As Father’s Day looms, the greeting card companies are recycling their tired old dad humor. Apparently all dads are potbellied golfers who love TV, canned beer, grilling meat, breaking wind, fixing cars, or some combination thereof. And let’s not forget excessive time on the toilet. No comment on the former, but when it comes to the latter, dads actually aren’t just lounging on the pot reading Tom Clancy books anymore. They’re also soaking in tubs, taking steam showers, and grooming their intentional face scruff in front of fogless mirrors—getting their home spa on. Keep that in mind this Father’s Day.
Before you run out to buy Dad a heart-shaped basket filled with pink bath beads and artisan soaps stamped with fleur de lis, remember that he’s still a dude. In fact, now’s a good time to spare him from his secret forays into your mom’s bath stuff and add a little Y chromosome to the master bathroom. You can help dad put a masculine stamp in the room that houses his throne with these three great gifts:
Electric Towel Warmer. Scroll design towel racks are pretty, but most men prefer a warm towel to a well-displayed one. Whether wall-mounted or freestanding, the best heated towel racks are made from sleek stainless steel. That means they score double points for adding a sexy, masculine touch to the bathroom décor. Mom will be cool with it. (You know she wants one, too.)
Bathroom Booze. Liquor decanters in the bathroom? Yeah, don’t be a square. If the ladies can lounge in the bath with a glass of Chardonnay, we think Dad should be able to indulge his inner Don Draper with a hot-soak highball. Glass bottles are attractive accents for the bathroom anyway. Be sure to include a tray, and by incorporating the decanters in a bathroom-themed gift basket, you can let your dad know exactly where these are meant to be used!
Bubble Bath. The first rule about men’s bubble bath club: You do not talk about men’s bubble bath club. Keep your dad’s bubble bath addiction on the down-low by giving him some man-scents to work with. You know he does it. No need to discuss. Just wrap up some masculine bath potions and exchange knowing nods when he opens the package.