Father’s Day is coming up, and it’s a well-known fact that dads can be notoriously hard to shop for. Unless he’s got a dedicated hobby, or has expressly stated his interest in something, you’re pretty much stuck.
A gift for your father isn’t as simple as getting something emblazoned with a brand and calling it a day. It’s got to be refined, practical, and user-friendly — something you know will be well-loved and not regaled to the back of the medicine cabinet. While we’ve got a guide to the best fashion, watch and luxury gifts for your old man, if your dad isn’t much of a fashionista or horology enthusiast, what’s left? Grooming, naturally.
Even if he’s someone who doesn’t do well with fluff, a man’s got to shower, shave, and at least spritz on some perfume every day. Getting your dad a luxurious grooming gift is one way to show your appreciation for his care, while showing him your concern for his physical well-being too. Here are some of the best grooming products to bag some serious brownie points with Pa this Father’s Day.
Getting your father on board with a regular face mask schedule might be a bit of a stretch, but a weekly clay mask could be doable, especially if you make it a fun household ritual. Clay masks are fantastic for detoxing and deep cleansing, and Fresh’s Umbrian Clay version uses the rare, mineral-rich clay from a secluded hill in Italy to really purify the skin. It also comes in a generous tub size that’s perfect for sharing with the rest of the family.
Up your dad’s scent game with Tom Ford‘s Oud Wood Perfume. It’s got a high concentration of spice and punchy oud notes to deliver a scent that’s comforting, masculine and refined. It also smells nothing like run-of-the-mill musky, leathery fragrances targeted towards men, so present this to a sophisticated dad who likes to stand out.
S$350 for 50ml, S$459 for 100 ml. Available at Tangs.
Shavers are the essential grooming tool every man ought to invest in. If your father is still stuck to his old faithful razor from years past, try converting him to the digital light with one of Braun’s most popular razors, the 5020S. It is fitted with UltraActiveLift technology, so skin irritation and in-grown hairs won’t be as much of a pesky problem, especially when shaving hairs that lie flat against the skin. It is also 100 percent waterproof, as well as extremely easy to use, sanitise and clean. Trimming sideburns and beards is no issue with the 5020S, which is handy if your dad has the whole nine yards to upkeep.
S$259. Available at Harvey Norman.
On the flipside, if you’re dad is just a stickler to manual shavers, do right by him and give him a luxe shaving kit with all the trimmings. This D R Harris kit comes with everything a man could need for a great wet shave — a soap, a mixing bowl, aftershave milk to soothe the skin, a badger hair brush, and a sleek razor with classic Mach 3 blades. It comes in the brand’s signature Arlington scent, which smells like fresh cut citrus in a garden.
S$200. Available on Mr Porter.
Nothing spells old school like a dad who still keeps an orange comb in his back pocket, but it’s time to retire the plastic in favour of some sturdy metal. This Ti-edc pocket comb is all stainless steel, bent to adhere to the scalp for easier combing. It’s incredibly light, weighing just 17 grams, and fits snugly in a pocket, so your father’s not going to be sacrificing his daily slick back. He’s just getting an upgrade.
S$50. Available on Amazon.