Father’s Day is quickly approaching and your dad--or the dad of your children--deserves a little appreciation. We’ve talked to a lot of guys and scoured the internet to come up with some gift ideas.
Whether your dad is classy, sporty, brainy, or just plain weird, we think we have him covered.
Does your dad enjoy an adult beverage now and then? Get him the makings of Bermuda’s famous drink, the Dark and Stormy. It’s manly, refreshing, and not too strong. A proper Dark and Stormy is made with one part Gosling’s Dark Rum to three parts ginger beer; add lots of ice.
If your dad loves pop divas as much as Steff’s dad does (she took him to see Beyoncé), tickets for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball 2010 Tour are on sale at Ticketmaster.com. She’ll be in Boston, NYC, the Midwest, and Texas in July. Face value prices range from $54-$179.
WWD published an article a few weeks ago declaring that men’s dress shirts were finally becoming fun, boasting offbeat colors and patterns. Try one from Lands’ End. They’re colorful, preppy, have the heritage cred that is so in right now, and best of all...they’re really inexpensive: $35-$50.
Every dad deserves a Lanvin bow tie. Pair it with the Lands’ End shirt and go high/low. Find one at Barneys for $300.
Dads from ages 20-90 will look good in these Tretorn x Comme des Garçons sneakers: $98-$108.
A watch is a traditional gift but make it quirky: Give him a vintage 1980s Swatch. Our resident expert says to look for Swatches from 1983-1985. You can find them on Squiggly.com, or if you enjoy the hunt, eBay. A Keith Haring designed style is considered rare ($775), but the holy grail is the 1985 Kiki Picasso design, of which only 150 were produced. They go for more than $20,000. If you can find one.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Beer Cooler, a mere $6 at Marc by Marc stores. Because every man needs a Marc beer cooler.
Sebastian Junger’s new book, War, is about the five months he spent with an American platoon in Afghanistan. He wrote The Perfect Storm, he is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, and has won a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. Buy it for $15 at Amazon in hardcover, $12.99 for the Kindle version.
He can nurture his inner Terry Richardson and get a shot from any angle with this Joby Gorillapod magnetic tripod: $24.95.