Metro Man: Summer Gifts for Grads & Dads

We’ve wrangled up a diverse collection of gifts that will fit the bill for your grad or dad — whether your guy is athletic, professional, or prone to lazing around in the sun. It’s all good.

For the Professional

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We’ve already recommended Samuel Hubbard’s casual, colorful Un-Sneaker shoes (, but their work styles have been the epitome of elegance and fine craftsmanship since 1930, too. We also love the classic wingtip for a grad’s first job, or dad’s next meeting. Peruse the offerings at


Mr. Burberry is a treat for the senses, and ideal for a grad. Inspired by London’s black trench coat style, it’s a men’s scent that fuses the traditional with the youthful and irreverent, and the elegant with the wild. Notes of fresh grapefruit, smokey guaiac wood, and earthy, green vetiver round out this manly scent from lauded Burberry. Find it at your favorite department stores and at

For the Athlete


Badminton, everyone? You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t relish an occasional bout of badminton, so it’s the perfect gift for grads who will have their own places, and dads with back yards. Even city dwellers with gardens can pop this up for a quick bout with friends. The Zume Games Badminton Set eliminates set up issues with a weighted base, which doubles as a convenient carrying case. Easy, portable, sturdy, affordable — and a memorable gift! Find it at, at, and at


If boating, traveling around foreign countries, or kicking back with a cocktail is on the agenda this summer, your guy will appreciate the comfy Rockport Perth Boat Shoe, which is made to last (a great investment) and comes in large sizes for the big & tall. Comfort meets style and functionality in these shoes. Rockport’s Hydro-Shield Waterproof dress shoes are also a smart choice for professionals who go from summer downpours to the board room — and want to be dry and comfortable. Read more at


Thule backpacks from Sweden are well-designed, tough, sleek, modern, and rife with thoughtful add-ons such as weight-distributing clips, a convenient inner pocket for keys, phone, snack bar, etc., hanging hooks, and clip loops. Anyone who hikes, climbs, bikes, or simply totes items to the gym will appreciate the beauty of Thule backpacks. Visit to choose your favorite. The Thule Stir 15 is waterproof with a storm-flap, and designed with simplicity in mind. It’s perfect for urban bikers and trekkers.


Surf’s up, Montauk! A surfboard is an awesome gift for grads who live on the east, west, or southern coasts — or who plan to travel and surf this summer. The boards and surf supplies at Pau Hana Surf Supply are a thing of beauty, and designed with the most innovative features possible for the ultimate surfing experience. If you know a surfer, check out the wares at

Happy summer!


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