Getting a Father’s Day gift worthy enough of a smile on dad’s face can be a daunting task.
But we can’t speak enough about the sacrifices your old man’s made to make sure your life doesn’t turn out to be a complete mess. For that, your personal superhero needs a gift that’s as thoughtful as he has been all these years, and yes, you can do better than yet another tie.
The gift guide below celebrates the diversity of dads — from the old-school rocker to the nifty builder and stylish dandy — because they each deserve a form of recognition that’s as unique as they are. Besides, nothing’s more heartwarming than showing that you put some actual effort into getting him the perfect gift.
If dad’s the sort who loves a good cup of coffee more than a good Premier League binge, he’ll need only the best tools for the perfect brew every single time. The French press has always been regarded as one of the best ways for brewing a good cuppa, and Bodum’s Chambord is a classic that’s still produced with the same painstaking craftsmanship as it was in the ‘50s. The set comes with four of the brand’s Bistro coffee mugs, so your dad can sip in style.
If dad’s not only a car nut but also finds plenty of joy in building stuff from scratch, this will surely put a smile on his face. This isn’t any ordinary Lego set, but one that’s produced by the Danish toy company’s Technics division under the lauded Ultimate Series. The 1:8 scale reproduction of Lamborghini’s first hybrid-powered supercar is every bit as cool as the real thing, plus it has a working paddle shifter and pair of scissor doors. The set, which consists of 3,696 pieces, also has an intricate recreation of the Sián’s V12, as well as a trunk that opens to reveal an adorable overnight bag.
We’re sure dad would love anything you throw his way for Father’s Day, but if you’re looking to really make an impact, look no further than one of Audemars Piguet’s most hardcore Royal Oak yet. Available only in 30 pieces, this experimental monochromatic grey timepiece is encased by sandblasted titanium with ceramic components throughout. At 44mm, it makes a statement on the wrist, and has a GMT complication that’ll prove to be useful once travelling is a thing again. Its 10 days’ power reserve is all the more impressive here, especially since the watch also offers a flying tourbillon besides a GMT.
There couldn’t be a more practical gift for the perpetual summer here than a pair of good sunglasses. These are inspired by the modernist architecture and curvilinear lines of the Getty Centre in Los Angeles, with a wearable square frame that’ll lend a touch of youth to dad’s ensemble. The shades boast Japanese craftsmanship and are lightweight and durable enough to last dad through the years.
If dad’s biggest vice is a good pour of whisky every night, then he’ll know just how important ice is in making his nightcap even better. The Whiskey Wedge freezes the ice straight into the glass as a wedge, reducing the surface area in contact with the whisky to keep it from melting too quickly. While you’re at it, make the day extra special by throwing in a virtual Scotch tasting session like this one.
Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks didn’t have tutors the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Wolfgang Puck, and Serena Williams. Let dad realise his biggest passions once again, only this time with a little help by the world’s best. The online learning platform plays classroom to dozens of the most successful names in their respective fields, with inspiring and easily digestible videos that’re binge-worthy while being educational — better than the dull drivel that dad’s been subjected to on the telly since the lockdown.
Keep the silver fox in your life impeccably groomed and splendidly scented all year round with one of Penhaligon’s dapper fragrances for men. You’ll be hard pressed to only pick one, but for something quirkier and with plenty of personality pick from the Portraits family, which sees bottles of contemporary scents topped with stoppers of the character it represents, along with a scandalous story to boot.
Celebrate the launch of The Favourite and receive a luxury atomiser upon qualifying spend of S$350 in-store (ION, MBS & Raffles City). Limited quantities, while stocks last.
For the dad who values versatility and convenience, the Huawei MatePad Pro is a tablet that promises remarkable visual experiences, whether he’s streaming his favourite crime drama or just catching up on some work. The device delivers on performance and energy efficiency within its 10.8-inch package, and is compatible with the brand’s other add-ons, such as the M-Pencil and magnetic keyboard that makes both life and work easier.
Transport dad back to the good ol’ days by playing his favourite tunes the good ol’ fashioned way. If he’s already amassed an impressive vinyl collection over the years, a good record player is all he really needs to get started. For a fuss-free option with an easy setup, this Audio-Technica model plays most RPMs and has a built-in phono preamp so you won’t have to worry about sourcing for your own. There’s also a USB output so dad can record his favourite tracks to listen on the go.