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Father’s Day Gift Guide: 9 Picks for the Choosy Dad

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Father’s Day Gift Guide: 9 Picks for the Choosy Dad

June 11, 2018

In my experience, fathers are the hardest to shop for; sound familiar? To help, we polled our editorial team for ideas. Here are nine gifts across a range of prices.

Julie likes this Diamond Crystal Glassware collection for the home bar, made in the Czech Republic by designer Richard Brendon. Each piece is mouth-blown, with the diamond pattern cut by hand. Prices range from $70 for a shot glass to $130 for a highball glass at March in San Francisco.
Above: Julie likes this Diamond Crystal Glassware collection for the home bar, made in the Czech Republic by designer Richard Brendon. Each piece is mouth-blown, with the diamond pattern cut by hand. Prices range from $70 for a shot glass to $130 for a highball glass at March in San Francisco.
Can you think of a dad who’s not a dork for wordplay? I can’t. This Change Is Good Tray is handmade in Los Angeles of vegetable-tanned leather that’s molded, stitched, and branded by Billykirk for Ace Hotel; $35.
Above: Can you think of a dad who’s not a dork for wordplay? I can’t. This Change Is Good Tray is handmade in Los Angeles of vegetable-tanned leather that’s molded, stitched, and branded by Billykirk for Ace Hotel; $35.
My own father was a lover of scented candles. I’d get him one of Alessi’s Five Seasons Scented Candles, this one with notes of cardamom, hyacinth, and vetiver. It’s made in Italy of plant-based wax poured in a porcelain vessel made by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders; $69.
Above: My own father was a lover of scented candles. I’d get him one of Alessi’s Five Seasons Scented Candles, this one with notes of cardamom, hyacinth, and vetiver. It’s made in Italy of plant-based wax poured in a porcelain vessel made by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders; $69.
Margot likes Haptic Lab’s Flying Martha Ornithopter, “a bamboo bird that’s launched like a paper airplane. Who wouldn’t want that?” she asks. It’s made of bamboo and mulberry paper, launched with a rubber band. It’s $48 and comes packed in a gift box.
Above: Margot likes Haptic Lab’s Flying Martha Ornithopter, “a bamboo bird that’s launched like a paper airplane. Who wouldn’t want that?” she asks. It’s made of bamboo and mulberry paper, launched with a rubber band. It’s $48 and comes packed in a gift box.
I visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) last weekend and admired this Peter Zumthor Sugar Castor. It’s designed by Swiss architect Zumthor, with faceted glass sides and a silver-plated steel top; $80.
Above: I visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) last weekend and admired this Peter Zumthor Sugar Castor. It’s designed by Swiss architect Zumthor, with faceted glass sides and a silver-plated steel top; $80.
 “I’ve long loved the idea of C.W. Pencil Enterprise, a small emporium of pencils here in New York,” says Annie. “I recently spotted The Pencil Perfect: The Untold Story of a Cultural Icon by the shop’s founder, Caroline Weaver. I’m planning on getting the book for my writer dad, an appreciator of a sharp pencil.” It’s $40 at C.W. Pencil.
Above: “I’ve long loved the idea of C.W. Pencil Enterprise, a small emporium of pencils here in New York,” says Annie. “I recently spotted The Pencil Perfect: The Untold Story of a Cultural Icon by the shop’s founder, Caroline Weaver. I’m planning on getting the book for my writer dad, an appreciator of a sharp pencil.” It’s $40 at C.W. Pencil.
We like these linen Cocktail Napkins from Marin, California–based Rough Linen. “This is just about the only thing I iron—because they look so crisp and seemly when I do,” says Tricia Rose. A set of 12 napkins is $40.
Above: We like these linen Cocktail Napkins from Marin, California–based Rough Linen. “This is just about the only thing I iron—because they look so crisp and seemly when I do,” says Tricia Rose. A set of 12 napkins is $40.
My own father picked up a tin of Jacques Torres’s Classic Hot Chocolate on a trip to NYC years ago; he became so hooked he had a regular shipment sent to him in Seattle from the Dumbo store before the brand even had an online shop; $20 for 18 ounces of dry mix.
Above: My own father picked up a tin of Jacques Torres’s Classic Hot Chocolate on a trip to NYC years ago; he became so hooked he had a regular shipment sent to him in Seattle from the Dumbo store before the brand even had an online shop; $20 for 18 ounces of dry mix.
Every family member wants a mug of his or her own. From West River Field Lab in Los Angeles, handmade Mugs come in four sizes and 12 colors, starting at $20 for a four-ounce espresso cup to $28 for a 14-ounce mug. For more, see Currently Coveting: Japanese-Style Tableware Made in LA.
Above: Every family member wants a mug of his or her own. From West River Field Lab in Los Angeles, handmade Mugs come in four sizes and 12 colors, starting at $20 for a four-ounce espresso cup to $28 for a 14-ounce mug. For more, see Currently Coveting: Japanese-Style Tableware Made in LA.
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