Father’s Day Gifting
When I wrote this post a few days ago, I thought this would be the ultimate gift guide. But I’ve already seen so much more that could’ve been included. Is it me or has shopping become really great for men again? This Father’s Day ignore all the novelty gifts and get Dad something he really wants. If you’re stuck for ideas here are some ideas that will serve any discerning gentleman. Whether your Dad is more into his grooming or cooking, fashion or gym visits, Father’s Day doesn’t have to be a struggle when it comes to choosing what to buy. My top tip is to get something he’d never normally buy for himself; an extravagance that he’ll really appreciate.
Biscuits For The Superheros
If you follow LittleInTheCity.com you’ll know how much I adore Biscuiteers. Their biscuit tins are already loved and sent by many. Their special Father’s Day gift edit includes these adorable ‘Super Hero’ biscuits and boy do they taste amazing. This family sized tin (£45) comes complete with 16 intricately decorated chocolate biscuits to give to your Daddy. Just know that everyone will want in on these! Inside the hand-illustrated gift tin you’ll find Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, the Joker and a host of super hero biscuits. Is your mouth watering?
The dental industry has become full of electronic brushes with prices ranging across the entire spectrum. Whilst some brushes really are that fantastic you can get some brilliant ones mid-market. Or even in the sale. Like the Oral-B Pro 2000 electric toothbrush. Right now it’s on offer from around £70 to about £39 in most high street stores. Including Selfridges.
Its CrossAction brush oscillates, rotates and pulsates to effectively remove up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.
For Dads who gym or just like to give their aches a bit of a relax, Voya are a fantastic brand I discovered this week. Found in spas and online, they’re an organic seaweed based company harnessing the unique restorative, healing and anti-ageing properties of seaweed.
The Muscle gift pack (£57.50) comes with two luxurious products for industrious Dads. ‘Feel The Heat’ and ‘Serenergise Oil’.
The oil smells of ginger and sweet orange and instantly lifts your mood to make you feel relaxed. It’s a muscle healing and fatigue-busting body oil blended with evening primrose and rosehip oils for their powerful antioxidant qualities. The additional ingredients bergamot, ginger and may-chang work in harmony to detoxify and reduce muscular tension and stiffness, deeply hydrate and nourish the skin leaving it soft and smooth.
‘Feel the Heat’ is an organic warming gel designed to provide instant relief for muscular tension, aches and pains. With a high concentration of fucus serratus, this refreshing arnica gel warms and helps to revive muscles as they are gently detoxified and excess lactic acid which causes cramps and muscle burn is broken down.
Specific Skin Concerns
LAB Series have established themselves as a go-to brand for men with individual skin problems. Whether Dad has oily, dry or combination skin or perhaps he needs a little pick me up or a treatment, LAB Series have been helping men for years. The Future Rescue Serum (£50) features a ‘Quad Focus’ approach to combating visual ageing. Overall it helps men renew the look of their skin. Or how about the Pro LS All In One Face Cleansing Gel (£12.50) which cleanses the face and beard. With its enzymatic action, this cleanser gently without disturbing the skin’s pH balance.
The Pro LS All In One Face Treatment (£24) offers four essential skincare benefits in one step (soothing, moisturising, repairing and mattifying). It’s just used as a daily moisturiser so no fussing or need for multiple products. The Pro LS All In One Face Hydrating Gel (£24) is a quick-absorbing and lightweight moisturising gel. It draws in, retains and locks in moisture to help maintain hydration levels while also calming and soothing the skin with an immediate cooling sensation. With so much to choose from, LAB Series is definitely worth considering.
Male Facial Cleansing Brush
Dads and partners alike will love the new ‘Recharge Skin & Stubble Brush’ from Remington. It’s a facial cleanser that instantly energises tired and dull looking skin, perfect for Dads who are always on the go. The dual action rotating and vibrating brush invigorates and cleanses skin helping men get softer skin and a smoother shave afterwards.
The bristles in the skin and stubble brush lift flat-lying hairs, helping to soften them. It’s both washable and showerproof and comes with a handy 60 second timer. It also comes with a travel pouch, worldwide voltage and a charging stand. It also comes with three brush heads too. They each can work at three different speeds. The charcoal infused brush is designed for everyday deep cleansing and the sensitive brush head is for those days when freshly shaved skin is feeling irritated. If Dad prefers to let stubble grow, the Recharge brush softens the hair to make it more manageable and invigorates the skin underneath.
