Thanks, Dad: The Father’s Day Gift Guide

We know: your dad is notoriously difficult to shop for. But with these creative gifts – featuring some of our favorite local artisans and Classic Stories alumni – we’ll get you on the right track to help you snag the perfect gift to show Dad (or any other father figure in your life) how much you appreciate him this month.

1. Something to Drink

Van Brunt Stillhouse Single Malt Whiskey | Classic Specs Logan Sunglasses in Whiskey Crystal
Van Brunt Stillhouse Single Malt Whiskey | Classic Specs Logan Sunglasses in Whiskey Crystal

If your dad loves whiskey and is open to discovering new classics, we recommend giving him a bottle of single malt from the Van Brunt Stillhouse, founded in Brooklyn by The Daily Show With Jon Stewart alum Daric Schlesselman. Deliciously smoky and woody, it’s a gift that you’ll definitely be hoping he shares with you. (Extra credit: impress Dad with the Classic Story behind the distillery on Framework Mag here.)

2. Something to Grill with

Classic Specs Cypress Sunglasses in Forest Fade | Greenpoint Trading Co. SMOKE AND GRILL Box Set
Classic Specs Cypress Sunglasses in Forest Fade | Greenpoint Trading Co. SMOKE AND GRILL Box Set

If he’s handy with the grill, throw some new spices and rubs to experiment with his way.

3. Something to Hold All His Stuff

Postal Bag #1 by Kika NY | Classic Specs Waverly Sunglasses in Havana Tortoise
Postal Bag #1 by Kika NY | Classic Specs Waverly Sunglasses in Havana Tortoise

If he’s still toting around his goods in a beat-up laptop bag, give him an upgrade with this sleek leather piece.

4. Something to Wake Up To

Classic Specs Fox Sunglasses in Smoulder | Peach Coffee Drip + Mug by Marta Pia
Classic Specs Fox Sunglasses in Smoulder | Peach Coffee Drip + Mug by Marta Pia

He’ll be thinking about how great of a kid you are every single time he reaches for his coffee. Every morning.

5. Something to Read

The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt | Classic Specs Amherst Sunglasses in Tim Lahan's Three-Way
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt | Classic Specs Amherst Sunglasses in Tim Lahan’s Three-Way

If your dad’s the type who’s committed to learning something new every day (even if it seems like he knows everything already), then we recommend gifting him this hefty title. Serious Eats founder Kenji Lopez-Alt meticulously examines the steps behind every basic kitchen staple – from eggs to steaks – to make sure you’re cooking the perfect meal every time. It’s an investment piece.