Finding the perfect gift for your dad
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.