Father’s Day gifts are always hard to get right. Mother’s Day, on the other hand, is comparatively easy: flowers, chocolates and a posh lunch usually do the trick. But what do you get the guy who has everything? Dads are notoriously hard to buy for, as anything they need they’ll have already bought and if it’s not a necessity then, well, what’s the point? Tricky. With that in mind, William Morris’s famous maxim is helpful: ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ Practicality aside, look for gifts that are downright pleasing on the eye, and you shouldn’t go far wrong.
Tom Dixon copper plated cafetière
Modernity meets classic style with this Art Deco-inspired cafetière from British designer Tom Dixon. In glossy copper, it features a rounded black handle that offers a striking contrast to the body of the piece, and is also precision-engineered for a smooth plunge and pour. It’ll certainly make a stylish addition to your dad’s kitchen counter or breakfast table.
£150, shop now
Leica Sofort Instant camera
Is your dad a photography connoisseur? This Leica compact camera is a great gift idea for a man about town who prefers film over digital, and perhaps hankers for the good old days of Polaroid. This camera makes a good alternative, as it instantly prints out photos as you take them. There’s different built-in modes, too, including Macro, Selfie, Party and People, making taking the perfect photo a breeze.
£250, shop now
Soho Home Barwell cut glass decanter
Every smart thinking man should have a well-stocked drinks cabinet or bar cart. We’re sure your dad already has the contents covered – but has he thought about how it’s all displayed? This crystal cut glass decanter from Soho Home, with a pattern inspired by vintage wallpaper, will elevate his drinks selection nicely, and is a stylish way to store his favourite brandy or whisky once opened. Go one better and fill it with his favourite tipple come Father’s Day.
£130, shop now
Hackett New Jackson trolley bag
The golden age of travel may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean he can’t set out in style. This compact trolley bag from British brand Hackett is the ideal size for a weekend away – the contractible handle and discreet wheels mean it can be towed or carried, as desired. Crafted in a durable cotton and leather design, the bag has the bonus of being a gift that’s both practical and stylish.
£345, shop now
B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 portable bluetooth speaker
Whether your dad’s a vinyl or a digital man, having a good speaker is an absolute must for making the most of his music. This portable bluetooth version from Bang & Olufsen is ideal for taking his music with him wherever he goes, at home and away. The compact design makes it easy to transport, and the two drivers, amps and speakers produce sound that reaches 140 watts at peak performance. It’s also designed to disperse sound omnidirectionally, ensuring the quality is the same wherever he’s positioned.
£199, shop now