Find­ing the per­fect gift for your dad

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Here are some handy tips for buy­ing gifts for your dad. For the hir­sute dad Have you no­ticed that Movem­ber seems to ef­fort­lessly segue into De­cem­ber these days with many men hang­ing on to their fa­cial pelts long af­ter the char­ity do­na­tions have been col­lected? If you want to send dad a hint then shav­ing oil might be the per­fect present. Molton Brown’s Recharge Black Pep­per Shave Oil al­lows ra­zors to glide over ev­ery fa­cial curve with nary a nick or bump in sight. Now dad can plant a fes­tive kiss on your cheek with­out giv­ing you a rash. For the mu­si­cal dad ‘‘Quirky and retro gift ideas that are prov­ing very pop­u­lar,’’ said Myer’s Adam Sta­ple­ton who said best sell­ers in­cluded Ri­d­ley’s har­mon­ica, Slinky and yoyos.

These gifts hark back to a sim­pler time and re­mind dad that his youth­ful days were not that long ago.

The har­mon­ica could be a fun present. But that could de­pend on your fa­ther’s harp skills. Dad can en­ter­tain the troops on Christ­mas Day pre­tend­ing he is Bob Dy­lan or even Nor­man Gun­ston. It comes with a case and clean­ing cloth. For the culi­nary dad The fa­ther of molec­u­lar gas­tron­omy, He­ston Blu­men­thal, brings sci­ence to sub­ur­ban kitchens with his new book, He­ston Blu­men­thal At Home. The cel­e­brated Michelin-starred chef sets out new tech­niques in­clud­ing an ex­pla­na­tion of sous-vide cook­ery – the water bath that Blu­men­thal prom­ises will help put home cooks on a par with pro­fes­sional chefs. For the gad­get-mad dad Sure, you could buy him the lat­est smart phone or ipad but what is in it for you? If your dad loves the lat­est in tech­nol­ogy, con­sider an irobot. He dreamed it would hap­pen all those years ago while watch­ing the Jet­sons and now he can have his own per­sonal ro­bot that not only vac­u­ums the floors but washes them too.

The Scooba Floor Wash­ing Ro­bot 385 is a ro­botic mop that rids your floor of dirt, then washes, scrubs and fi­nally dries it us­ing a squeegee – while dad looks on in amaze­ment. For the sport­ing dad What does a gift ex­pert rec­om­mend for a sports lover? The West­field In­sider Alyce Cow­ell’s favourite prod­uct this sea­son is the Go­pro HD Mo­tor­sports Hero cam­era. ‘‘Dad sim­ply straps it on the front of his car, mo­tor­bike or hel­met and catches the ac­tion while par­tak­ing in his favourite mo­tor sports, then shares the glory with the fam­ily when he gets home,’’ Alyce said.

It is the high-adren­a­line equiv­a­lent of a slide night. For the de­sign-lov­ing dad Who would have thought a hum­ble of­fice chair would be on per­ma­nent dis­play at the Mu­seum of Modern Art? The Aeron Chair from Her­man Miller rev­o­lu­tionised the way we work (it’s cush­ion­less and er­gonom­i­cally con­tours to your body) and is the ul­ti­mate state­ment piece for the home of­fice.

Char­maine Chan from Liv­ing Edge fur­ni­ture, said it was a peren­nial best-seller.

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