The 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Put away the bacon-scented candles. Cut out the shavers and shaving accessories. Skip the obvious stuff: the cologne, the tools and the neckties. (Especially the neckties.) This year, get your basketball nut of a dad a gift he’ll love.

The basketball: Leather Head Sports Naismith-style lace up basketball
There’s a big difference between a run-of-the-mill basketball that he’ll allow to languish stuck on top of the garage and a real one that any fan would appreciate for life. This eight-panel basketball made by Leather Head Sports replicates the same kinds they used back in the game’s heydey. Although it’s mostly for display, it still features a rugged construction and a rubber bladder, meaning it can still be used for its intended purpose.


The kicks: Adidas ZX Flux
Sure, he’s no sneakerhead, but you’d be remiss not to make sure his kicks aren’t top-notch. To strike a balance between style and function, a pair of Adidas ZX Flux will do nicely to keep him on his game if he doesn’t know the difference between Reebok Pumps and the new Jordan XX9s. Solid colours, a slim silhouette and a shout out to Adidas’ original three stripes design will make sure he pulls them on straight out of the box.


Photo: Mashable

The timepiece: Pebble Steel
A new watch is so old hat. The Pebble Steel combines the classic good looks of a steel bracelet timepiece with the customization and connectivity of a smartwatch. Using an ePaper display, the Pebble Steel has limitless configurations, a five to seven-day battery life and an easy-to-read display. With hundreds of apps supported, the wearer can even check the scores of his favourite team on the go using the ESPN Pebble app.


The subscription: Bespoke Post
Rather than buying him a few knick knacks and calling it a day, let paid professionals put together a themed box of manly essentials and send them to his door every month. Boxes from the Bespoke Post include interesting items from stylish socks and small leather goods, to cooking gear and skin care items. Gift options allow you to sign him up ahead of time for a single box up to a year’s worth of luxury goods.


The gadget: Google Chromecast
If your dad is savvy enough to cut the cord on his cable service but not quite up to snuff on what exactly “The Cloud” is, Google Chromecast might just be up his alley. After connecting to your home’s wifi (which is impossibly simple), the thumb drive-sized device plugs straight into his HDTV and lets him view a glut of streaming services, from Netflix to Pandora, using only his smartphone or tablet as a remote. Several apps will allow you two to watch the last few games of the NBA Finals together—our definition of quality time.


The book: The Hoops Whisperer by Idan Ravin
Has he ever wondered how elite-level basketball players train? Idan Ravin, one of the NBA’s most sought-after trainers, gives readers the inside scoop on his training methods and career in The Hoops Whisperer. You can also find out how he’s changed the games of some of basketball’s biggest names, including Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony (among many others).


The cut above: John Allan’s Club
Now your father can experience the same level of service that your grandpa was used to when he went in for a haircut. At John Allan’s Club, a full-service package will let him enjoy a cut, style, scalp massage, hot towel treatment and even a shoe shine, all while enjoying a drink of his choice (yes, booze is served). As an annual member, he can visit any location as many times as he wants. John Allan’s has spots in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, several around New York and even one in Toronto.


Photo: Men’s Health UK

The workout aid: Clubbells
You remember a time when your dad was the best basketball player you knew—never mind that he towered over your nine-year-old self. Help bring him back to form with a set of Clubbells. Much like kettlebells, working out with one of these gives a huge boost to your core and grip strength, not to mention your arms and upper body. Specialized exercise routines with using these weighted clubs can even help increase his shooting and dribbling.


The obscenely expensive gift for the best dad in the world: Sony XBR 65” Smart LED TV
Is your dad the LeBron James of parenting? Prove it. Sony’s new 65” LED smart TV supports an ultra-high 4K resolution using HDMI 2.0 inputs. It’ll be a few years before broadcast technology catches up to this beast, but you can rest comfortably knowing that your dad will be covered with NBA 4K drops.


The wardrobe upgrade: Basketball couture
Designed by local artists, these T-shirts depict the hometown skylines of some of basketball’s biggest teams, including the Miami Heat, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors. They’re good enough for your favourite players, so grab one for your dad while you’re at it.


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