Beyond teaching us how to swim, ride a bike and drive a car, our fathers instill the invaluable yet necessary life lessons that make us into adults. This Sunday offers a chance to recognize their devotion, and to honor them as family men and role models. Whether he’s a sportsman, an outdoorsman, a workingman or, more likely, a multifaceted mix, one thing is for sure: Your dad could use something spiffy for summer. Here is what we are thinking:
Tennis polos, retro gym bags and casual sneakers are the way to go for any sporty dad. Whether on the golf course or on the courts, he will stay cool and comfortable in these lightweight summer pieces. Traditional swim trunks work in solid colors and subdued prints, while fleece hoodies are perfect for post-workouts and evening strolls. And shaving kits are necessary for those on-the-go dads heading directly to work from the locker room.
Yes, sunglasses and hats can be tough to buy for others. Look at old photos of your dad to see which styles he was wearing back in the day, however: They are called classics for a reason, and will likely work just as well today they did back then. If he is globetrotting this summer, leather wallets, iPad cases and cardholders are good gift standbys, along with dopp kits and weekender bags.
Casual summer moccasins and driver shoes help take the “work” out of work. Vintage-inspired cufflinks, neckties and wristwatches are always sure bets. Sleek minimalist desk accessories and art books provide creative stimulation and enhance any home office, while slippers and pajamas will let him unwind on breezy summer nights.