Gifts for father


June 13, 1999|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Is your dad rugged, or more of the cuddly variety? Does he fancy power tools or terry-cloth robes? What-ever his taste, there's plenty to please him this Father's Day. Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas:

Spa treatment

It isn't clear if men are more aware of spas or are just less timid, but giving your dad a spa treatment is appropriate in a way it never was a few years back. Although he may be a little gun-shy at the prospect, after your dad has his exfoliating mask on, he'll be glad he went.

Renaissance Day Spa in Hunt Valley is offering "Dad's Morning Out" in honor of the 20th. Several packages are available:

* The first includes a 25-minute demi-massage, a manicure (don't worry, no polish), shampoo, haircut and style. Dad will also be treated to juice, a bagel, cappuccino and the morning paper. The cost? $68.

* If relaxation is his main concern, you might want to try one of the massage packages. For $34 he can get the demi-massage, or for $54 he can get the full massage. Both include breakfast.

* Although it's not one of the specific Father's Day selections, you could splurge on a half day of beauty for Dad. It will cost you $139, but that's for four-and-a-half hours of pampering. It includes a full facial and full massage (50 minutes each), a manicure and pedicure, and a light spa lunch.

New in neckwear

Oh, no, it's a tie! Before you draw back in horror, check out a few of the new choices:

* Jeep (as in Jeep/Chrysler) has created a line of neckwear that's sure to add a little variety to Dad's wardrobe. Featuring its vehicles as the inspiration for design (left), Jeep has come up with 10 different ties that range from "Jeep USA" (just in time for the Fourth of July) to the "Jeep Jamboree Trail" (perfect for, well, who knows what). For a catalog, call 800-475-8559. (Ties are $22.95.)

* If your father is in the habit of shoving a tie to the back of the closet after a few wears, give him a subscription to RJ's Sock and Tie Club (800-319-8947; www. Just describe his style to them (conservative, prefers blue and loves stripes, for instance), and voila, a new tie and matching socks appear at your dad's door weekly (or monthly, or quarterly -- you specify). Prices range from $35 to $101 (plus shipping) per tie/sock combo.

* To get the kids involved, order from Family Ties in Warren, Mich. They specialize in necktie gift kits that allow kids to decorate Dad's tie themselves. For $19.95 you'll get your choice of a red, yellow or blue tie, and three squeeze bottles of water-based paints. And don't forget the cardboard practice tie. You're going to need it.

Even if the final product is no masterpiece, a portion of your $19.95 will go toward childrens' charities. To order, call 800-461-3887, or visit the Web site at

Resting easy

Is your father more of a homebody? Totes' Terry Clog slippers (pictured) will probably do the trick. These can be worn indoors or out, come in four colors (wine, indigo, black, and sand), and cost an affordable $20. You can find them at Macy's, Sears, J.C. Penney's, or call 800-962-5600 for a location near you. So grab a pair (or two. Who knows? "Indigo" might clash with his favorite pj's) and give him an excuse to kick back and relax.

For the cigar lover

If your dad is more likely to frequent the Havana Club than the ballpark, surprise him with a cigar cutter or case. You can find both at Coach, either at the Gallery at Harborplace or at Towson Town Center. The cutter ($58) is nickel-plated brass and comes with its own leather holder. If you prefer something without a blade, you could get him a two-finger ($60) or three- finger ($72) cigar case. Or if Mom is chipping in, spring for the cutter and the case.

Cutting-edge fragrance

For the outdoorsman, you might try something from the Swiss Army Fragrance Collection. Yep, you heard right. The Swiss Army Knife Co. has introduced a line of cologne, one that will inspire even the most rugged of dads to spruce up for a night on the town.

The collection includes an eau de toilette spray ($48, right), an after-shave "splash" and "balm" (each $32), and a shower gel ($20). With a scent inspired by the company's Alpine origins, this gift is perfect for an active dad -- or one who just wants to smell the part.

Pub Date: 06/13/99

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