How to Plan a Sophisticated Father’s Day


If you ask dad what he wants to do this Father’s Day, he’ll likely say all he wants to do is spend time with you. This year, get ahead of this simple (and sweet) request by planning a fabulous day of activities your dad will enjoy. Here, we’ve got ideas for every type of patriarch—from the music enthusiast to the outdoorsman to the academic and more. Consider this your complete guide for what to do, the best presents to give and—so as not to ignore the necessary fashion element to every event—what you should be wearing since Father’s Day is always an ideal family photo op.

Your Guide For Spoiling Dad

Go To A Rock Concert

If your dad has an extensive record collection, look through it for an idea on what music he really loves. Chances are his favorite bands are still touring—everyone from The Rolling Stones to CSN to Willie Nelson are still making it happen on stages around the country and beyond. Surprise him with the tickets on Father's Day—even if the show isn't until later this year.

Photo: CSN, Pinterest

What You Should Wear

Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas Sneakers



Pin High-Waisted Skinny Jeans



Rylan Colorblocked Leather Jacket


Rachel Zoe

Ibiza Tee



Gifts For The Music Enthusiast

Custom QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones



Portable Revolution USB Turntable


Crosley Radio

Go Glamping

If your dad has a serious passion for the great outdoors, enjoy a night of bonding under the stars with a good, old-fashioned family camping trip. Build a fire, have s'mores and tell ghost stories. Good times and awesome memories practically guaranteed.

Photo: El Capitan, Pinterest

What You Should Wear

Skinny High Jeans



The Perfect Plaid Cotton Shirt



Embellished Fringed Suede Ankle Boots


Finds + Minnetonka

Gifts For The Outdoorsman

Check Cashmere Blanket



Classic Rechargeable LED Lantern



Go To A Museum

Whether your dad is an art aficionado or a science wiz, spending a few hours at a museum (of his choice) is a surefire way to enjoy time together while also learning something—the perfect combo.

Photo: The Getty Center, Pinterest

What You Should Wear

Allison Leather Peep-Toe Mule



Receptor Citrus-Print Cropped Trousers


Mara Hoffman

Receptor Citrus-Print Cropped Top


Mara Hoffman

Gifts For The Academic

Buckley Zip Briefcase


Tom Ford

The Mr Porter Paperback Volumes 1-3


Mr Porter

Go To A Fancy Dinner

Who doesn't like to get dressed to the nines and indulge in a delicious dinner? Plan in advance by making a reservation at a new place your dad has been dying to try.

Photo: Pistola Restaurant

What You Should Wear

Leora D’Orsay Pump


Loeffler Randall

Flap Glazed Saffiano Leather Clutch Wallet



Flame of the Forest Print Tie Neck Dress


Rebecca Taylor

Gifts For The Foodie

Harmonie Round Whiskey Decanter



Peru: The Cookbook


Gaston Acurio

Go Do Something Athletic

Even if your dad is into a sport you don't do, like surfing or golfing, you can still build a day around letting him enjoy his favorite hobby. Bring a picnic and sit on the beach while he catches waves, or let him play 18 while you ride in the golf cart and offer moral support.

Photo: Pinterest

What You Should Wear

Maxon Metallic Sandal


Kenneth Cole

Colorblocked Wetsuit


Cynthia Rowley for J.Crew

Gifts For The Sports Junkie

Limited Edition Rialto City Cruiser


Rag & Bone x Sole Bicycles

Personalized Golf Tees