Father’s day is right around the corner, and if you haven’t gotten a gift for your sartorially sensible father — or father figure — now’s the time to do it. After all, the fashionably late rule doesn’t apply to presents.
But father’s day gifts are notoriously hard to shop for, especially when your dad doesn’t give you any indication of what he wants and there’s nothing that he really needs. And if the dad you’re shopping for is a particularly stylish guy, it stands to reason that clothes are the last thing he’d need. Sound like the guy you’re shopping for? Hopefully, our guide will help you find the perfect gift.
For the dad on the run: Knomo Wash Kit, $49
If your dad is a jet-setter — or even if he just goes on a lot of business trips — he’s probably tired of squeezing his toiletries into regulation-size clear plastic bottles and waving clear plastic bags in front of TSA agents. Get him a dopp kit he can be proud of and fill it with miniature versions of his favorite toiletries. Not only will it save him time at check in, but he’ll also get a gift he can actually use.
For the overworked dad: Deep Tissue Massage, price varies
Your dad works hard to provide for you, so isn’t it time he got a little break and a chance to relax? Buy him a 90-minute deep tissue massage at a local spa or sports club that specializes in them. He’ll come back to you a changed, limber and relaxed man. At least until he has to go back to the office.
For the retired dad: Steven Alan Beach Blanket, $48
Retirement means different things to different retirees, but quite frequently it means not having to schlep into the office every day. If your dad is retired, encourage him to spend some time at the beach — and throw in a luxe beach blanket for good measure. A ratty oversize towel does not befit a man of your dad’s status or place in life.
For the Young dad: Coach Vintage Stripe Medium Weekend Tote, $298
Having young children means always having to be prepared. Scraped knees, snack attacks and recurring boredom all have to be contended with, and that translates into the need to carry around a lot of different solutions. Make sure your dad can do it stylishly with a roomy and sturdy tote bag.
For the techy dad: Kroo Apple iPad Melrose Portfolio, $10 on sale
If he’s already got an iPad, make sure the dad you’re shopping for doesn’t ding it up with a case that will protect it. Not only will this one keep it scratch-free, but it’ll also make the gadget look like it belongs in the boardroom, giving him a veiled diversion during his next boring meeting.
For the dad who’s not actually your dad: Kate Spade Thank You Card (with a note from you inside), $25
Somewhere along the line, someone else’s father went out of his way to act like you were one of his children, even if for a brief moment. If you’re getting a present for a guy like that this year, your best bet is a hand-written thank-you note. It’s a surefire way to send the message that you appreciate how much he’s done for you. In fact, every dad deserves a heartfelt and personal token of your affection. Be sure to slip a card in with every gift you give.