Will there ever be words significant enough to express what our fathers and the other paternal figures in our lives mean to us? Probably not, but finding something really special and meaningful to give him this Father’s Day is a good start, at least.
We’ve selected a few gift ideas for dads of various personalities below.
for the hip, trend-conscious dad
Help dad foster the hipster in him by buying him a ‘sockscription‘ from Cape Town-based luxury men’s sock company, Nic Harry. The colourful socks are made from bamboo fibres that are sustainably grown. The shop offers a variety of membership options, and for a Father’s Day gift we recommend you sign your dad up for an annual subscription, which would include a delivery of two pairs of socks and a secret gift every three months. On top of this, your dad will get real-time customised support from the brand with regard to any style emergencies he might face.
a box of gin
If dad has moved past the craft beer phase and has now joined the craft gin movement, we recommend this gin gift box from Yuppiechef.com. It contains a local bottle of gin, a pack of craft tonic and beautiful tumblers.
for the gadget-obsessed dad
an on-the-go mini espresso maker
We’re confident most fathers will agree that a perfectly brewed cup of coffee is a necessity, not a luxury. With this in mind, our pick for a Father’s Day gift is the on-the-move MiniPresso espresso maker, which is light and compact enough to carry anywhere, so dad can be his own favourite barista whenever, wherever. Get this nifty gadget at Yuppiechef.com.
the ultimate milk frother
Similarly, if your father doesn’t like doing things half-half, and believes that every good cup of coffee needs a good cloud of froth, Nespresso’s new Aeroccino 4 milk frother will definitely be well received. Able to whisk up two types of hot foam (airy or dense), hot milk and cold foam, this appliance is key to making a steaming cappuccino or even a creamy chai latte or hot chocolate. You can buy it from Nespresso boutiques in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
for the food- and braai-infatuated dad
If your dad is the ultimate braai master, you can’t go wrong by adding to his collection of braai tools. Woolworths stocks a stylish selection of outdoor cooking accessories, including the Grill & Sear Plancha, which is the ideal appliance to get everyone involved in the braai process. The central cast iron grate is built for high-heat searing, whereas the stainless steel frame around the edges can be used to grill veggies and other sides. Then there’s also the Grill Smoker Box, which is designed to give food a delicious smoky flavour (just fill it with wood chips or pellets and grill away).
Loved French kitchenware brand Le Creuset claims that ‘the kitchen is the new garage’, with men spending twice as much time in this room today than they did half a century ago. Naturally, they need the right hardware to optimise their time spent cooking, so we’ve picked a few of our favourite Le Creuset cookware pieces for dad. Bear in mind that the brand is offering Father’s Day discounts on its cast iron items, professional knives and more until 19 June 2016.
for the image-conscious dad with street cred
a beard maintenance kit
For many men, their beard is their pride and joy, and any facial hair needs a bit of grooming to keep it shipshape. With this in mind, we recommend the products from The Captain’s Beard range, which includes premium beard oil, beard wash, brushes and more. Products can be purchased via the brand’s online shop or at any of these stockists in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and KwaZulu-Natal.
handcrafted leather bags and wallets
Make sure that your dad turns heads with one of these handcrafted bags or wallets from The Burgundy Collective, a local company based in Stellenbosch. We especially love the Camper duffel, laptop bag, tablet sleeve and Crossover wallet as Father’s Day gift ideas. Most of the brand’s products are available to order online at TheBroShop.co.za.