The ultimate Father’s Day gift guide

Zoe Dickens

2 June 2021

From smooth spirits to top notch tech, we’ve got suggestions for every kind of dad

In partnership with: Clos19

2 June 2021 | Zoe Dickens

Father’s Day is just around the corner on 20 June and, with last year’s event being something of a Zoom-obligatory washout, your old man is sure to appreciate a truly impressive gift this year.

Dads, however, can be deceptively hard to buy for. Sure, he’s really into golf/whisky/cooking/craft beer (delete as appropriate) but he’s also bought himself every conceivable accessory and piece of kit going for his chosen hobby. It pays, then, to look beyond the obvious to find something timeless which he’d never think to buy for himself but is guaranteed to love. From personalised champagne to Savile Row-styled tech and brilliant grooming products, here’s our ultimate Father’s Day gift guide for 2021.

Wines & Spirits

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14-year-old, £52, clos19.com; Glenmorangie Lasanta, £47, clos19.com; Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or, £57, clos19.com; Glenmorangie tumbler, £6, clos19.com; Eminente Reserve 7-year-old, £47, clos19.com; Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Personalised City Arrow, £62, clos19.com; Hennessy Master Blender IV, £55, clos19.com

Few and far between are the fathers who don’t enjoy a tipple of two and, whether your dad is a cognac connoisseur or a whisky whizz, you’ll be thanked for calling on the experts to make your selection. Online wine and spirits emporium Clos19 has one of the most expansive collections on the market – so we’ve done the hard work for you and asked its experts to pick a few of their favourite bottles to gift this Father’s Day.

When it comes to whisky you can’t go wrong with a bottle from the Glenmorangie Extra Mature Range. Highlights from the collection include the Quinta Ruban 14-year-old, which is finished in a port cask for a bold and velvety mouthfeel with notes of Seville orange and dark chocolate, while the Lasanta 12-year-old is also a brilliant buy, with its sherry cask finish bringing out warm aromas and a full-bodied flavour that lingers on the tongue. Elsewhere the Nectar D’Or takes its name from the Gaelic word for gold and is aged in French barriques from Sauternes to instil a honeyed hue with a flavour profile of brioche and croissant aromas. Of course, any spirit this special deserves great glassware to go with it and, in Glenmorangie's specially designed tumbler, Clos19 has just the thing. 

If he's not a whisky man then perhaps a bottle of Hennessy Master Blender IV will do the trick instead. The fourth expression of this rare blended cognac is made in limited quantities, with each eaux-de-vie that goes into the blend specially chosen by the house’s eighth generation master blender to create a fresh, lively cognac with woody notes and a fruity nose. If rum is his thing then Eminente’s Reserva Cuban rum is sure to impress. Aged for seven years, it has been designed to offer the lightness and easy drinkability of a classic Cuban rum combined with the complex flavours and depth of an aged one.

Of course, not every man is into spirits, and if your dad favours the noble grape then how about a bottle of personalised Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label? Housed in a tin gift box with a detachable arrow that can be customised with a dream destination or hometown, as well as said location's distance from the unofficial capital of Champagne, Riems, this is the perfect gift for your dad’s home bar.

Exclusive offer: buy any bottle from the Glenmorangie Extra Mature Collection between 11-20 June and Clos19 will gift you two Glenmorangie whisky tumblers completely free of charge. Simply use code LLFATHERSDAY21 at checkout to claim your complimentary glasses. It is, of course, entirely up to you if both make it into your dad's Father's Day gift box...

