With last year’s Father’s Day gift-related spending predicted at a record-breaking $15.3 billion, according to the National Retail Federation, this year’s holiday will surely rake in equally impressive revenue figures. So for the throngs who are intending to get in on the game and show dad their devotion with some sweet swag, here’s a list of tried-and-true giftables across various interest categories to help ensure your bases are covered.
Hooray Heroes Personalized Children’s Books (www.HoorayHeroes.com) Save 20% with code: LUXE20
Hooray Heroes books make the perfect Father’s Day gift because these beautiful, personalized children’s books feature YOUR child who stars as the main hero! In five easy steps, you personalize the names and customize the appearances of the characters down to the smallest detail. Then, choose from a selection of touching poems or stories to create a magical experience any child would love. To make it extra personal, you can also write a heartfelt dedication on the first page. Hooray Heroes’ best-seller is, “When Tonya Grows Up” that makes it fun see the diverse careers your little one could grow up to be. And what makes this book really special is that you also personalize the narrator–either dad or mom. Loved ones are together in a heartwarming story, making it a Father’s Day gift the whole family will surely cherish forever. If you’re looking for a unique birthday gift for a child, create the “Happy Birthday, Patrick” book for them. Personalize the birthday boy or girl’s appearance, choose 10 fun and entertaining birthday wishes for them and watch their faces light up when they open it. If you prefer a book for two kids, Hooray Heroes also offers a book for siblings called, “The Adventures of Ashley and Ryan.” Both little heroes set off on adventures galore, all the while building that special bond that’ll last a lifetime. This one also comes in a “Twins Edition”! Dads will surely love story time with these custom-crafted books.
The Short Years Baby Book and App (www.TheShortYearsBooks.com)
For another kind of keepsake book commemorating baby’s precious first year, check out The Short Years Baby Book App. It allows you to create a beautiful, modern baby book straight from a free app on your smartphone in just about five minutes per week. New dads will love the sentimental value of creating lasting memories that will be easily accessible via The Short Years Baby Books—or you can create a book for a dad you love and give it as a special gift. Just once a week, the app will ask you to answer a few simple questions about your baby or to upload a photo. The company then uses your answers and photos to make custom baby book pages. Just pop them into the app and watch your book come together over the baby’s first year! Once your book is completed, it will contain 138 pages of full content, including more than 70 full page photos, all supplied directly by you without the hassle of assembling the finished product. Your book will allow you to always reflect back on that sweet first year of baby’s life and will be a family keepsake that you can reflect on when baby is older and pass on for generations to come!
In The Sand Golf Customizable Gifts (www.ITS-Golf.com)
Next are unique customizable gifts from ‘In The Sand Golf’ created from real aerial photos of golf course sand traps shaped like letters of the alphabet! These sand trap letters can be gifted as prints or printed onto mugs, coasters, shirts and more! Personalize any product with the name of your favorite golfer! In The Sand Golf was created by Mary Whitworth, a pilot, who loves playing golf as much as she does flying. After taking over 500,000 aerial photos for almost 28 years and logging over 10,000 hours in Helicopters and Airplanes, she has taken her talent one-step higher. While flying over golf courses in Florida, she noticed some of the golf course sand traps were shaped liked letters of the alphabet. For one year, on every flight, Mary has captured the entire alphabet with photos of golf sand traps. Some of the traps have rakes, golf carts and golfers in and around them. Spelling golfers names, words and sayings, she has launched In The Sand Golf to offer various items like mugs, totes, prints, poker chips (ball markers), coasters and more that these letters can be placed onto. So for those guys who love to spend time on the greens, a gift from ‘In The Sand Golf’ is sure to be a hole in one this Father’s Day.
Lamo Men’s Luxury Slippers (www.LamoFootwear.com)
There’s no more quintessential Father’s Day gift than a pair of slippers, and here’s a company that’s elevated the art. Founded in 1995, Lamo Footwear launched their authentic sheepskin product range along the Southern California coastline, and have since provided countless people the perfect mix of warmth and comfort both at home and around town. Today, the casual California footwear brand offers a wide range of products that meet total footwear needs, from moccasins to sandals to house shoes and classic sheepskin styles. Two of my favorite designs are the Men’s Scuff and Romeo designs, both part of Lamo’s Luxury Collection. The Men’s Scuff is made with a cow suede upper and premium Australian sheepskin lining that’ll wrap dad’s feet in pure luxury. The Men’s Scuff also features Lamo’s TPR Comfort-Flex outsole for complete comfortability. The Romeo design is also made with a cow suede upper premium Australian sheepskin lining, but also features two elastic panels for easy access into and out of these premium slippers. It also features Lamo’s dual formula outsole for a different, optimized feel.
