With Father's Day only a few short weeks away, we wanted to share some of our ideas for the perfect gifts for the special man in your life. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. For the art lover:
The Tappan Collective is an online platform to discover and collect limited edition prints and original artwork by the next generation of talent emerging onto the art scene. If you're between Ikea and Basquiat, this is the site for you to cultivate your art collection at affordable prices. Recent artists include: Gia Coppola, Clara Balzary, Olivia Wolfe, Cesar Vega, Lola Rose Thompson and Michael Gittes.
2. For the Dad who likes a deal:
For the money saving Dad, check out Groupon, a localized online discount deals site, where you can discover deals on spas to restaurants to pet stores - and it's free to join! Check out some of their current Father's Day Deals here: http://www.groupon.com/fathers-day. They include everything from customized polo shirts to watches to whiskey stones.
3. For the comic book fan:
Comics make the perfect gift from Mom or from the kids where the little ones can even create a comics-themed Fathers Day card for their personal superhero. ComiXology, a digital comics portal where you can find comics from Marvel, DC, and more with many titles for as low as $0.99 or even free - is a great place to find everything for Dad.Most issues of the new Superman comic are just $1.99, and the first volume (issues 1-6) of the critically-acclaimed Walking Deadseries is just $8.99.
Another way to blend Dad's love of comics is to make one for him with the Canon PIXMA Comix a tool that lets fans create and print their very own comic strip. Fun and easy to use with a variety comic-style filters and features, the app inspires users to turn their images into engaging stories. Fans can recap a summer vacation, preserve big moments or even spin an everyday task into a funny and captivating narrative. To check out the app at pixmacomix.com
4. For the music lover:
We love the RedEnvelopes new Portable Turntable and mp3 Audio System where Dad can spin all his favorite records at home or on the go. The turntable is designed to look like a suitcase made with leather and silver plated hardware, the classic styling that made these players popular years ago. Not only does music sound great playing through the speakers of this player, but Dad can also convert any of his vinyl records to digital mp3s with the software provided!
5. DIY Ideas:
There is nothing better than a handmade card, and for even more DIY ideas Crayola has several artistic gift ideas that are sure to put a huge smile on Dads face this Fathers Day. Some of our favorites are the All-Hands-In Card and the Love Bug.
6. For the fashionable Dad:
We also loved the relaxed and comfortable fashions from Fodada. Featuring comfortable and stylish t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and more, the brand is also cause-based that helps bring exposure and financial support to various causes relating to fathers and all that is important to them- their health, their partners and their children. Fodada has recently teamed up with wonderful groups such as Autism Speaks, the American Heart Association and the Red Cross to name just a few. They even recently organized a free women's self-defense class in 16 different cities worldwide. The extremely comfortable, simple and versatile clothing line is the perfect gift that benefits others as well. They also have a huge celebrity dads following with Hugh Jackman, Orlando Bloom, Ryan Phillippe and Josh Kelly amongst the legion of Fodada fans.
For shoes, we love the affordable and fashionable selections from Famous Footwear with brands like Nike, Sperry, Reebok and many others. Some of our favorites include the grey/blue Sperry Top Sider and the Skechers Men's Embolden.
We also love Tommy Bahama, a brand that has everything from classic closet staples, to outdoor entertainment essentials, to a brand new exclusive mens fragrance. For the sports-fanatic Dad, the new limited edition MLB Collectors Edition Camp Shirts, featuring baseball legends Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle, offer a cool twist on a classic camp shirt. With prices ranging from $40 to $400, Tommy Bahamas gifts are fit for any budget.
Dads also always need the basics, and some of our favorites are the RibbedTee, the designer of undershirts, that you can also personalize for a fun and unique Father's Day gift. Available on CoolWear Supima, MicroModal/Supima and CrossOver shirts over the left chest or left sleeve with 3 color options: Grey, Black or Orange. 2-3 initials or name (max 7 characters), additional $5 per shirt. www.RibbedTee.com
7. For Dads who love to cook:
If dad needs help reading recipes or restaurant reviews, eyebobs introduces "The Zimm," just in time for Father's Day. A design collaborationbetween Andrew Zimmernthe James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacherand eyebobs, "The Zimm" retails for $75 and is available at eyebobs.com.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this limited edition frame will benefit the James Beard Foundation, an organization devoted to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America's diverse culinary heritage and future.
