3 Approaches To Help You Decide What To Gift Your Dad This Father

3 Approaches To Help You Decide What To Gift Your Dad This Father's Day. 

By Jeremy Langmead

Jeremy Langmead is an editor and writer (a columnist for The Times and author of Vain Glorious: A Shameless Guide For Men Who Want To Look Their Best) and is currently a Senior Advisor to Humanery. Jeremy is the former brand and content director of MR PORTER, the online men's style destination. Previously he has been the editor of Esquire, Wallpaper and the Sunday Times Style magazines.

I always used to feel sorry for my dad when it came to gifts. I’d get given books or Lego for birthdays or holidays; mum would receive designer perfumes and handbags, whereas poor dad would get a pair of M&S socks, a carton of wine, or a budget box set containing shaving foam and deodorant called Hai Karate or Denim (for the man who doesn’t have to try too hard…) that someone would have seen advertised on the TV.

Today, thankfully, it’s a whole new ball game. A generation of fathers has grown up eager to embrace skincare regimes, shaving systems and toiletries that not only work hard at making you look good but look good themselves. Choosing a gift for the men in your family - whatever their age or role - has never been easier. And, as often as not, a father and son will happily share the same grooming tips and products – the bathroom has become a generation gap-free zone. You could even - although I’m not sure it’s the safest bet – gift him a smart deodorant stick and he might not take umbrage.

There are, however, three obvious approaches to help decide what to buy him for Father’s Day. 

1. Ask his half what they wish he had, or always used, or always borrowed. 

2. Think about what you wish he had in his bathroom cabinet.

3. Buy a skincare product that’s suitable for someone his age. 

Read on for recommendations...

1. Ask his half what they wish he had, or always used, or always borrowed (most likely moisturiser, eye cream or shower gel). 

Bahiap Botanical Body Wash - Bergamot Rind, Ylang Ylang, Lemon Rind
Bahiap Botanical Body Wash - Bergamot Rind, Ylang Ylang, Lemon Rind-Humanery
Bahiap Botanical Body Wash - Bergamot Rind, Ylang Ylang, Lemon Rind-Humanery
Bahiap Botanical Body Wash - Bergamot Rind, Ylang Ylang, Lemon Rind
Bahiap Botanical Body Wash - Bergamot Rind, Ylang Ylang, Lemon Rind-Humanery
Bahiap Botanical Body Wash - Bergamot Rind, Ylang Ylang, Lemon Rind-Humanery

Bahiap Botanical Body Wash - Bergamot Rind, Ylang Ylang, Lemon Rind

Product Type: Body Wash

Description: 100% natural and enriched with vitamin E, Bahiap’s Botanical Body Wash (bergamot rind, ylang, ylang and lemon rind edition) is produced using a super-absorbent oil to milk formula. Infused with a floral, citrusy fragrance, the delicate scent instantly relaxes your mind, body and soul, for an indulgent cleansing experience. Bahiap are a small, independent brand formulated and manufactured with care in London.

Price: £24.00

Product Type: Eye Serum

Description: Formulated to smoothen fine lines and minimise dark circles, it restores the skin to give it a more youthful, revived appearance. Packed with powerful plant-based ingredients such as active horse chestnut extract, Mediterranean liquorice rootwork and caffeine, you can look forward to firmer, smoother-looking skin in no time. Made in Britain, fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types.

Price: £30.00

2. Think about what you wish he had in his bathroom cabinet (do his untamed eyebrows bother you? Could the hair on his head do with a little more volume?)

Product Type: Brow Gel

Description: Keeping your brows in check is the key to a polished appearance; which is why Benny Hancock's Brow Definer is a must for every man's wash bag. With an easy to use silicone sponge applicator with in-built comb, it fills in gaps and tames hairs, while softening and defining.Choose from Clear, Dark Brown and Black, and step up your grooming game with this wash-off gel from an award-winning British brand. A vegan and cruelty-free formula.

