June 30, 2007

For the dad-piper or drummer who has everything: a few Father’s Day gift ideas

Father’s Day is June 17, and wives and children of pipers and drummers around the world will be scratching their heads, wondering what else on earth their piping/drumming-zealot men in their lives could possibly need or want.

We tapped a few pipes|drums advertisers who sell lots of different kinds of stuff if they had any ideas. Here are a few gifts that are sure to please your have-all guys!

Regimental Ghillies from Gaelic Themes.Regimental Ghillie Brogues from Gaelic Themes of Glasgow. The company describes these beauties as “the culmination of extensive research into the requirements of the modern marching band and all those who value comfort. The ‘Regimental’ utilizes the latest technology in shoe manufacture to achieve new levels of shock absorption and comfort with its three-layer cushioning sole.

Gaelic Themes
45 Grovepark Street
Maryhill, Glasgow
G20 7NZ Scotland
Tel: 141 332 0407

C.E. Kron one-of-a-kind Buffalo horn pipes.C. E. Kron plain sterling silver, buffalo horn pipes from McGillivray Piping are a “one-off” instrument made by Kron craftsman Dave Atherton. When dad rips the wrapping off the box cradling these, his heart will light up like G.S. McLennan with a case of the muse!

McGillivray Piping
6 Avondale Crescent
Aurora, Ontario
L4G 3P6 Canada
Tel: 905-726-4003

Women go wild for the Scots Guards look.This Guards’ Pattern Military Doublet also from R.G. Hardie & sure to please the piper or drummer whose closet is missing that certain martial garment. This isn’t your regular competing pipe band jaykit. This ornately decorated, fine quality, doublet features a hidden zip front (who can be bothered with buttons these days?), removable epaulets (a handy feature when your shoulders are at the eye-level of attractive females), detail cuffs and pockets, elaborate braid, contrast stitching, and polished metal buttons. Every woman just loves a man in a uniform!

R.G. Hardie & Co. Ltd
45 Grove Park Street
Glasgow, Scotland
Tel: 141-333-5696

The Scottish Lion's got me covered, Dad!The Scottish Lion is offering a bunch of Father’s Day gift ideas, even dedicating a whole page to the date. What’s more, the company is offering a special Coupon Code for those registered with pipes|drums which will remain valid for a month and will be good for free shipping. Just use “pipesdrumsmember” in your order. The Scottish Lion has some great sales on imported food, clothing, giftware and more, and if you can’t find dear old Dad something unique here, you’re just not looking hard enough!

The Scottish Lion Import Shop
P O Box 5002-191
North Conway, NH
03860 USA
Tel: 1-800-355-7268 (SCOT)

Silver that would make Tiffany's jealous!When your man sees these Peter Henderson hand-engraved full-silver pipes built by R.G. Hardie & Co. of Glasgow you’ll have to make sure he’s wearing sunglasses. According to Hardie’s managing director Alastair Dunn each one of these babies has a unique number engraved on the bass stock and each piece of silver with the Peter Henderson hallmark. Optional extras include a custom clan crest silver plate and engraved silver sole. If you ask nicely, the company may even throw in free gift-wrapping!

R.G. Hardie & Co. Ltd
45 Grove Park Street
Glasgow, Scotland
Tel: 141-333-5696

Good luck with your Father’s Day quest for gifts for the pipes|drum’s Dad who has everything!





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