PACO RABANNE 1 MILLION COLOGNE
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: People always assume that I get my love of beauty products from my mom, but it’s actually from my dad. He loves to wander the aisles of the drugstore and never leaves without buying a new body wash or shampoo (even though he’s not exactly blessed in the follicular department). The one thing he doesn’t experiment with is scent, since he’s very picky about his cologne. He’s been wearing Penhaligon Extract of Limes for years, so I thought I’d introduce him to something with a little more swagger. Paco Rabanne 1 Million is a fresh blend of grapefruit, peppermint and mandarin, but also has unusual notes like cinnamon and rose. And at the very least, I know he’ll appreciate the over-the-top gold bottle.
BASIS PEAK FITNESS TRACKER
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: Ever since I started wearing a fitness tracker, my dad’s been dropping hints about wanting one of his own. He often goes on long power walks with my mom (she’s one of those very fit, very active moms) and wants to start counting his own steps. This tracker not only monitors movement (walking, running, biking), but also sleep and heart rate. Plus, it acts as a smartwatch and will alert him with emails and texts. The best part? The price point is more affordable than some other pieces of wearable tech on the market right now – like the Apple Watch.
WILLIAMS-SONOMA GRILL STAND
Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: My dad has always considered himself a BBQ connoisseur, but now that he lives in Austin (he moved there from St. Louis about a month ago), he really needs some help stepping up his grill game. This grill stand might be a little ridiculous looking, but I think every dude on the block will be jealous when he can port it from the backyard to a tailgate.
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: My dad is the coolest, except maybe when it comes to his wardrobe. I’ve literally heard him say the phrase “Michael Jordan wears this jacket!” within the past six months. So I’m upgrading him, but slowly, relying on classic-with-a-twist pieces like these Lacoste Bermuda shorts. He can add the white polo and beat-up brown loafers he’s already got and be good to go.
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Assistant: My dad tends be a little old school when it comes to electronics. He doesn’t have a smart phone – and doesn’t plan on getting one any time soon. He still carries around the original iPod and hasn’t upgraded his TV in years. So, for a father who is the complete opposite of a tech early adapter, I’m gifting him this vintage-inspired portable radio (which you can find at Marshalls for $129.99) because no matter how technologically advanced I may be, my dad will always be one, two (or let’s be honest, five) steps behind me – and he seems to be perfectly content with that.
THREE JERKS FILET MIGNON JERKY
Catherine Kast, Style Editor My dad pretends that he doesn’t like to snack. Tell that to the ever-dwindling supply of strawberries in the fridge! I’d like to give him something special and gourmet for when he’s on the go (and doesn’t stain his workout clothes, ahem berries). This jerky is the absolute best. It’s made from the super-fancy filet mignon cut, and doesn’t have any preservatives or nitrates, so it’s a decadent and savory treat that doesn’t veer too far from his diet.
MCCONNELL'S ICE CREAM
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: When you’ve got a new baby in Manhattan, the simplest things – like going for an ice cream run – become a complicated production. So the two new dads in my life are getting a shipment of this ridiculously delicious small-batch ice cream (and I bet they’ll share with the new moms, if they know what’s good for them).
LOOT FROM DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: A gift certificate is a safe and admittedly predictable present. But I swear Pop will love receiving one for Dollar Shave Club. First of all, it’s a “shave club,” and what dad doesn’t want to feel like he’s part of a wolf pack? Then there’s the pretty darn cool, simple-to-pick-out products, like their new line of hair stylers. Guys simply answer four easy questions (no, really easy) and boom: a product recommendation is presented. Speaking of products, they even have wipes for guys, not for their faces, but for their … well, let’s just say they’re a bathroom must-have.
POLO RALPH LAUREN DOPP KITT
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer/Reporter: For my dad’s upcoming get-away (okay, it’s just to visit me in Brooklyn), I figured a new traveling case is a perfect pre-trip/Father’s Day combo gift. He’s had the same trusty carrier for ages, and everyone deserves a little upgrade now and then, right? This Ralph Lauren kit is a perfect option. The leather finished makes it feel super-refined, plus, it’s roomy enough to store essentials without taking up too much space in his carry-on.
CHIVAS SKINCARE SOAPS
Adeline Duff, Intern: It s a pretty basic fact of life that most dads love beer – but when it comes to my Dad, he really loves his beer. So I’m getting him soaps that are really made from beer – plus the goat milk base that this family brand gets directly from goats on their farm. The smell is incredibly subdued but still fragrant in a very natural way – Dad will love it.
COLE HAAN PINCH WEEKENDER
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: My brother is a father of a two-year-old and a newborn (hi Skylar and baby Gemma!), so his summer wardrobe isn’t exactly a priority. And it shows. Sorry, big bro, but your style game needs some help, starting with your shoes. I’m replacing his worn-to-death slip-ons with these cool canvas kicks that have a sneaker-like sole but the silhouette of an old-school penny loafer. He can wear them on casual Fridays at the office or on weekends at the park with his girls.
REKORDERLIG PASSION FRUIT HARD CIDER
Maria Yagoda, Features Writer-Reporter: You could buy your dad whiskey or bourbon or any number of stereotypical man drinks. Or you could surprise him with a big box of tasty Swedish hard cider – on the condition he shares, of course.
OMG I CAN MEDITATE! APP
Maria Yagoda, Features Writer-Reporter: When’s the last time you talked to your dad about meditation? Never? Change that. This app offers super-easy guided meditations that even the most spirituality-averse person can get into, whether he’s stuck in a traffic on the way to work or emotionally preparing himself to clean up the dog poop on the rug.
CHEF'N SALTBALL & PEPPERBALL
Kate Hogan, Deputy Features Editor: No need to push it, just squeeze it! Bad Salt-N-Pepa references aside, these Chef’n gadgets are genius. Instead of requiring both hands the way a sea salt or pepper grinder would, they allow the chef (a.k.a. my dad the grillmaster) to use just one hand to season whatever’s going on the barbecue/stove/George Foreman/you name it. They come in various sizes, too (all the way down to mini tabletop) and some are even magnetic for extra-easy access.