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June 17th, 2012

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained {Father's Day Gift Guide}

Dad won’t look a gift horse in the mouth (that is if it’s a gift from our Father’s Day gift guide).

For every delightfully overused catchphrase he dishes out, we’ve got an equally delightful unique gift for Dad this Father’s Day.

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

Dad’s going places. Well, mainly he’s going to work, so spice up his 9-to-5 ensemble with a festive tie from new Paris Texas Apparel Co. The stylish Austinite behind this savvy brand struck out to design a line of neck accessories that celebrate all that is great about our Lone Star State.

“Money doesn’t grow on trees.”

He’s got college tuition to save for—now he can skip the top shelf hooch with a Gray Kangaroo, the genius contraption that filters out harmful toxins in cheap booze, leaving delish filtered vodka, whiskey, rum and tequila that tastes like the pricey stuff.

Gray Kangaroo

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

He loves guayaberas, but sweats like an animal. Introduce him to local company, Howler Brothers. Based on the classic design with four front pockets, pin-tucked ruffle and side venting, these looks feature a mesh lined vented back yoke made of a quick dry poly-cotton blend to ward off wet spots.

Howler Brothers

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

He’ll love showing off his conquests from the grill with this Texas-shaped cutting board from AHeirloom. The state series boards are made from Plyboo, a butcher block architectural plywood of 100% rapidly renewable bamboo. Customize the hand engraved heart to match the city he loves.

Texas State Cutting Board

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”

Consider spherical ice balls from Prepara as a good-looking alternative to ice cubes. Bonus: since they melt slower than standard cubes, drinks get chilled without being watered down, and the sealed mold means no freezer burn taste.

Ice Balls

“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”

Add a little prediction to his penmanship with a Magic 8 Ball Pen. His indecisive nature will now seem stylish… and it may even help him make the hard life decisions (pizza or Chinese for dinner?).

Magic 8 Ball Pen

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