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Some gift ideas ahead of Father’s Day

Photograph: Thinkstock

Photograph: Thinkstock


If your dad is one of those repressed Irish fathers (do they still exist?), a thoughtful, emotional Father’s Day gift may inspire a nod, a terse smile and a stiff, one-armed hug. Gift-giving can be awkward.

If your father is a character in a shelved John B Keane play, then this pair of fine Donegal tweed hiking socks will be just the ticket on Sunday.

To awkwardly squeeze dads into stereotypes for gift-giving purposes, we also have picks for football dads (we’re not in the World Cup, but they can still criticise the other team’s strips), vintage-cool dads (he will know these Persol shades were a favourite of Steve McQueen) and fine-drinking dads (when you can’t find a stylish present, a single malt is a nice substitute).

(L-R) Lagavulin 16-year old single malt, €76.99 from the Celtic Whiskey Shop. Hiking socks, €10 by Donegal Socks. '1000 Football Shirts: The Colours of the Beautiful Game' by Bernard Lions, €28.99 in Easons. Persol Sunglasses, €220, from Mr Porter


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