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It's safe to say dads are fed up with getting slippers and vouchers for Father's Day. If you're struggling to find the perfect present from the kids, or even for your own dad, then we've got you sorted.

We have gathered up some of the quirkiest and sweetest gifts from a variety of shops and websites. There is something here for everyone, from the music lover to the Only Fools and Horses fanatic.

There's no doubt in our mind that any dad would be disappointed with one of these gifts.

1: Photo Block

Fujifilm (Prices Vary)

2: Freddie Mercury Card

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Etsy €3.52

3: Tassimo Coffee Machine

Red 'Vivy 2' multi-beverage machine TAS1403GB
Debenhams €56

 

4: Set of Dad Jokes

5: Boombox 

 

Aldi €39.99

 

6: Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits - Bruce Springsteen [VINYL]
Golden Discs €20

 

 

7: Rad Dad Mug

Green 'Rad Dad' mug
Debenhams €14.40

8: Paul Costelloe Shirt

9: Travel Print

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Etsy €110

10: Game of Thrones Monopoly

Amazon €20.80

11: Only Fools and Horses Talking Plush

Aldi €9.99

 

12: The Choice by Philly McMahon

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Dubray €13

 

13: Custom Cushion

Fujifilm (Prices Vary)

14: ClarinsMen Super Moisture Balm

Boots €38

15: Stainless Steel Flask

Aldi €3.99

 

 

 

 

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There were a lot of bad mental health days but then things started to get better. I started to manage my anxiety and the clouds of negative thoughts slowly started to clear in my mind.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I thought my anxiety was gone. I naively thought I was ‘cured’. I was too ignorant to realise that mental health disorders don’t just magically vanish. They’re something you have to manage for life.

My anxiety reappeared this May, on one of the hardest days of my life. The memory of this day is one that will never leave my mind, I remember it all too well.

I was curled up in bed, engulfed in my copy of The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill when I heard a strange noise from the room next to mine.

Was someone snoring or coughing? I wasn’t quite sure, but my gut told me to check what it was.

I opened the door to find my mam turned over on her side in bed, but she wasn’t asleep. She was having what we later discovered was a seizure.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She was shaking uncontrollably, foaming at the mouth, making this horrid gurgling noise because her brain had shut down and her body was struggling to breathe.

I held her grey, lifeless body in my arms and just yelled and yelled until my dad and sister came upstairs to find us. We shouted at the paramedics to hurry up and get here because as I clung onto my mam, I genuinely thought she was dead, we all did.

I sat in the James’s Hospital A&E for thirteen hours, waiting, hoping and praying my mam was okay. And she was.

The doctors explained to us that mam had a seizure, but have yet to find the cause, but they upped her medication, schedule constant appointments and are pretty pleased with how she is doing at the moment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mam is happy and healthy, but ever since that harrowing day I have been a ball of anxiety. The trauma of nearly losing her triggered my anxiety and let it attack when I was at my most vulnerable and I must admit I haven’t been able to manage it as well as I used to.

I am jumpy at home whenever I hear an unusual noise. I wake up in the middle of the night to make sure mam is okay. Dozens of thoughts whizzing through my mind: Is she breathing? Has she taken her medication? Will she be okay when I’m at work?

My parents tell me there’s nothing to worry about, but my brain disagrees. It’s full of panic and dread every single day, and it’s no longer just about my mam’s wellbeing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I’ve started to panic on public transport again. I break out in stress rashes in my office. The heart palpitations are back. The rapid breathing is back. The negative thinking is back.

And I have accepted that.

There are days when I let my anxiety take over because I simply don’t have the energy to fight it, but one thing I’ll always remind myself of is that I am stronger than it, even on those days when I just want to give up.

There is a quote by author Matt Haig, who is a hero of mine, that I always repeat on the ‘bad brain days’.

 

“The key is in accepting your thoughts, all of them, even the bad ones. Accept thoughts, but don’t become them. Understand, for instance, that having a sad thought, even having a continual succession of sad thoughts, is not the same as being a sad person. You can walk through a storm and feel the wind but you know you are not the wind.”

 

I have accepted my anxiety. I have accepted the bad days, the panic attacks and the constant worrying, but I never let myself forget that this too shall pass.

 

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this feature you can contact Pieta House 24/7 Helpline 1800 247 247 or the Samaritans Helpline 116 123.

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It’s safe to say the baby boom is well and truly back. Blogger Lisa Jordan has shared the most joyous baby news with the help of her little girl Pearl.

She revealed she is expecting her second child and the announcement video is just too cute for words.

The fashion blogger posted the sweetest video of her daughter to Instagram, captioned: “Pearl has something to tell you #dropthemic.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the heartwarming video, the mum asks Pearl, “Tell everybody what's in mommy's belly. What's in it?"

Pearl replied excitedly: “A baby!”

“Are you going to be a big sister?” the popular blogger asks before Pearl wanders away like a true toddler.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We are thrilled for Lisa. We cannot wait to see her pregnancy outfit of the day posts.

Fellow bloggers showered the Cork mum with love following her huge announcement.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fellow blogger and expectant-mum Rosie Connolly-Quinn commented: “Ahhh Lisa! How exciting. It’s a baby boom for sure.”

“Omg stop! Awe, congratulations, so exciting,” said popular blogger Faces by Grace.

“How cute is Pearl?” another said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Aw, congratulations. This is such great news. The actual cuteness of Pearl, I can’t cope,” another shared.

