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Daddy Love: Father’s Day Gift Guide 2012

by Mark Thompson
EDGE Style & Travel Editor
Tuesday Jun 5, 2012
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Lest you’ve forgotten, he took you to your first ball game (before he realized that he’d also be driving you to dance class).

The man was nothing if not patient with your whims and desires, videotaping your tap dancing and baton performances, as well as your one season in cross-country.

He put food on the table and shelter over your head. And when he walked in on you and your first boyfriend late at night, he kept his calm and did nothing but tell you to keep your voices down.

If your father wasn’t completely a saint, he did the best he could do. On this hetero-dominant planet, there’s never been a definitive guidebook for raising gay children. And now that we’re getting married, you want your father in the front row (unless he’s walking you down the aisle).

This Father’s Day, treat your daddy right and give him the respect he afforded you.

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Aveda: Men Pure-formance™ Aroma Spray

Hard to imagine, but some men seem to have an aversion to fragrance - unless it’s gasoline or beef.

If your father is one of those males perfectly content to slap on some Old Spice or Brut once or twice a year, then it’s time you helped him evolve his fragrance nose into the 21st century.

A spicy, woody fragrance redolent of masculinity, Aveda Men Pure-formance Aroma Spray might well have been the scent emanating from Paul Bunyan. Imagine a log cabin in a timberland forest, surrounded by pine trees. Hudson Bay blankets on the single bed and LL Bean gumshoes at the front door. If such elements evoke your father’s fantasy life, then this outdoorsy elixir has his name on it.

Potent and strong, Aveda Men Pure-formance Aroma Spray is as virile as a woodcutter who grows and grills his own food. Vetiver hangs in the air, undercut with a whiff of lavender. Formulated with certified organic essential oils of spearmint and citrus, this is the Appalachian Trail of fragrance.

Perfect for the father who lives for outdoor adventure - and an audience of women he can charm with his tall tales.

PRICE: $65 / 1.7 fl. oz.
LINK: Aveda Men Pure-formance™ Aroma Spray

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Musewear: Wit Flips

If your sassy wit derived from your father’s odd sense of humor, then you might think about repaying him - with a pair of Musewear Wit Flops. Every bit as clever as you (and your father) are, Wit Flops are imbedded with savvy epigrams on the flip flop footbed to remind your father to make every step count.

Founded by husband and wife, Michael Franco and Diane Curry, Musewear believes in making their feet do the talking - as well as the walking. For those who spend their days wearing flip flops (also known as thongs, Zoris, slippers, and sandals), Musewear provides a secret philosophy or a mini-mantra underfoot all day long - to serve as inspiration or as a reminder for gratitude.

We’re keen on the Oscar Wilde Wit Flips, printed with Oscar’s admonition to "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." If your father is partial to jazz, he might enjoy a pair Ella Wit Flips, imprinted with Ella’s wisdom, "It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you are going that counts." Each Wit Flop is created in a first edition of only 500, making your Wit Flop a true collectible.

Manufactured in safe factories in Fortaleza, Brazil, Musewear Flip Flops are made of 100% Brazilian rubber, which is 100% recyclable (and retractable). Furthermore, Musewear gives not-yet-famous artists an opportunity to showcase their talents - and with each Musewear purchase, the company makes a 15% charitable donation.

Musewear also makes Walk the Talk flip flops (with wisdom from Bob Marley, C.S. Lewis, Mahatma Gandhi, and Buddha), as well as SunSign Soles, decorated with astrological mantras - all designed to "Wear Your Self Out."

This Father’s Day, walk with your dad in his new Wit Flips - and be sure to laugh at his jokes.

PRICE: $30.00
LINK: Musewear Wit Flips

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Patrón: XO Cafe Dark Cocoa

Remember the year that your father took the whole family to Mexico - and walked into the sliding glass door on his way to the pool? Wasn’t that about the funniest thing you’d ever seen in your young life?

This Father’s Day, bring back some of those joyful vacation memories with a bottle of Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa. A potent and delicious tequila and coffee liqueur, Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa combines Patrón Silver tequila with criollo chocolate from Mexico’s Tabasco region and coffee from Chiapas and Veracruz.

What you taste when you sip this rich elixir on the rocks is almost chocolate tequila, with the aroma of fresh-roasted coffee. The finish is dry and smooth, leaving a hint of chocolate on the palate. Now really, what’s not to love about mocha tequila, right?

Produced and bottled at the Hacienda del Patrón in the Mexican highlands of Jalisco, Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa is packaged in a stunning frosted glass bottle, complete with red ribbon and cork. Nearly ebony in color, Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa is distilled at 60 proof, making it perfect with just about anything that goes with chocolate, coffee, or tequila. Drizzle it over ice cream; marry it with seltzer and make a tequila chocolate egg cream.

Or why not take a bottle out to the pool with your father as you query him about the best years of his life.

PRICE: $24.95 / 750 ml.
LINK: Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa

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