BAKBlade Groomer (www.BAKBlade.com)
Revolutionizing the grooming game for guys everywhere is the BAKBlade 2.0—a must-have men’s accessory to help hairy guys step up their polishing prowess. This innovative gadget gives men the power to shave their own backs. The patented s-shape handle works with the user’s body and reaches all those hard-to-reach areas of the back without having to overextend to get there. Twin blade precision simultaneously delivers smooth skin every time, and lets users shave wet or dry. BAKBlade’s patented DryGlide Blades also allow for over three times the coverage of the average cartridge razor. With an Edison Award winning design and a comfortable ergonomic grip, Dad will have total grooming control to live clean, confident and back-hair free. Indeed, dad can now skip the painful waxes and awkward hand razors for a superior back and body shaver. Shirt or no shirt, he can start carrying himself with a new level of clean confidence.
Aubert & Amandine Scented Candles (www.AubertAmandine.com)
Help dad indulge himself and even spruce up the scent of the man cave this Father’s Day with Aubert & Amandine’s luxuriously fragranced, three-wick candles. With a range of essential oil scents and the flickering light of the candle, dad can create the perfect mood and ambiance for any occasion, or just create soothing vibes when he’s ready to relax and unwind while watching TV, reading a book, playing video games or taking a snooze. Aubert & Amandine aromatherapy candles contain a generous amount of essential oils ensconced within a sophisticated design that’s well-suited for guys. They are a perfect choice to fragrance a larger room in, even the most discerning homes. The company only uses soy wax and the candles are free from petroleum-based paraffin products and additives, making them a safe choice in any setting. With a trio of natural cotton fiber wicks, they burn evenly and fill the space with a luxurious fragrance.
SWAGTRON Swagger 5 Elite Electric Scooter (www.Swagtron.com)
Why rent when Dad can own? The Swagger 5 Elite is a premier electric commuter scooter from SWAGTRON—an industry leader for electric “e”-rideables. The Swagger 5 Elite boasts a powerful 250-watt motor capable of cruising at 18 miles per hour for up to 11 miles per charge, making getting across town or campus a breeze. It has LED head and taillights for safety when the sun sets, and a free app will let dad use the included mount to turn a smartphone into an additional real-time, heads up display. Users can monitor stats like speed and battery life, set cruise control, select speed modes, plan a route with GPS and more. It also features an airless rear tire with “honeycomb” technology for a compliant ride while simultaneously eliminating flats. Maximum load is fully 320 pounds! Best of all, it folds up when not in use and is easy to carry so Dad can take it with him on the train or bus, and is easy to store in the home, car or office all the while.
Reliefband 2.0 (www.Reliefband.com)
Dads on-the-go will surely appreciate the Reliefband 2.0, a sleek wearable technology wristband that offers a patented, clinically-proven, FDA-cleared method to control symptoms of travel sickness, like nausea and vomiting, when riding in planes, trains, boats, automobiles or other transport methods spurring motion sickness. The Reliefband is also drug-free and non-drowsy, so users can traverse through the day’s activities unaffected by signs of sleepiness, “medicine head” or other side effects. Rather, it uses neuromodulation technology to stimulate the median nerve at the underside of the wrist with gentle pulses to relieve unpleasant feelings of nausea. It also works fast so dad can stay in tip-top form.
Playground Sessions Keyboard/Piano Lessons Membership Bundle (www.PlaygroundSessions.com)
Give the gift of music and an enriched life by helping Dad learn how to play her favorite songs on the keyboard or piano at home in an easy and fun way. Playground Sessions, a company co-created by Quincy Jones, is passionate about using its innovative technology and musical expertise to help people improve themselves and enjoy life more. The company offers a bundle that includes a full-featured and elegantly designed keyboard well-suited for the beginner player. In addition, the Playground Sessions bundle includes over-ear portable headphones, sustain pedal, sheet music stand and more. The included USB cable lets users connect to Playground Sessions online instruction via a computer or iPad. With step-by-step interactive lessons, real-time feedback and scores, she’ll be playing on day one!
Viotek H250 25-inch HD LED Monitor (www.Viotek.com)
Whether it’s for productivity or entertainment, dad can immerse himself this Father’s Day in HD perfection with the VIOTEK H250 25-inch LED HD computer monitor. Designed with a lightweight and ultra-thin display, this frameless, widescreen monitor transcends the boundaries of visual immersion. Whether he chooses to adorn this beauty via desktop or mount it on a wall, the H250 completes any multi-monitor setup with a sleek design and without clutter. The PC screen features 1920x1080p (HD) resolution that allows users to enjoy crisp images and a spectacular array of 16.7 million colors on a 16:9 widescreen format. This way, dad can enjoy stunning graphics and mesmerizing hues for quality productivity and entertainment. Multiple ports allow dad to connect via HDMI or VGA to expand his horizons onto larger screens to create the ultimate rig.
