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.
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.
Instead of silk ties:
Truth be told, there's really no substitute for a nice tie. We think dads will especially like the Pierrepont Hicks Whelk SS12. Crafted from 100 percent Italian linen, it's sophisticated as well as rugged. And with a muted palette of gray, dark brown, and cream, it's easily paired with a navy suit, khakis, or his favorite sport jacket.