By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor
With Father’s Day on fast approach, now is the time to find that perfect gift reflecting just how much you love and appreciate the “dads” in your life. Here are a few thoughtful and budget-friendly gifts that offer modern twists on perennial Father’s Day classics:
Esquire magazine’s Shirt & Tie Collection (www.menswearhouse.com) – Starting at $59.50
Most know that Esquire is an authority on men’s style and this this line features a wide assortment of well-fashioned and versatile shirts and ties that make a perfect Father’s Day gift. The collection features a variety of materials and styles that will take him from casual to formal. This includes premium cottons, higher thread counts, and classic patterns. In fact, each shirt has a slim cut design that’s both comfortable and flattering ensuring dad will always looks his best. What’s more, the shirts feature an advanced non-iron process, so no need to drag out that ironing board! I love that and I’ve no doubt he will too. The collection is sold exclusively at Men’s Wearhouse, and while you might expect a shirt and tie line like this to be very expensive, it’s actually quite affordable. Prices for the ties start under $60 and the dress shirts under $80.
‘All The Above’ Clothing (www.ATA-Clothing.com) – Starting at $24.99The ‘All The Above’ Clothing line is dedicated to creating high-quality, stylishly inspired garments that foster self-expression. The company believes that fashion is one of the truest outlets for expressing oneself, and they aim to deliver clothing with a deeper meaning. Each piece is inspired by a quote, phrase or lyric that’s then printed on the inside of the piece so you always know what inspired it. At the company’s eCommerce site, you can actually shop by inspiration. Also socially conscious, part of the proceeds from each sale go to the charity of the customer’s choice.
Car & Driver Lifestyle and Auto Gadgets & Gear (www.ShopCarandDriver.com) – Starting at $10Car & Driver magazine has a comprehensive and budget-friendly line of lifestyle products and automotive care accessories that are perfect for Father’s Day gifting. Car & Driver is, of course, known for being the “car bible” for auto enthusiasts, and their online store is really is a one-stop shop for a wide assortment of gear and gadgets like I have on display here. For example, two great options are the handsome Stripe Leather Card Wallet and the Stripe leather money clip, which are both slim enough for his on-the-go essentials. For a practical yet thoughtful gift, consider their Heated Travel Mug that costs around $10 – just plug it into any vehicle’s power adapter to keep drinks warm as long as you want. And finally, casual t-shirts and hats are always great gift ideas, and I especially like this “Freedom Rider” Graphic Tee and “Car Nerd” Trucker Hat. But, of course, there are many other designs available as well.
Rugged Expedition Chronograph Watch (www.Orvis.com) – $98 This watch makes a powerful first impression. And, with its precision functionality and chiseled gunmetal case, this rugged gunmetal chronograph with leather band is every bit as tough as it looks. It features full chrono functionality, date window, and Timex INDIGLO illumination for nighttime viewing. The case diameter is 42mm and it is water resistant to 325 feet. Designed with the highest standards, this timepiece was precisely engineered to provide exact timekeeping while proffering exceptional good looks. If dad isn’t satisfied with the item or if the watch fails for any reason within the first year of service, consumers can receive a replacement or full refund, no questions asked.
iGrow Hair Restoration Device (www.iGrowLaser.com) – $695.00 Help dad toss all of those messy hair regrowth creams, ointments, lotions and potions out the window and let him regrow hair the high-tech way! The iGrow Hair Growth System, developed by Apira Science, Inc., is a clinically-proven, hands-free Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) hair growth device. Its patented red light technology treats affected areas of the scalp by energizing unhealthy follicle cells and promoting hair growth in men (and women) suffering from androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness. The iGrow was cleared by the FDA for safety and efficacy and is available over-the-counter. Recommended treatment is just 20 to 25 minutes per day, every other day, for four to six months. Users who follow this regimen showed an average 35 percent increase in hair growth. A six-month, no-risk money-back guarantee is included.
Bison Leather iPhone Case (www.Orvis.com) – $59, sale $39 Dad can keep his iPhone protected yet easily accessible with this handsome bison leather case. Trimmed with genuine cowhide, it’s lined in soft microfiber to protect the screen surface from scratches. A convenient outer sleeve is perfect for credit cards, ID, or cash. A bottom cutout allows dad to easily push the phone out; it also provides access to the charging port. This brown bison leather case fits the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5. The overall length is 5 inches while the pocket opening measures 3⅛ by 5⅜ inches and the front pocket opening is 2⅜ inches.
Leather Smartphone Wearable Holster (www.Orvis.com) – $89 Does dad have trouble finding a convenient way to carry his large-screen phone? Now he can carry his iPhone or other large-screen smartphone in a protective genuine leather phone holster that attaches easily to his belt via a vertical leather loop on the back. Or, he can just drop the case right into his briefcase. The leather smartphone holster is crafted in America from genuine steerhide leather with nickel-silver hardware, including two-position ball-and-stud closure. In brown. The case is available in two sizes, with small internal measurements of 5⅜”H x 3″W x 1½”D, and large internal measurements of 6¼”H x 3¾”W x 1½”D.
3D Light FX Star Wars Deco Lights (www.Target.com) – $39.99 Now dad’s favorite Star Wars characters can be his with the Darth Vader, Yoda and Boba Fett 3D Night Lights from 3D Light FX. When mounted to the wall with the signature cracked sticker, it will appear as though the character is breaking through the wall. The battery operated LED light and convenient on/off/ timer switch makes it ideal for rooms with limited wall outlets and the perfect gift for dad this Father’s Day! The lights use LED bulbs and never get hot, making them safe no matter where they are placed in the room.
