The Manual’s Essential Father’s Day Gift Guide
Shopping for Dad anytime of year can be a bit tough. If he’s a guy who has everything, that’s even more difficult. And even if his wardrobe could use some refreshing, it’s still a taxing order. Given that, we’ve put together our essential Father’s Day gift guide below. “Father’s Day is a tough one. Most Dads don’t need a lot of new stuff, and you can’t exactly buy them a bouquet of flowers,” says Southern Living editor-in-chief Sid Evans, a man of taste, refinement and style himself. “But Dads also don’t expect much, so it’s a great opportunity to give them something surprising, something fun, and something they’ll appreciate for a long time,” Evans adds. Whether the fella on your list is into gear, gadgets, #menswear or something in between, we’ve done our best to round up our favorite gifts for Father’s Day below. There’s something for everyone on this list — or at least, we hope.
This waxy canvas lined velour suede leather belt is sure to be a favorite of Dad’s, and it’s a favorite of our style expert, Sid Evans. The made-in-America construction adds a touch of refinement and rugged appeal, too.
“It’s hard to go wrong with a great belt, especially when it’s made in the South. I f your Dad is like mine, he probably hasn’t bought himself a belt in years, so he’ll appreciate it, and it looks good with just about anything,” Evans says.
Huckberry Pillbox Bat Co. Pinstripes Bat [$159.98]
Given the fact that a well-rounded lifestyle can come down to the smallest of style upgrades, adding well-made furnishings and decorations to a den can be a fun task for any dad — and when the piece looks as good as the bat at the top of the page, it’s an easy decision. Whether they’re a baseball fan or not, a crisp-looking display piece cut from solid Maple wood looks handsome and refined on display — maybe reconsider if he’s a Red Sox or Mets fan, though.
If you’ve got a recipient on your list who likes to keep certain everyday carry items handy, then a great pocket knife is definitely something they need to add to their haul. When you pick up one from the likes of The James Brand, you’re getting a knife made in part of sturdy walnut wood with a tough blade that works in all types of situations. The slim profile is a positive, too.
Looking for a timepiece that’s rugged, durable and yet extremely stylish? Maybe one made with tough Red Wing shoe leather incorporated into the strap? Look no further than the incredible Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chrono, a watch made with the utmost care and attention to detail. It wears every bit as well with a classic blue Oxford and khaki shorts as it does with a tailored suit for a summer wedding, and that’s something Dad can definitely appreciate.
The good folks at Huckberry continue to curate incredible style essentials for every guy, and the fact that they offer stylish menswear accessories from Owen & Fred is just another reason to start your gift search there. This brass bottle opener is rugged, refined, ultra-useful and very well-made. It’ll look just as great sitting on Dad’s shelf or on his desk as it will when he breaks it out to use it this summer.
This polo shirt is the cool dad’s answer to summer style — the Riviera was, after all, the official polo of choice for James Bond. We’re talking classic style that’s polished yet rugged (especially if he enjoys hitting the gym), and the new shade of blue (or “Falcon”) from the brand is a nice change of pace from a black or heather grey polo. Heck, this is the type of stylish polo he might wear the minute he gets it out of the box.
Shinola Screwdriver Set [$65]
Lest you avoid giving a gift that might be seen as cliché by some dads, reach for a screwdriver set that’s a significant upgrade in terms of quality and style compared to other tools in his kit. For $65, you get a full range of screwdrivers finished in a super-sleek black color and featuring turned Maine hardwood handles. If there’s such a thing as a handsome screwdriver set, this is it — and it’s worth every penny.
You can’t beat the comfort, quality and seemingly effortless styling potential of a sharp cashmere sweater, and that’s exactly what Naadam does so well. When it comes down to ethical craftsmanship and durability, the brand has you covered there as well. It might be too hot during summer days to wear this sweater, but when nights at the beach or on the water get breezy, there’ll be no better accessory to have on-hand. Plus, a stylish sweater is but one area where crucial style upgrades can prove quite useful.