Price: £18.00

Product type: Shampoo

Description: PATRICKS' bestselling shampoo - the SH1 Daily Thickening Shampoo - is an award-winning product that utilises science-led ingredients to deliver results. Specially formulated for men who are experiencing hair loss, this extraordinary men’s shampoo uses strengthening proteins to enhance hair density, hair strength and improve hair health. 

Price: £28.00

3. Buy a skincare product that’s suitable for someone his age. In each decade, especially from your twenties to your sixties, different things happen to your skin that can be treated in a variety of ways.

The twenties: His face will be at the top of his game. Help him keep it that way by protecting it from ultraviolet sunlight with an SPF cream factor 30 or above. Essential all year round, but even more so as we head into vacation season. Also, now's a good time to start a proper skincare regime so gift him a starter set.

Product Type: SPF Moisturiser

Description: Saltee SPF 50 Sun & Sea Formula is light and quick-absorbing, so you can reapply it throughout the day for constant sun protection that doesn't feel greasy. Made with venuceane, which is sourced from the ocean and protects against photodamage and signs of ageing, it's a go-to for summer days outside. And by evening, you'll be feeling cooled, soothed, and hydrated thanks to its natural, specially sourced ingredients including cucumber extract, Nordic pine bark, and birch water. Leaves your skin moisturised, nourished, and truly protected. 

Price: £32.00

Product Type: Skincare Set

Description: The Humānery Men's Skincare 'Initiation Routine' Kit is the perfect way to jump-start your skincare journey with luxurious products that offer exceptional results for men's skin. All bases are covered with products to achieve healthy and vibrant skin, and your skincare routine is streamlined with minimal fuss. Discover 4 premium full-size favourites for less and indulge in essential daily skincare (SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES). Make a real investment in yourself by buying our curated Luxury Men's Skincare 'Initiation Routine' Kit today.

Price: £77.99 | Value £97.95

The thirties: This is when his face will start to lose a little volume, develop a few lines and wrinkles (late thirties) and even under-eye circles. These are a natural part of ageing and so only need remedying if they’re not deemed welcome. For some men, this decade is when they also noticeably start to lose volume in their hair. He won’t need a 1000 products in his thirties, but it’s a good time to gift him antioxidant serums, skin food supplements or a sea salt spray to give his hair some texture and volume.

Product Type: Hair + Skin Supplements

Description: Designed to promote healthy skin and hair, the TenT Hair + Skin set delivers a natural glow from the inside, out. The hair supplements improve scalp health and encourage growth, while the skin capsules hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines. 

Price: £50.00

Product Type: Haircare and hair styling set

Description: The Sea Salt Spray adds instant volume and texture. Made with Agean Sea Salt and taking inspiration from old Anatolian barbering wisdom, it revives flat hair and gives your style some serious body without the use of greasier pomades and pastes. The Hair Tonic is a multipurpose spray that refreshes and revitalises hair in an instant. Working as a natural styling spray, it's infused with botanicals and vitamins that condition and nourish your hair and scalp as well as adding volume and texture to your style.

Price: £34.00 | Was £40.00

The forties: This is when collagen damage, volume loss and sagging take their toll (blame gravity, sunlight, and a drop in testosterone levels). Hormonal changes will also continue to contribute to hair loss on the head and hair growth elsewhere (ears and nostrils, for example). There are multiple hair thickening products (only gift the latter if he’s mentioned the hair loss - a gift pointing out something he may not have noticed yet isn’t especially tactful). as well as boosters that can help disguise loss or encourage re-growth, plus numerous collagen and vitamin C-based creams or powders that can help re-energise the appearance of your skin with a healthy, uplifting glow. There are also a number of nifty tools that can add a bit of definition to a beard (ie hide the stray greys), or tame errant eyebrow hairs (brow definers). He may be more grateful for these than you realise.

