Cream’s Last Minute Gift Guide For ‘Cooler’ Dads
↑ He (with the help of Mum) brought fabulous You into this world and so we think he deserves a little special attention this year. No matter how big or small your budget is this Father’s Day, here are some nifty gift ideas for Dad – from very affordable kitchenware (Marc Newson drinkware – a snip at $9.95!) to three-figure accessories, and essential beauty products to boot!
↑ WHAT IT IS: Rayban Sunglasses. DESCRIPTION: Classic Wayfarer eyewear from the brand that has made everyone from James Dean to Jay-Z look cool. Solid grey lenses with frame available in Black, Green or Blue (pictured). PERSONALITY TRAIT: Daddy Cools who love a bit of retro style. COST: RRP $159. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists, visit www.rayban.com.
↑ WHAT IT IS: S.T.Dupont Jet 8 Ball Point Pens. DESCRIPTION: Modern, unique and bright design, this is the ideal everyday pen, available in eight fabulous colours. PERSONALITY TRAIT: For the distinguished dad who still likes to write the odd greeting card or letter – unlike us kids addicted to our texting and instant messaging. COST: $140. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists, phone (02) 9663 4277.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Versace Eros Eau de Toilette. DESCRIPTION: Inspired by the god of Love in Greek mythology, this scent interprets masculinity with an intense, vibrant, glowing freshness. Top notes are a stunning combination of mint leaves, Italian lemon zest and green apple; middle notes deliver enveloping hints of amber, geranium, vanilla and tonka bean; bottom notes are a racy blend of cedarwood, vetyver and oak moss. PERSONALITY TRAIT: A powerful scent for the man who’s both heroic and passionate. Sounds like your Dad? COST: RRP $85 for 50ml or $105 for 100ml. AVAILABLE FROM: David Jones, Myer and speciality stores. For stockists, phone (02) 9663 4277.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Hermes Roulez Cheval Print Tie. DESCRIPTION: A beautiful printed silk twill tie, hand folded, 8cm in width at the base. Available in 8 great colours including yellow, red, pink and sky blue (pictured). PERSONALITY TRAIT: The guy who’s looking to colour up his wardrobe – or at least team something bright against something neutral and pared back. COST: $250. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists, visit www.hermes.com.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Montblanc Cuff Links. DESCRIPTION: From the fathers of stylish writing now comes a host of beautiful accessories, including these sturdy black PVD cuff links featuring the Montblanc emblem. PERSONALITY TRAIT: A gentleman of discerning taste. COST: RRP $330. AVAILABLE FROM: Montblanc stores nationwide: 115-117 King Street, and 75 Castlereagh Street, Sydney; 171 Edward Street, Brisbane; and now Brookfield Place, Perth. Phone 1300 36 4810.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Uomo by Ermenegildo Zegna. DESCRIPTION: A fragrance that holds two key ingredients – one from nature and one from science. The noble citrus bergamot is what differentiates Uomo from the rest, while a unique floral note Violettyne Captive has been specifically created. Blend with vetiver and cedarwood and you have one tasteful, masculine scent. PERSONALITY TRAIT: For the aspirational guy who appreciates a classic fragrance. COST: RRP $65 for 30ml, $95 for 50ml or $125 for 100ml. AVAILABLE FROM: David Jones, Myer and selected pharmacies. For stockists, phone (02) 9381 1513.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Pantone Coffee Maker. DESCRIPTION: Otherwise known as the trusty Italian perculator, this stove top coffee maker comes in three sizes (3-cup, 6-cup, or 9-cup) and six enticing colours (Vintage Blue, Ketchup Red, Hot Pink, Midnight Blue, Emerald Green, and Green ‘Shoots’). Even if your Dad’s no Masterchef in the kitchen, he’ll find this little beauty a cinch to use. PERSONALITY TRAIT: The man who appreciates real coffee and what’s something bright-looking to get him going in the morning. COST: TBA and please note this may have to be a belated gift for Dad since the Pantone Coffee Makers only arrive in September! AVAILABLE FROM: www.until.com.au.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Sony Xperia Z Smartphone. DESCRIPTION: The latest in Sony’s quality smartphone range, the Xperia Z allows users to enjoy content on a generous 5” full HD screen, has one-touch functions with Near Field Communication capability to display content on your TV or share with other devices, and 13 megapixel fast-capture camera that takes the sharpest of pictures in any light with superior auto function. Available in black, white or purple. PERSONALITY TRAIT: For the man who likes his techno toys to look good but more importantly have dozens of practical factors. COST: $749. