Well after a long hiatus from imparting my words of wisdom from the male point of view to my wife’s blog, I’M BAAACK!! It is of course that time of year where you must find an answer to the question, “what in the hell do I get for my dad or my baby daddy?” Lucky for you, I am here with the answers you seek. For this post, I have been asked to give my top ten list of items from Nordstrom for Father’s Day, so here it is:
$325 and $395 I realize that the Waxed Jacket and Twill Duffel Bag by Filson
may be non-starters for most people but, if your budget extends this far, believe me these are two items that just about every guy will love to have; get
a lot of use out of; and have a high WOW! factor upon opening. Filson has been
around since 1897, you don’t last that long as a company without making high
quality stuff that people want. So, while they may be expensive these items
will last a long, long time and make your daddy very, very happy.
someone else, especially dudes. Each pair has a different feel and you know it
when you find it. While I acknowledge that this is a risky purchase because of
what I just said, the flip side is if your dad is anything like me it is
impossible to even get him out to the store to try on a pair in the first
place. If you are inclined to take the risk however, go with Levi’s. Like
Filson they’ve been around for well over a hundred years. They know how to do jeans
and jeans that are (surprise, surprise) actually made of denim, not this fake
denim that some companies put out there. Go with the original, go with
sunglasses in my opinion. I keep a pair in each car we have because the last
thing you want is to be without your sunglasses while driving in the brutal
Texas sun. I only buy Oakley because of their quality, durability and
versatility. I can take them to the beach; I can wear them while coaching youth
sports; I can wear them while running, biking or whatever I am doing outside.
After a wipe down from the outdoor activities, I can also wear them with a suit
for work or out for lunch on the weekend and this fashion-challenged dad can
actually pull off some semblance of style.
a national embarrassment to the other family members is a challenge. I
recommend the Paramount Trail Shorts by North Face. They are not the
traditional cargo shorts that everyone loathes, nor are they the dad jorts that
have become the source of scorn and ridicule of most teenagers and wives. Instead,
these shorts fit nicely into the Goldilocks principle
and are just right. Both you and your dad will love them.
Yes, socks are boring. Yes, it is so cliché to give socks to a man as a gift.
But you know what men need more than anything: socks! We wear through
socks faster than tires on a stock car at the Daytona 500. Yet somehow, we
refuse to acknowledge that our socks are in fact worn out and we will cling to
them until they literally disintegrate. I have found that these Under Armour Socks are great. They last a pretty long time (a key component in sock
purchasing for men) and the technology in these socks really do help to prevent
blisters if you engage in any kind of athletic activity. Buy the socks!
need to. The other day my wife saw I was wearing an old pair of sneakers that
she thought for certain had gone to shoe heaven long ago. The look of amazement
and disdain at the continued existence of these shoes and their presence in our
home was notable. The Terrix Skychaser Trail Running Shoe by Adidas is what I
recommend if you have an athletic dad (or even a wanna be athletic dad). They
are high quality footwear for both on and off the running trail.
spring, it tends to be just shy of a steam sauna here in Houston (this is the
lead up to our full-on broiler of a summer) and this past season a coach from
the opposing team came up to me and said, “I am dying of heat exhaustion just
looking at you.” Fact is, I wasn’t dying of heat exhaustion; these shirts are
perfect because they help regulate your temperature while also preventing you
from getting sunburned up and down your arms giving you the dreaded farmer’s
tan. This is the perfect shirt for any active dad who does a lot outdoors.
can never have enough dress shirts and ties. For someone like me who spends
almost every day in either a navy blue or gray suit, I need options in shirts
and ties and can never have too many. I don’t care who your dad is, at some
point he will need and get use out of one or both items.
that we call dad is tough. We are terrible communicators (I am reminded of that
on a frequent basis) and if we do manage to string together words to make a
coherent sentence, we say things like “I don’t know,” “I don’t need anything,”
or “you don’t need to get me anything.” Statements like this only serve to
drive you crazy. So, this year don’t even bother asking the question,
just take it from me and you will be all set to give dear old Dad the proper
gift. Happy Father’s Day everyone!