This month, in addition to a bevy of summer-worthy FINDS, we are also spotlighting some decidedly masculine options to celebrating dads everywhere. Plus, we have a healthy lineup of must-haves for the home, the garden, your wardrobe and more!
FASHION & ACCESSORIES
Nothing screams SUMMER! like a Lilly Pulitzer dress, and there’s a new crop of sheaths and sundresses to check out at The Pink Door. $178 and up
Bed Stu Vick duffel bag
A rugged, washed canvas duffel is just the ticket for the dad who has everything, because he can always use an upgrade to his carry-on. With leather detailing, an adjustable/removable shoulder strap and three large exterior pockets (and three interior pockets, too), it’s a deal at $98. From Lansky 126
Vintage button necklace
Make a bold, yet elegant, statement with this vintage button necklace. $330 from Blu D’or
Quartz hair ties
Keep a hair tie handy all summer long with this double-duty gem from Memphis crafter Kristen Keegan of the Etsy shop Good Egg Goods. No-snag hair elastics, $25, feature colorful quartz pieces trimmed in vermeil, and each month she donates a portion of all sales to a nonprofit organization … look good, do good!
Put some shine into summer with a metallic, roll-top, leather clutch that can pair with just about any outfit. From Kittie Kyle, $218
HOME & GARDEN
If you’ve ever been to Urban Gardner, then you’ve seen these gorgeous copper fountains made by Jim Chrisco. Some stand alone, some hang on the wall and all are unique. Prices vary. [SB Tip: Chrisco will be at the store from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 20, where he’ll weld new creations.]
Fishy oil painting
For the fisherman, there’s nothing better than the reminder of that big catch, captured beautifully by artist David Liles. $198, Sheffield Antiques
We adore the rough-hewn, but oh-so-classic look of handcrafted pottery, and this huge bowl with fluted edges is a superstar. Use it for summer salads, as a chic ice bucket or fill it with fruit. $200 from La Maison
All-natural laundry soaps and more
Small batch-made in California, B & N offers laundry soap, a stain stick and felted wool dryer balls, with prices from $10 to $30. All are all-natural, have no dyes or chemicals, and are good for frontloading washers (no suds!). The dryer balls decrease dry times from 30 percent to 40 percent, and you can add essential oils to them, too. At me & mrs. jones
Simple white vases
Widemouthed and handcrafted, these simple white vases, $18.99, are functional, as well as fashionable, morphing from utensil holder to flower vase in a snap. Find them at Le Fleur.
Take his vintage (rarely used?) guitar, add some sheet music and picks, and you’ve got an heirloom conversation piece for the man cave. $700-ish, depending on the size of the guitar and embellishments, at T Clifton Art.
After looking high and low for appropriate cards for their campers, Elizabeth Glass Henderson (a former Memphian) and Megan Peach decided to take matters into their own hands, so that campers everywhere had a cheery card to open while away. The result is Camp Cards! Order a pack of seven different camp-themed greeting cards that you can send to your happy (or homesick) camper. $19.95 at Camp Cards Now
Y-ply lightweight lounger
This super-easy, one-click-open accessory helps you lounge outdoors, offering support in a number of positions—at the beach, the park or just about anywhere. Use it as a lower backrest to lean into, to cradle your neck when lying down or as a footrest. It works on all types of soft ground where the legs can be stuck into sand, gravel, pebbles and grass. $44 at Social
Is that a monkey in your wallet? Yes! The Pocket Monkey, a TSA-approved gadget that is slim and efficient. The Pocket Monkey comes in two sizes, slips into a wallet and offers 12 utility tools in a single, stainless steel gadget. $12 at Dixie Pickers
The Blessing Book
This book is a labor of love that includes words from “The Blessing Song” and beautiful watercolor illustrations by Memphian Julia Azar. It also includes a CD featuring “The Blessing Song,” sung by Leigh Nash (from Sixpence None the Richer), along with 12 instrumental hymns. $29.99 at Social
Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré
A tale of intrigue and money laundering, as told only as John le Carré can, is the classic gift for dads who love a good thriller. At Booksellers for $25
Misfit Shine ($99.99) is an activity and sleep monitor that tracks your steps, laps, miles and your sleep cycles. Shine comes with a clip and band for versatility, or you can upgrade with a Bloom necklace ($80) for ultimate wearability. Choice of 10 cool colors from Misfit
Edyn smart garden system
It may be the hottest preorder of the summer season. Edyn’s smart garden system sensor, $99, is a Wi-Fi-enabled, solar-powered, weather and soil monitor that tracks and analyzes data in real time, then sends you push notifications to let you know what your garden needs. Pair it with the water valve, $59, which hooks up to your existing sprinkler or drip irrigation system, and it even automatically waters your plants, based on how much moisture they actually need. Preorder at Edyn.com; shipping begins this month.
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