The ultimate Father’s Day gift guide
Instead of panic buying a weird novelty t-shirt (we've all been there), take our advice and purchase something he won't try to hide at the back of a drawer.
A Hawaiian shirt that the kids aren’t embarrassed to be seen in public with? It can be done! Case in point this chic Cuban collar number with Monster leaf print from Reiss.
It brings a whole new meaning to getting hammered on Father's Day, but if you have a keen fixer upper (or just want some odd jobs done without asking), a quality engraved hammer from brilliant Berkshire-based Hugo's Workshop should hit the spot.
Sailing or climbing fans – of just general outdoorsy types – might be touched to receive one of these bracelets from British brand BIONG, handmade from climbing or sailing rope or even leather braid. They come in various sizes and colours with a choice of metal claps from steel to gold plated. Attractive and understated in a ‘I climb mountains on the weekend’ kind of way. Take 15% off on us with code GENTXV.
Rum’s made in the Caribbean, right? Well, in this case, wrong. Thameside Rum is made in Berkshire – and this moreish spiced rum is an ideal addition to the drinks cabinet, now long lazy summer nights in front of the fire pit are in reach.
Ooh, don't you just love that new stationary smell? And this time it's personal. These stunning customisable journals are from a brilliant Reading-based business called The Ink Pen. Writing stuff down is good for your mind, memory and will give him five minutes away from a screen.
The Holiday (In A Box)
Is the old man missing his annual trip to the Med? Well, transport him there with this thoughtful and affordable gift that includes Amaretti biscuits or Turkish Delight, Italian Coffee or loose lemongrass tea, a Portuguese artisan soap, and then a recipe for a national cuisine and cocktail of your choice (which is also sent to you) so you can get ready to present him with a meal reminiscent of foreign shores. Every box also comes with a copy of How To Travel by The School of Life.
The Carry On
You’ve got to admire a brand that can make luggage cool. From cult online brand Away, this limited edition two-tone blue carry-on has a built in battery to charge his tech and is ideal for a summer staycation.
The Pub in a Box
Thanks to Windsor and Eton Brewery any night can be pub night. No taxi, no babysitters, just a cold beer, G&T and posh snacks to get get the party started. You get 6 beers, mini prosecco, G&T, softies and a glass to drink in. Genius.
Let him live out his Top Gun fantasy with a pair of classic Aviator frames. Ray Ban are a dead cert and will last for years to come (although won’t turn him into Tom Cruise – sorry Dad).
Do you live with someone who is forever losing their keys? Or wallet? Or anything other vital object that makes the day run smoothly? Yeah, it’s painful, isn’t it? Well, give the whole family a break from searching under sofas by buying your beloved some of these. You simply slip a tag into your bag/purse/or specially designed Apple keyring and then when said thing goes missing, you can beep it from the Find My app on your phone.
If you were crushing over Connell and his chain in Normal People, then this Unique & Co men's necklace from Wokingham based Rococo Jewellery will help him relive those moments for you. Best for your other half rather than dad. Awkward.
Want to drop a hint that the scraggly beard or furry upper lip needs to go? This sleek, stylish razor from award-winning Bolin Webb should do the trick without causing offence. We’re coveting this limited edition racing green with 3 blade technology and signature gift box.
The Golf Gear
For golfers who are keen to improve their scores, these Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors are a no-brainer. They simply screw into the end of the golf club and when paired with a smart phone (they are Apple and Android compatible), they track your shot data allowing you to make smarter choices around the course.
Say it with sliders! A sporty take on the classic Birkenstock cork sandal these waterproof sliders come in three colours – navy, black, white – and are perfect for beach days or lounging by the pool.
The number one rule of skincare is cleanse, cleanse and cleanse again – and that applies to the blokes too. With a unique gel texture, this one from Kiehl’s is infused with Cannabis Sativa Seed and Green Oregano Oils that remove impurities whilst being gentle for all skin types.
THE WATER BOTTLE
Getting dehydrated is never a clever idea and this HidrateSpark STEEL Smart vacuum insulated water bottle coupled with its accompanying hydration tracker app means that your bodily water content can be kept on point whatever the activity. The puck at the bottom of the bottle glows when you need to drink and liquids stay cool for 24 hours. Choose from two sizes and two different lid options.
Got a runner in your midst? Well, these Beats PowerBeats Pro wireless headphones are designed for movement and have ear hooks to keep them from rolling into the path of that massive truck on your third mile. They’re also water and sweat resistant, which is an absolute necessity as we roll into summer. They offer nine hours of podcast listening time and come in six colours. Expensive, but worth it.
You’ll never be served charred chicken again with this clever piece of kit: the Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub. By downloading the accompanying app and using probes that sit both inside the meat and the grill, your phone can tell you the exact temperature inside the BBQ so you know when to start cooking and will beep you when the food is cooked or needs turning over. There are even preset programmes for sirloin steak or say, a whole chicken, so you can BBQ with exquisite precision.
Quite frankly if – because of childcare, or Covid, or sheer laziness – you can’t be bothered to go out to celebrate Father’s Day this year, there is absolutely no shame in buying restaurant quality food in. Cool NYC-inspired restaurant Dirty Bones’ ‘Hero’ kit includes two Mac Daddy burger, Lamb fries (to feed two) and 250ml of Old Skool Fashioned cocktail. Delicious.
If you’re planning a week’s camping, this Forbidden Desert game might be a great option for round-the-rickety-table fun. A complicated and compelling (and award-winning!) board game, it requires you to work together to escape the sandstorm before your supplies run dry. Add a bottle (or few) or wine and you’ve got many an evening’s entertainment in a handy tin.