First, a word to the ladies who might be reading this. There is one slam-dunk gift for your husband, boyfriend, partner, etc. that you can give, and it won’t cost you one cent.
That gift is a blow job.
Now, if you are concerned about your technique or lack thereof, you are in luck. Toys in Babeland has scheduled The Art of the Blowjob class for next Sunday,
Father’s Day, June 15th at 8 pm. I’m sure he’ll be willing to watch the kids while you go to school, provided you do your homework upon your return.
The only potential drawback to the Babeland classes is that they are co-ed, which makes some uncomfortable. In that case, get your best gay husband to enlighten you over drinks. Plural.
Another option is to buy the Kiki de Montparnasse eye mask shown below:
It says “sleep” on one side and “fuck” on the other. Genius gift that sends a direct message. $75 and, depending on your mood, truly priceless.
The other gift suggestions are not nearly as exciting (in my opinion) but do come from my random survey of actual Dads. In no particular order they are:
Sundek swim trunks. Retro, super cool, great colors. $125 at Saks
DVDs – two that came up were
The Best of Chappelle’s Show – Uncensored, $10.49 at Amazon
Rescue Me – the Complete Fourth Season. This is a new release and, frankly, a gift to you as well as him. I don’t find it that hard to watch Dennis Leary in this role. $32.99 at Amazon
An afternoon of grooming. One of my favorite places to suggest for this is John Allan’s–there are several locations but the one downtown on Trinity Place is by far the best. It’s a very masculine environment complete with a pool table and a drum set. And no girls are allowed except the ones who work there. For $65 you can get him what they call the Full Service which includes Scalp Massaging Shampoo, Conditioning Treatment, Hot Towel, Haircut, Manicure, Shoeshine and Beverage (usually a beer but they do have special nights featuring whiskeys or gin or whatever).
Note: they do not do shaves here.
To give your man a proper shave – and every guy I know loves this as a gift – there are a few choices. One is the obvious Art of Shaving, where $55 gets him a Royal Shave.
A newer, groovier option is at Dickson Hairshop on the Lower East Side. Book a shave with Severin. Yes, he looks like he’s 12 years old but he is very serious about the art of Barbering and especially the shave. The shop is small – just two chairs – but we hear the clientele is VERY interesting. You never know who you’ll see here.
Here’s one shocker from my survey – several guys wanted Paul Smith socks. They run about $35 a pair on the Paul Smith shopping site. Some examples below:
Personally, I say forget the socks and go for a six pack. Not beer, wine. Vino (the wine store affiliated with I Trulli) sells some killer six packs of wines from various regions of Italy. Owner Nicola Marzovilla knows everything and can break it down in a language you will understand.
A digital camera – not a huge surprise. I really like the latest from Canon – the Powershot G9. It’s a point and shoot that acts like an SLR allowing you to set exposure time, etc. without having to go through gazillions of menus. I’ve played around with it. It’s very simple, very awesome. I want one. About $480 at B & H.
Believe it or not, several guys mentioned an espresso machine. I’m going to give two options that I like. One is for the scientist type who likes to tinker. The other is for the guy who wants the machine to do just about everything.
For the scientist type – the La Pavoni. I love the way this looks and fans love the espresso it makes. It is not cheap. A good selection can be found on the online Pavoni Shop.
On the automatic front, I’ve gotten great feedback on this one by Breville:
It’s about half the cost of the La Pavoni but still not cheap.
The super-cheap espresso machines are the metal ones you put directly on the stovetop. I’ve had zero luck with these, and am told by my Italian friends you have to use them for months before the metal taste goes away. Months? No thanks.
For the guy who wants an internet radio, the newest is from Tivoli Audio.
It’s called Networks and it does everything a normal clock radio does, but it also happens to access thousands of radio stations world wide. For free. All you need is wifi. And $600. (You can also plug in your mp3 player or stream music from your computer).
Items I’m not going to show but came up pretty often are the Mac Air, the iPhone, a flat screen TV, jeans that fit (good luck with that one), sneakers, scotch and Grand Theft Auto 4 (not kidding). Boys will be boys, after all.
I realize some of the suggestions are a bit pricey. So use them as suggestions, research the category you like and find a cheaper option.
Or just go with the blow job. That will nail it every time.