Inspired Ideas for the Most Discerning Dad

"Down Town" by John Wood, 2008, oil on canvas, The Open Studios Initiative

This month, our editors round up top picks for dads of 5 different tastes and styles – from the art-lover to the audiophile. See what caught our eye.

The Sports Fanatic

If the dad in your life is apt to be found courtside or hitting the slopes,our editors recommend an original vintage poster from The Ross Art Group, like the 1983 commemorative Davis Cup poster by artist Konrad Klapheck. For a particularly relevant example, try a charming 1955 Lund Skis original vintage poster featuring a father/son skiing duo.

Left: Lund Skis original vintage 1955 American ski poster by Harnisch, The Ross Art Group;
Right: Tennis Davis Cup 1983 original vintage poster by Konrad Klapheck, The Ross Art Group

More Ideas:

Roland Garros French Open tennis poster


The Audiophile

For music-loving dads, this season offers an exceptionally strong grouping of photographs of beloved musicians, including photog Jerry Schatzberg’s portrait of the one and only – an instant hit for Dylan dads.

Bob Dylan, Thumb and Eye” by Jerry Schatzberg, gelatin silver print,
1965 (printed later), Hamburg Kennedy Photographs

More Ideas:
Juan Guerroro’s “Elvis Presley
William Coupon’s “Neil Young


The History Buff

If the dad in your life has a penchant for U.S. history, our editors suggest a first edition compilation of Ronald Reagan’s most notable quotes, complete with an inscription by the President himself.

President Reagan’s Quotations,” signed and inscribed by Reagan, First Edition,
1984, The Manhattan Rare Book Company

More Ideas:
Rare white metal statue of Thomas Jefferson, 1876
Kennedy for President” 1960 original vintage poster


The Dog Lover

For dads who love man’s best friend, our editors recommend Susan Silver’s antique bulldog inkwell, circa 1860; a truly unique item for antique enthusiasts and dog lovers alike.

Bulldog inkwell, c. 1860, Susan Silver Antiques

More Ideas:
Louise Peterson’s “Puppy Watch
Elliott Erwitt’s “Paris, France (Dog Jumping)


The Art Enthusiast

For the dad who would rather be at a gallery or a museum on his day of honor, we recommend Christopher Wool’s “Authority” (edition of 25), a playful reminder to dad that you know who’s boss.

Authority” by Christopher Wool, 1989, ed. of 25, ink on
smooth woven paper, Hamburg Kennedy Photographs

More Ideas:
Roy Lichtenstein’s “As I Opened Fire
Andy Warhol’s “Mick Jagger

Looking for additional recommendations & inspiration? See the full list of editors’ picks for Father’s Day now.