Treat Dad this Father’s Day with useful gifts he’ll actually use

by Tia

Shopping for Dad can sometimes be tricky. How many times have you defaulted to another pair of socks or a soap-on-a-rope just because you didn’t know what else to buy?

Truth be told, most dads are really simple and appreciate the smaller things in life. Be it a day to themselves, a good meal or a thoughtful gift, Father’s Day is the perfect time to treat Dad to a little spoil to show your appreciation. 

Our advice? If you’d like to spoil Dad this Father’s Day, why not treat him to a handy gift of something he’ll actually use (and that won’t end up at the back of a cupboard!)? We’ve compiled a selection of gifts Dad will love, with an option suitable for all budgets:

Grooming gifts

Grooming products are a practical choice as it’s something Dad will always need.  Why not treat him to some nourishing facial and body care items? For a skin-loving, eco-friendly body wash, look no further than Earthsap East India Islands Men’s Body Wash (R115.60). It contains a number of aromatic and nourishing natural oils and spices from the Islands of East India. It is gentle enough for daily use, with a warm fragrance of cloves, aniseed and citrus.

If Dad loves taking care of his skin, then the newly-launched 26’Deep men’s facial care products are right up his alley. This balanced skincare regime helps clarify skin while infusing it with nutrients and sealing in moisture. We love 26’Deep Ocean Alchemy Men’s Face Wash (R105.00), which contains aloe vera, olive leaf extract, soothing macadamia esters and purifying seaweed extract to gently yet effectively cleanse skin and remove impurities. Follow with 26’Deep Ocean Alchemy Men’s Facial Moisturiser (R119.00), a nutrient-rich moisturiser which makes use of argan oil and antioxidants to restore moisture, improve clarity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

No skincare regime is complete without a good quality SPF that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Hada Labo Tokyo Face Sun Cream SPF50 (R299) effectively protects against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB radiation. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, glycerin and panthenol, this face sun cream has moisturising, regenerating and anti-ageing properties.

Beard care gifts

Now here’s an idea the whole family can get involved in – how about making Dad his very own homemade beard oil? It’s fun, easy and makes a fantastic gift. Try this recipe that makes use of SOiL’s range of organic oils: 

14ml SOiL Argan Oil

14ml SOiL Jojoba Oil

2 drops SOiL Peppermint essential oil

5 drops SOiL Rosemary essential oil

6 drops SOiL Cedarwood essential oil

To make: Use a sterilised 30ml amber glass bottle, add the carrier oils first (Argan & Jojoba), then add the essential oil. Find your balance of aroma! Try one drop more or less to suit you. 

To Use: Apply to a clean and dry face and beard, use 2-6 drops depending on the length of the beard. Massage into the hair and skin, and comb the beard. Alternate 1 week morning use, 1 week evening use.

Wellness gifts

Help Dad turn his home or office into a beautifully fragranced sanctuary with a home fragrance product that’s long-lasting and easy to use. The SOiL Ultrasonic Diffuser (R650.00) disperses essential oil into the air via a fine mist. It’s low on energy, easy to use and simple to clean. Plus, you can use it with any SOiL essential oil of your choice. We recommend SOiL Focus Blend (R70.00) for the office and SOiL Immunity Blend (R85.00) for the home to ward off winter colds and flus. 

If Dad’s into fitness, chances are he battles with sore and tired muscles from time to time. Why not treat him to one of the muscle relief products from Deep Freeze? Affordable and effective, Deep Freeze offers fast-acting, cooling relief from muscle pain. We love the Deep Freeze Muscle Massage Roll-On Gel (R54.95), which is really handy to keep in the car, in your gym bag and to use on the go.

Dental care gifts

A bright, healthy smile never goes out of style. Help Dad enjoy his healthiest smile yet with the Waterpik WP-462 Cordless Plus Black Water Flosser (R1599.00). This innovative product provides a unique combination of water pressure and pulsations to massage and stimulate gums, cleaning deep between teeth and below the gum line where traditional string floss can’t reach. It has an ergonomic and sleek design, takes up very little space and allows you to adjust the water pressure intensity according to your preference. He’ll never look at flossing the same way!

Want to give him the gift of a long-lasting white smile? Then professional teeth whitening may be on the cards! Philips Zoom Whitening delivers bright results that are quick, safe and used by leading dentists and hygienists all over SA. Dad can enjoy results of up to eight shades whiter in as little as one hour. With both in-chair and take-home whitening options there is a product and a treatment to suit all types of teeth and sensitivity levels, as well as budgets.

No matter how you spend Father’s Day or which gift you choose, remember to tell Dad how much he means to you, and to show your appreciation every day!

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