Clockwise from left: Dragon ICE Relief & Recovery Balm by Jack Black, Check Bow Tie by Steven Alan, Wave Prophecy Shoe by Mizuno, Slub Jersey Polo by Burkman Bros., and Costalots 83s Sunglasses.Photo: Photo: A.J. Wilhelm and courtesy of Mizuno and Steven Alan.
In case the incessant sappy television ads involving adorably clumsy children playing sports with their beaming fathers haven’t reminded you: Sunday is Father’s Day. Not sure how to say thanks without resorting to a bottle of dark liquor? Check out NYMag’s latest Shop-A-Matic which has you covered with 125 gift ideas including gadgets for the tech-savvy dad and new clothes for the rarer image-conscious dad. With 100 ideas under $200, you can’t claim poverty for not getting Dad something different this year. Or you can always goad the siblings into pitching in for some of the pricier finds.
Dragon ICE Relief & Recovery Balm by Jack Black
Why We Like It: Think of this salve as an extra-strong version of the Tiger’s Balm you find in drugstores; while the scent is less medicinal, the instant cooling and pain relief is quicker and more effective than its drugstore counterpart.
Check Bow Tie by Steven Alan
Why We Like It: Remember when bow ties were solely worn by scholarly-looking academic types? Bring that tradition back and gift this charming checkered one to your dad.
Wave Prophecy Shoe by Mizuno
Why We Like It: By mimicking a car’s suspension, this technologically advanced running shoe cushions and supports the feet, even if the furthest you can jog is next door.
Slub Jersey Polo by Burkman Bros.
Why We Like It: Polo shirts have a bad reputation for being associated with stuffy golf-playing types, but this updated striped version is ultra-thin, ideal for oppressively hot summer days.
Costalots 83s Sunglasses
Why We Like It: Inspired by the dorky safety glasses one might wear for presumablymanly things, the frames are a colorful and unexpected twist on the ubiquitous wayfarer.