There are a lot of lists for Father’s Day and I can honestly say not one of them had more than one thing worth considering.  Here is my take on what to get dad at a variety of price points. Gifts are fine, but many of us just want to enjoy a day that is ours.



1. Original Paperback Pants

I recently refreshed me wardrobe and one the brands I discovered and now have a few pairs of is from a California based clothing company called Original Paperbacks. They make some of the best fitting pants.


2. Shinola Watch

Forget the Apple Watch. If you didn’t’ order one months ago you won’t be able to order one anyway. Even if you could, the first generation Apple products are rarely worth owning. So wait a couple years for a smartwatch. In the meantime, The Shinola Runwell is where it’s at. It’s simple, classic and will never go out of style and best of all you won’t have to constantly run iOS updates..


3. Carpe Viam!

I own the “Still Plays with Cars” t-shirt and it is one of my favorites. It is made with a soft cotton and slim, but not tight fighting. The t-shirts are a perfect fit that is if your “dad bod” is in check. If you want you can get matching shirts or other designs for your kids too. Don’t forget to preorder the new children’s book The Greatest Race featuring the amazing story of Sir Stirling Moss. Bonus, the artist and storyteller Dwight Knowlton is a pretty awesome dad in his own right.


4. Lego Mini Cooper

We built one last year when it released. This is a great Lego for dad. You can build it by yourself or with the kids, but take it to work and display it in your office. It makes a great activity for Father’s Day too. Best of all, it is Dad’s Lego. All the pieces will stay together and never get lost in the toy box.


5. Pocket Square Clothing Skinny Ties

Many of you can skip this one, but for those of us who still wear a suit and tie to work this is a great local Los Angeles company doing fashion at a reasonable price.


6. Baxter of California Shower Kit

I just ran out of my conditioner this morning; so if my wife is reading this…hint, hint. Baxter of California makes a lot of great men’s care products for those looking for products with mild or no scent. The shower kit is a good place to start, but if you want some other choices the after-shave balm and shave tonic are a few other great choices.


7. Porsche 919 Hybrid 

What a great way to celebrate last weekend’s win at Le Mans, a Porsche 919 Hybrid just like the one that won! Plus it looks great on a bookshelf at home or the office.


8. ZBoard 2: Perl Edition

With a range of 24 miles and traveling a maximum of 20 mph, the new ZBoard 2 boards are a great way to commute around town or to work. I’ve had an original ZBoard since November 2014 and it’s been one of my favorite things.


9. Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manefesto

This book from my favorite barbecue restaurant and cook Aaron Franklin in Austin, Texas is a must for any barbecue fan.  It’s not so much a cookbook, but more of a story around how to make great barbecue when you consider every factor that affects smoking meat.


10. Local, Grass-Fed Steaks

Depending on where you are, find a local ranch. Go to your local farmer’s market and find a meat vendor who is local to your area. I have been impressed with Bel Campo Meat Co and Novy Ranches here in Southern California.