Hop on Pop’s Day

The Traditional Father\'s Day Gift

This Sunday is Father’s Day and a reader asked that I list a few favourite gift ideas. Of course, the traditional gift is a tie. The one above was a gift from the Caribbean-inspired Mrs. E. . It took me a couple of years to figure out how to work it into my wardrobe, but I like the 40’s flavour that it lends a chalkstriped suit and tattersall shirt. It helped that Ralph Lauren was showing this sort of thing on the runways this year, I can’t claim the inspiration was mine. Now that I have the white linen suit, the companion yellow version will go to the beach with us for our dinner out. Ties, can be tough.

A child, with little or no budget, might opt for some colourful silk knot cufflinks.

A good friend of mine is a real outdoorsman. In fact, he’s going camping and fishing next week. He might like some hand tied flies
Percy\'s Flies

But since I don’t know what he fishes for… I might choose to find a nice vintage book. Hemingway’s short stories or something more esoteric…
\"Oh Shoot, Confessions of an Agitated Sportsman\" by Beach

In general, it is best to stick to things that he can enjoy while pursuing his hobbies. Although, if you have the means, two of the better gifts of which I have heard were a vintage convertible MG (I like the MGA pictured below courtesy of MGCars.Org.UK) and a Panerai watch.

The MGA 1600 MKII, 1962

(Panerai image via: Essential Watches)

And lastly, I will mention one of the greatest gifts of all for a father. Time. Another friend has a Father’s Day tradition that I think is perfect. Breakfast in bed and the whole day to himself to read the New York Times. For your husband or father it might be a Dagwood sandwich and time to watch all the episodes of “Band of Brothers” or the three hour “The Right Stuff.”

Which brings up a point. Not to sound too marketing oriented but, while gifts are fine, it is experiences that will be remembered. A cookout, a sail, a ride to the mountains or the beach would be a good start. Pack a picnic and a t-ball set, or set the hammock in the shade, hand Dad a beer and a straw hat and let the kids run through the sprinklers. Take a lot of pictures.

Happy Father’s Day.

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