Father’s Day, that inevitable time of year that has us all scouring the high street for something a bit more personal than ANOTHER ‘best dad’ t-shirt/key ring/pair of socks. But this year, I’m here to try and change that.

At the end of 2020, I created my new Highland Cow Love range, featuring affectionate parent and child ‘Heilan Coos’, grazing happily in lush pastures. My hope for the collection was that it would encourage people to embrace a slower pace and appreciate the simple things in life, such as spending uninterrupted time with loved ones.

This post aims to give you a few ideas around how to build a personalised Father’s Day gift around our new collection, whilst supporting other small, local brands at the same time.

A Scottish Father’s Day hamper

My dad would still be happy with a stereotypical Father’s Day treat, but I always try to find him something unexpected (his Father’s Day gift should be as unique as he is). Where I can, I try to incorporate other Scottish businesses into my gift planning, and a fun way to do that is by filling one of our new Tote Bags with lots of gifts by local brands.

Here’s what I’d fill my tote bag ‘gift hamper’ with …

Cherith Harrison tote bag
Carrington Road Moonrise Mounted Photograph

I love these affordable little mounted prints by Ryan McEwan Photography (stocked by An Independent Zebra, Stockbridge, Edinburgh). They’re small enough to pop in our bag, and the photographer proudly confirms that the moonrise captured in the image was (in fact) real and not Photoshopped! Just wow!

moonrise card
Exotic passion fruit chocolate by Coco Chocolatier

What hamper would be complete without a bar of artisan chocolate? Edinburgh-based Coco Chocolatier use delicious Colombian cocoa to create their weird and wonderful flavoured bars. As a fellow creative, it delights me to see them use the work of independent artists in their chocolate wrapping. The passion fruit bar is a fun flavour that would definitely have my family pestering dad for a taste.

Highland Cow Bath Time Mug

Pair your tote with our heart-warming Highland Cow Bath Time Mug – it’s ideal for dad’s who love a soak in the tub. My sweet design features a parent ‘Heilan coo’ licking their little calf as part of their bath time routine. Is it just me, or does this little fella look a little unimpressed with his wash?

Tweed Bookmark with Highland Cow Motif

Continue the Highland Coo theme with a handmade Tweed bookmark by Scottish creator Daisy Belle Designs. They come in three calming colours: denim blue, purple or teal check, and have a traditional fringed end cut at the bottom. Perfect for bookworm dads.

highland cow bookmark
Iron Brew Handmade Soap

Made in Scotland, from girders (or the Glasgow Soap Company, in this case). The smell from these handmade soap slices is absolutely incredible. They have your bathroom smelling like Scotland’s unofficial national drink for hours. All the fun (without the food colouring!).

irn bru soap

Homemade Father’s Day gift ideas with a culinary twist

What my dad loves most about Father’s Day is that it gives us an excuse to arrange some time together (and I doubt he’s alone in this mindset). In a bid to incorporate our love of getting together into a gift, I’ll be arranging a father/daughter cooking lesson day.

fathers day cooking gift

They say that food is the way to a man’s heart, and I love treating my dad to a new recipe I’ve discovered, so why not take it one step further and create a low-cost foodie experience day? Simply choose a recipe, buy all the ingredients, and box them up nicely for arrival. For that extra touch, I also added our Highland Cow Love Apron and Oven Gloves (mum will be delighted to see him learning some new skills around the kitchen!)

For the “Just get me a card” dad

There’s always that one father who, no matter how much you press him, insists he wants nothing. If you’re drawing a blank (or merely on a tight budget), a thoughtful card is a gesture that will always be greatly appreciated. Our beautifully illustrated Highland Cow Father’s Day Card is blank inside for your own personal message, and is sure to remind him of precious times spent with his offspring from years gone by.

highland cow card fathers day

Need ideas for what to write inside your Father’s Day card?

The most important thing to remember when writing a message for any card is to always be warm and sincere. If your relationship is complicated (or you find talking about your feelings a little difficult) I always recommend that you focus on a positive story or what’s true between you both. If you want to keep it short and sweet, just let him know you’re thinking of him, or send positive vibes for a good day.

Still looking for Father’s Day inspiration?

Did you know that for dads with a doting dog (or cherished pet), I can capture your beloved pet on a nifty Postcard Pet Portrait? Our 6 x 4 postcards are created in graphite and can be delivered gift-wrapped for that extra special touch. Be sure to allow up to 3 weeks for delivery, as each portrait is carefully hand crafted to ensure that the unique personality of his furry friend shines through.