Gifts that’ll make your father’s day

Dads – as a species – are notoriously tricky to buy for. On top of that, Father’s Day creeps up on us every year meaning more often than not, in a blind panic, we settle for a hastily bought bottle of alcohol and a card and pray he likes it. This year, however, be different. Choose one of our hand-picked gifts from our guide and be surprised by how much he loves it.




1. Keep your cool

Lyle & Scott Short Sleeve Oxford Shirt


Father’s Day falls at the same time as the weather (hopefully) heats up so gifting him a piece of keep-cool kit, like this short-sleeved shirt, will be a lifesaver for upcoming work or rest.

Lyle & Scott, Short Sleeve Oxford Shirt, £50


2. Knot for you 

Paul Smith Tailoring Ditsy Floral Tie


A tie is a classic gift but we would hazard a guess that he already has a number of plain colour ties and a couple of striped or spotty numbers. So, take his tie game up a notch with a botanical print that’s jazzy enough to be different without being OTT.

Paul Smith Tailoring, Ditsy Floral Tie, £100


3. Bottoms up

LSA Islay Whisky Set


He’s probably dreamt about kicking back with a whisky but has he got the glassware to do it right? Luxurious and indulgent, it’s unlikely he’d buy a set like this for himself – providing you with the perfect opportunity to swoop in.

LSA, Islay Whisky Set, £150


4. See clearly

Ray-Ban Silver RB3570 Square Sunglasses


All dads everywhere will appreciate the easy cool that comes with a pair of great sunglasses. The masters of shades, Ray-Ban, make versatile pairs like this one that he might, in fact, not want to ever take off.

Ray-Ban, Silver RB3570 Square Sunglasses, £163


5. On our watch

Links of London Brompton Men's Leather Watch


A watch is more than a watch - it’s an investment, an heirloom, a piece of personal branding. So for a gift that’ll mean a lot, a timeless timepiece is often the best way to go.

Links of London, Brompton Men's Leather Watch, £295


6. Smoke and fire

Gentlemen's Hardware BBQ Multi Tool


Indulge his inner hunter-gather instincts with a nifty barbecue tool that’ll always make him head chef. Pass the ketchup, please…

Gentlemen's Hardware, BBQ Multi Tool, £35


7. Top marks

Gant Sun Bleached Polo Shirt


Polo shirts are pretty much universally flattering and massively versatile. With jeans come weekend, suit trousers for work, and shorts come holidays, they have us sold.

Gant, Sun Bleached Polo Shirt, £75


8. Fancy footwork

Just Sheepskin Donmar Mule Slippers


The granddaddy of classic gifts, the slipper, gives him the perfect excuse for rest and recuperation, which we’re pretty certain he needs. Say goodbye to gifting cold feet.

Just Sheepskin, Donmar Mule Slippers, £65


9. Heaven scent 

Christian Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum 100ml


Notes of vanilla absolute, ambery Ambroxan and Calabrian bergamot are whipped together to make this intoxicating scent. No bathroom cabinet is complete without it.

Christian Dior, Sauvage Eau de Parfum 100ml, £87


10. Hot to handle

Coach Hudson 5 Bag


Luxuriousness is encapsulated in this smart Coach bag that we envisage will make his weekday commute that bit more pleasurable. An optional cross-body strap gives maximum versatility.

Coach, Hudson 5 Bag, £495


11. Make waves

Polo Ralph Lauren Traveller Swim Shorts


Swim shorts may seem a rogue gifting choice but he is certainly going to use them in the upcoming months and if there’s a risk that for himself he might buy a less-than-flattering pair, it’s better for you to jump the gun and gift them.

Polo Ralph Lauren, Traveller Swim Shorts, £75


12. Beautiful brew

Coaltown Black Gold No. 3 Ground Coffee


This small-batch coffee company has a nice backstory (bringing jobs to an ex-mining community) and produces sublime concoctions, like this one, with a chocolatey and biscuit-tasting base.

Coaltown, Black Gold No. 3 Ground Coffee, £9


13. Sock it

Calvin Klein Striped and Solid Ankle Socks


Socks, really? Before you groan, just think – when else is he going to buy them for himself? And as Dumbledore once said, one can always have more.

Calvin Klein, Striped and Solid Ankle Socks, £14


14. Step up

Loakes Goodwork Penny Driver Loafer Shoes


There’s nothing better than the feel of classic, weighty shoes. A loafer like this one, from iconic shoemakers Loake, will work for all the events in his summer diary. 

Loakes, Goodwork Penny Driver Loafer Shoes, £140


15. Grooming hero

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream for Men 30ml


This anti-ageing moisturiser helps make skin plumper, smoother and more shine-free. It’ll be his magic potion if ever he had one.

Elemis, Pro Collagen Marine Cream for Men 30ml, £58


16. Sound advice

Urbanista Tokyo Wireless Ear Pods


We happen to know how to win the ‘best child’ award and it’s with these slick, wireless ear pods. The sound quality and sleek design will be music to his ears.

Urbanista, Tokyo Wireless Ear Pods, £119.99