but won’t clutter up the home.


1. Wine tasting Evening

Wine tasting

If the dad in your life loves a glass of wine then a ticket for one of the popular tasting events at Sale’s independent wine merchants, Cork of the North, makes the perfect gift.

At each tasting session, you taste six carefully selected wines (three reds and three whites), and tasty nibbles are served to accompany the wine. Each tasting event is hosted by one of Cork of the North’s award-winning wine experts, who gives expert commentary. Cork of the North’s  tasting events are relaxed and informal but also super informative..they really do make a great evening out for wine lovers.

Click here to book onto one of their upcoming sessions:

You can find Cork of the North, Sale on social media here;



 2. Smarten up at the Barbers

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If the dad in your life could do with a spruce up, he’ll love being treated to a visit to Tiny’s in Sale Moor for Fathers Day!

Tiny’s is a really welcoming and friendly barbershop with a great laidback atmosphere. Chip and her team are total pros at setting customers at ease and are dab hands with the clippers! The dad in your life is sure to come out looking sharp and feeling his best after a visit to see the Tiny’s team.

Click here to book an appointment now and spoil the dad in your life this Fathers Day: Tiny’s Booksy page

Gift vouchers are also available, just call in for details to the shop at 130 Northenden Rd, Sale M33 3HD or get in touch on Instagram here:


3.  An adventure on the canal!

How about an afternoon out on the canal for the dad in your life?!

With Kayak or Canoe hire available, Grip Adventure offer a really memorable outing, seeing the Bridgewater Canal from a new perspective! Located right in the centre of Sale, next to the King’s Ransom, it’s really easy to start your adventure on the canal.

It can be a great trip out for the whole family or a group of friends too with double+quad kayaks or rafted canoes available to hire.

A tutorial is provided on paddle technique and your hire includes all the safety gear you need.

To book a slot and for more details on rentals, please click here:


4.  Carefully selected books he will love!

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For book lovers, no excuse is really needed to have a mooch around a book shop, but what makes ‘B for Butterfly’ small independent book shop different is the individual recommendations you get from its lovely, book-loving owner Michelle. Located in Emporium M33 in the centre of Sale, B for Butterfly books has a wonderful selection of books and gifts for all ages, including plenty of signed editions. For those of us who feel overwhelmed in huge book shops, the small but perfectly formed ‘B for Butterfly books’  and the unique help offered to each reader by Michelle are a real joy!

Get in touch with B for Butterfly books  to organise a gift voucher or for specialised help with choosing the perfect book for the dad in your life via their social media:




5. Family Photography Gift Voucher

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Well I know I have to say it, but family photos really do make a super special and meaningful gift that will last a lifetime.

I offer gift vouchers to help get that dad in your life in the frame with their family where they should be..not hidden taking all the snaps!

Printed gift vouchers can be ordered so you have something to hand over on Fathers day or if you are sorting a present at the last minute and are short on time, gift vouchers can be emailed so you don’t miss the big day.

Pop to my main site to read more about how my gift vouchers work and how to buy one for the dad in your life this Fathers Day:

“Sonya was an absolute pleasure to work with. She accommodated our requests and responded swiftly to any queries we had prior to the shoot. The final product was beautiful, and we love that she took on the brief perfectly while still reflecting her personal photography style. We really appreciated her fitting us in at short notice and the quick turnaround for the photo gallery, we would love to work with Sonya again!”

- Editorial Team at WI Life magazine