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Cigar Aficionado's Father's Day Gift Guide, 2014

CA Editors
Posted: June 5, 2014

Father's Day is just around the corner on Sunday, June 15, and it's the perfect time for the family to show dear-old dad their appreciation.

Buying a gift for dad, though, can be quite a challenge, so we thought a Father's Day Gift Guide tailored for an aficionado might help relieve some of the burden.

What you won't find in the guide is the hackneyed tie or aftershave gift. But we promise that there is something for every father; from custom dress shirts and fishing lures to television soundbars and motorcycle helmets, there's a gift any man would enjoy. They range in price from less than $10 to nearly $4,000.

And remember to check out our Cigar Toy gallery for lighters, humidor upgrades and other cigar-smoking extras he deserves.

 

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100-Year Briefcase From Saddleback

Saddleback Leather makes rugged and eminently stylish briefcases and messenger bags that are sure to turn heads. Made of thick, sturdy leather, these bags ($382 to $664) are guaranteed for 100 years, meriting the company slogan “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead.” The bags are neither subtle or light, but you’ll marvel at their durability. - www.saddlebackleather.com

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Singularly Sublime Bacon—Singleton’s

Singleton’s, which dates back to 1946, could be the manliest store in America, with a theme of “Whisky, Guns and Ammo.” You can buy all three at the store in Proctorsville, Vermont, but we come for the bacon, which is smoked over corncobs right behind the store. The bacon (which can be shipped across the United States) is smoked for several days, depending on the weather, then sliced thick. The result is breakfast heaven, aggressively smoked bacon that your family will fight over. - www.singletonsvt.com

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Bodacious BBQ Tools From Pops Q

If a guy feels like a king when he’s manning the grill, an upscale set of tools will elevate his status to that of emperor. The Pops Q Tool ($49.99) is a heavy-duty spatula and fork that can be combined to make a set of tongs. Each set can be customized with a name. - www.Popsqtool.com

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Orvis Cigar Band Roly-Poly Glass Set

Dad deserves a fine dram on his big day, so why not let him enjoy his Bourbon or Scotch in a tumbler decorated with an antique cigar band. A set of four is $69. - www.orvis.com

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Spring Shirts from Hamilton

Hamilton has been making custom shirts since 1833. The family-run company makes its shirts to the precise measurements of each customer, and it’s colorful ginghams and stripes are ideal for warmer weather. The shirts begin at $325. - www.hamiltonshirts.com

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Brilliant Blazers from Thomas Dean & Co.

When dad is ready to ditch the navy blue and tread into more adventurous styles, point him to the blazers from Thomas Dean. The company has a variety of stylish, vibrant and sophisticated two- and three-button blazers made in Tuscany to give father a bit of flair. - www.thomasdeanco.com

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Luring In Lunkers From Rapala

You don’t need to spend a fortune to treat dad to a memorable gift with an impressive backstory. The Original Floating Rapala Minnow is a work of functional art, a bit of floating balsa decorated skillfully to resemble an ailing baitfish. It’s a tried-and-true lure that’s been fooling fish since the 1930s, and it can be yours for less than $10. - www.rapala.com

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Anything But Square From Robert Talbott

A suit or blazer isn’t fully complete without a pocket square. Robert Talbott boasts a large array of styles, from the Don Draper-esque plain white to something far more colorful and vibrant. From $50. - www.roberttalbott.com

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A Cauldron Fit For A Cowboy

Dad probably had dreams of being a cowboy when he was a lad, drinking campfire coffee and roasting beans over a blazing fire. Forget giving him a six-shooter and help him make his backyard a tribute to the old West with the Cowboy Cauldron, a near-crucible thick piece of cast-steel dangling from a tripod that will be the center of attention in your backyard. Starting at $895. - www.cowboycauldron.com

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Prescription For Golf Practice

Imagine a golf ball that got too close to a deli slicer—two times—and you might end up with The Pill, a golf training aid that works on the green or on the turf. The smaller target is harder to hit, encouraging a pure stroke. From $12.95. - www.thepillgolf.com

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Scotch Barrel Humidor

If dad enjoys Scotch and cigars (and frankly, who doesn’t?) give him something to remember with the Daniel Marshall 1962 Whisky Stave Humidor ($3,995). This limited-edition marvel comes from renowned humidor maker Daniel Marshall, who cloaks one of his humidors with whisky staves that once held Balvenie Scotch. - www.danielmarshall.com

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Watson Stripe Polo From Bobby Jones

Made of luxurious and supple supreme pima cotton with a thread count of 120, the Bobby Jones Watson Stripe Polo ($89.50) will make Dad stand out in style on the links. The shirts come in a wide array of vibrant colors. - shop.bobbyjones.com

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Adicross Gripmore Golf Shoes From Adidas

Dad already endures enough mental anguish on the golf course that his feet shouldn’t have to suffer the full 18, too. New for 2014, the Adicross Gripmore’s ($150) soft, leather upper, Fitfoam sockliner and new, hybrid outsole with 54 gripmore cleats combine to create an ultra-comfortable shoe. The cleats provide enough traction to help dad keep his balance throughout his swing, and the sole is soft enough that he can wear them off the course, too. - www.adidasgolf.com

