My dad has been using this for his facial hair and he tells me it's brilliant. It comes out as a blue gel which lathers into a foam when rubbed onto the face. He uses it on his neck and says that when shaving, the hair comes away smoothly and easily with it as it softens the hair and hydrates skin whilst doing so. It helps that it smells fresh too!
This is a great gift idea as it's a two in one - both beards and head hair can be cut with it. You get two trimmers to fit on the main shaver. There is a little gauge on the side of each so you can choose exactly which length you want. The click and lock function means that you will have no accidents, just an even trim all over. With the beard trimmer, you can choose a length between 1-11mm and the hair one, 10-20mm. It even has a handy chamber which collects the hair that you cut (great news for me as I hate hair everywhere!). There is a precision trimmer which is designed to shape the contours of your hair and beard. The shaver is fully washable (you can clean it under a running tap) and it comes with a small bottle of maintenance oil and cleaning brush. As it's an electric shaver, you do get a charger. Once charged for around an hour, Chris is able to get 40 minutes use out of it which is more then enough time for a haircut or beard trim. It comes with a handy pouch to keep everthing together too.
Gillette Fusion ProGlide with Flexball Technology Manual Razor
The Gillette Fusion ProGlide boasts smooth skin in a single stroke. My dad has a goatee so he never shaves fully. He has found this razor to be the best he's owned in terms of shaping. The flexball means that it pivots easily over contours and doesn't miss any hairs so there is no need for stretching and pulling skin. It has four thin razors and a small precision one on the back for tidying up.
If none of these are quite right, Braun and Gillette do a wide range. Why not see if any of the following suit your dad better?
Braun cruZer 5 Beard Shaver
Braun Waterflex Wet & Dry Electric Shaver
Braun CoolTec White Electric Shaver
Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver
(Disclaimer: I received these items for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are of those stated.)