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Father’s Day gift guide for every Northern Ireland dad

With Father’s Day fast approaching (this Sunday, June 16 - you're welcome), sons and daughters are searching high and low for the perfect Father’s Day gift, but what is the perfect present for the number one man in your life?

Knowing how hard it can be to shop for Dads, we’ve compiled a handy gift guide celebrating the very best of Northern Ireland.

For the dapper dad

If your father likes to look his best, why not treat him to a new tie from The Tailor Company set up by Londonderry man Patrick Cooper? With over 20 years’ experience and showrooms in Belfast and London, as well as being stocked UK-wide, Patrick knows exactly what every client wants and has something to suit all those desires.

And what would be better to compliment that new designer tie than a pocket square from Eadach by Sara O’Neill? With prints and designs inspired by Irish folklore, any item from Eadach is sure to get heads turning and mouths talking, for all the right reasons.

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Not every dad will admit to taking an interest in his skin, or that he tries to look after it so take the onus of him and book him in for a Skinceuticals expert skin specific facial at the Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort. The facial includes a thorough consultation with a skin experts before assessing the skin under a Skinscope scanner. After viewing your dad’s skin under daylight and LED light, the skin expert will create a bespoke treatment just for him and a homecare plan. Find out more and book in now at www.galgorm.com

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For the foodie dad

It isn’t really Father’s Day without a big Sunday lunch. This Father’s Day, you can dine with a difference at Novelli at City Quays. Known for being Jean-Christophe Novelli’s first restaurant in Ireland, not only can you enjoy three delicious courses on the day itself but you and your dad will also get an invitation to entitles Father’s to join Jean-Christophe Novelli for a canapé drinks reception on June 26. Book now at novellirestaurants.co.uk

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Jean-Christophe Novelli in the kitchen

Get your glad rags on and take Dad to Belfast Gin Fest next week. With tickets starting from just £15 you get quite a lot of bang for your buck. The event, which is organised by the teams behind Taste and Tour NI and Seedhead Arts, will see Belfast’s best-loved local gin brands and global favourites, descend on Elmwood Hall with cocktail demonstrations from leading mixologists, an outdoor cocktail bar, tasting sessions from participating brands, live DJs, delicious food suppliers and more.

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For the father who knows his tequila from his Tanqueray, The Copeland Distillery is fast-becoming a one-stop shop for gifting. Based in Donaghadee, Co. Down, The Copeland Distillery is best-famed for its gin with exciting flavours such as Raspberry and Mint and Rhuberry in every gin lover’s drinks cabinet.

Dad not a gin lover? Fear not! The doors if its first distillery and visitors centre are set to open in just a few weeks’ time, where Copeland will also distil its first whiskey. To celebrate fans of the gold stuff have the opportunity to become one of ‘The 125’ by purchasing one of the first 125 casks of this whiskey. Each of these will see their name etched on ‘The 125’ wall, will receive an official certificate of ownership and an exclusive members card unlocking VIP access to future events at the distillery.

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Distillation will begin later this year with each cask filled and matured for the next five years. But fear not, you can visit your cask regularly and take in those incredible Copeland Islands views while you wait on your whiskey cask to reach maturity. For more information visit copelanddistillery.com

For the sports fanatic father

From football to GAA to rugby, kitting your Dad out in his favourite team’s colours might be an easy win what with Liverpool FC, Celtic FC and Rangers FC all having their own official stores across Belfast.

If your dad is more of a GAA man, O’Neills Sportswear have multiples stores across NI too. And for rugby, why not pop to the online Ulster Rugby store?

For the ‘age is only a number’ dad

You know the one – the dad that thinks he is just as cool, fit and able as he was when he was a teenager. If your dad likes a challenge why not get his head spinning and take him go karting?

Spend the day enjoying the excitement and the adrenaline from zooming around a race track at a lightning fast speed and watch your dad try and keep up – entertainment for both you and him! There are go karting circuits all across NI, but a few include Need4Speed in Ballyclare, Campsie Karting Centre in Derry and Lakeland Karting in Enniskillen.

Or give dad an day of adrenaline-fuelled fun with tickets to Todd’s Leap to try out the brand new ‘Big Yella’ ride. Sponsored by much-loved crisp brand Tayto NI (hence the 'yella'), the 180 ft long four-person slide will see thrill-seekers reach speeds of up to 40 mph as they descend the bright yellow slide and land on the Tayto rainbow – perfect for the Dad who loves to try new things! To book, visit www.toddsleap.com/

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For the get out and about Dad

Got a dad that loves his grub but also loves to get out and explore? With Belfast recently named the World’s Best Food Destination, and the city being super easy to get around, why not make him feel like the world’s best dad and make it Belfast with a day out on a Taste & Tour experience.

The award winning Belfast Food Tour is perfect for Dad and the family to get out on a 4-hour fun and food filled guided walk to some top food and drink spots around Belfast city centre – it’s the best way to get ‘off the eaten track’! Book now by visiting tasteandtour.co.uk/our-tours

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Taste & Tour at St George's Market, Belfast

And how could we do out and about gift ideas and leave out Game of Thrones? So, we haven’t. With guided and self-guided tours, the touring exhibition at the TEC and food-focused experiences to choose from, there’s plenty to suit the GOT-loving Dads. Let’s face it – every house has one.

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Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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