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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for something different for dad this year? From cakes to tank driving experiences, we've got all the inspo you need right here...

Written by High Life North
Published 04.06.2021

Flight Sim Centre, Newcastle

Flight Sim Centre is Europe’s largest flight simulator – where you can ‘pilot’ everything from the Boeing 737s, to Cherokees, Spitfires and helicopters. You can even get your Tom Cruise on and go full Maverick in their Top Gun Fighter Jet experience, or travel back in time and prove your heroics in their Battle of Britain simulation. Fancy some time with your feet on the ground? They also offer virtual reality gaming and 4D car racing. The worlds of time and space are your oysters here – all without ever leaving the North East.

Father’s Day Special – enter the code FSC50 at checkout for 50% off all nine experiences.

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Cake Stories

For all the Greatest dads, the Smashing-It dads, and the Proper Lush dads… these letterbox brownies and bakes will be the perfect way to send him A Whole Lotta Love and appreciation this Father’s Day! For those last-minute shoppers, orders placed before 12noon are sent the same day.

And there’s even a cheeky 10% discount for High Life North’ers – just use the code HLNDAD10

Letterbox Bakes – £19.50

Brownios Box – £19.50

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Bedroom Athletics - Brody Felt Clog - £35.00

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Wildjac - Fresh Citrus Vodka - £29.00

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Huawei - Smart Watch - £79.00

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Smith & Sinclair - Alcoholic Whiskey Gummies - £15.00

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Ninja - Blender - £89.00

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Turbo Venture - Tank Driving Taster - £99.00

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The Travelling Bee Company

Bee inspired to treat your Dad to this luxury gold foiled gift box set from The Travelling Bee Company.

A selection of the very best of British from their own bees, harvested from the rugged heather moors of Argyll & Bute to the wilds of Northumberland and the bustling wildflowers of Tyne and Wear. The Finest British Selection includes:

1 Scottish Heather Honey

1 North East Wild Flower Honey

1 Northumberland Soft Set Honey

The Finest British Selection – £37.00

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Micralite - DayPack - £65.00

Perfect for new dads…

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Scratch off UK cycle climbs print - from £13.00

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Chateau Musar 1996 X The Father’s Day Collection - £45.00

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Bombinate - Graphite and Mustard Loop Helmet - £63.00

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Lusso Footwear - Nike Air Jordan 1 Low Panda - £170.00

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Geordie Banger Co - Jalapeno Banger - £4.50

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Point Blank Shooting

The UK’s first simulation shooting range is certainly a unique experience!

Using the most up to date technology, it creates a simulated shooting experience, made fun with a great range of bespoke cocktails, beers, wines, soft drinks and a selection of snacks to enjoy both whilst you shoot and in the bar.

On Father’s Day, they’re hosting the Dad’s Bottomless Shootout between 12noon – 4.00pm, offering all the beer and pizza you can all stomach for £35 per person. Plus, Dad gets a free gun upgrade all day.

Please note these activities are for 18+ only.

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KAZE face mask - Citrus Orange - £40.00

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Sarah Beresford - 3-stripe silk tie - £85.00

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Handmade Tyneside - Bottle Opener - £8.00

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Condimaniac - Customisable Hot Sauce - £18.99

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Clear Confidence - Vegan Shaving Brush - £9.97

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Bath House - Masculine Discovery Set - £25.00

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Forum Books

We’re a big fan of books as gifts here at HLN. We caught up with the owner of Forum Books, Helen Stanton, last week (read the feature here) – to hear more about her latest venture the bound, Whitley Bay’s newest independent book shop.

Here are her top book recommendations for our dads this Father’s Day.

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If My Dad Were the Tooth Fairy by Matt Sperring and Matt Hunt - £6.50

You might not have wondered what it would be like if your dad were the tooth fairy…but this funny rhyming kids book does!

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Outdoor Cooking by Tom Kerridge - £20.46

Tom fires up the barbecue with this modern take on outdoor grilling and open fire cooking – smoky heaven.

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Lost Lanes North by Jack Thurston - £15.79

For the dad that needs a few new routes to try out – maps and recommended refreshment stop-offs (otherwise known as pubs).

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The Accidental Footballer by Pat Nevin - £8.36

A different kind of football memoir – he’s a complete natural storyteller with great taste in music.

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Anthrax Island by D.L. Marshall - £8.36

An exhilarating, entertaining thriller by a bookshop favourite – be sure to pick up a copy!

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Male Tears by Ben Myers - £15.79

A collection laying bare the fragility and complexity of the male psyche and what it means to be a man.

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The Man on the Street by Trevor Wood - £8.36

A cracking crime read with a social conscience as homeless veteran Jimmy is witness to murder … but struggles to be believed.

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The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin - £12.08

A nail-biting novel of everyday survival – relatable and compassionate – it ‘bleeds real, cuts deep and offers just the right dose of hope’.

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Failures of State by Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott - £18.60

The bestselling inside story of the UK’s response to the pandemic from the Insight investigations unit at The Sunday Times.

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