Where to go to find the perfect present for dad in Dubai
This year, rather than presenting him with yet another pair of socks (though don’t worry – we’ve still included these), Time Out has rounded up some of the best gift ideas and experiences you could possibly treat your old man to this Father’s Day. What’s more, because many of our dads aren’t living here in Dubai with us, we’ve included plenty of gifts you can order online for delivery back home – wherever that may be.
DeWalt drill Help your Dubai dad reclaim his manliness by fixing stuff round the house for himself. When we say ‘fixing’, of course, we mean drilling, with this mean-looking DeWalt 10.8V sub-compact drill driver and 109-piece bit set. Dhs599
For Dubai dads: Available at Ace, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.aceuae.com (04 341 1906).
Send home: Check out the brand’s global store directory on www.dewalt.com – many of the outlets will deliver.
Great White Knives If there was ever a way to get Dad back in the kitchen, it’s with these unique ceramic knives, which are sharper than steel, don’t rust and only need sharpening once a year. Dhs399 for a three-knife set
Kiehl’s grooming products It’s never too late for dad to realise his inner metrosexuality. Pamper your father with some luxury Kiehl’s grooming products, which include an exfoliating facial scrub, SPF 15 sunscreen, eye alert cream and a facial wash. Prices from Dhs90 to Dhs179
Blackberry 9800 Torch Most men love gadgets, and those that don’t will soon come round after toying around with the latest 9800 Torch smartphone. While it doesn’t feature an actual torch (boo!), it’s equipped with a five-megapixel camera, a touch screen and a keyboard (in case Dad and his chubby thumbs can’t cope with the on-screen controls). Dhs2,699
Elemis Universal Travel washbag Perfect for the jetset dad, this washbag is packed with goodies such as shaving gel, wrinkle-delay cream (nothing personal, Dad), facewash, and, erm, pro-collagen hand and nail cream. Dhs500
Canon IXUS 105 digital camera Canon’s latest IXUS model certainly looks the part and takes photos to match. Dads shouldn’t be scared off by all the technical acronyms – this camera is very easy to use. Dhs549
Table football Unless dad is extremely generous with your pocket money, it’s unlikely you’ll ever be able to buy him this Swarovski-encrusted foosball table, but hey, we can always dream… Dhs200,000-Dhs500,000
A year’s supply of socks Yes, we joke about socks, but the older men get, the more they appreciate a good pair of cotton socks. The Socks for Sir website enables you to sign your dad up for a year’s supply of socks, which will be delivered to his doorstep (across most of Europe and the US). Dhs213 for four pairs of socks every six months, Dhs296 for six pairs every six months. www.socksforsir.com.
Father’s Day cards Win brownie points with Dad back home by designing him a card, complete with a personalised message, and have it delivered to his doorstep within 24 hours. The Moonpig website enables you to send cards anywhere in the UK, US and Australia. www.moonpig.com