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Friday, June 15, 2012

We spent most of May celebrating our mothers and now it’s time to give a little back to our dads! Rhea Dhanbhoora & Gargi Bansod bring you a gifting guide for every budget so you can get your dad something special this Father’s Day

He’s larger than life, strong and someone whose footsteps you’re sure to want to follow in. It’s that time of year again — to celebrate your dad! Celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year, Father’s Day is a celebration to honour fathers and celebrate fatherhood. Historically, it is quite recent, having come about in the 20th century. They may not be heralded for their nurturing abilities but father’s can really spoil us silly! So, on the occasion of Father’s Day, use this opportunity to give back to your dad. Take a look at some great gifting options.

Something special
Store bought gifts not enough for your dad? Father’s may say they don’t like gifts, but they secretly love to be pampered too! Since they’re mostly busy, they’re not going to have the time or energy to relax themselves. Here are a few things you can do to make your dad feel relaxed and special.

  •  Make a special Sunday breakfast for him, complete with all his favourites.
  •  Let him have his cake and eat it too. Make him a homemade cake in his favourite flavour and allow him to be selfish about it!
  •  Remember all those vacations he’s taken you on through your childhood? Here’s your chance to do the same for him. Take him on a trip or for a long drive.
  •  Put on the television to his favourite sport and let him be a couch potato, he deserves it!
  •  Spend time with him. You’d be surprised at how much he will appreciate it.
  •  If your dad is a music lover, take him for a concert. We guarantee you, he’ll really appreciate it.

Good timing
Watches make fabulous gifts for fathers. If you can afford it, pick up this high-end watch from Zenith at Times of Lord, Kemps Corner.
Price Approximately `8 lakh

Summer scent
A cologne is a great gift for your dad. We love Summer, by Burberry — a simple, fresh scent that is available at www.excluzen.com.
Price `2,400

Quirky cakes
Head to a Monginis outlet anywhere in the city and pick a cake if making one at home isn’t for you. The range of cakes has designs and sweet messages that you can customise.
Price `250 onwards

Being strapped for cash doesn’t mean you can’t get your dad something special this year. Here’s what you can get him on a shoestring budget:

Belting it out
A good, sturdy belt makes for a great gift. So, get your dad this stylish brown belt from Wrangler, available on www.bagskart.com.
Price `558

All tied up
Ties are an essential accessory and no man can have enough of them. This glossy maroon tie set is from Espana and is available on www.snapdeal.com.
Price `599

Scent of a man
The perfect 2-in-1 gift for your dad, this hair and body wash for men has a sensual woody fragrance and will leave skin feeling soft, fresh and slightly scented. It’s available at Body Shop outlets across the city.
Price `515

Eye spy
Forget boring glass cases and get your dad this uber cool eye glass holder from www.hitplay.in. It’s a great way to display a stylish frame, protect fragile frames from breaking and be assured of never misplacing your glasses again!
Price `399

Stack it up
Does your dad have a great collection of wines? Help him store them better with this quirky wine bottle stacker, available on www.giftyaar.com.
Price `400

So, you’re not exactly floundering for money but you’re not swimming in it either. These gifts aren’t over-the-top but your dad is sure to love them:

Loafing around
www.freecultr.com has an entire range of loafers in a range of different colours and styles that we’re sure daddy will adore.
Price `1,699

Pour it out
This elegant decanter from www.giftyaar.com is made of glass and plexiglass and can to store any form of liquid. The colourful base keeps it steady.
Price `3,365

Right on time
Pocket watches, clocks and watches are popular gifts and we love this brass handicraft clock and compass, available on www.heavenand home.com
Price `999

A measure of love
Help dad measure out the perfect peg with the Ambala peg measurer available on www.mukulgoyal.com
Price `1,320

Melting moments
Don’t you just love this quirky clock? A wall clock that looks like it’s melting, this makes a great gift and is available on www.plushplaza.com
Price `1,249

Healthy treats
Organic chocolates are healthy and delicious. Pick up a basket of goodies from Organic Haus at Kemps Corner.
Price `1,000 onwards

Think your dad deserves the best? If you’ve got a deeper wallet and don’t mind splurging on your dad this year, we’ve got the perfect gifts lined up:

Fitness first
Splurge a little bit and help your dad get healthy. HyperCity in Malad (W) has an extensive range of fitness equipment for dad’s who like to stay slim and trim. This blue and black Maxit cycle is a good buy.
Price `6,999

Bling it on
For extremely stylish dads who like a bit of bling, we suggest this watch from Marc Ecko. Called The Edge, it’s made for all the cool dads out there with a jazzy sense of style and is available at The Time Factory outlets across the city.
Price `7,920

Projecting it
The space projector from www.giftyaar.com is a projector with a difference. It comes with an oil wheel, that created a continuous spinning oil or lava effect on your wall.
Price `10,000

A slice of time
The Shady Clock from www.push plaza.com is a great addition to your dad’s study.
Price `7,500

Sports hero’s
Did you grow up learning how to play sports just to keep up with your dad? Then this stylish tennis set from Lexon, available at www.giftyaar.com makes the perfect gift for both you and your dad to share. The pair of racquets comes in a protective case with three balls in an attached pouch.
Price `9.449

We know all of you wish you could treat your dad’s like royalty and for those who can afford to, here are a few luxury picks:

Sparkle & shine

Diamonds don’t have to be just for women. Help your dad to be stylish, classy and extremely elegant with these diamond solitaire cufflinks from Forevermark. They’re available at selected jewelery stores across the city such as Mahesh Notandass, Orra and Rose.
Price `49,000

Television On-the-go
Does your dad spend a lot of time travelling to and from work? Then this car monitor from www.giftya ar.com is perfect for him to watch the news while traveling.
Price `21,999

So handy
Your dad can now carry his cash in style, with this luxurious wallet from Swarovski. Pick it up from their stores at Bandra (W) and Lower Parel
Price `12,000

Watch out!
A stylish watch is a great fashion statement. Get your dad this luxury black Quartz watch from Swarovski outlets at Lower Parel and Bandra (W).
Price `37,000

3d view
Is your dad a techie? Then get him the latest 3D video camera from VU! Available at electronic stores across the city.
Price `19, 900

Penning it down
Whether it’s writing letters or simply signing cheques, we’re sure dad will love this gorgeous gold plated pen from William Penn at Inorbit Mall, Malad (W).
Price On request

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