People often joke that Father's Day (this Sunday, June 18!) is the Mother's Day nobody cares about, but I've had a strong suspicion that that perception came about just because dads are harder to shop for. Each father is different, but for the most part, few of them are impressed by hand creams and face moisturizers, and buying dads towels, tools or useful housey things for Father's Day just seems disingenuous--a gift may be a gift, but plopping a ribbon or a power drill or a new safety razor is seldom as satisfying as the bang and bustle of a true luxury item.
Colognes are the one thing that's usually a fail-safe gift: well-crafted fragrances are undeniably attractive to men who see an improved version of themselves within the scent, and as long as you're smart about your choice, chances are you'll probably do just fine even if you don't hit it out the park from the get-go. Here are some new fragrances which would work extremely well if you're looking for great last-minute gift options:
For the woodsman
This might sound counter-intuitive, but it’s actually quite logical: if your father is one of those let’s-hike-for-family-vacation types, chances are he’s never going to put on a scent while out and about because he’d much rather smell the world as it is. Dads of this variety would do better with a special occasion scent to spritz on just for weddings, parties and the odd date night with mom, and Salvatore Ferragamo’s Uomo ($82) is just the ticket for that. The cologne’s strong sandalwood base provides a comforting twist on wood, and palate-cleansing black pepper makes sure that the lingering note of cardamom doesn’t get too sweet, making this a welcome departure from the norm for the outdoorsy dad.