Gift Guide: Father’s Day on the Fly

by Matthew Wexler
Monday Jun 10, 2013

If you ever waited tables a day in your life, you undoubtedly heard the phrase "on the fly" shouted by some panicked waiter who forgot to order a side of bacon or extra spicy Bloody Mary. It essentially means kick it in gear, you’ve run out of time.

Hence the inspiration for this year’s Father Day Guide, which highlights well-thought gifts that you can get in a hurry. While you were busy booking tickets and flights for whatever Pride celebration you might be dashing off to this month, poor dad has been sitting at home waiting for a token of appreciation for bringing you into this fabulous gay world.

Whether your dad is an outdoorsman, retiree, amateur chef or a leather daddy, EDGE has you covered with our curated collection of quick-to-find gifts that will find their way into the hands of that special man in your life.

The Well-Worn Traveler

One of our favorite e-commerce stores to hit the market this year, Hudson Made, offers a bespoke collection of domestically crafted items and vintage finds spanning grooming, kitchen and home goods.

This Dopp Kit, manufactured by San Francisco-based Joshu+Vela, is stuffed with lots of goodies for the well-groomed dad, including Dr. Hunter’s Foot Creme?, Hudson Made Worker’s Soap?, Hudson Made Cedar Clove Beard & Shave Soap.

Both the Worker’s Soap and the Cedar Clove Beard & Shave Soap are exclusive Hudson Made products and produced in the Hudson Valley.


Get Your Freaq On

Is your dad a music lover? Boom Freaq, a customized version of Soundfreaq’s award-winning speaker, Sound Stack, will give your dad’s favorite room a retro feel.

Designed by HGTV’s husband-and-wife duo, Robert and Cortney Novogratz, Boom Freaq takes dad back to his roots while still offering the modern convenience of wireless streaming. The limited edition speaker combines The Novogratz’s unique design concept with Soundfreaq’s award winning Bluetooth wireless speaker, which was named "Gear of the Year" by WIRED Magazine.

Sound Stack allows users to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth compatible device including iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android and Blackberry.

Sound Stack features DubSub™, a unique 2.2 speaker configuration pairing two full-range drivers with two active subwoofers. DubSub™ technology combined with custom-engineered Kevlar-reinforced drivers, a tuned triple-ported housing and Soundfreaq’s proprietary UQ3™ spatial sound enhancement brings a level of acoustic innovation not typically offered in a speaker dock. What does this all mean? Serious sound and a great look.


Get Stiff

Is your dad the kind that puts on a suit each day? Give his wardrobe some color flair with a set of Würkin Stiffs Fashion Cufflinks.

The cufflinks are milled and machined from one-piece of solid billet brass for durability (not three-pieces soldered together like most) and offer one-of-a-kind designs. They are double-resin on both sides, which creates a true-finished cufflink on front and back. The creative "v-design" keeps the imagery on each cufflink correctly positioned - and we all know how important that is.


Go (Kitchen)Surfing

Want to create a special meal for dad but don’t even know how to boil water? If you live in New York City, Chicago, Boston, the Hamptons or Berlin, consider booking a chef with Kitchensurfing. This chef-on-demand service takes the hassle out of throwing a dinner party.

Kitchensurfing’s online portal is easy to navigate, and before you know, you’ll be serving up gourmet grub without lifting a pot or pan.

Menus are as varied as the chefs preparing them, whether you’re craving pan seared foie gras or a family style Italian feast.

From $45/hour.

Love & Pride

If you’re not quite sure what to buy dad, but you want to make a statement, peruse the offerings at Love and Pride. Since 2005, this online retailer has been offering goods that celebrate diversity.

The company was founded by jewelry designer Udi Behr, who has won acclaim for his unique designs. Celebrities such as Sharon Stone and Cyndi Lauper have been known to wear his jewelry. Proceeds are donated to organizations such as the Matthew Shepherd Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign, among others.

The online store offers a range of items, and while buying underwear for your dad might be a bit creepy, there are plenty of other options to pick from, including retro-inspired coasters created from original records, which have been trimmed to frame the label with a thin ring of black vinyl.

Each coaster is double-sided (as were records) and laminated to protect the labels from moisture and to prevent scuffs on furniture. Coaster sets are comprised of six assorted vintage record labels and packed in a clear round box.


Best Balls

Does your dad like balls... golf balls? While you may not want to hit the driving range with him or spend a scorching afternoon on the course, you can help him live vicariously with a stunning, hardcover picture book of the greatest golf courses throughout Ireland and Scotland.

If he’s tech-savvy, opt for the digital option, which will be more friendly on your wallet.

Books - $199
Digital edition available on Amazon or iTunes - $9.99

Who’s Your Daddy?

Perhaps you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift for a father figure in a more untraditional sense. If you have a daddy in your life, consider a bulldog harness from 665 Leather.

Plenty of other options are available depending how much you or your daddy want to reveal.


Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Style and Travel Editor. More of his writing can be found at He is also a trained chef and currently writing a food memoir.


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