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19 Practical Gifts for Dad That Show Him How Much You Care

Choose a gift that he’ll use every day. 
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In your long complicated history, Dad has shown his love by showering you with gifts and, frankly, you’ve had no problem with that. Now that you’re all grown-up and also don’t want to say The Words, you can do as he did and shower him with stuff. 

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But what do you give someone who is still a mystery to you? Keep it simple. Pick gifts that he'll use every day. Choose things that will help him move through life with less friction. That way, when Dad unscrews a screw with the screwdriver you gave him, he will stop and think of you. 

Wooster Loafer

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After putting you through college and also putting up with your antics, he deserves to slip his feet into something without obstacles called shoelaces. A chocolate-y loafer says he’s taking it easy from here on out. Allen Edmonds, P29,500, rustans.com

Competition Sneaker

While sneakers from sportswear giants are great, dear ol’ Dad deserves something more dear—maybe something from an Italian luxury house. Nothing says the Old Man has made it than designer sneakers that he doesn’t have to lace up. Tod’s, ssilife.com.ph           

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Knit Zip Jacket

The ultimate Rich Father look can be achieved by looking like he needs warmth always. Imagine this olive zip-up with a cigar, pleated trousers, and the penny loafers or designer sneakers above. Right? Pedro del Hiero, P8,950, rustans.com

Windbreaker 

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Aside from keeping him warm during his early morning walkathon, this color-block zip jacket will set him apart from the rest of the health nuts in your village and keep him safe (yellow!) from sleepy motorists. New Balance, P3,995, rustans.com

Hartsfield Tote

Sometimes what Dad needs is a big, black bag where he can just throw all his stuff in and go. Want, rustans.com

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The Backpack

Other times what Dad needs is a grown-up backpack that lets him accomplish activities with maximum style and both hands free. Marc Jacobs, P14,000, ssilife.com.ph

Arrive 4-Wheeled Carry-On

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And on occasion, Dad needs a travel bag to, you know, get away from you. This one is made for the now with a built-in USB port for charging his iPad. Tumi, tumi.com

Wallet

Feed two of his greatest obsessions: money and organization. This tri-fold has a slew of dedicated pockets for up to 12 cards, wads of paper bills, his collection of gold coins, and the random note. He can slip that last one into the secret pocket. C-Secure, P3,250, rustans.com

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Card Protector 

In the age of touchless, frictionless, and cashless, we’ll be using more of Daddy’s credit cards. This is to keep them safe (from you). Secrid, P2,150, rustans.com

Key Organizer

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Because he has too many keys (his house has many secrets) and because he loses them often. Orbitkey, P1,499, rustans.com

Eau de Minthe Perfume

Diptyque describes this as a “story of metamorphosis” or a “mythological dream” starring mint. What you need to know is that it is unobtrusive and reminds some of a barbershop. Perfect. Diptyque, ssilife.com.ph

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Tor Beard Wax

Dad has decided to grow a big bush on his face because nobody is watching. This is to make sure he looks more human than caveman. Gruum at Beauty Bar, P595, ssilife.com.ph

NT1150 10 Nose Trimmer 

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Your instinct is to get him hair clippers for pandemic cuts, but we have to do something about the nose stuff. Philips, P2,299, rustans.com

Canteen 

There are nine- and 16-ounce versions of this, but we’re getting the 25-ounce whopper because Dad deserves three cups of water. Corkcicle, rustans.com

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Vivoactive 3 Music  

While no match for his Pateks and Cartiers, this smartwatch can download up to 500 songs, connect to Bluetooth headphones, monitor fitness levels and stress, and play sports apps. Can his precious watches do those? Garmin, P19,995, rustans.com

Travel Headphones

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He finally sprung for a digital copy of his favorite album, Highway 61 Revisted by Bob Dylan. This foldable, Bluetooth-equipped headphone will complete the experience. Also, just look at it. Montblanc, ssilife.com.ph

Lattissima Touch

To this day, Mom still makes his coffee. Give her a break by giving him this coffee machine that makes six recipes, from espresso to latte macchiato, with just one touch. Nespresso, nespresso.ph

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UHD Smart TV 

If you really want to make him happy (or if you’ve been awfully naughty recently), a massive 43-inch Ultra-High-Definition Smart TV will do the trick. Samsung, P19,999samsung.com/ph

Streaming Subscription

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Sometimes we want to watch a movie with him. Other times we want to keep him occupied. A subscription to the other streaming service, HBO Go, will accomplish both. This one gives Dad access to Game of ThronesWestworld, and Sylvester Stallone. HBO Go, hbogoasio.com

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