Shopping for Dads can be tricky.
You could always play it safe and get him a gadget or two. Most patriarchs tend to prize the practical, anyway. But what if your old man is one that values form as much as function? What if your Dad is the dapper sort, who invests as much time and effort into curating his wardrobe as he does his many other hobbies?
If that’s the case, we’ve made a gift guide that won’t disappoint. (After all, you’ve already had a lifetime of letting him down; 21 June is not the day to make that mistake.) Here are options for the father with flawless style, cherry-picked from the offerings of the fashion and jewellery brands that deem what’s fashionable today — Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Dior and more.
Take your pick from the 10 gift ideas below.
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If you’re getting Dad a blazer, let it be this one — or any others from The Row’s menswear collection. The meticulous Olsen twins spent two years researching and perfecting their line of men’s clothing before actually launching it. You can see how their eye for detail and penchant for tailoring have informed the subtle features of the jacket, from its use of a fabric that blends cotton and cashmere, to its wide lapels and lightly-padded shoulders.
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This sweater is the answer to your Dad getting into the tie-dye trend without looking like a washed-up skater bro. It’s made of the finest cashmere — spun from Altea’s own production factory in Italy, no less — in shades of blue that are universally flattering. This piece of knitwear is also one of a few, because Altea only produces its styles in small batches. In other words, this gift is perfect for the man who likes being ahead of the curve.
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If he missed out on bagging something from one of fashion’s biggest collaborations last year, make up for it by getting Dad his own Dior x Rimowa personal clutch. Now re-stocked at local Dior boutiques, the compact clutch is made of sleek, lightweight aluminium. That means Dad is free to pack as much as he wants into its three compartments, complete with card slots and zipped pockets.
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If a clutch isn’t enough for all of Dad’s baggage, get him a Louis Vuitton Discovery backpack. It has a bit of both the old and the new. The former is in the embossed leather patch, which resembles a vintage luggage label. The new is all over, thanks to the Monogram Eclipse canvas that the bag is made of. Your Dad will also have plenty of storage options, from the zipped compartment on the front of the bag to the iPad pocket inside it.
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If your Dad hasn’t gotten the memo, dad sneakers are over. Help him usher in the era of minimalist trainers with this pair from Celine. Hedi Slimane’s design, made of smooth calfskin leather, features a contrasting heel tab and sole and is perfect for everyday usage. The shoes’ pared back appearance also means they’ll age well, like its owner.
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We know — Pops already has a cardholder. But he would likely appreciate a better one, especially if it looks as unique as this one. That’s mostly thanks to the intrecciato weave, a Bottega Veneta signature that is now very fashionable. The technique also makes the leather last, which is important if you want your father to stick to this cardholder once and for all. It also comes with a zipped compartment and all of six card slots, so he’ll find it very handy indeed.
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If your father is a bookworm as much as a magpie, he will absolutely keel over this necklace. It’s made by the most noteworthy independent jeweller of the moment, Alighieri. That’s Alighieri as in Dante Alighieri, who penned the epic poem Divine Comedy — the inspiration for this very design from the brand’s men’s collection. Crafted in London from an antique Venetian coin, the gold-plated bronze medallion is not just a poetic touch. Alighieri made it “to be worn as a reminder to be courageous.”
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The Tiffany 1837™ Makers collection celebrates craftsmanship, which is why this bracelet is made with an attention to detail. Its sterling silver chain sets itself apart with its curved edges, giving it a modern look. That means your father can choose to wear it both casually or tucked in the sleeve of his suit jacket for a sophisticated touch.
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Here’s another piece for Dad’s jewellery collection: the B.zero1 ring, one of Bulgari’s iconic designs. This one, made with rose gold and a black ceramic spiral, is both modern and masculine. And with a shape this chunky, the ring will be hard to miss. In other words, it’s perfect for the dad who loves to stand out.
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Cufflinks are a pretty conventional gift idea, but this pair makes a convincing case for a present with their brilliant blue Montana crystals. The stainless steel accessories are sophisticated enough for your father to wear along with his suit, while also giving him a cool-blue edge.
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