Cologne, golf balls, and ties are the old reliables when it comes to Father’s Day gifts, but instead of going with the old standbys, why not choose a fragrance that speaks to or represents the man you love? There are so many beautiful fragrances to choose from so there is no excuse to give dad a cologne that smells like mothballs (unless he does actually remind you of mothballs!). When choosing a fragrance, ask yourself: Is he elegant or woodsy? Spicy or citrusy? Then be creative in your selection. Start your research with the following five—they run the taste and price gamut, and come highly recommended by men themselves.
Acqua Di Gio
Marine and citrus notes, with a dash of herbs. Armani at his elegant seaside best.
Curve by Liz Claiborne
Refreshing and spicy, with a hint of lavender and amber. Widely available, including many drugstores and Wal-Mart. It gets compliments and won’t break the bank.
Equipage by Hermes
Spicy and woody, a classic since its 1970 release.
Pour Monsieur by Chanel
Because every man needs some Chanel—and it’s one of the greats.
Tom Ford for Men
Classic men’s cologne with citrus, pepper, and leather notes. My scent double’s boyfriend loves it, saying panties fly when you enter the room wearing it. There you are.