A card just won't cut it. It’s a nice thought, but not enough. Get the dad in your life a gift that says he's hot, forward-thinking and cooler than Mick Jagger, Denzel Washington and Bill Gates rolled into one (because he secretly thinks so!). All guys want to look great at age 50, 60 and 70-plus, so help him along with a little something to inspire, encourage and make him feel like a star. Here are some gift ideas for various types of fathers.
A hunk with heart ... like Bruce Willis
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He's an alpha male hybrid — crusty on the outside but mush on the inside. He hollers watching baseball but cries at weddings and dog shelters; prefers pizza, chili and barbecue to poke bowl salads but shares your evening pint of low-cal frozen yogurt (especially salted caramel and mint chip). He brings you flowers and holds your hand on the street. Play to his sweet spot with a warm woodsy scent, like Aramis Eau de Toilette ($24, target.com), or a yummy post-shower treat, like the Body Shop's Coconut Body Butter ($21, thebodyshop.com). Go for a cuddle with a light summer sweatshirt, like Hanes Mens Premium Fleece Full-Zip Hood With Fresh IQ ($13, target.com) and Old Navy Lightweight Cali Fleece Dry Quick Sweatshirt for Men ($15-$18, oldnavy.com), to chill out in icy restaurants, malls and movie theaters all summer long.
A super-cool dude ... like Robert Downey Jr.
His hipster style includes tech, tattoos and trendy eyewear. He loves your fearless change-it-up attitude and body confidence. Keep him on his toes with quirky shades, like the Zara Man Square Mirror Lens Sunglasses in blue ($36, zara.com) or H&M sunglasses in black ($10, hm.com); artsy socks, like the Van Gogh Crew Socks Collection by Hot Sox($30, hotsox.com); or a scent with an unexpected blend of spices, fruit and floral notes, like Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette by Gucci for Men ($40, target.com) or C.O. Bigelow Barber Elixir Blue Cologne ($20, nordstrom.com).
A classic throwback ... like Michael Douglas
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He lives in chinos, polos and boat shoes, is a whiz at chess and trivia, and prefers drip coffee to pods. He sings Sinatra and Puccini in the shower, but packs surprise rosé-and-brie picnics for two and takes you on long romantic walks. Acknowledge his old-world charm but update it for 2018 with an airy, tailored blue-linen shirt to wear untucked with sleeves rolled, like the Zara Man Linen Shirt ($50, zara.com) in indigo or blue or an Old Navy Regular Fit Linen-Blend Shirt for Men ($20, oldnavy.com). You can also try to get him to sport a jaunty straw fedora, like the H&M Straw Hat ($10, hm.com) or Goodfellow & Co.'s White Ramie Straw Fedora ($18, target.com). Swap a spicy vetiver scent, like Guerlain Vetiver Eau de Toilette Spray ($38, target.com) or Proraso Cypress & Vetyver Cologne ($36, nordstrom.com), for his usual citrus scent.
A high-energy hottie ... like Will Smith
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He runs or hits the gym at dawn, meticulously maintains his hair and stubble, and makes tooth-whitening a ritual. This sporty prince wakes you with green smoothies and takes you scuba diving, kayaking and for rides on his Harley. He's a high-speed perfectionist who likes to keep moving and thinks you're fiercest in a leather jacket with wind-tousled hair. Give him a Philips Norelco Stubble Trimmer Series 3000 BT3210/41 ($33, amazon.com); a stack of sexy black and gray T-shirts, like the Uniqlo Men's Supima Cotton Crewneck Short Sleeve T-Shirt ($10, uniqlo.com) or Goodfellow & Co.'s Standard Fit Crew T-Shirt ($8, target.com), to wear alone or under a blazer; or a sizzling scent packed with pepper or peppermint and woods, like Eternity Aqua for Men Eau de Toilette ($25, target.com) or Instinct by David Beckham Eau de Toilette for Men ($35 target.com).
A holdout hippie ... like Jeff Bridges
He listens to Willie Nelson in the car but lets you add Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill to the playlist. He won't cut his ponytail or shave his beard, but is a fan of your mellow yellow toenails, wide-leg jeans and curvier shape. Yoga, meditation and playing the harmonica are his daily do's. Let him do his thing but gift him a botanical groomer, like Maestro's Beard Butter ($13, target.com) or Kiehl's Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil ( $27, sephora.com); a vegan, cruelty-free scent, like Olivina Men Bourbon Cedar Natural Fragrance Cologne ($30, amazon.com) or the Body Shop's Activist Eau de Toilette ($17, thebodyshop.com); new sandals, like Gap Logo Slide Sandals in camouflage ($25, gap.com); and board shorts, like Goodfellow & Co.'s Frankie Board Shorts ($25, target.com), because his ancient cutoffs are history.