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If the father figure in your life spends more time in the air than on the ground, listen up. These Father’s Day gifts will go a long way for the man who is forever packing and unpacking, and moving through terminals as swiftly as he can recite his frequent flyer numbers. Show your appreciation for Dad this year by appealing to his wanderlust. Here are our top picks, with nary a tie in sight.
Montblanc Small Dopp Kit
If Dad is still using an amenity kit from a bygone flight to hold his toiletries, consider this the upgrade he desperately needs. Montblanc’s small zip pouch, from the Sartorial Jet collection, is a sophisticated and sensible mix of Italian calfskin leather, scratch-resistant nylon and a water-resistant lining. Complete the gift by filling the bag with his favorite lotions and (all TSA-approved, of course). To buy: $130, Montblanc.com
Ethique Solid Shampoo and Shave Bar
Does your dad multitask his way through the day? If he’s prone to taking work calls from the treadmill and having business meetings in airport lounges, he’ll appreciate this two-for-one shampoo and shaving bar from Ethique. The Tip To Toe bar is an all-natural, TSA-friendly and sustainable alternative to mini plastic bottles of shampoo and cans of shave cream. Added bonus? This bar has a crisp, fresh scent with notes of citrus. To buy: $16, walmart.com
Mark & Graham Weekender Bag
Sure, he’s got his trusty suitcase and a high-tech backpack, but if Dad is still schlepping a battered duffel for weekend trips, overhaul his carry-all bag this Father’s Day. Mark & Graham’s timeless canvas and leather weekender comes in multiple colors and can be monogrammed, ensuring the gift — much like your father — is truly one-of-a-kind. To buy: $199, MarkandGraham.com
Vintage TWA Travel Poster
If the father in your life yearns for the Golden Age of travel and waxes poetic about the days when people put serious consideration into dressing for a flight, consider gifting him a vintage travel poster. He’ll appreciate the colorful and nostalgic design, and his office or study will look infinitely cooler. While few original posters remain (One Kings Lane also has original TWA advertisements for Portugal, New York, New England and Los Angeles) and prices can exceed $1,000, more affordable replicas and reprints are widely available. To buy: $700, OneKingsLane.com
Saje Pocket Oil Blends
In this age of self-care, fathers shouldn’t feel left out. Introduce Dad to the world of plant-based healing with Saje’s cleverly-named Pocket Farmacy. The travel-friendly kit comprises five roll-on oil blends designed to naturally support health and wellness. Inside, Dad will find oils for pain relief, headaches, stomach aches, stress relief and coughs. To buy: $60, Saje.com
Quip Electric Toothbrush
Score points for giving your dad a practical yet stylish toothbrush. (Stay with us here.) Quip is a relatively new player in the oral hygiene space — and it’s extremely travel-friendly. The stand transforms into a travel cover, and the slim toothbrush is battery operated, so you never need to worry about bulky chargers. With relatively inexpensive brushes and a subscription service that prompts Dad to change the brush head every three months (plus, depending on the plan, new AAA batteries and even travel-size toothpaste tubes) Dad may be convinced to ditch the manual brush for good. To buy: from $40, GetQuip.com
Beats Over-Ear Headphones
Give your father the gift of silence (or loud music — his choice!) with the new Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones. With the same modern look, this version features redesigned acoustic components and an integrated Apple W1 chip, meaning Dad can almost instantaneously pair his Beats with his iPhone and seamlessly switch between devices logged into the same iCloud account. What’s more, the enhanced, proprietary noise-canceling technology continuously monitors Dad’s environment to block out external noise while maintaining the quality of his tunes (or preserving his quiet space). To buy: $350, bestbuy.com
Macallan Rare Cask Scottish Whisky
If Dad thinks the best gifts come in liquid form, consider a rare whisky that will transport him to the Scottish Highlands. A blend of 16 different sherry-cask styles, the Macallan Rare Cask features notes of dark honey and dried fruit, and comes in a sleek bottle Dad will want to show off. With a $300 price tag, this is certainly a splurge. But it’s also a compelling argument for a father and son or daughter trip to the new Macallan Distillery in Scotland. It will at least plant the seed, right? To buy: $300, ReserveBar.com
DJI Mavic Air Drone
Looking to fulfill Dad’s endless desire to race shiny things (and capture key family moments)? Since it’s 2018, you’ll want to get him a drone. DJI’s Mavic Air gives your smartphone wings, with super-smooth 4K video, 21 minutes of flight time per charge and a compact, foldable design. And, once you flip the switch into “Sport” mode, the Mavic Air can zoom around at more than 40 miles per hour, getting Dad into position for the perfect shot with the flick of a joystick. If you’re on a bit of a budget, the DJI Spark ($399) offers a similar, yet scaled down feature set, with a more manageable price tag to boot. To buy: $799, amazon.com
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