10 Cool Gifts For Father’s Day

June 19th is Father’s Day.  Honor thy dad with a little gratitude for all that he has taught you.  From classic gifts to the customized and unique, here some ideas.  Happy shopping!

1.) Is your dad a renaissance man?  A gentleman who is knowledgeable, socially accomplished with a love for the arts and music?  A turntable would make a fine, fine gift.  Vinyl records are going for a spin again, as the once-universal music format makes a comeback across the recording industry. Though overall album sales dropped 13% in 2010,  sales of vinyl increased by 14 percent over the previous year, with around 2.8 million units sold. This is a new record for vinyl sales since 1991, when the format had all but disappeared in the wake of the CD boom.  Price point can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.  My recommendation is Music Hall – MMF-2.2 – Turntable for $450 at http://www.audioadvisor.com/

Stock him up on vinyl from one of the many good online retailers: http://www.musicdirect.com/ in Chicago or http://www.lousrecords.com/ located in Encinitas, California.

2.) One of the finer single malt scotches, the Macallan would make for a great gift.  The 18 year old delivers a classic Macallan style, wonderfully rich in color with dried fruits, spice and chocolate orange. About $120  http://www.themacallan.com/home.aspx

3.) How about a classic Rolex Submariner for dad?  The first Submariner was introduced in 1954 and is one of the most widely recognized luxury products in the world.  To boot, the Rolex Submariner has appeared in eleven James Bond movies! About $7,000 http://www.steindiamonds.com/

4.) Help dad put his best foot forward … Church’s smoked burgundy patent leather wingtip brogues with leather soles and perforation throughout. Often treated as a weekend-only footwear, this pair is smart enough to be worn with a navy or black suit to the office, as well as jeans at the weekend.  Available at http://www.mrporter.com/ $650

5.) In continuous production since its introduction in 1956, the Eames Lounge Chair is widely considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century. It was the culmination of Charles and Ray Eames’ efforts to create a club chair using the molded plywood technology that they pioneered in the ’40s. In Charles Eames’ words, the vision was a chair with the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” Definitely a cool way for dad to kick it!  About $4,500 http://www.dwr.com/

6.) An iPad for dad … the cool factor can be denied.  Starting at $499

7.) Give your dad the ultimate driving experience from Exoctics Racing in Las Vegas.  5 laps in a Ferrari F40 will set you back $299 0r 20 laps in a Scuderia for $1,249.  http://www.exoticsracing.com/Ferrari/

8.) Treat your dad to a bespoke suit from Kilgour (Savile Row, London) is the gentleman’s equivalent of haute couture, requiring some 80 man hours to complete.  At Kilgour, a set of measurements is taken for each customer’s specific shape, creating a unique pattern individual to the wearer, drafted from scratch. Much of the intricate work is not apparent, yet this is what ensures the suit hangs beautifully and with utmost comfort.

Kilgour bespoke suits are measured, cut, produced and basted entirely at our premises at 8, Savile Row, where the tailors can be seen working at their benches from the street above. The Company perseveres with the one tailor, one garment system and employs only the finest specialists in their disciplines. Each garment is truly special and unique.  http://www.kilgour.eu/bespoke

9.) Riley Sunglasses: One of the original Iconic Oliver Peoples Frames, the Riley frame is handcrafted in lightweight plastic and includes pin detailing and unique keyhole bridge. The visible core-wire within the temple is embossed with Oliver Peoples logo.  About $350 from http://www.oliverpeoples.com/

10.) The Les Paul traditional electric guitar from Gibson.  With all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone that purists love, the Traditional plays, sounds, and feels like the Les Pauls that today’s players grew up loving and lusting after.  Some of my favorite guitar players play the Les Paul – Slash, Jimmy Page, Vivian Campbel and Dave Meniketti to name a few.  For about $3,500 at http://www2.gibson.com/

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