The ultimate father’s day guide

Let’s be honest, there is no father like yours. Your friends may have one but let’s be perfectly honest, he is just not as good as yours. From day one he has been there protecting you from all the terrible things in the world – the silly boys teasing you in the playground, that one kid at your birthday party opening YOUR presents, your neighbour’s dog, that boy who did not have the common decency to fancy you back, store card debt, ex-boyfriends camping in your loft and of course, gangs of Albanian human traffickers. After all that, your poor overworked and underpaid protector is given just one day to celebrate his excellence each year. So what do you buy this father’s day for the man who goes that extra mile?

Most father’s day presents are poorly throughout and end up in at the back of the wardrobe or the front window of a charity shop. Forget about socks, jumpers and mugs. This father’s day, you are going to give the man who gave up his social life for you the best possible present to say thank you.

Jarre AeroSkull. The Aeroskull is compatible with all generations of iPhones and iPods and a jack cable can also connect to any Mp3 player, computer or CD/DVD player. Available in 11 striking colours, there is a choice to suit every taste and interior. Price £379.99 | Available from Selfridges

Bluebeards-revengeDesigned for the man who has to shave more than once in a day, the Bluebears Revenge Deluxe shaving gift set is paraben free and contains ingredients such as decelerine to specifically combat tough stubble and reduce hair growth, as well as tackle common shaving problems like razor rash, burn, ingrowing hairs, lumps and bumps. Prices from £35 | Shaving Shack

Which father doesn’t like darts? mine. That did not stop him from installing one in the garage for those moments when he wanted to escape ‘the madness’ or act all manly when his mates came around. This set includes dart board, cabinet and a set of darts. Price £39.99 | Sports Direct

This leather look large bag from the Adidas Originals adicolor range is perfect for the gym or for a short weekend trip and features one main zipped compartment with a couple of inner pockets ideal for storing smaller items, a large zipped pocket. Not forgetting the outer side pockets on either side. Practical must have. Price £60 |

hugobosswaller Designed with space for 10 cards, Hugo Boss’ Sibod wallet is crafted from 100% cowhide leather and features a note compartment, branded front panel and is presented in a glossy, branded box. No space for coins? Real men don’t carry them by choice. £90 | House of Fraser

nikefuelThe Nike+ Fuel wristband will inspire your dad to get active by recording all of his activity and converting it into a new fitness currency. It will estimates how far he has walked, how many calories he has burnt and lets him compete with the others in the office without feeling left out. £129 |


The “One Step At A Time” set combines a great collectable travel tin with mini versions of the bestselling Bulldog Original Face Wash, Original Shave Gel and Original Moisturiser. These puppies do exactly what it says on the tin, delivering a 3-step regime for any man keen to embrace the delights of natural skincare. Price £10 |

Say hello to our first fragrance on the list. According to Paco Rabanne, Flamboyance and opulence are at the very heart of 1 Million Intense. Go for the 100ml Spray at The Fragrance Shop and you get a free bag too. Price £49.99 | The Fragrance Shop


The Kobo Arc is a great small-screen Android tablet, with strong performance, a crisp display and access to the Google Play app store. The Kobo Arc is priced just right for casual use with two versions, 16GB and 32GB models available from £129.99 | WH Smith


Portable Music Streaming and Radio System. A great piece of kit to drag your analogue dad into the digital age. The One Flow also accepts an optional rechargeable battery for portable listening. Priced from £99.95 | John Lewis


Scratch Off World Map Poster. What you get with Scratch Map that you don’t get with any other is a completely personalised and unique world map; and an opportunity to show off all the places you have been! The Scratch Map really is the perfect present for the globe-trotter in your life. Price £20.75 |


Aviator sunglasses, or “pilot’s glasses” were originally developed in 1936 by Ray-Ban for pilots to protect their eyes while flying. Aviators have become a slightly more bohemian classic than the Ray Ban Wayfarer, which is a little ironic since Wayfarers were made popular by Hollywood and Aviators were made popular by military pilots and Gen. Douglas McArthur. But fashion always makes its own rules. Prices from £135 |


Earthkeepers® Stratham Waterproof Bomber. For rugged style and outdoor durability, Timberland can’t be beat. This classic bomber jacket has a casual look, but a fully waterproof coating and sealed seams mean it’ll keep you dry in heavy rain. Prices from £145 |

Deluxe barbeque tools for the alfresco gourmet. Made from high-grade stainless steel and presented in a smart aluminium case, this superb bbq 24 piece cooking set comprises of 4 kebab skewers, 6 steak knives and forks, salt and pepper shakers, plus a long-handled and insulated carving knife, fork, basting brush, tongs, serrated slice and cleaning brush. Price £49.95 |

