We'll tell you what he wants. What he really, really wants.
Father’s Day is on June 21, so no excuses: there are wonderful things here for every budget, and plenty of time to order.
Your starter for ten: tasty treats and bottles of booze
Sometimes it’s best not to overcomplicate.
If your dad has the faintest idea what this is for, he will very probably like it
Makes standing in a muddy wet field for hours all the more glamorous.
Say with with chillis
If your dad is an old-fashioned, macho type who’d look askance at being sent flowers and chocolates, this chilli plant with a bar of posh Ocelot chocolate is just the ticket.
A whole new meaning to ‘cock-a-hoop’
Who says men only get to wear watches? Signet rings have been around for thousands of years, and Hancocks specialise in creating bespoke rings, whether you already have a crest, or want to begin a tradition
You’ll be relieved to hear that it comes with 30 free lessons
He’s always wanted to play, even if he never admitted it. Indulge him.
Just a big old box o’ beer
I really hope the kids see this one.
A thing to keep stuff in
As travel starts to come back into people’s minds, ensure the bathroom looks snazzy with this chic case. It even has a carry handle that unsnaps so you can attach it to a towel bar — for who in their right mind would simply be content to place such an object on a conveniently-located surface?
*Actual father not pictured*
It’s too hot for wax jackets at this time of year, but Barbour have some other bits. (They’re also cheaper. No need to thank us.)
No winding! Hallelujah!
Watches with mechanical innards that need winding are like owning spectacularly pretty vintage cars; wonderful, and engineering marvels, but they need looking after. If your dad is the sort who’d never get around to that, then this quartz-powered model is graceful as well as practical — think of it as an iPace or a Tesla instead of a vintage E-Type.
The price is right
This is a true story: a few weeks ago, mentioning the possibility of printing out a picture from my phone, my daughter was genuinely amazed that such a thing was possible. We simply don’t have pictures around like we used to; Addison Ross make it simple as you can just email them a pic and they’ll send back a framed print. They’ll even do the printing for free — all you have to pay for is the frame.
Available in ALL 26 letters of the alphabet!
Dippy dads will never forget their names again, with these handy initial cufflinks. Also come in other letters.
Everyone needs a wallet that costs far more than the amount you’ll ever carry inside it
‘£190 for a wallet? My brother bought one at the Christmas Fair for £1.50 and it’s great!’ Such was the verdict of my nine-year-old daughter on this Ettinger wallet when she spotted it over my shoulder. To be honest this is out of her price range anyway, so I’m not going to be missing out.
If my kids buy me a tie for Father’s Day, I’ll tell them to buzz off
Dad present, dad joke. Sorry. Couldn’t resist. And there’s bound to be some dad out there who’d fancy Favourbrook’s red silk tie with golden bee motifs.
Because middle-aged spread makes your trousers fall down a bit
The woven Narford belt by Fairfax & Favor is stylish and versatile — so, in all likelihood, absolutely nothing like your Dad. But what the hell — at least it’s a gift he can wear every day.
For those dinner parties when you wish you had a toy car to play with rather than having to talk to the idiot next to you
And with the added benefit of being far cheaper than buying your father a vintage E-type. Best bit? The wheels actually spin around!
Please resist the temptation to loosen all the screws for a comedy ‘collapsing chair’ moment
Surprisingly comfortable, and very easy to erect, Melvill & Moon’s smart field chair will allow Dad to take a seat wherever he wants.
Just in time for the rainclouds
With the year’s good weather now in the 2020 rear-view mirror, it’s just as well that Emma Willis’s new line of trunks — in playful pink and blue designs — will work as well for pruning roses, mowing the lawn and strolling along in the Riviera.
Far more stylish than a brown paper bag
People will wonder why Dad keeps lifting a carpet sample to his mouth, but so long as the flask is filled with something good we doubt he’ll care too much.
Hey! It’s those pink wafer biscuits from when you were a kid!
Except now they’re in the form of some very swish cufflinks.
If all else fails
If you really have to go with socks, then at least make them nice ones.
And finally, a reminder that sometimes it’s best not to overcomplicate things
Really, we mean it. Happy Father’s Day!