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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Every dad has his day – and this year it’s the 20 June. Here’s our gift guide for the most discerning fathers out there. (And if you’re the dad in question, you’re welcome.)

Audemars Piguet

[Re]master01 Selfwinding Chronograph

Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 Selfwinding Chronograph

Audemars Piguet’s superb [Re]master01 was one of our favourite watch launches of 2020. Indeed, it was a two-time winner at last year’s Square Mile Watch Awards. Like a remastered recording from the 1940s, [Re]master01 reinterprets one of Audemars Piguet’s rarest chronograph wristwatches using the latest tech and improving the dial design. It is simply beautiful to look at – a masterclass in form, function and watchmaking proportions. This father’s day, give your old man a watch that even Old Father Time would be proud to wear.

£54,400, audemarspiguet.com

Aberfeldy

The Golden Dram Gift Pack

Aberfeldy Golden Dram

Take your dad on a whisky tasting journey through the ages with Aberfeldy’s Golden Dram gift pack. Start with the brand’s 12 Year Old with notes of honey and spice; then move on to the 16 Year Old full of honey and butterscotch; and finally 21 Year Old, brimming with honey, peach and smoke. Usually priced at £35, £60, and £145 respectively for full-sized bottles, this is the ideal gift for those looking to explore the brand's offerings and discover the nuances and complexities of flavour that develop from ageing. Once you’ve decided which you enjoy the most, subtly suggest he might like to buy you the full-sized bottle for your birthday.

£20, thewhiskyexchange.com

Globe-Trotter

Safari 6 Slot Watch Case

Globe-Trotter Safari 6 Slot Watch Case

Assuming your dad already has a collection of Audemars Piguets, then maybe this six-slot watch case from Globe-Trotter could be a good call. Travel is on the top of most people’s agenda once the lights go green – and this will ensure he can do it in style. It’s made from Globe-Trotter’s indestructible vulcanised fibreboard ensuring all the protection needed to keep his beloved timepieces intact.

£1,300, globe-trotter.com

Remy Martin

Limited-edition bottle of Rémy Martin XO designed by Atelier Thiery

Head over to London’s Design Museum this month and you’ll be confronted with a giant glimmering mobile sculpture designed by Charles Kaisin. It was created for Rémy Martin as a celebration of French craftsmanship and is made of 1,724 centaurs hand-gilded by goldsmith Atelier Thiery. To celebrate the collaboration, there’s a new limited-edition bottle of Rémy Martin XO, designed by Atelier Thiery that features an 18-carat gold leaf. The bottle is enclosed in a gilded case inspired by the centuries-old French technique of ‘Verre Eglomisé’, which pays tribute to the richness of up to 400 eaux-de-vie composing Rémy Martin XO. The exclusive bottle will be available at Selfridges from 1st June. It’s a baller gift for any father who loves his cognac.

£190, selfridges.com

The House of Creed

Viking Cologne

The House of Creed Viking Cologne

A viking might not be the first historical figure you associate with your father. But if we told you that vikings were actually urbane explorers who enjoyed the finer things in life, then perhaps the description might be a better fit? As it turns out, vikings have received an unfair cop in the history books – and rather than savages were a much more sophisticated and peripatetic race. They were the inspiration for the House of Creed’s original Viking fragrance. And now, there’s a new fresh take, Viking Cologne. You can read more about it here, but it’s the perfect scent for anyone with a sense of adventure.

£240 for 100ml, creedfragrances.co.uk

Woodford Reserve

Distiller’s Select Engraved ‘Happy Father’s Day’

Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select remains the only bourbon to be triple distilled in copper pot stills, giving it a balance of depth and flavour and the title of the best Bourbon to be used in an Old Fashioned – the world’s best-selling cocktail.

With more than 200 flavour notes, Woodford Reserve is heavy on the nose with faint vanilla and tobacco spice. The complexity of the liquid gives it a silky smooth, well-rounded and almost creamy finish.

You can now get a special engraved edition to celebrate Father's Day in style. No doubt the old man will appreciate an Old Fashioned…

£38, Hard To Find Whisky

British Vintage Boxing

Queensbury collection

British Vintage Boxing Queensbury Bomber Jacket

Inspired by the hardworking and gentlemanly conduct of the noble art's gentleman, British Vintage Boxing delivers easy-to-wear quality leisure apparel that can be utilised for different looks.

Dressed up with jeans or down for a full look as you keep it super casual, BVB offers the best quality and cuts across T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Joggers and Bomber jackets as well as vests and shorts - all with that signature re-purposed 1960’s training aesthetic. Think a modern-day Henry Cooper! Not at all exclusive to boxing personnel or aficionados, BVB is open to men of all ages who wants to look good and with its own unique collection.

