Whatever his sport of choice, there is a plethora of Father’s Day gifts for the discerning man. Here is a list of creative gifts that are sure to score!
Solumbra. Boasting 100% UV protection and with a rapid-dry weave, the lightweight clothing by Solumbra is perfect for golfing, camping, running, surfing–even yard work! These garments are game-changers in the realm of sun protection! Buy one nice piece for Dad and he can put away the greasy sunscreen!
Rodan + Fields peptide eye wipes. Nothing could be more refreshing after a long day or a sweaty workout. Packed with peptides, these eye cloths are perfect for the traveling man and fit neatly in a gym bag or suitcase. Or, keep them in the refrigerator for an extra cooling sensation. Ideal for women as well. They remove eye makeup in a snap while treating the eye area with a powerhouse of anti-aging peptides!
The Klean Kanteen. Water tastes better when housed in this 100% stainless steel canteen, but more importantly, this water bottle does not have BPA, a chemical found in plastics that leeches into water and may cause cancer! BPA has already been banned in Europe, and here in America for baby bottles as well. This is a great and affordable gift for Dad.
Tickets. Lastly, consider buying him a couple of tickets to his favorite sporting event. If you can afford it, throw in a pair of binoculars from the sporting goods store. He’ll love you for it!
Every man loves electronic devices; they can keep him engaged for hours and improve the quality of life for the whole family. Here’s the cream of the crop in electronic gifts for Dad this Father’s Day.
A Tivo DVR recorder, above, will change the way he watches TV. In fact, it’s a great gift for the whole family. Watch what you want when you want to watch it. Skip commercials, pause live TV, do your own instant replays–perfect for sporting games! You can even watch your shows on your iPad or iPhone! Every home needs a Tivo. Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to splurge!
Fujitsu Scan Snap, above, is a document scanner for the paperless office. Scan double-sided full color (or black and white) with OCR (optical character recognition) on the fly all with a single button!
An iPad mini. What needs to be said? Ten hours battery, weighs just a little over half a pound, you can carry this everywhere. Perfection.
The Jawbone Jambox is a portable wireless speaker that connects to your iPhone or iPad (or any Bluetooth device) and sounds so much better than your phone’s built-in speakers, perfect for music of course, but it can also be used to improve conference calls since the Jambox has a built in microphone too!
Grado Labs Headphones, above, deliver great sound at a reasonable price. A retro look and timeless sound quality make everything from music to home theater sound fantastic.
A Logitech Harmony Remote will replace half a dozen remote controls. Works with your old VCR and the latest Blu-Ray. Retire all those devices cluttering up your coffee table. You can set it up so a single button will turn on and off multiple devices, and you can use your computer (Mac or PC) to configure it. Every gadget-lover’s dream!
There’s something innately masculine about the look and feel and smell of leather. And there are so many handsome leather accessories that you can gift on Father’s Day, at all price points. A belt or wallet is always welcome. Check out these other sumptuous leather goods that will make Dad swoon.
Ghurka Satchel No. 17, Vintage Chestnut Leather Briefcase, $1,295
Ghurka makes some of the finest, most stylish leather accessories available. I have this exact bag myself; it’s perfect for my laptop. This satchel has seen me through college and aesthetician school, as well as many jobs and lots of travel. You can wear it crossbody with the accompanying padded shoulder strap below, or carry it by its handles.
When you invest in a Ghurka, you are buying an heirloom-quality piece. A bag like this will last you a lifetime, and as the leather ages, it just becomes more and more beautiful. Each and every scuff and scratch simply give it more character.
Fashion legend Coco Chanel said, “The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.” And Ghurka is expensive, yes, but it’s also worth every cent.
Ghurka Magnetic Money Clip, No. 134, $145
For the man who prefers discreet cash-only transactions, this magnetic money clip fits the bill, literally. The minimalist’s solution to an overstuffed wallet. A perfect Ghurka gift for Dad.
Ralph Lauren also makes exceptional leather goods. The sophisticated executive would most certainly appreciate tasteful desk accessories, such as the alligator-embossed leather pencil cup above, $95, or a pair of Ralph Lauren bookends, $295, below, for his library.
Lastly, you can always buy a beautiful leather frame for his desk or a wallet with a picture of you inside. Remember though, you don’t have to spend a fortune on quality leather goods. I urge you to check eBay and discount stores, such as TJ Maxx, for luxury gifts that are also affordable. The last thing Dad wants is for you to max out your credit card for him. The truest gifts come from the ♥!
Maybe Dolce & Gabbana are to blame–what with their irresistible glittering Byzantine fall 2014 fashions–or perhaps women are taking the phrase gold digging to a modified extreme; but either way, we’re not complaining! Deborah Lippmann’s sparkly gold polishes have us in a 24-karat frenzy!
Spotted on beauty editors at the unveiling of Deborah’s latest lacquer launch in New York City May 20, above, were chunky gilded manicures with holographic particles, and nothing could look more chic on the tips of our fingers as we type this very article.
