Pens, watches, ties, socks? The thought of Father’s Day gift-shopping usually means shopping for the usual suspects for Dad. However, there’s a way to innovate old favorites. Instead of a watch, how about a yearly subscription to a timepiece-of-the-month service? If aftershave is your go-to, seek out a blend with notes of malt whisky. Socks? Give him some with a matching pair for his little tyke.
With those in mind, here are some fun and stylish ideas for the father or the father figure in your life.
Huntington Beach-based menswear brand Twentymetrictons makes short-sleeve cotton shirts in fresh, youthful prints such as this button-down Party Geo style in a vibrant dark pink and azure blue. $95. Available at twentymetrictons.com.
Save the Duck
Outerwear brand Save the Duck hits all the trends. It’s lightweight and can roll up into a little pouch — perfect for the traveler/outdoors enthusiast. It’s also vegan, and despite the soft, downy feel, the jackets and vests use no feathers. This men’s Giga Puffer is $178. Available at Bloomingdale’s in Sherman Oaks and Santa Monica, the Market in Brentwood and savetheduckusa.com.
Desired Earth is the name of the fragrance from parfumerie the Harmonist. It has decidedly masculine tones of whisky, musky ambrette seeds and a smokiness from cade wood. $225. Available at the Harmonist, 8483 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, and theharmonist.com.
On diaper duty? Carry this sleek Ellison Diaper Bag from New York label E.C. Knox, a blue nylon number with black detailing that’s a modern alternative to the quilted, flowery versions on the market. This bag was designed by actor Gavin Lodge after he became a dad and was looking for a stylish, masculine bag. It comes with a magnetized pouch for wipes and a paisley-print, zip-out changing pad. $395. Available at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills and www.ecknox.com.
The sophisticated phone cases from Cellairis — in bamboo or tortoiseshell, for example — have an added style bonus. Get one as part of the Cellairis Bundle and receive three years’ worth of unlimited cracked-screen repairs as well. $49 and up. Available at www.cellairis.com.
Spanish brand Castañer’s suede espadrilles in this rich cognac shade can be worn with just about anything. The jute midsoles add a rustic appeal. $240. Available at www.mrporter.com.
American Trench X Lowercase NYC
Gift a bit of East Coast flair with these U.S.-made sunglasses. Each pair requires a 30-step production process and is a collaboration between Philadelphia menswear brand American Trench and New York eyewear label Lowercase NYC. The limited-edition Marlton shades are made from Italian Mazzucchelli acetate. $315. Available at americantrench.com.
Mr. Turk X INC International Concepts
In a collaboration between Alhambra-based menswear brand Mr. Turk and INC International Concepts, summer pieces include this ikat-print shirt in breezy rayon. The same print can be found on swim shorts and lounge pants. The shirt is $49.50. Available at www.macys.com.
For the dad who appreciates a quiet evening of board games, the Grosvenor Triple Game Box from venerable British brand Smythson is made of black calf leather. It comes with everything you’d need for a game of chess, checkers or dominoes. $3,395. Available at www.smythson.com.
Rugged & Dapper
With ingredients such as kaolin clay, green tea and aloe vera, the men’s grooming products from Los Angeles brand Rugged & Dapper were designed to combat the harsh conditions that co-founder Ryan Labaqui’s skin was exposed to while on construction jobs. The sleekly packaged Daily Facial Duo Cleanser + Moisturizing Set is $45.95. Available at ruggedanddapper.com.
Why just get one watch for dad when you can get him one a month? Watch Gang has brought the subscription-box model to the world of timepieces by shipping a mystery box monthly so members can build a watch collection. Brands featured include Citizen, Nixon and TAG Heuer. $29.99 to $299 a month. Available at watchgang.com.
Pair of Thieves
Trade in those basic black socks for a whimsical pair from Los Angeles brand Pair of Thieves. Particularly fetching is the brand’s Twinsies collection of dad-and-kid socks in eye-catching colors and prints. $16 per set. Available at pairofthieves.com.
Sometimes a man wants to write things down. From the Printfresh brand is this suede-covered, 280-page Black Magic journal hand-dipped to create a subdued gold marbling motif. Because of the technique, no two journals are alike. $28. Available at printfresh.com.
There’s no such thing as owning too many sneakers. New from Puma is the Tsugi Jun, which is designed to fit the foot like a sock and can easily slide on and off. The style comes in numerous colorways. $120. Available at us.puma.com.
Toss out those worn-out sweatpants and T-shirts and replace them with the crisp cotton Lowell Pajama Set from New York brand Sleepy Jones. Styles include traditional blue-and-white stripes as well as a green gingham. $178. Available at www.sleepyjones.com.
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