Here we pick the Queensbury Bomber Jacket in grey marl, matched with Queensbury cargo joggers in the same colour-way, both carrying the white British Vintage Boxing Logo.

£90 and £80 respectively, britishvintageboxing.com

Bruichladdich

The Classic Laddie

Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie

Life doesn’t get much better than enjoying a glass of single malt with the old man - taking a minute to sit back and enjoy the finer things in life. And they don’t get much finer than The Classic Laddie. Made from 100% Scottish barley, trickle distilled, then matured in premium American oak, The Classic Laddie is light, delicate and floral. OK, so these may not be attributes you can also apply to your father – but they certainly add up to make a wonderful whisky. Upgrade the gift with a presentation box, which includes two Bruichladdich dram glasses alongside The Classic Laddie.

£49.95, thewhiskyexchange.com

Luca Faloni

Cashmere zip cardigan

Luca Faloni oatmeal cardigan

Specialists in timeless pieces that carry longevity and effortless style, Luca Faloni presents a wide collection of summer shirting and knitwear for this latest season.

The recent release off the Portofino linen Father and Son shirting proved ever-popular and the array of clean, simple but excellently executed pieces always hit the mark with a wealth of options carrying you through from T-shirts, linen shorts, pants and chinos – staple pieces for a reliable quality wardrobe.

Our pick is the silk/cashmere zip cardigan in oatmeal for the perfect evening layered look this summer, which can be worn over either a T-shirt or one of our lighter linen evening shirts.

£295, lucafaloni.com

Alexandra Llewellyn

Cigar Backgammon Set

Alexandra Llewellyn Cigar Backgammon Set

One thing lockdown gave many of us was a renewed appreciation for the humble board game. Although in the case of this backgammon set from Alexandra Llewellyn, humble isn’t exactly fair. This beautiful Ziricote backgammon board opens to reveal swirling smoke and cigar motifs alongside triangles of printed tobacco leaves. The artwork is sealed with hand-applied lacquer and the compartments are lined in calf leather. You can personalise it with bespoke stone playing pieces and include your dad’s engraved initials on the box.

£5,200, alexandrallewellyn.com

Stenstroms

Resort wear

Stenstroms slimline linen resort collar short-sleeve shirt at £129

Swedish heritage brand Stenstroms is built on a global reputation for producing some of the finest shirting and knitwear garments for men, women and families.

Always with their fingers on the pulse of seasonal styles and aesthetics, Stenstroms have introduced a summer collection fit for the Amalfi Coast, or even the staycation which is looking most likely.

We have opted for the blue slimline linen resort collar short-sleeve shirt – the perfect option to be worn with lightweight linen trousers.

£129, stenstroms.com

Leica

M10-P Reporter

Leica camera

A ‘standard’ Leica isn’t exactly an eyesore. But this M10-P Reporter has to be one of the coolest cameras ever made. The limited-edition version of the M10 benefits from a dark green finish and a Kevlar camera trim. The set-up is a symbolic testament to the brave reportage photographers that have made the brand so legendary. But it’s also great for taking snaps at a family picnic.

£7,100, leica-camera.com

John Lewis

Grooming products

John Lewis grooming accessories

At least ten of those wrinkles on your dad’s head were caused by you, so the least you can do is buy him some decent grooming products to make up for them. And why not get him a John Lewis tan leather wash bag (£45) and leather valet tray (£35) while you’re at it.

johnlewis.com

100 HANDS

Indigo Western Overshirt

100 HANDS Indigo Western Overshirt

Double denim has until recently been an exclusive look for dads trying to re-capture a bit of their stylish past… and failing. Not anymore…

It’s now well and truly ‘a thing’ and can work brilliantly with contrasting fades as well as lighter and heavier fabrics.

100 Hands, arguably one of the most detailed shirtmakers globally, gets this just right with its Indigo Western Overshirt.

These shirts are made to order and can be worn with high-waisted tailored denim pants and also layered over Tees or other contrasting shirts.

£340, 100hands.nl

Don Papa

Don Papa 7 Flora & Fauna Limited Edition

Don Papa 7 Flora & Fauna Limited Edition

A bottle of Don Papa for your dear papa? It’s got to be the brand’s signature expression, Don Papa 7, housed in a limited-edition Flora & Fauna canister launched especially for Father’s Day. It’s decorated with creatures and plants indigenous to Don Papa's island home of Negros in the Philippines – and would be a classy addition to any self-respecting cocktail cabinet.

£28, from Sainsbury's in store.

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