Picking out the right gift to give gets harder and harder with every holiday. If you’re running out of ideas already, or haven’t even started planning your Christmas shopping yet, then settle in for our series of holiday gift-giving cheat sheets for the people in your life whom we think deserve something special.
First on our list: the first-ever financiers of our lives. We might never be able to repay him for everything he has done to raise us, but we can try to make Dad, Tatay, Pops, Papa, or however we call our fathers a bit happier with a fashionable and functional gift that he can use for both work and play.
The business jacket
A dad who hustles hard in the corporate world will appreciate a well-tailored blazer. Get him one that has texture—we suggest wool—with subtle prints that can take him from weekday office meetings to weekend business brunch.
The micro-print neck tie
If your dad is the type to know what he specifically wants, help him broaden his taste with an accessory that bucks tradition but still matches well with the rest of his wardrobe. A neck tie that’s neither too wide nor too slim and with a generously spaced micro-print is quite the stylish closet addition that would be appropriate even for older gents.
The leather time piece
A good leather watch is the most versatile accessory a man can own, because it can go with any look at any time of the day. Just imagine your dad sporting one in the boardroom, at the putting green, in a restaurant, at the theater…
The essential active wear
If ol’ Pops is quite sporty, help expand his workout wardrobe with a dri-fit shirt that has both form and function covered.
The pocket wallet
Help him organize his cards and cash with a quality leather piece that can provide him a lot of mileage.
The mobile speaker
Whether he has Dad tastes in music or is actually quite the sonic savant, get your father to enjoy his most favorite tunes with clarity with a mini Bluetooth speaker. Pro-tip: Go the extra mile by curating a playlist based on his tastes and downloading the tracks into his iPhone, iPad, or music player before handing him this gift.
The preppy footwear
A pair of brown leather shoes can literally help your dad go places. Make sure they’re sturdy yet comfortable.