5 Out-of-The-Box Gift Ideas for Dad

Dads seemingly have it all, which makes gift-hunting for them an uphill task!
Dads seemingly have it all, which makes gift-hunting for them an uphill task!

You start out wanting to get a nice gift for your dad, but end up going through a pile of clichéd gift items which he definitely has no lack of. Does this sound familiar to you? Well, it seems like most of us go through the same rut, and we’ve come up with a few brilliant out-of-the-(gift)-box ideas to share with you.

1. Add to His Gadgets and Gizmos Aplenty

Get Dad a House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable for a little bit of retro feel!
Get Dad a House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable for a little bit of retro feel!

If he’s a music-lover and is particular about audio quality, he will certainly go gaga over the gorgeous audio gadgets from Two Bros Lifestyle & Gadget Store. Head on down and pick out a sleek pair of earphones or wireless headphones from their range of top quality devices. You’ll definitely put a groove in his step as he’ll get to enjoy the crisp and resonant sounds of his favourite tunes anywhere! Or add a set of brand new speakers to his man-cave and watch him revel in music during his down time.

Twobros also has a range of swanky accessories for the modern man, so if he isn’t really an audio-tech geek, you can also find him something neat there such as key holders, pouches, and sports straps.

Get him gadgets and accessories from Two Bros Lifestyle & Gadget Store at The Centrepoint (#03-46/7), open from 10am to 10pm.

2. Change Up His Old Shoe Collection

Are you tired for seeing him wear the same pair of work shoes all these years or do his worn out sandals bug you to no end? Take this chance to revamp his shoe collection and throw out those frumpy footwear in exchange for dapper ones. With its extensive range of classy, understated designs at affordable prices, Pedro is the perfect place to find the right fit for the right occasion. A pair of burnished leather Oxfords will sharpen his everyday office look and a pair of clean-cut suede loafers will spiff up any casual outfit.

Get him a suitable pair of shoes from Pedro Outlet at Anchorpoint (#01-29), open from 11am to 10pm.

3. Help Him Stay Shielded from the Sun in Style

Every guy looks a tad more suave and enigmatic with a well-fitting pair of shades. More importantly, sunnies will protect his eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays – especially if he spends long journeys on the road, has to travel to outdoor worksites often, or if he’s an outdoor fitness buff. Capitol Optical gives you a range of options, from sporty wraparound frames and the classic aviators, to the simple but elegant rectangular frames. If you think that it’s time for your dad to swap out his old sunnies for a fresh pair, head down to the store and choose a pair together!

Get spectacles and sunglasses from Capitol Optical at Causeway Point (#B1-02), Changi City Point (#01-14) and Northpoint (#03-13).

4. Transform Daddy to Dandy

Who says that only the pretty boys of K-Pop can look all poised and polished? Our dads can also be stunners – with a little help. A new hairdo will do wonders to his looks by bringing out his best features and making him look years younger. But not any haircut will do, of course. Take him to men’s hair and grooming salon, Barbers Tokyo By Devonshire, where its stylists hail from Asia’s most fashion-forward city, and he’ll leave with an impeccably slick and coiffed hairdo. Treat him to the Indulgence Hair Cut and Spa ($90) which includes a cut, hair treatment, and styling – you may not recognize him after the makeover!

Head down to Barbers Tokyo By Devonshire at Robertson Walk (#01-26) from 11am to 9pm on Mondays to Saturdays, and 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

5. Motivate Him with Books

Get Dad a good read for his down time.
Get Dad a good read for his down time.

We owe it to our dads for instilling in us the love and wonder for learning. So, it’ll be extra meaningful to spark a passion for knowledge in your dad by getting him to read more! If your dad is already a bookworm, he’ll certainly lap up any new title that you’re contributing to his shelf. But even if he’s not an erudite sort, buy him a book and encourage him to be immersed in the marvelous world of words. Times bookstores offers a comprehensive range of best-sellers, non-fiction, and self-help books, so head on down and pick out a book that you think will best speak to him.

Get books from Times bookstores at The Centrepoint (#04-08/11) from 11am to 8.30pm and Waterway Point, West Wing (#02-19) from 10am to 10pm.


While you’re gift hunting, remember that your dad will appreciate something that’s from the heart, so don’t sweat it! And don’t forget to write a card telling him how much you love and appreciate him – writing is always the best way to express your mushiest feelings! Get cheeky tongue-in-cheek cards from Typo or classic greeting cards from Popular Bookstore.

Get your cards from Typo at Anchorpoint (#01-03/4) and Waterway Point, West Wing (#01-07); and Popular Bookstore at Causeway Point (#03-29/30), Eastpoint Mall (#03-23), and Northpoint (#03-12).

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