Viotek H320 32-inch HD LED Monitor (www.Viotek.com)
Taking it up a notch is VIOTEK’s sophisticated H320 32-inch LED computer monitor, which brings dad 1080-pixel perfection in a sleek, sophisticated design. It features a slim T-shaped stand with clean lines and comes in modern white. After installation, its settings will optimize automatically, so dad can surf the net or stream movies within minutes without the hassle. For those who love to fine-tune their settings manually, the H320 comes with an on-screen display for quick and painless adjustments. It’s the best of both worlds and preferences. The H320 is specifically crafted to deliver the color, contrast and digital 1080 HD dad has been longing for his entire digital life. With 60Hz, computer gamers can go further and take the first step to mastering RPGs and FPS, while business professionals can make the most of everything from video editing to spreadsheets with 20M:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 16.7 million colors all wraped into one beautiful monitor.
Samsonite Encompass Convertible Products (www.Shop.Samsonite.com)
Help those dads who are always on the go do so with more style and ease, courtesy of convertible accessories from Samsonite. Their Convertible Backpack is an innovative update to a classic staple. Thoughtful organization and tailored business features ensure this backpack will be a daily choice for pretty much any occasion. It has water resistant fabric, a RFID Data Vault to protect the pockets and safeguard essentials, a padded laptop compartment and a Smartsleeve that fits over most upright handles for hassle-free combination travel. Next, dad can not just maneuver through crowds, but stand out in them, thank to Samsonite’s Convertible Wheeled Backpack. It offers both travel functionality and intuitive business organization, without sacrificing an ounce of style. Converting from a backpack to a wheeled carry-on, this look is ideally suited for a boardroom to travel transition. Along with all the similar features as the backpack, this also maintains a Wheel Shield, a retractable cover that snaps in place over the wheels, protecting clothes when carried as a backpack. Lastly, let dad convert from work-day to weekend ready with the Convertible Weekender. This is equal parts business and play. Intuitive organization and dual packing, combined with a lightweight, sleek design ensures this style will adapt well to any environment.
iRestore Laser Hair Growth System (www.iRestoreLaser.com)
For all the dads out there suffering from hair loss, or for those who would like to prevent it, the iRestore Laser Hair Growth System is a great solution and thoughtful gift idea. This clinically proven, FDA-cleared device uses low-level laser therapy to combat hair loss. Many men and women who suffer from pattern baldness can use this as a non-invasive, drug-free method to restore hair health and density. The device uses pain-free red light therapy to enhance the cell metabolism rate within hair follicles and increase energy production. The biochemical process stimulates dormant cells to fight against receding hairlines, balding and thinning hair. Users can benefit from this medical-grade device in the comfort of their home, which provides a great alternative to expensive in-office treatments and painful surgeries. Treatment time is just 25 minutes per session, every other day. It has a hands-free design and comfortable cushions, and a rechargeable battery pack mobility option is available for those with an on-the-go lifestyle. Many users have seen results in as little as three to six months. Users can try it risk free, as the company offers a generous six-month money back guarantee plus free return shipping.
Savage and Cooke Distilled Spirits (www.SavageAndCooke.com)
Whether you’re looking to help boost the beverage game at dad’s summer soirées or just enjoy stellar spirits while he peacefully relaxes and unwinds, here are some prime palate pleasers. Famed wine maker Dave Phinney, who created mega-hit wine brands like The Prisoner and Orin Swift, has launched Savage and Cooke—a company that distills, ages and bottles a range of brown spirits. This American Distillery is located on Mare Island off the shore of Vallejo. The site was once was the largest naval base west of the Mississippi River, and is now where Savage and Cooke crafts their Burning Chair Bourbon, Second Glance American Whiskey and Lip Service Rye. Phinney curates these offerings in the style that he appreciates most: complex flavors, concentration, balanced oak influence and lushness. The decision to locate the distillery on Mare Island was due to its fascinating history as a naval shipyard, the plethora of space, stunning brownstone buildings and its proximity to both the Napa Valley and San Francisco.
Gemstone Décor Gifts (www.OpulentLuxuries.com)
I always appreciate Father’s Day gifts that can extend far beyond conventional items that may get limited use—or, gasp, never see the light of day! One way to achieve this is with remarkable décor, drinkware and houseware items that may perfectly adorn the “man cave.” Opulent Luxuries has veritably raised the bar in this department with custom décor pieces made exclusively from the finest semi-precious gemstones. The company uses stones extracted throughout the globe, also employing a grading scale synonymous with diamonds (cut, color and clarity) to ensure top quality. All décor and houseware items are designed by hand with perfect symmetry by the world’s most gifted craftsmen through an incredibly painstaking process. The result is some of the most extraordinary and unique giftables that are perfect for Father’s Day, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. From liquor and wine glasses fashioned from Amethyst and Phantom Quartz gemstones to the most valuable sports collectibles ever created–the possibilities are virtually endless. There are even etched design options that are perfect for sports fans. Opulent Luxuries’ work has been commissioned by famous Hollywood designers and prominent professional sports organizations including the NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA and ESPN. In fact, the company holds licenses with all the major professional sports leagues including the NCAA. All Opulent Luxuries designs are all customized specifically for each client, utterly ensuring dad will adore his gem of a gift.
As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.
***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided or arranged at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***
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