Whatever your dad’s into, get inspiration on how to pamper him from our list of gifts.
With Mother’s Day done and dusted, it is time for us to start planning for the next most important figure in our lives: Our fathers. Daddies don’t get enough attention, and it’s high time they do.
With less than three weeks to go, take this year’s Father’s Day (June 16) to spoil your father figures with a little token of appreciation to show your TLC. But if you’re racking your brains trying to find a suitable gift that says “I love you” while not in an OTT, overly emotional way that overwhelms them (cuz Dads, you know), we’ve rounded up 12 presents — from a handy tech product to luxury bespoke footwear — to get daddy dearest this Father’s Day.
Photo: TWG Tea
Hailed as the King of Black Teas and the Champagne of Teas, the darjeeling tea is a fitting tribute to the king of your household. After all, darjeeling is a premium, highly coveted tea that is only grown in the foothills of the Himalayas in the West Bengal state of India. This gorgeous new offering by TWG Tea is a blend of harvests from the first flush, and boasts fruity, light, floral notes that resemble muscat (Moscato) wine. Packaged in a lavish elegantly designed airtight tin, it’s part of TWG Tea’s Haute Couture Tea Collection and will thrill any tea lover. Besides, darjeeling tea boasts impressive health benefits — it’s abundant in antioxidants, promotes weight loss and reduces blood pressure levels and cardiovascular disease risk, to name a few — so Dad would appreciate the thought put to his health.
About: $55, available at all TWG Tea Salons and Boutiques. Visit TWGTea.com for more info.
Photo: Master of Malt
Give your Dad the best of all worlds (and take the problem of having to choose out of his hands) by gifting them this tasting set that has 10 30cl bottles containing some of the finest whiskies in the world. These include the Jim Beam Double Oak, the Roe & Co Irish Whiskey, the Talisker 10 Year Old and the Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva. Housed in a gorgeous minimalist cardboard box, it’s a set that will come in handy when he needs a little pick-me-up after work, #justsayin.
About: $87.38 (not including shipping). Get it here.
This requires a little bit of work on Daddy’s part, but once completed, it will be a precious possession that you (yes, you) will treasure forever. Get your Dad to fill in this journal, which comes with more than 60 guiding questions, such as “What are your earliest memories?”, “Tell me about your mum and dad” and “What do you remember from the places you lived as a child”. Discover little known facts and thoughts about his story, and get an insight into who dad was before you came along. Emotional, meaningful and a priceless keepsake, Dad will surely love the walk down memory lane. Just make sure he doesn’t procrastinate on his task! Psst, give this to your dad friends who can hand it over to their children as a surprise gift on their birthdays.
About: $18.88. Get it here.
Is your dad a jetsetter and often glued to his devices? Get him this travel power strip from Naiise’s newest store in Jewel Changi (more on this later) and let his travels be forevermore convenient and headache-free. Crafted into a unique ring shape to ensure adequate space between devices, the compact adaptor sports four Universal AC sockets, one US AC socket, and two USB fast charge ports.
After making your purchase, we highly recommend heading to the store’s Gift Bar — the first of its kind in Singapore — where you get to customise a personalised gift wrap (from $3) by choosing from more than 100 gift wrappers, ribbons and twine, and other accessories such as pompoms, dried flowers and name tags written with calligraphy. You could even add a wax seal stamp to make it an uber glamorous gift for him.
About: $64, comes in black, white and grey. Naiise Iconic is at 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport, #02-205/206, 819666.
Photo: The Farm Store
Is dad a messy one? Now he will have no excuse when it comes to leaving his random keys, coins, cufflinks and more all over the place, with this pretty ceramic trinket dish from Red Republic that draws inspiration from colourful tiles that are often seen in Peranakan architecture. Useful, and it’ll please your mum too. Score.
About: $13.90 for one, $26.00 for two. Buy it here.
The man of the house needs some me-time too. Help make his hibernation that much more comfortable and cosy by getting him this beanbag in the shape of a sleeping bear. A useful addition to his study, this lifelike piece will be a place of refuge when he’s in need of some rest. The beanbag is made of an outer knitted fabric with a synthetic suede base, so don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the production of this piece.
About: $399. Buy it here.