Product Type: Hair Loss Treatment

Description: It's designed to increase blood flow and oxygen to the blood vessels in the scalp. This reactivates shrunken follicles, resulting in new growth and a thicker, revitalised look. It delivers the best results for those experiencing mild hair loss or receding around the hairline and crown areas.

Price: £23.00

Product Type: Beard Mascara

Description: Step up your grooming routine with the Beard Definer from award-winning male beauty brand Benny Hancock. Perfect for covering grey hairs and evening out colour, it is specially made using a high pigmentation, easy to wash off formula.The sleek application wand allows for quick touch-ups and precision strokes, while a little product goes a long way. The results - a natural, polished look. The Beard Definer comes available in two shades: Dark Brown and Black.

Price: £19.00

The fifties: A good skincare regime is as relevant at this age as any other decade in your life and an all-in-one kit makes a good gift. It’s also a good time to check out the appearance of his teeth (with a polite sideways glance). Have decades of coffee, (boxed) red wine and curry taken their toll? The amount of years whitening your teeth takes off your age has to be seen to be believed. You have to be careful if you’re choosing a home whitening kit for him that it has a gentle formulation and is fully regulated like the SmileTime sets. Sleep can also start to be a problem at this age and so an essential oil with chamomile, lavender or Japanese seaweed that he can massage into his temples, or place a few drops on his pillow or in his bath may really help him rest at night.

Product Type: Teeth Whitening Kit

Description: SmileTime's Ultimate Teeth Whitening Set can help you transform your smile from dull to pearly white! The kit includes the quintessential SmileTime Teeth Whitening Kit which uses a gel whitening system, natural Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder, 2 Bamboo Toothbrushes, and a convenient Teeth Whitening Pen. This is a great set for anyone who wants to try a bit of everything that SmileTime has to offer and a range of different whitening techniques.

Price: £69.99

Product Type: Essential Oil

Description: SmileTime's Ultimate Teeth Whitening Set can help you transform your smile from dull to pearly white! The kit includes the quintessential SmileTime Teeth Whitening Kit which uses a gel whitening system, natural Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder, 2 Bamboo Toothbrushes, and a convenient Teeth Whitening Pen. This is a great set for anyone who wants to try a bit of everything that SmileTime has to offer and a range of different whitening techniques.

Price: £38.00

The sixties: Just because he’s in his sixties doesn’t mean his desire to look and feel good is remotely diminished. He may still be enjoying a career, could be rejoining the dating game, or will find more time to enjoy the finer things in life: elegant shaving sets from Bolin Webb, for example, colognes from Aqua di Parma or wellness supplements that help with everything from gut health to energy levels to immune support. Who, at any decade, couldn’t do with a dose of those to get through the week?

Product Type: Beard & Shave Set

Description: A high-quality men's shaving set, designed with modern masculinity and innovative design in mind. Featuring the award-winning X1 Matte Red Razor body and X1 Magnetic Razor Stand. The X1 Razor was recently voted 'Best Razor 2020' by GQ Magazine. Crafted from premium materials, and made to last, this award-winning razor is fitted with Gilette Fusion 5 blades, for a comfortable, smooth shave every time. The set comes presented in a gift box, for a modern meets traditional aesthetic that any gentleman with discerning style will appreciate.

Price: £140.00

Product Type: Beard & Shave Set

Description: A high-quality men's shaving set, designed with modern masculinity and innovative design in mind. Featuring the award-winning X1 Matte Red Razor body and X1 Magnetic Razor Stand. The X1 Razor was recently voted 'Best Razor 2020' by GQ Magazine. Crafted from premium materials, and made to last, this award-winning razor is fitted with Gilette Fusion 5 blades, for a comfortable, smooth shave every time. The set comes presented in a gift box, for a modern meets traditional aesthetic that any gentleman with discerning style will appreciate.

Price: £140.00

So choose a gift this Father’s Day that will make you feel good and him look good. And, ideally, one that you can borrow, too. Sharing is caring, after all.