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Who's Your Daddy? The Ultimate Father's Day Gift Guide

by Matthew Wexler
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday June 15, 2020
Who's Your Daddy? The Ultimate Father's Day Gift Guide
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Family of origin. Family of choice. You decide. Father's Day is June 21, and it's a time to celebrate the favorite man (or men!) in your life. Now more than ever, the world needs positive male role models who are sensitive to the world around them. Maybe it's your dad. Maybe it's a pet daddy. Or maybe you'd like to acknowledge a man who volunteers with an LGBTQ youth organization like The Trevor Project or True Colors United. We can redefine Father's Day as an inclusive term to celebrate men whose everyday actions are made with humility and grace.

A small token or a grand gesture — it's up to you. EDGE reveals thoughtful Father's Day gifts for every budget.

For the daddy who likes it low and slow...
Hochstadter's Low and Slow Rock & Rye
Once considered a pharmaceutical drink (which we could all use right now), the reimagining of Hochstadter's 19th-century recipe now takes the form of 84-proof rye with local raw honey, air-dried navel oranges, rock candy and bitters. Take it stiff or poured over a chunky ice cube; no mixers required. $26.99

For the daddy who likes it marbled and meaty...
Vermont Wagyu
Considered one of the most coveted kinds of beef in the world because of its depth of flavor and natural marbling, wagyu is often that "special occasion" cut due to its hefty price tag. Vermont Wagyu founder and owner, Dr. Sheila Patinkin, oversees the Japanese-descendent cattle, which roam freely on the grassy fields of Spring-Rock Farm. The limited production sells out quickly, but you can always give a gift card for future purchases. Our recommendation is the New York Strip. Prices vary.

For the daddy who believes bold is beautiful...
onia Liberty Print Elastic Calder Swim Trunks
Is there a better way to splurge your stimulus check than on a pair of these beautifully designed swim trunks? We think not. The bold sunflower graphic in shades of blue, marigold and brick red will make a statement from six feet of social distancing. The updated design features a flat front with elastic paneling at the back of the waist for a sophisticated fit with enough stretch for added comfort. $225

For the daddy with furry, four-legged kids...
Dog adoptions have skyrocketed since coronavirus halted life as we know it earlier this spring. Do you know somebody who has recently become a dog daddy? Benebone's flagship product line consists of U.S.-made chew toys made from strong nylon and food-grade bacon, peanuts and chicken. Prices vary.

For the daddy who wants soles with soul...
Vans Foot the Bill
We discovered this noteworthy project through one of the sexiest daddies of them all, Nate Berkus. Using the Vans custom platform, community-driven small businesses are benefitting from limited-edition collections, with all proceeds (minus production and shipping costs) distributed to the skate shops, music venues, art galleries, restaurants and local hangouts that inspired the designs.

For the daddy who needs to chill out...
Common Ground CBD Rest and Recover Kit
The quickly-evolving CBD marketplace is flooded with new brands, but not all live up to the hype or offer the benefits of responsibly-made cannabis. Enter Common Ground, which positions its collection as "the combination of science and art." Terpenes enhance full-spectrum CBD oils without additives, artificial flavors or sweeteners while topicals feature CBD-rich hemp extract and essential oils. The Rest and Recover Kit includes a 1,500 mg tincture and 600 mg muscle recovery rub. Explore more products at Infused CBD Marketplace. $170

For the daddy who loves the gift that keeps on giving...
Bespoke Post
You've got so much love to give, so why limit it to one day? Bespoke Post's monthly subscription includes a curated selection of home goods, accessories, barware and more. Past boxes have included beer essentials, a weekender bag and all the fixings to make a fierce paella. $45 per box.

For the daddy with an empty coffee table...
"New York Club Kids" by Waltpaper
Perhaps your daddy was part of New York City's 1990s underground club scene, or maybe he just wants to live vicariously by flipping through the eyes of Walt Cassidy (a.k.a. Waltpaper), a central figure during the heyday of nightclubs and bars such as Roxy, Limelight and Bum Bum Bar. $28.49

For the daddy who likes to be hands-on...
Uncommon Goods DIY Kits
Perhaps your man is of the maker variety. Online curator of all things crafty Uncommon Goods sells more than 100 different kits to assemble, infuse, glue, paint, ferment, and brew your way into bliss. Stand-outs include an infuse and pour alcohol kit to elevate at-home cocktails, a yarn unicorn kit (because who doesn't love unicorns?) and a Year of Gratitude kit with 52 thank-you cards for every and any occasion. Prices vary.

Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Senior Editor of Travel, Lifestyle, Health & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.

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