Father’s Day Gift Guide
33 Items I recommend
By: Scott Holland
Sunday, June 21 is Father’s Day. As I say every year, in the gay world Father’s Day can mean a lot of different things: gifts for your father, gifts for your hubby/partner/lover (if he has children), gifts for your friends who are fathers, and gifts for your daddies.
Here’s a selection of 33 gifts (from $6.99 to $129.99) that I think the fathers in your life will appreciate. —Scott Holland
Daddies Who Like To Pamper Themselves
Eraclea Products – Eracleaskincare.com
Daily Bamboo Exfoliant – 4oz – $45
This daily exfoliating micro-scrub removes impurities, oil, makeup and dead skin cells leaving the skin clean and fresh with a more youthful glow. It helps increase skin cell turnover rate and resurfaces the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, age spots, discolorations and acne scars.
Purifying Gel Cleanser for Normal/Oily Skin – 4oz – $38
Lifts away impurities, oil and makeup to reveal clean, fresh, refined skin that is ready to receive the benefits of other eraclea products. It leaves skin refreshed and supple, never tight or dried out. Use daily: morning and evening.
Pure Hydration Serum/Zinc – 1oz – $85
Perfect for stressed, irritated skin, this moisture-intensive serum draws on the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of zinc to promote healing while reducing redness. The serum delivers pure hydration to rejuvenate and replenish the skin.
Reuzel Products – reuzel.com
Daily Shampoo – 11.83oz – $15.95
Want to start every day fresh? Here you go, as this daily shampoo cleans without stripping. It smells great. And their T4 tonic blend of witch hazel, nettle leaf, rosemary and horsetail root extracts will leave you with a stronger, shinier head of hair.
Shave Cream – 3.38oz – $9.50
In the old days, a town’s barbers also did its bloodletting. Let’s just say that isn’t how we do things anymore. Reuzel Shave Cream is a highly concentrated formula. Their T4 Tonic Blend combos with quinoa, aloe vera and sorbitol to give you a close shave, no nicking necessary.
Erika Cole Products Erikacolebeauty.com
Erika Cole Hydrate Shampoo – 8oz – $22
This daily moisturizing shampoo is perfect for normal to dry or chemically treated hair. To make your hair softer, silkier and shinier they added Vitamin E and Fatty Acid Rich Argan Oil. Furthermore, Argan oil treats split ends, tames frizzy hair, and protects the hair shaft from future damage. They also added Collagen to provide superior damage recovery, UV and heat protection.
Erika Cole Hydrate Conditioner – 8oz – $24
The Hydrate Conditioner deeply hydrates damaged hair and restores hair’s natural moisture levels, without weighting your hair down. Enriched with Vitamin E and Fatty Acid Rich Argan Oil Keratin protein, Essential Oils, and Vitamins. Keratin Protein strengthens and smooths unruly hair. Lastly we added UV Protection to protect against the harmful rays of the sun.
Erika Cole Leave In Treatment Therapy – 3oz – $24
The Leave In Treatment Therapy key ingredients Argan oil, Keratin, and Kendi oil provide many benefits to help style, repair and protect hair from harmful toxins. Continued use of our Erika Cole Leave In Treatment Therapy will restore your hair to it’s beautiful natural state.
Erika Cole 3 in 1 Control Versatile Spray – 10oz – $22
This professional In Control 3 in 1 Versatile Hair Spray lets you decide what type of spray pattern and hold you want. This humidity resistant, thermal friendly formula will never get sticky. Gives you the flexibility to brush through and restyle your hair as many times as you desire.
CeraMiracle Products – Ceramiracle.com
O’Cali Nature Cell Soldier Supplement: 60 Capsules – $22
Your busy, demanding lifestyle needs whole food nutrition to keep your body healthy for doing what’s important. Cell Soldier is their responsibly formulated blend of Graviola, Curcumin C3 Complex, Moringa and Broccoli Sprouts that works as an antioxidant providing cellular and inflammation support to your entire body. Support your joints and take charge of your immunity so you’ll always be ready for life.
