They say it can be hard to please a woman, but have you tried getting a gift for a man of few words?
Many of our Dads fit that description, which is why it’s always a tricky time when Father’s Day comes around the corner. It’s like playing chess, trying to read your old man’s expressions or asking him about his favourite things. Well, we’ve been there plenty of times, so by now we know there are a few, foolproof gifts that are sure to make pop happy — even if he doesn’t exactly show it.
Trust us when we say that our fathers like to be spoiled with luxury goods — just as much as our Mums. The catch is you have to present your gift as a practical choice, not an indulgent one, even if the price tag says otherwise.
The thoughtful gifts that we’ve rounded up below may be useful to him for his day-to-day routines, or he might find them handy the next time he travels. They’re also impeccably crafted, saving you from a lecture from him about splurging on something that won’t last. And they’re cool enough to make him feel like a winner once he lifts his present out of that neatly wrapped box. Hey, the greatest Dad in the world deserves nothing less.
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If Dad prefers understated luxury, these cufflinks will do the trick. They’re polished with palladium-plated brass and black enamel, which outlines Burberry’s iconic logo — a subtle, yet stylish addition to Dad’s favourite dress shirts.
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It’s high time to upgrade Dad’s vintage aviators with these stylish ones from Rimowa. Yes, the luxury luggage brand makes sunglasses too, and it does so with its modernist approach. You’ll find sleek silver finishes all along the aviator’s lightweight nylon frame, updating the ’70s eyewear staple. The shades are just as easy on the eyes as they are on the ears, thanks to their lightweight and slender metal arms. You may not be able to tell once he puts them on, but your Dad will be very pleased with his new sunnies.
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Chances are, your pop still hasn’t made the switch to cashless payment or digital currencies. Let him proudly stash his collection of seasoned credit cards in this classic Cartier wallet. He’ll appreciate the feel of the smooth-grain leather and those shiny, gilded corners. Inside, he’ll find the six credit card slots and two banknote pockets to be particularly useful. Make it truly his by marking the wallet with his initials through Cartier’s embossing service.
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End your Dad’s perennial search for his AirPods with this leather carrying case from Gucci. Handcrafted in Italy, the case features a secure snap fastening, so those wireless earphones are not dropping out anytime soon. It also comes with a handy keychain to attach to his belt, bag or his keys, so he can enjoy the tunes of his youth wherever he goes.
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Now that the sneakers of his youth have become the go-to kicks for kids today, Dad will need a new pair to make a distinction. Luckily, Ermenegildo Zegna has a knack for turning something as trendy as the sneaker into an elegant piece of a man’s wardrobe. The Italian brand’s Triple Stitch sneakers can be worn simply by slipping them on, what with the elastic inserts that replace the traditional laces. (Look Pa, no hands.) Ease and comfort go hand-in-hand in these shoes, which also boast cotton uppers and extra-light rubber soles. These will be Dad’s everyday sneakers in no time.
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If your old man often takes to lounging about in shorts, get him the best ones on the market: these smooth and soft shorts made entirely from silk by Californian label, Amiri. It features an accommodating drawstring waistband and a vintage illustration of the cannabis plant. We’d reserve this pair for only the coolest Dads around.
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In 2021, we’ve long left behind the notion that men don’t wear jewellery. Start your Dad’s collection with this elegant ring from Tiffany & Co., which is crafted from 18k yellow gold. It’s simple but bold, designed as it is to show off the clean lines of the letter ‘T’.
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Does Dad really need another monogrammed travel bag? Yes, if it looks as good as this Celine duffle crafted in Italy. It’s an instant classic, featuring the French brand’s ’70s monogram. And, being made of durable, coated canvas, it’s a lot lighter to carry than a leather bag. We’re a fan of the little details: the bag’s rich, red lining; its vintage-inspired leather handles, and that gold-plated padlock that keeps everything secure. Get this for Dad before the next Hong Kong travel bubble.
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If you don’t want to think too hard about what to get for your old man, then this Dior set is a no-brainer. It comes with an array of essential pieces for travelling or relaxing at home: a sleeping mask, a pair of soft-sole slippers, a handy pouch and a stole luxuriously crafted from wool, silk and cashmere jacquard.
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There are certain superstitions around gifting someone a watch, but Dad will forget all about them the moment he sees this handsome Hermes timepiece. Featuring a satin-brushed titanium case and bracelet, the watch is an absolute stunner. It works just as impressively, powered by a mechanical, self-winding movement made in Switzerland. The numerals on the dial are bold enough for Dad to tell the time at a glance, but the anti-glare sapphire crystal certainly helps too.
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