The Inside Scoop on What Dad Really Wants
As time seems to have lost all of sense of meaning these past few months, we know what you’re thinking … how is it Father’s Day already!? If dad is the type that says “you know what I like!” or seems to have everything under the garage covered, take a shopping breath first. You don’t need to go the route of a tried-and-true work shirt gift or gorgeous wallet when he still hasn’t used the one from last year. Take a look at our foolproof ideas for what dad really wants — from party favorites for the man who loves to entertain in small groups to gadgets for the tech-obsessed.
For the One Who Needs New Kicks
Saint Laurent Men’s Andy Low-Top Sneaker: This shoe screams “classic, with a twist.” The dad who rocks this shoe is confident with his style and enjoys the occasional swap from ordinary sneaks. $545. Neiman Marcus; Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20015.
Allbirds Men’s Tree Dashers: This dad gets in on the latest running fashion trend while staying true to natural materials. Recently released from Allbirds, the shoe is sustainably manufactured, while focused on comfort and style for those high-intensity CrossFit classes. $125; Allbirds; 3135 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007.
Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Superstar Leather Low-Top: He might not be ready for the stars and neon accent signature of GGDB, but is he a quasi-trendsetter keeping his wardrobe up-to-date? If so, knock Father’s Day out of the park through a black leather pair with the trademark star. $480; Bloomingdales; 5300 Western Ave, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815.
For the Summer Fashion Icon
Love Brand & Co Watermelon Arawak Linen Shirt: Relaxed, breezy and available in a host of prints and pops of color, these European sustainably sourced linen shirts are a must-have for any guy who is used to getting the “where did you get that?” oohs and ahhs at a summer get together. $139; Love Brand & Co, lovebrand.com.
Onia Charles Short-Length Printed Swim Shorts: Does dad want in on the tie-dye fad? These 60’s Montauk surf culture-inspired trunks are sure to bring back nostalgic memories while promising to be a fashion-hit this summer. $175; Mr. Porter; Mrporter.com.
Lincoln Navy Suede Tassel Loafer: This Everard’s Clothing Georgetown find is definitely a pair he’ll keep forever. The leather-lined loafer is a staple for any cool summer night or fall occasion and pairs well with a custom suit from Everard’s or a beginner’s closet. $200; Everard’s Clothing Georgetown; 1802 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007.
For the Entertainer
Jerry Cocktail Party Shaker by William Yeoward: Georgetown staple A Mano curates incredible pieces that make a lasting impression on guests and this shaker is no different. The party prop will make dad feel like a swanky bartender for the night and will upgrade his signature cocktails to their utmost potential. $950; A Mano; 1677 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007.
Roccbox Pizza Oven: Since no one’s heading over to Italy anytime soon, let dad bring Neapolitan pizza to your patio – or your neighbors’s outdoor space. This portable stone-floor oven is a party favorite for guests and adds something special and new to the meaning of home-cooked. Not only will he be cranking out Michelin star-worthy pies, but he’ll also be able to use the multipurpose outdoor oven for searing steak, grilling chicken and barbecuing meat. $699.95; Williams Sonoma; 4824 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Montecristo Classic Toro (Box of 20): He won’t be saying “close, but no cigar” to this one. This gift is a classic favorite of many dads and ensures he has something to bring to his next guy night. $232; Georgetown Tobacco; 3144 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007.
For the One with a Competitive Eye
William & Son Navy Reversible Leather Checkers and Chess Board: This dad lives for the thrill of a “check-mate” and teaching his cohorts how to play the game. The leather board will not only serve up some seriously intense matches, but will be the perfect prized possession for a champion of the board game. $2,955; William & Son, mrporter.com.
New York Times Crossword Puzzle Cufflinks: Does he spend hours deciphering the last clue to fit 10 Across? These punny cufflinks play to the addictive NYT-er’s guilty pleasure and collector’s galore as they are printed on authentic New York Times newsprint. $185; A Mano; 1677 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007.
Hole in One Needlepoint Flask: However aspirational your golfer dad might or might not be, he will appreciate the nod to his golf game and that *one* time he got a hole in one. This accessory will be quite the hit both on and off the greens. $65; Smathers & Branson; smathersandbranson.
For the Budding Chef
Georgetown Wagyu NY Strip: What’s hot on the chopping block this grill season? D.C.’s newest essential, Georgetown Butcher. The brand-new locally sourced shop boasts an impressive collection of meats that a grill-master like dad will be unable to resist. Pick up a New York Strip or two for a mouthwatering Father’s Day dinner. $49.99; Georgetown Butcher, 3210 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007.
Vegetables Unleashed: Any budding chef that we know has the ultimate obsession with D.C’.s favorite José Andrés. His newest cookbook with James Beard award-winning writer Matt Goulding has critics and at-home cooks alike reimagining the power of the vegetable. Has dad tried everything to get the little ones keen on Brussel sprouts? Give him a hand. $40; Politics & Prose; 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.
Notes From a Young Black Chef: This high-press memoir on Smithsonian’s Ten Best Books About Food of 2019 follows Kwame Onwuachi, the executive chef at Wharf favorite Kith/Kin and the 2019 James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year. This book is perfect for the food-lover interested in learning about the juicy details of the culinary industry and the difficult journey of one man as he explores the intersection of race, fame and food. $16.95; Penguin Random House; penguinrandomhouse.com.
For the Tech Savvy
Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses: These chic sunnies not only look cool, but sound cool too. The frames feature speakers that only the wearer can hear – talk about tuning it all out. With both a Rondo style and an Alto look (and prescription lenses available), you can’t go wrong styling dad in these high-tech specs. $199; Bose; Bose.com.
DJI Mavic Mini Drone: Is he looking to take the next step with his tech collection? This mini drone is suggested for beginners and makes for the perfect cool-dad gift. As light as a smartphone and with up to 30 minutes of flying time, this device will elevate the ordinary with its ability to capture memories from sky-high. $399; DJI; Djistore.com.
SVS Prime Tower Surround Sound: If dad’s favorite room in the house is the home theatre, this is the speaker set for him. The striking appearance of the Piano Gloss sets a sophisticated look for your in-house experience and the surround sound technology will leave any tech-savvy dad completely captivated. $1,899; SVS Sound; svsound.com.