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June 10, 2011

Father's Day in Union Square: Give Dad the Gift of Style

Father’s; they’re notoriously difficult to buy for, since their needs are often simple. Fashion is probably not a big priority. Jewelry outside of a chunky Rolex is probably a moot point, and don’t bother with home décor, as many men find a trip to Crate & Barrel far less compelling than an afternoon at the hardware store. Yet, here in Union Square, we’re believers, and we know that many dads out there are just waiting to let out that inner dapper gentleman.

First things first, a stylish man needs a good shave and smooth skin. In Union Square, we have not one but two stores dedicated to keeping your dad’s facial hair and grooming in check. The Westfield Centre’s Kiehl’s location is filled to the brim with shaving supplies, moisturizers and a variety of men’s skincare options. They even have gift sets that make a perfect starter kit for those dads who have been partial to Barbasol and Bic razors their whole lives. Art of Shaving offers perhaps a more traditional approach to the subject. They provide full kits complete with badger brushes meant to “welcome (dads) to the brotherhood of shaving.”

There is also no lack of stylish menswear options in the Square. For the fashion-savvy dad who already knows his way around a tailored suit, Thomas Pink and Façonnable are conveniently located on the same stretch of Post Street, both just a block away from the classic men’s store Brooks Brothers. For a younger, more hip dad try Ted Baker or Ben Sherman. Ben Sherman is particularly appropriate for the hipster dad sporting horn-rimmed glasses and a pompadour. For a variety of brands and styles, you can’t beat the giant multi-story Macy’s Men’s Store on Stockton Street or for a more upscale option try the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s store on Post Street.

Fashion might not capture all men’s hearts, but high-end electronics are a sure bet for many fathers out there. If your dad hasn’t gotten the latest iPhone or iPad, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the flagship Apple Store just outside of Powell Street BART Station. For a more luxurious approach, Bang & Olufsen provides beautifully designed media players, speakers, phones and a bounty of electronic accessories that would make any father as giddy as a school kid on Christmas.   

The adage ‘a man’s heart is in his stomach’ may be a bit old-fashioned, but very few dads would pass up the opportunity to have a nice dinner out with their family. Steak loving dads will remember an evening at the Westin St. Francis’ Bourbon Steak for years to come. For a hearty dad-friendly meal, Morton’s The Steakhouse is also a great choice. Of course, we know that material goods and delicious foods can only go so far, and spending time with your father this Father’s Day (or at least having a nice chat on the phone) is the most important gift you can give.