He’s always at the center of your thoughts, of course. But for one day out of the year, Dad is the center of attention.
Want to make him smile this Sunday, Father’s Day? Have you left your gift-buying a little late?
No worries. Head out to your local downtown or mall and pick up one of these trendy, thoughtful (and well-priced) gifts.
It’s all right here in the latest edition of our weekly fashion-and-beauty update.
Bar & grillWhat dad doesn’t love ruling over the grill? For a new take on grilling, think about a device designed for more than burgers and steaks, such as a panini press. Or expand his recipe repertoire with a cool tool, such as a special grilling basket for corn on the cob or shrimp and veggies ($24 at Williams-Sonoma) or a flavor-infusing cedar grill plank. If he’s a serious cook, go for a selection of grilling rubs and marinades.
Bar accessories are also a great gift for the “bar & grill” guy. Beer mugs, coasters, ice buckets, flasks and bar tools are all A+ choices.
What’s hot? Bocce ball is all the rage in New York City with competitive leagues of all ages facing off in the city’s parks. But you don’t have to be in the Big Apple, you can play bocce anywhere — on beaches, in your backyard. The complete kit will run you less than $40 at a sporting goods store
Vintage comedy shows and movies are making a comeback. Reintroduce Dad to the delights of “The Dick Cavett Show,” “Monty Python” or “The Pink Panther” — all wonderful boxed set gifts available at your local video store.
If dad’s a NASCAR fan, then the DVD version of “Nascar 3D: The Imax Experience” is on the must-have list. It uses cutting-edge film-making techniques to take viewers behind the scenes at racetracks all around the country (under $20).
Want to go all out? The hot gadget to get right now is a portable XM satellite radio that works inside the car and out. Delphi’s new MyFi XM2GO is getting rave reviews — 130 channels, plus it’s designed to work as both a portable player and a plug-and-play receiver (list price $299.99, but promotions abound). We want one, too!
Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, , which highlights style trends in America and across the world.
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