father's day 2017

The Cheapest, Nicest Father’s Day Gifts From the Most Expensive Brands

Most realtors would tell you it’s a better idea to buy the cheapest house in the best neighborhood than the most expensive in the worst. Same goes with gifts — better to get the well-made, affordable thing from an expensive brand than the top-of-the-line item from a no-name maker. We went and found the nicest, cheapest gifts from the most expensive brands for Father’s Day (bearing in mind that cheap is a relative term, and that your dad would actually want to receive all of these). And look, not a single tie in sight.

Riedel O Cabernet/Merlot + Viognier/Chardonnay Stemless Wine Glasses, set of 4
$38 at Bed Bath & Beyond

These stemless wine glasses from venerated Austrian brand Riedel are specific to grape varietals, and are even stackable, too.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
$17 at Spring

The Japanese brand is known for serums containing the skin-boosting effects of saccharides — if dad’s worried about aging, he’ll feel the difference after just one mask.

Alessi Parrot Corkscrew
$29 at Neiman Marcus

Italian design brand Alessi’s known for its sleek steel objects; this is the rare piece that’s brightly colored — and at a very affordable price.

Eva Solo Lungo Tumbler
$34 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Dad will think of you every morning when he drinks coffee out of a tumbler by Danish home-accessories brand Eva Solo. Note: You’re buying only one, but there are two colors to choose from.

Georg Jensen Barbry Salt and Pepper Shakers
$60 at Saks Off Fifth

The stainless-steel and oak-wood salt and pepper shakers by Georg Jensen are almost little pieces of sculpture for the dining table.

Missoni Home Striped hand and bath towels
$50 at Saks Off Fifth

A striped set of hand and bath towels with a masculine bent by the Italian masterminds at Missoni Home.

Briggs & Riley BRX Hanging Travel Kit
$50 at Nordstrom

American luggage maker Briggs & Riley knows that the best kind of Dopp kit is the kind that saves counter space by hanging from the door.

Tom Ford Conditioning Beard Oil
$50 at Bergdorf Goodman

If you can’t afford Tom Ford cologne (or even eau de toilette), try some whisker-softening beard oil with the same luxurious scent.

Baccarat Mille Nuits Wine Coaster
$135 at Neiman Marcus

For the man who has everything, a Baccarat wine-bottle coaster perhaps?

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash
$39 at Spring

Upgrade the Dial soap your dad keeps by the sink with a hand wash seen in every happening lower Manhattan restaurant.

Thom Browne Surf Board Keyring
$320 at Spring

Okay, so it’s kind of a nutso amount to be spending on a key chain, but it’s Thom Browne.

Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraodinaire Body Wash
$60 at Mr Porter

Fragrance nuts go wild over Frederic Malle’s scents; this bodywash is much more exciting than a candle, and yet so much cheaper than a cologne.

Wüsthof Four-Piece Steak Knife Set
$70 at Saks Off Fifth

Four supersharp steak knives from German precision brand Wüsthof would be welcome by any carnivore.

Matouk Luxury Face Cloth
From $8 at Neiman Marcus

This superluxurious face towel by Matouk uses no-twist Egyptian cotton for an extra buttery weave.

Prada Money Clip
$185 at Spring

It’s a money clip — get it?

Valextra Pebble Grain Leather Bracelet
$115 at Mr Porter

Sure, you could get a tasteful Valextra card holder, but a more-tasteful-as-it-ages leather bracelet is so much more personal.

Want les Essentiels de la Vie O’Hare Canvas & Leather Tote
$175 at Spring

A tote bag and shoulder bag in one from luxury American menswear brand Want les Essentiels de la Vie.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Gusseted Card Case
$219 at Spring

Reduced from $320, the telltale woven leather on this Bottega Veneta card case is alone worth the price — that it’s in classic brown makes it even better.

Comme des Garçons Eau de Cologne Series 4 Anbar
$62 at Spring

A hefty bottle of eau de cologne from Japanese brand Comme des Garçons will last him at least a year or two.

Gucci Geometric print silk pocket square
$125 at Spring

If your dad has to wear a suit, but is looking for just a bit of flair, try a bright and on-trend Gucci silk pocket square.

LAFCO New York Marine House & Home Bath Soap
$17 at Spring

A summery and indulgent bar of body soap from New York home-and-bath store LAFCO that’s perfect for the guest bathroom — or a hostess gift.

The Elder Statesman Summer Cashmere Cap
$325 at Spring

$325 might not seem like a steal, but it’s about the lowest you can expect to pay for some of Greg Chait’s culty Elder Statesman cashmere.

Lotuff Leather Coin Wallet
$65 at Spring

So many men’s wallets don’t come with pockets for coins (why is that?). Solve dad’s conundrum with this handsome change wallet.

Maison Kitsuné Palais Royale Printed Canvas Tote
$80 at Mr Porter

If you’re tired of seeing dad lug around that New Yorker or L.L. Bean tote, upgrade him with something Parisien.

Barbour Acomb Wool Trimmed Leather Gloves
$89 at Spring

He might not hunt, but he can pretend he does this winter in these Barbour leather-and-herringbone gloves.

Tom Dixon Cog Flare Brass Mechanical Pencil
$70 at Mr Porter

It may look like a pen (or a weapon), but it’s a highly functional mechanical pencil by British industrial designer Tom Dixon.

Dries Van Noten Cross Grain Leather Card Holder
$68 at Mr Porter

A ridiculously affordable and handsome cardholder from Belgian designer Dries Van Noten.

La Mer Cleansing Gel
$85 at Mr Porter

Ounce for ounce, it’s not nearly as expensive as the classic La Mer serum, but this bodywash contains some of that same rejuvenating Miracle Broth.

Tumi Addie Pouch
$65 at Spring

Not exactly a Dopp kit, this travel pouch in Tumi’s ballistic nylon is a mini toiletry bag for that impromptu long weekend.

WMF Faces Stainless Steel Bar Measure
$15 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Your dad, the at-home mixologist, will thank you for this double-sided jigger for perfect liquor-to-mixer ratios by German tableware brand WMF.

Dunhill Mother-Of-Pearl Collar Stays
$75 at Mr Porter

Plastic collar stays are bad — this pair of mother-of-pearl versions by Dunhill will prop up dad’s dress-shirt collars long past five o’clock.

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The Cheapest Father’s Day Gifts From Expensive Brands