Father’s Day is but a few weeks ago (Sunday, June 12), and we must remind you of two things you must remember. No. 1: Any man can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.
No. 2: A true Dad doesn’t tell you how to live; he lives and lets you watch how he does it.
No. 3: No ties, no belts, no shirts, no gift certificates for anything . . . unless it’s a certificate for a month in Bora Bora where has can snorkel, fish and work on his tan.
Can’t afford the round-trip tickets, the first-class hotel and all the sightseeing that he must do?
Not to worry.
We found five perfect gifts—unusual, different and sure to impress—from one of our favorite websites, Orvis.com.
Take a visit and peruse the wonders, but after much pondering, we chose this quintet as the Best of the Best. They are listed in no particular order . . . each is as worthy as the others. Add a card (a nice one, bought from
a store not printed from your laptop . . . write something heartfelt) and
Dad will finally get it: You love (and appreciate!) him!
Orvis Personalized Wristband ($35; item #SI1R3L)
This personalized gift is perfect for those who wear no jewelry or those rubbery wrist bands that make him seem . . . so common. Give him the gift of subtle ruggedness with this custom bridle leather wristband. Quite rugged and masculine; the half-inch wide band comes in three wrist sizes: Size Extra Small wrist measurement is 6½” when closed; size Small wrist measurement is 7½” when closed; size Large wrist measurement is 8¼” when closed. Bonus! The nickel silver or brass hardware can be engraved up to 10 letters. This band is as “everyday,” “run-of-the-mill” and “standard issue,” as Col. Littleton; for more than two decades, this American company—based out of Lynnville, Tennessee (population 327)—has prided itself on providing unique, exceptional, and one-of-kind-style items, many of which are worthy of becoming cherished family heirlooms.
Orvis Titanium French Press ($59; item #SI2BMJ-10-00)
Brew a fresh cup of coffee every time. Barely moving the scale at a mere 6.3 oz., this lightweight titanium camping French press won’t add extra weight to your pack and works equally well at home or in the office. The press is in gunmetal gray and measure a small but mighty size: ½ inches in height and 3⅛ in diameter. Dads would love cups o’ Joe will find the 24 fluid ounce cap quite generous. Hand wash, then make another “pot.”
Orvis Cocktail Tote ($159; item #SI2BM5-04-00)
Always arrive prepared. This fully appointed cocktail kit includes everything you need to concoct the libations of your choosing. Housed in a handcrafted leather-and-canvas tote, you’ll find a Mason Shaker, a 10-inch muddler and a (.75 ounce/1.5 ounce) jigger. Two sewn-in sleeves keep spirits (not included) and the shaker upright and secure while in transit. Dad loves Sex on the Beach. And yes, we mean the drink! Cheers!
Orvis Star-Spangled Spatula ($98; item #SI2BP6-02-00)
The modern and masculine design of this handcrafted spatula makes it the perfect tool for barbecue season. The good looks begin with quality materials—solid walnut and stainless steel—and end with thoughtful construction and a patriotic twist. The stars and stripes are the perfect touch for one of America’s favorite pastimes. A hefty 19½-inches in length and 4-inches wide. After use, hand wash and the flag remains as proud as ever.
Orvis Bison Leather Football ($129; item #SI57YP-60-23)
A regulation-sized football in genuine bison leather from the plains of the American West. Great for home or his car, because you never know when or where a pickup game will begin. Traditional leather football in dark brown. Customer raves must be shared: “Best decision I made was to order this. We look forward to many years of playing “go deep”. A product that will stand the test of time I’m sure.” A second rave: ” I love bison, bison leather and the spirit of Everything it stands for. I especially love the branded logo. But all of that would mean nothing if it wasn’t a high quality, game ready ball. There’s a great grip, nice size. I’ve gotten many complements on this ball in backyard pickup games and tailgates..” A third: “Beautifully made leather football. Expected to become family heirloom..”