Last-minute Father's Day gifts

Lucky Magazine

I'm not a techie, but I'd imagine the best motivation to buy a new iPhone isn't the hi-res camera for taking Instagram pics or the super-fast Internet for buying clothes straight from Facebook, it's to have Siri remind you about all those vagabond holidays. Like Father's Day, which floats between calendar days each year.

I blame its fickle nature for why I'm always spending too much money on either overnight shipping or a stiff cocktail to alleviate late-gift-guilt. I'd like to think Siri would help me, but then again, even my most hyper-organized friends get so busy with current to-do lists that they forget to set future reminders. It happens.

Those friends and I will once again be buying Father's Day presents late enough for Hallmark stores to sprout lines rivaling Whole Foods' at rush hour. Thankfully, the pieces in the slideshow below are such foolproof wins that they nix the entire "what to buy" contemplation time. Plus, they're each available at popular brick and mortar stores as well as online, just in case rush shipping isn't quite speedy enough. (No judgment here.)

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Finally, sneakers that won't make him look like a college kid.

Vintage collection "Cortez" sneakers, $75, Nike for J.Crew, jcrew.com for stores.

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Encourage the fascination with Don Draper's career, not his parenting style, with this two-volume special.

Advertising From the Mad Men Era, $59.99, Jim Heimann and Steven Heller, taschen.com for locations.

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Realistically, if he has a choice between decanting his products into tiny bottles or not packing them at all, he'd probably choose the latter. Don't let that happen.

Men's travel ready starter kit, $39.50, Kiehl's, saks.com for locations.

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Somewhere it's written that love of bacon is a prerequisite for paternity.

Bacon frosting, $8, urbanoutfitters.com for locations.

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Well, there's a very serious chance he doesn't have a seersucker one yet.

Seersucker classic tie, $26, americanapparel.net for locations.

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I can personally vouch for this book; it's awesome.

Oxford Companion to Beer, $36.73, Garrett Oliver, barnesandnoble.com for locations.

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By now he probably already has a work-friendly watch, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't like a more relaxed one for weekends.

"The Quad Surplus" watch, $125, by Nixon, nordstrom.com for locations.

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If he's going to lounge around in gym clothes, at least make them retro-looking ones.

Fleece track pants, $50, Adidas Originals, adidas.com for locations.

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Even if he hasn't had a gig since he was 24, the wistful musician in him will love it.

Guitar pick hole punch, $30, urbanoutfitters.com for locations.

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It's a fancy, vintage version, like something Leonardo DiCaprio would wear on vacation in Italy.

Ball cap, $40, Ebbets Field Flannels, jcrew.com for locations.

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Go for cufflinks with a bit of humor.

"Left & Right" cufflinks, $30, Silver Street, Katespade.com for locations.

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A new bathing suit's kind of the ideal gift for a holiday that's always at the start of summer.

NYC polka dot board shorts, $75, Saturdays Surf, bloomingdales.com for locations.

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He probably doesn't even know he needs it, but once his bar has it, it'll be a lot more Thomas Crown-like.

"Williamsburg" bar tool set, $90, Reed & Barton, saks.com for locations.

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He might even let you borrow these classic frames whenever you come home.

Square plastic sunglasses, $85, brooksbrothers.com for locations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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