It’s my experience that many dads (full disclosure: I only have one, so I may be slightly biased) have a whole lot of a few things. Baseball hats. Ties. The same wool sweaters from that one store he’s shopped at since he was 18. One reason being, he knows what he likes, or – ahem – what he thinks he likes. And the rest of us take his enduring, but age-old, style as our gift-giving cues.

In an effort to think outside the obligatory tie box, use this chart to find your starting point. Whether you decide Dad’s in need of luxe loafers from a label he’s never tried, a new watch, or a bundle of socks (because he never buys them for himself), we’re confident this year’s best-gift award will go to you.


Our What Dad Wants: Gifts for Father’s Day Boutique opens Tuesday, May 14, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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May 14, 2013