Father’s day is less than a month away, which means it will soon be time to head to the local sports store, grab a box of golf balls, and call it a day. That sounds like my routine over the past few years, but it is time to make a change. It is time to tell your father what he really means to you, and send him a clear message; whether that message is “I’m encouraging your habit or hobby,” “You dress like you’re homeless,” or “Thanks for being so important in my life,” is up to you. Let’s attack them in that order…
“I’m encouraging your habit or hobby”
Want to really connect with your father this Father’s Day? Join him in one his hobbies… Go out and play a round of golf or a game of tennis, even if you’re athletically challenged. Help your dad clean the gutters if he’s a big DIY type, or give him a hand installing those crown mouldings your mother keeps bugging him about.
- Your father into golf & cigars? Try a golf/cigar multi-tool. These will repair divots, hold your cigar while you putt, or even rest your grips on those wet and rainy days on the links.
- Into whisky? Try Teraforma Whisky Stones. This great product will keep his favourite whisky cold without diluting it. Great for the whisky connoisseur who likes his drams slightly chilled. Alternatively, help him truly taste what his whisky is meant to taste like. Glencairn glasses make the perfect gift for whisky lovers. Want something which makes a stronger statement? Try a set of crystalware from Villeroy & Boch’s new Scotch Whisky Collection.
- Into wine? Wine Preserver is a fantastic gift. It is, in essence, compressed inert gas which, when sprayed into an open bottle, prevents the wine (or whisky!) from oxidizing.
“You dress like you’re homeless”
Tired of being embarrassed by your father’s Birkenstock and sock combo? Send him a clear message with “Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion.” Depending on your father’s personality, accompany this with either a) a humorous card poking fun at his style, or b) an intervention…
- His style sense may be alright, but are you tired of seeing a permanent 5’oclock shadow when you bring him along to business functions? Set him up with the ultimate shaving set. Start off with a silvertip badger-hair shaving brush and a Merkur HD razor, and compliment with a nice guide to wet-shaving.
“Thanks for being so important in my life”
While the above practical gifts provide practical value for practical men, if you really want to make a statement of your father’s worth, divulge in something that doesn’t say “here’s something to make your life easier,” but rather something that says something more specific. Try a diverse sampler of cigars to say “you deserve more moments of relaxation,” or a fine bottle of cognac to say “you’ve worked so hard, after dinner you should treat yourself to more luxurious aperitifs.”
- To make a clear statement that you’ve gone above and beyond, try a bottle of Dalmore 1263 King Alexander III or a box of Opus X cigars.
- The above gifts make a strong statement, but want to make an even bigger one, accompany the gift with a generous dose of your time and attention. Bought him a nice bottle of Dalmore? Tell him you’re stopping by the following Friday to sit and enjoy a dram with him. A box of Opus X? Finish the evening by joining him on the patio for an hour of good smoke and conversation. And don’t forget to keep it going all year long — the time, and the gifts.