Well now you’ve really done it. Father’s Day is less than a week away and seriously, that cheesy tie ain’t gonna cut it.
But relax, there’s still time. Just procure one or more of the items on this list and your most-favored child status will be sound as a pound.
Contrary to popular belief, Dad is not in fact sponsored by Men’s Wearhouse. He’s entitled to relax every once in a while, especially this time of year, and with your help he can do it in style. Ben Sherman’s Short Sleeve Chambray Floral Print Shirt (left, $85) is equal parts eye-catching and understated thanks to the sneaky branded chest pocket and contrasting design. Meanwhile, Linksoul’s Performance Heathered Short Sleeve Knit Shirt (right, $74) is soft, breathable and streamlined, making it perfect for crushing the golf course or lounging on the couch watching others do so.
It’s summer, a time of year that leads us to the beach and often brings a yearning for adventure on the high seas. So why not hook Dad up with a scent like Tommy Bahamas’ Maritime ($78 for 4.2 oz.), which blends a variety of botanicals that channel ocean vibes? He’ll feel like a real Master and Commander even if he never leaves the shore.
Nothing so frees a man like propelling himself down the pavement on a pair of smooth-running wheels. And that’s where State Bicycle Co.’s Matte Black 6 ($449) comes in. Not only is it one of the most badass-looking bikes you ever did see, but it rides like an absolute dream. No b.s. here, we have been wheeling around town on it for the past couple weeks and have really rediscovered the joy of bicycling. The site lets you customize all kinds of features too, so you can set Dad up with exactly the type of ride he craves.
Say goodbye to pleated khakis and upgrade Dad’s form and function game with a pair of Volcom’s Surf N’ Turf Dry Cargo Hybrid Shorts ($65). While lots of cargo shorts are baggy and bulky, these are svelte and smart. Four-way stretch makes for free movement while water-resistant fabric transitions from the beach to a casual dinner without skipping a beat.
There comes a time in every man’s life when he must bid farewell to the backpack and say hello to a classy weekender bag. And Filson’s 48-Hour Duffle ($475) is the perfect product with which to take that step. It features rain-repellent tin cloth and durable bridle leather to look sharp while standing up to tough conditions. Throw in a wide variety of pockets, handles and straps and Dad will have all he needs to pack for that much-deserved long weekend.
In the unfortunate event that a man only has one blowtorch, it had better be versatile. And that’s what makes Bernzomatic’s TS3500KC Multi-Use Torch Kit ($30) such a great gift. This all-purpose propane torch can take on a variety of DIY tasks including small diameter soldering, thawing, melting and heat application. And honestly, you can probably whip up a pretty mean crème brûlée with it, too.
We’re just a few weeks away from July 4th, and if Dad is the patriotic type, here are a couple of can’t-miss options. Dickies’ Industrial WorkTech Short Sleeve Ventilated Performance Shirt ($32 to $35) boasts a comfortable, breathable fit and hails from the hard-working American city of Fort Worth, Texas. If that feels too subtle, you can always opt for Tipsy Elves’ Flag Shirt ($40), which does everything but sing the Star-Spangled freaking Banner.
Last but not least, you can never go wrong with Scotch. We’re pretty partial to the smokier ones, which are about as manly as they come, and Laphroaig’s Lore ($125) most definitely fits the bill. Drawn from a selection of character-laden casks, it’s a full-bodied whisky that is richly peaty and spicy. For better or worse, Dad will likely love it so much you’ll be lucky to prize a dram off him.