FATHER’S Day is just around the corner, so this week’s column is a gift guide for every kind of dad, with a particular emphasis on the booze - probably as myself and Pappa Bakes have a shared love of a good tipple.
Every dad is different, but hopefully you’ll find something for yours here. And don’t forget to give him a big hug on Sunday – after all, he didn’t do too badly with you did he?
For cultured dad, why not get him the Kindle Fire HDx, from £199, to read his favourite books and watch his favourite art house films on? The exclusive HDX display brings together unsurpassed pixel density (339 ppi), perfect colour accuracy, reduced glare and improved brightness for a superior viewing experience. It has perfect-colour HDX display, plus a powerful quad-core processor for fast, fluid. It also boasts 100 per cent HD display with over two million pixels - I'm not entirely sure what that means but it certainly sounds impressive.
Best of all, it offers Kindle FreeTime for individual profiles and, most importantly, time limits for kids – so they can’t even steal it from him.
If your dad is hard to impress, a Tanqueray Collection kit , £110 from www.alexanderandjames.com, may just be the gift you’ve been looking for. Ideal for gin connoisseurs or dads with a refined taste who want to explore the distinct flavours of the spirit, this kit provides a tasting experience through the three Tanqueray variants: Tanqueray London Dry, Tanqueray Rangpur and Tanqueray No. TEN. The Tanqueray Collection kit includes a tray and three mini gin and tonic glasses plus the recipes to make the perfect G&T for each variant. It also includes two essential tools for budding mixologists, a Zester peeler and a jigger. Yum.
If he has a more exotic palate, why not try Patrón Silver - an ultra premium tequila with a strong celebrity following, including the likes of Jay Z, Jimmy Carr and Will.i.am. Patrón Silver is made using only the finest Weber Blue Agave plants, grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. It is produced with unparalleled attention to detail, using a centuries-old distillation process, and individually signed, handcrafted glass bottles. Patrón Silver is available from all Sainsbury's, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols and costs £45.
For the more traditional Papa, how about an award-winning single malt whisky? The Macallan Gold is matured in 100 per cent sherry seasoned oak casks. The Macallan Gold has notes of vanilla followed by dark chocolate, with lingering floral and light oak notes and is available in multiple retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons. RRP £35.99.
Alternatively, get him the classic 10 Year Old Laphroaig, which has a bold smoky taste followed by a hint of seaweed and a surprising sweetness. This is the foundation of the iconic Laphroaig range and makes the perfect Father’s Day gift for fans of the unique peaty character offered in any of Laphroaig’s signature expressions. Laphroaig 10 Year Old is available in all major multiples including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda and costs around £35.10.
If your dad fancies himself a dab hand in the kitchen, how about the Heston Blumenthal Precision Dual Platform Precision Scale by Salter, £49.99, from John Lewis? The first of its kind, this original and innovative dual platform kitchen scale can weigh ingredients from as small as 0.1g to as large as 10kg, giving you unparalleled precision in the kitchen. It has stainless steel platforms – making it hygienic and easy to clean, with the ability to weigh directly onto the platforms. This slimline product has easy to use ergonomic controls – he’ll be cooking up a storm in no time.
Gardener dad would love this retro caddy which is ideal for anyone who loves pottering around in a greenhouse. This lime green retro caddy keeps twine, labels, ties, seeds and greenhouse paraphernalia tidy and easy to find – and makes a great Father’s Day gift. It features a useful carrying handle and divided sections to keep products apart and costs £18.95 from www.organiccatalogue.com. It is also available in jersey cream, petrol blue and burgundy red. Every Organic Gardening Catalogue purchase helps support the gardening charity, Garden Organic.
If your dad thinks he is down with the kids when it comes to technology, get him to to try out Soulra's range of audio products. All are multi-powered and multi-functional and great for use on the go. The FRX3 is not just an AM/FM/Shortwave radio, but doubles up as a USB smartphone charger and LED flashlight, as well as combining power methods, including solar power, hand turbine, battery power or DC input. Great for eco-conscious, music-loving dads and a great way of keeping your smartphone charged up. Soulra FRX3 Radio £59.99 from www.soulracorp.com.uk.
Alternatively, if you just want to call a spade a spade, show your appreciation with this Great Dad t-shirt from M&Co, £12. (pictured)