Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday 20 June, so we’ve rounded up ten gift ideas from some of Chelmsford’s top independent retailers.

Click It Local, a new way to shop locally online, launched in Chelmsford earlier this year. Until the end of June, there’s also a handy £5 off code to be used on a Click It Local order, so it’s the perfect opportunity to treat a loved one – or yourself!

Loads of retailers local to the Chelmsford area have signed up to the platform to give an easy way to order their products online. Only one payment is needed, even if buying from more than one shop, with same-day delivery available for some retailers.

Check out our gift inspiration for those tricky-to-buy-for menfolk…

1. Fizzy cola bottles

If your dad has a sweet tooth, then high street favourite, Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe is the place to go. They have all the classic pick ‘n’ mix favourites to choose from to make a fabulous gift set.

fizzy cola bottles

2. Something for his record collection

Intense Records offers gifts for music lovers. As well as selling a handful of records, they also sell tote bags and record slipmats that would make great gifts for dads that enjoy their vinyl.

3. Cheese

One of Chelmsford Market’s much-loved food stalls is selling their cheesy wares via Click It Local. Mark’s Cheese and Eggs can sell you anything from blue to Cheddar to a whole Manchego. And if your dad would like some jelled eels to go with his cheese, F. Cooke pie and mash shop is just the place.

4. Something for the well-groomed man

Hillside Organics sells natural beauty and skincare products, including a grooming kit for men consisting of shaving gel and moisturiser. An option for a pampered dad.

Shaving kit gift set

5. A selection of tea

Loose leaf, herbal or a glass teapot, The Herbal Tea House offers gift sets that would suit a hot drinks lover that appreciates a relaxing (but slightly fancy) brew.

Herbal tea gift set with glass teapot from The Herbal Tea House

6. Alcoholic beverages

Starting from £10, Baddow Road’s Hoppily offers a wide choice of craft beers for sale, including options from local breweries. The Hop Beer Shop can sell you a keg of Bishop Nick. If wine is the tipple of choice, English Vine have hand-selected some English wines.

Cans of beer

7. A dinner kit

Choose from beef stew, pulled pork or a roast. Home cooking without the fuss – Deersbrook Butchery and Farm Shop offers options to treat dad to a night off from cooking.

8. A homemade cake

Okay, so it wasn’t baked by your own fair hands, but you did lovingly select his favourite cake from Loubees Tearoom. That’s basically the same. Make sure to pre-order in time!

Victoria Sandwich cake

9. Something for an art lover

If he has an eye for art, choose a special piece from Oaktree Gallery or French Quarter. They both have a limited amount of prints available to order.

10. Socks

If all else fails… there’s always socks. Willow and Fox have some fancy bamboo sock gift sets for sale. A classic under-rated gift as nobody truly wants to buy their own socks!

bamboo socks

To receive £5 OFF your Click It Local purchase, use the code 5OFFCHELMSFORD. (Code valid until the end of June).

By Julie Weight

Julie writes stories and creates videos for Chelmsford City Council. Contact her at julie.weight@chelmsford.gov.uk or on 01245 606984.

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