Another ideas for the Dad who loves to cook is to get them the Sam Adams Summer Ale Clambake Kit. To celebrate the summer season, Samuel Adams teamed up with New England Cuisine Expert and Food Network Star Chef Michele Ragussis to bring craft beer lovers a Summer Ale -infused clambake a combination of lobsters, clams, sausage and fresh vegetables boiled in Summer Ale for added layers of flavor, ready for drinkers to cook at home or beachside. Samuel Adams, in partnership with artisanal meat and seafood purveyor Robinson's Prime Reserve, makes recreating Chef Ragussis' recipe at home simpler than ever with the Samuel Adams Summer Ale Urban Clambake Packages at www.RobinsonsPrimeReserve.com
We also love The Samuel Adams Boston Lager Love of Beer Chocolate Box as another idea for Dad. It's actually easier to pair chocolate with a balanced beer, like Samuel Adams Boston Lager, than with wine because sometimes the intensity of chocolate takes over the wine and the acidity in wine doesn't balance. The carbonation of the beer cleanses your palate from the heavy finish of the chocolate leaving you ready for the next bite.The Samuel Adams Boston Lager Love of Beer Chocolate Box is now available nationwide for $16.95 at TCHO.com/SamuelAdams, and a six-pack of Samuel Adams Boston Lager can be found wherever good beer is sold for a suggested retail price of $7.99 - $9.99 (price varies by market).
We also love Make My Day's CLAUDE Companion, a jaunty chef-sculpted object designed to sit on countertops and prop up iPads and other tablets, as well as cookbooks, when prepping, cooking, or simply surfing the web in the kitchen.
Adhering to Make My Day's ethos that home products should be "simple, practical, and designed to make your day," new CLAUDE Companion is a solidly built, toque-donning French "chef" welcoming all home cooks with outstretched arms and oversized big toes. His outstretched thumb is also handy for holding rings. Available now at JC Penney stores nationwide and at JC Penney's website, http://jcp.is/117K4Kc, Claude Companion is offered in White, Red, Black and Lime for $34.99 suggested retail.
8. For the golf fan:
Golf fans will love the 18 Greatest Scottish Golf Holes and 18 Greatest Irish Golf Holes, large coffee table volumes that take readers on a stunning journey through Scotland and Ireland. The Scottish edition (limited to 3,000 copies) features Scotlands most famous holes and courses, amongst them��The Postage Stamp at Troon and the Road Hole at St Andrews. The photography in each book is amazing and the books are one of the most accomplished collections of text from pros and luminaries of the game with amazingl photography and artwork that is also available in single framed art prints. Available in digital editions for $9.99 at Amazon.com and hand-numbered hard cover editions for $199.
Let Dad relax this Father's Day with The Body Innovations Golf Club Massager, an all-in-one tool to relieve stress and sooth sore muscles thanks to the addition of heat andVibration Massage. The Golf Club Massager is $14.99 and is available at Ace Hardware stores.
We also love CustomMade, an online marketplace where you can connect one-on-one with a company and have it designed how you like it - making gifts truly customizable. For golf enthusiasts, we love their custom clock that is made out of an old golf club head.
9: For the fItness fan:
For the fitness fan, we suggest The Slide Effect, a system that is designed to give you a full body workout in just 15 minutes. Created by National Champion figure skater Brandon Larcom, the system uses 360° omni-directional sliding handles and custom padded docking station, as well as adjustable and removable resistance cords to give an effective full body work out in 1/3 of the time. It weighs less than 8 pounds and is designed to not only work your entire core and body, but also make working out while traveling accessible and easy.
As Dad works out he is going to have to stay refreshed and we love the bottles from SIGG, especially the Active Top bottle, a durable and diverse water vessel for any father who values health and fitness and loves the outdoors. The new Active Top has a rotary slide valve control system, which combines an intelligent flow rate. It is also equipped with an Open, Close, Air and Clean function that helps dictate what mode you want to be in. By turning the bottle top, the rotary slide valve system opens a small aperture to release pressure from drinks, avoiding a low flow or overflow. The Active Top is also extremely light weight, durable and completely BPA and phthalate free. Due to it's aluminum composition, it is completely recyclable at the end of it's long life.
10. For the techy:
A unique gift for the tech-loving Dad in your life is Libratone Wireless Speakers. Libratone wireless speakers stand out from the standard clunky speaker systems and include the Lounge, a large speaker meant to anchor a sound system in a room; Live, a smaller version that easily moves around the house; and Zipp, a sweet little cylinder of a speaker that goes literally everywhere (to the home office, the patio, the weekend home, a rooftop cocktail party, even a casual wedding reception in the park).
Dads will also love the Sensu Brush, a digital paint brush that blends crafting and tech. Working as a two-in-one brush and stylus is the ultimate tool for digital artists thanks to its flexible bristles that are designed for use with a variety of drawing, painting and music apps.
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