Best Father's Day Gifts He Won't Buy Himself

By Alex Bryson -
Father's Day gift giving

Father's Day isn't about rocking the boat. Often, it involves heading back to your familial home and nodding along to whatever preoccupation your dad is currently in the grips of. Things can, however, run the risk of becoming a bit too staid and cosy. And nothing more so than the presents you bring with you. After all, a decade of gifting the same brand of whisky or box of golf balls can turn your innocuous package, bought with the best intentions, into a grim reminder of time's grimly inexorable march.

Variety, of course, is so often the spice of life, as is the case here. That means not only looking for something a little different each year, but also buying your dad something he wouldn't get himself, something that even he didn't realise he wanted. Naturally, that's much easier said than done, which is why we've pieced together five of the best Father's day gift ideas.

Wahl Ceramic Shaving Bowl

Wahl Ceramic Shaving Bowl

It's amazing, given how any men prefer a manual shave, just how few of them invest in a high quality shaving bowl. Not only does it make the whole process far easier, it also prevents the demon barber in question from covering a bathroom in water and foam. This WAHL creation boasts a sublimely understated design, letting its high-grade ceramic do the talking.

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Cellcosmet & Cellmen Wash n' Shave

Cellcosmet & Cellmen Wash n' Shave

Cellmen, an offshoot of the world-famous Cellap laboratory, features all of the dizzyingly sophisticated skin-science for which the brand is famous. What that boils down to here is a brilliantly multipurpose formula, which calls upon tensio-active ingredients from apples and coconuts to eradicate redness and discomfort from a shave. It's the exact sort of formula you'd expect to see in a certain Mr Bond's toiletry bag – if only it doubled as a hand grenade.

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Proraso Cypress and Vetyver Beard Wash

Proraso Cypress and Vetyver Beard Wash

When a lot of middle-aged gentlemen decide to cultivate a beard, they often only think about the growing process, after which it's nature's business. In actual fact, hearty facial fuzz needs at least as much TLC as your head hair, given its proximity to things like food, drink and cigarettes. And there's little better than this Proraso wash for a deep and intensive cleanse.

Gentle enough for use on delicate facial skin, the formula is fortified with natural extracts, which bring about both its cleansing benefits and its distinctive aroma.

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Flo USB Travel Shaver Black

Flo USB Travel Shaver Black

On the flip side, it can be difficult to maintain a close and even shave – particularly if his schedule involves a lot of travel. This wonderfully nifty design by Flo is just the thing to remedy any unwanted bristles. That's due to it's convenient size and USB charge function, which enables the time-pressed and road-weary to easily set up a quick shave.

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100BON Concentré de 100BON Labdanum & Pur Patchouli Eau de Parfum

100BON Concentré de 100BON Labdanum & Pur Patchouli Eau de Parfum

Yes, it's a fragrance. But it's not your run of the mill aftershave. Instead, this conveniently sized fragrance is a great means of introducing your dad to a whole new world of aroma.

For a start, it's unisex, leaving behind strict ideas of what scent is for whom. Secondly, it's produced by 100BON, a brand that pride themselves on an approach that's both eco-friendly and vegan. And then there's the not-inconsiderable matter of the fragrance itself, which opens with bracing ozonic notes, before leading the senses on a journey through patchouli, vetiver, vanilla and labdanum.

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Because perhaps Father's Day shouldn't just be about the past, after all, but also an opportunity to discover a little more about each other. In other words, get him something a bit surprising and it'll be a lot more fun for everyone!

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