Pictured above is Boom Boom Pow, $20, which is infused with real 24-karat gold dust!
How regal gold will look with couture (as in the D & G models above and below), as well as casually, with jeans and a t-shirt and an oversized amber ring.
The dichotomy of rich sparkles contrasting with casual denim looks haute yet hip. Ditto for a summer dress. Gold looks right right now when applied sheer, and of course it travels effortlessly into fall worn over an opaque metallic gold like Deborah’s Nefertiti, $17, below, with autumn’s opulent colors and textures. Shine on.
There’s something charmingly androgynous about a girl borrowing a man’s clothing–whether you sleep in his Hanes t-shirt, wear your boyfriend’s perfectly distressed jeans, or borrow Dad’s leather jacket. Here’s a collection of Father’s Day gifts that are wearable and shareable!
A vintage t-shirt of his favorite band or a sweatshirt with his favorite sports team is a hip, inexpensive gift that will look great on you, too, like this Nirvana tee $19.99, pictured above. What are you saying with such a gift? You’re telling him that you understand him, which is what every man ultimately wants.
A men’s cardigan sweater is another guy gift you can both wear. If it fits him perfectly, it will be perfectly oversized for you! Check out this cozy Façonnable beauty above, in handsome navy from Nordstrom.
Or stick with a sporty yet luxurious cashmere hoodie, above, by Marc Jacobs, also from Nordstrom.
A fine leather jacket–be it couture or casual–will make Dad look like a million bucks, and you can wear it too! I’m absolutely obsessed with the Balmain calf-hair biker jacket above left, $5,655 at Bergdorf Goodman, as well as the Ferrari motorcycle jacket, above right, $1,870, also at Bergdorf Goodman. Hot. But you need not spend a fortune on a leather jacket. You can get a smokin’ deal on eBay, like the one below. It’s a Michael Kors bomber jacket, new with tags, which retails for $600 but is selling on eBay for $375. Not bad.
Be sure to read the item description very carefully with regard to size, style and materials. Make sure you check the seller’s return policy. A great idea is to have Dad try on a leather jacket in the stores before ordering a similar brand or style online. Also remember to review the seller’s ratings so you have a good idea as to their reputation on eBay. This is very important. If you know how to shop, you can save big bucks on eBay, where someone’s loss is Dad’s gain.
Every man wants to look and smell his best, but let’s face it, there’s a flurry of products out there, and unless your Dad is a licensed aesthetician, he might be at a loss for the best in fragrance and grooming. That’s where we come in. Here, a list of the ultimate in fragrance and grooming products for that special man in your life: Dear Old Dad.
Philip B. Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo, $35
I cannot rave enough about the Philip B. line of hair and body products, and the Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo, above, is one of my all-time favorites! Who knew that this elixir, which smells like fresh eucalyptus, is equally appropriate for women as it is for men? I just love the one-stop efficiency of a hair and body shampoo–and this one is magic–from the Houdini of Hair, Mr. Philip B. A small amount yields an intense, voluptuous lather. With a 6% herbaceous blend of pure botanical extracts, it’s spiked with Norwegian Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Pine, Cedarwood and Camphor (which makes showering a tingling experience!) It’s truly invigorating! I hope and pray that Philip B. will never discontinue this fabulous product. It’s beyond incredible. Perfect for low-maintenance men (and women) who also love luxurious preparations for hair, scalp and skin.
Tam Dao cologne, $88 for 50 ml/$120 for 100 ml
I love my Tam Dao! Did I say my Tam Dao? I meant, my husband’s Tam Dao. This is my favorite men’s fragrance ever–so much so that I love wearing it myself. Sweet yet masculine, it’s rich with earthy notes of sandalwood and smells great on anyone. That may sound like a broad statement, but it’s true. I have never smelled another fragrance quite like Tam Dao. It’s completely unique, just like Dad. Every man should smell this good.
The Art of Shaving Black Badger Brush, $55
Is there an art to shaving? Yes! The Art of Shaving products elevate a tiresome chore into a spa experience. This badger brush is the first step in his shaving ritual. It gently exfoliates the skin while softening and lifting the beard, preparing it for the closest of shaves.
The Art of Shaving Soap with Wooden Bowl, $50
This solid soap-in-a-bowl produces a generous lather worthy of a proper shave. Formulated with glycerin and coconut oil, it generates a rich lather when used with a shaving brush and hot water. The lather protects the skin and softens the beard while providing an extremely close shave. The soaps come in elegant teak wood bowls, which can be refilled.
This soap comes in three masculine scents: sandalwood, lemon, and lavender, but if you are unsure, buy the lavender–it’s a natural antiseptic, great for preventing ingrown hairs!
The Art of Shaving After-Shave Balm, $40
This after-shave balm, formulated with shea butter and a touch of grapeseed extract, moisturizes and revitalizes to promote healthy looking skin. Antiseptic and alcohol-free.
