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To dad, With love

Friday, June 17, 2011

It’s Father’s Day this Sunday and if you haven’t managed to buy a gift as yet, it’s not too late. Henna Achhpal and Samreen Samad list some of the best deals and gifting options...
Head of the house, role model, inspiration, best friend — these are some of the few things fathers are to us. And Father’s Day gives us a chance to celebrate and appreciate him for all that he has done for us. Make this day special by gifting him something that he will cherish and remember for a long time to come.
There are a ton of options to pick from. Want your father to spend some quality time with your family? Take him out for a special brunch this Sunday. If your father is a connoisseur of watches or perfumes, there are many options for you to choose from. But if it’s hygiene that he’s finicky about, you could consider giving him a personal care kit. If he’s out on business meetings often, you can gift him a briefcase that makes it easier for him to travel with all his important documents and files. However, if you want him to take a break from his work, there’s nothing better than a pampering session at the spa.
We compile a list of some of the best deals so that it becomes easier for you to decide on your last minute gift...
This gift doesn’t come cheap so it may be a good idea to get your siblings involved in this one.

Our pick: 
Your father is going to love this exquisite time piece from Seiko. It is powered by the movement of your body and it combines convenience and longevity with a calendar that correct to the year 2100. Priced at `36,500.
Seastar from Tissot for `48,000
Accord from Titan for `16,995
If your dad prefers the finer fragrances in life,
then gift him a perfume. We bring you one for every budget. From left: Sports Ice from Burberry for `3,800, Avon Black Suede for `799, Navigo from JAFRA for `1,601 and Clinique Happy for `2,950 for 100ml and `2,150 for 50ml.
We know cufflinks may not be very common anymore but they can really make a man look suave. We’re sure your dad will love them!
If he’s too shy with the bling, you can simply opt for a smart tie instead.
Try: Tie from Wills Lifestyle for `3,499 or New England cufflinks from Swarovski for `4,000
Strangely, most men like their shoes as much as women! And with great pairs to choose from, you’ll your spoilt for choice when you want to treat your dad.

Our pick:
You can choose from a large range of footwear from any Tommy Hilfiger store for a special gift for your doting father this Father’s Day. Pick a bright coloured suede loafer or a pair of sporty sneakers if your dad likes the outdoors. You can also pick flip-flops for daddys who like to sit back and relax after a long day at work. Priced at `1,499 onwards.
Pavers England for `4,499
Aldo for `6,800
Cheers to Dad!

Our Pick: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey makes for a great gift for your father if he is a whiskey fan and prefers flavoured drinks. The drink is mingled with proprietary honey liqueur to give it a smooth and unique taste. Priced at `4,200 for 1 litre and available at all leading wine shops.
Premium wines from Good Earth Winery — Brio (Reserve Shiraz) for `1,375, Basso (Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon) for `1,450 and Aarohi (Sauvignon Blanc) for `725
Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky for `14,670
Throw in a few family pictures and a lucky coin and wallets make a thoughtful present for fathers.
Our pick: Tortoise has a wide collection of bags that are fit to be carried to work, meetings or even to a coffee shop. They are ideal to carry everyday documents and spacious enough for a laptop. Priced between `2,750 and `3,250
Briefcase from ZARA for `3,590
Wallets starting at `795 and office for `6,945 from HiDesign
Corleone: If your father is a foodie, treat him to a special continental buffet spread at Corleone. The alcoholic buffet is priced at `1,800 and non alcoholic for `1,550 (prices exclusive of taxes).
Where: InterContinental Marine Drive, 135, Marine Drive
Contact: 39879999
Out Of The Blue: Play mini golf, darts and other games to win free beers for your dad or dedicate a song to him. Make this Father’s Day fun and celebrate it with your entire family.
Where: Out of The Blue, 14, Union Park , Khar (West)
Contact: 26003000
Heavenly spa: If your father is up and about all the time, gift him a spa experience. The three hours of peaceful rejuvenation will be a well deserved break for him and cost you about `7,588.
Where: Heavenly Spa, Level 4, The Westin Mumbai Garden City, Oberoi Garden City, Goregaon (East)
Contact: 61470000
Revival Indian thali: Celebrate Father’s Day in Indian style with a three course thali meal at Revival Indian Thali and get a discount equivalent to your father’s age.
When: Lunch between 12 to 4 pm and dinner between 8 to 11 pm
Where: Revival Indian Thali, Near Crawford Market, Fort
Contact: 23449014, 23426919
Jean Claude Biguine Salon & Spa: Help your father bust some stress and treat him to a few hours of relaxation with exotic massages. The Body Rituals cost `2,100 and a Sparkling Back massage is for `2,600. The Sea Holistic Treatment for `6,000 is the best bet for this Father’s Day.
Where: Jean Claude Biguine Salon & Spa, 68 Chapel Road, Bandra (West)
Contact: 65222211
Avon: Call 1860-500-2866
Aldo: Linking Road, Khar (West); Palladium, Lower Parel; Atria, Worli
Clinique: Palladium, Lower Parel; Inorbit, Ground Floor, Malad (West)
Good Earth Winery: Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Lower Parel
HiDesign: Flagship stores in Inorbit, Malad; Palladium, Lower Parel; Juhu
Pavers England: Available at all Shoppers Stop and Lifestyle outlets
Swarovski: Linking Road, Khar (West), Palladium, Lower Parel
Tortoise: Available at Globus, Bandra
Tissot, Titan and Seiko: Available at all leading watch stores
Tommy Hilfiger: Vithal Das Nagar Housing Colony, Santacruz (West)
Wills Lifestyle: Durga Chambers, Khar (West); Inorbit mall, Malad (West)
ZARA: Palladium, Lower Parel

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