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5 last minute Father’s Day gift ideas that also support local

June 16, 2020

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday 21st June

If you’ve completely lost track of the meaning of time, then that is this Sunday. Yes, THIS Sunday.

But don’t worry if you thought it was still April: it’s not too late to sort out an awesome and meaningful Father’s Day gift by harnessing the power of local. Because the beauty of shopping local is that many businesses will hand deliver to your door (or your dad’s door). Some might call them heroes - and, well, we agree.

So here's our list of heroic businesses to save you from last minute Father’s Day panic and plenty of ideas for what to buy Dad.

What should you get him?

1. Sunday dinner delivered

Nothing says Father’s Day like a belly full of Sunday lunch (followed by a snooze) and Edinburgh’s restaurants have something for every taste. Can’t eat together? Order one each and get your Zoom call on!


Otro will deliver a beef Wellington with all the trimmings, while Decanter or The Sun Inn bring the full Sunday roast.

Italian feasting

Fill up family-style on lasagne for everyone from Contini, or smaller portions plus a bottle of wine or two from Tempo Perso.

Comforting curry

Chef Chiara has extended delivery to Sunday and put together a menu of curries from around the world, finished off with some truly indulgent desserts.

Full Sunday roast with all the trimmings including beer and wine
Get a full Sunday roast with all the trimmings delivered by Decanter

2. Foodie favourites

If you think your dad would enjoy a foodie treat, Edinburgh has got you covered with picnic platters from Artisan Larder, delicious grazing boxes from sprEHd and pickles, vinegar and honey from Edinburgh Fermentarium. Or how about a cheese selection from IJ Mellis that will blow last year’s Father’s Day socks off?

If you're cooking, Saundersons Family Butchers have a Father’s Day special of 2 sirloin steaks for £10. And if Dad has more of a sweet tooth, then check out our recent round up of afternoon tea deliveries.

Charcuterie and cheese box from SprEHd
He can graze all day with a box from sprEHd

3. Drinks to his door

If your dad prefers to sit back with a wee tipple, check out Edinburgh Beer Box, Winton Brewery, The Beer Hive, Edinburgh Beer Factory, The Beer Cave or Barney’s Beer for locally delivered beer, or Lost Orchards for cider.

Vino, Appellation Wines, Smith & Gertrude, The Fine Wine Company and Bellisimo Vino have your wines covered, whilst if he’s more of a cocktail drinker try The Raging Bull and Cask Smugglers for pre-mixed cocktails, or Vegan Tipples for a bit of everything.

Edinburgh Booze Delivery are bringing together a number of local bars, distilleries and producers to deliver a range of options. If he’s really interested in the craft behind the drinks, Edinburgh Whisky Academy are offering 30% off courses!

Is Dad not really a drinker? Then how about some coffee delivered by The Source Coffee Co or freshly roasted by Steampunk Coffee, who are delivering locally in East Lothian.

Thistly Cross tins of cider and Paolozzi beers
Who wouldn't want a bumper box from Edinburgh Beer Factory?

4. Gifts that last

If you're looking for something that will last longer, Ciara Menzies Photography and Kate Haag Photography are offering socially distanced portrait sessions on your doorstep. For something quirky, how about a personalised poem from Street Typist?

There are more traditional gifts galore to be had from across the city. Zaccardeli and Workshop After Six create beautiful handmade leather pieces, while Cloudberry can wrap their design-led gifts and even hand-write the card! Pippin offer a range of handmade cards, luxury shaving kits (if the lockdown look is a bit out of control) and much more.

And if your Dad’s a reader, Armchair Books (delivered by bike!), The Edinburgh Bookshop, Golden Hare Books and Topping and Co. are all ready to drop off some reading material on his doorstep.

Typed poem from Street Typist
A personalised poem from Street Typist is truly unique

5. A promise for the future

Support local and make a promise to do something together when that’s possible by purchasing a voucher.

The Black Hoof will add 15% onto any voucher of £20 or more to spend on a delicious tapas meal when they reopen, while Mary’s Milk Bar has 'future scoops' vouchers, perfect for when you can sit and enjoy an ice cream.

Or instead of food you might look forward to a laugh together with vouchers from The Stand Comedy Club, or treat him to a truly special day out with a Luxury Gift Experience.

Chocolate and white chocolate sorbet ice cream
Look forward to a scoop from Mary's Milk Bar

Down to the wire?

If you’re reading this on Sunday morning in a cold sweat, fear not! Spread Cards not Corona offer free downloads of their cards, while Shoply is here to save the day with a 1 hour delivery service on all Dad's favourite drinks and snacks.

And if like us your Dad doesn’t live in Edinburgh, you might be interested in our friends in Glasgow and Fife for more local offers.

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Annabel Stanley

Marketer, foodie, traveller, rugby geek, petter of other people's dogs.

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