Father’s Day is nearly upon us, and while a case of craft beer and a pair of socks never go amiss, there’s something to be said for a more personal gift.
"Honestly, I don't want anything," your father lied. Because, in truth, papa dearest likes a token of appreciation - everybody does.
It needn't matter if you're shopping last minute, either. Thanks to phase two, shops reopening and a wonderful thing called next day delivery (or, better yet, Amazon Prime), these gifts will make it look like you made all the effort, with no hassle on your end.
Below, are the best gifts and presents for Father's Day to keep your old man on your side.
For Dads Who Enjoy A Tipple
Every dad likes to pretend he's Don Draper and indulge in the odd whiskey by the fire. Treat him to something a bit special and he'll love you forever. Diageo's first foray into Irish whiskey since they sold the Bushmills distillery, Roe & Co is a blend comprising of malt and grain whiskey. All of these have been entirely aged in an ex-bourbon barrel with a strong emphasis on first-fill casks. Bottled at 45% without chill filtration, it is well suited to cocktails where the extra alcohol helps carry the whiskey flavour across.
Blended Irish Whiskey, €45, Roe & Co
For Dads Who Love to BBQ
If there's one thing your dad loves more than you, it's gadgets and barbeques. This app-connected thermometer is a step-by-step grilling assistant that sends notifications directly to your smartphone, on everything from a food-readiness countdown, to when it’s time to "flip-and-serve". All it takes is a glance at your phone to know that everything is on track and cooking to perfection.
Connect Smart Grilling Hub, €129.99, Weber
For Dads who Love Music
Dads love vinyl. Fact. Even if they're not big music heads they'll be nostalgic for their youth. This also solves the problem of what to get him forevermore. A new record for every Christmas and birthday forever!
ION Air LP Belt-Drive Bluetooth Turntable, €99, Currys
For Dads Who Like To Take Care of Themselves
No matter what age your dad is, you're guaranteed he still fancies himself a bit. They all like to pretend they don't care what they look like and make no effort but in our experience dads are more into their skincare products than any mam we know.
Summer Tool Kit, €95, Triumph & Disaster
For Dads Who Always Ask For The Time
While there's obvious merit in gifting a proper Swiss watch, dad still needs a watch for the everyday. That's where Daniel Wellington steps in. With reliable insides and a classic design, its universal appeal will keep things ticking over nicely.
Gents Daniel Wellington Watch and Strap Gift Set, €188, Weirs & Sons
for dads who refuse to grow up
If he’s sick of his kids’ Nintendo Switch (or can’t find one to buy for himself right now), give dad a taste of childhood with this retro gaming console. This console plays almost any old cartridge (Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Genesis) and connects to any TV using a HDMI cable.
SEGA Mega Drive Mini Retro Console125/6286, €60, Argos
For Dads Who Like To Look Dapper
Most dads have a good blazer. And good blazers need a pocket square. So, to ensure there's a match with most colours in his wardrobe, enlist a classic white from Tom Ford.
Tom Ford Polka Dot Silk Twill Pocket Square, €145, Mr Porter
For Dads Who Understand Grooming
It's the decade of the beard, or so we're told. Assuming, however, that your dad doesn't work as a vegan barista in Stoneybatter, he may want to tame his facial hair. This Remington R4 cordless Rotary Shaver will be able to tame that and more.
Remington R4 cordless Rotary Shaver, €49.99, Boots
For Dads Who Love To Read
No matter what your dad is into (or what your relationship is like), buying a book for someone is a lot easier than picking the right colour or size sweater or a tie, and it's much more exciting than a pair of socks. If he’s into music, likes to cook, likes to learn new things, or even likes photos more than actually reading, you’ll have options. But for dads who just like to read, may we suggest Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson. After his bestselling debut, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Manson returns with yet another blunt, but an honest worldview that your dad will love. This time, he tackles how to remain hopeful, even when it seems that society is falling apart.
Buy it here.
For Dads Who Care About The Planet
For the environmentally-conscious dad with a coffee habit, KeepCup is a slickly designed reusable cup made from durable, toughened glass. This KeepCup features a natural cork band which is made in Portugal using waste product from the wine cork manufacturer. Not only that, but it keeps your coffee hotter for longer and is designed to last for years.
KeepCup Cork Brew, €21, Reuzi
For Dads Who Like To Smell
Fragrance, in particular, is one gift that will keep giving all year-round and is a way to treat dad with something pretty luxurious that he wouldn't normally buy for himself. A timeless, anti-conformist fragrance housed in an enigmatic blue bottle, your Dad deserves a bottle of Bleu De Chanel.
Bleu De Chanel Spray, €92, Brown Thomas
For Dads Who Prefer Words
Pay tribute to the man himself by bringing it back to basics with a Father’s Day card. Take the time to write a loving message, show your appreciation, make jokes and say thanks for all he’s done. But in the interest of not giving him a big head, encase those loving words in a card that gives me a subtle reminder.
Father's Day Card, €3.50, Designist
For Dads Who Appreciate The Simpler Things In Life
Socks: a homogenous gift, but one, if bought correctly, well worth the investment. Take Irish Sock Society. Understanding the true power of socks, their socks brighten up every and any occasion. From a boring business meeting to a wonderful wedding to lunch with family or a party with friends, there's a pair of socks your dad will love - and they'll spark more joy than a standard black multipack.
Sure Look It Socks, €9, Irish Sock Society
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