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Lust & Found 26 August 2020

The Best Gifts For Every Type of Dad

You know your dad fits into one of these five categories.

With Father’s Day fast approaching, the pressure to get a meaningful gift is mounting. Being a citizen of style is as much about how you care for the people around you as it is about how you care for yourself. It’s important to give considered gifts to those you love. Whether your dad is more Dennis Rodman than Steve Jobs, or whether he’s most likely to be found with a football in his hand than a Scotch – we know what gift he deserves.


Words By Eva Marchingo

The Classic Dad

He’s a gentle man who is especially partial to a neutral-toned knit. He works hard during the week and spends Sunday mornings with a black coffee by his side and his nose buried in the newspaper. He’s got a great sense of humour but when the laughs stop, he’d go to the lengths of the world to protect you.

Whether he’s clean-shaven or sporting a neatly trimmed beard, the Classic Dad will love anything to do with grooming. You can help him prioritise his health and wellness through grooming with a skin-care kit.

Adding a little bit of luxury to his day is a winning tactic, especially because the Classic Dad loves quality; particularly when it coincides with function. Consider buying him something practical and beautiful, like a clock or some barware.

Loewe Logo-Appliquéd Colour-Block Fringed Mohair-Blend Scarf, £160.41, Mr Porter

The Sporty Dad

You’ll be hard-pressed to see him without a cap on his head. He’s always up for an adventure, whether it’s hiking or showing his competitive side playing a board game. He prioritises comfort and enjoyment – and he’s always up for a laugh. The highlight of his week is watching a match on a Saturday afternoon, especially if you’re there with him.

You know how much time your dad spends exerting himself on the field, during a workout, or even just yelling at footy players on the television. You can help bring some comfort into his day with something soft for his feet or something to help him work out tired muscles.

If there’s one thing The Sporty Dad loves more than sport, it’s you. Make a promise to spend more time with him with a board game or game set.

Nike ISPA Inflate Zip-up Jacket, $728, Farfetch

The Flamboyant Dad

He’s as much a citizen of style as you, but he also has a fair few fashion faux pars under his belt. He has a distinctive style, which everyone knows him for.

Despite always being the life of the party, you can still rely on him to help you in a time of need – jacquard waistcoat and all.

The Flamboyant Dad doesn’t limit his style to his wardrobe; help him decorate his home with a vibrant decorative piece.

If you want to give him something shiny this Father’s Day, get him a piece of statement jewellery or a brass coat hook.

Daring to buy additions to his carefully curated closet might seem daunting, but you can’t go wrong with a unique shirt or patterned accessories.

Missoni Striped Cotton-Blend Socks, £43.31, Mr Porter

The Tech Dad

He knows more about technology than any digital native you know. His mind works quickly and he’s always got something new and exciting to share with you. He’s not too fussed by what he wears but has a soft spot for simple and clever design wherever it’s found.

The Tech Dad loves gadgets. Whether your price range covers top-of the range noise-cancelling headphones or speciality charger, a gadget is guaranteed to delight.

You know he loves to figure out the way things work – even the simplest devices. A gridded journal will help him work out his thoughts and document them on paper.

Harmon Kardon Citation Sub Wireless Speaker, $755, Selfridges

The Foodie Dad

He’s never far from the kitchen, and when he is, he’s probably out getting something to eat. He’s got a voracious appetite, especially when it comes to good food and wine. His dream is to spend all day baking bread, pickling vegetables and preparing something delicious for his family to enjoy.

Spending time in the kitchen with him isn’t the tidiest experience, which is why The Foodie Dad will love an apron or tea towel all of his own.

A recipe book will help him expand his repertoire, or you can show him you love his originals with a journal to document recipes.

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of freshly ground spice, so help delight his olfactory senses with a mortar and pestle.

Food & Drink Infographics: A Visual Guide To Culinary Pleasures, $89, End Clothing