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13 Great Gift Ideas for Father's Day

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Travel Editor
Updated: 15 June 2017
From male grooming and fashion to stylish travel essentials, we’ve got you covered whether your dad is the adventurous type or prefers to fire up the BBQ. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’ve put together a list of this year’s must-have products that beat the generic pair of socks.

Waterproof e-reader

We kick things off with the Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2. This digital reader is perfect for bookworms and is a great travel companion that lets you download from over four million titles in seconds. It’s waterproof for up to two metres, so your dad can read his favourite thriller or non-fiction while sitting in the pool or the bath.

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Hardcase trolley

You may have spotted one of these in an airport terminal and thought ‘aren’t they smart?’ Japanese brand Muji is well known for its clean designs and is one of the high street names responsible for the minimalist trend sweeping the nation. These 33L carry-on sized cases have all the style of a Samsonite but without the price tag.

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Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a summer essential, and polarised lenses are right on trend. Combine them with a tortoiseshell frame for the ultimate ‘modern gentleman’ look that will have your dad feeling like he’s stepped off the silver screen in no time. We’d recommend this stylish Terra di Siena pair of shades by Persol.

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Weekend breakfast hamper

This breakfast hamper from Fortnum & Mason is packed with everything your dad will need to get Father’s Day off to the perfect start. Inside the classic wicker hamper you’ll find a selection of preserves and marmalades, biscuits, and of course some top notch coffee blends and loose leaf teas.

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Chocolate beer hamper

Beer and chocolate, what else is there to say? This chocolate beer hamper is perfect for any ale aficionados looking to try something a little different. The set comes with a bottle of Hotel Chocolat’s small-batch beer, made with cocoa pulp, along with a selection of dark cocoa beer truffles, milk chocolate cookies and salted caramel slab.

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DNA kit

You can now trace your lineage back 5,000 years with ‘high street geneticist’ 23andMe, a company co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, the former wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Also a treat for yourself as 50% of your DNA comes from dear old pa, even if you don’t care to admit it! 23andMe is offering a special Father’s Day discount too.

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Now TV sports pass

With the Lion’s tour of New Zealand underway but with the first test between Warren Gatland’s men and the All Blacks still to play, what better way to celebrate any sports fanatics out there than with a month’s pass to Sky Sports and Entertainment.

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Shaving kit

Well-manicured facial hair is the must-have accessory this summer. Men are ditching their trimmers in exchange for the classic badger brush and blade combo. These soothing and rejuvenating pre and post-shave balms from male-grooming specialists Neville – Cowshed’s premium male grooming line – will keep your dad looking sharp and feeling smooth.

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Linen shirts

There are other ways to get your dad dressing snappily without needing to break the bank. Check out UNIQLO’s premium linen shirts for starters, classic, collared and made from breathable materials that look just as good in the office as they do at the pub on the weekend. What’s more, they’re on special offer for the next two weeks.

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Steak selection box

If your dad is someone who takes pride in firing up the barbecue each summer then he’ll need something a bit special to throw on the grill. The Carnivore’s Steak Selection from butcher’s extraordinaire Donald Russell comes with a ‘super-sized’ ribeye, sirloin, fillet and rib and can be delivered straight to their door.

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Swim shorts

Help get your dad’s summer off to the best start with a new pair of swimming shorts, perfect for a sunny Ibiza beach holiday. REISS’s 2017 summer collection has really raised the bar and we’d recommend the Oliver swim shorts, which are not only a flattering length, but also feature an eye-catching geometric pattern.

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Wash bag

A good wash bag is often overlooked but shouldn’t be undervalued. This gift is especially great for frequent fliers and has two internal pockets to keep their products neatly organised. The cycling-inspired graphics are right on trend and the bright colours are perfectly suited to this summer’s pastel palettes which are currently hitting the runways.

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Travel skincare kit

The Essential Traveler Kit from skincare brand Anthony has everything your dad needs to stay feeling his best whenever he goes abroad. Inside he’ll find a range of paraben free and dermatologically tested products, including a glycolic facial cleanser which leaves the skin feeling smooth, shaving cream, hair and body wash, face moisturiser and lip-balm. They all come in travel-size – ready for his next adventure.

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