Eight Essentials for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day fast approaching this Sunday (let this serve as your official reminder), and knowing full well how challenging the art of giving can be, I’ve put together a last-minute gift guide for all sorts of dads. Whether you’re looking to upgrade his grooming routine or inject a little zen into the man cave, the below should do the trick on dad’s special day:

1.) Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver: Shaving can be tasking, especially if your whiskers require daily upkeep. Braun’s new Series 7 electric shaver features twin-foils and an integrated three-stage cutting system – translation; both long hairs and stubble are chopped with precision. What’s more, the clean-and-renew system automatically disinfects, lubricates and charges the shaver with just the touch of a button. Easy peasy.

2.) Smythson Panama Cross-Grain Leather Notebook: If note-taking is an art, then Smythson – purveyor of exceptionally crafted leather goods – has created the ultimate blank canvas. Offered in a plethora of colors and sizes, this durable cross-grain lambs leather notebook commands attention, offering flexibility and unequivocal style.

3.) Timex Reversible Weekend Watch: Gifting a watch is especially tricky. My advice? Keep it playful and preppy. Timex’s latest ticker offers both personalization (with its reversible slip-through strap) and affordability. The striped version is my personal favorite, mostly because it begs for leisurely jaunts on Nantucket, followed by evenings spent below deck.


4.) Tom Ford Noir Extreme: In typical Ford fashion, Extreme Noir makes an undeniably debonair impression. The fragrance opens with a warm blend of amber and citrus notes that quickly make way for tantalizing Indian Kulfi – a traditional concoction typically prepared for 16th century Mughal Emperors. Floral notes, including jasmine accord and rose absolute, add lasting sweetness while sandalwood and vanilla extract reinforce Noir Extreme’s bold character.

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5.) Birchbox Anchor’s Aweigh Box: When it comes to certain dads, sometimes one gift isn’t enough. Fret not – with Birchbox’s Anchor’s Aweigh set you’re practically giving five! My top three picks include Sailormade’s adjustable Charger Bracelet, Billy Jealousy’s Ocean Front body wash (for the fresh scent alone), and a generous sample of Supergoop’s Everyday SPF 50 sunblock.

6.) Janie Kruse Garnett Nauti Cufflinks: For fathers who’d prefer to be navigating the Cape versus the boardroom, I suggest Janie Kruse Garnett Jewelry’s 18-carat gold and silver knotted cufflinks. Designed and crafted in New York, these nautically inspired cufflinks (one – a Tiller’s Hitch, the other – a Sheet Bend) feature cleats, studded in gold.

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7.) Diptyque Ambre Scented Candle: Beautiful as an objet, but better still as a scent, Diptyque’s Ambre candle adds immediate charm to any room. Woody vetiver and patchouli notes offer a warm base, masterfully enhanced by a radiant blend of aniseed, spice and Tonka bean. Be sure to instruct Dad on the importance of trimming and re-centering the wick (remember, an even burn is a happy burn).

8.) Aesop’s Resolute Hydrating Body Balm and Avail Body Lotion with Sunscreen: Infused with an abundance of vitamins and skin-nourishing ingredients, help Dad fend-off those gnarly UVA and UVB rays with Aesop’s lightweight, broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen. For after-sun care, follow with Aesop’s deeply hydrating body balm. Vitamin E-rich carrot root extract, wheat germ oil and shea butter all serve as excellent emollients, while an invigorating spicy aroma derived from a unique blend of essentials oils (including crushed coriander and patchouli) soothes and comforts.

Happy Father’s Day!

– Photographs by Alexander Atkins. 

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