Father’s Day is almost upon us!
In case you’re still brainstorming with your fellow loved ones about what to give the fathers (and father figures!) in your lives, the people behind Mantle have a few suggestions.
Lei, staff writer
My dad is a chef, so my suggestions are tailored to that. They’re also good for dads who love to cook in general!
Socksmith Food Socks
First, a pair of Socksmith Food Socks, because every father should have cute socks that show off their passion.
Everpride Chef Knife Roll Bag
And then there’s the Everpride Chef Knife Roll Bag, because it’s always important for a professional to have his tools with him in a bag that’s worthy of his stature.
And then, there’s the pièce de résistance.
Considered to be Manila’s grandest dining place, Sofitel’s Spiral boasts 21 ateliers. Yes, you read that right. Twenty-one different workshop stations where artisans can masterfully prepare your food right before your eyes. With a wide variety of dishes ranging from European to Asian cuisine, Spiral is the ultimate go-to haven for food enthusiasts. As a bonus, they also have an all-you-can-drink alcohol selection!
Karishma, director of digital
I’m all about making quality time and effort for my dad.
A personal breakfast
First off, it’s important for me that on Father’s Day I cook him breakfast. Even if it’s just simple fare, say longganisa with eggs and garlic rice, or something fancier, that’s up to you. I know it may sound cliché but it’s the thought that matters.
A personal call
If, let’s say, I’m not with my dad—maybe he’s abroad and I can’t cook him breakfast—I do the next best thing: I do a Facetime video chat with him. As in really talk to him, not just a token “happy Father’s Day” greeting. I make sure he knows that I’m thinking about him, I appreciate him, and that on Father’s Day I’m all about being with him in any way I can.
Which brings me to the most important part, the same thing I said earlier: quality time. If I’m with him, I disconnect from everything else. I turn off my phone so that there’s no interruptions whatsoever and I can really focus on just him and the family. That’s what makes for a real Father’s Day celebration for me.
Erick, director of design
For Father’s Day, I’m particular about the right experiences.
First off, a degustation at Denlim’s Kitchen – Lechon Pugon + Buro. My Dad loves his Kapampangan roots. Good food is always essential.
Uniqlo X Engineered Garments
Next, a staple shirt from Uniqlo X Engineered Garments Collab. He wears Uniqlo every day, and I support that.
Finally, there’s Amangiri. To conclude our usual East Coast-West Coast Father’s Day pilgrimage, I’d love to take him and my family to Aman to decompress before coming home.
Dante, features editor
Like Karishma, I’m a firm believer in quality time with your loved ones. And because I’m a firm believer in tech too, why not marry the two ideas?
If your father loves video games, get him a Nintendo Switch. Provided, of course, that he doesn’t already have one. Aside from it being a very portable platform (perfect for high-energy fathers who are always on the move and chasing the next opportunity), it’s got an excellent library of games that range from the casual to the complex. The potential for shared experiences is also without peer: you can declare to all and sundry that you and your father are co-op masters of Overcooked and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime!
Speaking of shared experiences, one classic game we’ve all played with our fathers at some point is “Child, Where Is My Valuable Object?” A phone, a bag, car keys, you name it: we’ve helped them look for missing and misplaced items countless times.
Let’s make our lives easier with Tiles. Track them! Track all the things, and never lose them again!
Tech is very good at two things: disruption and iteration. Disruption is about shaking up the established order with new ways of doing things, and iteration is about making what does work even better. For fathers who are into mobility and fitness, I recommend a brand that’s gotten pretty good at making a classic even better: Tern. Their line of bicycles is among the best in the market, with a range of models that cater to even the most particular needs.
Get one for your father—I’m almost certain it’ll be better than the old reliable he’s got (unless it’s also a Tern). Heck, get two, go biking together, and make the most of the time you have.
Regina, managing editor
Every dad is different, but I’ve found many dads like to sit back and chill, maybe watch a game, have a nice cup of coffee, or a glass of something finely aged. So, this Father’s Day, may I suggest these gifts?
Good whiskey, like Chivas Regal, to drink while they’re watching.
Kenneth Cobonpue x Star Wars
And of course, a nice, comfortable chair. In case they enjoy galactic travels, maybe a Star Wars easy chair by Kenneth Cobonpue?
These gifts are meant to keep your dad looking sharp, while also giving him something practical to use.
British umbrellas are fine accessories, resembling the canes and walking sticks popular during the Victorian era. These umbrellas are made in the traditional way, with the shaft and handle crafted out of wood, as well as a manually operated hand spring to spread out the rib. Handy things to have the start of the rainy season, especially for more formal occasions.
Shangri-La at the Fort
3rd Avenue, 1634, Taguig, Philippines
Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 41
Breitling is venturing outside of their oversize pilot watch niche with the Navitimer 1 Automatic line. It keeps the slide rule bezel but does away with the chronograph. And yet, it still has the appeal of the watch that went to space. A solid pick for the dad who wants a watch that can be used for both casual and cocktail occasions.
Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center
Montegrappa Moon Landing Pen
It’s the moon landing’s 50th anniversary this year, marking half a century of the giant leap for mankind. Montegrappa’s official collaboration with NASA recreates the Saturn V rocket in aluminum, complete with the US flag and the Apollo Command module. It comes as a roller ball, a fountain pen, or a ballpoint pen. It’s also available in limited and ultimate editions, using solid gold and titanium. A fine gift for the dad who watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin head to space.
Dante is the features editor of Mantle Magazine, a copy editor for Tech in Asia, and a communications consultant with Puzzled Owl. He also produces a quirky little pub quiz called GeekFight Trivia Night.