If you’ve ever attempted to buy a gift for a man, the you know how difficult it is to get right. When you ask them what they want, they either say nothing, or ask for something you could never find (or afford), like the limited-edition sneakers that sold out in 30 seconds flat and are now on sale on eBay for more than three times the original price.
That’s why we’ve made shopping for Dad easier this Father’s Day – on Sunday 20 June – by identifying five types of dads and how to get them a present they’ll love, with an edit of the best gifts that are sure to impress even the hardest to dad to please. From dapper suits and stylish separates, to plant-based skincare products from Nigerian-based brand Ilera Apothecary and chic pieces for the home, including IBKKI vases and food platters by Studio Badge, this is how to get his Father’s Day gift right this year.
The dapper dad
Shop the Baba and Soke Suit by Kente Gentlemen
Do you have a stylish dad who stays updated on the latest trends and likes to dress to the nines wherever he goes, even to the airport? Then this Baba and Soke Suit by Ivorian brand Kente Gentlemen will be right up his alley. Crafted from a blend of satin and local Senuofo fabric with a pinstripe pattern, it’s the perfect base for a crisp white T-shirt and box-fresh sneakers, a classic look for the ultimate gentleman.
The well-groomed dad
Shop the Mellow Moisturizing Body Butter by Ilera Apothecary
Whether your father is the kind of man who likes to smell as good as he looks, or one who needs some help in the self-care department, the range of skincare and grooming products by Nigerian brand Ilera Apothecary will be a welcome addition to his top shelf. The brand’s Mellow Body Butter is the perfect everyday lotion to keep him moisturized and protected against dry skin. Ilera specializes in plant-based products made from ethically sourced ingredients that are infused with the founder’s heritage and West African philosophies.
The foodie dad
Shop the Maxi Afriyie Concrete Platter by Studio Badge
Always in the kitchen cooking up new recipes or manning the barbecue at the cookout, your foodie father will appreciate anything that makes mealtimes a more elegant affair. Show him that the gift of great taste is hereditary with the Afriyie Concrete Platter from Studio Badge. It’s the perfect setting for him to show off and serve his latest culinary creations. Handcrafted from concrete and teak wood by Ghanaian artisans, each Studio Badge food board is unique, just like its recipient.
The house-proud dad
Shop the Gzem Vase by IBKKI
A man’s home is his castle, after all, so why not help add a regal touch to your dad’s living space with an earthenware vase by Paris-based nomadic atelier IBKKI. Sculpted from glazed terracotta clay sourced from the Djurdjura region in Algeria, the Gzem Vase will look right at home as a centerpiece on his coffee table, or filled with seasonal blooms to brighten up an empty corner.
The cool dad
Shop the Red Military Fez Hat by Simon and Mary
If your dad is not like other dads and he remains young at heart, or you’re gifting a young father with a bold sense of style, then look no further than the Military Fez Hat by South African milliner Simon and Mary. Despite its contemporary look, the bold accessory is a based on a traditional style that dates back to the 14th century. Available in an array of colors, from red to burgundy, beige and orange, the fez hat is a timeless piece that is always in style, just like dad.