50 States of Style 2014 Father's Day Gift Guide

by Nina Myers McCammon


He'll say he wants "Nothing—just time with you guys, and maybe some dress socks, or whatever," but he deserves to be spoiled from time to time too, especially on Father's Day (June 15th). Here are 20 ideas, plus a clever card/badge-in-one by Hammerpress. $5.50. Buy it here.

This stainless steel Runwell watch by Shinola is made in Detroit and looks so good you'll probably end up wearing it "on occasion." $550. Buy it here.


You know the cheeky message inside this nylon Owen & Fred dopp kit will equally embarrass and humor him, which is precisely the point. $68. Buy it here.

Does he already own a pocket knife with a corkscrew? Maybe. But does he have a white oak and stainless steel one that's shaped like a fish with his monogram? $32. Buy it here.

Print out some of his favorite Instagram photos here ($12 for set of 24) so he can display them at work in this concrete stand ($22).

Socks with a story? Amazingly, yes. These are inspired by the colors from historic baseball jerseys (the ’39 Red Sox home jersey and the ’55 Brooklyn Dodgers away jersey). One for $15; two for $25. Buy them here.

The manliest bar of soap money can buy, made with activated charcoal, essential oils, and "a little grit." I think this would pair nicely with the socks. You can say something in the card like: "I love you, stinky feet and all." Is that gross? Corny? Whatever! $10. Buy it here.

Found My Animal's durable marine-grade rope leashes are the ideal gift for your man and his adopted best friend. $54. Buy it here.

This Fielder's Choice wallet is made from re-purposed vintage leather from a standard issue Baseball glove. If he's already happy with his current wallet, suggest he store memorable tickets inside. Bonus gift idea: include tickets to watch his favorite team. $120. Buy it here.

Is he always scrambling to fill out those little paper luggage tags at the airport? It might be time for an upgrade. This hand-dyed, hand-stamped 3.5" x 2" leather luggage tag from Owen & Fred comes with a stainless steel cable clasp so it'll stay firmly attached. $45. Buy it here. Bonus idea: Buy matching ones.

This seersucker pocket square by Forage is a fashionable summer accessory without screaming: I'm trying super hard. $32. Buy it here.

You know the "Reasons My Three-Year-Old Might Be Freaking Out" blogger/dad, Jason Good? Well, he made a book of funny lists. $14.95. Buy it here.

Pair the one above with a classic. No one is funnier or more spot-on about parenthood than Bill Cosby, himself. $13.50. Buy it here.

A neutral, logo-less cotton twill cap from Kaufmann Mercantile, since not every guy wants to be a walking billboard. $39. Buy it here.

If he hasn't already been whipping up delicious barbecue, this three bottle gift set of southern barbecue sauces from chef Charlie McKenna of Lillie's Q in Chicago might inspire him. $40. Buy it here.

Equally appropriate for the dad who needs a tech purge as it is for the dad who gets super frustrated with your frequent rate of texting. Hint: you could fill a few pages at random with cute messages from you and the kids for him to find. $9.99. Buy them here.

The ultimate classic and a fail-proof style: Aviators by American Optics. $120. Buy them here.

A fresh new pair of nylon board shorts is always appreciated, especially if you have lots of beach plans this summer. This pair by Battenwear comes in three other colors if orange isn't his jam. $138. Buy them here.

Will he get way more enjoyment out of this credit card-sized stainless steel ruler, can opener, bottle opener, and 20 tooth comb-in-one that also has 7/16, 1/2, and 9/16 hex sockets than you can possibly imagine? You bet. $28. Buy it here.

For the dad who's been trying to get back into shape, a gym bag that's ultra lightweight and water resistant and comes in a million colors. $24. Buy it here. Bonus idea: Fill it with protein bars, headphones, and a USB stick loaded with his favorite songs.

The best part about this paddle ball set from Izola? You can all enjoy it together at the beach this summer. $29. Buy it here.

Find a local farm using Local Harvest's farm finder (you can search by zip code) that sells grass-fed meats and produce and pick up something special that you can cook up together (or for him) on Father's Day.