What to Buy Your Dad, As Told by Dads

A few ideas that will make that hard-to-shop-for man pleased. 

Don’t even think about the tie. Seriously. The homemade card though? That’s still good to go. Here is more insight from real dads.

Josh P., runner and cyclist

Born and resides: San Francisco
By day: Executive Chef at Americano at Hotel Vitale
Dad to:
Charlie, 6, and Sofia, 9

What does a dad want?

“I want to feel appreciated. My children are young still, so I prefer little gestures like handwritten cards. One year, my wife took them to a painting and ceramics studio. They decorated a coffee mug. As a coffee junkie, every time I use it I think of them.”

Other ideas for the adrenaline seeker

“I would appreciate an iTunes gift card, or tickets to a Giants baseball game. I’m a runner and cyclist, so I love all things Lycra, too!”

Josh P 2

Josh P 4

Lorenz M., Swiss exec
Born: Bern, Switzerland
Resides: Los Gatos, California
By day: General Manager at The Epiphany Hotel
Dad to: Anusha, 18, Amelie, 12, and Armin, 10

What does a dad want?

“Art that they drew. It might not be good for the economy, but I value that much more than something bought. I know they will put effort into a drawing.”

Other ideas for an executive

“I’d love a pair of Master & Dynamic MH30 on-ear headphones in gunmetal. They look fantastic, fold neatly, come with a great travel bag, and are perfect for long flights.” (Hint, hint…)

Lorenz M 1

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