Father's Day Gifts: Cheers to Pops!
Father's Day is coming up Sunday, so each day this week we've got some gift ideas that might inspire you when you're looking for something to please the No. 1 man in your life.
Let’s raise a glass to dad. For whiskey connoisseurs (and buyers with generous budgets), look no further than Glenmorangie's latest limited-edition release -- the sublime single malt Scotch whiskey Pride 1981. Aged for 28 years, first in American oak Bourbon barrels and then in Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes casks to deliver rich and complex flavors, it's the longest-matured Glenmorangie whiskey ever. We love the luxe Baccarat decanter and sleek wooden case created by a Dutch furniture designer. Just 1,000 bottles are available worldwide (100 in the U.S.) beginning July 1; pre-order one for Dad now. It's worth the rain check. $3,600 at Wally's Wines and Spirits, www.wallywine.com To reserve, call 310-475-0606 or email Stephen, Wally's whiskey specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A fun booze alternative, the SodaStream Crystal instantly transforms tap water into carbonated water, soda, sparkling energy drinks or cocktail mixers. The energy-efficient machine requires no batteries or electricity. It scores eco-points and saves his back — no more lugging countless cans and plastic bottles that end up in landfills. Plus, the sleek design and surprisingly elegant cut-glass carafe will look cool on Dad's bar. The word is that Jay-Z called to order one, and John Mayer even tweets about his. More than 30 SodaMix flavors are available, or just add a splash of fruit juice. Crystal SodaStream Starter Kit, $179.95 at www.sodastream.com, Sur La Table and Bloomingdale’s stores.
And then there are the expertly curated gift boxes at Venokado. Our pick is the playful Wisdom box -- featuring an impeccable 2009 Scribe Pinot Noir from the Sonoma winery (which seems to be sold out everywhere else), IMM Living's sculptural Wisdom Feather USB memory stick, a silver-plated yo-yo and a jar of Papabubble's scrumptious hard candy decorated with mini fruit images. Altogether guaranteed to bring out Dad's inner child. $108 at www.venokado.com or in their stores in West Hollywood and the newly opened location in The Market at Santa Monica Place.
-- Ingrid Schmidt
Upper photo: Glenmorangie's Pride 1981. Credit: Glenmorangie
Middle photo: Crystal SodaStream starter kit. Credit: SodaStream
Lower photo: Wisdom box. Credit: Venokado