Father’s Day falls on 19 June this year. With just six more days to go, are you grumbling that shopping for dads is tough? Think again. Fathers can be classified under six common categories: foodie, arty, workaholic, sporty, techie and dapper. Dwell on it long enough and you are bound to realise that your old man belongs to one of these dad categories. Been scouring the net for Father’s Day gift ideas and came up empty?
Browse through our categorised Father’s Day gift guide for 30 ways to pamper the man who probably taught you how to ride your first bicycle!
FOR THE FOODIE DADS
You know what they say – the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So here are some fabulous restaurant deals to sweeten your Father’s Day celebration!
Enjoy a Lunch Buffet at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Let the pros at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel help you express your love for Dad as they concoct a diversity of decadent treats to pay a royal tribute to the king of your home. From a resplendent Father’s Day Lunch Buffet that is bigger than their regular buffet to an exquisite three-course Father’s Day Set Menu where the finest Western delicacies meet contemporary poolside dining, they have got you covered.
When: 19 June 2016 (Sunday)
Adult: $75++ per pax (inclusive of free flow of juices and soft drinks), $98++ per person (inclusive of free flow of sparkling wine, beer, juices and soft drinks)
Child: $46++ per pax (inclusive of free flow of juices and soft drinks)
Have a 3-course Set Lunch at Bedrock Bar & Grill
The culinary team at Bedrock Bar & Grill has curated an indulgent three-course set lunch for this Father’s Day. Expect a decadent meal with dishes such as Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio, Grilled Wagyu Strip-loin cooked to perfection and served with asparagus, confit tomato, celery root puree and foie gras butter, and a delicate Poached Pear Tart for dessert. One complimentary glass of Terrazas Altos Del Plata Malbec will be served.
When: 13 – 19 June 2016, from 12pm to 3pm daily (Monday to Sunday)
Price: $69++ per pax
Tuck into a Meaty 5-course Meal at Fat Cow
Pamper dad with a lavish five-course set meal complete with a complimentary glass of Nomitarite Aji Wo Shiru, Junmai Sake (180ml) at Fat Cow. Taking centrestage of the meal would be the tender True Kobe Wagyu A4 Sirloin Sumibiyaki flavoured with smoked salt, kabosu lime and yukari gohan. Reservations for Fat Cow’s Father’s Day special five-course set are required to be made one day in advance.
When: 13 – 19 June 2016 (Monday to Sunday)
Satisfy the Seafood Lover at The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill
This Father’s Day, head over to The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill for a hearty meal of East Coast American breakfast favourites, while overlooking the stunning view of the Marina Bay waterfront. The Pelican will serve up a complimentary Pelican Seafood Platter when you dine with your parents in a group of four persons; this well-loved platter is a smorgasbord of seafood delights, including raw oysters and clams, steamed whole lobster, crab and prawns, and mussels for a truly satiating meal.
When: 7 May – 25 June 2016 on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm
Go Local at Katong Kitchen, Saltwater Cafe & Straits Cafe
Indulge in a mouth-watering lunch buffet at these three esteemed hotel restaurants that feature a spread of familiar treats and local delights. Chefs will be rotating a line-up of comforting dishes, and the best part is that when accompanied by three adults, fathers will be treated to a complimentary buffet! Dig in, y’all!
When: 18 – 19 June 2016 (Saturday and Sunday)
FOR THE ARTY DADS
These are the dads who take time to appreciate the finer things in life such as poetry and a glass of good wine. They are most likely to indulge in the company of a novel or an indie film on the weekends.
Officine904 Market Bag
This is the very first bag to be created by Italian label, Officine904. Being the brand’s pioneer creation, it has been beautifully crafted with genuine calf leather while maintaining a minimalist feel. The Market Bag (below) will be the perfect companion for the arty dad on his next trip to the museum.
Get it from: Curators Den
Happy Socks Big Dot Gift Box
What’s better than giving dad just one pair of socks? A gift box (above) comprising FOUR pairs of socks! And let’s face it – a man can never have too many socks, so he might as well up his sock game with a splash of colours and patterns!
