When it comes to gifts, dad tends to get short shrift. He gracefully accepts the practical tool or traditional tie, both useful, but not very indulgent. Thankfully, with the growing popularity of men’s skin care and fragrance, Father’s Day gift options are endless. Whether Dad is hip, rugged or old fashioned, grooming gifts abound to suit his lifestyle and personality.
For the Metropolitan Dad
Add zip to an already charged-up life with the Molton Brown Father’s Day Gift Set ($58.00). It features the brand’s cult-favorite Re-Charge Black Pepper Bodywash and Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Hydrator, both steeped in energizing Madagascar black pepper oil, as well as the new Cool Buchu Bodywash, zippily soothing with a hint of mint. Go to www.moltonbrown.com for purchase info.
For an understated but long lasting impression, give Infusion d’Homme ($54) by Prada. Sophisticated and elegant, the fragrance works with each wearer to create a nearly personalized scent. Notes include neroli, iris, vetiver, cedarwood and incense. Available at Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sephora.
For the Retro Dad
For that Mad Men clean-shaved look, Anthony Logistics for Men presents The Perfect Shave Kit ($50.00). A sporty mesh dopp bag is equipped with a cleanser, pre-shave oil, shave cream and after-shave balm, all the necessary ingredients to avoid ingrown hairs, irritation and razor burn, while leaving skin healthy and protected. Available at Nordstrom, Sephora and www.anthony.com.
Still innovative after 44 years, Christian Dior’s Eau Sauvage ($52) echoes the clean shapes of sixties design with simplicity and refinement. The citrus top notes combined with jasmine, rosemary and basil middle notes and a woody, musky base will make dad feel like he just stepped off a François Truffaut set. Available at Sephora.
For the Dad On the Go
Travel-size purveyor, Minimus.biz has designed a day of relaxation for Dad with a gift set filled with popular grooming products. The Metro Man On The Go Gift Set ($49.00) features travel-size shave, body, hair and sun screen products from Jack Black, eShave, Philip B, Keys, Nexxus, American Crew and Anthony Logistics. Minimus.biz will even ship for free.
Help freeze out jet lag with L’Oréal Paris Hydra-Energetic Ice Cold Eye Roller ($10.99). The portable applicator delivers ice-cold instant relief combined with treatment ingredients to decrease the tell-tale signs of travel and late-night meetings. Perfect for busy dads, the lightweight serum absorbs quickly. Available at chain, drug and mass market retailers.
For the Cool Dad
For the hip, sexy dad give Ecko Marc Ecko ($55), a zesty, lightening hot fragrance with notes of iced ginger and the hallucinatory allure of absinthe. Even the packaging, a bold, bright silver bottle, says this is for the man, who is charging ahead through life. Classified as an aromatic fougere, Ecko exudes cool confidence. Available at Macy’s.
The Hearts & Daggers Men Gift Set ($75) from Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier seduces with the wild-spirited independence of the famous tattoo artist. A zesty blend of pear, basil, martini accord, white pepper, papaya, rosemary, katsura wood, suede, patchouli and sandalwood create a sensual yet masculine scent. The gift set features eau de toilette, travel-size spray, body wash and deodorant. Available at Macy’s and Sephora.
For the Natural Dad
Powered by minerals from the Dead Sea mixed with a blend of ginkgo, ginger and ginseng extracts, the Ahava Mineral Men’s Collection Gift Set ($47.00) addresses the unique needs of men’s skin. The set includes Mineral Shower Gel, Foam-Free Silk Shave Cream and Soothing After-Shave Moisturizer to treat dad from head to toe. Visit www.ahava.com for store information.
Create your own gift set with a selection of natural shave and skin-care products from Naturopathica. Boasting organic botanicals like cypress oil, aloe lime and oats, the holistic Clarifying Face Wash ($28.00), Soothing Shave Cream ($26.00) and Daily Defense Moisturizer for Men ($58.00) will refresh, protect and moisturize naturally. Available at www.naturopathica.com.