If your dad is anything like mine, he's a little hard to shop for. Not only does he generally tend to buy whatever he wants for himself before anyone gets the opportunity to give it to him, but he's retired, so I can't fall back on reliable gifts like ties, cufflinks or interesting pieces for his desk or office. If you're shopping for luxury gifts for your dad, you're probably in a simular situation - what do you get for a man whose primary activities are going to the gym and exploring iTunes? (Or, in the case of many retired dads, playing golf and...playing more golf.)
After careful situation, we think we've got a good selection to get you headed in the right direction when you're shopping for your pop. Our first piece of advice? Splurge a little bit on your parents. They've probably given a lot to (and for) you over the years, and now's the time in life to show them how much you appreciate it.
Loro Piana Roadster Zipper Cashmere Sweater
$750 via Mr. Porter
Dads usually don't go out in search of the world's finest cashmere for themselves, so now's your time to indulge on their behalf. A sweater like this can be worn in a lot of different situations and with either jeans or khakis, but watch out - it might just turn your dad into a cashmere addict like the rest of us.
Dunhill Chassis Leather and Stainless Steel Hip Flask
$175 via Mr. Porter
When I see this flask, two words come to mind: golf refreshments. The beverage cart isn't always nearby, you know?
Breitling Bentley GT Black Dial Chronograph Automatic Mens Watch
$5604 via JomaShop
Watches are like handbags for grown men - expensive, addictive and indicative of good taste and an eye for quality. When Breitling and Bentley team up, you know you can go wrong. (And personally, I think a leather band looks more distinguished than a metal bracelet.)
Davek Golf Umbrella
$129 via Neiman Marcus
Dad's gotta stay dry, after all.
Bose SoundDock Portable Music System
$319 via Best Buy
By now, even the most technophobic dad probably has and loves an iPod or iPhone. (Against all expectations, my dad filled up his first one so quickly that we had to buy him a bigger one shortly after giving it to him.) A compact, high-quality speaker system is the best way for dad to impose his music on the rest of the family, which he probably loves to do.
Prada Camo Saffiano iPad Case
$595 via Neiman Marcus
Pattern can be a hard pill to swallow for older men, but if there's such a thing as a masculine print, it's definitely camouflage. Plus, saffiano leather is durable enough to provide real protection for your dad's favorite gadget.
Smythson Rotary Watch Case
$3370 via Mr. Porter
This is the gift for the dad who already knows how to indulge - "perpetual" watches need to be gently rewound to maintain their function. This case does double duty - both winding and storage - with a look that any dad would be proud to display on his bureau.
Mulberry Clipper Carryall
$2100 via Mr. Porter
Naturally, we had to include a bag. This one's neutral and sophisticated, plus the quality of leather is fantastic. For what you get, the price represents a pretty good value.
Neiman Marcus Lizard-Embossed Domino Box
$700 via Neiman Marcus
If your dad is the man who already has everything he could possibly want, perhaps the only way to go is with a genuinely curious (but still luxurious) game set like this one.