Ten men’s gift ideas for Father’s Day… and beyond

From perfect pyjamas to expert whisky tasting kits, gorgeous garden tools and immaculate writing implements – something for every father’s taste

Kaweco AL Sport fountain pen, £62
Kaweco AL Sport fountain pen, £62 | Image: Andy Barter

A CUNNINGLY COMPACT FOUNTAIN PEN There are few pleasures so immediate as writing with a good fountain pen. Kaweco created the diminutive Classic Sport in 1935 and it has been crowned a design gem in the decades since. The nib is a delight to write with and the oversized octagonal cap swallows the pen’s body when closed, so it fits neatly into a pocket; when added to the barrel, it creates a full-length pen. This AL Sport version comes in lightweight, hand-finished aluminium. £62; trunkclothiers.com. SIMON CROMPTON

Duke & Dexter customised shoes with tiger design for a customer from Bengal
Duke & Dexter customised shoes with tiger design for a customer from Bengal
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ELEGANT CUSTOMISED SHOES London-based shoemaker Duke & Dexter is currently working with artist Morgan Seaford, customising any design in its range with a client’s choice of imagery. It could be a favourite floral motif, a family coat of arms or a whimsical cartoon creature, handpainted onto the surface of a nubuck loafer (from £150) or boot (from £295). Recent commissions have included a pair of tigers, which took Seaford 36 hours to complete, and a portrait of Lawrence of Arabia, the client’s childhood hero. In addition to the price of the footwear, the service costs £175 for a block print, £500 for a large detailed illustration and £50 for lettering. 16 Earlham Street, London WC2 (020-7096 1880; dukeanddexter.com). MARK C O’FLAHERTY

Wacaco Minipresso, 17.5cm x 7cm x 6cm – 360g, £50 (ground coffee); 350g, £50 (capsules)
Wacaco Minipresso, 17.5cm x 7cm x 6cm – 360g, £50 (ground coffee); 350g, £50 (capsules) | Image: Andy Barter
Loro Piana Somerton bomber zip with a hood, £2,940 (worn underneath outer jacket)
Loro Piana Somerton bomber zip with a hood, £2,940 (worn underneath outer jacket)

AN ELEGANT TRAVEL COFFEE MAKER For the man who is always on the move, Wacaco’s travel espresso maker, which brews a punchy coffee using a pop-out hand-operated piston, is an elegant choice. Choose from three versions, depending on your taste in coffee: loose ground, Nespresso capsules or Caffitaly capsules. Wacaco Minipresso, 17.5cm x 7cm x 6cm: 360g, £50 (ground coffee); 350g, £50 (capsules); from bearandbear.com. CHARLOTTE TOTTENHAM

The Whisky Exchange 30-year-old whisky set, £180
The Whisky Exchange 30-year-old whisky set, £180
Leica CL, with Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 lens, £3,150
Leica CL, with Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 lens, £3,150 | Image: Hugh Threlfall

THE WORLD’S LIGHTEST CASHMERE In a project that has taken 30 years to come to fruition, Loro Piana has created the finest wool in the world. The Gift of Kings is a super-luxurious wool, only 12 micron in diameter, derived from just a few thousand of the very finest and rarest merino. This lightest wool is finer than cashmere, highly durable and contains natural stretch thanks to its tight spiral structure. Standout items of this special limited edition collection include the Somerton men’s zip bomber with hood (£2,940) and a range of scarves (£2,115). The collection is only available in flagships, Harrods, and online. 153 New Bond Street, London W1 (020-7499 9300; loropiana.com). AVRIL GROOM

Turnbull & Asser crease-resistant business shirts, £215
Turnbull & Asser crease-resistant business shirts, £215
Dunhill leather Duke folio, £1,395
Dunhill leather Duke folio, £1,395 | Image: Jamie Ferguson @jkf_man

A WARDROBE OF WHISKIES You wouldn’t buy a suit without trying it for size, so why buy a whisky without tasting it first? A whisky specialist catering for the 21st century’s increasingly promiscuous whisky lover is The Whisky Exchange – its Perfect Measure tasting kits (from £39.95) contain five drams on a set theme, plus a long-stemmed whisky-tasting glass for nosing like a pro. The 30-year-old whisky set (£180), which includes 30-year-olds from Talisker and Glenfarclas, would make a very fine gift to be enjoyed privately or to round off a dinner party. 2 Bedford Street, London WC2 (020-7100 0088; thewhiskyexchange.com). ALICE LASCELLES

Emma Willis cotton pyjamas, £450 for a set, £250 for bottoms
Emma Willis cotton pyjamas, £450 for a set, £250 for bottoms
Manufactum broad galvanised steel hand-harrow, £83
Manufactum broad galvanised steel hand-harrow, £83

A CAMERA WITH SUPER POWERS Leica continues to step up its output of new models without losing its highest-of-high-end quality. The new Leica CL is a proud and proper Leica in a handsome and practical form. This is a compact interchangeable lens model that produces razor-sharp and natural-looking pictures. The electronic viewfinder, in particular, is extraordinary – it seems impossible make out any pixels; it’s like a real-life view. £3,150; leica-camera.com. JONATHAN MARGOLIS

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TAILORED SHIRTS Turnbull & Asser’s collaboration with celebrated mill Thomas Mason has resulted in some excellent crease-resistant business shirts (£215). The special finish can’t be seen or felt, doesn’t diminish with washing and means little pressing is required if the shirts are dried on a hanger (possibly none if tumbledried and hung while still warm). Button-down and classic T&A collar styles are offered in Oxford and twill cottons as well as linen, and in 11 colours/patterns, including checks and candy stripes. 71-72 Jermyn St, London SW1 (020-7808 3000; turnbullandasser.co.uk). TOM STUBBS

A FINELY CRAFTED FOLIO Dunhill’s leather Duke folio (£1,395), produced in east London, is a very fine example of saddle-stitching – the zenith of leather-goods manufacture – and a truly special piece for many reasons. Its thick, soft leather is very different from the oiled bridle leather used to make most British handsewn pieces; it creates a relaxed, casual quality like that commonly found in Italian bags, and has a wonderful heft in the hand. The folio’s brass lock, deliberately uncoated so it will tarnish naturally, is also very traditional. But its size and angled position are unusual, even indulgent. A smaller lock would be more practical, but a lot less attractive. Like the best British goods, this is at heart a simple piece whose appeal is in the subtlety of the materials and craftsmanship. But it also has a little kick of continental flair. dunhill.com. SIMON CROMPTON

PYJAMA PERFECTION Shirtmaker Emma Willis’s handmade men’s nightwear range (£450 for a set, £250 for bottoms) comes in soft, fresh Swiss Oxford cotton, and a comfortable cut. Available in various shades of blue – or even heliotrope, if you’re so inclined – as well as checks and stripes, they’re perfect for the modern, hard-toiling gent who would welcome a bit more of a Bertie Wooster lifestyle. 66 Jermyn St, London SW1 (020-7930 9980; emmawillis.com). NICK SCOTT

BEAUTIFUL GARDEN TOOLS Online German homewares brand Manufactum’s products are traditionally manufactured using natural materials that are both sustainable and can be easily repaired (you can order replacement parts from the site). In the gardening section of this cult brand’s website, you’ll find beautiful beech-handled pruning shears (£80) and elegant larch tool racks (£23) and a galvanised-steel hand-harrow (£83), which glides ruggedly through garden beds and veg patches. These are sturdy tools made to last a lifetime. manufactum.co.uk. CLARE COULSON

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