‘Tis the season to recognize the diligent heroes among us—the student who drank vats of coffee to push through those last exams and the man who endlessly drove his car around the block in hopes of getting his baby to sleep. Yes, it’s time to celebrate grads and dads in a big way. Fortunately, the fine merchants on Larchmont Boulevard are ready to help you do just that.
Unlike Father’s Day (Sunday, June 17th), graduations roll out through May and June. At Landis Gift and Stationery, custom graduation announcements can be printed in just two weeks, or faster if expedited. Landis also offers a wide variety of gifts for those starting a new home or job including festive Swedish dishtowels and leather business card holders that can be monogrammed. For dad, Landis offers Mixture bar soaps in peppercorn and timber scents and Formulary 55 Sparkling Bath Fizzies – bath “bombs” of sea salt and fragrance. Each Bath Fizzie comes in a decorative box that can be stacked in a matching set to depict an ink drawing of a skull, botanical field or bee hive motif.
For the sentimental dad, Pickett Fences offers fill-in journals and “Letters to My Dad” kits that will allow you to tell dad how you really feel. But remember, dad had a life before you so maybe a retro T-shirt featuring such classic bands as Devo or Blondie is more in order. Throw in a pair of whimsical socks and you may have just put together half his outfit for Father’s Day! For the grad, Pickett Fences has inspirational books of advice and mementos of Los Angeles that will remind your college-bound grad or cross-country job seeker where he or she is known and loved.
With an impressive collection of fiction and non-fiction, the odds are high that the knowledgeable staff at Chevalier’s can help you find a book to match dad’s interests. They can even point you toward books for dad’s young offspring so that they can learn what this whole Father’s Day thing is about. For grads of any age, there is the classic Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go. However, for those with a more sardonic or philosophical bent, there is Carl Hiassen’s Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You’ll Never Hear and David Foster Wallace’s This is Water.
CH Boutique features clothing, leather goods and handcrafted jewelry among other fine gifts from Italy, France and Israel. A hand-painted keep-sake box might be just the thing for your grad to store their school memorabilia, while dad might appreciate a fine leather Italian wallet. CH Boutique also carries a collection of Hagen-Renaker ceramic animal miniatures. Nothing like a little memento of a beloved pet to remind your hard-charging grad that it might be nice to visit home now and again.
Over at Village Heights, the accent is on clever and useful gifts. For dad, there are leather valet tray with quotes from famous figures such as Muhammad Ali and Abraham Lincoln. There is also a collection of innovative barware and stylish construction pens which contain a ruler, a level and mini-screwdriver. For the grad, there are ceramic trays printed with inspirational sayings, journals with eye-catching covers and the ever popular S’well water bottles that can keep beverages hot or cold for 24 hours.
If what you want to capture in a bottle is a memory, you’ll want to visit Diptyque. As Proust famously illustrated with his madeleine cookies, memory is deeply associated with the senses. (Don’t know who Proust is? Go ask your grad!) With the helpful guidance of Diptyque staff, you can find a special fragrance that your grad will associate with this point in his or her life, possibly for years to come. Diptyque offers a collection of gender-free candles, eaux de toilette and bath products made with the highest quality, natural ingredients. Dads will also enjoy the instant aroma therapeutic lift from scents that evoke everything from woodfires to beaches to orchards.
Finally, whether you have a grad who’s ready to shake off the stresses of academia or a dad yearning to start a season of backyard barbeques, the designer boutique, Mr Turk, has just the thing. Known for menswear that comes in unique patterns, textures and colors, Mr Turk brings a “California dapper style” to summer apparel that announces the good times have arrived! As an added bonus, female shoppers can shop the Trina Turk collection.
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