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Father's Day is fast approaching – eek! How did that happen? If you're in need of some gifting inspo we're here to help. We've pulled together a fab dads gift guide, so whether he’s sporty, cool, stylish, classic, or fashionable, read on to find out our top picks for every type of dad.

08 June 2021 Editor - H. Samuel

Summer will be here before you know it, and along with it, an important date for all the dads out there. You guessed it: We're talking about Father's Day. June 20th is just a couple of weeks away, and while heartfelt words of appreciation will never go amiss, you’ll earn extra brownie points with a stylish gift that he actually wants.

But let's face it: Shopping for men can sometimes be a challenge. Why? We can only speak from personal experience, but besides from being surprisingly picky, if you’ve ever asked him what he wants and got this admirable, but inconclusive, response: ‘I don’t need anything’ (not helpful, dad), then we feel your frustration. This, however, makes them no-less deserving of a thoughtful gift – it just means you might have to think outside of the cufflink box. Whether he has more classic tastes or errs on the side of modern and trendy – from watches that will last him a lifetime to the coolest bracelets he won’t want to take off – we’ve rounded up the best picks for the dapper dad in your life. So, before you give up and go for the ubiquitous voucher, check out our Father’s Day gift guide below. But first, where did the day dedicated to dads actually come from?

The story behind Father’s Day

Unlike Mother's Day, which has pretty sombre origins (starting as a liturgical observance in the early 20th century), Father's Day has relatively light roots – and was created by a woman. Sonora Smart Dodd, wanted to honour her father, a veteran, who as a single parent, had raised six children. So, after petitioning throughout town, the state of Washington celebrated the first-ever Father's Day on June 19th, 1910, and it has fallen on the third Sunday in June ever since.

At the first Father's Day celebration, young women handed out red roses to their fathers (while white roses were used to commemorate the deceased dads). Today, gifts for dads are more long-lasting with (perhaps unsurprisingly), the trusty slipper, traditional necktie or reliable cufflinks being the most popular (we’re all guilty of it).

Best gifts for dads

So, without further ado, we here to add some spice to your gift-giving, scroll down for guaranteed-to-please gifts for dads, from quintessential gents’ watches to leather bracelets, all the way to sleek silver jewellery, these are our top picks for the sporty, stylish, classic, fashionable and cool dad. Well, you always were the favourite…

For the sporty dad

Sekonda Chronograph Men's Black Leather Strap Watch

Dads tend to love sport. Some like to play; others like to watch it. Whether he’s an active sportsman or a spectator, a sporty watch makes the ideal gift, like this one from Sekonda. With a striking yellow dial, it is fastened with a comfortable leather strap made for everyday wear. Powered by chronograph quartz movement it also has multi dials and date function, made for the fitness fanatic.

HUGO #SPORT Men's Blue IP Bracelet Watch

Perhaps blue is more his colour? For a gift that will make him smile this Father’s Day look to a modern and durable watch, like this one from HUGO. Crafted in bold blue, the round case boasts a blue bezel, framing the matching dial with day, date and 24hr counters, baton markers and HUGO logo. Powered by quartz movement for reliable timekeeping, this is a smart option for men on the move.

For the stylish dad

Tommy Hilfiger Men's Brown Leather Braided Bracelet

If the dad you’re shopping for is particularly stylish or ‘fly,’ or, at least, desires to be, a piece of jewellery, or ‘Mewellery’ – as fashion writer and fly dad Nick Grant calls it – could be the perfect gift. Like this, smart yet casual men’s bracelet from Tommy Hilfiger. This accessory boasts genuine braided brown leather and comes complete with a sleek polished stainless-steel clasp and the Hilfiger logo.

For the classic dad

Accurist Men's Chronograph Gunmetal Steel Bracelet Watch

The clock is ticking on Father’s Day gifts, with only two weeks to go we recommend this gunmetal bracelet watch from Accurist. Styled with a deep blue chronograph dial with date window and boasting 100 metres water resistance, it’s a timeless gift for all the classic dads out there.

For the cool dad

Sterling Silver Onyx & Cubic Zirconia Signet Ring

So, you have the coolest dad around, do you? In that case, he must be into his jewellery. Men in jewellery is a thing. Of course, men’s jewellery is by no means anything new. The ‘80s had a plethora of famous men such as Prince, Dennis Rodman, and Lenny Kravitz who weren’t afraid to layer on the jewels. These icons paved the way for the moments us millennials tend to gush over: From stacked rings like Harry Styles and Timotheé Chalamet to Paul Mescal (of Connor’s necklace fame). And while it may be easy to write off men’s jewellery as something only these boys could pull off, necklaces, rings (especially signet rings) and bracelets are a unique and versatile gift, that’s also a conversation piece – perfect for the cool dad.

Sterling Silver 8.5 Inch Curb Chain ID Bracelet

We suggest sticking to classic metals like gold and silver that are easy to wear with any outfit, so there’s no need to take them off, making these pieces perfect for the low-maintenance dad too. Simple pieces like an ID bracelet that he could wear every day and will last long enough to become an heirloom are ideal – it’s also perfect for engraving with his name for the personalised touch.

For the fashionable dad

Tommy Hilfiger Men's Brown Leather Strap Watch

Whilst there is no Father’s Day gift greater than the gift of time, there is one item that will always come in as a close second-best: a watch. Like this one from Tommy Hilfiger. Made for all the fashionable dads out there, it’s the perfect balance of smart and sophisticated. A sturdy 44mm stainless steel case hosts a bold blue multi-function sunray dial framed by a blue IP bezel. The dial presents the signature Tommy flag and three subdials for practical day, date and 24hr displays. A genuine smooth brown leather strap completes this watch giving it the perfect fashionable finish.

Fab dads deserve great gifts

With our collection of great presents for dads, you need search no more. Ready to start browsing? Check out our full collection of Father’s Day gifts online at H. Samuel.