HALO Photo/Document Scanner Mouse with Pad (www.QVC.com) – $84.75, sale $59.86 Save the memories this Father’s Day by preserving and sharing special photos, important documents and more. It’s easy with the HALO photo and document scanner mouse. This mighty mouse functions just like a regular computer mouse, but it also works as a convenient scanner that you can use right at your computer. And, it’s the same size as a normal computer mouse, so it will fit perfectly on your desk or in your laptop bag when you’re on-the-go. This easy-to-use, all-in-one mouse scanner lets you scan any document, drawing, book, magazine or photo as well as larger items that won’t fit on a standard flatbed scanner—all without needing to set up a cumbersome, separate unit. Once you’ve scanned your item, the included software will instantly assemble the images onto dad’s computer screen for easy editing, saving, printing, or sharing via social media or email. Plus, a 10″ x 12″ mouse pad is included for added ease of use!
The Ten Year Journal (www.Journal10.com) – $39.95 Our memories are our most treasured possession but, with time, memories can fade. Give dad an unforgettable gift this Father’s Day with a unique and convenient way to cherish, and safeguard, his memories. The Ten Year Journal lets you keep track of everything from daily thoughts to special dates to amazing places…all in one attractive leather-bound book. Unlike other journals that leave writers staring at a blank page, the Ten Year Journal includes dated and lined pages with room to record feelings, world events or whatever happens to stands out. The writer is only limited by their own imagination! It’s a perfect way to help dad preserve memories!
Cairdean Vineyards Wines (www.CairdeanEstate.com) – $38 to $98 Cairdean is the Scottish Gaelic word for friends, and their varietals epitomize proprietors Edwin and Stacia Williams’ belief that wine is meant to be shared with those held close to your heart—that certainly includes dear ol’ dad. Cairdean Vineyards offers many great-tasting wine like the 2012 Haley Margaret White—a special blend of Pinot Gris, Roussanne, and Viogner bottled to raise funds and awareness of cystic fibrosis (for each bottle sold, $10 will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation). Another of their wonderful whites is the 88-point, award-winning 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay. On the palate this big wine enters with softness and rounds out with a sur-lie production style and hints of sweet oak on the finish. This winery’s red category boasts distinguished, award-winning offerings, including the 2011 Napa Valley Sangiovese, 2011 Atlas Peak Syrah, Acquaintance Cabernet Franc, and Acquaintance Cabernet Sauvignon. The Sangiovese is warm and shows character, with developed tannins and touches of spice, while the Syrah shows considerable nuance and fine tannins. The Cabernet Franc (my personal favorite) is round and lush, finishing smoothly with a touch of spice while the Sauvignon is balanced, showing developed tannins which provide a smooth finish. These Cairdean Vineyards wines make any occasion a special one and are certainly apropos for dad’s big day.
Esquire and Jefferson’s ‘The Manhattan: Barrel Finished Cocktail’ (www.Esquire.com) – $39.99 This is a brand new product that just launched this past April. It’s the result of Esquire magazine’s collaboration with Jefferson’s bourbon, who’ve teamed up to enhance the experience of enjoying a classic cocktail – the Manhattan. Bourbon enthusiasts will especially love this gift since it’s a barrel-finished, expertly mixed, ready-to-drink cocktail in a really great-looking bottle. And the price point is also tasty under $40. The beverage is comprised of six-year-old bourbon, both sweet and dry vermouth, and barrel-aged, spiced cherry bitters. He can enjoy it either on the rocks, or stirred and strained over ice to chill. So this Father’s Day, you can show your appreciation for the dads in your life with a drink he deserves – the perfect Manhattan!
YouTheory’s Collagen-Packed Anti-Aging Protein Powder (www.YouTheory.com) – $35.95
This next item is great for health and fitness-minded men—especially those who want to look youthful and age well. It’s YouTheory’s Anti-Aging Protein Powder, which is an advanced supplement that not only contains muscle and stamina-building whey protein, but it also uniquely contains 10 grams of collagen! Many are surprised to learn that collagen is actually the most abundant protein in the body, playing a critical role for the body’s connective tissue, tendons, cartilage, skin and bones. But, when we enter our late-20s, the body starts to produce less collagen, which can undermine our health, physical fitness and appearance. This collagen-packed protein power helps to “make up the difference” and deliver a variety of anti-aging benefits, including joint, bone and muscle recovery; improving and maintaining skin elasticity and resilience and even cardiovascular support. So this is definitely a gift that will keep on giving!
Ab Carver Pro (www.AbCarverPro.com) – $39.90 Another great gift for the father who’s also a fitness enthusiast, the Ab Carver Pro by Perfect Fitness is a thoughtful Father’s Day gift he’ll surely put to good use in his exercise regime. The Ab Carver Pro is a spring loaded device that will help guide dad’s workout and is guaranteed to give his abs a killer workout in mere minutes! Several specially designed features make the Ab Carver Pro a fitness tool like no other. For one, its kinetic engine is made from a Carbon Steel Spring that “turbo-charges” abdominal and arm workouts. An ultra-wide wheel stabilizes movements to carve from left, right and center that will ensure maximum core activation and strengthening. Rubberized, non-slip ergonomic performance grips offer stability control while a high-density foam kneepad provides superior comfort. Thanks to you, in no time dad just might develop those abs of steel he’s always wanted.
These items are all timeless Father’s Day gifts that won’t break the bank, so you really just can’t go wrong!
“The Luxe List” Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.TheLuxeList.com. Follow her on Twitter here: www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.
***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided and/or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***