Rodan + Fields Redefine Brightening Hand Treatment, $32
If he’s grown accustomed to hard work, the least you can give him is soft hands. So many men are plagued with parched hands and miserably dry cuticles, and nothing seems to remedy it. Relief is in sight! This Rodan + Fields peptide-rich hand treatment is the solution. It’s rich in the best emollients and oils, yet doesn’t feel greasy because it dries to a silky powdered finish due to a unique ingredient: corn starch. Dad will love the way his hands feel!
Rodan + Fields Redefine Eye Cloths, $29
Another brilliant product from Rodan + Fields, these peptide-drenched eye cloths are perfect for his gym bag. After a sweaty game of racquetball or an afternoon golfing, he can tidy up with a swipe of these gentle conditioning cloths, which are perfect for the entire face. And ladies, if you’ve never removed your eye makeup with one of these soothing wipes, you are in for a treat! This product makes the eye area look fresh, open and rested. After just one use, you’ll both be hooked…An ingenious unisex grooming product from two of the greatest names in dermatology: Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields.
Laura Mercier Lip Silk, $22
Makeup artist Laura Mercier has created a matte lip conditioner that exfoliates and hydrates without leaving a greasy mess, so Dad’s lips will stay hydrated, soft and smooth. Available at department stores.
Diptyque Candle in Baies, $60
Soothe his spirit with the powers of aromatherapy. This fabulous candle will transform any space into a veritable sanctuary–a garden of blooming flowers. You just haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the aroma of a Diptyque candle burning in your bedroom. Every celebrity is said to have their favorite scent in this high-end line of French home fragrances. Baies (pronounced, simply, BAY) is favored by the one and only legend, Francis Ford Coppola. The powerful scent lasts for hours. What can I say? I love it too. Diptyque candles are a guaranteed pleaser!
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16, and sometimes it seems difficult to think of the perfect present for your main man. Is this because Dad doesn’t have any exciting interests? Or because he really doesn’t want anything at all? Chances are, it’s more likely that he just doesn’t articulate his cravings as easily as the female species, leaving the rest of us at a loss for ideas.
But all that’s going to change when you read about these creative gifts for your Papi this Father’s Day. It’s the ultimate collection of things guys desire. Today’s list of gifts are within the genre of tools, gadgets and accessories, but we have tons more ideas on the way, so keep checking back as we countdown to Father’s Day!
Toys for Boys
Guys love tools, gadgets and accessories, and the more unique and specialized, the better. Of course power tools will always excite…anything that buzzes or grinds is certain to please; but here are some fabulous little morsels as well…toys for all kinds of boys!
Victorinox Swiss Army Knife ‘Climber’, $40. What man would not adore all the functions of a Swiss Army Knife? This one’s got a cap lifter, wirestripper, toothpick, reamer, corkscrew, scissors, can opener, tweezers, two different sized screwdrivers and two blades all in one cool tool! He’ll love playing with it! Designed for the man who wants to carry it all without the bulk, the Climber has a lifetime warranty, stainless steel implements and Swiss-made quality and durability. It’s so doggone handy you’ll likely find yourself borrowing it from him!
For the foodie: cooking gadgets are an ideal gift, like this Rösle Digital Instant Read Thermometer, $45. In stainless steel featuring an easy-to-read illuminated digital display that measures in both Celsius and Fahrenheit, Rösle’s instant-read thermometer is a must-have for everyday cooking. It quickly checks roasts, deep-fry oil, infant food, even wine for serving and water for making tea. Perfect for outdoor grilling, too!
Ah, Montblanc. Excuse me, but this is not a pen. It’s a writing instrument. The fine craftsmanship of a Montblanc will set him apart from all the other chumps out there who are still signing checks the uncivilized way. You can opt for the Meisterstück LeGrand in black resin above, $450, with gold-plated details–it’s a Montblanc classic. Free engraving makes it extra special. Or splurge on a limited edition, like the diamond– and sapphire-encrusted Boheme Papillon, below, valued at 180,000 Euros! Either way, Dad is sure to leave his mark with the utmost elegance.
Paloma’s Caliper money clip, $325, above left, and Paloma’s Caliper key ring, $250.
Paloma Picasso, youngest daughter of artist Pablo Picasso, has created a money clip and matching key chain for the discerning man. It is her and her husband’s passion for classic cars and racing that is highlighted in this clever collection named for an essential automobile part: the caliper. Fashioned in stainless steel and midnight titanium, both are original designs copyrighted by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. Buy one or both; he’ll be delighted either way.
Foursevens makes the ultimate flashlights for the man who wants to see everything clearly. These things come in remarkably handy for all your late-night adventures. The Mini ML, above, is priced right at $39, and at just 2.3 inches, fits easily on his keychain…or he can stash it in the car. But don’t let the compact size fool you–these little things are powerful! With three brightness levels, it’s a bright idea for the practical man.
Zippo lighters come in many different materials and themes, for every price point. Whether he prefers a classic windproof lighter or a torch, he’ll absolutely light up when he unwraps this little gift. Boasting a lifetime guarantee, Zippos are easily customized for a personal touch.
Stay tuned to Beauty Shall Save the World for more great gifts for Dad at all price points…