Father’s Day can be tricky as a gift giving scenario. It’s not a birthday so you don’t want to go too over-the-top but you also don’t want to risk showing a lack of appreciation with an underwhelming gift. Add to that the likelihood that you haven’t seen your dad in three months thanks to a certain global pandemic and knowing what he might want this year is tougher than ever.
Which is why we’re glad you came to us. We’ve trawled the length and breadth of the internet to find gifts that hit that thoughtful but useful, luxurious but not flashy sweet spot. So, whether your Dad’s a style maven, grooming guru or alcohol aficionado, we’ve got the perfect Father’s Day gift for him.
For the stylish Dad
We’ll be honest, buying clothes for anyone other than yourself is always a bit of a minefield so, even if you learned everything you know about dressing well from your father, best stick to the classics. Love Brand’s signature Staniel swim short is flattering on everyone and promises family holidays to come. If you’re buying for a parent with a young child, adorable matching child size versions are also available. For the very hard to please, the blend of silk and cashmere in this sophisticatedly neutral knitted hoodie from menswear maestro Luca Faloni is guaranteed to impress while, if all else fails, Sunspel’s great organic cotton T-shirts are a perennial crowd pleaser.
Love Brand Staniel swim shorts
Luca Faloni silk cashmere hoodie
Sunspel organic cotton T-shirt
For the Dad with an eye for detail
It is the finishing touches that make a great outfit and, if your dad is one who knows this more than most, why not treat him to some elegant accessories this Father’s Day? Personalisation takes practically any gift to the next level and British leather goods brand Aspinal offers it on a huge range of items – we’re particularly fond of this leather billfold wallet. Elsewhere, Monc’s universally flattering Monti sunglasses are the perfect thing to replace the tattered pair he’s been wearing for years and, with a return to the office on the horizon, this luxurious silk tie from Armani (available at Bicester Village) will add new life to his everyday suit.
Aspinal personalised leather billfold wallet
Monc Monti sunglasses
Armani silk tie
For the well-groomed Dad
Whether your Dad already has a well-polished cleanse, tone and moisturise skincare routine or is still stuck in the dark ages of soap and water, it’s hard not to be seduced by really good grooming products. When it comes to fragrances, you can’t go far wrong with Creed’s best seller Aventus. Fresh, rich and fruity, there’s a reason you’ll see this in the bathroom cabinet of almost every man whose style you admire. Father’s Day is also the perfect time to treat your dad to those slightly pricier products he wouldn’t normally buy himself. Aesop’s Moroccan Neroli shaving duet, featuring a soothing shave serum and gorgeously scented post-shave lotion, is probably a little out of the everyday price range but makes an indulgent gift. And, if like most us, all the recent hand washing is taking a toll on your dad, we know he’ll appreciate Chanel’s minimalist take on hand cream – perfectly designed to slip into a pocket.
For the gadget-loving Dad
Does your Dad keep making jokes about having ‘finished’ Netflix during lockdown? Then it’s time to get him an arresting gadget to fill his time. Sony’s wallet-friendly turntable is the perfect gift for music-loving fathers and is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity so he can slowly work his way through the record collection that’s been gathering dust in the attic from wherever he happens to be. Mum and Dad have very different music tastes? Best equip him with a pair of Bose’s class-leading noise cancelling headphones as well then. Finally, if your Dad knows enough about coffee to rival any boutique cafe barista then we highly recommend Joy Resolve’s tea and coffee alarm clock. What’s not to love about a perfect cup of pour over the moment you wake up?
Sony PS-LX310BT turntable
Bose 700 noise cancelling headphones
Joy Resolve Bariseur tea and coffee alarm clock
For the Dad who loves a tipple
Few and far between are the fathers who haven’t been tempted to turn the garden shed into a bar or transform an office cupboard into a drinks cabinet so a bottle of something outstanding is going to be a surefire hit on Father’s Day. For whisky fans, Johnnie Walker has just launched a personalisation service giving you the option to add a custom engraving to its fine Blue Label spirit – a keepsake to treasure long after its finished. If your Dad’s more of a wine man then may we draw your attention to Gentleman’s Journal wine. Put together a custom case of six bottles from our 12 carefully selected reds, white, roses and champagnes and we’ll deliver it straight to your door. But what’s a good drink without something great to drink it from? Tiffany’s Diamond Point lead crystal Old Fashioned glasses are satisfying weighty and extremely versatile.
Custom engraved Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Gentleman's Journal wine
Tiffany Old Fashioned glass