From fashion and food to gadgets and grooming, we’ve rounded-up the perfect presents for dads this year
Father’s Day is fast approaching, and with it one of the more trickier shopping challenges of the year: finding the perfect gift for a discerning dad. Dads are notoriously difficult to buy for at the best of times, but with last year’s lockdown rendering gift exchanges virtual, there’s all the more reason to get it right on 20th June. If you’re struggling for ideas, allow us to inspire with these gifts from Canary Wharf retailers. From fashion accessories to grooming essentials, read on for our ultimate Father’s Day gift guide for 2021.
There are only so many socks one man can wear, so we advise you steer clear from the traditional Father’s Day gift and seek a fashion accessory he’ll actually want. A wallet or cardholder, such as Hackett’s Willow Zip Wallet or Paul Smith’s customisable Damson Bifold Wallet, is something he’ll treasure for many years to come. BOSS‘s embossed card holder and wallet is packaged in a smart gift box that’s perfect for Father’s Day. Check out the brand’s gift guide for more inspiration.
For a season-appropriate gift, look to Ollie Quinn for sunglasses and Orlebar Brown for swimwear; the latter’s Snapshorts allow you to personalise a pair of swimming shorts with your dad’s favourite photograph. At Polo Ralph Lauren, the label’s signature polo shirts can be completely customised, with six designs and 25 colour choices, as well as the option to add your own text on the sleeve.
Dad’s bathroom shelf looking a little sparse? Refresh his routine with a selection of products from the Kiehl’s grooming range, which has been specially formulated for male skin. The Men’s Grab & Go Essentials and Heavy Lifters gift boxes are a great option for fussy fathers, offering a selection of highlights from the Keihl’s collection.
For fragrance fans, head to Penhaligon’s to discover the heritage brand’s signature colognes. Not sure which to choose? Arrange a Virtual Fragrance Profiling Appointment for him with the store’s expert team to help him find the perfect scent, or opt for the Gentleman’s Fragrance Collection, which includes miniatures of five Penhaligon’s classics.
Tech & Lifestyle
Gadgets and gizmos are failsafe Father’s Day gifts, and John Lewis is the destination for the latest tech. Browse from a range of FitBits, Occulus headsets and Sonos speakers, or peruse the brand’s gift guide for more inspiration.
For the man who has everything, head to Flying Tiger to pick up trinkets and homeware you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Oliver Bonas, meanwhile, has curated a handy gift guide that has something for every dad – from Beard Survival Kits to David Bowie jigsaw puzzles and pasta machines.
If you’re father’s a keen cyclist, book his treasured racer in for a service at LAP Bikes, which has three to choose from: Basic, Standard and Full. If his bicycle’s beyond repair, the store has a great selection of e-bikes, road racers and city bikes.
For dads with a sweet tooth, chocolates will always go down well— plus, if you’re lucky, he might share them with you. If you’re shopping for a true chocoholic, don’t miss Godiva’s Taste of Godiva hamper, which is packed with the brand’s latest chocolate treats. At Hotel Chocolat, the brand’s signature Sleekster and H-Box sets have been repackaged in a special Father’s Day design, while at Charbonnel et Walker you can buy your dad’s favourite whisky truffles in a personalised box with his name on it.
If he’s more of a doughnut man, pre-order one of Crosstown’s Father’s Day gift boxes. You can choose from a selection of their signature treats, including doughnuts, cookies and ice cream, and add extras such as craft beer, specialty wine, fresh ground coffee and James + Jake grooming products to your order.
With the past year having limited the amount of time spent with family and friends, a shared experience is a thoughtful gift for Father’s Day. If he’s a film fanatic, book tickets for Everyman Cinema, where the latest movie releases are being shown in a sophisticated setting. Tuck into a menu of pizzas, sharing plates and ‘Spielburgers’ while you enjoy the latest flick on the big screen. Gamers, meanwhile, will love a slot at Wanyoo, Canary Wharf’s resident esports cafe where the latest consoles and games are yours to enjoy.
For fun for all the family, head to Electric Shuffle, where the revamped electric shuffle boards and interactive screens add a contemporary twist to the traditional game. Discuss post-match analysis over sharing pizzas and cocktails. If the sun is shining, make the most of Canary Wharf’s extensive arts and events programme. Shoot some hoops on artist Yinka Ilori’s bespoke basketball court in Bank Street Park, challenge your Dad to a game of minigolf at the all-new course in Columbus Courtyard or practice your serve on the ping pong tables in Cabot Square, which have been designed by renowned illustrator Kelly Anna.
Dinner & Drinks
What better way to raise a toast to Father’s Day than with a drink enjoyed together at one of Canary Wharf’s resident bars or restaurants? If he’s a beer man, book a table at BrewDog Canary Wharf for pints of Dead Pony Club, Punk IPA and Elvis Juice, which are best enjoyed alongside a selection of the bar’s burgers, buffalo wings and fries.
For cocktails with a view, take him to the recently-opened Pergola on the Wharf, where a wraparound terrace is the perfect vantage point from which to admire views across the Estate. Here, the food menu is divided into Land, Earth and Sea, and includes small plates of padron peppers and crispy squid alongside mains of king prawn tacos, Cuban roast pork belly and Masala south coast monkfish.
For a more formal affair, book a table at Boisdale of Canary Wharf. The Scottish restaurant offers British modern classics – think Beef wellington, steak and Roast Dumfriesshire Blackface haggis – as well as an expansive selection of whiskies, wines and cigars. Cheers!