It’s that time of the year where we get to thank the most important men in our lives! Father’s Day is on 16 June, and we’ve sussed out some fun things for dads to do, ways to celebrate, and gift ideas including cool shoes, watches, clever cameras and funky cufflinks. If you want to treat him to a special meal, we’ve also got plenty of restaurant recommendations and dining deals on our site too. Read on!
#1 Order a fun hamper
Treat dad or the hubby to one of the neat hampers from Gift Hampers on their special day. The online store offers a good variety of options to suit different tastes, from savoury nibbles to sweet treats and even craft beer.
What to get
- Packed with biscuits of different kinds, the Afternoon Snack hamper ($110) is ideal for those fathers who love their nibbles. Pair them with a cup of tea or coffee and it’ll keep him happy for many afternoons.
- Tasty snacks and champagne, what’s not to love? The Classy Gold ($225) offers just that, plus a sophisticated gold theme, perfect for showing dad how special he is.
- Another great option is the Weekends Essentials hamper ($185) that will have every dad all set for a relaxing tea break. It includes a good mix of snacks, chocolate and organic tea.
- If the man loves a craft beer, get him the Sunday Times hamper ($95). It comes with Kettle Chips, the ideal accompaniment to a cold brew.
#2 Buy stylish cuffs for the working dad
Inspired by the history and cultures of Southeast Asia, Forbidden Hill’s striking cufflink collections will make a great gift for Father’s Day. Coming in elegant gift boxes, they’re designed in Singapore and made by artisan jewellers in Thailand.
There are three collections to choose from: the Melaka collection ($215) inspired by the Sultanate of Malacca, founded by Iskandar Shah, the Ban Zu collection ($195), influenced by motifs found on Chinese ceramics traded in Temasek during the 14th century, and the Hoi An collection ($135), named after the Vietnamese port town famous for its colourful lanterns. The Melaka and Ban Zu collections are made from 925 Sterling Silver with resin insets, while the Hoi An collection is made from Rhodium-Plated metal with resin insets to capture the colour and reflections of the town’s charming lanterns.
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#3 Have a bouncing good time
Active dads will love a day out at BOUNCE Singapore. The indoor trampoline park offers a wide variety of trampoline zones and obstacle courses, including the thrilling Ninja-Warrior-like obstacle course X-Park and “Leap of Faith” where brave blokes can leap off a raised platform to catch a grab bag. What’s more, the centre is family-friendly, so the whole family can join dad with fun activities such as a game of dodgeball or basketball at Slam Dunk.
#4 Try an outdoor challenge
What dad doesn’t love a bit of a challenge? Take him to Forest Adventure at Bedok Reservoir Park, whose family-friendly treetop obstacle course has three courses catering to different ages and heights. Thrill-seeking fathers will want to have a go at the Grand Course, which has three zip-lines over water, more crossings, higher platforms and an impressive Tarzan swing. There’s also the Big Zip, an exhilarating 300-metre zip-line that takes riders flying over the reservoir.
#4 Head to the spa
Don’t forget that men like to be pampered too! A relaxing spa sesh at Damai Spa at Grand Hyatt Singapore is a great Father’s Day gift, and an impressive place to start is with a Gia personalised facial ($240), including an in-depth skincare consultation. The one-hour treatment aims to purify and hydrate the skin, using ingredients and techniques specific to individual skin types. Dads will also enjoy the Deep Muscle Massage with Hot Stones ($260) that aims to reduce muscle tension and stress. Or, there’s always the Back, Face & Scalp Treatment ($310), which brings together back exfoliation, a hot stone back massage, a personalised facial and a scalp massage. Amazing!
Damai Spa, Grand Hyatt Singapore
#5 Get some new gadgets
Got a dad who is a bit of a tech-head? Go to a Courts retail outlet or the online store and pick up a new toy for him. Google Home ($139, until end June) is a perfect gift, allowing dad to control appliances, play songs and get news updates just with his voice. Speaking of Google, the new Google Pixel 3a ($659) is a hardy phone that gets seven hours of battery life out of a 15-minute charge, and has a voice-activated Google Assistant. If he needs a new laptop instead, there is the slim ASUS ZenBook 14 ($1,398) with ErgoLift hinge technology for greater comfort. Meanwhile, music-loving dads will love the Jabees Beebud True Wireless Earbuds ($99, until end June) that come with a handy charging case.
#6 Upgrade the camera
Give dad the gift of memories with a camera from Fujifilm’s X Series range. The new Fujifilm X-T30 has top-end functions including 26.1 megapixel resolution, 4K/30P video and high-performance auto focus. Weighing just 383 grams, the compact number is suitable for all, from beginners to professional photographers. It comes in black, silver and a new colour, charcoal silver.
#7 Slide into some new kicks
Singaporean shoemakers W.h.y & Co. offer a wide range of comfortable and stylish shoes for men. Versatile and trendy, the Cap-toe Double Monkstrap works well for both formal and casual occasions, including an everyday look for the office. The handy elastic bands under the buckles makes it easy to slip on and off. Another great style is the Brown Quarter Brogue, with thin laces and a shiny coat. If dad loves to keep it black and classy, get him the Black Brush-off Penny, great loafers for a casual night out or a day at the office.
#8 Land some luxe accessories
Indulge dad with sophisticated accessories from luxury brand Cartier this Father’s Day. For example, you could pick up a pair of sunglasses from the Spring/Summer 2019 collection or the new Santos-Dumont Watch from the Santos De Cartier Collection. Fitted with an alligator leather strap, the new timepiece features Roman numerals, visible screws, a beaded winding crown and blue cabochon. Or you could get him the Cartier Declaration, a classic musky cologne.
#9 Buy a stylish new notebook
A sleek leather notebook ($20.90) from Scottish stationery maker Collins Debden would make a great Father’s Day gift. The simple but stylish leatherette notebooks feature subtle grain texture and distressed detailing. They come in various colours and in A5 size; get them at selected Kinokuniya, NBC and Times outlets or at the Collins Debden online store.
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