Get it from: Happy Socks retailers
Pilot MR3 Fountain Pen
In its iconic Metropolitan series, Pilot has a pen that’s perfect for the arty dad! Among the latest range of retro pop colours in the MR3 series, this classic combination of metallic gray and the ever-classy duotone textile pattern of Houndstooth can never go wrong for the stylish dad as it resonates hints of masculinity, class and elegance at the same time.
Price: $30 (online exclusive)
Get it from: Pilot online store
Andy Warhol Camo Laptop Sleeve by Curious Tees
Provide your art-loving father with a snazzy upgrade on his laptop case with this Andy Warhol inspired one. This sleeve features strong velcro straps that can be adjusted to fit most laptop sizes. It will look great tucked under his arm on his daily commute to work.
Get it from: HipVan
Introductory Painting Workshop by My Art Space
What better way to bond with an arty dad than over a painting workshop? This workshop is meant for beginners of any level and will equip you and your old man with basic drawing and painting skills. Ready to become the next Picasso? Get started here.
Price: $60 for a 3 hour workshop (inclusive of one drink-of-the-day)
FOR THE WORKAHOLIC DADS
The workaholic dad is a busy bee who considers his time extremely valuable and is constantly on the move. But every workaholic needs a break now and then right? Some of these gifts will ensure dad gets some much needed relaxation.
King Living King Cloud II Sofa
Nothing beats coming home to a restful haven. The ultimate recliner lounge, King Cloud II features a headrest and recliner mechanism and an adjustable back, giving dad just the right level of support for full body comfort. Using King Cloud II’s discreetly integrated TouchGlide® control technology, the position of each sofa seat and headrest can be effortlessly adjusted to suit his preference.
Get it from: King Living
Club Med’s 4D3N Bintan Getaway
Take your old man on a quick weekend getaway to unwind without burning a hole in your pocket. Enjoy your dream holiday starting from $567 per adult for a 4D3N stay at Club Med Bintan Island, or to your favourite Club Med Destinations if you book your weekend retreat from 1 – 30 June 2016. Hurry and make those reservations quick!
Rimowa Limbo Business Multiwheel
This one’s perfect for the frequent flyer dad. Featuring a built-in notebook bag and cable bag, the Limbo Business Multiwheel® comes equipped with intelligent features such as clearly arranged partitions and compartments, making organization a breeze. Rest assured that items will stay protected and secured throughout the journey, as it also features a reliable TSA approved combination locks system built into the frame.
Price: from $810
Get it from: Rimowa stores located at #01-02 Mandarin Gallery, #B2M-236 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and #01-476 Suntec City
Want Les Essentiels O’Hare Shopper Tote in Cognac
Away with the old fashioned briefcase! This uber stylish shopper (below) contains a bi-colour top zip that opens to a spacious main compartment with four snap pockets. The canvas tote comes with rolled leather handles, a removable nylon shoulder strap and is lined with camel canvas. Dad will be turning some heads at the office.
Get it from: Gallery & Co.
Solvil et Titus Mechanical Series Timepiece
Help dad keep track of his time at work with this gorgeous timepiece (above) from Solvil et Titus. The addition of a well-fitted watch adds a fine finishing panache to a good suit or a casual outfit. Another classic timepiece, the 06-2742-006 from the Mechanical series eloquently expresses what a classic wristwatch for men should be.
Get it from: City Chain stores
FOR THE SPORTY DADS
He hits the gym without fail. He watches his diet. He adores spending time with you outdoors. That’s the sporty dad for you. These gift picks are sure to please him!
Valore Body Composition Monitor
Want dad to check in on his health status regularly? He can do just that with the full body composition scan feature of the Valore Body Composition Monitor. It analyses one’s body fat, body water, body muscle and bone mass percentages.
Get it from: Challenger stores
Fitbit Charge HR
With the Fitbit Charge HR, dad can track his workouts, heart rate, distance moved, calories burned, floors climbed and active moves and steps. With the inbuilt SmartTrack feature, this nifty device automatically knows when you exercise and records it via the Fitbit app! Cool!
Get it from: Lazada
Aleoca 20 Inch Foldable Bicycle
It’s only appropriate for an outdoors man to explore what nature has to offer on a bicycle. Why not get your old man a compact foldable bicycle to make his commutes on public transport easier? A cycling bonding session will be in order soon. Choose from several sleek models!
