Father’s Day is just around the corner – and whether you celebrate it on 15 June or Dubai style on 22 June, one thing’s for sure, those daddies are going to be expecting a little love and attention. Whether he’s a gourmand or a fashionisto, we’ve done the hard work for you and researched the best gifts for those oh-so-hard-to-buy-for papas.
BEST FOR FOODIE FATHERS
Cooking Classes at L’atelier des Chefs
Who said papas can’t cook? Bring out his inner chef and treat him to a cooking class – whether he’s a complete novice or fancies himself as the next Gordon Ramsay, L’atelier des Chefs have something for everyone. From ‘Simple Thai’ to ‘Cooking The Perfect Steak’, take your pick and make a booking! If dad really enjoys it, he might start showing off his skills at home….mmm, now that sounds tempting doesn’t it mama?!
Telephone: (+971) (0) 56 6900 480
Free Meals at BookMunch Café
Sassy Mama’s favourite bookstore café is offering one free kids meal for every main course adult meal ordered for lunch or dinner on Father’s Day weekend (June 13/14). Treat dad to a family meal out without a hefty price tag – he’ll love some quality time with his clan (and we’re sure his wallet will thank you too). Pick up a book or two while you’re there, perfect for the greatest of daddy duties – the bedtime story each night.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4-3884006
A BBQ Feast From Prime Gourmet
If BBQ’ing is his thing, turn up the heat on his grilling techniques and order a load of delicious steaks, sausages and burgers from Dubai’s best butchers. A feast for a king mamas.
BEST FOR DAPPER DADS
Derek Rose Pajamas from The Monsieur Trunk Show by Moda Operandi
Popularised by dapper heroes including James Bond, good quality pajamas are the sign of a true gentleman. We love this cotton navy and white polka dot set with fully-piped 3 pocket jacket ($275 + shipping), perfect for dads who aspire to the Mad Men era or those who are as fashion conscious in the middle of the night as they are during the day.
Tailormade Shirt From Royal Fashion
Help your dad standout from the button-down crowd with a bespoke shirt from Dubai’s Royal Fashion tailors. Made from only the finest fabrics and tailored with meticulous attention to detail, dad is sure to look like the classiest commuter (and you can bask in the glory of another brilliant shopping find mama!).
Various locations across Dubai
A Visit From The Shoe Butler
They say that you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes. Well make sure that daddy’s are shiny and clean with a visit from The Shoe Butler – a sort of shoe spa service which collects and revamps your footwear, leaving it looking polished and new (they can even rid sports shoes of stinky smells). Just the sort of service daddy never realised he needed but will totally appreciate.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 379 4400
Tom & Teddy Swim Trunks
Matching swim trunks for boys and men make the perfect present for dad this Father’s Day, and Singapore based heroes Tom & Teddy have their backsides covered – literally! With ultra-hardwearing fabrics, cool designs and a new collection that’s sure to have your beloved grinning from ear to ear.
Available online — shipping costs AED 34 to Dubai
BEST FOR PAMPER-MAD PAPAS
Gentleman’s Day at 1847
If papa would appreciate a good grooming session in a masculine and sophisticated setting then 1847 is the place to go. On 15 June 2014, 1847 are offering a complimentary 15-minute foot reflexology massage with any treatment booked so that all daddies can literally be pampered from head to toe.
Various locations across Dubai
Is dad looking a little stressed and worn out? Give him the chance to just chill, relax and enjoy a little ‘me’ time with a treatment at the Angsana Spa. The Wake Up Call (90-minute body massage • 60-minute men’s facial for AED 850) or the Recharge Your Body treatment (30-minute foot massage • 60-minute body massage • 15-minute face cleansing • 15-minute face massage for AED 750) are specifically designed for men and are guaranteed to recharge papas batteries.
various locations across Dubai
Beauty products by Kiehl’s
Who says that only mamas need beauty products? Keep dad looking good with Kiehl’s extensive range of products for men. Visit any Kiehl’s counter and create a personalised papa gift set – the Kiehl’s Eye Alert is ideal for dads who burn the midnight oil and the Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash is perfect for preparing the skin for a shave. At least now he won’t have to secretly raid our beauty cupboard – right mamas?!
BEST FOR THE GET-UP-AND-GO GUYS
If dad is the adventurous sort then why not get him jumping out of a plane? Skydive Dubai offer tandem jumps, allowing you to feel the thrill of free fall while harnessed to a professional instructor. This is definitely a good introduction to the (scary) skydiving experience. It is on the pricey side at AED 1,999 but will surely give dad the sort of adrenaline rush no roller coaster could measure up to. Plus he’ll get digital stills and a video of the jump as a memento.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4377 8888
Getting tired of the Dubai heat? Treat dad to a session at Ski Dubai, a massive indoor snow resort where the whole family can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or just playing in the snow. Dads will love teaching the littlies a few moves and they will love pelting him with snowballs! It’s a win-win situation mamas.
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 409 4000
BEST FOR HOUSE PROUD HUBBIES
Wooden Signs by The Joinery Shop
Golfing, sleeping, coffee – whatever his pleasure, The Joinery Shop’s wall art, hand-made from salvaged woods is a lovely way to celebrate the things he loves. We adore their oversized wooden ruler – ideal for measuring the munchkins as they grow!
Tel: (+971) (0)566096271
Homemade clay hand/footprints
Let the kids get creative with a homemade clay hand or footprint (can be used as a paperweight – his colleagues are certain to be envious).
2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Salt
1 Cup water or more until clay is right consistency
Roll the dough out and press hands or feet into the clay. Cut a little hole into the top of the dough if you want to hang your work of art. Bake at 300 degrees until the dough bakes through. It will gradually harden. If your dough bubbles it is too thin or needs more flour. Once your work of art is dry you can paint, glitter and bedazzle it.
Set of 12 large embroidered 100% linen napkins with Stags Head motif
If dad is the host with the most, give him a set of napkins with a design that is worthy of his manliness. Made by The Linen Souk, these beauties cost AED 560 for the set and are guaranteed to give any table that extra special touch. Aprons also available if he wants his bbq attire to match.
Available from www.littlemajlis.com
THE GIFT THAT DOES IT ALL
The Dad Crate by The H Hotel
A unique, lockable wooden crate filled with a Muscle Ease massage voucher from Mandara Spa, F&B discount vouchers for Bapas and Mizaan and a Cognac and cigar voucher to enjoy in One on One Bar – as well as a selection of surprise gifts. Available exclusively from The H Dubai from 11th – 15th June, priced at AED550, with an overall content value exceeding AED1,300 – sounds almost too good to be true!! Hurry mamas, there are only a limited number of these available…
Telephone: (+971) (0) 4 501 8824 or email Felicia.firstname.lastname@example.org to order