450 Years

THE EDIT: FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

From epicurean delights to smart stationery and stylish accessories, discover the perfect gift to put a smile on Dad’s face

02 June, 2021

 

Whether your dad is a foodie connoisseur, a meticulous organiser, an adventurous globe-trotter, or a lover of the great outdoors and being close to nature, you will find a wide selection of carefully curated and thoughtful gifts within The Royal Exchange boutiques, that are guaranteed to delight him this Father’s Day.


THE EPICUREAN DAD

Clockwise, from left: Brocart gift box of 24 macarons, £54, Ladurée; Tin of 20 Compostable coffee Pods, £10, Grind; Fortnum’s Brandy de Jerez, £40 for 70cl, Fortnum & Mason; Elsa Peretti Padova bottle opener, £190, Tiffany & Co.

It is no secret that the key to a loved one’s heart is often through their taste buds, which is why you can’t go wrong with an edible – or drinkable – treat. For dads with a sweet tooth, Ladurée’s box of 24 delectable assorted macarons, in their new Brocart packaging, look as exquisite as they taste. Those who are powered by coffee but also conscious of their environmental impact will love Grind’s compostable pods, which are filled with organic Grind coffee and compatible with original style Nespressomachines.

If your dad prefers a stronger tipple, Fortnum & Mason’s Brandy de Jerez comes from the beautiful Andalusia region of Southern Spain and is a perfect accompaniment to chocolate and cheese with its fragrant, fruity and warming flavour. Finally, perhaps one of the most useful gifts your dad could receive this summer, Tiffany & Co.’s Padova bottle opener in sterling silver and stainless steel is named after the Italian city the design was crafted in, and is an essential piece of kit for BBQs and picnics.


THE ORGANISED DAD

Clockwise, from top left: A5 zipped padfolio, £195, Aspinal of London; Montblanc Summit Lite aluminium grey and leather strap – Around the World in 80 Days, £770, Montblanc; Havana tan small leather key holder, £25, SageBrown

There are some dads who always seem to be on time and one step ahead when it comes to making plans and seeing them through punctually. How do they do it? With the right organisational tools, of course. Aspinal of London’s hand-crafted A5 zipped padfolio in burgundy Saffiano leather and navy suede is the ultimate luxurious solution for keeping organised on the go, including a slip pocket for loose paperwork, four card slots, a handy pen loop and a refillable notepad.

For those who like to keep track of their fitness and daily activities to prioritise a healthy lifestyle, the Montblanc Summit Lite watch from the brand’s new Around the World in 80 Days collection features design details inspired by the Jules Verne novel, and it is made from remarkably lightweight materials. However, perhaps your dad isn’t so well-organised and often loses his keys? Then SageBrown’s sturdy, handmade small leather key holder is just the thing to keep all of his keys safe in one place, while also preventing his pockets from wear and tear.


THE JET-SET DAD

Clockwise, from left: MB 01 over-ear headphones, £535, Montblanc; Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Ref. 5524R watch, £41,440, Boodles; Cruise sunglasses, £395, Tom Davies; Ludlow 48 Hour travel bag, £1,495, Smythson

While travel may have been off limits for a while, this won’t stop globe-trotting dads jumping on the next flight at the very first opportunity. Yet, even if trips abroad have to be replaced by UK staycations this summer, Smythson’s Ludlow grained leather 48 Hour travel bag is the perfect size for packing everything your dad needs for a weekend away, be it visiting a new city or exploring the beautiful British countryside. Wherever his travels take him, a pair of sleek aviator-inspired Titanium rimwire Cruise sunglasses, designed by Tom Davies, will ensure your dad looks effortlessly cool at all times.

Another stylish accessory your dad shouldn’t be travelling without is a pair of Montblanc’s wireless headphones, which combine comfortable ear cushions and active noise cancellation for a seamless listening experience, whether taking calls or listening to music. For those wishing to make a grand gesture on Father’s Day, the ultimate travel timepiece – available from Boodles at The Royal Exchange – is Patek Philippe’s Calatrava Pilot watch. It features a blue varnished dial, gold applied numerals, a vintage brown strap and a dual time zone mechanism to indicate both local and home time.


THE STYLISH DAD

Clockwise, from top left: Cheval punk embroidered tie, £205, Hermès; Vetro Recycle bracelet in khaki thread, £165, Tateossian; Gatsby wheel cufflinks in silver, £320, Church’s; Makers Slice ring in 18k yellow gold, £1,300, Tiffany & Co.

As your dad gears up for more social plans, and perhaps a return to the office, a summer wardrobe update is a thoughtful and timely gift. For those returning to the office, Hermès’ hand-sewn silk Cheval punk embroidered tie shows that business dress needn’t be boring. Likewise, Church’s may be best known for its footwear, but its Gatsby wheel cufflinks in silver are elegant and versatile – perfect for adding refined flair to formal ensembles.

Indeed, it’s in the details of an outfit that one can really express personal style, and Tateossian’s Vetro Recycle bracelet, crafted from khaki thread and recycled glass, not only conveys your dad’s fun side, but also his commitment to supporting eco-friendly design. A ring is a precious gift that your dad will treasure forever, and Tiffany & Co.’s beautifully-crafted Makers Slice ring in 18k yellow gold features a flat top, inviting you to add a personal engraving to this contemporary design.


THE OUTDOORS DAD

L-R: Coniston limited edition boot, £430, Crockett & Jones; English Oak & Hazelnut cologne, £100 for 100ml, Jo Malone London; Beige Cotton Chore jacket, £225, Sirplus

Whether it’s gardening or hiking your dad enjoys most, a gift that takes him closer to the great outdoors will invigorate him and put a smile on his face. Even if he has to stay indoors, a few sprays of Jo Malone London’s English Oak & Hazelnut cologne will instantly transport him to an enchanted woodland, with its notes of green hazelnut, earthy vetiver and roasted oak.

For long walks across the town or the countryside, Crockett & Jones’ rugged limited-edition Coniston boot should be your dad’s footwear of choice all year round, crafted in water-resistant dark brown rough-out suede with a sturdy cleated rubber sole. And for spending warm summer days pottering in the garden, Sirplus’ unlined beige cotton Chore jacket is made from 100 per cent cotton twill from a UK mill, making it soft to the touch yet hard-wearing, plus it features three handy patch pockets at the front that are sure to come in useful. 

The Royal Exchange celebrates its 450th anniversary this year. We look forward to welcoming you for a considered shopping and dining experience in spectacular and historic surroundings. Please visit our boutiques page for regular updates on our retailers’ opening information and hours, as well as details about virtual appointments and click and collect services.

Visit our heritage page to learn more about the history of The Royal Exchange, and keep an eye on our specially created 450 Years site, journal and Instagram for more fascinating facts and insights about The Royal Exchange’s past and present as we commemorate this special milestone throughout the year.