Dapper Dads: Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Looking for an unique gift for the dapper dad in your life? Go beyond the argyle socks and themed ties. Dads are notoriously impossible to shop for, so we explored presents for every sort of interest from tech to outdoors, grooming to accessories, you'll find the perfect gift for Father's Day.

Flower Arrangements for Dad

First off,  why not flowers? I asked Designs by Ahn owner, Victoria Ahn on her advice gifting flowers to dad. She recommended, "the best way to go is clean and modern. Men also seem to prefer simpler color palettes in a more structured design." If you're in the NYC metro area, check out her beautiful designs!

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For the Well-Groomed Dad

SkinEscens Signature Set

Treat dad to luxury skincare from South Africa. It marries high-tech with nature for a simplified but highly effective skincare experience. Dad can try all four products to prep, prime, boost and hydrate at full-size with this premium kit. ​

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Baxter of California Clay and More Set

All Baxter's best sellers in travel friendly sizes so that dad is able cleanse, condition and style with ease wherever he goes. From the hero Clay Pomade to Sulfate Free Shampoo + Conditioner and Daily Face Wash, the guy in your life will look and feel his best while on the go.

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Oribe Flash Form Finishing Spray Wax

For the dad who wants his hair to look done, but not over done, gift him this new finishing wax spray. Tames his hair and works for both long and short cuts. Adam Livermore, Oribe Educator explains, "spray it on and gently fluff it in for shine, separation, and texture!"


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Men's Society: Weekender Wash Kit

Perfect gift for the dad on-the-go who wants to stay fresh but pack light. The wash kit includes everything he'll need for a weekend away, including 3 x 50ml bottles of face wash, face cream, shampoo and body cleanser as well as a travel-sized toothbrush and Marvis toothpaste.

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Venn Skincare

If you know a less is more type dad, introduce him to his face's new best friend, Venn Skincare. It's a hardworking multi-tasker with toner, serum, lotion and cream all-in-one helping him save valuable time, effort and counter space. If he's still not convinced, point out that Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman, used it for his Oscar red carpet glow.

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The Motley: Kiso Cologne

This cologne launches May 20th so if you are buying for the dad who already has everything, you can beat him to the punch. Kiso is a minimalist, introspective fragrance, inspired by the Kiso Valley in Japan known for its abundance of high quality Hinoki Wood. The cologne is a smoky, natural scent, including notes of Hinoki (of course), incense, and black pepper. Perfect for the cologne connoisseur.

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BirchboxMan Ultimate Gift Set

Want to take his grooming up a notch? Introduce him to some of his new favorite products, including PiperWai Natural Deodorant, V76 by Vaughn Daily Balance Facial Moisturizer, Level Naturals Vanilla + Charcoal Soap, Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash and Original Penguin Signature Blend Eau de Toilette. It also contains a 3-month gift subscription so the gift keeps going.

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RAZR Lather Machine

Equipped with a stainless-steel valve and enclosed motor design to prevent rust and corrosion, this machine creates a hot, thick lather to soften the toughest beards for easy, close shaving. With a quick 15-minute heat up, this gift will make Dad feel like he’s in a professional barbershop every time he shaves.

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WP Standard Leather Dopp Kit

Every dad needs a good Dopp Kit. This Dopp Kit is a perfect home for toiletries while on the road.  It's made of vegetable tanned leather and an easy to clean liner in the event of any toothpaste disasters. Includes an internal zippered pocket for loose Q-tips, razor blades, and the like.

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Tooletries Mighty Toothbrush Holder and Mirror

What father doesn't want more time? Save dad time in the morning with this toiletry organizer and mirror. Store toothbrush, toothpaste and razor on the all-silicon shower-shelf that grips to flat non-porous surfaces like tile and glass without adhesive or suction cups. 

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Perfect Accessories for Dads

Keith & James King Fedora

Help dad boost his coolness factor with the signature luxury red-brimmed Keith & James fedora. This hat is a fan favorite amongst star such as Floyd Mayweather Jr and Busta Rhymes and it's a versatile compliment to almost any outfit. The fedora can transition from work to play, the stage or red-carpet, you know, all the regular dad stuff. Founder James Keith founded the brand based on a passion for quality and style.

