10 essential luxe Father’s Day gift ideas for Hongkongers

Our extensive gift guide covers many styles of paterfamilias, so there’s something for every papa

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 June, 2016, 10:01am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 June, 2016, 11:04am

Father’s Day: that compulsory 24-hour period when it’s mandatory for children of all ages to show their unadulterated love for patriarchal figures, when really, it should be a year-round affair. OK, cynicism about its commercialism aside, your dad does appreciate the one-day love fest, so why not make it more than just a boozy brunch this year and splash out on something nice? Forget the standard tie or cologne and peruse our luxury-focused gift guide, each perfectly tailored to a particular dad type.

For on-the-move entrepreneurs

Functionality: that’s the key to a great Father’s Day gift, something your entrepreneurial dad can actually use on a daily basis. There’s Tod’s Eight Bag, named after the number of pockets, with six inside and two outside. It also opens up flat as a makeshift personal desk, for those Starbucks moments when there’s no surface space. There’s also Fossil’s Wyatt Work Bag, available in three colours and big enough to store all his essentials for running around town. Or if the briefcase is a bit too old-fashioned, try Hogan’s backpack, quite fancy with a sleek design in grey leather.

Tod’s Shop G06, Lee Garden Two, Yun Ping Rd, Causeway Bay, tel: 2577 7006, tods.com

Fossil Hong Kong Mansion, 1A-1L Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2468 2952, fossil.com

Hogan Shop 251, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 0181, hogan.com

For high-flying jet-setters

We’ll admit it, we’d never heard of a “shirt folder” either. But now that we know, we really want one. They’re perfect if your dad’s the jet-setting type, with Inspired’s lightweight folder allowing him to keep a whole week’s worth of fancy shirts crease-free. Best of all, the shirt folder is made in collaboration with Cambodian social enterprise Smateria, ensuring the product is completely ethical and fair trade. Supporting sustainable small businesses and keeping your dad looking fresh? That’s double brownie points. inspired-collection.com

For the constantly groomed

We’re pretty certain your dad isn’t into the whole hipster trend – God help you if he is – but that doesn’t mean he can’t take advantage of the bearded folks’ offering to the men’s grooming world, particularly those classic barbershops popping up around town. You’ll find a partial list below and getting him a nice wet shave might be the perfect bit of pampering. But we say take it a step further with at-home products from Gentlemen’s Tonic: there’s shaving sets of course, but you’ll also find favourites such as cleansers, masks, scrubs and more.

Fox and the Barber, 41-43 Graham Street, Central, foxandthebarber.com

Crows Nest Barbershop, 27 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2320 9976, crowsnestbarbershop.com

Era Barbers, 36 Pottinger Street, Central, tel: 2577 3080, erabarbers.com

Gentlemen’s Tonic, 43-49 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2525 2455, gentlemenstonic.com

For the comically clean

Giving a bar of soap is generally never a good gift idea, the implications obvious of what you’re trying to tell him. But if you’ve got a close relationship with your dad and he’s got a sense of humour, Lush’s limited-edition Father’s Day line might be your answer. Send him back to his youth with The Jam-inspired Modfather bubble bar (HK$65) or give him a bathtub-based set of special powers with the Superdad bath bomb (HK$70). They’re also available in various gift sets that include shower creams and shampoo, with such ‘dad joke’-friendly names as Wash on the Wild Side and Papa Bear (HK$155 to HK$480).

Lush 21A-21B Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, tel: 3915 0638, lush-hk.com

For metrosexual patriarchs

Jewellery’s rarely a consideration for most men, especially dad types who’d rather watch the game than browse sparkly countertops. But we get it, there’s a whole heap of fathers out there completely in tune with their feminine sides, so it only makes sense that major brands would appeal to shiny sensibilities. John Hardy’s bracelets are actually pretty manly – simple, bold nautically inspired straps harking back to the massive chained wallets of the ’90s. Or try Thomas Sabo’s beaded affairs, made from silver, matt obsidian, tiger’s eye and other manly sounding materials.

John Hardy Shop 123, Lee Garden Two, Yun Ping Rd, Causeway Bay, tel: 2523 9828, johnhardy.com

Thomas Sabo 1/F, Shop 18, Sogo, Causeway Bay, tel: 2831 8991, thomassabo.com

For normcore dads

Got a young dad? Or more likely, an embarrassingly young at heart one? Let him embrace his inner love of modern fashion and save yourself from further awkwardness by getting him some normcore clothing. There’s American Eagle Outfitters latest collection, one that follows a hip yet subtle wannabe baller approach, through a range of colourful caps, shirts, shorts and shoes. There’s also Cos for simpler fashion types, with a range of monochromatic everyday favourites, from standard T-shirts and dress shirts, to semi-smart blazers.

American Eagle Outfitters Shop B203B, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2677 4322, ae.com

Cos 74 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 3580 7938, cosstores.com

For the borderline addict

So your dad’s a bit of a rascal? Sure, his wife left him long ago and there’s been a string of increasingly younger girlfriends since, but that’s no reason for an intervention. Instead, choose to indulge him. Indigo Living offers a range of stylish sin-friendly paraphernalia. For lifetime boozers, there’s the classic Olivia Whisky Set & Decanters (HK$1,990), the York Ice Bucket (HK$849) and the Antler Bottle Opener (HK$129); gambling fans might enjoy a range of wooden playing card boxes (HK$349 to HK$499) and a dice Set (HK$379). If he’s a socially respectable high roller, get him a decorative Wall Street Bull (HK$4,290) or Bull Bookends (HK$1,290).

Indigo Living 63-69 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, tel: 2317 0368, indigo-living.com

For the perpetually tardy

Watches are a bit of a father’s day cliché, but there are always a couple of dads out there who are constantly late – be it 10 minutes for lunch, or showing up at your door 30 years after he stepped out for cigarettes. In either case, he needs a watch: if you’re pinching pennies, we’d recommend Fossil’s Chronograph Sport 54 (HK$1,350), a classical timepiece inspired by vintage race cars. If money isn’t an object, try Harry Winston’s Midnight Automatic series, an elegant everyday watch that if you have to ask how much it is, you really can’t afford.

Fossil Hong Kong Mansion, 1A-1L Yee Wo St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2468 2952, fossil.com

Harry Winston Shop 2037, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2679 8555, harrywinston.com

For geeky paterfamilias

Unlike your easily distracted mind, your dad’s the kind of guy who not only buys every new toy on the market, but actually uses them. He’s been desperate to spend a Sunday afternoon flying a drone around a park – whether it’s to indulge in long-gone piloting dreams or to peep on sunbathers, we’re not judging. But we will recommend the Parrot Bebop 2 (HK$4,388), a lightweight drone that’s controlled by any smart device and gets nearly 30 minutes of flying time. It’s also compatible with the Skycontroller Black Edition (HK$6,388), an additional device that extends the range to 2km, for all those times he’s been desperate to check in on his ex-wife. parrot.com

For the none-of-the-above

So none of our clever pigeonholing categories sum up your dad – we get it, some fathers are hard to predict, which demands an equally unpredictable gift idea. This one’s out of left field, but it might just work. Fashion designer Anya Hindmarch was notorious for making stickers back in her school days, and in a fit of pure nostalgia, she’s brought up the old habit in a series of embossed leather stickers. There’s “Dad” obviously, but also a shuttlecock, no-smoking sign, “Boom” and “Batteries Not Included” (HK$385 to HK$2,163). They’re perfect for sticking on phones, bags or anywhere else.

Anya Hindmarch Shop 239, Landmark Atrium, Central, tel: 3693 4133, anyhindmarch.com