10 luxury gifts for Father's Day
If you can’t decide what to give your old man on Sunday, any one of these gifts should leave him happy that he had you.June 11, 2014
We've said it before and we'll see it again, the man bag trend was doomed from the off. What men - particularly fathers - really cherish is a well-made doctor's bag or satchel. And you won't find better examples than Aspinal of London's selection - at The Galleria, Abu Dhabi. Visit: aspinaloflondon.com
Watch the time
This watch by Philip Stein would certainly put you in the good books for a very long time - no pun intended. Why not go one step further and engrave the back of the watch with a memorable date or quote that the two of you hold dear. This timepiece is from the Prestige Collection and costs AED 11,120. There is a less expensive option at under AED 4,000 but come on now, don't be cheapskate. Visit: philipstein.com If that look is maybe a generation too young for the silver-haired fox, then this watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre should be right up his alley. Fitted with a white gold dial, the Master Ultra Thin is made up of 123 parts, 19 jewels, and has a 35-hour power reserve. No self-respecting older gentleman would say no to this. Visit: jaeger-lecoultre.com
Does he need luggage?
Now we're not saying you have to buy your dad the new BMW i8. Or maybe we are...it depends, how much money have you got to burn and how much does the old boy mean to you? But assuming that you won't be splurging on a car for him, why not opt for this Louis Vuitton bespoke luggage collection, tailored to fit perfectly inside the new hybrid car? And you can subtly suggest he goes out and buys the motor to go with it. Visit bmw.com
Whatever you do with your father on Sunday, you will probably take a photo for keepsake. So why not get him a camera - two birds, one stone. Sony's new Cyber-shot H400 boasts the highest ever optical zoom range - 63x - in a compact digital camera. Priced at AED 1,299, every snap he takes with this will emboss the negative in his mind that it was his son who gave it to him. Visit sony.co.uk
Any father will appreciate a real gentleman's gift and would therefore be chuffed to receive the ultimate Gentleman's Tonic set from Posh Picks. The Mayfair shave set adorned in horn comes with a fine hair brush, Mach 3 razor, shave stand and oil, cream and balm for the complete preening experience. Cost: AED 1,300. Visit: lifestyleasia.com
A Father’s Day experience he will never forget is watching the company's Continental GT3 race at the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series, with trackside hospitality of course. VIP tickets courtesy of the British manufacturer include use of the private Bentley suite, a tour of the pit garage and a pre-race grid walk. Visit: bentleymotors.com If watching Bentley's race car tear around a racetrack won't do it for him, then try something more traditional and get him Bentley's bespoke backgammon set, complete with hand-bound leather casing. Or, if he's more of a model car enthusiast, the 1929 Bentley Blower replica will bring back memories from his childhood in a flash.
Your gift doesn't have to be a material possession of course. Sharing your time and a drink with the old man will be just as much appreciated as any of the above. Add to that scenario a dash of competitiveness, and you find yourself at Seagrill 25° Lounge at Fairmont The Palm, where they are challenging fathers and sons to pour the perfect pint. In case that gets out of hand, Flow Kitchen in the hotel is offering a free meal for dads when joined by their family. Visit: fairmont.com/palm-dubai
Let him relax
We'll admit, this gift relies largely on the two of you having a close bond, sprinkled with easy humour. 1847 is offering dads a complimentary 15-minute foot reflexology massage with any treatment booked. So why not book him in for a stress relieving shoulder rub, and you don't have to tell him the leg rub was free now, do you? Visit: 1847