TVG Fathers Day Gift Guide 2016

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Father’s Day is almost upon us, falling on September 4th this year. As usual, it’s a great chance to show the old man how much you value his support, guidance and friendship. Unlike Mum, the simple thought of purchasing your Father a gift will suffice, but we’ve compiled a quick list of items we think will hit the mark, no matter what the budget.

Alain de Botton – The Course of Love:


Philosopher Alain de Botton’s latest book focuses on relationships by telling a story of marriage and its process – creating a family and the key to living happily ever after. Admittedly it’s not your typical Father’s Day gift, but it’s an eye-opening read that clears the head and makes you reflect on how tolerant and respectful you are to the people you love.

Aerobie Aeropress:


For the Dad who doesn’t want to compromise when it comes to Espresso at home or on the go. This compact coffee plunger creates smooth, grit free coffee that has been universally applauded by coffee lovers worldwide. It’s simple, cheap and very effective.

LeDaig 10 YO Whisky:

Of all the new whiskies I’ve consumed so far in 2016, LeDaig is the one that has impressed me most. Distilled on the Isle of Mull by Tobermory Distillery LeDaig 10 Year Old reminds me of a more session able Caol Ila 12. One of the most underrated whiskies on the market today and a relative steal at $79.99.

Bass Phillip Pinot Noir:


Forget the 18% McLaren Vale reds; modern day Dads are drinking Pinot Noir – their wives enjoy it more, and they don’t feel as rough the next day. So why not grab your Dad one of the best (if not the best) Pinots in the country from Bass Phillip in Gippsland Victoria. It’s certainly not affordable, but neither were your school fees.

Givenchy Gentlemen Only Absolute:

gentlemen-only-absolute-givenchyAs I child growing up I recall a particular intrigue with one of my Father’s colognes, Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche. Recently I was sent a bottle of Givenchy’s new Gentleman Only Absolute and with the first spray, I was transported back to my childhood watching my mother and father getting ready to go out for the evening, fascinated by the process and presentation. Absolute is announced as the scent of refined and elegant men, and that’s exactly how I remember my father on those evenings.

Shinola Leather Care Travel Kit:

Shinola Leather Care Kit Mr PorterDetroit-based manufacturer Shinola are most famous for their watches but have built a remarkable lifestyle brand around their core products with a host of great gift ideas thrown in. If your Dad is getting a bit anal in his old age, he’ll appreciate being able to spruce up his armchair, R.M. Williams, or attache case with this handy kit.

Pulsar PU2083X Chronograph:


If your Dad likes to think of himself as both stylish and practical (classic Dad right there), then he’s bound to appreciate Pulsar’s range of sports orientated watches. Pulsar is the official watch partner of the Supercars Championship, and the Limited Edition PU2083X Chronograph combines motorsports functionality with everyday wearability to deliver a timepiece fit for any weekend adventure your Dad might throw at it.

UUNI 2s Pizza Oven 2:


If your Dad sees himself as somewhat of a maestro in the pizza preparation game, the UUNI 2 will take his skills to the next level. The free standing stainless steel UUNI pizza oven is powered by sustainable wood pellets and is a piece of art in itself, winning Dad over with its beauty faster than it can deliver him a perfect pie.

Project Carbon Turntable:

Project Carbon TurntableThere’s a good chance your parents still have a collection of records from their youth stored somewhere in the house. Each record holds a fond memory, so dusting them off and placing one of Dad’s favourites on a modern Turntable will undoubtedly recall some of his best years.

Sennheiser IE 800 Noise Cancelling Ear Buds:

I’ve spent the last two years travelling with Sennheiser’s top of the line Over-Ear Noise Cancelling headphones, and I swear by them. However, I only use them to travel. In a perfect world, I’d add the IE 800 Earbuds to my arsenal,  suitable for sleeping on the plane and listening to majestic audio walking about the city. If your Dad is into his music, these are the best in the business.


James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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