Don’t get us wrong, we love socks. In fact, we’ve extolled their many woven, woollen virtues on several occasions. But, when it comes to gift-giving, it’s time to pull up your proverbials. Father’s Day is just around the corner, and your dad deserves better than these afterthoughts of accessories.
So, to up your gift-giving game, we’ve found some of the best presents possible for Father’s Day. From a pair of reading glasses and a fine cigar, to an electric barbecue and new Floris fragrance, here’s what to buy.
Feeling blue: Johnnie Walker Blue Label
A bottle of whisky for Father’s Day may be expected, but a bottle of this calibre brings the surprise back. Johnnie Walker’s most prestigious blend is made up of the finest old-aged malt and grain whiskies. The crowning glory of any drinks cabinet, expect hazelnut, rose and dark chocolate notes, with hints of honey and tobacco.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Frame it: Cubitts Cromer Spectacles
As you father gets older, his need for reading glasses will increase — but that’s not to say he can’t use his newfound need for glasses as an opportunity to add a little style to his wardrobe. Head to Cubitts if you want to pick up a pair of the best British eyewear around; we particularly like these ‘Cromer’ frames.
Cubitts Cromer Spectacles
Start your engines: Morgan Plus Six
Now if this doesn’t get you on page one of his good books, we don’t know what will. If your pockets stretch deep enough, and your father’s Sunday driver has been lacking of late, why not replace it with a Morgan Plus Six? The British carmaker’s latest, this thrilling motor heralds a new era of performance and elegance for the storied brand.
Morgan Plus Six
Power up: Weber Q 1400 Electric Barbecue
Everyone’s father loves to hold court over the family barbecue. But enough with the briquettes and lighter fluid — this is 2019. So scrub away his charred, blackened and frankly antiquated barbecue and replace it with this: Weber’s best electric barbecue. Less emissions, same chargrilled goodness.
Weber Q 1400 Electric Barbecue
Elephant in the room: Grant Macdonald Tusk Elephant Cufflinks
Wildlife conservation charity Tusk has some high profile backers, counting royals such as Prince William and car brands such as Land Rover and Audi among their supporters. But these cufflinks, from silversmiths Grant Macdonald, are our favourite way of showing support — and your father’ll love them, too.
Grant Macdonald TUSK Elephant Cufflinks
Spark up: Cohiba Talismán Cigar
Who doesn’t love lighting up a stellar cigar and relaxing in the sun? And there’s no better stogie with which to do so than Cohiba’s Talismán cigar, an unprecedented, thick ring-gauge Habano from the brand. With a complex and highly scented character, it may cost almost £100 for one, but it’s a worthy way to see your money go up in smoke.
Cohiba Talismán Cigar
Spritz on: Floris Neroli Voyage Eau De Parfum
Gone are the days that a bottle of Brut or Old Spice sufficed as a Father’s Day gift. Today, we’re all a little more discerning when it comes to our scents — and Floris’ Neroli Voyage is the ideal summer aftershave. Inspired by the blossom trees that grow on the Ligurian coastline, it’ll get your father’s summer off to an aromatic, exciting start.
Floris Neroli Voyage Eau De Parfum
Shaken and stirred: Orlebar Brown Thunderball Polo
If you think your father has never looked in the mirror and pretended to be James Bond, you’re sorely mistaken. This, then, is the ideal sartorial way to let him live out his superspy ambitions. From Orlebar Brown, this polo is inspired by the shirt Bond wore in Thunderball to investigate villainous Largo’s Palmyra estate. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.
Orlebar Brown Thunderball Polo
Slip on: Florence Men’s Signature Cuff
Florence London Jewellery’s Signature Cuff lets you personalise your bracelet with your initials or, more aptly for your father, the names of his children or anniversary. In colours from black to gold to green, they’re a great choice for an unique gift — and are plated with either 18ct gold or silver.
Florence Men’s Signature Cuff
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