Photo courtesy of Justine Curran

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Two
of the Coolest Dads We Know

In partnership with our friends at Gucci

Every year, right around early June, we hear the same chorus from wives, husbands, daughters, and sons: What do I get him? Father’s Day is a particular kind of gift-giving head-scratcher: You want something that telegraphs love and gratitude and I’m really glad you taught me to ride a bike. It’s a lot to attach to something you can also put in a box. The stakes are understandably high. For ideas, we tapped two sons, who are also fathers who know things, for the gifts they are giving and the ones they are hoping to receive.

David Nugent

David Nugent

artistic director, Hamptons International Film Festival

“Father’s Day always makes me think of my father, with whom I share a birthday. We always shared our birthdays, and Father’s Day was always his holiday (rightfully so—he deserves to be celebrated often). It’s quite special now to be a dad of two and have my own designated day. My five-year-old is very into celebrations and surprises and has been working on handmade cards and gifts—usually her own toys wrapped in tissue—for weeks.”

  1. Gucci watch Gucci watch
    Gucci, $1,020

    “I haven’t worn a watch regularly since high school. In an effort to disconnect from my phone, I love the idea of wearing this classic style and passing it down to my kids one day.”

  2. Spin Membership Spin Membership
    Spin Membership

    “I can’t get enough of Ping-Pong these days, so a membership to Spin would be just the thing to help me fine-tune my game.”

  3. Gucci Aviators Gucci Aviators
    Gucci, $420

    “Aviators are timeless and will be perfect for summer in Amagansett. I’m a father of two who has been operating on very little sleep, so these will come in handy to hide the effects of severe sleep deprivation.”

  4. Gucci tie clip Gucci tie clip
    tie clip
    Gucci, $1,890

    “I’m known for my love of ties, and a nice tie clip helps finish the look.”

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    Sparkling Water Maker
    goop, $200

    “Seltzer helped me kick my soda habit years ago, and making it at home is both easy and better for the environment.”

  6. Stories + Objects knife Stories + Objects knife
    Stories + Objects
    goop, $425

    “A great all-purpose knife is indispensable in the kitchen, and this one has such an elegant look.”

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    Pizza-making lesson

    “As someone who is thoroughly obsessed with reading about pizza, eating pizza, and doing everything in between, I think a pizza-cooking lesson would
    be a blast.”

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    Pet project: SummerDocs

    “One of the highlights of my summer is the SummerDocs program that I’ve been cocurating and cohosting for the past eleven years with my friend Alec Baldwin, the cochair of the Hamptons International Film Festival. The season kicks off June 29 at Guild Hall in East Hampton, and I can’t wait to share the compelling roster of films with all the doc lovers out there. Tickets make a great gift.”

Brandon Crowe

Brandon Crowe


“I’m looking forward to spending Father’s Day with my wife, Casey, and my sons, Rex and Casper. (Our new baby is set to arrive on June 24, so who knows what we’ll actually be doing!) Ideally, we’ll spend the day cooking and relaxing at home. I love how fatherhood has provided me with the opportunity to see the world in a different light from what I had been accustomed to before becoming a father. Being able to see the world through the eyes of a child gives me a renewed energy and perspective.”

  1. Gucci watch Gucci watch
    Gucci, $2,430

    “I’m into the subtle details on the dial of this watch. The Gucci symbols of the bee and stars are standouts. The leather strap, to me, gives this almost completely black watch a casualness that is great for everyday wear. The window on the back of the case that allows you to see the detailed Swiss movement is a bonus.”

  2. Dinner at Eleven Madison Park Dinner at Eleven Madison Park
    Dinner at Eleven Madison Park

    “I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for chef Daniel Humm and the work he has done at EMP. He’s absolutely brilliant. The way he approaches ingredients and presents them is otherworldly. He’s meticulous and 100 percent dedicated to his craft, which shows in every dish.”

  3. Gucci duffle bag Gucci duffle bag
    duffle bag
    Gucci, $2,290

    “I fly about once a week. It’s an insane amount of travel. So I’m always searching for the perfect bag or combination of bags to avoid checking luggage. The Gucci duffle is the perfect size to hold two or three days’ worth of clothes and a pair of shoes when I’m on the road. The black leather is durable and looks even better with age.”

  4. Gucci sneakers Gucci sneakers
    Gucci, $750

    “I love the almost dock-shoe style of this sneaker. The versatility of it is great to go from casual to dressy. And it’s super comfortable.”

  5. Korin knives Korin knives
    Korin knives

    “Korin Japanese Trading has long been my favorite store, perhaps in the world. I can’t walk past without popping in to admire what is the most extensive collection of Japanese knives in the world. My kit comprises knives from Korin, Togiharu, and Misono.”

  6. Art Production Fund Art Production Fund
    Art Production Fund

    “Buying art for another person is often complicated and probably not recommended. Art Production Fund sells artist beach towels (like this one from James Rosenquist) that are oversize, guaranteed to be loved, and perfect for a family picnic or a day at the beach.”

  7. Pet Project: Hungry Pet Project: Hungry
    Pet Project: Hungry

    “Hungry is an online marketplace that connects independent chefs with corporate offices for catering. I’ve been a strategic advisor helping the founder, Eman Pahlavani, since he started in 2017. Hungry is changing the landscape for chefs, connecting them to customers. Now Hungry is in DC, Philly, and Atlanta, and it will be in Boston and NYC by the end of the year.”

  8. Regalis Caviar Regalis Caviar
    Regalis Caviar

    “Regalis Foods was founded in 2012 and has quickly become New York City’s leading importer of fresh truffles, caviar, rare foraged edibles, and so many other awesome products. I rely on Regalis for my work, and I also use it to give gifts to my loved ones. My sons are obsessed with all things food and get so excited when I bring home surprises. Regalis carries some of the most flavorful oils, vinegars, and pantry items that are perfect for any dad who does (or doesn’t) know his way around a kitchen. When in doubt, send caviar.”