For Alistair Mokoena, CEO of Google South Africa, Father’s Day is a reminder of the profound responsibility of men in raising their children, a privileged position not to be taken lightly. It’s best celebrated with his children waking him up with a cup of coffee (a rare event) and his their performance of personalised letters and drawings. Mokoena collects Happy Socks, his favourite being the Lego brick edition. This year he’d like a K-Way puffer jacket for winter and hopefully a few more pairs of colourful socks.
Happy Socks from R149 at Shesha
K-Way Men’s Gordon Down Jacket from R1,499 at Cape Union Mart
Mark Barnes, a long time columnist for Business Day and previous CEO of the Post Office, views Father’s Day as a worthwhile attempt at convergence with his children, ranging from young teenagers to 30-year-olds. Barnes isn’ta subscriber of presents for an occasion, seeking joy from the presence of his children instead. However, he appreciates gifts that are useful and can be enjoyed together as a family, such as multi-tools and fishing rods.
Trout fishing rod From Xplorer fly fishing. R1,250 to R3,950
Renowned architect and father of three Silvio Rech, treats Father’s Day as a special occasion to do fun things that one couldn’t do otherwise; an escape from everyday stress. Gifts aren’t deemed essential; Silvio prefers the attention, recognition and affection from his family. Even so, he’s not a man to miss out on being spoilt. His best gifts were from last year — a Waterman Edson fountain pen, bespoke inks and Japanese Toemoe River paper. Silvio desires a day spent in nature, ending with his family around a fire and a tumbler of the finest Scotch in his hand.
Waterman Edson fountain pen from loot.co.za at R23,000
Aberlour 12-year-old Scotch from Solly Kramer’s at R699
Siphiwe Mpye, managing partner at the Noted Corporation and a leading figure in the media industry, loves seeing his two youngest kids’ growth through their artwork gifted on Father’s Day. This year, with handcrafted presents, he would like to receive Please Wait Here, a niche fragrance by Johannesburg-based Apartment*. The single-molecule fragrance is a conceptual scent that manifests in different ways depending on the wearer, moving from an imagined Japanese forest to fresh laundry to dry incense.
Please Wait Here by Apartment* available from aptaptapt.co at R1,490
UrbanWorks founder Thiresh Govender is an urban designer and architect. For him, Father’s Day involves nature and an intimate family breakfast. He’d like some exotic paper this year; a movement towards a tactile, sensory experience within the digital realm of social distancing. His best Father’s Day to date is Moleskine notebooks and a set of Sakura Koi Colouring Brush pens.
Koi Colouring Brush pen pets by Sakura available in sets of 12, 24 and 48 from R179 to R1,325 at ArtSavingsClub.co.za
Leuchtturm Notebook Master Hardcover (A4+) available from writegear.co.za at R650