Darren Palmer

If your dad has an eye for style (or perhaps you wish he did), then you need to find him a great Father’s Day gift that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is practical. To help us find the perfect balance, we’ve enlisted the talents of interior stylist and The Block judge, Darren Palmer. Darren shares his own experiences of being a dad with us, while proving that leather, wood and steel are fail-safe options for a classic, masculine gift.

Father’s Day gift expert: The Block judge Darren Palmer

BOUNDARIES, FAIRNESS, AN EVEN TEMPER AND LOTS OF LOVE make for a great dad. I’m good at most of those things most of the time. From time to time, though, you can understand your own parents’ frustrations that little bit better!

I’M A DISCIPLINARIAN (UNFORTUNATELY). I have a lot of fun with my son, Hugo – we build Lego, play and have a good laugh – but he knows if I ask him to do something, that’s what needs to happen. I also sing him to sleep with ‘Reindeers Are Better Than People’ from Frozen though, so it all evens out.

BEING A PARENT ISN’T ALWAYS PRETTY. One evening before the Logies, Hugo had a touch of gastro. After doing a late night clean-up, I put on the tux and went to the Logies. The next day I was GREEN. Everyone assumed I just had a killer hangover and wouldn’t believe I’d picked up a bug from my son. Thanks Scott Cam for caring.

HUGO TOLD ME THE OTHER DAY that the present he’s giving me is “very important” because “it’s a surprise and it’s a magic kit and it has a cup and a wand and you say magic words.”  I reckon that’s pretty much a perfect Father’s Day gift.

Darren Palmer’s Father’s Day wishlist

Leather, wood and steel make classic, masculine gifts

  1. White cotton pocket square, $20
  2. Skultuna cufflinks with three crowns, $95
  3. ‘Vintage wash’ Turkish towel in black, $59
  4. Unisex Italian leather crossbody bag in ‘cognac’, $119.60
  5. Wood and steel classic cufflinks, $59.95
  6. ‘Radio silenz’ noise-cancelling cherry wood headphones, $199
  7. Bamboo iPhone 5/5S case, $44.95
  8. ‘Crosby’ leather travel bag, $299.95
  9. ‘Tino’ leather toiletry bag, $99
Easy Luxury by Darren Palmer
Darren Palmer’s latest book, Easy Luxury ($39.99), is out now.

Designer, The Block judge, and author Darren Palmer knows a thing or two about style, having been featured as one of Belle magazine’s “Mood Makers for 2011”. His new book, Easy Luxury (Murdoch Books, $39.99), is available in bookshops now. Follow Darren on Facebook, on Twitter at @darrenpalmerint  and on Instagram at @darrenpalmerinteriors.

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