Dads always say they don’t want anything, so why not surprise your father with something unexpected? No matter what type of guy he is, there’s something here that’s sure to bring a smile to his face.


Even dads appreciate a little pampering, and Aveda’s Grooming Essentials are a great place to start. Straightforward and practical, this shampoo, conditioner, grooming clay and aftershave are a perfect combo.

Just in time for summer barbecues, Martha Stewart’s Martha’s American Food will provide inspiration for an amazing day of feasting. I particularly love her dessert recipes, like the Tennessee-Style Marshmallow Cookies.


Sporty fathers will appreciate Sun Bum’s Continuous Spray Sunscreen. With easy application and an SPF of 50+, this product will protect skin, even during vigorous exercise.

To the Last Breath takes adventuring to a whole other level. Francis Slakey’s determination to climb the biggest mountain on every continent and surf each ocean ends up teaching the author unexpected lessons.


A book with recipes and anecdotes, illustrated with sumptuous pictures, Masala Farm is a great gift. Chef Suvir Saran’s journey from India to upstate New York is yummy and fun.

Mayron’s Goods offers a line of products that work perfectly for sensitive skin, and the packaging won’t scare away those afraid of being too metrosexual. The Hydrating Body Milk soothes dry skin without leaving a sticky residue or flowery smell behind.


A gorgeously photographed cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty turns cooking with vegetables into an art form.  The unexpected and relatively simple recipes, like green gazpacho, are healthy and delicious.

A terrific organic company, Juice Beauty offers all the bells and whistles of chemical formulations without the obvious drawbacks. The Green Apple Cleansing Gel cleans, brightens and exfoliates skin to perfection.


Dreamy and ruminative, William Paul Winchester’s A Very Small Farm chronicles the quotidian life of a farmer. Part memoir, part how-to manual and part poetry collection, this little book gets right under your skin and stays there.

Strange Invisibles’ Peloponnesian Eau de Parfum for Men straddles the line between refreshing and provocative to perfection. This Venice company has created a new brand of masculinity nonpareil.


For a father man enough to dive into the world of body care products, Ola Hawaii’s Cane Sugar Scrub provides pampering without being too frilly. The Coconut Lemongrass scent is light and natural rather than perfume-y, and the toughness of the scrub exfoliates skin rough from sun, sport and hard work.

Photojournalism takes center stage in Questions Without Answers. This stunning book from the photographers of VII Photo Agency takes you on a visual journey through significant historic events, like the uprising in Egypt and the Indonesian tsunami of 2009.


Not enough has been written about the Los Angeles punk scene of the ‘70s. Kids of the Black Hole, written with verve by Dewar MacLeod, recounts this fascinating moment in Angeleno history.


I love a book described as “muscular,” and Canada lives up to the hype. A terrific work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford, this coming-of-age tale takes increasingly dark turns as the protagonist is forced to grow up way too quickly.

Jack Kerouac’s lost novel, The Sea is My Brother, has finally surfaced after 70 years. Written at the remarkable age of 21, this work hints at the greatness that is to come. On the Road fans will rejoice.

Dads always say they don’t want anything, so why not surprise your father with something unexpected? No matter what type of guy he is, there’s something here that’s sure to bring a smile to his face.


Comedy writer Dave Hill will stop at nothing to get a laugh. His new book of essays, Tasteful Nudes, features hijinks that range from the ludicrous to the absurd.