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Five Faves: Father’s Day Gift Upgrades

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Father’s Day Gift Upgrades

Just as Father knows best, he also deserves the best. Rather than going with the same ol’ standbys, allow the magic of cruising to enhance your Father’s Day gift.

Father’s Day is only a few shopping days away, but planning your present couldn’t be easier. Take the stereotypical dad-gift, add a bit of creative cruise thinking, and voila! — you make the Father’s Day memory of a lifetime! And the best part? Dad can’t cruise alone, so you can totally get in on the fun as well. Isn’t he always saying it’s better to give than to receive? Here’s how to upgrade each dad-egory:


 

SPORT: 18 rounds at St Andrews Links (Fife, Scotland)

Home sweet home! Golfers of all skill sets will appreciate the opportunity to take some swings at St Andrews Links, considered the home of golfing for more than 600 years. Part pilgrimage and part pure sport at its finest, a day at the Links is unlike any other spoiled walk, just as cruising along Scotland’s eastern coast is equally unrivaled.

 


 

WARDROBE: The Suashish Necktie

Dad probably already has a tie with portholes on it, so go with what would normally be considered a girl’s best friend and splurge on this 77-carat, 271-diamond-strong, pure silk necktie that also boasts 150 grams of gold and is conveniently priced just north of $200,000. A collaboration between India-based designer Satya Paul and diamond-manufacturer Suashish, this tie would look perfect on the top deck while cruising Mumbai… as well as the bottom shelf of a fireproof safe.

 


 

FDBlog_Momofuku_Ando_Instant_Ramen_Museum_(11369666834)FOOD: The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum (Osaka, Japan)

Grandparents can clue you into your father’s upbringing and mothers can regale you with stories about domesticating that wild child years later, but no one loves talking about those in-between, bachelor glory days quite like a father. Pretend you were listening by cruising him to a museum devoted to his favorite food of that era: the super-cheap ramen noodle! Learn about the history and technique, then create your own special cup noodle! Nostalgia never tasted so delicious!

 


BEVERAGE: Beer cruises

Many lines are taking note of the beer renaissance that today’s fathers are fortunate to be living in, with themed cruises that visit far-flung breweries, offer expert lectures, and, most importantly, sample the goods. Pinpoint Papa’s preferred potent potable, connect consequent countries and corresponding cruises, then drinkity-drink drink drink drink drink!

 


 

FDBlogBarberBarGROOMING: The Barber’s Bar (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Just a beach-ball bounce away from Fort Lauderdale Beach, The Barber’s Bar offers all the shave-and-a-haircut grooming options a father could want with all the beer-and-a-cigar accoutrements a father had never dreamed would one day band together! It’s the perfect pre-cruise activity to get in the vacation spirit and actually look presentable at the same time!

— Rico Bronte

 


Photos: St Andrews Links, chee.hong, The Barber’s Bar


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