With a reference like this one, we recommend pulling out all the stops this Father’s Day to show your father, grandfather or the father figure in your life exactly how you feel. And no matter where his tastes lay, you’ll find some inspired gift ideas below.
For the travel aficionado
He’s always plotting his next trip and has the frequent flyer miles to prove it. He’ll love a long weekend of food, wine and art at the fabulous Jackalope Hotel on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula (read more about it here). Or, for an escape to the bush, it’s impossible to top the beautiful and serene Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley for outdoor adventure with a side of luxury. Tuck a travel-size version of our Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley candle into his overnight bag. Speaking of overnight bags, if his needs an upgrade, the sumptuous leather options at Hunt are worth a look.
When surfing holidays are more his speed, check him into The Slow in Canggu, Bali. It’s just metres from one of the island’s favourite surf spots, and has a chilled vibe that he’ll never forget. But just in case, Balinese Ylang Ylang makes an ideal memento.
For the art-lover
When a man has an appreciation of the visual arts, he’ll always find space on his walls for a special new piece. For sheer depth of choice, make 1st Dibs a go-to – its current offerings include a signed Robert Rauschenberg print and a Baron Wolman photograph of Mick Jagger in his smokey-eyed-1960s prime. David Walsh is one of Australia’s most vocal supporters of the arts, and his MONA Museum in Hobart never fails to attract attention for its boundary-pushing and sometimes controversial exhibitions and events. Needless to say, his memoir, A Bone of Fact, makes for inspired reading. If dad’s literature tastes run more to the classics, Biblio has a wonderful selection of rare and first editions, from Stephen King to JD Salinger.
To help create the right ambience when curling up with his tome of choice, we recommend No.352 Leather & Cedar, a creative but elegant blend of woody spice, with soft notes of leather. And the aesthete will always appreciate a chic glass dome to keep his candle protected.
Finally, a seasons pass for the 2019 Sydney Film Festival makes an inspired gift for cinephiles, and puts the ultimate choice back in his hands.
For the entertainer
He knows how to work a room and can happily orchestrate a gathering at a moment’s notice. Help him set the scene with Tonic of Gin – it beautifully captures the aroma of Distillery Botanica’s award-winning gin. Sign him up for a subscription to A Wine Service, to ensure a steady stream of his favourite tipple, delivered straight to his door. Normann Copenhagen makes some of the most seriously Scandi-chic glassware, such as these gravity-defying cognac glasses. Or turn the tables and allow him to be the guest, with tickets to Tetsuya’s first-ever Melbourne dinner. Incredibly, the Sydney-based chef has never worked in the southern city, but has teamed up Pure South in Southbank for one night only on September 10.
Written by Michelle Bateman