This is a chance to surprise him with his unspoken wish. First, there are items that are sure to delight him, such as a wonderfully light titanium Alessi watch or – for the achingly hip dad – a Prada perfume. Novelty items that embody British craftsmanship are also a good idea, such as William & Son’s Backgammon set or a Trumpers shoe-shine kit.
Second up are spas – and no, they’re not just for girls. What better way to spend quality time with your pa than while on your bellies being massaged? Exactly. A treat all round.
Alessi Out Time Watch, £92
Trumpers Leather Shoe-Shine Kit, £65
Quintessentially Wine Box Set, From £180
Prada for Men, £35
William & Son Backgammon Set £1,550
Dunhill Connect 4, £2,500
Glenfiddich 12-year-old, £32.99
Duchamp Cufflinks, £59
Mont Blanc Black Mystery Pen, £355