As the clock ticks down to Father's Day (Sunday, June 16), you might still be looking for just the right way to say "Thanks for all the hard work." But Dad isn't the easiest person to pick out gifts for and, come on, you really want to spoil the big guy this year.
With that in mind, we've assembled some of the best gifts for discerning dads. From coffee and cocktail shakers to new shoes and steaks, there's something for everyone. So you can skip the routine pair of socks (though we've got that covered, too).
And remember to check out our Cigar Toy gallery for lighters, humidor upgrades and other cigar-smoking extras he deserves.
Steaks from Peter Luger
Trenchermen get weak in the knees when they dine at Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn. New York’s beef temple, celebrating year 125, now ships its USDA prime beef to your door via Federal Express. The choices include strip steaks, rib steaks and the restaurant’s famous porterhouse. - www.peterluger.com
Photo by Michael Berman
Update Dad's look for the beach this summer with a pair of Sperry Top-Siders. The Gold Cup Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe is the gold standard of summer lace-ups, and an updated selection of colors means he can go wild or stick with the classic. - www.sperrytopsider.com
Yamaha YAS-101 Sound Bar
Dads love big sound when they are watching TV, and that usually means a heavy investment in technology. Yamaha's YAS-101 Sound Bar adds plenty of dimension without the need to purchase additional, space-invading speakers. A built-in subwoofer adds dynamic bass while the slim design means the unit can be placed directly below Dad's TV, or even wall-mounted. - usa.yamaha.com
Commonwealth Cedar Spills
Dad knows lighting a cigar is a task that shouldn't be rushed. A box of Commonwealth Cedar Spills, which houses about 60 spills, allows for slow, unhurried toasting of the cigar’s foot that is not only effective, but elegant. - www.cedarspills.com
OXO 360° Cocktail Shaker
Mixing a drink can be a rewarding but messy experience. Help Dad mix his martinis with the 360° Cocktail strainer from OXO. A push-button lid locks in an airtight seal, making straining simple.
Illy MonoArabica Coffee
Show Dad how much you care first thing in the morning by upgrading his coffee. Illy has released three unique blends whose beans are single-origin. MonoArabica offers three choices with varying body strengths, whether you're looking for an aromatic brew or a bold blend to kick his day off right.
Island Creek Oysters
Dad knows the simplicity and luxury of an oyster slurped right from its shell is one of life’s treasures. Island Creek Oysters come from Duxbury, a town on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Island Creek ships oysters from their pristine waters to your door in 24 hours or less. Get Dad a bag of three dozen (or better, 100) oysters and they will arrive cold, alive, clean and ready for shucking.
Kentwool 19th Hole Socks
For more than 170 years, Kentwool has supplied arguably some of the highest quality wools for big names like SmartWool and Wigwam, and now the company is branching out with its own collection. Constructed from Superfine Merino Wool, the 19th Hole Socks from Kentwool resist odor and wicks away moisture from the skin, meaning they keep feet cool in summer and warm in winter. Even Dad can't scoff at comfort. - www.kentwool.com
If Dad is a weekend warrior who swings for the fences, get him a bat with a newfangled grip. Instead of a round knob, like that found on virtually every baseball bat, the Axe Bat has a handle resembling that found on an axe. The design is made to better fit a player’s hands and keep the bat on plane. Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies swings one in the big leagues. - www.axebat.com
Not all Dads carry a single-digit handicap, but with the newest driver from TaylorMade, that might change. The R1 is designed to easily adjust three basic elements of the club head— its face loft, face angle and center of gravity—to counter the worst tendencies of Dad's swing, or at least to promote the better elements. - www.taylormadegolf.com
Photo by Jeff Harris
Cigar Aficionado Gift Subscription
Indulge Dad's passion with a gift he'll savor all year long. Give two, one-year subscriptions to Cigar Aficionado for just $19.95. - sub.cigaraficionado.com
Ted Baker Drevil Bag
That old briefcase has seen some wear, maybe it's time to give Dad a stylish upgrade. Ted Baker has the perfect option in the not-too-sporty, not-too-stuffy Drevil bag. The bag can carry his laptop, and, catch some eyes. - www.tedbaker-london.com
Zino Acrylic Humidor
Let Dad keep an eye on his favorite smokes with this unique transparent humidor. The Zino acrylic humidor comes in three colors: clear, smoke, and blue, and perfectly keeps cigars with a flawless seal.
Seven-Fold Ties from Robert Talbott
The cliché goes that Dad doesn’t want another tie for Father’s Day—but that saying doesn’t hold water when you’re giving him one of the finest. Robert Talbott’s seven-fold ties are pieces of art, made by folding one-and-a-quarter yards of fine silk seven times, resulting in a tie that needs no lining and practically knots itself. Each piece is numbered and sewn by hand.
Bobby Jones XH20 Performance Collection Shirts
Father loves his golf, so get him to the links dressed in style in the new Bobby Jones collection, designed to keep dear old Dad the duffer cool and dry throughout a day on the course.
Dazbog Gourmet Teas
Dad may prefer coffee in the morning, but for a less-caffeinated change of pace a nice cup of tea hits the spot. Owned by two immigrants of the former Soviet Union, Dazbog ships great tasting, loose-leaf tea blends right to your door. Dazbog offers a range of flavors, from traditional like English breakfast to off-centric ones like smoky Russian Caravan. - www.dazbog.com
Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker
While Dad's taste in music may seem a bit esoteric, the idea of portable tunes is something the whole family can agree is good. Bose new Mini Speaker fits in the palm of Dad's hand and connects wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth technology to deliver a listening experience that is lifelike and powerful. - www.bose.com
Billy Jealousy Illicit Gift Set
Men's grooming has come a long way since Dad was a kid, and that's a good thing. Driven by science and nature, the Illicit gift set from Billy Jealousy features cologne and body wash that offers notes of bergamot orange, ivy, ginger, nutmeg and sandalwood as well as shave cream that will encourage Dad to look sharp. - www.billyjealousy.com
One thing is certain for the Dad who loves cigars: He can never have enough. Trust us. To help you indulge Dad's wishes and find that perfect cigar for him to enjoy, check out our cigar database of more than 15,000 tasting notes. - www.cigaraficionado.com/cigars/search