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Dear Old Dad—Father’s Day Gifts for Pops

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First celebrated in 1910 as a Washington state-holiday (not D.C.), Father’s Day really didn’t get national recognition until well after Mother’s Day was made a national holiday by Woodrow Wilson 1914. Mother’s Day began as an attempt at post-Civil War reconciliation and so became co-opted by florists and department stores, the sentiment at the time was that fathers simply didn’t carry the same nostalgic cache as their superior counterparts. The shame!

Nonetheless you know that dads are dope, so get dad something to help him through this quarantine time, where every day seems the same as the one before and the only thing that really defines the weekends anymore is less time on a laptop (hopefully). Here are three cool gifts that might keep dad sane until we can get back to life as we once knew it. 


Custom for the “King”

A custom frame might be the ultimate, aspirational gift for dear ol’ dad, but that’s a serious spend. Luckily, you can go custom in another area without going broke. Sea Rose Knifeworks is a great option if your father also fancies himself the amateur gourmand. Working with the incredibly sharp carbon steel, rather than Columbus tubing, and amazingly artistic handles that include bone, silver, and all sorts of beautiful wood finishes, the knives made by Sasha Rosenfeld are true works of art. “As a custom knife maker I’m able to work directly with people to get them a product that is unique for their needs and aesthetics. My hope is that my knives will inspire people to be in their kitchens, cooking food that they love.” Knives start at $225 and you can reach Sasha on Instagram at @sea.rose.knifeworks

A Much Cooler Work Shirt

Who actually knows when business casual will make a comeback, or if it ever will. Instead of dressing for work, help dad get dressed to put it in work…in the saddle. The Work Jersey from Ornot is milled, designed and made in the ol’ US of A and has some great bells and whistles, including a 35 UPF sun protection baked into it. Per Ornot, this is a jersey for fun, not for shaving watts, and in the grip of a pandemic focusing on fun might just get dad through. The cut of the jersey is slightly less aero to accommodate a bit of the dad bod (just in case), but it is not the least bit baggy. The folks at Ornot suggest that it will make you look 14 percent less like a costumed superhero while you wait in line for a cappuccino, assuming you’ll get to do that again some time. So, dad could go back to work, ornot…


A Tour of Burgundy (from His Lazy Boy)

Perhaps your dad made elaborate 2020 plans pre COVID-19 that included a trip to catch a couple stages of Le Tour before heading off to Burgundy for some wine touring and a couple of Michelin-star dinners—and now it’s all shot to hell. While there’s no substitute for a private guide showing dad the French countryside, he can at least have the wines. Elden Selections is a full-service Burgundy wine experience—videos and educational materials on the region’s history, grapes, wine making, confusing labels and wine producers—only online. They also make available to you the very smallest wine makers that you’ll not otherwise find in the States.

The folks at Elden are happy to guide your old man through the region’s many sub-appellations, from the villages designation all the way through gran cru as well as explain all the details and differences. They’ll help pops select wines that he’ll be interested in based on those specific places, or his taste preferences and they’ll send it right to him, shipping included. $199 for an Introduction to Burgundy six-pack, but there are a ton of options.

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