FATHER’S DAY | Blue Sky Photography’s Niels Calvert Chooses His Top 10 Gifts

Dads, we love you!

We invited the lovely Niels Calvert, father of two and super talented photographer of Blue Sky Photography (the genius behind our Spring/Summer '19 campaign!) to pop in and hand-pick his ultimate Father's Day wish list.

Here's what he'd love this year (hint hint) . . .

For the chef

Copenhagen Food by Trine Hahnemann, £25.

I admit that this is one book I actually own and is seriously well thumbed. It’s a combination of cook book and travel guide illustrated with cracking photography.

Take recipes by chef Trine Hahnemann, add to it stories with her inside view of Copenhagen and blend with her tips on places to meet, eat and socialise in Copenhagen and you’ll be planning your visit in next to no time. We’ll see you on the aircraft…

For the gym bag

Heath Hair + Body Wash  / Rescue Hair + Body Wash, £8.00

One that would easily find a home in my gym bag is this Hair + Body Wash and Rescue range by Heath.

This combines bergamot, grapefruit and lemon to stimulate, cleanse and energise and smells super fresh with a subtle masculine scent.

This product also ticks so many boxes being paraben and sulphate free and 90% natural - you could virtually eat this body wash.

For rock 'n' rollers

Hartford Liberty Print Shirts, £165

Hartford blends European Styling with West Coast of America casual styles and the bold Liberty London print caught my eye when browsing the menswear department.

Springsteen and Eric Clapton are cited as being fans of Hartford so if it’s good enough for them… and 'til the end of June, you’ll get 30% off the entire Hartford collection with a Restoration Yard Loyalty Card. Win win!

From the kids

This selection of Father’s Day Gifts was chosen by our kids who were picking their own gifts for me.

They decided that this card (£2.50) would be the ideal one for me (like what they did there!) and the chocolate No. 1 Dad Gold Medal (£3.95) would be a winner in my eye.

I was slightly offended that they thought I needed to improve my range of jokes, but the Cheesy Jokes Set at £7.95 could only improve those that are in my (admittedly limited!) repertoire…

For a pop of colour

Roka Rucksack, £55

They say that we’re living in a digital age but yet I seem to have to carry an increasing number of things to and from shoots to the studio and home (and inevitably back!)

Would I appreciate a Roka Rucksack? Yes I would thank you very much!

And given the cracking bright yellow colour, I’d never again be able to say “has anyone seen my bag . . . ?”

For planning world domination

Orange Illuminated globe £95

This globe caught my eye when we shot the Christmas campaign for Restoration Yard and I still adore it.

It would inspire us to travel more and talk and dream about other places we’d love to visit in this huge world of ours. What’s not to like. . .

For the time traveler

Kartel Watches, £120

This watch company has cleverly fused its Scottish roots with a contemporary design aesthetic and Restoration Yard has a great selection of men’s watches perfect for gifting this Father’s Day.

I initially picked a gorgeous navy leather strapped watch but then spotted the grey Harris Tweed version pictured - how cool would this watch look with a kilt or grey suit? Pretty smart I think . . .

For the perfect night in

Create your own pack with beer, wine and crisps...

With a cracking selection of wines, local beers and a gin range to satisfy every chap in the foodhall, you’d easily be able to combine favourite items and make a night-in pack of your own . . .

Personally, I love the Palozzi beer by Edinburgh Beer Factory (£13.95) and would be very chuffed to discover these beers chilling in our fridge.

A fine bottle of red wine (£12.95) would always be appreciated after a days work and I would gladly demolish the crisps (£2.50) possibly sharing the odd one or two!

Just add a sofa and film for the prefect night in (and try not to fall asleep. . .)

For the super stylish Dad

The Perfect Tee and Shirts by Selected Homme

I’m a huge fan of the Scandinavian clothing line Selected Homme and discovered Restoration Yard stocked this brand last year. I’ve picked up several pieces since and love the fit and quality of these garments.

The Selected Homme Perfect Tees (£18) are a great staple for layering as we move into warmer months - available in store in grey, blue and white - buy one of each for maximum brownie points!

Shirts by Selected Homme are cut brilliantly and are a little bit more interesting than the average run of the mill ranges on the high street.

Pop in and you’ll see a great capsule collection picked by Restoration Yard and this summery pale blue number is a snip at £48.

For the adventurer

Fifty Places to Run before you die, £18.99

My running has taken a bit of a back seat over the last couple of months but this book could be just the ticket to kick start a new routine in the warmer summer months ahead.

It’s part of a series by author Chris Santella with titles including Fifty Places to Camp / Hike / Dive / Play Golf - so think of it like a bucket list of places to do amazing life experiences (do them alone or with your others half as you prefer!)

For gifts under £10

If you’re looking for a little thank you this Father’s Day, Eco Bath's Donkey’s Milk Soap on a Rope and the Pad of Butter Notepad both caught my design eye.

The challenge has actually been curating a list of ten favourite Father’s Day gifts when there are so many gift ideas at Restoration Yard!

My advice? Go with instinct and think of combining meaningful favourite things…

Buy the Copenhagen book with the globe and start planning that trip… or buy my rucksack and put the 50 Places to Camp Before you Die book inside it… How about combining the Heath Hair + Body Wash with a Hartford Shirt and head out on a date night?

Do let us know what’s grabbed you! Happy Father’s Day to you and yours.

All photos by Blue Sky Photography.