First Light The Essence – 5oz – $75
Building on their BFE Complex (BioFerment Essence), they’ve harnessed the powerful anti-aging properties of saccharomyces from organic Korean rice water, mugwort and ginseng. They’ve formulated their nourishing facial essence with a base of 92% BFE Complex; a potent mixture of vitamins and minerals. Essence has been a skincare routine staple in Asia for its known benefits of improving complexion, skin firmness and anti-aging properties.
Daddies Who Like Gadgets
Rubik’s Revolution – $19.99
The international hit game is back! Rubik’s Revolution is incredibly popular and the winner of the Toy of the Year Award! Rubik’s Revolution offers six fast-paced, electronic games including Light Speed, in one device! Features include sounds, lights, and various skill levels that will keep you playing for hours! Rubik’s Revolution is both a one player and multiplayer game!
Boardwalk Arcade Skee-Ball – $17.39
Play classic Skee-Ball electronically! “Roll” the electronic ball across the runway screen and land it in the bullseye rings. Collect as many points as possible by landing the balls in the rings with higher point values. Includes a ball position control button, a velocity strength button, and a full-color digital gameplay screen. The separate LCD score screen adds authenticity to this miniature game which is less than 4 (L) x 2 (W) x 4 (H) of an inch in size. Even features hidden bonus games!
The Office Talking Keychain – $6.99
Fans of NBC’s hit TV series turned pop culture icon, The Office can enjoy two new World’s Coolest Talking Keychains! The Office Talking Keychain is perfect for the ultimate fan of Scranton’s Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company! Featuring inspirational quotes from the one and only Michael Scott, Stanley, Kevin and Creed.
Micro Arcade Space Invaders – $19.95
Play Space Invaders, the incredibly popular video game from the 80’s in micro size! Use the buttons to fire at swarms of extraterrestrials to prevent the alien invasion and defend the planet! Earn as many points as possible by firing the laser cannon at the descending aliens. But, watch out, as more aliens are defeated, the gameplay gets faster.
Daddies Who Like To Drink
Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey – $34.99
For the dad who loves a good Irish pub and brown liquor, this special blend combines whiskeys with age statements that range from three to ten years old. Each batch of whiskey is then matured in a range of barrels, including French oak, bourbon, and rum casks. The resulting blend delivers a whiskey perfectly balanced between flavor, age character, complexity, and smoothness. Perfect for slow sipping neat or a fun cocktail!
Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum – $42.99
This is an elegant and complex sipping rum, carefully crafted from the purest of sugar cane honeys aged up to 12 years. As a family-owned company, Diplomático takes pride in the production process from field to bottle, the end result being a meticulously crafted premium rum. Perfect with a cigar, as an ingredient in an Old Fashioned or Sazerac, this rum is one all dads will love.
Bribon Tequila – $24.99
Produced by one of the top three tequila families in Mexico, Tequila Bribon uses only fully matured 7-10-year-old agaves harvested by hand. Once harvested they are taken to the distillery where they are cooked for 18 hours at 100C to convert the starch to sugars. After fermentation, the product is double-distilled utilizing a process that combines pot-still distillate with column distillation. The end result is a tequila that is complex and sophisticated while being extremely approachable and easy to drink. It also makes a great margarita.
Broken Shed Vodka – $24.99 – Brokenshed.com
In using two proprietary blends of two waters located in a geothermal system to the northern region of New Zealand, and a natural filtration source to the southern region of the island, combined with grass-fed whey protein being used within the distillate process three times, the company is able to produce a great tasting vodka that has no additives or added sugars/sweeteners and is certified naturally gluten-free. The Broken Martini is the most ideal cocktail for everyone to enjoy on such an occasion while at home.
Sapporo Premium Beer – Sapporobeer.com.
Crisp, balanced with a smooth taste of citrus, rich gold in color, this lager serves well on its own or with any snack or meal. Stands out due to its iconic SILVER CAN but also comes in a glass bottle.
Disaronno Velvet Cream Liquer – $29.99
This is the iconic brand’s latest innovation to the liqueur category. Incredibly smooth, Velvet boasts the floral character of almonds with nuances of chocolate and vanilla. Velvet is the perfect choice for dads who love sophisticated cream liqueurs. Blending the unique flavor of Disaronno and the richness of a velvety cream, Disaronno Velvet is best served over ice, or to add a touch of Italian elegance to dad’s favorite cream cocktails.
Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2017 – $30
This wine is composed almost entirely of Sangiovese and spends one year in small French oak barrels. This is the epitome of modern Chianti with its dark color, pure fruit, balance, power, and velvety tannins. The dominant flavors include violets, plums, cherries, orange peel, earth, licorice, cedar, and smoke. Make dad a delicious dinner to pair with this wine, like Steak Florentine, Osso Buco, or Chicken Cacciatore.
Daddies Who Are Eclectic
Alago recounts his fearless entry into the punk rock scene as a gay Puerto Rican teen from Brooklyn, the intense music biz career that followed, surviving AIDS in the 90s, his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, and photographing some of the hottest roughnecks on the planet. The book, enhanced by nearly 90 photos—from snapshots with music legends Bruce Springsteen, Debbie Harry, Liza Minneli and Alan Vega (Suicide), to Alago’s own portraits of ex-con boyfriends and shirtless musclemen–is a brutally honest, fascinating and frank look into Alago’s “only in New York” story of a life that continues to be driven by creativity, instinct, humor and guts.
Amped & Co – Hustle Neon Light – Ampedandco.com – $69.99
Grind & shine with a hustle neon desk light to stay motivated. Create a cool vibe in any space with the Hustle Neon Light; indoor use for home decor, bedrooms, office, and just about anywhere to motivate you. Handcrafted and filled with real neon gas to give off a mesmerizing white glow.
Laudemio Frescobaldi Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Amazon.com – $39.99
This is a unique emerald-green and robust extra virgin olive oil with authentic Tuscan aromas of freshly-mown grass and artichoke. This Father’s Day, have dad drizzle this exquisite olive oil on his favorite meals, while enjoying a beautiful day grilling with his family.
I was Born this Way T-Shirt ($24.95) and Mug ($14.95 & $16.95) – Wehavevisual.nyc
There’s a new kid on the Pride gear block, the supercute “I Was Born This Way Collection” of T-shirts, mugs and home accessories designed by New York City graphic designer and LGBTQ publicist, Andy Reynolds
Snoozies – $14.99-$16.99 – Snoozies.com
I have recommended this product a lot of times and am still in love with them. They now have Snoozies specifically for Father Day.
Snoozies also has recently started designing Masks ($14.99) that complies with the CDC’s recommendation for COVID-19 cloth face coverings (not a surgical mask). These masks have adjustable elastic bands on each side and 5 layer disposable filter fits securely inside.
Barnie’s Crop Ex Coffee Gift Set – Barniescoffee.com – $25 with free shipping (over $45 value, which includes $10 discount to use on future orders)
The perfect gift for the father in your life who appreciates a hint of exotic in their morning cup of Joe. This Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Co. Father’s Day gift set includes two 12-ounce bags of Crop•Ex single origin coffee. Each Crop Ex specialty coffee can be traced back to its literal roots in family farms around the globe. On the day it’s roasted, each bag is hand-signed and dated to validate its authenticity.
Tesalate Towel – $59 – Tesalate.com
This is an innovative sand-free towel from Australia that is both fashionable and functional. It’s also perfect for yoga, picnics, and any outdoor activity. Perfect for travelers and a great gift for just about any special occasion. These vibrant beach towels are made with AbsorbLite fabric. Which repels sand, and rapidly dries compared to regular ones, yet it can absorb at least 1 (33 oz.) liter of water. It’s also compact and light.
Moto Chic Mask – Motochicgear.com – $15
Whether looking for a non-medical option to wear for social distancing or to lessen the effects of the elements while you’re doing any outdoor activity, MotoChic Quilted Face Masks (not medical masks) have you covered. Available in four different designs, so you can mix and match your favorites. Each mask is handmade to wash and wear so you can always have one to wear one while one is in the wash!
Two Kings Grey Hooded Onesie – Twokingsunlimited.com – $129.99
This Onesie is perfect for lounging around the house or going out to your favorite after hours spot. Made from quality form fitting light weight jersey material, this onesie will fit snug and showcase your natural assets while maintaining breathability. The onesie is perfect for people of all sizes and genders.