Let’s state the obvious: traditionally, Dads have been more than a little difficult to shop for. There’s a reason they so often get saddled with socks, ties, and paperweights -- even they don’t know what they want on their big day. How often have you heard the following (or something similar)?
“I don’t need anything.”
“Whatever you want to do is fine.”
“I’d rather you spend the money on yourself.”
Well, good news: we’re here to help. While Father’s Day is about way more than presents, the well-considered gift for your Old Man can communicate something more than love; it can signal respect, shared values, even a sense of understanding that words alone can’t achieve. It can let your Dad know that you see him as both a father and a man with individual interests and passions. We’ve put together a list of potential gifts to help prep you for a Father’s Day you’ll both remember for a long time to come. Here’s to the Dads.
MEAT: Everything You Need to Know ($25)
Is your Dad’s favorite place in front of a grill? With summer BBQ sessions fast approaching, get the grillmaster in your life the collected wisdom of Pat LaFrieda, butcher extraordinaire. With over 75 recipes covering a range of different meat types and preparations, your Dad’s chops will be the envy of the neighborhood.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon ($30)
Brewed in the same distillery as the ultra-premium Pappy Van Winkle’s, Buffalo Trace is a bourbon with $100+ taste at a quarter of the cost. For the father who enjoys a good cocktail, it’s an affordable gift idea that brings real quality -- and a real flavor profile -- to the table: notes of caramel, cedar, cherry, and spice make it great with a steak, over ice, or neat.
Gordon Woven Cufflinks by Thomas Pink ($50)
Give your Dad a bit of pop on his cuffs with these elegant and beautiful pieces from Thomas Pink. Hand-woven in a variety of distinctive colors, they’ll serve Dad well from client meetings to a date night with Mom.
Herschel Supply Duffle Bag ($80)
Give your Dad a reason to get away for a while -- or, better yet, plan a trip together. Herschel’s weekender bags are spacious, good looking, and feature an incredibly handy shoe compartment. The road is calling, make sure you help your Dad pack well.
Belroy Note Sleeve Wallet ($90)
With a slim silhouette and clean, masculine aesthetics, the Bellroy Note Sleeve Wallet can help your Dad get organized and look good doing it. It’s functional, efficient, and can permanently remove the dreaded back-pocket bulge from his life.
NEST Thermostat ($249)
If your Dad is a tech enthusiast, be sure to check out the NEST family of products -- the Thermostat, in particular. It’s a self-learning Internet of Things smart device, which means that over time it will adapt to your Dad’s climate preferences. It’ll also save him a bundle on heating and cooling costs.
Kaufmann Mercantile Build-Your-Own Keychain Tools (price varies)
For the Dad that is handy and likes to tinker (or is perenially fixing something), these incredibly useful pocket-sized keychains feature a varity of tools ready for a myriad of jobs. Kaufmann Mercantile offers pre-selected versions or gives you the option to start with a key ring and build your own custom set with options like a mini pocket knife, screw tools, and more.
A Classically-Inspired Watch
If your Dad toes the line between modern sensibility and classic design, consider the Tissot Tradition Silver Dial Watch ($300). We love this watch because of its ideal combination of style, quality, and value. Alternatively, we’re big fans of Daniel Wellington’s outstanding watch collection ($150 - $300). Mid-century inspired and excellently priced, these subtle and stylish watches get high marks for their simplicity of design. You can't go wrong with either choice and Dad will be looking stylish -- no matter the time.