For the most part, dads certainly seem like they have an easy ride of it next to mums. But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve some shine on their day. After all, it takes two to tango. We know mum didn’t make you all on her own.

So with under a week to go, it’s time to get hunting for that perfect present. After all, he might seem easy going and say that he wants for nothing. But when it comes to his Father’s Day gift, it’s got to be good.

Acknowledging that socks and ties only get you so far, we’ve put together a little gift guide to help get you in the good books this year.

We’ve looked to The Royal Exchange Manchester – home to some of the most luxurious brands in the city centre – for inspiration, and have pulled out some of our top picks for you below.

Pop into Scribbler or Unit 7 to find that perfect card, before heading into the Arcade to find his gift.

For well-groomed dads

Just because he’s a bloke, don’t assume he doesn’t like to look after himself. French beauty brand L’Occitane take personal grooming to the next level with a special line of shaving creams, gels and balms perfect for tackling daily irritations that can wreak havoc on male skin.

Alternatively, pop to Molton Brown for delights including muscle-soak bath salts, debonair fragrances and refined fragrances aplenty.

For sweet-toothed dads

Hotel Chocolat has a range of Father’s Day ideas for those with a sweet tooth. Offering everything from boxes of chocolates and hampers to cocoa beer brewed in the West Indies, there’s plenty to please a sugar-loving dad here.

For dapper dads

Lanigan and Hulme house a solid range of smart-yet-cool clothing and accessories for gents that like their city fashion with a country twist. Whilst you’re in there, make sure to give their gorgeous shop dogs a snuggle and take a look at the popular Murdock cologne collection too.

Pick dad up a bottle and, if you’re lucky, you can bag him a 50ml bottle of beard oil for free too (available whilst stocks last).

For adventurous dads

If your dad is the cool, outdoorsy type then you’ve just got to go to Fjallraven for his gift. Much more than just trendy backpacks, their garms and equipment cover all bases for the trendy outdoor adventurer.

So regardless of whether he loves hiking through the Pennines or is more into kayaking down the Irwell, Fjallraven has you covered.

Feel like going all out? Then nip round the corner into the London Camera Exchange and pick up a shiny new gadget for him to record his adventures on, too, and cement your title as his favourite child for 2019.

For life-and-soul-of-the-party dads

If your dad loves a cheeky tipple, let us point you in the direction of The Whisky Shop. The store specialises in Scotch whisky, but it also houses whiskies from all around the world, including some from Japan, Canada, Taiwan and even India.

For a bit of fun, why not take him into the store on Father’s Day itself for a sampling and you can get a little boozy together? What could possibly go wrong…

For hungry dads

Manchester free-from cafe

None of this working for you? When all else fails, take him out for some scran. Book into TGI Fridays and go hard on the fries for a naughty treat.

Or, if you’re feeling virtuous, head to 3Squared cafe instead. Not only is their whole menu gluten, refined sugar and dairy-free but even better, they’re giving out free meals to Manc dads to celebrate Father’s Day 2019. Make sure you book in advance to secure your place.


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