This Father’s Day Think Beyond the Tie

(StatePoint) The tie has been a traditional Father’s Day gift since the holiday was first celebrated. But this year, men’s fashion experts say think beyond this staid accessory while Father’s Day shopping.

“The modern man is expressing himself in much broader ways and rounding out his wardrobe with more creativity than he has in the past,” says Denis Daly Wood, founder of Dalys 1895, fourth-generation luxury men’s designer and online retailer.

To give Dad the gift of contemporary style, Wood offers some great Father’s Day shopping tips:

• Get inspired by Dad’s favorite hobbies. For example, if he’s an outdoor enthusiast, perhaps he would like a new sturdy backpack, hiking boots or gloves to wear during his next adventure. If he’s a writer, a leather-bound journal or engraved fountain pen are great gift ideas that could prove useful and personal. Search for items that could help Dad better enjoy doing the things he loves.

• Dad may have his favorite suits, but buying him an accessory to accent his outfit can make him look and feel his best when he’s at the office or out to dinner. A pocket square can add a level of sophistication to Dad’s look.

• Has your father been carrying the same wallet for years? Upgrade his style with a wallet of a different color or texture or select a sterling silver alternative with his handengraved monogram for a personal touch.

• Does Dad have a favorite watch that he loves to wear? Buy Dad a watch winder or watch box where he can keep his treasure. A bracelet that complements his watch can also add a great touch to his outfit all year round.

• For the traveling dad, consider a sleek, stylish weekender bag or briefcase to ramp-up his style even while he’s on the go. If Dad always travels with his tablet or laptop, be sure to find a bag with tech pockets that will protect his gadgets even during takeoff.

Don’t resort to a tacky “Number One Dad” t-shirt or the boring, tired tie. Take this holiday as an opportunity to elevate Dad’s style.

Show Dad He’s Your Hero

(StatePoint) This Father’s Day let dad know he is your hero and how much he means to you. There are plenty of fun ways to shine a light on his valor.

Athletic Gear: It’s been a while since Dad laced up his sneakers—but you can change that. Keep him in shape with a new set of weights, a mountain bike repair kit or reflective running apparel.

Cool Tools: Adults view many everyday tasks as mundane— whether it’s changing a flat tire or checking for monsters under the bed. Purchase the right accessories to perform these tasks, like wearable headlights (compact and can also help complete projects that require two hands).

Write a Story: Write a comic strip or short story about your dad (fixed a flat tire in an emergency or helped you finish your science project).