Father’s Day is June 18. I repeat, Father’s Day is June 18. If you take nothing else away from this story, just know that the 18th day of the sixth month in the year two thousand and seventeen is set aside for honoring great dads everywhere. If, however, you want to cement your status as “favorite son” and make all your siblings jealous, I suggest you read on.
Anyone can mail it in and get lame Father’s Day gifts, like a cheap tie or drugstore cologne. But this is the man who gave you life, remember? And the only thing an awful present is good for is getting you written out of the will. With Father’s Day, a little thought goes a long way. It also lingers. Buy one great gift and all the bad ones that came before it are instantly forgotten. You’ll always be remembered for the time you got [insert awesome present here].
So instead of waiting until June 17 (once again, Father’s Day is June 18), plan ahead this year. And as an added bonus, all the suggestions will get better with age, so you’ll be psyched when they’re passed on to you.
BLUE SATELLITE HEADPHONES
Hulking headphones in loud colors are not what your dad needs. Instead opt for this wireless pair from Blue, whose microphones and headphones have been staples in professional recording studios for years. They have a refined aesthetic and deliver quality sound that the biggest audiophile snob will appreciate.
SHINOLA X ST. PIERRE BOCCE BALL SET
Bocce is not a young man’s game. It’s best enjoyed by distinguished gentlemen of a certain age who don’t have anything to prove, i.e. dads. Shinola partnered with the family-owned St. Pierre brand on this equally distinguished set of bocce balls in cream, black and orange. The kit comes in a matte black pine case.
TOPO DESIGNS X OPINEL FOLDING KNIFE
The Opinel No. 8 folding knife has been around for almost a century and the simplicity of its design is a big part of its longevity. But Topo Designs found subtle ways to improve on the classic pocket knife by adding a bold red print on the handle and a webbing strap so it can attach to belt loop. It’s the perfect knife for all your dad’s tinkering projects.
WILSON STAFF TRITON DVD DRIVER
The Triton was the winning design in Wilson and The Golf Channel’s Driver Vs. Driver TV series and it is one of the most customizable drivers on the market. Dad can tailor it to his game so that he sends fewer balls screaming into the trees and more down the fairway. Making changes to the sole plates and weights is simple with the included tool.
BLADE AND BOW 22-YEAR-OLD WHISKEY
It’s time for dad to try a new whiskey. Blade and Bow’s 22-year-old bourbon was aged at the famed Stitzel-Weller distillery which created the original versions of Pappy Van Winkle. The limited edition Blade and Bow whiskey received a double gold medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and has notes of baked apple and a toasted oak aroma.
NEW BALANCE 998
New Balance has been the unofficial sneaker of dads for many years. But this year it’s time to help your pop up his sneaker game with this classic pair of 998s updated with fresh colors. The colorway was created to celebrate the start of the baseball season, but all your dad needs to know is that they look great.
WILL LEATHER GOODS SATCHEL
These days there aren’t many briefs that go in briefcases unless you’re a lawyer. But that doesn’t diminish the need for a smart-looking work bag. Will’s Hank Satchel is constructed from a beautiful bridle leather that breaks in beautifully. It has two large zipper compartments with lots of internal pockets so there is a place for everything your dad needs to get to and from the office.
AUTODROMO PROTOTIPO CHRONOGRAPH
We’re guessing you might not be ready to buy your dad a sports car (if so, more power to you) so why not go for a sleek watch inspired by one of the best race car drivers of all time. Brian Redman piloted numerous Porsches and Ferraris to victory in the 1960s and ‘70s and this chronograph commemorates a race at the famed Nurburgring track in Germany in 1969. The red, white, and green on the dial reflect the colors of the Porsche Salzburg that Redman drove and the caseback features an engraving of the 'Ring course.