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The ultimate Father's Day gift guide

Here are the best gift ideas for your old man to show how much you appreciate him

By Delfina Utomo

Listen, we get it. It's impossible to buy gifts for dads, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Our dads are silent heroes who don't ask for much so it's time to do – or buy – something nice for them when Father's Day rolls around on June 20. From practical (but trendy) walking shoes that help with his flat foot sitch to a fantastical collection of local ghost stories that will keep him occupied for a whole afternoon, here are the best gifts for the cool dads.

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Photograph: Morning

A coffee machine ($590)

From Morning

Start dad's day right with fresh coffee everyday. The futuristic and sleek coffee machine by Morning is the the world’s first capsule machine that gives the home brewer full control on how they want their coffee to taste. Brew coffee recipes on the machine or via Morning mobile application with one-touch brewing. Adjust temperature settings, pressure profiles and coffee output – on top of that, the machine is compatible with most of the capsules on the market. 

Why and Co
Photograph: Why and Co

A pair of Oxford shoes ($219)

From Why and Co

We may be in the middle of a pandemic but there's no stopping you from buying your dad a pair of spiffy Oxfords. Local makers Why and Co make quality and tailored shoes that are fitted for Asian feet. The team of experienced shoemakers will be on hand to make sure that the shoe is ergonomically designed for the particular wearer's feet. Real long-lasting calf skin leather is used and handpainted for an antique look. 

Swee Lee
Photograph: Swee Lee

Turntable ($119)

From Swee Lee

Indulge dad in a day of sitting around listening to old records – on a portable turntable. The lightweight turntable comes in a suitcase shell in a pretty lavender shade and includes built-in speakers so you can start the listening party immediately.  

Temple Cellars
Photograph: Temple Cellars

Classic Dad wine gift set ($128)

From Temple Cellars

Temple Cellars are definitely ready for Father's Day with its range of bundles suited for all kinds of fathers. If your dad doesn't quite fit into 'big and bold', 'adventurous' or 'gentle', settle for the Classic Dad drinking bundle which includes a bottle of the full-bodied Gut Oggau Timotheus 2018 and a drinking cup. 

Click and Grow
Photograph: Click and Grow

Click and Grow ($139)

From eCapitaMall

Gifting plants never gets old, but this time, let dad grow 'em on his own. The Click and Grow planter is especially useful for people with green thumbs who don't have the luxury of a sprawling garden and are generally busy people. Dad can grow handy herbs like basil, thyme and mint or pretty marigolds and flowers to brighten the room. All you have to do is plant the seeds and let the planter handle the watering needs. 

Dr Enzyme
Photograph: Dr Enzyme

Fancy shampoo ($24)

From Dr. Enzyme

For dads who swear by traditional Chinese medicine, here is a modern apothecary to check out. The nutrient-rich therapy shampoo by local modern TCM brand, Dr. Enzyme promotes healthy hair (if your dad is getting conscious about thinning hair!) with the natural ingredients and active enzymes used in its formula. Star ingredients include mulberry leaves, black beans, tea seeds and ginger.

Keen Singapore
Photograph: Keen Singapore

A pair of walking shoes (From $127)

From Keen

Flat-footed dads will thank you for this gift. Keen's Uneek shoes have been celebrated everywhere for being super comfortable for both casual and active purposes. From hiking tricky terrain to doing groceries at the wet market, this trendy footwear is here to stay.

Photograph: BooksActually

A collection of ghost stories ($18)

From BooksActually

If there's nothing more your father would love than to occupy himself with a book all day, get him A Mosque in the Jungle by Singapore's pioneer ghost stories writer, Othman Wok. Before he became a politician, Wok was a reporter and writer who gained popularity with his horror fiction. A Mosque in the Jungle is a collection of the best stories from his three published books. 

Photograph: Aesop

Room spray ($73)

From Aesop

Pleasant smells can do a lot for the senses like reawaken, rejuvenate and even relax. Change the vibe of the room with Aesop's Istros Aromatique room spray. Just one or two spritzes will elevate and enliven the mood. Istros is a woody and smoky (from tobacco) scent that also has a hint of florals (lavender and pink pepper). 

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