In The Name of the Father: a Father’s Day Gift Guide for 2010

Many a daughter and son have spend the weeks prior to Father’s Day pondering the same question: What do we get him? If your dad is like mine, attempting to purchase clothing for him is laughable matter. And while we totally understand many fathers aren’t exactly fanatical about beauty the way we are, we’re confident that there’s an appropriate gift for every Pop out there.

For the smooth shave-obsessed dad, the Perfect Shave Kit by Anthony Logistics for Men is the best bet to ensure a dapper style for a night out on the town or the boardroom.

If Dad spends his time surfing TechCrunch and Wired, help him protect his prized iPad with a new case from Targus, which combine foam, neoprene, and air-ventilating mesh fabric to protect against the hazards of everyday life.

We all know the way to a man’s heart. So if your dad is crazy for all things culinary, the 2010 New York Culinary Experience is the ultimate splurge. The weekend extravaganza features cooking classes with leaders in the food industry so notorious he’ll leave feeling like a worthy contestant for Top Chef.

Even if he doesn’t care about smelling like a superstar, you know a guy who’s crazy for comic book heroes. Diesel’s Only the Brave Ironman fragrance is a specialized scent for men who are superfans of the comic book legend and film starring Robert Downey Jr.

Late nights at the office, endless conference calls; sometimes the best way to chill out is with a nice cocktail. The history of men drinking whisky is long and diverse; but if there’s one thing we know, it’s quality over quantity. Compass Box Whisky offers six craft-blends for every occasion, ranging from backyard barbeques to cocktails before a night on the town.

Relaxation is key for any man or woman. If Dad is still rambling around the house in those ratty slippers that look like they’ve been devoured by Fido, Okabashi shoes feature ergonomic foot beds with massage beads and arch support. And here’s a little motivation for our readers: Receive 20% off all men’s shoes over $14.99 until June 23rd by entering “GIVE” at checkout.

The song says that “Every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man.” We have to agree to the fullest. But most men feel incomplete without a timepiece on their wrist. For a reasonably priced, but high quality watch, Skagen builds strong, reliable watches for every kind of dad.

No matter what gift you decide to shower your dad, grandfather, or husband with this Father’s Day, remember the best present of all is often a big bear hug and a thoughtfully written card. But if you’re looking for something a little snazzier, consider our picks for a fabulous Father’s Day.

Megan Sarah Johnson