By Courtney Kretchman


Why is Dad always such a question mark when it comes to gift giving? Either he insists he doesn’t want a thing, already has everything or is impossibly picky. This year, make it easy on both of you and go the practical route…

Give Dad the gift of golf this year. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is offering some specially-priced packages for Father’s Day this year. Get him a one-hour golf lesson with a PGA Golf Pro, a round of golf for two in 2010, or the Ojai Ultimate Father’s Day Package – including five rounds of golf, an hour lesson with a PGA pro, club fitting session and product-filled resort gift bag.

The gorgeous 18-hole course plays 6,292 yards with a par 70, rating of 71.0 and a slope of 132.

PERSONAL NOTE: This writer would rather watch paint dry than play a round of golf, but this course is so stunning that I’ve been tempted to pick up a club on more than one visit. (Of course, I resisted temptation and continued on my way to find bliss at the resort’s spa…but that’s not the point.)

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Golf Shop

Pick Dad up a gift certificate for a hot shave at The Brighton Shave Co. Complete with hot towels and the finest in men’s skincare products, he’ll appreciate the old-school gentleman’s barbershop-style treatment.

BONUS: Tell them “BeautyNewsNYC” referred you and you’ll receive a $25.00 credit toward any gift certificate you purchase for a treatment.

The Brighton Shave Co.
9635 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

If Dad would rather swap some tee time for some pampering, this is the gift for him. Help him find back muscle-rejuvenation, whether he’s watching the game or at the office, with The Hot & Cold Full Cushion Massager by Dr. Scholl’s. It uses revolutionary hot and cold dual therapy to attack muscle aches, swelling and stiffness. With five massage motors, this bad boy sits right on his chair and provides two levels of massage intensity for relief on the thighs, upper and lower back.

Look for it on

Does Dad’s youthful spirit get overshadowed by his shaggy grays? This Father’s Day, make him an appointment with Diane Carolan at the Piero Salon in Santa Monica. Expertly customizing subtle color for every client, Diane has introduced Great Men, Bad Hair. Targeted at the salon-shy male population, Diane’s discreet service offers men a more youthful look, without having to commit to frequent salon visits.

BONUS: Diane will teach Dad how to apply his own touch-up color and send him home with a “to go” batch of his custom color mix.

Piero Salon
2431 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Lastly, if you just want to get Dad some of his own products, so he can stop roving to mom’s side of the bathroom, go to Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills and check out:

Alford & Hoff – a line of luxury products and fragrance directed at the “New Generation of Men.” Ideal for men on the west coast, all products are formulated with a proprietary Sirtuin-Activating Complex – the latest in anti-aging breakthrough biotechnology, chockfull of good stuff like Sirtuins (youth proteins) to promote cell longevity and revitalize skin. Try the Eye cream, Shave Performance Cream, Moisturizer with SPF15, Microdermabrasion and Serum.

Available: Neiman Marcus

Kiehl’s Since 1851 – longtime favorite of men and women alike. Create a gift package special for your own dad or pick up one of the men’s pre-boxed sets. If you’re totally unsure or your dad is new to this whole grooming thing, try the Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap, Close Shaver’s Squadron Shave Creams -Blue Eagle, Facial Fuel No-Shine Lip balm and the Facial Fuel SPF 15.

Available: Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills
9700 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, 90212

Originally published June 2010



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