While I totally think the world of my father and his slightly-off sense of humor, I absolutely loathe buying gifts for the man. And as I creep into mid-thirtysomething territory at warp speed, I start to think of what exactly I’d want if/when I have rugrats of my own. Sure, I work in the design industry, so it’s pretty much a sure thing I’m gonna want something decorative, personal and meant for my home; however, there’s a fine line between classic masculine and cliche dude styles. Beer steins and pool tables? No. Pinstripes and Milo Baughman-esque finishes? Oh, why yes, yes indeed, that sounds remarkably wonderful. If you’re struggling, trying to think of timeless home-related gifts for Dad, check out some of these great finds available online or through showrooms. Then, after that, toss those beer can koozies in the trash or set them on fire. Happy Father’s Day!
If you ever thought picnics and Big Daddy mixed together just sounded kinda wrong, think again. Boxsal creates eco-conscious, disposable picnic sets that rock, literally. One of them, Urban Picnic, is a cardboard replica of an old-school boombox. The other, Office Escape, is a cardboard version of a classic leather briefcase. Both open up to reveal components essential to enjoying delicious bites outdoors.
Buck the velvet artwork of dogs playing poker and instead consider wrapping Dad in something classic. The Scotland Forever Throw available through Amazon.com is something that will keep any father warm and snugly as well as timelessly cool at the same time. Made of lambswool, it’s available in several colors and retails for $105.
Stereotypically speaking, it seems that dads love their TVs while moms are more focused on what to contain TV components in. The Bond console from Jonathan Adler is a win-win. In the high price-point category, the piece is made of Lucite and burl wood with stainless steel accents. Regardless how hideous or overwhelming Big Papa’s flat panel may be turned off, pairing it with this beauty will make it much more pleasant to look at.
Wallcovering and/or draperies are most likely a stretch in regards to piquing dad’s interest; however, geometrics sometimes win over the most disinterested of manly men. Majorelle from design superstar Martyn Lawrence-Bullard is available in three different color waves including Baltic, a gray/white combo. And it’s an excellent choice for upholstery or window coverings with a graphic, guy touch.
For some retail therapy this Father’s Day, a stroll into ZGallerie with Bossman may result in some furniture finds to make the big guy grunt (in a good way). The Gear End Table packs rustic charm with industrial flair. Crafted from resin with an antique rust finish, the mechanic-chic piece retails for $199. If storage is more up Dad’s alley, feast your eyes on the gray-toned wood 6-drawer Bodega Dresser. Made from solid kiln-dried mahogany, the storage-tastic piece sports a hand-applied finish and self-closing drawers.
Lastly, to shed some light on Father’s Day, literally, take a look at the Outback Warehouse Pendant from Barnlight Electric. With its industrial, farmhouse style, the single-bulb fixture is an excellent way to add a touch of roughness to any interior. Made from galvanized metal, the piece offers options for different colors and cord heights and retails for $173.
So what do you think? Anything here your Papa Bear would like? Or are you still at a loss for a gift?
Tell me in the comments below.