A recent Pick n Pay poll asked dads what they really wanted for Father’s Day this year, and the overwhelming desire was simply time with the family. Other items on dads’ wish lists were gas braais, power tools, whisky, peace and quiet, obedient children, an iPhone and repairs to the house! What didn’t they want? Besides soap-on-a-rope, no-gos included melted chocolates, T-shirts that don’t fit and the highest possible offence: forgetting the day completely. And when asked what duties dads felt they were best at, most fathers responded ‘being a good provider for my family’. Show them some appreciation with a really special gift.
1. Cheers, Dad
For a special whisky that won’t break the bank, try The Glenlivet 12 Year Old, The classic expression of The Glenlivet range, this Scottish whisky has nutty, oaky, oaty flavours, floral aromas and signature fruity notes, in particular those of pineapple. Available at R360 from leading liquor stores countrywide.
2. Perfect wine
Wine-loving dads will enjoy showing off the stainless steel Corkcicle.ONE. This nifty gadget cools down room-temperature reds in fifteen minutes and keeps chilled whites at the perfect temperature using unique freezing gel technology. This model includes an aerator that instantly expands the aromatic profile of your wine as you pour. R469 from Superbalist.com
3. Hot & spicy
If he likes some spice, get Dad this Habanero Hot Sauce in its fun box (‘Open if you dare; for real men’), R79.95 from Woolworths.
4. Real sizzler
Treat a dad who savours cooking a juicy steak or seared fish to Le Creuset’s cast-iron skillet, available in nine delicious colours. On promotion at R456 (normal price R570), this kitchen staple for stovetop frying and oven baking has sloping sides to prevent splatter, and two integrated pouring sprouts for draining fats and juices.
5. Look & learn
The new Le Creuset Grill & La Plancha recipe book (R198) will inspire him to make anything from ribs with caramel sauce to grilled falafel skewers to figs marinaded in balsamic vinegar on his griddle.
Goes with…The Le Creuset square griddle plancha in cherry red or black Square Flat Grill (R980) makes for quick, lower-fat cooking, and the ribbed base gives characteristic char–lines and flavour.
6. Good morning
Coffee addict dads will appreciate the Le Creuset coffee plunger with two espresso mugs, available in four colours, is now R768 (was R960). Or buy him two stoneware espresso mugs in his favourite colour and get a third one free. R200 each (normally R300).
7. Take him out!
Grab a Groupon deal. Enjoy a dinner of 250g rump or sirloin steaks for two people at The Famous Butcher’s Grill for R130, a total saving of 50%. Choose between side orders of mash, wedges, chips, a jacket potato or salad.
Spoil him with a two-hour coastal tour on a Harley with Harley Davidson Tours. R960 for two people.
Treat him to a two-night stay for two at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve on the Garden Route. For R2 090, this deal saves you 50%.
8. All that jazz
Take Dad to the Father’s Day Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Taj Cape Town, and he’ll stand the chance to win an exciting Land Rover experience. On the corner of Wale Street and St George’s Mall, Taj Cape Town’s team at Mint, the Local Grill, will offer father favourites such as homemade beef burger topped with chunky blue cheese and crispy bacon, West Coast Sole dressed with caper and lemon butter, warm chocolate pudding and French vanilla ice cream and Malva pudding with custard.
Lucky-draw prizes include a Land Rover day out in the Atlantis Dunes, extreme off-roading on the Melkbos 4×4 track, or tickets for Dad and three friends to any Super 15 Rugby game at Newlands, among other giveaways. 12h00 to 15h00, Sunday 15 June; R295 per adult for a three-course choice menu and live jazz band entertainment. Call 021 819 2000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.tajhotels.com.