Monday 12 June 2017

The Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is less than a week away, so if you haven't already planned what gifts you're getting your dad, I'm hoping my suggestions may help you out. After all, most of them can arrive on your doorstep the day after you order them....

It may sound boring as a motherfucker but treating your dad to a fragrance is always a good move, especially if the fragrance in question is a little unique. A great option is The Merchant of Venice Venetian Blue. Representing the Art of Perfumery of Venice, the The Merchant of Venice fragrance house draws attention to the everlasting role of the Italian city as an essential force in the perfumery tradition throughout the world. The brand's Venetian Blue fragrance is a perfect example of this and, at £120.00, it makes for an extra special Father's Day gift. This eau de parfum features top notes of bergamot, apple, lemon and pineapple, heart notes of pink peppercorn, black pepper, birch and patchouli and base notes of moss, ambergris and musk. It is strong, long lasting and beautifully crafted scent.

Another great fragrance gift option is the John Varvatos Platinum. This limited edition eau de toilette was designed to unite rock n’ roll sensibility and old world craftsmanship with modern innovation, adding a sleek edge to the eclectic John Varvatos Collection Fragrances. The masculine fragrance contains top notes of bergamot, bitter orange, sage, myrtle, coriander and cinnamon, heart notes of incense, vetiver and leather and base notes of white sandalwood and amber. This smoky and spicy fragrance - that retails for £79.00 - packs a surprising amount of power for an eau de toilette and lasts a good five hours after application. The bottle also makes a stylish addition to any storage space.

For dad's that love a clean shave, I recommend the Braun Series 3 ProSkin - a wet and dry electric shaver that delivers an incredibly close, super smooth shave. It features a MicroComb that guides more hair into the cutting parts for faster shaving, a scientifically designed foil pattern to cut hairs, minimising skin irritation and a triple action cutting system: three independently floating cutting elements adapt to facial contours. The Series 3 ProSkin fully charges in one hour and that charge will provide 45 minutes of use. For dad's in a rush, a quick 5 minute charge alone will be sufficient enough for one shave. And the best thing about this shaver? Boots are currently stocking it at 50% off - so it now costs just £49.99!

The next gift is a great option for dad's that are forever away on business. It is the Elemis Luxury Travel Essential kit and it features everything your dad needs to ensure his face and body stay fresh, wherever he finds himself. The limited edition five-piece kit includes the award-winning Deep Cleanse Facial Wash and Anti-Fatigue Day Cream, alongside other grooming essential favorites packed in a Misha Nonoo designed bag. Fancy, eh?

If your dad is more of a homebody than a traveler, I recommend the American Crew Grooming Kit. The set, created by the grooming industry's leading salon brand, features a 3-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner & Body Wash, as well as American Crew's hugely popular Revitalizing Toner and Moisturizing Shave Cream.

If you're looking to create a unique gift this Father's Day, I would always recommend putting together your own grooming kit for your dad. That way you can pull together some of his grooming favourites, include a wider range of products and - importantly - make it as expensive or as affordable as you like. Start with a nice wash bag (I recommend the Scaramouche + Fandango Men's Wash Bag) and fill it with the essentials - shower gel, deodorant, shaving balm etc. A great and affordable range is the L'Oreal Man Expert Hydra Sensitive collection. The range offers everything a man needs to start the day off right and whether it is the deodorant, moisturiser or face wash, each product is highly effective and soothing on the skin.

After you've added a few body basics, pop in some hair products - after all, most men need something to keep their mane in check. I'd recommend anything from Sebastian Professional's amazing styling collection! The final step in creating your bespoke grooming kit is adding the tools. After all, an authentic kit should include tools like razors, wash clothes and shaving brushes.

My next recommendation has nothing to do with grooming...but it's desirable, affordable and a seriously safe bet on the gifting front. It is the Fire 7. Designed for entertainment, the Kindle Fire lets you read, watch, play and listen to the latest songs, books, movies, games, apps and TV shows. And it does all of this for £49.00 which - considering the cost of most tablets - is really fucking impressive. It may be smaller than you average tablet, however it is easy for your dad to carry around and - like its competitors - is still able to do all the things other tablets do.

Available in punch red, marine blue, canary yellow and black, Amazon's next generation Fire tablet is thinner and lighter, with longer battery life and an improved display. It features a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and up to eight hours of battery life. And, if your dad has a Prime account, he'll get access to over a thousand books and magazines, more than two million songs, thousands of movies and TV shows and secure photo storage, at no additional cost.

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