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While the history of Father’s Day in America is a bit convoluted, it was founded in a YMCA in Spokane, Washington in 1909. The greeting card holiday never took hold until Lyndon Johnson signed a decree in 1966, and Nixon made it a permanent holiday in 1972.
Next Sunday is a big day for Dad, and so in addition to giving him a little extra time for that coffee ride, perhaps you’re still wrestling to find a great gift that says, “While your jokes need work, I wouldn’t trade you for the world.” In which case we present four options that don’t include any bad (or good) ties, socks or underwear. But if we’re being honest, we can always use those too.
A Portrait of the Artist as Your Old Man
Dad is not one dimensional, he balances being a passable Master’s racer with taking the kids to soccer and swim practice, he’ll be at ballet on Wednesdays, and occasionally he’ll even dabble in fixing the car—for at least a half hour before he takes it to the shop. He’s fresh off watching the masterful Willem Dafoe performance as Van Gogh in “At Eternity’s Gate,” and has been bemoaning the lack of an impressionist’s take on Dogs Playing Poker, so indulge the artist within and gift dad a set of oil paints. They come in a range of prices, but his creativity is priceless.
$35-$300 (pictured); dickblick.com
Cool Dads Rule
Holmes “Daddy-O” Daylie was known as the Daddy-O of the Radio (said so it rhymes), and was an innovative radio personality of the 40s and 50s whose appeal bridged from African American jazz audiences to the American mainstream. While “Dadiator of the Radiator” doesn’t sound nearly as cool, as summer heats up this high-tech jersey means dad will stay that way. The jersey made famous by Ted King’s Dirty Kanza escapades now comes in new colors including “Flash Green” which is mildly confusing because The Flash wore red and this is clearly a Hulk hue. The Polartec Delta mesh fabric actively cools like a radiator making this the first in garment choices for our changing climate and those hot days ahead.
Pop Big Bottles and Call Him Big Poppa (He Loves That)
Wine is always a great gift, and a classic Cabernet (2016) from one of the founding producers in the Napa Valley is sure to be a winner. You know what’s even cooler? A magnum (1.5 liters), which is equivalent to two standard bottles of wine. Dad will feel like a baller. The Mount Veeder Napa Valley Cabernet is an American classic, like your pops. Crafted from mountain vineyards established in the 1960s, this wine offers aromas of earth, cedar and dried herbs and a palate of elegant opulence. This wine is great to hold onto, particularly in the larger format, or drink with what’s on the grill next Sunday. The big bottle will make dad feel like Biggie Smalls or Big Daddy Kane or Puff Daddy, or something like that.
$44 standard bottle $93 for the 1.5ltr. (Go big or go home.); mtveeder.com
Keep ‘Em Caffeinated
A caffeinated dad is a happy dad, and if you’ve been paying attention to Peloton lately you know we’ve been partnering with former pro racer Aaron Olson and his bicycle themed roastery Handlebar Coffee. We offered our Giro survival kit, including a Handlebar espresso blend, and you can find our interview with Aaron here. Aaron’s single origin coffees will soon be making an appearance in our coffee subscription, The Coffee Ride, so get dad signed up and keep him caffeinated with fresh new beans every two months.
$40 every 2 months; musetteculture.com/coffee-club