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Gift giving may be a daunting task to take on, especially when Father’s Day is just around the corner. A typical Father’s Day celebration could sometimes be an upscale dinner and a simple card—but this year, why not try kicking things up a notch? Here are some ideas for you and your family to make this day extra special.
Instagrammable co-baking studio Bakebe is a great place for bakers of all levels. Lessons are self-guided through Bakebe’s app, which makes the baking process fun and rewarding—and most importantly foolproof. Try your hand at their Papa Gentleman ($590), a banana-flavoured cake topped with a luxurious chocolate cream.
Bakebe’s online catalogue provides a short preview of each recipe for the purpose of accommodating those who may have dietary restrictions or preferences—for instance, fruits, eggs, dairy, and nuts. For those who are watching their sugar intake, the vegan oatmeal cookie ($290) and Cotton Love cake ($650) are the health-conscious choices for you. Remember to book your slot via Bakebe’s website before attending class!
Bakebe, Shop 170, L1/F, Mira Place Two, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3165 8279
Father’s Day is not only a day of celebration, but an opportunity to reward our fathers for their hard work! Why not take this day to gift him an act of service? It’s time to take your grocery run to another level—make a detour and visit Slowood. A growing zero-waste outlet based in Hong Kong, Slowood encourages the local community to live a more health-conscious and sustainable lifestyle. Here, you can get your old man sustainably sourced coffee bean blends ($140) from Fineprint, pyramid tea bags ($88) from Love Tea—if he prefers tea over coffee—and reusable everyday items, like their Slowood silicone bag (from $68) and silicone sandwich bag ($138).
While you run errands for him, get him occupied at Float Co. for a transportive experience. Floatation therapy is designed to reset your mind and body by floating your way into feeling weightlessness. Float Co. accommodates first-time goers and floaters with their starter pack ($500 per float) that includes three floats that need to be redeemed within one month. The benefits of floatation therapy are only truly felt when done more than once!
Float Co., Basement, 89 Caine Road, Mid-Levels | (+852) 2548 2844
Covering all price ranges, sizes, and portability, these handy massage guns and machines are taking the world by storm. If you do not have one already—what are you waiting for?—you should get your hands on one for your dad (and perhaps yourself, too). These nifty massage guns offer muscle relief and relaxation at an arm’s reach. Get one to feel rejuvenated without making a trip to the spa or massage parlour!
For mobility, the Booster Mattea mini massage gun ($498) is a solid economical choice. Apart from it being portable due to its size and weight, it also supports three attachments for maximum on-the-go muscle relief.
For a deep massage, the Renpho hand-held deep massager ($315) is designed to reach unreachable spots. Once you’ve explored all five vibration modes, five intensity levels, and five interchangeable massage heads, you would not even mind its comparatively large body—it can do so much!
For versatility, the Zikko Dr Rock Lite+ massage gun ($1,480) is constructed with the user’s comfort in mind. Despite its seemingly clunky shape, it is, in fact, lightweight and quite easy to use. It also has an ergonomic multi-angle handle operation that is fit for longer usage, so your arm won’t feel too tired holding it up.
Be. Well. Festival will be held the weekend after Father’s Day on 26 June this year. Whether it’s due to a nine-to-five desk job or having to commute a long distance to and from work every day, we all find ourselves sitting all day and (almost) every day. Everyone—most importantly, our hardworking dads—can benefit from regular exercise. Qintensity Fitness will be hosting this free event led by coach Edmond Ho to encourage the busy working adults of Hong Kong to become healthier as a community (socially distanced, of course). Book here.
Be. Well. Festival, 3/F & Rooftop, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay | (+852) 2815 8888
Spend this Father’s Day appreciating the finer things in life at a wine tasting masterclass ($1,976) hosted by the incomparable Mandarin Oriental. A resident sommelier will take students old and young through Old and New World wines, highlighting six different labels for you to taste. Connoisseurs of any level will enjoy the 60-minute masterclass, plus the tasting will be accompanied by snacks and palate cleansers between wines! Book here.
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central | (+852) 2522 0111
It is officially summer, and swimsuits and fruity cocktails are in! What’s more relaxing than splashing around in the pool under the summer heat? While staycations are best spent over long weekends, plenty of hotels now offer pool passes, allowing visitors to take a dip without booking a room for the night. Enjoy this wonderful perk with the whole family, and make your way to brunch or afternoon tea after a swim. Beautiful views and getting wonderfully tan can be had at wallet-friendly prices—check out our round-up for hotel pool passes here.
Barbeque and beer, anyone? Feather & Bone is offering butchery masterclasses (starting from $900) this Father’s Day. Attend these guided lessons to try your hand at butchering your own meats, cooking them to perfection, and enjoying the fruits of your labour at an exclusive dine-in experience.
Offered to guests aged 16 above, the line-up of classes includes a lamb breakdown masterclass (starting from $3,800 per person), sausage-making masterclass ($980 per person), and beef Wellington making masterclass ($1,980 per person). Learn from the best with complimentary wine and beer, and receive recipe cards to take home to the kids for the dishes in your home kitchen!
Feather & Bone, Shop 1, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 3705 0280
Craft beer and Texas-style barbeque—a combination to die for! In celebration of Father’s Day, the Roundhouse will be hosting a craft beer masterclass ($350) with Conor Hogan, lead brewer at Carbon Brews, at both their Wan Chai and Soho restaurants. Make sure you carve out a slot from 3 pm to 5 pm on either Saturday, 19 June, or Sunday, 20 June, for you and dad to bond over an exciting afternoon activity, which includes tasting a stash of rare beers, as well as the opportunity to take part in a beer-related Q&A session to become better acquainted with craft brews. Get your tickets to their Soho event here and their Wan Chai event here.