A pampering gift is always a no-brainer when it comes to treating Mum, but when it comes to spoiling Dad for Father’s Day this 17th of June, spa treats or grooming gifts might not be your first thought — but we urge you to reconsider. Men care about their appearance more than ever, and for those who may not yet be grooming experts, what more thoughtful gift to give than one your dad would never think to get for himself? Take a look at these sophisticated gifts below, which are sure to please those suave gents who take pride in their personal upkeep. After all, who doesn’t want to look a million bucks?
Just launched this May, Louis Vuitton’s first foray into men’s fragrances make for fantastic gifts for discerning and on-trend dads, particularly those who enjoy simple, minimalistic designs. Each embodying the sense of adventure, there are five fragrances to choose from, but we’re particularly intrigued by Orage — capturing that perennial allure of fresh white linen — and Sur La Route — a grassy, citrusy scent featuring the likes of Calabrian bergamot and cedar.
HK$2,000/100ml from Louis Vuitton
For the clueless guy who needs a complete overhaul of his skincare routine, the Mr. Porter Grooming Kit is the way to go, with 12 curated essentials that cover every aspect of a well-thought-out grooming routine, from shaving to skin cleansing and hair styling to showering. We particularly love 111Skin’s Y Theorem Repair Serum from its potent ‘Y’ anti-aging series, which helps improve skin quality and cell renewal from the inside out. Best of all, each product is travel-sized — perfect for jet-setting dads.
HK$734 from Mr Porter
Prized for their premium haircuts and shaves, Selvedge is one of the hottest barber shops in Central, and also sells a proprietary label of grooming goods. (Services start from HK$250 for a beard trim and shape or buzz cut.) This year for Father’s Day, customers of the stylish barbershop can take advantage of a sweet weekend brunch deal at Cé La Vi: pay for four persons and get your fifth seat free.
Selvedge Barbers, 36 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2577 3080
Dapper dads should not only look but also smell the part, too: Byredo’s Mister Marvelous was dreamed up by founder Ben Gorham to embody a scent of something completely irreplaceable and unrivalled. It would make a fantastic gift for any exceptional man who deserves to be called marvellous.
HK$1,616 from Mr Porter
Pampering isn’t limited to spa facials and massages — it includes relaxation at home, too. This gorgeous, masculine-friendly candle is part of Tom Dixon’s latest Materialism collection, which highlights the rawness of precious stones. This luxe, weighted-marble vessel brings to mind sun-flecked strolls along rustic palazzos — and the soy- and paraffin-blend wax is beautifully scented with pepper, fig and ginger.
HK$568 from Mr Porter
With a reputation as perhaps the most luxe men’s hairdresser’s in Hong Kong, a booking at The Mandarin Barber for a traditional shave or cut — or one of their legendary Shanghainese pedicures — is sure to impress any dad. This year, Father’s Day at The Mandarin Barber comes with a little surprise: Upon mention of the special occasion when booking any treatments, the customer will receive a body soap from Truefitt & Hill — the oldest and most distinguished men’s barber shop in the world.
The Mandarin Barber, 2/F, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong +852 2825 4088
For an elegant, timeless gift that would fit in any room, the exquisite, plant-based scented candles by L’Officine Universelle Buly are an apt choice. Encased in marble and protected with a Buly-stamped glass cover, each candle burns for 80–100 hours. There are a range of scents available, but the ‘Campagne d’Italie’ — bergamot, grapefruit mixed with oak and cedar undertones — is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
HK$1,350 from Buly 1803
Fine shaving kits can be a bit of a cliché because, sure, they’re nice to have, but many pragmatic men might favour electric or commercial shavers for their convenience instead. However, this one by Czech and Speake is as handsome to display in your bathroom as it is practical. The set features the brand’s signature No. 88 soap — a wood-scented lather with notes of bergamot and sandalwood. The fine badger hair brush hangs upside down to dry well, while the Mach 3 razor is easy to replace for long-term use. Presented in a beautiful display box, it’s sure to be one of the more exquisite gifts for discerning dads this year.
HK$3,868 from Mr Porter
Treat dad (and perhaps yourself, too) to the best, most life-changing pedicure in town, courtesy of Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s acclaimed podiatrist, Bastien Gonzalez, a pioneer known for his famed hand-, feet- and nail-pampering system. You’ll both leave the studio with any aches and pains in your legs soothed, calluses and rough skin smoothed down, and the weight of daily stresses lifted off your feet.
HK$1,090 for 60-minute ‘Bastien Pedicure’ treatment from The Oriental Spa, 5/F, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0011