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Ambassador Heritage 1921  

Let dad enjoy the best of classic style and modern sophistication with Heritage 1921. Based in Sweden, Ambassador ships free world-wide, offering men a taste of European luxury, wherever they might live. With a polished stainless steel case and Japanese Quartz Movement, it's a watch that looks elegant but is also strong enough to endure anything the active dad will put it through.  

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Le Daveed Travel Duffel

LeDaveed bills itself as having the "world's most thoughtful bags" and they certainly have some of the best leather. While the travel duffel is an investment, it's so durable and well-designed that dad will probably happily abandon all this other luggage. It unsnaps to carry enough for up to 6 days or can be snapped down to be a bag to carry around town. Some of the thoughtful extra features include a padded compartment for laptops, padded shoulder strap, fitting under the airplane seat and lifetime repairs. Make your frequent traveler happier with beautiful luggage that makes his life easier.

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Vint & York Caper Sunglasses

Does dad feel like hiding in plain sight? The 'Caper' frame in matte black with gold accents is a power accessory that stands out from the rest. It has a classy, versatile silhouette that doesn't get old, with subtle details like the on-trend double bridge. Plus it's sturdy, constructed from durable acetate and Carl ZEISS polycarbonate Vision Sunlens. 

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ESQ by Movado Quartz Stainless Steel and Leather Casual Watch

Striking watch with gorgeous graphite-fiber highlighted dial, applied hour markers, and unique fanned windows exposing the day-date disk below. The comfortable red and black leather racing-inspired strap makes the whole package look at home in the Winner’s Circle.

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Magma Rectangle Silver Cuff Links

These elegant cufflinks are sure to be a hit with any well-dressed dad. Kukka Jewelry was founded by designer Conchi Fernandez and is inspired by the art and architecture of her hometown of Córdoba, Spain. Each piece is handmade by Spanish artisans trained in the traditional arts of jewelry-making. These links are made in sterling silver with white rhodium and siliconite stones.

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Wardrobe Upgrades for Dad

Stitch Fix Personal Stylist

Still struggling to find a unique gift for dad this Father's Day? Get him a style upgrade with personal styling from Stitch Fix. A gift even dads who hate shopping will enjoy — an effortless wardrobe refresh that he'll love. 

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Talus Cashmere Hoodie

For the dad who wants a touch of luxury in his casual wear, Naadam is a luxury ready-to-wear brand that specializes in rare cashmere sourced responsibly and sustainably from nomadic Mongolian herders. The high-quality cashmere supports supply chain sustainability with non-profit work but for dad it's a relaxed fitting sweater that's a season-less classic which goes with everything.

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Original Penguin Birds of Paradise

For the dad who wants something a little more eye-catching, try this short sleeve camp collar shirt from Original Penguin. The vibrant birds of paradise pattern is perfect for warm weather and the summer ahead. Made of a durable cotton and viscose mix, it's sure to be a hit.

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Richer Poorer Men's Long Sleeved Crew

Everyone needs some basics in their wardrobe and Richer Poorer creates well-made, beautiful designed clothing that looks effortless. This crew is made in L.A. out of 100% organic cotton. A comfy casual staple that Dad won't want to take it off. 

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Tavik+ Hale Long Sleeve Overshirt

This classic overshirt makes dad's life easier by seamlessly blending design and function. It can be worn as a long-sleeve shirt or light-weight jacket. While the styling might look traditional, the fabric is a modern blend of cotton, poly and nylon that keeps performance in a variety of climates and conditions. Plus it's machine washable with oversized pockets, details any dad would appreciate.

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Known Supply: Men's Crew Neck

What I love about Known Supply isn't that they make simple, high-quality wardrobe classics that everyone needs. It's that after years of hearing the horrors of sweatshops, they did something about it. They believe in making the world better by actually introducing you to the person who made your garment. So for the dad who is awaiting the revolution, get him a shirt signed by the person who sewed it in Lima Peru.

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TallOrder Socks

Socks might seem like a cliché gift for Father's Day but what dad doesn't need more socks? It's a perpetually useful gift and TallOrder’s funky designs make these socks anything but boring. However there's more to TallOrder than just well-made socks. The company was founded to give back to the community, in particular Tuesday’s Children which aided the twin founders, Dan and Mike Friedman, when their father died in the WTC on 9-11. They still donate a portion of all sales to the charity.

