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Dad’s the word!



Stokey’s local shops have got everything you need for original, thoughtful Father’s Day gifts, experiences and cards.


From 3D printed maps of the area to Chinese dumpling making workshops, books, whizzy coffee makers and delicious chocolate – you can find it all locally. Please give Amazon a miss this year and help our independent shops survive and thrive.


Here, without further ado, are some of our favourites!



Books

Jo Adams at Stoke Newington Bookshop has picked out this selection of top reads for dads. They include The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz, The Language of Trees by Katie Holten and Is Maths Real? By Eugenia Cheng.




Tools

Did you know Japan makes amazing gardening tools? Kitchen Provisions’ top pick for Father’s Day is these carbon steel secateurs, which can easily be resharpened. £60. If gardening’s not his bag – check out their Japanese cookware and knives.



Cards

Designed in-house and by a network of independent designers, Earlybird has a wonderful selection of funky cards and some fun gifts to choose from too.



Local gifts



We love these colourful London prints by Rude Studios – pick one up at their store on the corner of Nevill and Barbauld Road.


Among the locally-made homewares in Know and Love are these 3D printed maps of Stoke Newington. They feature wonderful details features of the N16 area such as Abney Park Chapel, the reservoirs, and Clissold Park. The whole scene sits on a smart charcoal background and in an elegant wooden frame which can be hung or displayed on a surface. Cost: £90. Check out Know & Love’s other gifts, from handmade mugs and locally-made chocolate and fun hydroponic herb kits.



Nook also have a brilliant selection of quirky gifts. Head into Prep Cook Shop for brilliant travel mugs, stove-top coffee makers and top-quality cookware. And if this weekend’s weather is anything to go by, MEAT N16 will have you covered for BBQ supplies.



The Ark on Stoke Newington High Street is also well worth a visit for cards and gifts – they have a great selection of reusable water bottles and mugs. And while you’re nearby, Sophie MacBain has something for everyone – even giant polar bear tables!


Experiences




Yang Lei, founder of Rouge, learnt the art of making traditional dumplings from her grandmother. She has a gorgeous events space in the basement of Rouge on Stoke Newington High Street and offers a two-and-a-half-hour workshop making the dough, preparing fillings and boiling and frying dumplings to perfection. The next course takes place on July 6th and costs £50.


The newly-opened Kindhaus is running a special event a couple of days ahead of Father’s Day on Friday June 16th – a new dad and psychotherapist will be sharing insights from his first three months of fatherhood and there’ll be a complimentary beer or wine for every dad attending. Book on Eventbrite.




Tower Theatre’s production of In Hiding is showing this June and tickets are selling fast. It tells the story of Bimpe DaCosta, a traditional Nigerian Owambe party and the realities of being the single mum of a child with autism. The play is described as “funny, moving and always insightful.”


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