10 distinguished Christmas gifts for discerning dads

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If there was an award for the "hardest person to buy for" on your shopping list, most dads would get the crown. Save yourself some shopping stress this Christmas with a luxury gift that he wouldn't have thought to buy himself, but will love.

1. Zink & Sons suit 

Tailors Robert and Daniel Jones know the true meaning of bespoke. Their family has been handcrafting and detailing suits since 1895 and serving customers from the current location on Sydney's Oxford Street since the 1950s. Their exemplary skills include fusing techniques, and use of a full canvas. Whether for a special occasion or everyday, your old man will feel like a million bucks wearing one of their custom cuts. 

How much? POA

Available from: www.zinkandsons.com.au

2. Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey 750ml

Father and Son master distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell craft this fine bourbon by hand-selecting the best American Oak barrels from the Kentucky distillery. Individually bottled at 110 proof and non-chill filtered to guarantee maximum flavour, the bourbon in this unique bottle comes from a single barrel. Each barrel has its own unique personality yet captures the rich, creamy, toffee vanilla style of Russell's Reserve. Family yarns shared over a glass of this prize-winning drop will never be forgotten.

How much? From $67

Available from: All major liquor stores, including Dan Murphy's and BWS.

4. Wootten Gordon Boots

If your dad speaks fondly of years gone by, then a pair of traditionally hand-crafted boots belong on his soles. Based in Prahran, Wootten Shoes is a family business that has been hand-stitching bespoke leather shoes for decades. The Gordon Boot is fully lined using your choice of leather – opt for kangaroo for a strong, textured look, yearling for a smoother grain and polished finish or baby calf for a more formal style. You can also customise the toe, sole or other details depending on your dad's desires. The result will be a one-of-a-kind shoe that will stand the test of time.


How much? Starting from $725, depending on the leather and finishes chosen.

Available from: wootten.com.au

4. Tag Heur Aquaracer Calibre 5 Carbon Collection

If you have a watch man in your midst, then Tag Heur's Aquaracer Calibre 5 is sure to get his tick of approval. With carbon fibre added to the classic dive design, this watch exudes urban style and is beautifully lightweight for daily wear. With your choice of blue, yellow or rose gold hues, this elegant timepiece suits a man who is just as comfortable in the ocean as the boardroom.

How much? $5300

Available from: tagheuer.com

5. Frank Green reusable coffee cup in stainless steel

If your dad can't kick off his day without a latte from his favourite local, then gift him a stainless steel reusable coffee cup for a more enjoyable (and ethical) morning brew. Made from commercial grade stainless steel, this cup is built to last, and you can easily add a personalised monogram of his name or nickname for a thoughtful touch.

How much? From $37.95 (+$5 for personalised monogramming)

Available from: frankgreen.com

6. Aesop Double Edged Razor

Forget noisy electric shavers or crappy disposable plastic – this double-edged razor is handcrafted with a high-density handle and chrome plated head, guaranteeing a comfortable hold and a seriously close shave. Complete the gift by teaming with some Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion to soothe his beard-that-was.

How much? $105

Available from: Aesop signature stores and online

7. The San Sebastian Cabin Bag from The Wanderers Travel Co

Frequent flyers need not deal with hassle of baggage check-in if they've got a solid carry-on set-up. The Wanderers Travel Co specialise in luxe leather products to take you around the world, and their San Sebastian Cabin Bag is the ideal travel companion for any style-minded man. Available in a range of colours, it features two external pockets for throwing your need-to-grab essentials, and there's an internal laptop sleeve and plenty of room for a change of clothes inside.

How much? $549

Available from: thewandererstravelco.com

8. Hunting For George The Open Road Art Print

Whether he's road-tripped Route 66 or up the Princes Highway, this extra large wall print will invoke a world of possibilities. He can hang it in his office or living room and leave his troubles behind, always reminded of the world of adventures at his fingertips.

How much? $119

Available from: Hunting For George

9. QT Hotel gift card

Famous for their eclectic combination of art, design and luxury, a stay at QT is like no other. After being greeted by a quirky concierge, guests are guided to a luxurious room where a heavenly bed awaits. A cocktail in the hotel's signature bar or a bite at one of their foodie institutions will have your dad a QT convert for life. With hotels in Melbourne, Sydney, Bondi, Canberra, Perth, Gold Coast, Port Douglas, Falls Creek, Queenstown and Wellington, the only question is, which QT will he choose?

How much? From $100

Available from: QT Hotels

10. Samsung The Frame Premium 4K Smart TV

Your dad's TV need not hog living room centre stage any more – Samsung's The Frame doubles as an interchangeable piece of artwork mounted on your wall whenever you're not watching. The smart TV offers all of the internet connectivity you'd expect from a top-of-the-range screen but switches to an artwork when you're having some downtime. Your dad can select a print from the subscription Art Store or load some of his favourite travel or family photos.

How much? From $1799

Available from: Electronics stores