Fathers Day gifts #FoundIt at Debenhams

Craig of That Dapper Chap shares his Fathers Day gifts from the Debenhams #FoundIt campaign

With Fathers Day just a few short days away it’s a great opportunity for me to share some items that I’ve received as gifts for this sponsored post with Debenhams for their #FoundIt campaign.

With a huge number of gifts available for dapper Dads, sports lovers, the kitchen king or that big kid in your life there’s sure to be something to suit Dad this year. My fave gift this year just has to be the Charbroil patio bistro barbecue, what Dad doesn’t like to BBQ right!

So, with sausages, burgers and chicken kebabs prepared, all we needed were the guests and maybe a chilled glass of wine or two. I donned my Hammond & Co Herringbone bow tie, grabbed my Jamie Oliver apron and spatula and I was ready!

Wearing my new Hammond & Co herringbone bow tie

Another of this years gifts, the tan leather belt by Jasper Conran at Debenhams

My Son had been in London for the last couple of weeks and is going back in a couple of days, so won’t be around for Fathers Day this year, so it was an ideal opportunity for an early Fathers Day barbecue.

This barbecue is really easy to use. It came boxed in parts, and after 15 minutes with a screwdriver it was ready to light. No messing around with charcoal, trying to light it and trying to maintain the right temperature. It’s important to oil and season the grill before you cook any food on the grill though. Just oil it and leave it on high with the lid shut for 15 minutes and you’re ready to cook!

I’m really impressed by how well this barbecue cooked my burgers and it put a great char-grill on them, which helped make me look like a professional cook. They were juicy and perfectly cooked. The kids went mad for the sausages and I almost didn’t get one, but I sneakily hid one for myself. The barbecue currently has 10% the sale price too.

Another item I’d recommend is the Jamie Oliver drinks cooler, currently with 20% off, it not only looks good, but once filled with ice it was perfect for keeping the Sauvingion Blanc and homemade Elderflower Gin super cold.

A good time was had by all, even thought it did rain, in typical British summer fashion. That didn’t matter after a glass of wine. It was all about getting together with the family and sharing those jokes and anecdotes that all families have. With Ed Sheeran on the iPod and food consumed, all that was left to do was a good old singalong, oh and don’t forget that Elderflower Gin!

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Craig of That Dapper Chap joins the #FoundIt campaign with Debenhams and shares his picks from from their current range for members of his nearest and dearest.

Now that Halloween and bonfire night are behind us, the Christmas lights have been turned on in city centres all over the UK, and shop window displays offer us a beautiful array of festive fantasies, and all the twinkly lights you could every wish for.  It’s time to start think about Christmas.

For me Christmas is all about family, well, family and food! And a big part of that is gift giving.

For us, we have three present giving opportunities, the first is on Christmas Eve when we give one another a new set of pyjamas and something to enjoy in front of the TV while we wait for Santa to do his thing. That may be a hot chocolate set, a box of Christmas chocolates or miniature liqueurs. Then of course we have the big event on Christmas morning but we save a stocking to open on boxing day after the lunchtime washing up has been done.

With so many gifts to buy it’s good that brands like Debenhams are doing some of the hard work for us. Each year they have their #FoundIt campaign and offer us a wealth of great gifts from all of our favourite designers and brands.

Some of my gifts

I’m starting with this navy check dobby shirt by Jasper Conran which I’m giving to my Brother. He’s not a fan of patterned shirts so this subtle check will be fine for him. It has a tad more interest than a plain blue shirt and the colour is going to look great on him.

I’m going to give this Jasper Conran brown textured wash bag to my Son. Big enough to hold all of his grooming products when he goes to the gym it’s way more stylish than the plastic bag he currently throws everything in to! 

Next up we have a great shirt and jumper from Hammond & Co, and these are going to my Uncle Charlie. While he’s no spring chicken he likes to look good and the white dobby stripe tailored fit shirt and the navy stripe lambswool jumper are going to keep him both warm and stylish this winter.

My best mate Damien is so disorganised! I’ve lost track of the number of times he’s asked me to confirm dates and times for nights out and planned events. That’s why this Jasper Conran diary is for him. With a page a day there’s plenty of room for him to add all of the details he needs.

I’m fed up of seeing my Father in law in tatty lounge wear so the Hammond & Co navy polka dot pyjamas and matching dressing gown are perfect for him. Practical, comfortable and classic in style, these 100% cotton PJ’s and dressing gown make a great gift.

My Mate Dan is a big fan of Hollister, that’s why this year he’s getting the ‘Wave’ for him eau de toilette gift set. The fragrance has a great fresh citrus smell with notes of grapefruit and bamboo followed by cliffside cypress, lavender and neroli which makes it a very wearable fragrance.

Footwear isn’t something I tend to buy as a gift for my friends or family. That’s why I’m giving these brown ‘Surrey’ apron boots by Hammond & Co to myself! well, why not. It’s good to treat yourself every now and then and my feet deserve it! 

I hope my gift guide has inspired you when buying gifts for those you love. If you #FOUNDIT at Debenhams just leave a message for me here and tell me what you bought.

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Craig joins Debenhams on their #FoundIt campaign and wears one of this seasons party outfits from Hammond & Co

So, the party season is well and truly upon us! it’s the time to be a dapper dresser and get into that Christmas spirit and that Christmas outfit! As always I chose to go just a little more formal than some other gents out there, and went for items from the Hammond & Co range, opting for some velvet. 

What else says Christmas more than a tartan velvet waistcoat right?

Over the waistcoat I added another sumptuous and luxurious layer of velvet with this navy blazer. To keep it crisp and clean I chose a double cuff long sleeved white fine twill shirt. The shirt comes with its own cuff links but you can always add something a bit more special if you prefer.

As you know I’m a fan of fancy neckwear so I had to get this mustard bow tie as a contrast to the navy and green colour scheme. It also adds a touch of christmassy gold into the mix. 

This bow tie is a mix between a self tie and a pre-tied tie. It comes pre tied but has a clip at the back so those that are a little less inclined to tie their own won’t need to worry, and those purists can tie and untie to their hearts desire!

It might be warm while you’re sipping that mulled wine and dancing the night away but it may be a bit chilly when you leave the party at 3am with a bauble hanging off your ear and a lipstick stained collar. So, bring a blazer! This navy blazer ticks all the boxes. It’s slim fit and smart enough to wear to any event. It also has a great lining.

If you want to look the part at the party get yourself some slipper loafers. The suede on this pair compliments the velvet of the waistcoat and blazer and are very on trend. You can wear them with this look with or without socks. I opted for a thin fabric knee high italian sock as these slippers are new and I didn’t want to get blisters while throwing my shapes on the dance floor!

These skinny fit green teal trousers continue the colour story and compliment the green in the tartan waistcoat. It also makes the look a little different by adding a distinct colour which can sometimes be missing from formal wear. They have added formality with black satin piping on the back pockets which is a nice touch.

I hope this article has inspired some of you to go for something a bit more adventurous this year. It’s Christmas after all. If you can’t wear tartan and velvet now, when on earth can you!?

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Hammond & Co Tartan Velvet Waistcoat

Hammond & Co long sleeved, double cuff fine twill shirt

Hammond & Co Mustard Bow Tie

Black Italian Knee High Socks by Cal’Zineri

Green Team Skinny Fit Trousers by Next

‘Eton Square’ Black Suede Slipper Loafers by Dapper England


Thanks for taking a look and Merry Christmas!