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Tani USA SilkCut Hip Brief

It's a proven fact that men love neglecting their underwear drawer. Upgrade dad with these SilkCuts from Tani. We've been taking the Tani Waistband challenge where they guarantee that their "new waistband is more comfortable and less constricting than any other pair in your drawer." All superlatives aside, these really are pretty damn comfy. 

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Gourmet Gifts for Dads

Avital Gourmet Tours

Know a dad who likes eating more than cooking? Avital curates unique 4-course progressive meals in San Francisco, Los Angeles and NYC where each course from appetizer to entree to dessert is served at a different restaurant. Guests hear the stories of chefs and restaurant owners while tasting what makes the local culinary scene special. 

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Rise Baking Subscription

For the dad who enjoys baking but never has the right ingredients, Rise Baking is a monthly baking subscription service that ships premium ingredients with original recipes directly to his door. Each month he gets to choose recipes that suit his tastes. Then, the monthly baking box  arrives fully stocked with pre-measured and color coded ingredients making the baking process simple. Great for dad who want to simplify baking with their kids!

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Just Spices BBQ Love Seasoning Set

With warm weather coming up, people everywhere will be spending more time outside and this inevitably leads to the grill. For the dads that enjoy grilling, this seasoning box set is great for adding a kick of flavor to family barbeques with the following spices: Steak Rub, Seafood Rub, Spicy Jerk Rub and Ranch Seasoning. 

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Sabatier Edgekeeper 12-Piece Cutlery Set

Perfect present for the dad who appreciates sharp knives...but never gets around to sharpening them. If he tends to buy a new set of knives when they get dull, or just leaves them that way instead of sharpening them, this may be the last set of knives he'll ever need. These triple-riveted, forged stainless steel knives are ingenuously sharpened with built-in sharpeners every time you pull them out the block. Includes all the essential chef’s knives plus 6 steak knives. 

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SnackCrate Global Monthly Box

Every month your dad gets a new box full of the most popular snacks, candy, and maybe a beverage from a different country around the globe. Mine started with The Netherlands and had sweet mini-waffles, chocolates, gummies, and Lay’s potato chips in the flavors of Bolognese and Patatje Joppie. And a lot more. Every month.

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Buy Dad a Drink (He Deserves It)

Casamigos Tequila

For tequila tips, I asked Will Benedetto, Cocktail Curator of In Good Company Hospitality. "My first experience with tequila was more of a head-on collision with a brand that most likely had a worm inside the plastic bottle. Now that I’ve grown up, I look for tequila that inspires more so than just having a “smooth” flavor. I want to taste the agave! Tequila, similar to wine, is a very terroir-driven spirit and this is evident in a quality tequila like Casamigos, which is why we use it in our cocktails at Trademark Taste + Grind. Casamigos has notes of wet clay, bell pepper, and a touch of spice giving it great character to mix into a drink or to enjoy neat."

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Jack Cabernet Sauvignon

Have a dad who loves baseball AND wine? Buy him a case of this wine, which is amazing even while young, and enjoy a bottle with the same friends and family each year until it’s gone. You’ll learn more about how wine evolves and gets better over time—not to mention those you love—than with any class or workshop. Each bottle is capped with a baseball-emblazoned foil wrapper so the award-winning vintages, produced by former MLB teammates Chris Iannetta and Vernon Wells, can be easily spotted in your wine cellar.

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FEW Spirits Bourbon Whiskey

Got a whiskey lover on your list? Impress even the most dedicated whiskey snob with FEW Spirits Bourbon Whiskey. For accolades, it  won the Gold Medal at the Beverage Tasting Institute and Silver at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Taste-wise, it combines the southern smoothness of malt with the spiciness of the northern rye. Read more in our interview with the founder Paul Hletko.

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Aviation American Gin

From one father to another, Ryan Reynolds—recently announced as co-owner and board member of Aviation American Gin—calls Aviation “the best tasting gin in the world.” Aviation Gin is the world’s highest rated gin (97 point, Wine Enthusiast) and help establish a new style of American gin—softer and smoother, with juniper in the background and citrus and floral notes in the front—resulting in more balanced cocktails. Created by a unique bartender/distiller partnership, Aviation is crafted in small batches in Portland, Oregon.

