We go kinda retro (and a bit edgy) with this Father’s Day gift guide     Text and Photography by Arnold Wayne Jones

There are fathers of gay kids, there gay men who are parents … and there are just “daddies.” We have some gift ideas for all those types in your life … and just some excellent summer options for every man in your life, including you.   

Even dads like to exude a casual fashion sense as they do in soft, retro corduroy Westlake short ($78) and a kitschy floral Mauna Loa popover ($88), both by Marine Layer. A coozie ($4.50) and ropelock sunglass strap ($9.50), both from Texas Standard, complete dad’s casual picnic look.


Wanna be sure to keep that dad bod? The decadent joys of gourmet cookie dough are left uncooked (i.e. scrumptious) in this pack of not-good-for-your-body-but-oh-so-good-for-your-soul Baby Bites treats ($16.50) from The Dough Dough.

The Dough Dough,
5615 Forest Lane.
TheDoughDough.com Also available through Grubhub.


Addicted by ES knows how to make a man show off his best assets in its Addicted collection. Celebrate Americana with the Star printed bikini ($56), above, or the Sports detailed binding squarecut brief ($56), left. Get some sun protection with a cap ($22.50) from Texas Standard, or full body coverage with the pillowy Arcadia navy polo ($78) by Marine Layer.

ES Collection Dallas,
3926 Cedar Springs Road.




Gay dads enjoy a little adult libation, but you can actually make your Collins memorable with this Harvey Milk limited edition bottle of vodka by Stoli ($20), celebrating the 40th anniversary of Milk’s election to San Francisco city council.

Get your day started right with your morning regimen with colorful, comfy cotton dress socks ($16) and sleek Second Skin boxer briefs (including mini-pocket for stashing, say, a condom, $34), both by Tommy John. And a waxed leather utility kit ($54.50) from Texas Standard — a masculine, twangy way to keep all your grooming needs in one place when you head to the gym.

(Also available at Nordstrom, Dillard’s and other retailers.)
Texas-Standard.com. (Also available at
Saint Bernard Sports in Inwood Village.)


When headed to the beach or pool, this transparent tote by Clearware ($69) makes it easy to find your keys, store your reading material and a soft cotton T from Texas Standard, as well as tote around your Tazza Vacuum Mug ($35) by Timolino. Fill your Tazza with tea leave or coffee, place a few ice cubes in the mug and add hot water and stay refreshed in the Texas heat with iced tea or iced coffee.



The daddest of dad drinks is surely whiskey, and American Bourbon is the gold standard. Treat pops to George Remus, a 94 proof blended straight rye whiskey that imparts a sweet flavor of vanilla and maple. It’s newly available in Texas, so dad surely won’t be expecting such a treat. $45.