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Vivobarefoot Porto Desert Boot

The philosophy behind all of Vivobarefoot’s shoe designs is that when people walk barefoot, they walk correctly. It’s believed our natural stride tones muscles from foot to core, improving posture and sensory perception. Best known for its superior minimalist running and training footwear, Vivobarefoot has incorporated its barefoot-design principles into its new Porto ($300), a desert boot fit for a casual night out or the workplace. Dad can match these shoes, which feature a wide toe-box and a 4mm sole, with his favorite jeans and enjoy the benefits of walking without padded heels and arch supports. His aching back will thank him. - www.vivobarefoot.com

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Portable Music—Klipsch Gig

Sometimes big things come in small packages. Tiny enough to fit into the palm of dad’s hand (or briefcase), the Klipsch Gig ($199) delivers a full range of unmuddied sound powerful enough to fill a room. Sync the Gig with a Bluetooth-enabled device (computer, iPhone, iPad, Android phone, etc.) for an audio experience that is impressive, portable and easy to set up. The Gig’s battery is rechargeable and lasts for up to 12 hours on a single charge. - www.klipsch.com

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Bell’s Bullitt Motorcyle Helmet

Help dad channel his inner Steve McQueen with this retro-inspired motorcycle helmet from Bell Helmets. The Bullitt ($400) is a modern take on the company’s classic, full-face Bell Star design that was a mainstay on the motorsports landscape throughout the 1970s. Featuring a comfortably padded interior and three-shell, multi-density liner, the Bullitt is perfect for those seeking a balance of style, comfort and protection. Dad can even customize the shield. - www.bellhelmets.com

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Otis Sunglasses

Based in Australia, Otis Eyewear recently invaded the United States with its surfer-inspired, premium sunglasses. All Otis lenses (normal or polarized) are made of mineral glass, a material created from sand and soda ash that has a high resistance to scratching, lacks distortion and boosts optical clarity. We liked the company’s Double Lucky frames ($190, pictured in gunmetal/cool gray), a twist on the classic aviator design. - www.otiseyewear-usa.com

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BlueAnt Pump Sportsbuds

BlueAnt’s Pump Sportsbuds ($130) are a great option for the dad who exercises to music, or simply prefers tuning out the world wirelessly in comfort. Pump’s over-the-ear buds deliver quality sound and securely cinches around the back of the head, eliminating any distracting wires. The Pump connects via Bluetooth to whatever sound device dad uses, and the signal is strong enough that he can leave the iPad on the other side of the lawn while he practices his chipping. - www.blueantpump.com

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Billy Jealousy Travel Grooming Kit

Hotel toiletries, while convenient, are not the best. Fortunately Billy Jealousy, the same company that styled February 2014 Cigar Aficionado cover subject Ron Perlman, has put together Wanderlust ($30), an airline-approved grooming kit geared for the jetsetting dad. Included in the kit is the company’s superior Whipped Cream shave later, Fuzzy Logic shampoo, Triple Crown 3-in-1 body wash and Sculpt Friction Fiber Paste. The paste actually contains DHT blockers, which have been known to prevent hair loss. - www.billyjealousy.com

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Samsung Wireless Soundbar

Dad may have the big-screen television already, but he needs a high-quality sound system to really take his home entertainment experience to the next level. Samsung’s HW-H750 Soundbar ($800) comes with a wireless subwoofer and uses a combination of vacuum tubes and digital audio to make action movie explosions, or the roar of the crowd come to life. In addition, the Soundbar is compatible with Samsung’s Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom system, which allows users to control their sound experience as they move through the house. Set-up is a breeze, too. - www.samsung.com

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Carhartt Tool Bag

If you want to encourage dad to get a little more handy around the house, a new tool bag from Carhartt is a good start. The company’s 16-inch Legacy Tool Bag with Molded Base ($95) features plenty of storage space with its 12 exterior pockets and 16 interior. An internal metal frame provides easy access to the large main compartment, and the comfort grip handle and removable shoulder strap means dad can easily move from job-to-job. Additionally, the bag has been treated with Rain Defender, a durable water repellant. - www.carhartt.com

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Art of Shaving—Lexington Collection

Since 1996, The Art of Shaving has been advising men on the proper method for the perfect shave. Help dad stay clean-cut with the company’s all-new Lexington Collection, which includes a stand ($100), pure badger lather brush ($55), and the company’s first-ever pivoting razor ($125). The attractive razor uses Flexball technology to maneuver along the contours of the face and is compatible with Gillette razors, another plus. - www.theartofshaving.com

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JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors

Dad's days of envisioning life as a rock n' roller may be behind him, but that doesn't mean the music needs to end. JBL's 3 Series studio monitor speaker ($150) delivers deep, detailed sound, so dad can have a great recording set-up in the comfort of home. The monitor's Image Control Waveguide technology enhances imaging and optimizes the blend of direct and reflected sound in the room, ensuring neutral sound at the mix position. - www.jblpro.com

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Cigars

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 16,000 tasting notes. - Our Ratings Database

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Comments   1 comment(s)

Antonio Lam — Oradell, NJ, usa,  —  June 9, 2014 11:34am ET

Personally would enjoy the bacon. Great article for this occasion.

Best Regards,
Antonio


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