From travel-sized bodycare to top-to-toe spa treats, double-duty skincare to old-fashioned shaves, these will turn Dad into a very merry gentleman indeed.
THE JET-SET DAD
Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Gift Set, $38
Does Dad traverse the globe so often your time together is spent on updating each other’s schedules? Working trips can be a bummer – no free Wi-Fi, no decent chicken rice, and hours in the air – so help him feel well rested while he’s away from the comforts of home.
Present him with a travel-sized quartet that he can stash easily into the most compact luggage. Comprising a body wash, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner, each in 50ml, this will keep him feeling clean and fresh all day.
Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Body & Bath collection evokes the rejuvenating powers of the ocean with a soothing recipe of aloe vera, Dead Sea salts, marine extracts and glycerine. Its green marine fragrance awakens senses with a zesty top note of lime, which gives way to a delicious combination of pine, basil, oregano and tagette, before settling down to cedarwood, musk, patchouli and tonka.
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THE WORN-OUT DAD
Chi Escape, $865 per couple
He’s been pulling all-nighters and those dark eye circles are starting to show. He insists he wants to spend couple-time but you know all he wants is to catch up on snooze.
Whisk him away to Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, and check him into Chi, The Spa. The Chi Escape is a three-hour head-to-toe treatment that includes a eucalyptus foot bath, calm mind ritual, body scrub, lavender steam bath, soothing massage, calming eye care and deep-cleansing facial.
If he nods off, well, at least he could blame it on the super-luxurious experience.
THE AVANT-GARDE DAD
Comme des Garcon Dot EDP, $206
Only a cool Dad will truly appreciate polka dots. Throughout history, the motif has always been linked to fun and youth. In the 1960s, Marvel Comics introduced a superhero known as Polka-Dot Man. In more recent times, too, British artist Damien Hirst has given us plenty to talk about with his dot paintings.
From the fashion label synonymous with sartorial cool comes Comme des Garcon Dot, a fruity-floral potion that revolves around the osmanthus flower, which infuses it with a warm and subtly sweet aroma.
Juxtapose this with invigorating leafy greenness, spicy olibanum (frankincense), and luxurious white amber woods, and you get a very quirky character that borders on unisexy.
There aren’t many secrets between a couple, and this shouldn’t be as well.
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THE BUSY/LAZY DAD
Laneige Homme Dual Action Power Fitting Cream, $57
With oilier, thicker and rougher skin than women, men will constantly find preserving their youth a losing battle. Even if Dad insists he does not need to look like a K-drama hottie, it’s still flattering to be complimented for his smooth, flawless complexion. Right? Right.
Laneige Homme Dual Action Power Fitting Cream is a lightweight moisturiser that revitalises and refreshes. A Power Fitting Technology nourishes with skin remodelling capsules filled with hyaluronic acid, copper tripeptide and tocopherol to tighten skin from within.
Meanwhile, a Dual Action Water made up of minerals like magnesium and zinc, and vitamins C, B3 and B5, boosts the capsules’ benefits by prolonging the hydrating effects. It also strengthens and repairs skin against UV rays and environmental pollutants. This can be used at night too.
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THE OLD-SCHOOL DAD
Truefitt & Hill Traditional Hot Towel Wet Shave, $60
One can earn mountains of money but can never turn back the wheels of time. It explains why nostalgia is such an indulgence. So the next time Dad starts reminiscing a tad too fondly about his beer-guzzling days with the boys, know that he is merely seeking some respite from the hustle and bustle.
The world’s oldest barbershop (as stated in the Guinness World Records), Truefitt & Hill has offered men’s grooming services and products since 1805. How about a Traditional Hot Towel Wet Shave to get Dad smartened and freshened up? The 30-minute treat begins with a pre-shave oil, followed by a hot towel wrap. Next comes a rich shaving cream, with a shave to finish the experience.
You can book the service via Vaniday, an app that allows users to search for beauty and wellness services in a specified location, compare prices and check their availability before confirming an appointment. It can be downloaded via App Store and Google Play.
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