With Father's Day only a few days away and graduation season upon us, Eric Villency, contributing editor of Details Magazine and regular guest to the Today Show, stopped by to give his take on the best gifts for both dads and grads! From cologne to fashion to even high tech cameras, Eric has you covered to make the dad and grad in your life happy!
Eric Villency – Image courtesy of EricVillency.com
Candace Rose: What are the must have gifts for dads and grads this year?
Eric Villency: "Well, must have – I think if you're talking about men, it's something that has to be practical and something they're going to use. Now, men have a deep fear of the fragrance aisle so getting them a scent is something which is a good idea, one of the hottest is the Mandarina Duck fragrances. It starts with great packaging, it's got this great masculine monochromatic packaging that every guy is going to love. The scent is really nice, not overpowering. It's got nice Indian pepper, bergamot, tangerine, vanilla – so something that guys are really going to appreciate and use. We all like having nice smelling dads and grads. You can get it at Dillards.com and FashionableFragrances.com, it's about $58 for a 1.7 oz."
Mandarina Duck – Pure Black EDT 100 ml – FashionableFragrances.com
CR: How about in terms of fashion?
EV: "Fashion once again, it comes back to being practical and Sears is really promoting the idea this year of skipping the old ties and socks, they just sit in a drawer. Give dads something that they're going to actually use. This is the US Polo Assn. (shown below) short sleeve polo shirt; great price point – $18. It comes in 13 different colors so you know you're going to get a color that dad or the grads are going to love and very practical. They can dress it up, dress it down. If they're lucky they'll play golf in it, so this is a fantastic gift. And what I like about Sears is they really are big supporters of Father's Day. If you go to their facebook page you could win their giveaway and that's always a nice thing."
US Polo Assn. Player's Edition Men's Short Sleeve Polo Shirt – Sears
Father's Day Sweepstakes: Facebook.com/Sears
CR: How about when it comes to e-gifts?
EV: "E-gifts – technology is such a big part of our lives and it keeps changing and changing and even though every cellphone comes with a camera, if you ever want to print out those photographs, you're going to want a high quality. This is the Olympus E-PL1 (shown below), it's a 12.8 megapixel camera and what's really great about it is it takes both still and video so you have all the bases covered and it's a great way to preserve memories."
Olympus E-PL1 Camera – Best Buy
CR: Where can we go for more information?