Some fathers behave like stray cats when it comes to style. Any sudden movements or big changes and they're running for cover.
We know most dads want to be a bit more hip but don't want to ask for help.
Here are some ideas to help coax daddio out of his fashion-deprived dark space this Father's Day (June 21). On the surface, these practical gifts are just that - items that aren't exceptionally fancy or intimidating. But you'll increase his chic factor without forcing him too far outside his comfort zone.
Sergio Garcia Mission Sunscreen Kit
While some dads may dismiss the importance of skincare as being too feminine, proper sun protection is eternally chic for all. Convince your pops with the endorsement of a subtly fashion-savvy pro golfer. Packed into the TaylorMade zippered pouch (which can be clipped onto a golf bag) are SPF 30+ waterproof and sweatproof sunscreen spray and face stick, as well as a tube of Ultra-Hydrating Lip Protector SPF 20. All products have broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. $24.99; www.missionskincare.com
J Crew Timex Military Watch
It's subtly retro and at the same time classically modern. The legendary American watchmaker Timex made this 1940s-inspired timepiece exclusively for J Crew. The face is distressed, the watch case is stainless steel and it has a nylon band. It's water resistant, too. $150, jcrew.com
Jack Black Beard Lube
The best way to get the big guy to take care of his skin is to be sneaky. This three-in-one product is perfect for stylish subterfuge. Beard Lube is a shave oil, shave cream and skin conditioner all at once. It's fragrance-, alcohol- and colorant-free and will prep whiskers and skin preshave and help minimize irritation. 6 oz., $16; Sephora stores, sephora.com
Nordstrom Guide to Men's Style
Every woman knows if you want to teach your husband or father something about style, you get someone else to do it for you. Enter expert author Tom Julian, who demystifies fashion in an info-and-photo-packed tome that helps men define their personal style. Along the way, he tosses in tips on proper clothing care, sizing and how to iron a shirt. $19.95. nordstrom.com; amazon.com
Kiehl's Pour Homme 1987 Essence Oil
There's no fancy pretense in this masculine fragrance with clean, slight cedary and musky overtones. From the spartan packaging to the classical roller bottle applicator and the concentrated essential oil formulation, it's 100 percent male. $25, .23 fluid ounce bottle; kiehls.com