Toys for the boys on Father’s Day

Whether your dad is a foodie, fitness freak or footie fan, and your budget is big or small, Carol O’Callaghan has it all wrapped up when it comes to the perfect gift.

Toys for the boys on Father’s Day

JUST in case you haven’t been in a shop for weeks and missed the signs and greeting cards, this Sunday is Father’s Day when we honour that special man who has been taxi-driver, banker, counsellor and consoler, babysitter, DIY expert and all-round emergency go-to person.

Whether you call him dad, grand-dad, uncle, godfather or foster father, and whether he’s a gardener or adventurer we have some gifts suggestions to suit him and your pocket.

Under €100

For the sartorially immaculate man with an eye for design, Filip Vanas Design offers cuff-links in geometric styles using vivid colours and contrasting materials such as silver, anodized aluminium and epoxy resin (€95 from www.giveirishcraft.com). Sporty dad can monitor everything from his day-to-day physical activity to his calorific intake, plus his weight gain and loss with the Flex™ wrist band (from Currys €99) With meteor showers and shooting stars aplenty these days, get dad a telescope so he can enjoy the celestial fireworks (by Paul Costelloe at Dunnes Stores €100). Encourage dad to be ever more helpful with the latest DIY gadget from Black & Decker. It’s a heat gun for those fiddly little jobs (€57 at B&Q and Woodies).

Under €50

Appropriately named the Obsessive Chef, this chopping board maps out how to get your veg all the same size. Perfect for the mathematically-minded foodie dad who when the recipe says to dice will not julienne (€22 from Designist). For fun dad who has never outgrown his toys, try this radio-controlled Ferrari (€48 at www.giftsdirect.ie). Make sure dad the gardener keeps his seeds and bulbs dry and in the dark with this trio of tins (approximately €23 from M&S). Help get dad fit with a few games of keepy-uppy before the World Cup and his marathon television viewing can begin (Adidas Brazuca ball €20 at Elverys).

Under €15

Make sure granddad gets a well-deserved mug of tea in between those DIY jobs and fixing toys (mug €7 at Dunnes Stores). Is the garden now safe from night-time frosts? Try an outdoor thermometer to make absolutely sure dad’s seedlings are protected (€12 from garden centres nationwide). Have a look at the irresistible t-shirt collection from Hairy Baby (from €15 at www.hairybaby.com). DIY dad will always need a tape measure, especially for those jobs you’re lining up for him (€11.20 at www.dotcomgiftshop.com).

So what would you buy dear ol’ dad if money was no object?

Here are a few thoughts to get the imagination working and the bank balance trembling.

What about a new motor for dad with a sporty look, feel and features, but sufficiently compact for city driving and parking? Check out the Audi A1 Sportback S line (from €27,000)

Spoil him with a premium penthouse package in the stylish surrounds of the 5 star Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin.

Almost 2,000 square feet of unashamed opulence and a 24 hour butler service. The package has lots of treats, including a Surprise Gentleman’s Late Supper, a round of bespoke whiskey cocktails and Irelands’ most expensive coffee, Blue Jamaican Coffee.

Cobbler William Clegg will come to the hotel to fit for a custom pair of made-to-order brogues, individually tailored gentleman’s massage, a private breakfast and a car valet for all. The cost based on two people is from €3,700. www.fitzwilliamhotel.com

For the ultimate in wrist wear, it has to be Rolex’s 18ct gold Submariner watch which works under water to a depth of 1,000ft. You just need the depth of your pockets to match as it costs €16,950 (from Keane’s Jewellers)

Dress dad up in a lumberjack shirt and despatch him on a life-changing trip of wilderness activities in the Yukon Territory of north-west Canada (from €2,500 at www.windowsonthewild.com).

Or maybe he’d prefer llama trekking in Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park (from €1,600 plus flights at www.landerllama.com).

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