The Holiday Gift Guide: Your Old Man

Five great gifts for dad, no matter your budget

November 27, 2018 9:00 am

bulova oceanographer Holiday 50/50

Bulova Oceanographer
Bulova • $795 (sponsored)

When it comes to a timepiece for pops, you can’t go wrong with something that hearkens back to his more youthful days. Like: the updated “Devil Diver,” a tribute to Bulova’s acclaimed Oceanographer diver’s watch from the 1970s featuring clean, classic lines of stainless steel accented by a black-and-red unidirectional bezel, luminescent markers and a box sapphire crystal with blue anti-reflective coating. And while he may never need the depth rating of 200 meters, at least it’ll remind him of a time that he might’ve.


Minnetonka Slipper Holiday 50/50

Pile-Lined Hardsole Slipper
Minnetonka • $46

If we know one thing to be near universally true about dads, it’s that they are bad at replacing the things the love. Even stinky, ratty, decaying things — like, say, the slippers he’s been wearing since the last millennium. Since he won’t replace them willingly, see to it yourself with this classic, can’t-miss pair of shearling and suede moccasins.


Whisky Exchange Classic Malts Holiday 50/50

Classic Malts Strong Collection
The Whisky Exchange • $64

You know what dads like? Discovering something new, but not entirely new. Enter this handsome box containing three 20cl bottles (about 3 drams each) of golden-brown goodness from some of the Isle’s most storied distilleries: a peaty Lagavulin 16, a smoky Talisker 10 and a rich, sweet, slightly more approachable Cragganmore 12.


Leatherman Black and Silver Surge Multitool Holiday 50/50

Black and Silver Surge
Leatherman • $115

With an impressive 21 tools — including two blades, three screwdrivers, extra-large scissors and a partridge in a pear tree — pops is sure to get plenty of use out of it. With a heartfelt note engraved on the side, he’s sure to think of you every time he does.


Celestron Beech Wood Telescope Holiday 50/50

Brass and Beech Wood Table Telescope
Celestron • $350

With a 15-45x zoom and a smart gold-tone finish, this number is equally suitable for impressing grandchildren and spying on the neighbors.



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