Is it a little…close to the actual date for a proper Father’s Day gift guide to do you much good? Maybe. Are all of the items above great gifts for your dad any time of year? Sure, why not? Am I posing too many questions to myself when I should just be getting to the goods already? Possibly!
So let’s get on with it, why don’t we?
Is your dad a custom clothes kind of guy? He could be with Proper Cloth. Coming in an adorable — sorry, I meant handsome, manly even – box with a tape measure and a few fabric swatches, your dad will have everything he needs to climb aboard the bespoke bandwagon. Dad can enlist the help of you or mom to get the sizing right. After navigating a super easy to use (promise) website to enter his measurements and choose his customizations (point collar versus spread, French cuffs versus barrel, etc etc), poof – a shirt made just for him arrives in the mail just two to three weeks later.
The Knottery madras ties ($40)
The Knottery makes cool ties that both you and dad can agree on. Plus, I love the story behind the company. As co-founder Jay Arem put it, “We had been fans of the upsurge of [men's style] blogs and forums…and felt that there was a hole in the market for accessories that didn’t cost tons. So two friends in the corporate world leave their jobs to start a men’s accessories business. If that doesn’t sound risky, add the fact that we each have three kids to feed.” If that’s not the American dream, I don’t know what is.
It should be every dad’s goal to aim for Clint Eastwood badassery in his old age. These sunglasses, from Randolph Engingeering, will help get him there. I like the (rather traditional) Concorde, but the Michael Bastian-designed collection is great too, for the father who fancies himself a little trendier.
Your dad deserves a comfortable weekend shoe. Why shouldn’t he be able to say they’re made of “cowhide?”
Your dad got an iPhone, great! Now every time you come over he asks you how to do everything from operating the camera to opening browser windows. Less great. At least he can look cool holding it when it’s backed with this sweet wood coating from Ozaki (also available for the iPad he uses to play solitaire on!)
That’s right, I will keep recommending this show until everyone has seen it. My own father made it halfway through season 2 before he and my mom got “frustrated” with the Landry/Tyra plotline (you know the one I’m talking about..now let’s never speak of it again). I keep promising that it gets better, but I won’t rest till everyone’s seen every episode of this amazing show.
***Also! There’s still time to enter to win a Gothambox for your dad. My readers are so great, so I know they were raised right. Just leave a comment telling me why your old man deserves a delicious box of goodies!