Father’s Day gift inspiration from our Aesthetes

Luxury luminaries share their ideas for the perfect present

An outdoor ping-pong table from James de Wulf
An outdoor ping-pong table from James de Wulf

Architect Annabelle Selldorf “I bought an outdoor ping-pong table for some friends of mine in Maine. It’s German‑engineered in aluminium, has a beautiful blue top, heavy-duty wheels and is made to withstand the elements.” Find a fine ping-pong table here.

Anish Kapoor 18ct rose gold Water cufflinks, from Louisa Guinness Gallery
Anish Kapoor 18ct rose gold Water cufflinks, from Louisa Guinness Gallery

Roubi L’Roubi, former creative director of Savile Row tailor Huntsman “The Louisa Guinness Gallery specialises in jewellery designed by artists. I was recently given a pair of Anish Kapoor Water cufflinks from there. They are circular and concave, and I wear them a lot.” Click here for more from the Louisa Guinness Gallery.

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Interior designer Daniel Hopwood “The best gift I’ve given recently was a cookery masterclass at Claridge’s. Learning how to cook there – that’s perfection, isn’t it? It was for my partner because we want to do more entertaining at home.” For more connoisseurial cookery ideas, click here.

Learn how to cook with the professionals at Claridge’s
Learn how to cook with the professionals at Claridge’s

Interior designer Katharine Pooley “The best gift I’ve received recently was a tandem skydive. I’ve done a skydive once before, in New Zealand, and it was breathtaking. It requires a bit of courage and a head for heights but it’s an incredible experience. I’ll be doing the dive with an instructor at JumpSchool near Bicester, Northamptonshire.” For more unforgettable experiences, click here

Château d’Yquem 1921 is one of the legendary French wines
Château d’Yquem 1921 is one of the legendary French wines

Marie-Louise Sciò, Pellicano hotel group creative director “The best gift I’ve received recently was a huge white truffle – such a treat. For a month or so I had a bit with dinner nearly every night – on pasta, fried eggs and veal cutlets. The smell was fabulous.” For more truffle treats, click here.

A Murano-glass tumbler from the Arrivabene factory in Venice
A Murano-glass tumbler from the Arrivabene factory in Venice | Image: Fabio Massimo Aceto

Interior designer Jacques Grange “I bought a spectacular 40-year-old plane tree for a friend for his bastide in the Loire Valley. It was 10m tall, and he was quite surprised when it arrived. It has been planted in an expansive field that can be viewed from the house and casts some lovely shadows.” For more garden gift ideas, click here.

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Restaurateur Daniel Boulud “A great gift I received was a bottle of Château d’Yquem 1921. The ’21 is legendary, and because it’s virtually immortal there’s no rush to drink it. I’ll open it over a dinner at home with half a dozen of my best wine-loving friends. Six is the perfect number for opening great bottles like this.” Click here for more world-class oenological gift ideas.

Christie’s Venice representative Countess Bianca Arrivabene “The best gift I’ve given recently was an emerald-green Murano-glass tumbler from Giberto, engraved with my friend’s initials.” For more Giberto gifts, click here.

For more gift ideas, see our online Gift Guide.

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