If Dad is a budding epicurean with discerning taste buds, indulge in his love for delicious fare with one of these lovely hampers that come with a variety of interesting snacks that will keep him entertained while watching Netflix. We love the Secret Admirer hamper that houses treats — such as truffles chocolates from Mathez, handmade shortbread from Shortbread House of Edinburgh, Fine English Charcoal Squares from the The Fine Cheese Co. and a bottle of De Luxe Croix Du Marquis Merlot — in a cute basket case. If your pa loves pottering about in the kitchen, the Gourmet Indulgence hamper will help him whip up a sumptuous Italian feast. It includes a bottle of Savini Black Truffle in Olive Oil, Chef Tetsuya’s Salad Vinaigrette and San Giuliano Organic, Cold Pressed, Extra Virgin Olive Oil among other ingredients, and comes in an elegant round gift box in black.
About: $175 for Secret Admirer hamper; $208 for Gourmet Indulgence. Buy from here.
Shaving is no easy feat, especially for men who need to trim their hairs on their faces daily. A slip of the wrist can result in a nasty irritation or worse, a bleeding nick. So gift your dad the experience of having close yet comfortable shaves with the new Schick Hydro 5 Sense razors. The razor is built with Shock Absorb technology that adjusts automatically to fit the various contours of the face while applying just the right pressure to get the closest shave without the skin irritation. Each razor is built with five Ultra Glide blades, where each of them are topped with skin guards to provide a smooth glide and shave, and seven hydrating Gel Reservoirs that supply hydration to reduce irritation. You can choose between two types of Gel Reservoirs — a hydrating formula with coconut oil or a comforting formula with herbal extracts for sensitive skin.
There’s nothing more suave than a man looking dapper in a suit with a great pair of footwear as the pièce de résistance. This Father’s Day, elevate your dad’s style to new heights with local premium footwear label Jonathan Abel’s bespoke footwear service. Jonathan Abel prides itself on creating quality, luxury-level shoes at an accessible price tag. Crafted in a small family-run factory in Portugal, its footwear is constructed with sustainably-sourced leathers and Goodyear welting — where the upper and soles are stitched together rather than glued — to ensure the soles can withstand wear and tear. Most importantly, this construction allows the soles to be replaced, which means the shoes can be worn for much longer. Its bespoke service allows you to customise the shoe style, colour, leather, outsole material, insole colour, laces and size, offering over five million possibilities. The made-to-order service is currently available only by appointment but you can head to their counter at Takashimaya Department Store level 3 for ready-to-wear pieces made with the same quality.
About: Jonathan Abel bespoke service costs upwards of $450 while ready-to-wear starts at $190.
Does your dad love doodling or drawing? Regardless, let his imagination run wild and expend his creative energy through the paint introductory workshop at My Art Space. The one day (three-hour-long) beginner-friendly class is aimed at people who are not sure of their artistic abilities but are keen to explore it. There, Dad can pick up foundational techniques and create his own artwork with the choice of either oil or acrylic paint. There is also a two-day course (each two-and-a-half hours long) for those who want to use water colour as their medium, and it involves learning about colours and art observation. For more information, head to My Art Space’s website.
About: $65 for the one day acrylic/oil painting workshop, while the two-day watercolour course is $100.
Men often have a lot of pent-up emotions and anger that they can’t release or articulate well, thanks to the strong silent men stereotype in society. The Fragment Room is a safe space for them to let loose and vent while smashing items such as televisions, laptops and glass. Even if Dad is a peace-loving bloke, it’ll be oddly satisfying for him to just throw things around, just for the fun of it. The Fragment Room is currently on a hiatus as it moves from its Balestier Road outlet to a new space along MacPherson Road, but they’re slated to re-open on June 8, just in time for the Father’s Day weekend. Coincidental? We think not. You can even get your mother in there to join him for a wrecking good time. Head to their website for more information.
About: Packages start from $38. At 490 MacPherson Road, 368198 from June 8.
Getting someone a notebook is clichéd and so year 2000. But what if it was a notebook that was completely personalised? Different story. Over at ana tomy, you get to make decisions on every single detail, from the pen loops to loop wires, to the elastic band, coloured book bands, cover material and design, ribbon marker and paper inserts (plain, ruled, grid, dotted and more). You can also initialise the cover, and you can choose the foil stamping colour too. The choices are staggering! These minimalistic yet elegant notebooks will be something precious to your Dad, and will remind him of your efforts while he’s doodling at work.
About: Available at Naiise Iconic, 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport, #02-205/206, 819666.
By Ho Guo Xiong and Joy Fang, May 2019
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