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Amaro Montenegro 

Want to get dad something off the beaten path? Amaro Montenegro is made from a secret blend of 40 herbs and spices that has been unchanged for 130 years. Traditionally served as an after dinner, it's a bitter-sweet spirit that's recently become popular in cocktails because its complex and versatile taste plays well with other ingredients. 

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Sia Blended Scotch Whisky

All Scotch whiskies were formed in the heavens by the gods, and our writer Chuck declares “Sia tastes like one of their tears, captured in a bottle.” This blend is soft, sweet, and balanced with oak and smoke. It’s bulletproof gift for dad. Plus it's founder is the first American woman to ever create a Blended Scotch Whiskey company.

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Adventure Gear for the Outdoors Dad

Sourced Adventures

Big city dad who wants to reunite with nature? Sourced Adventures is a travel company that gets people out and exploring and makes the outdoors more accessible to people who live in urban areas. They currently run trips based in NYC, DC, Chicago, SF, and Boston.  Trips range from whitewater rafting to wine tasting tours so you're sure to find something that suits the man in  your life.

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Watershed Drybag's Animas Backpack

Built to military specs (and what Dad doesn't want to pretend their in special ops sometimes?!), the Animas is 100% submersible and super tough for any adventure he takes it on — from hiking with the kids to biking with the guys. Plus it's sleek, stylish, and durable — it'll keep his stuff dry even if he's soaked.

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Fair Harbor Board Shorts

Water-obsessed dad? Fair Harbor makes comfortable board shorts that actually clean the environment by recycling plastic waste. For instance their Board Shorts are made out of 11 recycled bottles. Nice design details like zip pockets and super fast drying make these a great present for the guy who wants to enjoy the water and improve the planet.

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Elemental Insulated Water Bottle

Top pick for the health-conscious or outdoorsy guy. Every man needs water to stay hydrated, and stainless steel is the best material for durability, flavor, and not reacting chemically with the contents. The Elemental Insulated Water Bottle keeps beverages cold for 24 hours, hot for 12 hours, and holds 750ml which our writer Chuck points out is, “coincidentally the volume of a bottle of wine or whiskey.” Elegant design that looks good and feels good in the hand.

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Astral Hemp Donner

Astral combined 77% hemp uppers with recycled polyester to create their Hemp Donner — an outdoor performance that can also go undercover as a lifestyle shoe. The sole is designed to keep its grip regardless of the weather — snow, dirt or mud. Light and breathable shoes perfect for the day-hiking dad. 

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Best Gadgets for the Techie-Dad

Shinola: Canfield Over-Ear Headphones

Shinola out of Detroit is best known for their stylishly designed bicycles, leather goods, and watches. They recently introduced the Canfields, headphones that are built to last and give clean, masterfully produced sound. From the stainless steel to the integrated padding in the headband, these will make your music-loving dad never want to return to flimsy plastic headphones.

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TUMI Luggage Tag Powerbank

These days, it seems like most tech-savvy guys live by the motto, Always Be Charging. However travel means he might not always have easy access to charging outlets.  TUMI's solution? A portable charger disguised as a luggage tag that can add an additional 80% of battery life. Great for dads who travel because it gives them that last bit of charge they need to either stay in touch with their kids or stop them from asking their kid for their charging outlet. Win-win for everyone!

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Harman Kardon Invoke Voice-Activated Speaker

Magnificent sound from the classiest looking smartspeaker out there. The Cortana assistant brings real power to Windows users, but Bluetooth and Spotify connectivity gives rich, detailed, room-filling sound to everyone. Productivity features make it the perfect compliment to a home office.

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Plum Wine Preservation

Take dad's wine-enjoyment to the next level. Plum is like having a sommelier in your own house. It's an wine preservation device that automatically identifies thousands of bottles of wine and chills them to their ideal serving temperature. Beyond that, it solves the problem of wine waste by dispensing one glass at a time. This is the perfect gift for any tech and wine obsessed dad!

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