Lisa’s pregnancy announcement video has already amassed 117,000 views and we’re not one bit surprised.

Pearl is going to be the best big sister.

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A Reddit user has shared the most moving list of things cancer patients will miss the most when they pass away. The emotional post really opens your eyes to just how valuable the little things are like kisses on the cheek and the smell of flowers.

The user shared: “The things my patients say they'll miss the most are NOT seeing the World Landmarks, buying fancy things, that new car, "living it up" party style, etc.”

The patients didn’t care about visiting Paris or seeing their favourite band in concert. The things they were going to miss were simple but so meaningful.

The full list reads:

Watching my sons throw a baseball

Listening to my grandparents tell stories

My girlfriend surprised me with a kiss on the cheek

Holding my wife in my arms knowing there's nowhere in the world I'd rather be

Gram's Sunday dinners and the whole family getting together

My dog

 

Seeing my fiancé smile and feeling his arms wrap around me

My daughter running to me when I get home

The smell of flowers and rain

The day I got married. I said I never would. And then I met her. And now I have to leave her.

Smelling the fireplace on Christmas morning with the family

All my friends

Watching my family sleep

The rush of weekday mornings. I know it sounds crazy, but I'll miss it. I'll miss the coffee, the crowded bathrooms, my wife's quick peck goodbye, the kids forgetting their lunch.. you get my point
Rain. Is that weird?

The heartbreaking list shows you that at the end of the day it isn’t about money or glamour, it’s about the people you love, those simple moments you experience every day, but ones you’ll miss more than anything when your time on this planet comes to an end.

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Bernard Brogan and his twin boys are just too cute for words and his latest Instagram proves it.

The doting dad posed with his two boys- Donagh & Keadán- whilst out for brunch over the weekend.

The stylish dad and his two boys even wore matching outfits for the occasion. He captioned the adorable photo: “Brunchin with the lads! #matchin #babychinos.”

 

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34-year-old Bernard donned a pair of chinos, a navy polo shirt and navy loafers. His boys rocked the same baby chinos with navy cardigans and even tiny navy shoes- How adorable.

TV presenter Sile Seoige gushed over Bernard and his boys: “Ah this is absolutely brilliant! Massive congrats to yee.”

“Two beautiful baby boys! Enjoy every moment of them!” said one fan.

“Cuteness overload,” another said.

 

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It’s safe to say Bernard is enjoying every moment of fatherhood. He recently told RTÉ’s Eoghan McDermott: “I’m absolutely delighted, every day is different. You're finding the personalities of the lads.”

Adding that he can’t get enough of his “two bouncing baby boys.”

Bernard announced the arrival of their twin boys on Instagram on July 13. The dad posted a black and white snap of him cradling both boys in his arms.

He captioned the snap: “Never have I felt as blessed. Thank you to my beautiful wife @keekib22 for bringing me so much joy. Welcome Donagh & Keadán Brogan 10/7/2018.”

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Jamie Dornan has opened up about losing his mum Lorna to pancreatic cancer. The actor was a mere 16-years-old when his mum passed away.

He got honest about the impact it had on him in an interview with Press Association.

The Fall star was only 14-years-old when his mum was diagnosed with cancer. “I look back on that time and see it in a very blurry way. I was very young. Every kid at that age is naive. I felt like I was particularly young and naive at that time.”

 

His mum’s untimely death caused Jamie to grow up very quickly.

The actor admitted that the pain of losing a parent never leaves you. “It has an ever evolving effect on me, that loss, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”

The 36-year-old continued: “I feel like every single day it has an effect on me in ways which I am aware of and some ways I think I am not aware of.”

Jamie isn’t alone in his grief. He is aware of the millions of families who lose loved ones to cancer across the globe.

“Lots of people have lost people that are very dear to them at a young age. That’s the sad thing about this illness particularly, it seems to get people young, who often have very young families,” he said.

Jamie gushed about his mum and said she would have been thrilled with his success. The actor believes she would have loved the glamour of his career.

He added: “Hopefully there is some world where she has an awareness of it.”

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Kate Spade’s passing shattered the hearts of millions of people around the world.

Many people were stunned to hear the designer died by suicide, because “she had it all,” but as many people pointed out- mental health affects everyone.

 

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At the time of her death, her husband Andrew shared that the 55-year-old had been battling many personal demons.

Over a month has passed since her death and Andrew has taken to Instagram to post about the tragic loss.

He shared a photo of a tree decorated in colourful lights outside their family friend’s home.

“She was born Christmas Eve, 1962. She loved the Midwest, the desert, and the city,” he wrote.

Andrew explained that their daughter Bea had spent some time with family friends shortly after her mum’s death.

“I was lucky enough to have dear friends let my daughter stay at their home through a difficult time,” he shared. Bea and her dad decorated the tree in honour of Kate: “This tree was standing alone beside the house so we ordered those multi colored, old fashioned lights from Amazon or Target and another dear personal friend gave me a really Iong extension cord.”

He continued: “Bea and I cut a star out of the cardboard box the lights came on and wrapped it in Reynolds wrap like we do every Christmas.”

 

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The post has been inundated with comments of love and support.

Andrew and Bea’s moving tribute to the woman they loved will bring a tear to your eye. Christmas is bound to be a harrowing time for both of them, but we’re sure they’ll find comfort in their memories of Kate.

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