The DEPARTURES Guide to Father's Day

Jens Mortensen

Everything you need to know to make this Father's Day one for the books.

The first recorded Father's Day took place over a hundred years ago, in Spokane, Washington. Since then, it's grown into a widely celebrated holiday where we show our appreciation for the men in our lives by showering them with any number of festivities and presents. Today, modern dads deserve the very best on Father's Day, which means going above and beyond to treat them to the very best: eschew any old whiskey for something new and rare, plan a weekend around his favorite activities, or get away somewhere special and new. Here within, a litlte help for finding the perfect gift(s) for a father worth praising.

Style + Grooming

Mechanical vs. Smart Watches
Two armchair horologists argue the pros and cons of both, and pick a handful from each category—one of which might just make a Father's Day gift that stands the test of time. See the slideshow »

Diving Watches for Men
Whether actually used for sport or just worn to impress, one of these intricate watches will take Dad through summer. See the slideshow »

Savile Row, on Billionaire's Row
Eminent London haberdashery Huntsman, frequented by famous fathers Gregory Peck and Cary Grant, opens a shop in Manhattan. Read the story »

The Power Suit's Day Off
Italian menswear powerhouse Ermenegildo Zegna turns its attention to outfits better suited for the weekends. Read the story »

Indie Magazines for the Modern Man
A new crop of cutting-edge men's style publications make a perfect gift subscription for Dad. Read the story »

From the Archives: Behind the Scenes of a Scent
The business behind luxury cologne is no less complex than its fragrance. Read the story »

Men's Cabinet Essentials
Six indispensable skincare products for men of all ages. See the slideshow »

Salt-and-Pepper Is the New Black
A new hair treatment for men is advocating for a more natural, and thus sleeker, look. Read the story »

The State of Menswear Today
The growth of interest and investment in menswear is at an all-time high. Longstanding fashion writer Glenn O’Brien weighs in. Read the story »

Game-Changing Menswear Labels
Men's style is evolving, and so should your Father's Day gifts. Here, five brands to consider. See the slideshow »


Go West, With Dad
For a last-minute summer adventure, look no further than Ted Turner's new Casa Grande lodge, located in the enormous, 580,000-acre Vermejo Park Ranch. Read the story »

A Little Bit of Europe in Idaho
To truly impress the worldly Dad who's seen it all, take him grouse shooting in the middle of the American wilderness. Read the story »

Start Planning Now: Skiing in Northern Japan
The otherworldly slopes in Hokkaido offer pristine conditions for winter sporting, culture, and family bonding. Read the story »

A Gentleman's Guide to Hong Kong
Renowned haberdashers Mark Cho and Alan See, of the British-inspired Hong Kong shop The Armoury, share their favorite things to do in the city. Read the story »

Spontaneous Summer Trips to Take Now
Ten destinations teeming with new hotels, restaurants, and things to do with Dad. See the slideshow »

Where to Tee Off With Dad
For golfers, it doesn't get better than these lush courses all over the globe. See the slideshow »

Sports + Tech

Gadgets for the Culture-Loving Dad
The hottest cameras and other gizmos on the market to give. See the slideshow »

Golf Essentials for 2016
The best new products—and hottest destinations—in the golf world right now. See the slideshow »

High-Performance Exercise Wear
A covetable collection designed by pro-surfer Laird Hamilton is ideal for active dads. Read the story »

Cryotherapy: The Spa Treatment for Dad
An intense, but thoroughly therapeutic, 3-minute ice bath might be the answer to the athletic father's sore muscles. Read the story »

Stylish SUV's for the Family
Consider getting Dad behind the wheel of one of these top-of-the-line vehicles. Family road trips will never be the same. See the slideshow »

Plush Luxury Car Interiors
Ten top-notch automobiles that prove it's what's on the inside that really counts. See the slideshow »

The Best New Convertibles This Season
No mid-life crisis needed to justify a spin in one of these show-stoppers. See the slideshow »

Food + Wine + Spirits

The Spirit Du Jour: Armagnac
Skip the cognac and give France’s second-most famous grape-based brandy instead. Better yet, sample them together at these notable places across the country. See the slideshow »

Collect Me If You Can: New and Rare Whiskeys
Give Dad an exclusive, top-quality whiskey that is just as special as he is. See the slideshow »

The Return of Irish Whiskey
Overshadowed by Scotland, whiskeys from the Emerald Isle fell out of favor—until now. Here, the best high-end bottles to try. See the slideshow »

A Smoky Tequila For Dad
Bypass the typical "dad" spirits for a summer elixir that hits the spot. Read the story »

And Then There's Baijiu
The Chinese liquor that's enlivening cocktail menus across the country, and where to drink it. See the slideshow »

Grilling Made Simpler (and More Scrumptious)
Mail-order barbecue that will make the time between July 4th and Labor Day roll by way too fast. Read the story »

In Profile: Men We Admire

Alexander Hamilton, Redux
Lin Manuel-Miranda, whose Broadway sensation Hamilton was inspired in part by his own immigrant father, is a force to reckon with. Read the story »

A Family History
Editor and translator Norman Thomas di Giovanni finds his father's village in Italy’s Abruzzi region "a place that explains us to ourselves." Read the story »

Robert De Niro, Sr.
The legendary (and notoriously private) actor explores the complicated relationship he had with his father in a stunning documentary. Read the story »