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Gift Guide: What to get dads and grads this June

Who doesn’t love Father’s Day? Pop open some brews, turn Padre loose out on the grill with the burgers, take in the Nats game and he'll be in heaven. But if you want to really make the oldman's day, get him something cool from our gift list (Dad's Day is June 17) and he’ll be all melty.

Given that June is also graduation season, our swag is equally welcomed by grads walking this month, all Pomp-and-Circumstance-like.

So essentially, we’ve got your favorite dads and grads covered with travel gear, apparel, wine, spirits, and some randomly cool schtuff.

Travel Gear

The AirPocket

What is it about travel that makes the best organization plans turn to mush? This stylish, protective soft neoprene carry-on organizes pop’s travel-docs, phone, keys and essentials. The six-pocket zip-up fits neatly inside a plane’s seat-back pocket and has a wide band across its back allowing it to be slipped over the extended handle of a full-size travel bag. $68.

Brave Era’s 100% Silk Travel Sheet

Grads take a little luxe on the road with this 100% mulberry silk travel sheet. It’s super compact and light, extremely luxurious, naturally hypoallergenic, and machine washable. Whether your grads are backpacking across Europe or frequenting hotels for work, this six oz. sheet packs up into a tiny pouch and is ready to go. $79.99.

HEX Strata Convertible Laptop Briefcase

Pops is covered with this clean, modern style briefcase that quickly converts to a street ready laptop backpack. The main storage compartment provides a padded and fleece-lined laptop pocket designed for a 15" MacBook Pro (but will fit most 15" laptops) and a separate large zippered pocket to hold loose cables or gear. Exterior gives quick access to padded and fleece-lined tablet pocket. Two zippered gear pockets to hold phone and other core essentials. $109.95 .


DZR Minna Cycling Sneakers

Dads and Grads need utility and fashion from their cycling footwear and these sneakers shine on and off the bike. A reflection of street style and urban culture, the Minna brings understated hues but delivers performance with a variable flex shank, elastic lace catch, and reflective heel badge. The Minna is like the black belt in the closet and is a staple of urban living. $119.

Tenth Street Chicago Fedora

Dad goes tete-a-tete with ultra-cool Tenth Street hats. Their high quality American-made hats include classic, colonial styles in materials ranging from luxurious fur to breathable straw. We LOVE the Biltmore Chicago. It’s not silk, but it sure looks like it. This fur felt fedora offers Biltmore’s Eleganza finish, a process done by hand to give extra shine. The Rosellini Finish is made of short fur, brushed and polished for the ultimate dress silky feel. $200.

Mission Workshop – Denim Stack Jacket & Faroe Pullover

Form and style collide at Mission where the workmanship and high-tech fabrics deliver stylish men’s apparel. Padre will dig the Denim Stack Jacket made from ultra-high-performance 4-way stretch denim woven by Schoeller in Switzerland. $495. Take the chill off with the Faroe Pullover, made with enzyme-washed California Cotton that creates an ultra-soft and lightweight year-round hoodie. $95.

Kora Shola 230 Zip

This zip-up is constructed with Yak wool, the ultimate performance fabric. Warmer, more breathable and wicking than merino, the Shola 230 Zip is 100% pure Himalayan Yak wool fabric with an extra-long body for max coverage, extra-long zip neck collar to cut chilly winds and protects from the sun with UPF40. $160.

Spirits & Wine

2014 Lenné Pinot Noir

Black cherry, Asian spice, cola and mocha aromas characterize this entirely estate fruit classic Pinot Noir. Fruit forward and supple, this wine has a good acidity and a long, soft finish. Less than 800 cases were produced. $38. Available at Bassin's MacArthur, Cork Market and Pearson's.

Josh Cellars Paso Robles Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Dad’s cab dreams are realized with this fruit-forward Cabernet, a varietal from a wide stretch of country in California's south-Central Coast. Enjoy robust flavors of coffee, plum, and blackberry giving way to smoky spice with this cab that pairs well with steak, pasta Bolognese, beef Bourguignon or simply on its own. $19.99, available at wine shops everywhere.

2015 Alloro Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir

This selection comes from the most important Pinot Noir blocks from Alloro's Single-Vineyard Estate, located in Oregon’s beautiful Chehalem Mountains. This wine showcases the Estate’s distinctive personality, including its red and dark fruit, Italian spice, and rose petal aromas. The 2015 is aromatically expressive, yet quite full-bodied, with great concentration. $39. Available at Unwined and Vienna Vintner.

Magruder’s of DC Maker’s Mark Private Select

A specially designed bourbon exclusively by and for Magruder’s of DC. This full-bodied bourbon has deep and complex flavors. The finishing stave selection – added to Maker’s Mark Bourbon for nine additional weeks - brings forth notes of vanilla and caramel with just the right hint of spice. Great paired with BBQ pork or chicken. $69. Available only at Magruder’s of DC.

Cool Swag


Grads keep their bike and gear theirs with this compact steel and Kevlar coiling cinch lock. More secure than a cable lock and much lighter than a U-Lock. $55 - $80.

Adidas Adicolor Snap Case iPhone 8+

Cool flex-shell with attitude and flair, this phone case has a two-tone smart look. It has authentic Adidas attitude with a contrast Trefoil logo on the front and a tonal primary color contrast. $30.

Rabbit Twist to Lock Cocktail Shaker & Citrus Juicer

Grads keep their bar stocked with the right cocktail gear to mix up Mojitos, Negronis or Margaritas for the perfect summer afternoon toast. Rabbit’s Cocktail Shaker $29.99 has double- walled stainless steel to keep drinks cold and hands warm. The Citrus Juicer $14.99 puts the crush on lemons and limes.

foundmi Bluetooth Tracker

Dad losing his keys or phone all the time? Tag his stuff with a foundmi Bluetooth tracker to track keys, tablet, wallet, phone or whatever else he hooks on to. $25.