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10 Experience Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

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From golfers to gourmets and from cake to coffee lovers, we’ve covered all bases in this gift guide round-up 

For the golfer

Treat your dad to a game of golf at Carton House as the lush 1,100 acre estate gets ready to launch Twilight Golf from June 29 on both championship courses, The O’Meara and The Montgomerie. Tee times are available daily from 3pm, and a round of golf is available from just €45 per person. Book a tee time for dad or buy a golfing voucher by calling Carton House Golf at 01 6517715; www.cartonhouse.com

For the whiskey aficionado

Recently awarded the World’s Best Whiskey, The Shelbourne’s Father’s Day gift includes a flight of three different Redbreast whiskeys – Redbreast 12 Year Old (the World Whiskey Trophy winner), the aromatic and spicy Redbreast Lustau, and the richly complex Redbreast 15 Year Old. Gift wrapped and delivered to your door the gift comes with one of the Shelbourne whiskey glasses, and a selection of handmade whiskey chocolates. There’s also an invite to a private online whiskey tasting with Redbreast’s whiskey blender Dave McCabe from Midleton Distillery. Hosted on Zoom on Tuesday evening, June 23 at 7pm, this is an opportunity to taste this whiskey flight with McCabe’s expert guidance. There are just 30 of these exclusive Redbreast Father’s Day gifts available at €70. To order, telephone the hotel on +353 1 663 4500.

For the bibliophile

Eason has announced its summer “must reads” as chosen by broadcaster Rick O’Shea and author Sinéad Moriarity, which includes a range of Irish and international titles, perfect for deckchair reading. O’Shea particularly recommends Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O’Connell, saying, “To describe Mark O’Connell’s new book as timely is a grand understatement. For him, it all started with the birth of his son – having a first child made him look more closely at the world that his firstborn might be inheriting, and some of the darker, stranger and more bizarre paths it might take. His journey takes him as far afield as disaster tourism in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and then travels to the wilds of New Zealand in search of land being bought by American tech billionaires with a view to it being a good spot to hole up in in the event of the end of the world. Mars features too, as well as the whole idea of a Planet B (again, for the ultra-rich) as a new ‘Wild West’ frontier where citizens can make their own laws and live lives that are “free”.www.easons.com/sineadandrick.

For the connoisseur

One of my go-to sites for thoughtful treats is www.cliffhome.ie where you’ll find the “Just For Men Gift Box”, €199. This includes a Cliff bathrobe, tartan flat cap, bow tie and pocket square by Hatman of Ireland, The Well at CLIFF muscle warming body oil which relieves tired muscles, and finally the luxury Airmid Shave Kit and Airmid Men’s Soap. Or, for a taste of Michelin-starred luxury before the restaurant re-opens, treat your father to a bespoke wine selection or a set of seasonings from Aimsir restaurant – helmed by chef Jordan Bailey. The Aimsir curated wine collection is priced at €259 and is made up of six specially selected wines, including one champagne, one dessert wine and four other diverse wines. The brand new Aimsir seasonings are priced at €24 handcrafted by Bailey using foraged ingredients and Achill Island sea salt.

For the caffeine lover

Dublin-based Cloud Picker Coffee have created two special gift boxes to keep dads caffeinated. The Love You Lots package, €39.50, includes a 250g box of Arsosala beans, a limited-edition bar of Bean & Goose Arsosala chocolate and a new Cloud Picker notebook, made from used coffee cups by Badly Made Books in Cork. The Bestest Dad Ever, €62.50, includes a 250g box of Arsosala beans, a 250g box of Sam blend beans, Bean & Goose Arsosala chocolate, a notebook by Badly Made Books and a 12oz Miir Camp Cup: www.cloudpickercoffee.ie.

For the foodie

Avoca’s new Friday Night Hamper, which launches on Wednesday June 17, perfect for a family night in. Complete with wine, cheese, crackers, olives, sourdough and pesto, it’s just one of the gift ideas for Father’s Day online at www.avoca.com.

For cake lovers

Two GLOSS team members are spoiling their dads with sweet treats this Sunday. Sarah Halliwell recommends the Cake Cafe on Pleasants Place, off Camden Street, “describing it as a little hideaway that’s one of Dublin’s great treasures.” Sarah recalls, “I remember discovering it when I first moved to Dublin and feeling delighted to have moved to a city that had such gorgeous places. And such gorgeous cakes. Well the good news is that now you can enjoy their treats in your own home. I love the idea of treating someone to afternoon tea at home as a gift: a selection of sandwiches and cakes plus Prosecco cocktails and a selection of teas for two is €59 (delivered to your door – Dublin postcodes only, not including County Dublin). For an extra tenner they will throw in a copy of their Bake Book too. For a father’s day gift, few could refuse a sublime Belgian chocolate cake (€34), complete with personal message. Another way to support this lovely venue is treating someone to a voucher for a bakery class (from €60). 01 478 9394; email [email protected]www.thecakecafe.ie” 

Style editor Aislinn Coffey is ordering The Magnificent Seven, €40, for her father – not the iconic film but seven exquisite patisserie created by seven Irish chefs from Le Patissier. This chic gift includes a pistachio and strawberry financier by Dinesh Mauree of Killarney Park Hotel, a trio of chocolate mousse with sour cherry by Paul Kelly of The Merrion, a banana, coconut and hazelnut snack bar by Erik Van der Veken of Arcane Chocolate, and a chocolate and buckwheat tart, with pineapple confit and vanilla cream choux by Ludovic Lantier of Butlers Pantry; www.lepatissier.ie.

For the eco conscious 

I recommend several websites: reuzi.ie for ingenious ideas stocking several small but thoughtful gifts for dad. Whether he’s sporty, stylish or tech savvy there’s something for everyone. If he’s into bodyboarding, I recommend you check out Jiminy.ie, which now stocks the world’s first recycled bodyboard, €119.99. Meanwhile Crann’s latest eco-friendly sunglasses (made from plants) are named after Irish beaches – pictured is Sandycove. www.crann.co. Prices start from €64 – €79. 

For the chocaholic 

Finally, if like mine, your dad has a soft centre and all he really wants is chocolate, I recommend Butlers for a selection of centres (soft or otherwise): www.butlerschocolates.com

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