What type of dad are you celebrating this Father’s Day? Maybe he’s the adventurous type, who’s always looking for a new gadget to aid in his wanderings. Maybe he’s a homebody who’s content to curl up on the couch and watch a DVD. Or maybe you’re shopping for a metrosexual dad who’s always ready to try new fragrances and grooming products. No matter what type of dad you’re buying for, you probably want to give him more than just a hug for Father’s Day (though hugs are great, too!). Here are my picks for terrific Father’s Day gifts for all the types of dads in your life.
FOR THE NEWEST DADS New fathers and fathers-to-be deserve special recognition on their first Father’s Day. Treat him to DaddyScrub’s DaddySwag Gift Set ($89), which includes a set of comfy scrubs, a coffee mug, t-shirt, hat, sunglasses and more, all emblazoned with “I’m the Daddy!” Finish off your new dad’s wardrobe with an I Love Daddy Tie ($29), also from DaddyScrubs.
FOR THE JAMES BOND DAD If the dad in your life fancies himself a little 007, try the Motorola Talkabout 2-way Radio ($65). Sure, it’s not an exploding pen or a listening device disguised as a tie-tack, but these two-way radios will keep Dad and his favorite partner-in-espionage busy protecting the free world. This is a great gift from son or daughter to Daddy, too.
Even amid car chases and flying bullets, our Bond always has time for the perfect martini. And the perfect gadget for a martini on the go is the Bar10der 10-in-1 Bartending Tool ($40). This is no ordinary corkscrew—it includes a jigger, zester and strainer, among other tools. Shaken, not stirred, of course…
We’ve seen some super-heroism from our 007 dad, so show him some appreciation with an Isabelle Grace keychain ($32). We like the “Super Dad” version.
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FOR THE METROSEXUAL DAD Ain’t no shame in it—men like looking and smelling good too! If Dad likes a brisk scent to go with his grooming routine, try Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime Shave Essentials ($6-$45). The fresh, clean smell of lime, combined with spicy and woody notes is a sure pick-me-up for his morning shave. We like the 4-piece travel kit, priced at $26.
If your scent-seeking dad is also a classic rock fan and you can’t score tickets to the Stones’ latest tour, try Rock Revival Cologne ($59), with its citrus, floral and spice notes. He’s a Springsteen fan? Try Tru American ($29), which features a down-to-earth blend of musk, amber and cashmere.
FOR THE HOMEBODY DAD For the dad who’s content to stay at home on Father’s Day, what sounds better than curling up on the couch in a pair of comfy boxers, watching his favorite TV show and eating chocolate? I mean, really? Treat this teddy-bear of a dad to a pair of Paxton monogrammed boxers ($39) in cozy, 100% Egyptian cotton. Throw in a few bars of Chocomize customizable chocolates (from about $5.50), which come in dark, milk and white chocolate varieties and are packed full of toppings of your choice, and you’ve got one happy camper of a dad.