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists, visit www.sonymobile.com or purchase direct from www.sony.com.au.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Murchison-Hume Classic Six Cleaning Set. DESCRIPTION: Quality eco-friendly cleaning products from Sydney-based brand Murchison-Hume. The vintage inspired bottles add to the products’ ‘back to good ol’ basics’ appeal. More importantly, the products are 99.99% natural, non-toxic, 100% biodegradable, cruelty-free (ie: not tested on animals) and the packaging 100% recyclable. How’s that for good and green? PERSONALITY TRAIT: For the sensitive dad who appreciates vintage style and forward-thinking. COST: $76.95 for six products includes Boy’s Bathroom Cleaner, Everyday Furniture Spritzer, Spit and Polish Chrome and Stainless Steel Cleaner, Counter Intelligence Food Safe Surface Spray, and Effortless Floor Splash. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists, visit www.murchison-hume.com.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Clarins Line-Control Cream. DESCRIPTION: From the beauty brand now looking after men as well as they have women for a long time, comes a fine-textured, non-greasy cream for the face and neck that provides exceptional firming and soothing results. The Clarins Line-Control Cream helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while providing a generally more toned appearance around the face and neck. PERSONALITY TRAIT: He doesn’t mind the hint that he’s getting on in years, even from his kids. COST: RRP $58. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists, visit www.clarins.com.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Marc Newson Unbreakable Drinkware. DESCRIPTION: Collaborating with kitchen-ware manufacturers Palm Products, designer Marc Newson has helped create a stunning range of unbreakable drinkware. A true synergy of form and function, the curved shapes sit naturally in the hand and feel balanced with their glass-like weighed, non-slip base. The Whisky, Highball, Wine and Flute blend as one happy family! PERSONALITY TRAIT: Knows his designer stuff. COST: $9.95. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists, visit www.palmproducts.com.au or phone (03) 9555 7144.
↑ WHAT IT IS: AL-KO Comfort Push Mower. DESCRIPTION: The High Quality 5-Blade mowing cylinder composed of hardened steel ensures perfect cutting and uniform filling of the optional grass catcher. Light and Robust, the Soft Touch 38HM Comfort Push Lawn Mower is the perfect nil emissions lawn mower for the environmentally friendly garden enthusiast. Also features an ergonomic handlebar for greater comfort. PERSONALITY TRAIT: Picture him actually looking forward to doing the mowing on a Sund’y! COST: $99. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists, visit www.alkogarden.com.au or phone (03) 9767 3700.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Golf Scene Gift Box from Hobby Hampers. DESCRIPTION: Finally, a hamper he’ll really appreciate, packed with Heineken Beers, Fererro Roche chocolates, Nobbys Nuts, and golf balls and tees aplenty. PERSONALITY TRAIT: Obviously he ought to be into golf. COST: $100. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists, visit www.hobbyhampers.com.au or phone 1300 797 417. Rush delivery available.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Ogilvie & Co Cognac Fruits. DESCRIPTION: Delicious French-style fruits preserved in cognac, gorgeously packaged from a trusted name in conserves and posh provisions! PERSONALITY TRAIT: Likes a bit of colour in his martini. COST: $24.95. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists, visit www.ogilvieandco.com.au or phone Ogilvie & Co Fine Food Merchants on (08) 9414 7444.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Shock Entertainment Live Music DVDs or Blu-rays. DESCRIPTION: If you’re Dad’s the kind of guy who thinks Ke$ha is one of the Kardashians, perhaps he’s more into music of the classic rock’n’roll sort. If so, one of these live music DVDs or Blu-rays could be right for him. Choose from The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (The Definitive Edition), Bryan Ferry Live In Lyon (The Deluxe Edition), or Peter Gabriel Live In Athens (1987). Each set is packed with memorable hits and extra features. PERSONALITY TRAIT: He never let you throw out his turntable but collects CDs and MP3s too! COST: Various. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality music outlets. Note: If your Dad happens to be a fan of Queen and Freddie Mercury, please note this title is only available from September 1 so that may have to be a belated gift!