It's a tricky business, buying presents for men. If you ask directly what they'd like, chances are they'll say they want for nothing. Sure what do they need? Father's Day is only an artificial occasion cooked up by a consumerism gone mad, and so on. And then you don't get them anything. And they're not happy.
Don't get caught out like this today. If he's already looking hangdog, and you haven't bought him a thing, then there's still time to make amends. Unlike a neglected mother, he won't be appeased with a bunch of flowers, so a little extra thought is required. If he doesn't wear scent, don't foist it on him.
If he does, suss out what he has and seek out similar. Alternatively, a shower gel in his favoured fragrance can prove a less costly companion. If he looks after his skin, go for classic skincare or a gift set. And if he's quietly keen on improving his poolside appearance for summer, check out our feet treat.
ClarinsMen Grooming Essentials, €37, Clarins counters nationwide
With fathers, you have to be careful with gift sets. Women enjoy a little novelty in the mix, but men are less enamoured of experimentation. This is a trio of travel-friendly essentials in a washbag, comprising a 30ml face wash, a 30ml hair-and-body wash, along with a 50ml moisturiser. "Perfect kit for summer hols," said a male panellist. "A treat to replace all the random, ancient bits and pieces from hotels that make up my washbag."
Tom Ford Noir Extreme, €108, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork
This is a twist on the rich, classic Tom Ford Noir, but it's not simply a stronger stew of the same. Instead, it's a spicy, lively interpretation, but still best bought for the man who favours Ford's intensity. "Anything Tom Ford feels like luxury," said one male panellist. "I love his Eastern-type scents, but this is better suited to summer."
Emjoi Micro Pedi Man, €39.95, reduced to €24.95 until July, selected pharmacies nationwide
It's not just the butch black colour that makes this a more dad-friendly product than the ladies' version. The "micro mineral" scrubbing roller is also extra-gritty - basically, a super-coarse sandpaper for his rhino-hide feet. "Like hoovering, it's very rewarding," one male panellist said, "because you can see the benefit of the work straight away."
Nivea Sensitive Cooling Post Shave Balm, €8.12, available nationwide
This is a nice product at a price that should fit even the youngest person's pocket. Nivea make decent products for men, and this is a sensitive-skin twist on their standard post-shave balm. It has seaweed and camomile, which help to cool and soothe. "Noticeably cool," a male panellist said, "A nice, light summer product."
Kiehl's Facial Fuel SPF 15 Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men, €25.50, Kiehl's, 35 Wicklow St, D2; Dundrum Town Centre, D16; Arnotts
Kiehl's do skincare that is man-friendly in every way, from the packaging to the fact that they get that men like products that sit lightly, while seeming heavy-duty. This is the brand's number-one selling men's product, a straightforward moisturiser that celebrates its 10th birthday this year. "No fragrance, no girlie tub. I like it," said a male panellist.
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