“Dad: A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.” Unknown
It’s nearly Father’s Day, a special day to celebrate the man that helped raise you with a well thought out gift or experience. The annual tradition, celebrated this year on Sunday 21st June (UK & UAE), can be a tricky one as most men are notoriously hard to buy for and most insist they “don’t need anything.” Here’s a variety of ideas (in no order of preference) to please even the most challenging recipient.
Jones The Grocer – Popular Australian cafe Jones the Grocer has some cool gifts for dads this Father’s Day including nifty gadgets, hampers and home recipe boxes available to order online. The Daddy Hamper has a range of savoury and sweet gourmet treats as well as an Opinel folding knife designed for use in the kitchen, bbq or on a desert adventure.
Does your dad fancy himself as a whizz in the kitchen? Why not gift him the Father’s Day special Home Cooking Recipe Box with Lemon Pepper Spice Rubbed Corn Fed Chicken & Chermoula Black Angus Steak (serves 4). Visit www.jonesthegrocer.com to see the full range of home recipe boxes, hampers and gifts available for home delivery.
Jones the Grocer – click HERE for Abu Dhabi locations
LOCAL – Is your dad a wannabe home barista? Does he take pride in his appearance or perhaps is in need of some new sneakers? LOCAL, Abu Dhabi’s first tri-concept store, is now offering speciality coffee beans, male grooming products and sneakers/streetwear online and delivered to your door. The ultimate Home Brewing Bundle makes a great Father’s Day gift for the caffeine loving dad, the kit comes with essential brewing equipment and two bags of coffee – click HERE for more information. For more ideas visit the website to browse their selection of coffee, hair and beard grooming products, sneakers, streetwear and accessories.
LOCAL has opened the emirate’s first in-store sneaker laundry offering premium sneaker cleaning and shoe care services powered by Sneakers ER. Services include deep cleaning, stain removal and protection, drop off your dad’s prized kicks to get them looking fresh and like new again – click HERE for more details and pricing.
Privilee – Gift your dad the ultimate indulgence and relaxation with Privilee, the ultimate lifestyle membership. Membership includes unlimited access to five-star beach clubs, fitness facilities and spas as well as discounted dining and experiences in the UAE. Experience daycations at amazing locations in the capital like the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, St Regis Abu Dhabi and the all-inclusive Rixos Premium Saadiyat to name a few. Enjoy all the member benefits, maximise leisure time and make the best out of every weekend.
Discounted summer membership packages are currently available, visit www.privilee.ae or download the Privilee App for more information. Read more about Privilee Lifestyle Membership in my previous post HERE
Readly – With over 5,000 downloadable magazine titles there is something for every man (and woman) with a Readly digital magazine subscription. Gift your dad a monthly subscription and he will have sport, health & fitness, style and lifestyle publications at his fingertips. Once downloaded the magazines can be read on any device, mobile or tablet. All Readly gift cards are digital so you send via email or as a printable gift voucher, subscriptions are available for 3, 6 or 12 months depending on your budget – click HERE to find out more and purchase.
Sacci Abu Dhabi – Located at the Westin Abu Dhabi, Sacci offers fresh, delicious Italian specialties including antipasti, handmade pastas, authentic Napoli style pizzas and other traditional classics. Treat dad to the daily pizza and a pint deal available from 5pm – 7pm for just AED 49 per person or choose from the a la carte menu (main dishes are also 2-for-1 with The Entertainer app). Reservations are required. Tables are arranged with social distancing and the staff are wearing masks and gloves to ensure diners safety.
Sacci Abu Dhabi, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi. Telephone 02 616 9999 www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant
The Abu Dhabi EDITION – Say cheers to your dad with some delicious gin cocktails and bar bites at Library Bar located at the Abu Dhabi EDITION hotel. Currently open daily from 1pm – 9pm, the menu offers contemporary craft cocktails, a selection of gins from around the globe, premium beverages, beers and wines pared with delicious light bites, delicatessen boards and desserts.
Yas Links Golf Club – Feeling generous? Purchase your golf enthusiast father a Midweek Summer Pass at Yas Links Golf Club located on Yas Island. The summer membership (valid until 30th September) offers members access to the Links course, Academy Par 3 Course and the practice facilities from Sunday – Thursday with a seven day booking window. Also included is 10% discount in the pro shop and restaurant, 15% discount on golf lessons and access to selected club tournaments. In addition summer members can play at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Abu Dhabi Golf Club for AED 195 (Sunday to Thursday). Visit troonabudhabi.com/yas-links or telephone 02 885 3555 for more information.
Yas Marina Circuit – The circuit has reopened and offers driving experiences for the adventurous dad, visit http://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/drivebook to purchase gift vouchers for a spin around the iconic F1 track. Different experiences are available including a Formula 3000 car, Aston Martin, AMG Mercedes or even a Ferrari. Alternatively challenge your dad to race at Yas Kartzone – click HERE for more details.
Yas Marina Circuit has implemented a contactless registration process across all of the activities – click HERE for all the health and safety measures. Visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/ or telephone 800 (YAS) 927 for more information and to book.
All views are my own based on my experience and research. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2020. All rights reserved. Featured image via Unfold. Additional photos used with courtesy of the respective companies/venues.