Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it. — Proverbs 22:6.
Happy Father’s Day to all of those wonderful guys “training up” our littles! To show our appreciation, we have put together a fun gift guide to provide some ideas for tokens of your love to your fave dads!
//ONE// Across the Ravaged Land is the third and final volume in Nick Brandt’s trilogy of books documenting the disappearing animals of eastern Africa. This hauntingly beautiful photographic odyssey makes a perfect gift for all lovers of nature and art, and the handsome hardcover and jacket make this a coffee table book to impress!
//TWO// In my opinion, there is nothing foxier than a guy in aviators, and this pair of Randolph Engineering “Concorde” Polarized Aviators epitomizes classic and rugged chic.
//THREE// For the tech officiandos with sleek taste, this DOCK White Marble for Apple Watch provides not only a practical solution for keeping Apple watches on charge, but also a statement-making item of decor for their desks. It’s a win win!
//FOUR// Meateaters rejoice!! B&B Butchers, just wrapping up its inaugural year, has proven itself as one of the premier dining experiences in H-town and is offering a special Father’s Day To Go menu from their bespoke butcher counter. The “Get Piggy with Dad” package offers four 10-oz center cut filets, 1 lb. thick cut bacon, Hill Country sausage, and barbecue salt for a very reasonable $120. For a special Sunday culinary treat, B&B’s brunch menu can’t be beat…their crown jewel carpetbaggers featuring tiny filets topped with a fried oyster and blue cheese crumbles are served atop English muffins for the morning meal, and the coconut-crusted stuffed French toast will satisfy any sweet tooth! After brunch, treat your favorite dad to a fun-filled afternoon by taking him to iFly Houston, the unique indoor skydiving experience he won’t quickly forget, or Topgolf, which is always a ton of fun for the whole family. If musicals are his thing, tickets to the upcoming Wicked performances just might make his day!
//FIVE// For some of the coolest gift ideas for your guy, look no farther than local outpost Manready Mercantile. This place has something for everyone, especially the man who has it all. From unique trinkets to laid back clothes and accessories, this man boutique is a no brainer for American-made items like this local Houston sweatshirt.
//SIX// Summer heat usually mandates a clean shave, and what better way to facilitate this tedious grooming ritual than a stylish razor like the luxurious Thom Browne by Harry’s 24K gold razor and slightly more practical Harry’s chrome razor.
//SEVEN// No offense to the guys, but most of them could use an upgrade in the jeans department; there are a lot of bad ones! When in doubt, it’s always wise to go with a classic straight leg like this favorite J.Crew 1040 jean. I’m not saying they need to be double rolled like the model! But the fit is universally flattering, and the simple back pockets, minimal stitching, and laid back wash make this jean an instant classic!
//EIGHT// If ever there was a need for stocking stuffers for Father’s Day, the fine fellas at Manready Mercantile would absolutely have your back. Who doesn’t love jerky? And what’s more fun than whiskey? So there’s really no way you can go wrong with this whiskey soaked campfire jerky!
//NINE// And speaking once again of that fave man store of mine, the apothecary at Manready Mercantile is full of fabulous toiletries to keep the dads in your life groomed and smelling like a rose! My favorite scent is definitely this Bluegrass cologne by EastWest Bottlers. This refreshing fragrance evokes freshly cut grass and is layered with a bit of deeper, woodsy amber. Not all guys like wearing cologne, but for those who do, this scent is perfect for the hot summer months!
//TEN// All men are boys at heart, and what better way to live like the youth than yard games! This Bocce Ball set will provide hours of summer evening entertainment!
//ELEVEN// I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time finding cute men’s shoes that aren’t too bulky, too flashy, or too casual. The Rag & Bone “Elliot” oxford provides just the right amount of cool guy vibe without being over the top, and who doesn’t love a great casual shoe like this pair of Vince slip-on sneakers?!
//TWELVE// If music is more his love language, try this new(ish) release by Tedeschi Trucks, “Let Me Get By”. This husband/wife duo, comprised of guitar prodigy turned legend Derek Trucks and vocal powerhouse Susan Tedeschi, Tedeschi Trucks is the blues band of our generation, and their newest CD is not to be missed. A few other current favorites are singer/songwriter Griffin House’s new “So On and So Forth” album and The Avett Brothers’ upcoming release, “True Sadness”, currently available on preorder.
//THIRTEEN// For the collector of vinyl, nothing beats a great record player, and this Crosley Radio turntable is both stylish and functional!
//FOURTEEN// For a traditional gift, any father would be happy to open up this Shinola leather strap watch. This timepiece is classic with a contemporary feel to it that will appeal to any guy looking to be on time!
//FIFTEEN// Briefcases have always been a staple gift idea, but often they are boxy and stuffy and too precious for our generation. This L.L. Bean waxed canvas briefcase fits the bill perfectly. The size is just right, and the casual, unstructured silhouette works well for any guy, no matter his trade!
//SIXTEEN// Boasting terrific sound quality and chic, contemporary design, the Stelle Audio pillar wireless speaker is perfect for any music lover. Available in an array of colors, this “pill” speaker will look great with any decor and will end up being the life of all his parties!
//SEVENTEEN// Another great “stocking stuffer,” the Carry On Cocktail Kit is a personal favorite. Available in Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned, Gin & Tonic, Bloody Mary, and Champagne Cocktail flavors, this precious little tin of goodies is TSA approved and a no brainer for any flight. You need only purchase the liquor from your flight attendant and any mixer specified in the instructions. The “flavor” is provided by way of flavored simple syrups, and the kit comes with both a reusable jigger and stirrer, as well as a cute tiny cocktail napkin. It just makes traveling much more civilized, and any gentleman would appreciate receiving this fun gift!