Whether dad’s a DIY dude or a fancy-pants, these gifts are guaranteed to earn you “favorite child” status (at least until your next fender bender/loan default/ill-advised piercing).
The Handy Helper
Sure, that bunk bed he built for you collapsed and you broke your elbow, but he meant well. Say a much belated thank-you with a Jonas Damon beech wood tool set ($95) from A+R that’s almost as good-looking as he is. 1121 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, between San Juan and Westminster Avenues, Venice (310-392-9128).
The Laugh Riot
His dinner table Hans and Franz impression used to make you snarf your milk. Relive SNL’s golden years with a board game ($30) from Alpha Men’s Store that pays tribute to the classic show. 8654 Melrose Avenue, at Norwich Drive, West Hollywood (310-855-0775).
The Dapper Dan
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to swing by the new Vivienne Westwood store on Melrose, here it is. Stamped with the iconic Westwood orb, a slick black neoprene iPad case ($160) is on trend without being ostentatious. Is Pop a full-fledged fashionista? Brit-en up his day with a Union Jack tie ($110). 8320 Melrose Avenue, at North Flores Street, West Hollywood (323-951-0021).
The Music Man
Stop by the audio pop-up Input/Output and pick up one of owners Kevin Carney and Philip Sumner’s handmade, vintage-inspired speakers with groovy wooden encasements. Thanks to the speakers’ superior sound quality, Dad’s Bread records will be almost bearable. 1520 North Cahuenga Boulevard, between Sunset Boulevard and Selma Avenue, Hollywood .
The Top Gun
Ground control to Major Dad. Give your father the thrill of a lifetime with a ride on an authentic F-16 fighter jet flight simulator ($69). The Anaheim aviation-themed adventure makes the attractions at nearby Disneyland seem like child’s play. 1650 South Sinclair Street, at East Howell Avenue, Anaheim (714-937-1511).
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