Amidst the election chaos, the arrival of summer and the return of a new series of House of Cards, you could be forgiven for forgetting that this weekend is all about the most important bloke in your life; dear old dad. But if you’ve left it to the last minute (again),...
Amidst the election chaos, the arrival of summer and the return of a new series of House of Cards, you could be forgiven for forgetting that this weekend is all about the most important bloke in your life; dear old dad.
But if you’ve left it to the last minute (again), worry not. There are plenty of gifts that will cement your status as the golden child, and the best part is you can pick them all up in your lunch hour.
For the dad who is more like a kid
The Red 5 X Series 2.4 Quadcopter Drone (£69.99) is fitted with an HD camera and 4GB Micro SD so Dad can record as he flies, perfect for capturing family gatherings, action-packed summer holidays, and spying on the neighbours’ yard. The drone travels in every direction, even at night with coloured LED lights, and the auto-return function will send it back home with the touch of a button.
House of Fraser, 68 King William St EC4N 7HR
For the active dad
Pimp his ride with a custom bike frame from Condor Cycles. This family business has been handcrafting frames for more than 60 years, and count Tom Simpson and Bradley Wiggins among their clients so it’s safe to say dad’s two wheels are in solid hands. Condor has an ‘off-the-rack’ range of road, commuter, single speed & track and cyclo-cross & all-road or a build-your-own option, which lets riders select every component down to the gearing and handlebar tape. Staff will also give you a full fitting to determine the correct frame size, stem length, handlebar width, saddle height and position. Price start from £649.
Condor, 49–53 Gray’s Inn Road WC1X 8PP
For the dad who likes the finer things in life
If Dad knows his Tag Heuer from his Tiffany & Co, go all-out (and we mean house deposit all-out) on this Patek Philippe Men’s World Time Ref. 5230G. Available in rose or white gold, the 2016 model has mechanical self-winding movement, 24-hour and day/night indication for the 24 time zones and is available from Boodles for £34,570.
Boodles, 3 The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange EC3V 3LQ
For the well-groomed dad
The cut-throat shave dates back to the Efes and the Ottoman Empire and Ted’s Grooming Room brings this time-honoured tradition from the streets of Istanbul to central London, complete with hot towels and a face massage. A Tommy ‘N’ Turkish includes a shave or beard trim, hair wash and style and ear flaming and will set you back £28 or go for the Full Ted service for a wash, haircut, cut-throat beard trim, ear flaming, balm and hot towels and eyebrow threading plus a second wash and styling for £54.
Ted’s Grooming Room, One New Change, 9 New Change Passage EC4M 9AG
For the techy dad
If Dad is prone to losing a lot more than his hair, hook him up with the Tile, a bluetooth tracking device that shares the location of a wallet, purse or clothing via an app.
Attach the Tile to his keyring and double click to make his phone emit a tracking noise so he can find it. Just make sure he doesn’t lose his keys.
For the dad that needs to take the edge off
No matter his poison, Amathus Drinks stocks more than 3,000 different wines, spirits, liqueurs, and beers including exclusive agency brands ranging from premium spirits such as Calle 23 tequila to Barcelo Rum and boutique wine producers such as Idiom and Elk Cove.
Stock dad’s wine cellar with juicy Domaine Georges Michel Pinot Noirs, elegant Castrijo Riojas and bold South African Idiom blends, or sate his taste for whisky with the variety of single malts, including rare gems like the Port Ellen 32-year 1983 Special Release.
Amathus Drinks 17-19 Central Avenue, Leadenhall Market EC3V 1LR
For the music mad dad
Dad still mentally stuck at Glasto 1981? Treat him (and the whole family, depending on his taste in music) to a pair of Jabra Move bluetooth on-ear stereo headphones. Wireless connectivity means you can pair up to eight devices to the earphones and maintain two connections simultaneously, meanwhile the detachable stereo cable will extend your battery life, allowing up to eight hours of playtime. On-ear audio and call control lets you access your music as well as make or take calls straight from your phone.
For the dad who needs a personal assistant
Operating via voice control, the Amazon Echo Dot (£44.99) can recite daily news, read him an audiobook, blast his favourite dad rock, or even order him a pizza. If he’s set up with smart home devices, the Echo Dot can also help out with the chores, including controlling the thermostat, outdoor sprinklers, and locking doors.
For the workaholic dad
We might be moving towards a paperless workplace, but that doesn’t mean the humble briefcase should end up in the recycling bin. Update his carry-all from Aspinal of London’s range of messenger bags and briefcases, all crafted from the highest quality Italian calf leather and nubuck. The Shadow Briefcase (£525) maintains the structure of a traditional satchel briefcase updated with practical tech compartments to ensure all the day-to-day working necessities are close at hand. Throw in a wallet or hip flask and Aspinal will take care of the personalised engraving for free.
Aspinal of London, 35 Royal Exchange EC3V 3LT
For the well-read dad
Whether dad is an obsessive bookworm or has a fat stack of must-reads for summer holidays only, a well-chosen book can show a lot of love for a little cash. Browse Daunt’s specialist travel section for a coffee table book or guide to his favourite destination, or let one of the expert staff help you make the perfect selection from the best sellers. If in doubt, opt for ‘The Father’, a curated book bundle of surefire winners featuring A.A Gill’s memoir Pour Me, Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism and Slow Horses, the first of Mick Heron’s Jackson Lamb spy novels, all for £26.99.
Daunt Books, 61 Cheapside EC2V 6AX
For the meat loving dad
Treat him to one of the best steaks in town at Hawksmoor Spitalfields. The steakhouse chain’s original (and some would say best) site still serves up one of the best Sunday roasts in City or go for one of the “dictionary-thick” steaks with dad’s choice of sauces and sides.
Hawksmoor Spitalfields, 157A Commercial Street E1 6BJ