Grooming

Viking Cologne, £240, creedfragrances.co.uk; Petits Baumes gift box, £79.50, cosmydor.co.uk; The Essential Men’s Edit, £145, harveynichols.com; Acqua di Parma Colonia Futura all over spray, £92, selfridges.com; Tom Ford beard comb, £33, spacenk.com

We’re of the humble opinion that no man ‘doesn’t do’ grooming – he just hasn't found the right products yet. How better, then, to introduce your father to the wonderful world of moisturisers and serums than with Harvey Nichols’ Essential Men’s Edit? Containing a selection of hero products from the likes of Kiehl’s, Elemis and Tom Ford, it’s a guaranteed game changer. Likewise, Cosmydor’s Petit Baumes gift box contains three of the French skincare brand’s all-purpose moisturisers, suitable for use on face, lips, body and hands, while Acqua di Parma’s new Colonia Futura spray is a similarly versatile all-over fragrance. Finally, for the man who already knows what he likes, Creed’s new release Viking combines lemon, bergamot and pink pepper for a fresh summer fragrance while the hirsute gent will be pleased to unwrap Tom Ford’s tortoiseshell beard comb.

Watches & Jewellery

Customisable collar stiffeners, £170, sophiebreitmeyer.com; Foundrae Course Correction signet ring, £4,500, mrporter.com; Chopard Alpine Eagle Large steel watch, £11,200, mrporter.com; 18ct gold and malachite cufflinks, £2,300, annoushka.com; Tom Wood Cushion 7.7 onyx bracelet, £2,305, farfetch.com

If you’re looking to really push the boat out this Father’s Day a fine mechanical timepiece is sure to wow even the most discerning of dads. For a classic design that he can wear for decades to come, allow us to point you in the direction of Chopard’s Alpine Eagle watch, with its timeless steel bracelet and navy dial. Equally likely to be cherished are Sophie Breitmeyer’s sterling silver collar stiffeners, which can be engraved with a personal message, name or date, and Annoushka’s malachite cufflinks, ideal for adding interest to a plain white shirt. If your dad prefers to make a more bold style statement, Foundrae’s exploration-inspired take on the traditional signet ring pairs perfectly with Tom Wood’s modern, minimalist onyx bracelet.

Style

Studded utility overshirt, £295, privatewhitevc.com; Prada tortoiseshell sunglasses, £255, harveynichols.com; Braided leather belt, £70, asket.com; Kingsman Conrad slim-fit trousers, £350, mrporter.com; Laerek jumper, £390, wasteyarnproject.com; Panama leather backpack, £995, smythson.com

While we’d never suggest you be so bold as to buy clothes for your mother, dads tend to be a little more relaxed and open with their style. The perfect opportunity, then, to introduce him to some brands he may not previously have considered. Take, for example, Waste Yarn Project’s colourful sweater – each is made using surplus yarn and are consequently unique and completely sustainable. Or perhaps Private White V.C.’s utility overshirt, crafted with cotton twill woven in Huddersfield, is more his style? Either will pair perfectly with Kingsman’s classic tailored flannel trousers.

If you feel more comfortable gifting the finishing touches, we’d recommend you go down the versatile and made to last route. Asket’s braided leather belt and Prada’s tortoiseshell sunglasses are great additions to any man’s collection while Smythson’s Panama leather backpack is perfect for finally persuading your dad to ditch his beaten old briefcase.

Tech & Lifestyle

Mastercraft Stellar Frontiers tumblers, £730, waterford.com; Capra three-fold wallet, £235, ettinger.co.uk; Beosound Explore portable speaker, £169, bang-olufsen.com; Master & Dynamic MW60 tweed headphones, £599, huntsmansavilerow.com; Marquetry double card box, £3,800, alexandrallewllyn.com

Gadgets are often a go-to for Father’s Day but, if you’re going to indulge your dad’s love for all things high-tech, be sure to throw in a dash of style too. Bang & Olufsen’s new Beosound Explore portable speaker comes in a range of vibrant hues, including this classy racing green shade, while Huntsman has teamed up with Master & Dynamic to offer its MW60 headphones finished in the Savile Row tailor’s signature tweed.

If interiors updates are more his style there can be few more luxurious upgrades to his whisky cabinet than Waterford’s new Stellar tumblers, intricately engraved with the Ursa Minor and Southern Cross constellations. Alexandra Llewellyn, meanwhile, offers some of the most beautiful board games on the market and her elegant marquetry card box is one of the best. If all else fails, turn to Ettinger and its luxurious leather accessories. Add his initials to the Capra three-fold wallet for a gift that is both practical and personal.

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