GIFTING DAD

Father’s Day 2019

text by Kathryn Brooks and Fiona Clarke

Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift can be daunting. Every year we seem to get stuck and wind up purchasing newer versions of last year’s presents. Why not go a bit overboard this time and select a unique, luxury item that will both surprise and delight the Dad in your life. Here are ten suggestions.

CUISINART 3-IN-1 STAINLESS GAS GRILL
If dad’s claim to fame is cooking outdoors, the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five Burner Gas Grill is the perfect gift. Offering three cooking options, Dad can grill, smoke and griddle to his heart’s content. The ready to use cast iron griddle delivers quick and even cooking and can easily be stored on the side of the grill while the stainless-steel smoker tube holds pellets or wood chips to infuse smoky flavor into every meal. As an extra bonus, the grill has an appliance-grade window to monitor the progress of your food without loosing heat and smoking up your patio. $347, Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel at select Valley locations.

RALPH LAUREN WYATT SILVER SUITE
Whether dad is a serious mixologist or just likes to mix himself a cocktail at the end of a long day, why not have him do it in style with this modern set by Ralph Lauren. Made of stainless steel and accented with an equestrian-inspired, brown saddle leather trim, the Wyatt Silver Suite includes a shaker, champagne cooler, nut bowls, nesting trays and bar tools. $730, Ralph Lauren Boutique, Biltmore Fashion Square.

CLARISONIC ALPHA FIT CLEANSING SYSTEM 
Upgrade dad’s face washing routine from a dunk in tap water to the Rolls Royce of cleansing devices. The Clarisonic Alpha Fit Cleansing System for Men is sized perfectly for the palm of a man’s hand. He’ll get a really deep clean in the time it takes to say “Good Morning.” $219, at all Valley Sephora locations.

LAGUIOLE EN AUBRAC MAPLE STEAK KNIVES, SET OF SIX
In the heart of the French countryside, a tradition of handcrafting fine cutlery has continued in the Laguiole region since 1829. Using classic artisanal methods, this Laguiole en Aubrac Set of Six Maple Steak Knives is handmade by a single craftsman, from shaping and polishing the maplewood handles to fitting the ultra-strong Sandvick stainless-steel blades. Enclosed in an oak storage case, the knives combine beautiful form with high function. $700, available at Williams-Sonoma. 

LG OLED 4K TV
A smart television is even smarter if it blends seamlessly into a room. Razor thin, the LG OLED 4K TV has a sleek look and gives the impression that it’s floating. While it has lots of great technological features, including integration with Alexa and Google Assistant as well as a stunning picture, just as much thought has gone into the design. Available in three sizes – 55 inch, 65 inch and 77 inch – the models are priced respectively at $2199, $3199 and $6999. Locally stocked at select Walmart and Best Buy stores.

LOUIS VUITTON SURFACE LAMP
Give dad the spotlight he deserves. Inspired by designer Oki Sato of Nendo Studio, this stylish table lamp is part of the Objets Nomades for Louis Vuitton. This rechargeable Louis Vuitton Surface Lamp, made from a sheet of perforated leather, reveals a gradient interpretation of the fashion house’s iconic Damier motif when lit. Between uses it can be rolled up to fit into the handy carrying case, making it easy for dad to take on his travels. $4,050, Louis Vuitton Boutique, Scottsdale Fashion Square or at www.us.louisvuitton.com

APPLE iPAD
It’s high time that dad enter the 21st century with one of the new generation Apple iPads. Pricing starts at $399 for the mini and $499 for the Air model. You’ll score big time selecting the super-duper iPad Pro. Starting at $799, the Pro has Face ID and up to 1 TB storage. Choose either a 12.9” or 11” Liquid Retina display as well as support for the 2nd generation Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio. Available at all Valley Apple Stores.

PRADA TWO-COMPARTMENT DOPP KIT
For the dad who who loves to travel, here’s a useful and stylish carry-all for his toiletries. This Prada Dopp Kit is internally lined with nylon making it easy to clean and, most importantly, waterproof as a safeguard for any spills or leaks that may occur.  $480, Prada Boutique, Scottsdale Fashion Square.

NESPRESSO CREATISTA
For the coffee aficionado, the top-of-the-line Nespresso Creatista machine will help dad get his morning off to a rousing start. Beautifully designed in a high-gloss finish, this useful gift not only makes espresso using fool-proof Nespresso capsules, but it can steam milk or any milk substitute he prefers for a perfect latte. Combining Nespresso’s system convenience and coffee expertise with Breville’s advanced milk texturing technology, makes for the perfect cup of Java. $499, Nespresso Shop, Scottsdale Fashion Square.

MONTBLANC AUGMENTED PAPER
Bridging the gap between old-fashioned note-taking and technology, Montblanc’s Augmented Paper makes it possible to access handwritten notes via your mobile devise. This stylish set, housed in a sophisticated leather folder, holds a lined-paper, 144-page notebook, a Montblanc StarWalker Ballpoint and a digitizer for transmission to a Smartphone app. As easy as1-2-3, dad can write, sketch and draw on the notebook with the exclusively developed pen, record his notes with the enclosed digitizer, then press one button to transmit the handwritten notes to his mobile devise via Bluetooth Low Energy. $755, Montbanc Boutique, Scottsdale Fashion Square.