Price: from $139
Get it from: Giant
Asics Jacquard Face Towel
A towel is a frequent gym-goer’s best friend. This cotton-rich towel (below) features an eye-catching jacquard print as well as high absorbency to keep dad cool and dry while working out. He wouldn’t dream of leaving home for the gym without it!
Get it from: Zalora
Creative WP-250 Bluetooth Wireless Sports Headset
Most of us need some pounding music in our ears to keep us company during a workout. Dads are no exception. With this pair of wireless sports earphones (above), dad can enjoy his favourite tunes while sweating it out. Its behind-the-neck design provides a secure fit.
Price: $29 (sale!)
Get it from: Creative
FOR THE TECHIE DADS
It sometimes irks you that he can’t live without his gadgets. But you know you can count on him anytime to fix up that malfunctioning printer of yours. Bless techie dads.
IKEA Nordmarke Triple Pad for Wireless Charging
A techie dad is notorious for owning several gadgets at any one time. Mind you, they all need to be sustained via charging. Make the process of charging his devices a breeze for dad with IKEA’S wireless charging pads. Do ensure that his smartphone supports wireless charging first!
Get it from: IKEA
GoPro Hero 4
Dad will be the envy of his techie buddies with this high-performance GoPro (below)! Controlling the camera, framing shots and playing back content is now super convenient – just view, tap and swipe the screen. It’s also waterproof for up to 40 metres!
Get it from: GoPro
LG G5 Smartphone
Cocoon Grid-It! Organiser
Organisation is key when you are a techie who owns multiple devices. How do you help dad to ease the frustration of sorting his cables from his adapters? By buying him this ingenious Cocoon Grid-It! organiser, of course. Say goodbye to clutter!
Get it from: Qoo10
Sound Piece Mini
This is the perfect gift for your music-loving techie father. Its compact and portable design makes it wonderful to bring along on travels. The Sound Piece Mini also has the extra feature of doubling up as an emergency power bank. Trust the Swedish to come up with such brilliance.
Get it from: Naiise
FOR THE DAPPER DADS
Metrosexual dads who invest lots of time in their appearance are on the rise. They are the ones who actually read the labels on grooming products before purchasing them and take pains in choosing the perfect suit. How can you make them happy this Father’s Day?
The Sultan’s Experience Package
Sultans of Shave is a haven for gentlemen to pamper themselves silly. Treat daddy dearest to The Sultan’s Experience package simply because he deserves the best! The package comprises a Sultan’s Shave (facial scrub, pre-shave oil, hot towel, shave cold towel, post-shave balm, moisturiser) and a Sultan’s haircut (consultation, haircut, massage, wash and finish). Book that appointment now!
Fossil 1954 for Men Cologne Spray
You can’t go wrong with cologne! A scent that recalls a perfectly worn leather jacket, bois santal gives Fossil 1954 for men a finish that has the perfect contrast of gritty and smooth. Accents of Italian bergamot, clary sage and Guatemalan cardamom add an energetic accent, while a layer of sandalwood is perfectly complemented by a background of raw vanilla and black rose. Smells heavenly, doesn’t it?
Get it from: Fossil stores
Shiseido Men Hydro Master Gel Set
Skincare is extremely important to the dapper gent. This is a quick-absorbing, refreshing and moisturising gel that immediately refines the skin’s texture. Bid goodbye to dry, rough and oily skin and say hello to dewy skin that looks fresh all day!
Get it from: Robinsons – The Heeren, Raffles City and JEM
Get a Made-to-Measure Suit from Suit Supply
Suit Supply promises sartorial bliss with their collection of personally tailored suits. Their quality craftsmanship and attention to details in a suit will definitely please your dapper dad. Treat him to a made-to-measure suit of his choice this Father’s Day!
Where: #03-15 ION Orchard
Cufflinks from The Cufflink Shoppe
Dapper dads love to dress up. A fine suit is never complete without a pair of cufflinks to match! Pick a pair that will suit your father’s taste. The Cufflink Shoppe offers a wide variety of classic, novelty as well as custom made cufflinks. You’ll be spoilt for choice. In lieu of Father’s Day, enjoy a 20% discount storewide when you use the code ‘DADDAY20’!
Price: from $16
Get it from: The Cufflink Shoppe