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Father’s Day is this coming weekend and, if your household is anything like mine, while Mother’s day gift ideas are plentiful, my Dad is almost impossible to buy for – and I’m still hunting around for something suitable as the clock ticks by….
So if you too are looking for ideas, we’ve had a look at some top holdings* in our Elite Rated funds that could fit the bill. We’ve got something for the gadget-obsessed dad, the father who loves a tipple, the motor-head, the fashionista and the dad who just wants to spend time with you…
While many a dad may dream of owning a Ferrari, a dream is what it will remain for most when a new one costs around £200,000 – but you could possibly invest in the company instead, like BlackRock European Dynamic*. For the less flashy father, Investec UK Alpha* invests in Rolls Royce. Alternatively, there’s always a reasonably priced car-care kit available at Halfords, a top holding in GAM UK Equity Income*.
Janus Henderson UK Absolute Return* in invested in fashion-label Ralph Lauren. With mid range to luxury clothes on offer, as well as fragrances, there is plenty to be found. Alternatively, Next – a holding in EdenTree Amity UK*, has a decent selection of ties, and there is always the old favourite: pants or socks from M&S – a holding in Investec Cautious Managed*.
Whether it’s the new release blockbuster you both want to see at the cinema, or the a new series to binge watch on TV, our funds have it covered. T. Rowe Price European Smaller Companies Equity** invests in Cineworld, the world’s second largest cinema chain, while Baillie Gifford High Yield Bond** has a holding in Netflix’s debt as the on-demand service is now a staple function on new TV’s in every home.
For dad’s who want a bit of quality time, ordering in could be an option. Dominos Pizza is a holding in Unicorn UK Smaller Companies*** and Janus Henderson European Focus* holds Carlsberg. The combination also means a sports-mad dad, won’t have to miss the cricket world cup. Alternatively, you could splash out on a family meal at the likes of Beefeater, Brewers Fayre or Table Table – all restaurants owned by Whitbread, a holding in Elite Radar FP Crux UK Special Situations*.
If technology is the key to a happy father, then look no further than Magna Emerging Markets Dividend* or Fidelity Global Special Situations*, which respectively own Samsung and Apple. Or there is of course the online tech giant Amazon, a top ten holding of T. Rowe Price Global Focused Growth Equity*, which can provide almost any product and importantly with next day delivery!
If your dad doesn’t want you to “waste your money buying me something I don’t want anyway”, you could opt for something much more practical – and that also answers those age-old questions of “do I look like a taxi service?”, “are you still on the phone?” and – my favourite – do you own shares in electricity? Turn the lights off!”
P.S don’t forget a wrapping paper and a card! IG Design, the manufacturers and suppliers of gift packaging, greetings cards, stationery and creative products, is a top holding in LF Gresham House UK Micro Cap*.
*Source: FE Analytics, holdings as at 30 April 2019
**Source: FE Analytics, holdings as at 31 March 2019
***Source: FE Analytics, holdings as at 31 May 2019