Guy Files: What Dad Really Wants For Father's Day

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Father’s Day is just less than a month away and we haven’t even thought about what to get Dad this year. Let’s be honest: We usually wait until the last minute and Dad ends up with a lame tie from a picked-over selection, or another “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug. This year, we are putting an end to the terrible gift cycle. It’s time to treat our fathers with a little more respect by giving them a gift they will actually like, and upping their cool factor while we do it.

Here are our top five choices this year for Father’s Day:

Cigar of the Month Club

If you’ve been reading this column, you know I love a good subscription box. This box is perfect for a distinguished gentleman. Dad will get five hand-rolled, premium cigars each month from the world’s top producers. The cigars are different every month: varying in shape, size, and tobacco blends. You get rare boutique brands as well as highly rated premium brands of cigars. They include a monthly newsletter in the package that offers detailed tasting notes, cigar profiles, manufacturer histories and suggested alcohol pairings. If you’re lucky, maybe he’ll share one with you. ($29.95/mo

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StilL 630 Whiskey Distillery Tour

Whiskey is hot right now. With whiskey-themed restaurants popping up all over the city, and whiskey-based cocktails topping the cocktail lists of our favorite bars, St. Louis has become the perfect city to become an expert on the amber spirit. St. Louis even has its own distillery Downtown and its the perfect spot for spending time with Dad on his perfect day. It certainly sweetens the deal when you can get a little tipsy during the process. They offer tours and tastings on weekends from 12-4pm. ($5/person, StilL 630, 1000 S. 4th Street)

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Nachtmann’s Sculpture Whiskey Decanter & Tumblers Set

After the distillery tour, the old man will want to store his libations in style. This set is perfect for helping him do just that. On his one glorious day a year, ditch the boring work tie and coffee mug and indulge his vice: sipping spirits in Sinatra style. A set of two precision-cut, elegantly faceted crystal whiskey tumblers and decanter, this timeless gift adds a fresh dimension to classic barware with a chiseled ice pattern. The set’s sophisticated design guarantees year-round coolness for the “cool” dad in your life. ($149.90,

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Brackish Feather Bow Ties

I know I said not to get Dad another tie this year, but these are not ordinary ties. If the tie is a bow tie, that will put Dad at the top of his style game when he walks in a room. These particular bow ties are made from feathers: They look incredibly chic with a suit or tuxedo and super cool dressed down with denim. The best part will be all of the compliments your father gets when he wears it, scoring you brownie points for the rest of the year. (Prices vary,

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Deluxe Shave at Notch

I realize this one is no surprise from me, but Notch was just named Best Men’s Grooming in ALIVE’s Best of the City Editor’s Choice Awards. What better way to pamper the man who changed your Pampers than to treat him to a deluxe shave at this top shop? Notch barbers will skillfully whisk away Dad’s whiskers using natural products from Crown Shaving Co. Warm lather with a classic brush application and hot steam towels leave skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom—you might as well schedule a shave for yourself while you’re there. ($50, Notch, 4187 Manchester Ave)

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Josh Nichols is a 15-year industry veteran who is a nationally recognized expert in hair styling. A St. Louis native, Josh attended Current Trends Academy and went on to become a top revenue stylist at the award-winning American Image Salon in Chesterfield. Josh opened his first salon—Josh Nichols Studio—in 2010. He has since expanded his services, added employees and relocated to Clayton, renaming his salon KINK Hair in 2012. His latest project, Notch, a men’s barbershop concept, opened August of 2014 in The Grove.

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