How to Finesse Father’s Day Gifting
Support, wisdom and the occasional bad joke: we owe our dads a lot. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a top-to-toe guide (literally) of our finest accessories, to help you select the perfect present for him.
Yes, a pair of socks can be a predictable gift. But sometimes a classic is considered a classic for a reason. Instead of leaving it to your dad (who you know will buy a ten-pack of synthetic socks from the first store he sees), why not inspire him to slip his feet into something a little more designer this year? We particularly like the burgundy in colour, though navy and grey are necessary staples also. Or, if he’s the kind of father who’s inclined to wear his loafers or boat-shoes sans socks, why not gift him a twin pack of our low-cut Vice socks – he’ll achieve the same European look, but without the sweaty feet.
They say you can tell a lot about a man by the shoes he wears. They also say you can tell a lot about someone by the type of man their father is, so it makes sense to ensure he has a decent pair, if only for selfish reasons. We recommend a versatile pair of brown Brogues (like our Gambino tan), which will serve him well for any occasion, casual or formal. Update his casual outfit with a pair of high-top lace-ups, like our suede Sanches in charcoal, navy or taupe.
It seems oddly appropriate that, after many years of draining your father’s wallet, you should gift him a new one. For the dad who uses his wallet as a filing cabinet, our fold-over Silcox wallet in black has plenty of space and is crafted from premium Epsom cow leather. If he’s in favour of a more minimalist design, the thin leather Blyth card holder is an elegant option, available in a classic black or beige, as well as the more stylistically-forward navy.
A quality belt is something every man should have in his wardrobe. Not only will a sub-standard belt ruin his outfit, it will also help him keep his shirt firmly tucked in at formal events. Our fully-adjustable Bane belt, in brown or black, is great for dads who’ll appreciate a versatile item for work and recreation, or our woven-leather Tiago belt, in brown or tan, is ideal for fathers who gravitate toward chinos or denim. Both are crafted in Italy from premium leather.
Briefcases & Bags
Are you getting to the age where it’s time to make a big statement about how grateful you are to your dad? It might be worth considering a briefcase, like our refined (and practical) Harbor, in black or brown. It’s the sort of item he’ll carry proudly for the rest of his life. Or, if he’s dancing into retirement, our stunning Pace travel bag in black is the perfect partner for international travel, as is the Marsden laptop sleeve, which well help ensure his computer is safe for weekly Skype chats with the kids back home.
What better way to embrace sophisticated masculine style than a pocket square tucked into his suit jacket or sportscoat? Sticking to a black and white tonal theme (like our Micro Print black & grey pocket square) will ensure it’s appropriate for all occasions, while a paisley, floral or polka-dot design will add some flair to his wardrobe.
We think our fathers could often take guidance from their European counterparts, who tend to embrace mature smart-casual looks with more vivacity. To help give him a nudge in the right direction, gift him a quality, textured tie. A fleck wool, chambray or tweed tie can elevate a smart casual outfit, paired with chinos and a blazer, or combine with a traditional suit for a more relaxed vibe at his next formal affair.
If it’s all too stressful and you can’t figure out what to get the old man, why not opt for a nifty gift card instead? We’ll even throw in a personalized pocket square to make it more personal.