Dads will know about Paco Rabanne Invictus but the new Intense version is darker than ever. Paco Rabanne Invictus Intense Eau de Toilette (£68, 100ml) is such an incredible scent. The Invictus man embodies perfection and this fragrance doesn’t fall short. It’s dense, vibrant and intense. With black pepper, orange flower and laureal leaf, paired with whisky cream and salty black amber, it woods on a malt and salty black-amber accord. Evoking memories of nights out and stylish weekends, it’s a fragrance Dad will love.
Chefs & Cooks
Among all the inspiring and beautiful new cookbooks, choosing one is easy. Whether Dad prefers fancy restaurants and fine dining or is a dab hand on the BBQ, books these days are in abundance so there really is one for every man.
As a fan of restaurants, a few of my favourite books include Mildreds: The Vegetarian Cookbook (£25), NOPI and Spuntino: Comfort Food (New York Style). If Dad is big in to his Israeli cooking, try Zahav (£25). Each of these books make it super easy to learn how to cook like a professional in the comfort of his own kitchen. You don’t need a million and one ingredients for these recipes either, just good fresh produce.
If diet and health is more Dads bag, I bought Daniel (Daddy to be) the Leaner, Fitter, Stronger book from ASOS. I was so impressed when it came. It’s jam packed with healthy eating ideas which aren’t your typical boring smoothies and salads but more meaty and sweet. Obviously there are the few odd salads thrown in here and there but when you see the chicken dishes, you’ll understand where I’m coming from!
The Refinery is a really big deal. In Jan 2000, they started offering barbering, skincare and spa treatments in exclusive luxury retreats in both Mayfair and Knightsbridge. If you haven’t visited with your Dad, brother of partner now is the time.
Their luxurious products don’t disappoint. Sophisticatedly packaged in minimalistic bottles, they’re a great addition to any modern bathroom. Gentlemen all over the UK are already enjoying their exceptional ingredients and smothering themselves in this premium skincare.
Shave Foam Gel (£18), Face Mask (£24), Mattifying Moisturiser (£36), Revitalising Moisturiser (£36), Eye Gel (£24.80), Shave Oil (£31), Post Shave Balm (£35), Shampoo (£19), Conditioner (£19), Body Wash (£30)
At £146 a bottle, the new Ermenegildo Zegna Essenze fragrance in Indian Spice is a luxury gift Dads will enjoy sparingly for a long while. When I first had a quick sniff of this I was obsessed. It’s one of those fragrances you get instantly addicted to and can’t stop smelling. It’s a woody/spicy scent launched only this year. Top notes are coriander, cardamom and star anise; middle note is exotic floral notes; base notes are cedar, agarwood (oud) and patchouli. For the discerning and sophisticated gentleman, I can already see this on not only my Dad’s cabinet but also my Grandad’s and husband’s.
The Panasonic Rechargeable Shaver ES-LV95 (£330.99) is perfect if your Dad deserves a real treat this Father’s Day. Right now you can grab one on offer for £200 at Selfridges.
When you hold the shaver instantly you know it’s a premium product. The head moves in all directions moulding to the shape of the face. It’s 100% waterproof and relatively lightweight. The wet/dry cordless shaver features a fast 14,000cpm direct linear motor drive.
If that’s not enough, it also boasts an automatic cleaning and charging system to clean, sterilise, dry and charge the product in around 90 minutes. Dad is definitely in for a real treat with this.
There are three foil patterns that work in combination to capture and cut the beard. It includes a quick lift-foil, finishing foil and comb blade. There’s a clever little sensor for optimum shaving results with reduced burden on Dads skin too. There’s also a sonic vibration cleaning mode to generate high-speed micro-vibrations for an easy-to-clean product with minimal splashing. If Dad has a moustache or sideburns then not a problem – it has a pop up trimmer too.
You’ll have seen from my men’s Christmas gift guide how well a decent pair of leather shoes go down with the men in your life. Dads are no different. Whether Dad is in to his sneakers or more of a fan of practical loafers, shoes are always a gift worth opening.
Right now I’m loving Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Gucci and Lanvin for men. They’ve each brought out their own take on the classic low top trainer. Whilst the prices are almost triple that of Nike, Adidas, Common Projects etc, they’re a luxury gift that Dads will definitely enjoy.
This season it’s all about the discrete labelling and iconic designs. Just take these Gucci Ace Low Top Trainers (£450). Inoffensive, typically Gucci and ultimately depicting one chic gentleman. As always, high fashion isn’t about branding everywhere – logo T-shirts already say enough. I’m obsessed with these Saint Laurent low top shoes, so much so I even bought them for my husband (and Daddy to be).
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Will you be buying anything for your Dad this Father’s Day? Xx
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