I don’t know about the rest of you but Father’s Day is the most challenging holiday EVER. My husband always says, “just give me time”, but then I tell him to take an afternoon off and feel weird that we aren’t all together on Father’s Day. Plus, that’s not a gift the kids can put one finger on and say “this is from me”…
So I rounded up some gifts that the kind of dads I know would ACTUALLY LIKE! No Bespoke dress shirts that they’ll never wear and zero collar stays; these gifts are actually good ones.
As a former vegetarian and someone who doesn’t eat red meat, my husband’s favorite food – steak – doesn’t get to make many appearances. So, when it does, it should be special. These Laguiole steak knives from Trudeau are the real deal. And they don’t break the bank. A renowned brand name since 1829, Laguiole is a village in France renowned for its artisanal hand-finished cutlery and corkscrews. Trudeau’s set of six Laguiole Steak Knives are hand-finished in exotic and genuine horn/wood handles with hand-stamped detailing. The serrated stainless steel blades are thick gauge, full tang blades. Includes 5 year warranty. $99 for the set.
Trudeau also has this nifty set of grill gloves -works for any hot service in the house (but much more manly than oven mits). Nice price point at $39.99.
Steve Abt, The co-founder of famed whiskey brand, Caskers, recommends some top whiskey tips depending on what your father is into. Top selections, below.
Steve says, “Has your dad traveled around the world and then some? I’m jealous, and he is going to love this single malt. Amrut Fusion is a marriage of whiskies made from peated Scottish barley and unpeated Indian barley making it an incredibly complex whisky. And you can’t go wrong a single malt that scored an incredible 97 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, which named it the third best whisky in the world.
Steve says, “If losing is not in your father’s vocabulary, then this is the bourbon for him. Having won “Whiskey of the Year” five times over and scoring 97 points from Wine Enthusiast, this single barrel isn’t familiar with losing either. Aged for nearly 10 years under the intense Kentucky sun, this bourbon has an aroma of spicy oak, cinnamon and clove that leads into notes of caramel, pecan, and roasted nuts.”
Stillfried Wien is an awesome store in Tribeca from entrepreneurs Anna and Michael Trubrig, a Viennese couple who share a lifelong passion for art and design. These Wiener Stutzen Lobmeyr Optic beer tumblers, (for purchase on their website), are all-class. Cuz when you’re drinking beer, you gotta keep it classy. Definitely on the higher-end at $105.
THE “FASHION” PLAY
Nothing hoity-toity here…
These Freewaters Charger sandals are like flip flops on steroids. They have special arches that feel like a running shoe and provide the highest level of grip ($56). Also they are made of Hydro Leather so they’re totally waterproof. If you want to dress things up a notch (or force him to), I’m a fan of the Randy- still casual but nice looking and according to the website, the “Super Pillow Insole is mind blowing soft and supportive” ($58).
Best of all, every purchase of Freewaters footwear helps provide clean drinking water to those in need (so if you accidentally order a pair of women’s sandals as well, you’re only doing good for the world).
Chase54 is a clothing brand mostly for golfers (their shirts are really nice), but they have some stuff for non-golfers as well. With features like comfortable DRYFUZE™ poly spandex, Moisture wicking materials and most importantly, a Rating of UPF 50+, this brand is perfect for the Florida man. And they’re all named after Hollywood actors. My pick? Naturally, The Clooney – seen here ($74).
A Little Bit of Everything
One of the most fun man gifts I’ve seen of late is the “Man Crate” – basically a box full of fun guy stuff. The crate alone is super fun – it comes with a crow bar and you open it just like a box of treasure…very Indiana Jones. Oh and the kids played with that part for days. I got this Legends of Baseball crate because my hubby loves baseball and pint glasses. So…home run! (haha). You can pick the team you want printed on your glasses which is really cool too. The “Exotic Meats Jerky” box is pretty cool too. A crate full of jerky? You had my husband at beef. The “Gone Fishin'” crate is perfect for SoFla!