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By PK Greenfield

Father’s Day is drawing near and you need to find the perfect gift. Right? Well, I’ve done some research and approached the occasion from a different angle than, socks, ties and dress shirts. Following are some creative ideas to help you shop for pop this Father’s Day.

Photo Credit: The Waldorf Astoria

Give Dad a Break!

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC is offering a special Father’s Day gift package that will pamper your pop in the lap of luxury.

Fathers will relax and unwind in the most beautiful settings and are offered various male-focused spa treatments in the Guerlain Spa. While he is relaxing, his suit and shoes can be cleaned and shined. This will make him feel fresh, polished and very dashing while he enjoys dinner in the famous steakhouse, Bull & Bear.

If your dad needs a break, and most do, this is my recommendation.
Visit: http://www.waldorfnewyork.com

Photo Credit: Gallo en Fuego

Here is one of the most original concepts with an impressive purpose: Gallo en Fuego. It translates to ‘Rooster on Fire’ and is appropriately fitting for the mission of this company.

Designer Lori Holliday, was inspired to make something out of retired fire hoses in honor of her husband, a firefighter, and his fellow heroes. Made in America, these wallets, belts, messenger bags and more are made from fire hoses predominantly retired by the New York City fire department.
These original accessories come in various colors and styles; each item is handmade and shows distress marks from its original service and purpose.

Through their partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Association, a portion of every sale goes to assist the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

This gift is a conversation piece and every father will be honored by the gesture.

Check out their website at http://www.galloenfuego.com.

All of the models are active-duty firefighters.

Photo Credit: Belkin

Is your man a techie? Does your house resemble Tetris? Do the names, Mark Zuckberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs enter most of his conversations? If so, here is one awesome addition to the iPad that he will appreciate.

I found one of the thinnest and lightest iPad cases that doubles as a keyboard; it literally turned my iPad into a laptop computer: The Belkin Keyboard/Case.

As a writer, you can imagine how much this improves my productivity and ability to work. The wireless keyboard employs large well-spaced keys to deliver a laptop-like typing experience. Even If your father is not a writer, this will help him make notes, create spreadsheets, send emails and work more comfortably and efficiently.

You can share this gift idea with your family and friends but I should keep this new technology a little secret. My friend’s father, John Ellenby, created and designed the first laptop computer based on his briefcase. Shhhhh!

Discover more about the Belkin Keyboard/Case at http://www.belkin.com/us

Photo Credit: Tom & Teddy

Within the next few weeks, dads will be soakin’ up the sun, at the beach, in the backyard pool or perhaps on a family cruise or private yacht.

Tom & Teddy offer a line of father/son matching swimsuits that will make a big splash this summer. I think this is a great way for fathers and sons to celebrate dad’s day all summer long.
Check out the entire collection at http://tomandteddy.com.

Photo Credit: Revel Chocolates

Does your dad keep cookies hidden in his desk drawer? Does the freezer light come on at midnight as he searches for ice cream? How does he feel about chocolate?

I am a big fan of Lake Champlain Chocolates from Vermont. Their newest gift box, Revel Chocolates, is a two-tiered stairway to chocolate heaven. It contains 18 handmade pieces filled with a creamy ganache and hints of other savory ingredients: Rye Whiskey, Créme Fraîche, Bergamot, Vermont Honey, George Howell Espresso, and others. I recommend this gift item for the sweetest pop with the sweet tooth.

I lived in Belgium for a short while and the chocolates were amazing. Now Vermont is giving the Belgians a run for their truffles…and chocolates.

You can make a purchase at http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com.

Photo Credit: Gatsby

I see a whole army of young dads pushing strollers and hauling infants on their backs from Manhattan’s Upper West Side to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Is your man fortunate to have a full head of hair? Is he an artist, intellect, perhaps a skateboarding hipster musician and a rockin’ dad?

I found Gatsby Moving Rubber hair products that take grooming to a new level of coolness. With products like Spiky Edge, Wild Shake, Air Rise and Cool Wet, your guy can easily accomplish different styles from rock-n-roll messy to ultra volume, standing spikes to sophisticated sleek like the styles worn in “The Great Gatsby” movie.

I think this product is not exclusively for the young, edgy father but dads of all ages. There is only one requirement for these products — he must have hair.

Read about Gatsby at http://www.gatsbyglobal.com

Photo Credit: Jorg Gray

The father of our country wears one, now your father can too.

Imagine Dad’s face when you hand him the Jorg Gray 7200-12 wristwatch, the same style as worn by President Barack Obama.

This wristwatch has a stainless steel case with a rose gold bezel, domed sapphire crystal lens, brown leather strap, and is powered by Swiss ETA movement.

Regardless of party affiliations, I think this gift idea is an awesome expression of patriotism combined with the celebration of fatherhood. Dads will cherish this collector’s item for years to come.
Read more about Jorg Gray at http://www.jorggray.com/Home/EN

Father’s day is celebrated on June 16th this year. We wish all dads a ‘beautiful’ day.

Originally published June 2013
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