It can seem like mission impossible to get the right gift when Dad is hard to please, and Mom is hard to shop for. Ashley Bronczek and Candace Ourisman of the concierge gift service Secretly Gifting have an eye for finding unique gifts and they continually scour the globe for special items that will wow even the most discerning recipient.
Forget boring ties and toasters—these appealing picks celebrate the bon vivant in every mom and dad.
For the Fashionista
Mini Madeline Earrings. New York–based jewelry designer Mignonne Gavigan creates whimsical yet dramatic statement earrings that will leave any fashionista ecstatic. Her signature earrings in rose gold and white are lightweight and detailed with sequin and glass bead embroidery. $125. MignonneGavigan.com
For the Hostess with the Mostest
Gemstone Decanter. The stunning Elevo crystal decanter with its bold amethyst stopper is a fabulous addition to any bar or etagere. If wine is not her preferred drink, it can be elegantly used for sparkling or still water as well. A truly special item from Anna, another female-owned company, it will be cherished for years to come. $295. AnnaNewYork.com
The Dutchess. Give a deserving mother the ease of serving her favorite dish straight out of the oven with this beautifully designed and aptly named enameled cast iron Dutch oven from Great Jones Goods. With fun colors and handles that fit four fingers, this isn’t your average covered bakeware. Great for up to 500°F and induction-compatible. There’s the additional option to engrave the two lids of the accompanying fully clad stainless steel pieces that complete the set. $145 for the Dutchess, $395 for the “Family Style” set. GreatJonesGoods.com
For Pure Indulgence
Mother and Child by Claiborne Swanson Frank. This coffee table book from art publisher Assouline examines what motherhood means in the 21st century. Filled with thoughtfully curated photos and quotes from dozens of famous mothers, it reminds us what a gift motherhood is. $95. Assouline.com
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For the Golfer
Barnacle Bluetooth Speaker. This cheeky Barnacle speaker from Speaqua is sure to make every dad (or mom) smile with big sound from a unit that is a mere 2.5˝ by 2.5˝ by 2.8˝! Waterproof, dustproof and sandproof, this bluetooth speaker is made to be used on the go. And once you get there, the suction cup bottom will stick to any smooth, flat surface. $40. Speaqua.com
For the Chef/Entertainer
Coravin Model Two Wine System.
Delight the wine connoisseur in your life with this unique gadget that keeps vino safe from oxidation and allows it to continue to age naturally while the cork stays in place. It has become a cult favorite among wine lovers and makes a one-of-a-kind gift for anyone who enjoys a glass of wine at dinner but not the whole bottle. $299.99. Coravin.com
Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Cube. We love the handsome design of this chic and portable charcoal grill, perfect for tailgating, camping or simple backyard entertaining. With its innovative tiered cooking system, this highly reviewed grill will please your favorite burgermeister. Available in graphite, khaki green, orange and stone. $200. EverdureByHeston.com
For the Busy Executive
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay Charging Pad. This wireless charging pad is perfect for the dad on the go. It connects to a power source with a USB-C cord. Ideal for a desk or bedside table, you simply place your iPhone, Android or any Qi-enabled device down, and voila!—the charging commences. Available in six colors, including limestone, indigo and black, to suit every décor. $125. Bang-Olufsen.com
Shinola Guardian Belt Set. So many options, so little time! Every busy dad will appreciate the flexibility of this inter-changeable belt set from Detroit-based Shinola and its on-site leather factory. It features two one-and-a-quarter-inch belts, the black in smooth textured “signature” leather and the brown in its “navigator” leather with natural color variations, along with a silver-tone and a matte black buckle to suit every outfit. $295. Shinola.com