Apple’s iPod Touch is available in 8GB, 32GB or 64GB versions. With FaceTime added to enable video calling, HD video recording and powerfu display, there is enough in this little device to keep your dad happy. Prices start from £144 | Asda Direct

Syma-Yellow-107GThe MICRO SHARK has futuristic sleek lines that fit perfectly around the lightweight metal chassis. A 3 Channel IR Control system with built in, on-board gyro ensures smooth and precise flight characteristics. The on board battery pack can be charged via the hand set or via the supplied USB Charger cable. Price £29.99 | Model Zone


Links’ black leather cufflinks box is perfect for all those cufflinks you have bought your father over the years. Beautifully finished, this little box will ensure he doesn’t have to spend hours every morning trying to find the cuff links at the back of his chest of draws. Price £130 |

No.3 London Dry Gin. A beautiful looking gin from Berry Bros. This was made to a special recipe, and the name Number 3 refers to the address of BBR – Number 3, St James’s Street. This is made with juniper at its heart, with three fruits and three spices. Priced from £31 | Masters of Malt


This best selling remote control boat has an innovative design that is built for speed, is very durable, and is ready for action right out of the box. This fantastically fun remote control boat comes ready to run with all batteries included! Just give it a quick charge and let the fun begin! Prices from £34.99 |


The Scuderia Ferrari line of watches comes with a wide range of motorsport inspired themes. Having design cues inspired by the details found on the Scuderia Ferrari racing cars while also featuring scratch-resistant sapphire crystal surfaces advanced composite construction and Swiss-made precision mechanics. Prices from £295 |


Tastecard Membership. What’s good about giving your dad a tastecard is that you are effectively getting two presents for the price of one (just like the meals). Not only does this great little card get your dad 50% off his meals at a host of restaurants, it allows him to take your mother out twice as much. Price £79.95 for a year |

This secret gem was made famous here in the UK thanks to the movie ‘Lost in Translation’. A stunning 12 year-old blend from Hibiki, some of the whisky has been part-matured in plum liqueur casks. Lovely malt from Hakushu and Yamazaki, plus some aged grain from Chita, this terrific Japanese blend picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards.  Prices from £35 |


Tom Ford has launched a new fragrance collection for the Spring 2013 season called Atelier d’Orient which is part of the Private Blend range. The collection features four new scents— Shanghai Lily, Plum Japonais, Fleur de Chine and Rive d’Ambre. Available in 50ml and 250ml. Prices from £145 | Selfridges & Co

tmlewinTM Lewin make this list with the present that represents the best value for money. Regardless of the occasion, a well-tailored shirt speaks volume and with TM Lewin offering four for just £100, you have the perfect gift if you are on a tight budget. The range gives you a choice of every day causal or suave and professional. Price £100 |

Kick back and relax on the awesome Everything Chair. Comfort and entertainment are the top priority when dad is sitting on this multimedia throne. Its chunky inflatable design moulds around the body to keep your father comfy even over extended periods. Price £49.99 |


Sony’s powerful new PS Vita handheld boasts fantastic graphics thanks to the 5-inch OLED touchscreen and comes comes in both a Wi-Fi version and a 3G version. Add to this a host of online features, front and rear cameras and a host of games that take advantage of everything the PS Vita has to offer. Prices from £189 |


Just missing out on the bronze medal is a Cineworld Umlimted pass. Put simply, the key benefit is unlimited cinema! Your father can use the card to watch films at Cineworld cinemas as often as he likes! But that’s not all… Unlimited cardholders can also enjoy 10% off all in-cinema food and drink purchases. Prices from £190.80 |

With the recent DVD and Blu-Ray release of Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season, arguably the best ever TV show not to be shown here in the UK, get your dad the boxset he really needs. If you dad has not heard of Breaking Bad, get him hooked now by buying the series 1 to 4 box set and throw in season 5 too. Available from Amazon Season 5 | Season 1-4 £35.75

If you know your father is after a tablet, you might aswell get him an iPad Mini. The iPad Mini integrates everything we love about the iPad and iPhone in a more compact, manageable size. The iPad Mini combines a beautiful 7.9-inch display with a fast and fluid performance. Prices from £269 | John Lewis

Yes it is a little bit pricey but he will forgive you for whatever you do in the future if you get him a full day PalmerSport day voucher. Burnt down the house? Got married in Vegas without telling anyone? Remind him the time you sent him on the best day of his life. Prices from £675 | PalmerSport

About Lee Hall

Lover of all things FAST. If I am not in the office, you can find me near a track or under a car. I also work with a great people in TrendLife's Editorial team.

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