Father's Day Gift Guide 2012

Dad doesn't need another sweater—or a bottle of scotch. Check out these smart alternatives to the usual suspects.

May 18, 2012

Remember the handmade ashtray you gave Dad, back when an ashtray was an acceptable gift? Or how about the Popsicle-sticks box? Yeah, you've worked pretty hard to make the man happy every Father's Day. But let's face it: There are only so many worthless knickknacks and sweaters he can stuff in his closet. This year, score some points for originality with our "alternatives to the usual crap" gift guide. We understand that only the best will do—though he probably still has that ashtray.

Instead of scotch:

Pour him Bols Barrel Aged Genever, a 19th-century ginlike Dutch spirit that's actually created to satisfy a whiskey lover's palate. The stuff is triple distilled in copper pots, then blended with botanicals (like juniper, licorice, and cloves) and aged in French barrels for at least 18 months. The elixir is finally bottled in earthenware jugs. The finished product pours golden in color with a woodsy flavor more in line with bourbon than gin.

$60

Photos courtesy of each manufacturer.
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