Doin’ it for Dad :: An EDGE Father’s Day Gift Guide
If you’ve ever given your dad a robe, socks, ties, or wallet, let’s be honest: you took the easy way out. This year, step it up a notch (or two), and get him something he’ll actually enjoy.
EDGE Editor Jason Salzenstein- along with the rest of the EDGE Style Team- has been testing out dad’s day gifts for months- and they found some great stuff.
This guide’s got suggestions for dads of all types- rough and rugged, sensitive and sweet, and everything in between.
Check it out...
Travelpro :: A legend on the runway
Given the airlines luggage restrictions, unless he’s headed to a clothing optional beach resort for the weekend, even the most hetero of dads needs to check a bag these days. Between tops and bottoms, sunscreen and hair product, and at least 10 pairs of shoes (What? Is that just me?), there’s no way you’re going to fit everything you need into a carry-on.
Unless you’ve got Travelpro on your side.
For more than 20 years, Travelpro has been the luggage of choice for pilots and flight crews the world over- and for good reason. Their Original Rollaboard is legendary; often copied, but never matched. And with the recent launch of the Crew 7 collection, they’ve raised the bar even higher.
Sleek and durable, the 10 pieces that make up the Crew 7 collection are lightweight, but extremely strong, thanks to the ballistic nylon and easy-glide wheels. Although dad’s sure to be happy with anything from this set (from duffel to tote, garment bag to giant Suiter), for long weekends away, we always grab the 22" Expandable Rollaboard Suiter because it’s big enough to hold everything we need for a 4- or 5-day trip, but still within with the limits for carry-on luggage.
We also love the fact that the Suiter features a fully lined interior (resistant to water and stains), removable hanging garment bag, interlocking zippers, a no-tip foot, and large pockets throughout (the one on the back is perfect for tickets and magazines). As an added bonus, the main body of the bag expands 2 1/2", so there’s always a little extra room for souvenirs picked up along the way.
As far as colors go, it’s available in three, although unless dad’s a huge fan of Steel Magnolias (in which case ’dusty rose’ will be perfect), I’d stick with classic black. The Crew 7 22" Suiter runs about $230 at Macys and luggage stores nationwide and at Amazon.com
EcoGear :: Eco-chic
Nowadays, if it’s not "green" it’s no good. Luckily, being environmentally conscious no longer means Birkenstocks, flannel shirts, and patchouli- you can have your style and recycle it too.
The new line of Genus bags from Ecogear are stylish, rugged, and eco-friendly, allowing dad to hike up a mountain, tackle a trail, or simply deal with the friggin’ stress of getting from the parking lot, through security, and to the gate- all the while respecting the earth. The bags are made of Ecoweave (a patented PVC-free material), sustainable components, and non-toxic dyes, making for an environmentally conscious (and safe) product.
EcoGear’s Genus line is available in four styles and a variety of colors; given that they start under $40 each, you can setup dad with one for the office, one for weekends, and one for travel- and be his hero every day of the week!
Available at www.Ecogear-Products.com