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June 14, 2016

Cheers Dad! Father's Day Gift Guide

So, truth be known, Father's Day is not the easiest of holidays now that the kids are grown.

Time was a tie cake or a minor league baseball game was a sure thing, now Time at all is a precious gift.

As a design family any member is bound to be gifted a book on 1001 Chairs or a dog made of recycled newspaper overruns or bamboo bedside lamp, but Dad's Day, well, we feel like we should kick it up (or down) a notch, just to make it special.

And as an environmentally sensitive company we want to make sure that we are giving gifts that stand the test of time. Sure a Zombie Survival Crate seems like the right choice, but what happens when you run out of Zombies? How many cans of spam do you really need?

Instead we wanted to put together a thoughtful list of forever gifts (if only in memories) that speaks to the timeless, selfless, fashionable and darn right goofy guy that we get to call dad.

Idea #1~ Anything Homemade

We definitely have our share Papa Poems, Wagon Wheel Pasta Artwork and hand print apparel (our favorite being a pair of boxer shorts that produced days of under the breath giggling due to strategic hand placements). But the best part of these kind of gifts was the behind the scenes action that made them bubble with love. As we would make our gifts each year we would go around the table and answer questions like, "What is one word to describe dad, or what is your favorite memory?"

"Funny!", "Goofy!", "Clear!" (my husband is of Northern European descent). Or, "Remember the time he let us roll around in the back of the Volvo station wagon?" Failing to mention the bonus trip to the ER for a few stitches. "And remember when he let us use real hammer's to hammer rocks?" Side note: when it's the back of the head, they give you staples.

All these memories pour out in giggles and wiggles. Poor decisions usually make the best stories!

Idea #2- The Great Outdoors

A vacation, even if it's just in your own backyard, can bring a family together and create memories that last a lifetime (and spark great conversations for Idea #1!)

My husbands dream vacation usually involves a Yurt. Glamping Hub puts out a great list of some of most inviting spaces around the world. What dad wouldn't want to set up camp in Northern California?

And we think that Airbnb is really on to something with this amazing Airstream adventure in Andulucia!

Idea #3- What's that  smell?

OK, not what you think! We love to make sure we are involving all the senses, even on dad's day, so how about some candles? Scents these days are sophisticated and heady and darn right masculine.

Imagine notes of basil and tobacco or the grounded scent of leather, oakwood and moss.

And for a truly unique experience one of our favorite stores in NYC, Min, offers Scent Stories. Scent specialists spend time getting to know their clients, their hobbies, interests, personality and then develop a cologne based on their unique style. They also make incredible shaving products as well.

Idea #4- One Stop Shopping

Those that know us know that one of our all time favorite online stores is The Grommet. I gleefully bought almost every holiday item here last year.

They have created a thoughtful collection of dad gifts and then a great Top Ten list of Gifts Made by Maker Dads.

Cuft links made from little ones fingerprints!

And then imagine this hammock (although I think it might be difficult to imagine dad ever getting time in this hammock!)

Not just for dad's day!

Idea #5- Getting His Kicks on Route 66

As you have probably guessed by now, I would totally (a few words are hard to shed from my So Cal upbringing) love any of the gifts I have suggested here.

You can't ever go wrong with the classic troll around the track. From luxury race cars, to Nascar and even helicopters, few of us will ever get to experience the thrill of the speed any other way.

Forbes has a great list of must try places (even a course for women only, just in case we need to get a jump on Mother's Day).

Idea #6- Listen up

We could do a whole blog on the importance of sound. The giggle of laughter, the sweet whisper of, "Dad?" or a lullaby that only he can sing to put baby to sleep.

We encourage all things audio, from a great set of headphones, soulful speakers,  to a classic LP player.

We have Sonos players peppered all over the house. It's common to walk in to me belting out a tune with Melody Gardot or someone giving a soulful rendition to a Carlos Santana ballad.

We love the blog that Sonos did for Father's Day with Band of Horses and their new track and tribute to dads, "Whatever, Wherever".

Have a listen and a smile with the dad in your life.

Happy Father's Day!

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