Another Father’s Day looming, another Dad dilemma. While lots of us find mums easy to buy for – jewellery, handbags, scarves, chocolates, flowers, the list is endless – dads are altogether trickier.
Unless he is a real gadget geek or fashionisto most presents for dads can seem dull and uninteresting. After all, how many ties and pairs of socks can one man need?
So to make life easier here’s our pick of some of the best pressies to buy this Father’s Day. Our ideas should mean you’re well-prepared for the day when we honour our dads, which always falls on the third Sunday of June in both the UK and the US. Credit for what we now recognise as the official Father’s Day goes to Sonora Smart Dodd, from Washington, who invented her own celebration of Father’s Day in 1910. Her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, she did not provide the organisers with enough time to make arrangements to the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.
For the well-travelled dad.
Tough, reliable and a little worn around the edges, just like the man himself, this holdall from Marks & Spencer is big enough for a weekend away, but small enough for a day outing. It is classic and versatile, without being boring or traditionally ‘daddish’. Suede and leather detailing make it a classy affair.
For the punctual dad.
If time is money, then this Rotary watch is worth a million bucks. The classic brown strap, gold edging and face inscribed with traditional numerals all give off a distinguished air. The crosshatch detailing on the inner face, together with the exposed mechanics add a utilitarian feel to this most timeless of timepieces. It’s a grown up present that will make him feel very James Bond.
For the sartorial dad.
Pared down but with a quirky edge, this Austin Reed blazer is the perfect summer jacket. Worn with chinos out to Sunday lunch or with a shirt, tie and darker trousers to a formal event, it should get him through every occasion. It is the idea gift for the dad who likes to make bolder sartorial choices. The gingham fabric has a very fifties flavour to it and the blazer’s flattering cut should give him a slim-line silhouette.
For the Rat Pack dad.
Every man should have a pair of brogues in his wardrobe and this brown-and-white two tone shoes from Office are beautifully crafted, with punched-leather detailing and just a hint of Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, about them.
For the sunworshipper dad
This stylish trilby hat is perfect for when the sun arrives. In a classic woven style, it’s perfect for adding some summer panache to any outfit.
For the foodie dad
A pestle and mortar is a more unusual kitchen-themed gift for the aspiring chef. Debenhams’ Java Ceramic version has an unglazed interior for maximum grinding capability and a useful pouring spout. Sleek, modern and ergonomic, it will remain an aesthetic asset to the kitchen even when not in use and, you never know, it may even encourage him to cook for you.