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Choosing the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Yes, dads like to wear jewelry, too.

So, you’re probably not going to buy your dad, husband or partner a string of pearls, but guess what? Men like jewelry (including watches), too! If you’re guilty of buying a few too many neckties, shirts or wallets for the dads in your life for Father’s Day, it might be time to expand your gifting horizons and see what the fine jewelry world has to offer. Chances are you’ll find something that will make dad feel special and that he’ll love to wear for years to come.     


Let’s start off with something basic and classic that pretty much everyone can get behind. Although everything from his car to his smartphone will tell him the time, a watch is still a useful object (much more subtle than whipping out your phone during a meeting) and adds a dash of style to whatever dad is wearing. When selecting a watch as a gift, think about the recipient’s lifestyle — does he dress up for work most days or is he a busy stay-at-home dad? Does he work with his hands a lot, in which case durability is important? Then think about his personal style — does he typically dress classic or preppy, modern or trendy or sporty?

There is a huge variety of watches out there. To narrow down your options, you may want to start with a price range. Then think about functionality (calendar, luminous hands, solar powered, water resistant), materials (durability, color, comfort, weight) and ease of use (size of numerals, self-winding, battery, band clasp).

Something a little unexpected

If a wristwatch is just too ho-hum for the dad in your life, a pocket watch or a money clip might be just the Father’s Day gift to make him smile. By engraving either one of these thoughtful gifts, you’ll make it something special and unique to him.

Bracelets, necklaces and rings

Real men do wear bracelets, necklaces and rings! The cool thing about men’s jewelry is that it’s often made from non-traditional materials like stainless steel, tungsten, titanium and carbon fiber — making it extremely durable as well as stylish. Men’s bracelets typically are wider and more substantial than women’s bracelets and feature links, chains and leather cording. Popular styles of necklaces range from simple chains to chains with pendants such as dog tags or other symbols. In addition to a ring featuring his birthstone, another special idea for a Father’s Day gift is a ring that has the word “dad” designed into the band.

Cuff Links

If you just can’t resist buying dad a shirt for Father’s Day, make it one with French cuffs and wrap it up with a stylish pair of cuff links. There are many styles of cuff links to choose from, from classic round or square shapes in silver, stainless steel, titanium or gold to more elaborate designs studded with diamonds and other gemstones.

Personalize it

To make a jewelry gift even more special for Father’s Day, it’s nice to have it engraved with a message, his initials or the names and birth dates of his children. Usually any of the gift ideas above — watches, money clips, bracelets, necklaces, rings, cuff links — can be engraved.

The takeaway here is that jewelry isn’t just for moms. Dads can appreciate a little bling or a new family heirloom that will hold great sentimental value and perhaps even be passed down to the next generation. So think out of the (shirt) box this Father’s Day and surprise dad with a fine jewelry gift he’ll treasure.

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