You deserve to treat yourself every once and awhile and Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to take some liberties. If you buy a stupid toy or gadget under the auspices of it being a Father’s Day present to yourself, your wife can’t do anything but roll her eyes. Nice goin’, dad.
Ludlow Whiskey Glass Set (Simon Pearce, $225): Getting older ain’t without its perks, and one of the best perks is that you’ve learned how to appreciate a nice glass of whiskey in the comfort of your own home. This Ludlow Whiskey set is perfect when you’re pouring whiskey for one or four. Just keep it away from the kids—it’s fragile.
Smart Coach Training System (Zepp, $150): We track our steps, our calories, our heart rates and everything in between, so why not use tracking technology to improve your golf game? The Zepp Smart Coach system attaches to your glove and pairs with a companion app to give you instantaneous info on your swing.
Director Portraits (Stellavie, $100): Your wife made you get rid of all of your precious movie posters the minute you moved in together, but it’s time to bring a little “you” back to your domicile. These Director Portraits (available in Kubrick, Scorsese, Tarantino, Burton, Hitchcock, Lynch and Burton) are so well-designed that no one will object to them.
Sterling Silver Money Clip (Sir Jack's, $275): Everyone’s pushing for a cashless society, but your grandfather was right—cash is, and always will be, king. Get yourself a nice money clip and always be the guy who has a few crisp 20s on him.
Canfield Chrono Watch (Shinola, $850): Apologies if you didn’t buy yourself an expensive watch before you became a parent, but now the idea of dropping over $5,000 on a watch seems a bit irresponsible. You can still treat yourself to a good-looking watch that won’t break the bank.
Mercator Pocket Knife (Best Made Co., $82): If there was any time in your life when it’d be good to have a pocket knife on you, it’s when you have little kids. Those bastards are always getting stuck in something, and you never know when you’ll need to cut them loose. Or, open up a snack or something. Dad to the rescue!
C10 Mahogany Turntable (Crosley, $430): If you’re not going to be able to leave your house for the next 18 years without it being a huge hassle, you might as well make your house more fun to hang out in (this rationale has spawned a million suburban man caves). A quality turntable that plays your vinyl collection is a good place to start.
Sharkbanz (Amazon, $65): You used to be more of a daredevil, but now that you’re a father, you’re trying to be more cautious. If you love to surf, an easy way to protect yourself is to get yourself Sharkbanz, a waterproof wristband that uses magnetic technology to deter sharks from getting up in your business.
iPhone Wallet (Bellroy, $90): A lot of hybrid phone cases and wallets look bulky and ridiculous, like something your dad would use—clipped to his belt, probably. This one from Bellroy is decidedly slim and still functional, allowing you to store up to five cards, cash and perhaps best of all, will keep your precious phone safe.
Perfect Shave Kit (The Art of Shaving, $120): Your wife gets a spa day on Mother’s Day, you can get to the bathroom and mess around with your facial hair on Father’s Day. Seems like an even(ish) trade, right?
Sutton Duffle (Herschel Supply Co., $60): You used to leave the house with a wallet and a phone, but now that you’re a parent, you’ve got a ton of shit to carry, along with your most precious cargo. Next time your wife abandons you and you’re on dad-duty for the day, you can pack all of your kid’s stuff in this duffle and head out, leaving the dreaded diaper bag behind.