Dapper Dads Father’s Day Guide!

That time of year roles up again and every child panics.

What can I get Dad? I know I’ll drop by M&S and find something. Not this year kids, this year why not blow his mind with a gift he never expected (leave the socks for his birthday).

Sit up,  take note and borrow a grown-ups credit card.

Don’t Believe the Hype’s Dapper Dads Father’s Day Guide!

Jamie Crawford I just want to be left alone, with zero expectations. Don’t want to do something that someone else has decided I’d love. Don’t want to walk the dog. Don’t even want to have the rain cycle explained to me yet again. I would simply like some unconditional, unplanned, and guilt-free time. Alone. Ahhhh.

Dominic Murray I’d like to be able to go to the loo/get some peace and quiet without the kids banging on the door after 2 minutes asking if I’m doing a number 1 or a number 2

Tyler Slade Full control of the remote control. It’s the World Cup so it’s the least they can do. No f***ing Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol, just for one day, please. And a pint would be a bonus.

Tristan Forshaw My kids and family around me and the blissful feeling of being cared for and that I’m doing the right thing for them too.

Criztoz Crizto Spending time with my daughter and playing the records I want to hear rather than her Frozen soundtrack vinyl picture disc.

Martin Gordon There is a smile I receive nearly every day from an 11-year-old child I’m proud to call my daughter. Bonded by a love of the moments of ridiculousness and the moments of importance that we share. Another day of that is all I could ever need.

Stuart Hardman A lie in. Quite simply, a lie in and then a cup of tea brought to me in bed. I have reached the age where I no longer seem to be able to do this, it’s not the kids, well sometimes it’s the kids but mainly it’s me. When I hit forty I just started waking up before 7, every blooming day. Added to that I am now the sort of herbert who can’t seem to just lie in bed and wait for the rest of the world to wake up too. No, not me, I have to get up and do stuff. FML.

Jim Coulson Let me read a book. I’ve not read a book for adults since my 15-month-old was born. As the kids soak up information, I feel I’m getting dumber all the time. Let me read a book.

Now For The Gifts That Money Can Buy.



Instead of taking the family out to an overcrowded pub for a carvery this year, why not treat yourself to a bit of time out and spend some quality time with your mates and vent any frustration by chucking some axes around? Whistle Punks is the ultimate Urban Axe Throwing destination, here you can sling axes and hit bullseyes along to a great soundtrack.

You’ll be given a brief masterclass in the art of axe flinging before being unleashed into a tournament (Imagine if you had that job). Points are awarded based on how close to the bullseye the axe lands. Obviously, after all, that you’ll probably need to recover down the pub. – #Protip don’t take the axes to the pub.

Whistle Punks have venues in London, Manchester and Birmingham. See whistlepunks.com for further details.


Do you find yourself regularly gazing through the windows of car showrooms and wondering if you hadn’t had kids you might now be sitting in that Ferrari? Dream no more.

The Supercar Event is taking place at Rockingham Circuit, Northamptonshire, where more than 150 elite performance cars will descend onto the track including the Lamborghini Aventador S, Ferrari 488 and the McLaren 675 LT. Alongside this, you can truly fulfil your dream (and have bragging rights) with a once-in-a-lifetime passenger ride in one of the stunning supercars.

July 7th/8th 2018 – visit thesupercarevent.com


If you are looking to improve your fitness, count your steps on the school run or count how many hours of sleep you are getting (Pretty much bugger all if you own a child under 3) then this tracker is ideal for you.

Jim, owner of two small people was very impressed with the heart rate monitor and was wowed how it increased without missing a beat every time he had to run after his daughter on her scooter. Do yourself and invest in your future, no one wants to be a fat dad, who sits during the school sports day. Give you and your kids a fighting chance of a gold medal.

The iFit Axis retails from £103.99 RRP at Argos.co.uk

‘The Hype’ dads are a hard-working bunch. Not only do many of us have proper jobs outside of writing this here mag. We range from Graphic Artists, Stand-Up Comedians/Charity Workers, Insurance assessors, Entrepreneurs, Journalists, Solicitors, Radio presenters and other assorted grown-up stuff.

What we all have in common is that for a large majority of the day, we are stuck behind a desk. (Well, obviously not the stand-up comedian, because that would be just daft).

Spending 9 hours a day sat sitting on your backside does nought for your fitness or middle-age back pain. So something such as the Varidesk Po Plus 36 is a godsend. No tricky D.I.Y skills needed, as it comes fully assembled and then by magic you plonk it on your desk and you get to work standing-up, in just 3-seconds.

Having this now up in the ‘The Hype’ HQ means, that already over the last few days, there is already a marked lessening in stretching and groaning from the editor, which is much applauded from the rest of us that have to work with him.  

The Varidesk Pro Plus 36 is available in white or black at £365 from uk.varidesk.com

If you grew up in the 70/80’s like us, then spending hours getting lost in the nuts and bolts of Meccano would have been a staple ‘to-do’ alongside trying to get your ‘Action Man’ to blow up your sisters Barbie dolls. Since those halcyon days, Meccano has come a long way. Take this Ferrari F12tdf for example, which is too just damn sexy.

They say it takes between 1-3 hours to complete. However, I am not sure this takes into account wrestling the cat who if they are anything like mine, want to get fully involved. If you don’t mind that, it is a cracking way to spend some time with the little engineer in your life, figuring out what goes where and then marvelling at your total dad skills once it is complete.

The Meccano Ferrari F12tdf is £29.99 available at all good retailers. 

Love a bit of Star Wars and know your Cheddar from your Red Hot Dutch (No, not what you’re thinking), then you are indeed a true connoisseur of the finer things in life. Could anything be more perfect that putting up your feet, breaking out the crackers and watching your favourite film with your very own cheeseboard?

No need to pause the opening credits or send the kids to the kitchen when you realise you’ve forgotten the knives, your new Storm Trooper friend opens up to reveal a hidden drawer with a Stilton knife, Cheddar knife, hard cheese knife and cheese fork. All there is to do now is sit back and enjoy the Brie. And then spend the rest of the film coming up with cheese/Star Wars related puns.

The Original Stormtrooper Cheeseboard with Knife Set costs £29.99 from IWantOneOfThose.com



No longer the preserve of the 70’s housewife and today’s Hipsters a G&T is now much loved by normal men too. If you are a bit of a fan then why not treat your tonic to a bit more than a Gordons? Langleys Gift Tube includes the London Dry gin and alongside it,  a cocktail recipe booklet introducing Langley’s and detailing six classic gin cocktail suggestions, finally they can release your inner Bond with the perfect Martini cocktail (shaken not stirred, obviously).

Hype’s very own mixologist, ok, Dan who drinks a lot of gin, has described it as “Bloody lovely. Delicately balanced, very smooth, slight liquorice notes and the wife isn’t going to get a look in.”

Langley’s No. 8 in its new gift pack is at The Spirits Cellar and other selected independent retailers.


This music playing Plant Pot is genius. At the touch of a petal or leaf, the LED lights will shine and the song notes will play. Create an amazingly fun and unique music experience, every day.

However, if you’re not in the musician playing kind of mood then you can also play your own tracks from your Bluetooth device. Features touch control, 7 built-in songs and 7 x multi-coloured LED lights. Most importantly you can spook the life out of the kids, by pretending you are Harry Potter and have magic skills.

The Thumbs Up Plant Pot Speaker costs £14.99 from IWOOT

So there you have it, a nice number of gifts that don’t involve socks, D.I.Y or football. That has to be a massive thumbs up for so many of us.

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