Father’s Day always seems to creep up on me (yes, I know, it’s the same time every year!) and I get a bit panicky about coming up with good ideas in time. Fortunately for me – and you – the Babyology team has so many good Father’s Day ideas that we could have compiled two Babyology gifts lists.
Let’s kick off with the first thing that my husband wants once he surfaces every morning – coffee. If the dad in your life knows his ristrettos from his macchiatos, it’s hard to go past this rocket espresso cup. Big enough to fit a double shot inside, at $33 there’ll be plenty of change left over for coffee beans.
On the other end of the beverage scale, you could invest in the Hario Cold Water Dripper. At $295, it’s cheaper than many an espresso machine and the cold drip method produces a concentrated coffee perfect for cool summer drinks. It has the added bonus of making your kitchen look like a science lab, and I’ve never met a man who wouldn’t love that.
Once the morning coffee is dealt with, it’s time to get dressed. Dad will look very dapper indeed in a custom made business shirt, like these ones from Indochino. Indochino make bespoke clothing for men at very reasonable prices and come with the tick of approval from our creative director, Ben, who has only good things to say about his recent purchases. There is a huge range of clothing and accessories, with custom made business shirts $99 each, although at the moment they are offering a three shirt bundle for just $229. Oh, and shipping is free!
Of course, dad needs to look great in his casual clothes too – why not update his tees with something from the range at Kindred Gifts? There is a great selection in organic cotton and they’re only $44.95 each.
How about a stylish watch and belt to go with those new clothes? This belt is from US-based Rancourt & Co, who specialise in handsewn men’s shoes. The belt is made from stunning Chromexcel leather and will set you back US$95. The watch is a whole different story – it’s the Bell & Ross Vintage WW1-92 – a design inspired by the watches of military aviators in the 1920s. At a price somewhere around $4500, it’s probably not going home with you – but it never hurts to dream!
Stunning, right? It’s the Brixton camera and laptop messenger bag and we love it. For US$269, it has room for a DSLR, a couple of spare lenses, a thirteen-inch laptop and even an iPad tucked into the back. Handcrafted from water-resistant waxed canvas and leather, it has removable dividers inside so you can customise it to meet your needs. It’s available in three colours.
If an overnight bag is higher on the list, we love these ones from Bakker Made With Love. At $215 each from Scallyoop, they’re handmade in durable and stylish canvas with waterproof interiors, and there are seven different designs. The perfect excuse for a kid-free weekend away, we think!
If you’d rather something with the very personal touch, a personalised keyring from Babatude might be more your style. For £95, these sterling silver key rings can be personalised with a drawing on the front and message from your kids on the back. It’s definitely a gift dad will use every day!
And finally, it’s time for the big boys’ toys…
Computer gaming is definitely in a very different place to thirty years ago, but if you’re buying for the kind of dad who’s a bit nostalgic for the video games of his youth, he’ll love the iCade iPad Arcade Cabinet from ThinkGeek. Just slide the iPad into the cabinet and bluetooth connection means it’s ready to go. All you need do then is download the Atari’s Greatest Hits app which includes up to one hundred classic Atari games for iPad. The iCade is US$89.99 but you’ll need a freight forwarder or a friend to bring it home from the States for you.
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is the coolest of all remote controlled devices. Not only can you control it from your smartphone or tablet, but the camera in the belly of the drone will record its flights to view later, along with all relevant stats about your spy missions using the phone app. It costs US$299 but pays off a zillion cool points. It’s well worth checking out the videos on their site to get an idea of all the nifty things it does.
We’re sure there are plenty of dads out there who’ve been waiting for the perfect excuse to buy themselves a crate of Green Hat Workshop’s Planks. Pick up a box and watch the creating begin – once the kids are in bed of course! Prices begin at $64.95 for a box of one hundred, but if you’re really keen, you can get a crate of one thousand and let dad build his own colosseum.
Finally, let’s end on a cultured note – with a book. Dads who know too many ’80s movie quotes are sure to love Ready Player One – a kind of dystopian sci-fi novel packed with references to 1970s and ’80s pop culture – think The Matrix meets The Last Starfighter! Get the full lowdown with The New York Times review and all the price details at Booko.
What a marathon! We hope we’ve sparked your imaginations as you get ready to pick the perfect gift for dad. Happy shopping!