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Five Out-of-the-box Father's Day Gift for Dads
By April MacIntyre Jun 3, 2012, 1:47 GMT
Love this one: For sipping or cooking this Father\'s day, take your grilled feasts to the next level by serving the right wine for the right meal.
Father's Day is celebrated by Americans on the third Sunday in June, and in 2012 comes Sunday, June 17.
The days of buying dad an Old Spice soap-on-a-roap or making him a wax candle are over.
Now that you're a grown-up yourself, time to put some thought into what you can get that fellow who kept you in line and on time all those years.
To help you find that perfect gift, Monsters and Critics put together a thoughtful, affordable and useful list of out-of-the-box Father's Day Gift for Dads:
Practical Classic Dad:
Tilley Hats for Men
What real Hollywood crews depend on and world travelers already know: Canadian made Tilley hats have an SPF 50, and are super stylish.
Consistently, the Tilley Hat designs are packable, crush-proof and even come with a guarantee-for life.
The entire Tilley line is old-school classic, but with modern design and offerings, and very well-crafted. Tilley also makes clothing and accessories too, many hats are Teflon coated for stain and water/snow repellency.
But for me the stand-out feature is that you can smash it down flat in your suitcase and it is none worse for the wear. Some of their styles in hats even include hidden foam in the crown so if you are boating and the wind catches it, it will float—and many styles also have a security feature of a hidden pocket that can hold money, keys, even a small iPod.
Tilly also offers insurance for loss for two years after purchase. If the hat is lost or damaged you can get another hat for 50% of the cost.
Those concerned about sun damage can also note that the line has a high UPF rating, and if worn properly will help protect the wearer against the harmful and damaging effects of the sun.
Recommended: The Tilley Fedora – TF2
While it isn’t really a spring Hat, this beautiful Tilley Fedora is styled with a medium brim and made with premium fur felt. Trimmed in a black hatband featuring a silver logo Tilley pin, this stylish topper is fully lined.
Still in the game Dads: Plastic Surgery
A special gift for dads who are middle-aged and up. Also topical for today's middle-aged fathers who must compete in a tough job market with savvy young college grads.
Consider the gift of plastic surgery. Staying vibrant is critical to those who lost their retirement nest eggs, those who were downsized, or those who simply must continue to impress their ability to keep up with the fast changing job market.
Dr. Peter Fodor, M.D., is a celebrated plastic surgeon and former president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He's quite famous for treating Hollywood's A-listers, whose careers are dependent on looking their best. He knows how to make someone look great for their closeups, and now he's helping everyday men.
Plastic surgery for 50+ men is definitely trending, and called "Brotox" by some, according to Dr. Fodor:
Male Cosmetic Surgery Increasing Dramatically: “Over the years, we have seen an increasing percentage of male aesthetic surgery based on national statistics of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In my particular practice, the change has been from approximately 5% to the current 30%-35%.”
Men From All Walks of Life Now Embrace Cosmetic Procedures: “The other change has been the type of patients which years ago were almost exclusively persons of notoriety and in the public eye; actors and other celebrities, and not as much "common folks." This has changed to a point where from school teachers to police officers, mail delivery men and even prison guards have come for surgery. Competitiveness in the job market is currently also a major factor.”
Wide Range of Procedures Becoming Popular Among Men: “There are a multitude of procedures often requested by men and they often start with less invasive treatments such as injections of Botox and fillers and then progress to surgery. As far as surgeries go, liposuction of the abdomen, hip rolls and chest (gynecomastia) is a commonly requested triad.
Muscle Defintion Lipo: “We often, through sculpting by liposuction, accomplish a visible muscle definition which was present before surgery but was not visible because of the overlaying fat. We call this "MUSCLE DEFINITION LIPOSCULPTURE" as we treat patients' arms (very much on the cutting edge), defining the deltoid, etc., chests and abdomens.”
Facial Procedures (Eyelids, Earlobes, etc.): “Contingent on the age group, nasal reshaping, eyelid plasty, forehead, face/neck are other procedures commonly performed. Removing fat around eyes is a favorite of middle-age and senior men. Earlobes get droopy in middle aged men and are a tell-tale sign of aging. Earlobe Reduction is a very effective fix."
Smoker Dad: South Beach Smoke Deluxe Kit
A great gift for a dad struggling with cigarette addiction. The hottest smoke on set is the South Beach Smoke electronic cigarette, being used by those who are ready to quit smoking real cigarettes.
These e-cigarettes look like the real deal, but unlike the cancer causing ones, these are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine using a water vapor.
South Beach Smoke Electronic cigarettes contain no tobacco and produce no smoke. Compare that to conventional cigarettes, which have nicotine but also more than 4,000 chemical toxins and 60+ known carcinogens.
The e-cigarettes have flavored cartridge (including traditional tobacco flavor) filter tips and produce no secondhand smoke.
Bonus: These are made in the USA to strict quality control standards. The e-cigarette comes with a carrying card to show their legal usage inside even in non smoking areas. They have no tar, tobacco, ash or smell, yet looks, tastes and feels like a real cigarette.
Our favorite Deluxe cartridge flavor is the cherry, one of several you can select including chocolate, vanilla, menthol and tobacco. The company makes both a Premium and a Deluxe e-cigarette to purchase (members get discounts); the latter has a longer lasting battery and higher vapor volume.
The e-cigarette is a money saver too, at 40% - 75% cheaper than traditional cigarettes. South Beach Smoke offers a Lifetime Replacement Warranty (for members) and a 30 day money back guarantee.
Enough already, quit the real smokes!
Mr. Mom Dad: LL Bean's Classic Manly Canvas Tote
It’s the original LL Bean tote made in Maine since 1944. This hefty manly squared bottom tote is perfect for the car, groceries, kid stuff, boat, beach and anything you can think of this summer!
While other totes have come and gone, after more than 65 years this American made classic Boat and Tote Bags still set the highest standard and come in the widest variety. Totes are comprised of a heavy-duty cotton canvas and LL Bean's signature double-layer base and handles, as each tote is sturdy enough to stand alone.
Originally designed to haul ice “from the car to the ice chest,” today this sturdy
Boat and Tote is used to carry just about anything.
A superb value, the L.L.Bean totes and other products are all rigorously tested, guaranteed to last and shipped free.
Wine lover Dad- The Tasting Room Killer Grillers wine sampler
Love this one: For sipping or cooking this Father's day, take your grilled feasts to the next level by serving the right wine for the right meal.
TastingRoom.com’s “Killer Grillers” wine sampler contains six mini bottles of wines that pair perfectly with a variety of grilled meat, poultry, fish or seasonable vegetables. These wines are destined to bring out the best in whatever it is you’re serving. This sampler of six grill-worthy wines is the ideal way to tell Dad you aren't a total lame-o and have impeccable taste in gifts. Comes in a great black box too.