Undone Father’s Day Bundle
A personalised watch doesn’t need to be prohibitively expensive; in fact, it can be downright affordable thanks to Undone’s impressive range of custom designs – made even more so with their Father’s Day Bundle.
Just choose a model of your choice (ours is the seriously cool Basecamp Cali) and get building the perfect watch for dear old dad. As a final touch, Undone are throwing in a monogrammed leather watch pouch too. It’s a damn sight better than wrapping paper.
Order before the 8th June to guarantee a Father’s Day arrival; though if it’s a day or two later, at least you have an excuse: “honestly, your present’s still being built!”
Browse the full collection at Undone.
Creed Aventus Grooming Set
While I’m a personal fan of their fiery Viking fragrance, it’s hard to go wrong with Creed’s flagship classic, Aventus. It’s mix of rich wood, green moss and sweet fruit have made it a definitive scent for the modern man. It’s definitely a cut above whatever leftover aftershave your dad has hidden in his bathroom cabinet.
In this limited edition gift set you’ll not only get the original Aventus fragrance, but both an aftershave lotion and a body oil delicately scented with the same heady notes. Well, you wouldn’t want to clash now, would you? This is upping your father’s grooming game to new heights.
£415, available at Creed Fragrances.
Boenicke W5 Loudspeakers
However dubious your dad’s musical tastes (I still have nightmares of Mickey Katz on repeat) he should at least be able to listen to them in audiophile style. While getting him a massive pair of loudspeakers would be appreciated for the thought, they might be less so for practicality. Fortunately, compact as Boenicke’s W5s are – they measure just 293mm high – they punch well above their weight in sound quality.
Comprised of a forward-firing mid-range driver, a rear-firing ambient tweeter and a side-firing beast of a bass driver, this pair of incredibly solid wood speakers can achieve impressive range, opting for clarity over volume – perfect for ensuring your neighbours aren’t subjected to the same musical torture you were growing up.
£4,895, available at Boenicke Audio.
LINLEY Suede Wireless Charger
Wireless charging still feels like magic to me, but if your dad’s a tech junkie – or you’re just tired of him forgetting to charge his phone – then this could well be the gift for you. Provided the phone in question is equipped with a QI chip, this device from British furniture maestros LINLEY will pump it to 100% power in next to no time.
As we’ve come to expect from the designer, the finish is a cut above the usual plasticky chargers out there, swapping plain metal or glossy black for sumptuous suede, soft and protective to your phone and available in grey, blue or burgundy. The non-slip disks look more like up-market coasters than tech – which is, of course, kind of the point.
£150, available at David Linley.
Montecristo Supremos 2019 Limited Edition
There’s nothing like a good cigar and Montecristo’s 2019 limited edition is more than just a good cigar. Part of the annual series of limited editions released by Habanos S.A (the Cuban cigar authority), this is Montecristo’s 10th contribution to the cause, making them the most experienced cigar house taking part.
The Supremos 2019 shows just where that experience goes. With a ring gauge of 55, these are seriously wide, Churchill-sized cigars, meaning a nice, easy draw. Flavours of spice, dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee err towards the medium-full end of the spectrum, smooth and balanced. If you’re going to find time to share a good cigar with your dad come Father’s Day, look no further.
£900 for a box of 25, available at The Cigar Club.
Bernard Favre Planet Watch Winder
Watch winding boxes, no matter how useful they may be (especially for high complications) are dull. Leather clad, exotic woods, whatever they’re made from, a box is a box. This particular winder from Swiss maker Bernard Favre is not a box.
Part winder, part desk ornament, the multi-axis Planet works like an astronaut training module with slightly fewer Gs. Equipped with a good number of default winding programs, you can upload your own if you’re that particular. Otherwise the Planet comes complete with a bell glass and a solid base, available in a number of different finishes and coloured leathers. If there’s a perfect place for your dad’s prized watch – other than your own wrist – it’s this.
From £1,390, available at Bernard Favre.
Royal Scotsman Whisky Tour
Heading into the highlands for a whisky tour sounds like many an epicurean’s idea of a great time; but with drinking and driving out of the question, getting there can be a bit of a pain. Enter the Royal Scotsman, decadent train of times past, now operated by the globe-trotting Belmond Group.
In partnership with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, this trip sees you head up to Edinburgh to meet your personal whisky ambassador before a full five days of barrel-aged tastings and experiences. Private tours of Tomatin, Macallan and Tullibardine, from-the-cask tastings and a visit to the famed Rothiemurchus Estate, the package even comes with an hour’s membership to the Malt Whisky Society itself. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth every oak-laced penny.
£5,500 per person, available at Belmond.
Cinco Jotas Acorn-Fed 100% Ibérico Ham
Meat is good. Good meat is great. Ibérico ham however is in a category of mouth-watering epicurean excellence all its own. It’s arguably the finest cured ham in the world, a melt-in-the-mouth tour de force – and it makes for one hell of a present for any dedicated follower of flavour.
This Cinco Jotas acorn-fed 100% bone-on Ibérico ham is about as good as pork can get. After three years of natural ageing the meat takes on deep flavours of hazelnuts, wood and wild flowers, surrounded by that signature salty umami hit. It’s moreish to the point of addictive. Thankfully, there’s more than enough meat on this joint to keep your dad going for a while – and more importantly, more than enough to share, too.
$1,399, available at Cinco Jotas.
John Smedley Reservoir Hoodie
Given that most of us have reverted to a daily parade of hoodies and slouchy, comfortable trousers, that tatty old jumper your dad’s a little too attached to is probably starting to show its wear a little bit too much. Not that we’re suggesting you start dressing your elders, but this luxurious update on a wardrobe staple from British knitwear stars John Smedley could well be a perfect gift.
Available in six different – albeit classically staid – colours, the 24 gauge extra-fine merino wool is impossibly comfortable, while the svelte, distinctly elegant silhouette is a sartorial step above your usual hoodie. It’s warm, great-looking and is a decent investment piece provided its treated well. Finally you won’t be embarrassed when your dad leave the house. At least when it comes to what he’s wearing.
£300, available at John Smedley.
The Outlierman Heritage Driving Gloves
A classic car might be the ultimate gift but it’s a bit much for father’s day; save it for a birthday or something. In the meantime, you can at least signpost what’s coming with an old-school pair of fine driving gloves, such as these from the specialists at The Outlierman.
The sumptuous cognac leather is the perfect match for a vintage wooden dashboard and give that ideal mix of grip and comfort. The white string backing ensures that they’re not only breathable but are easy to slip on and off, with a lot more give than full-leather numbers. The contrast between brown and white also happens to look fantastic, too. Your dad’ll be the belle of the rally.
€200, available at The Outlierman.