Father’s Day gifts are always a tough choice since you never want to get Dad one of those typical Dad’s Day gifts like ties and aftershave–and yet you don’t want to get him something that is an “odd duck” selection that you are not sure is in keeping with his tastes! Here are seven quick picks that Dad will definitely love and use on a daily basis that range from $10 to $325. I have picked items that will suit the most practical to the most fashion driven of dads, and some are from companies that give back (which is always a nice thing)!
Azzul’s cool shoes are handmade in Portugal and mix high-end fashion with everyday footwear needs–in other words, they look stylish but the comfort level is out of this world. Their men’s slip ons and sneakers will easily Dad’s go to shoe and he will be impressed by their durability! The Braga sneaker (available in both leather and suede) is a top choice of the editors here at Luxe Life NYC. It looks fabulous in the photo above but when you actually touch the suede or leather and see the handstitching, you will see the amazing quality for yourself and be totally wowed. The padded collar and insock gives support on the sensitive area at the back of the foot. There is a very generous toe area and the uppers easily stretch to fit foot width (although the men’s line is created in standard D width). We are willing to bet money that a pair of leather or suede Azzul sneakers or shoes will last more then ten years, and there are great styles for ladies as well. The Braga costs $325 but you will discover that the quality even blows away leather shoes and sneakers that you see priced for three times as much at luxury department stores and boutiques. They seem to even be able to take rain and mud (just wipe off with a wet cloth and water)! I almost failed to mention that the laces are waxed cotton making them easy to thread through the grommets. Be sure to also check out Braga in white leather and blue suede as well–they are a true fashion statement and have become a bit of an obsession in the hipper sections of Brooklyn when teamed with rolled up jeans. Azzul is the best of two worlds colliding–they’re all about Portuguese artisans collaborating with New York City designers. You can order Braga directly on www.azzul.com but be sure to check out the other comfy ‘n chic styles including ladies’ slides.We say that all good footwear deserves great socks and our current favorite is Tall Order which not only creates extra long socks for the tall guys in your life, but also makes the standard 9-11 sizing (by the way, Tall Order is created for men but work fine for ladies as well). You will not only enjoy the quality but the patterns run the whole gamut from plain black to beer stein patterns which remind me a lot of Nicole Miller’s legendary vintage prints of the 80s. You’ll get a kick out of the names as well; included are names of friends and family of the founders Dan and Mike Friedman who are highly creative and resourceful Valley Stream, Long Island natives who stand an incredible 6’11” and 6’9.” Dan and Mike sadly lost their father on 9/11 and that is why a portion of all Tall Order socks go to the 9-11 survivor charity called Tuesday’s Children. The company was started with a small business grant sponsored by FedEx and the Friedman’s entered a highly competitive contest to get it. We here at Luxe Life NYC have a soft spot for Tall Order’s South Shore Collection which are novelty socks featuring beer steins (pictured above), golf tees, footballs, tennis rackets, wine bottles and more. We think any dad would love getting socks with his hobbies or interests on them, so that is why there are a winner and must have for Father’s Day gifting. Tall Order socks are about $15 per pair. To order or get more information, go to www.tallorder.com.
What makes Salonpas so great for pain relief? Well, by putting the medicine right at the site of pain, bypassing the stomach and liver, Salonpas can use less medicine to deliver an effective dose. We probably don’t have to tell you that this respected health brand has a multitude of products now, and we think that a great gift for dad this Father’s Day would be a Dopp kit filled with some Salonpas products, which are generally in the $5 to $15 range. Some of our favorites include the Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream offers maximum unscented pain relief without a prescription and includes benzyl alcohol to numb nerves fast, Salon Gel-Patch Hot Patch featuring menthol which starts to cool on contact while Capsaicin (derived from chili peppers) which creates a warm sensation and Jet Spray which provides 2 powerful pain fighting ingredients to freeze the pain and keep it away. Salonpas products are available at mass merchandisers country wide like Walgreens but for more information on the whole product line go to https://us.hisamitsu–you will be impressed.
A Dopp kit is always a perfect “guy gift” for any guy who travels or just likes to keep all his toiletries together in one place at home! We have found the perfect one that is bound to impress any dad, young or old. The Lucas premium leather wash bag by Moral Code has room for all grooming accoutrements. This stylish, premium leather accessory has a silver tone zipper closure and inside pockets for complete organization. The Lucas wash bag (aka Dopp kit) features a microfiber-lined interior. It’s sleek, beautiful and measures about 10” by 5.25″ x 4.25″ so it is not too big or not to small. The Lucas is just so stunning to look at that your mom just might steal it and use it as a clutch bag! When Dad feels and smells the soft leather, checks out the chic compact design and sees all the inside compartments, no other Dopp kit will ever be good enough. Order the Lucas at www.moralcode.com for $73 and also be sure to check out this emerging brands stellar lineup of leather shoes and other accessories!￼FACTORFIVE is the perfect skincare for dads looking for clear, bright skin and who would not mind “holding off the years” as the old saying goes. This cutting edge company known has discovered a way to restore skin’s ability to heal itself, which is lost as we age. Their discoveries are so revolutionary that they are now exploring applications for healing the skin of burn victims—and they well are discovering other medical applications as well. Patent-pending FACTORFIVE skincare is so cutting edge because it uses the body’s own building blocks to restore skin on the cellular level thereby reducing signs of aging. The human stem cell growth factors in FACTORFIVE work like a lock and key system with an individual’s own skin cell receptors, promoting a natural increase in collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, and other beneficial skin proteins. Their Restorative Serum is the superhero product of the FACTORFIVE line and they can barely keep it in stock. It deviates from traditional anti-aging skincare to target the signs of aging: wrinkles, sun spots, tightness, thickness, texture, and more. Simply put, FACTORFIVE Restorative Serum combines human stem cell derived growth factors with copper peptides to help restore your skin—and give more hydrated and youthful appearance. The serum is $199 for one ounce at www.factorfiveskincare.com but we hear that it lasts about three months used sparingly twice per day.￼￼￼￼￼
Unique Pretzels is offering 10% off on all online purchases through June 16th to honor Father’s Day. The sixth-generation, family-operated pretzel bakery is also selling special gift boxes in an assortment of designs that include five varieties of Dads’ favorite pretzels, including the Original Splits and the Sourdough Craft Beer Pretzel Rings, which are sure to be a perfect complement to any craft beverage. You can even grab some super-special boxes with honey mustard or horseradish dips and an array of milk and dark chocolate covered pretzels. To save 10% on purchases now through June 16th, enter the promo code DAD20. For more info or to place an online order, please visit: https://www.uniquepretzels.com/shop/gift-boxes-for-him-her.html. (Gift boxes are customizable and that is why we here at LUXE LIFE NYC love them for gifting on many different occasions, not just Father’s Day. I love the Paris gift box (pictured above) which is $44.95 and includes both the aforementioned horseradish dip and the sharp German mustard dip. (After all, who in the world could resist a gourmet pretzel with a great dip?)
Where should you go when you want to peruse a terrific selection of men’s items in one place? You can count on Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack for great quality ties, suits, wallets, belts, socks, wallets, backpacks, fragrance and more. I love their brick and mortar store and online choices equally. Pictured above is their relatively new Manhattan men’s store on West 57th and Broadway. Check out Nordstrom’s great men’s including some stylist curated Father’s Day items here: wikibuy.com/s/nordstrom.com/coupon.