Published on May 30, 2017

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Gold cufflinks? Golf paraphernalia? Not for these designer dads. We asked nine architects, bloggers, artists, interior designers, and all-around creative papas what they want most for Father’s Day, and they delivered plenty of cool and copy-able ideas. From a practical laptop bag to a luxurious visit to a local spa to a weekend camping trip, these suggestions celebrate hard-working dads and their love of family. Even if all Dad says he wants is an old school-style handmade card, he’ll find it hard to resist these appealing presents.

Photography by @willbryantplz 

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Eric Trine

Designer and artist, Eric Trine Studio, @etrine

Cali-based Trine has a Father’s Day request that’s fitting for someone who lives by the beach:

“For Father’s Day I want a new surfboard, and I’ve got my eyes set on the “Secret Menu” from Almond Surfboards. A surfboard is the gift that keeps on giving—it’s kind of like a gift certificate for a spa treatment, except the treatment is a full mind body experience in the world’s largest saltwater bath, the Pacific Ocean!”

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Tyler Hays

Founder of BDDW, designer, sculptor, painter

For Hays and his crew, a weekend of simple, outdoor pleasures will hit the spot:

“I’d like an overnight camping trip with the family including tents and a campfire. We’d make bows and arrows from branches, catch fish and eat them, and pan for gold.”

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John Petersick

Design blogger and DIYer at Young House Love and author of Young House Love and Lovable Livable Home, @younghouselove

While we’d assume a blogger would have all sorts of computer gadgets and accoutrements, a very practical item tops Petersick’s list:

“I’ve been looking for a more grown up travel bag for my laptop that I can carry on work trips. For 10-plus years I’ve been lugging around an old orange Jansport backpack from college, so I’m past due for something a little more fitting of a 35-year-old father of two. Nothing too serious, but maybe not bright orange anymore?”

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John Gachot

Interior Designer, Gachot Studios

Imitation is said be the highest form of flattery, and Gachot has no problem taking a cue from someone else’s wish list for his Father’s Day request:

“After just coming off of Mother’s Day, I’ll take some of that! Flowers from Raquel Corvino, oysters and beer at the Dutch (no kids), and a facial and massage at the spa at the Greenwich Hotel. Sounds pretty good to me.”

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Robert Novogratz

Designer, Co-founder of The Novogratz, @thenovogratz

Novogratz, a dad of seven(!), has a Father’s Day wish list item that’s sure to be coveted by music loving dads everywhere:

“I love vinyl. I’ve been wanting a subscription to Vinyl Me Please, a record of the month club.”

Photography by @vinylmeplease 

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Chris Pegula

Creator of the Diaper Dude and author

For family man Pegula, the ultimate gift would be a restorative trip to a swanky resort. However, he also has a practical back-up option:

“I love nature and nothing beats being nestled in the mountains while enjoying access to the beach at the same time.  My wish this Father’s Day is to spend it with my family at the amazing Calamigos Guest Ranch in Malibu, CA. Nothing sounds better than hanging with the family, taking in the scenery, and enjoying each other. Well, maybe adding s’mores would make it a tad better. Also, I love to cook and steaks are my go-to dinner, so a Le Creuset Cast-Iron Rectangular Skinny Grill is a wish for me this Father’s Day.”

Photography by @boonestudio via @calamigos_guest_ranch

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Blake Tovin

Founder and creator of Tovin Design Limited

Tovin desires turning Father’s Day into a full-on family event—canine companions included:

“Here’s the perfect Father’s Day: Long walk in the woods with my dog Moe, then head to Brooklyn with my wife Suzanna and daughter Izzy to meet my son Walker at our favorite restaurant, Aita in Fort Greene, for brunch. There really isn’t anything better than having everyone together.”

Photography by @aitarestaurant

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Ashley Hicks

Interior Designer, Architect, and author @ashleyhicks1970

Hicks hails from a design dynasty, so it’s unsurprising that he’d keep his wish list item in the family:

“For Father’s Day, I’m hoping to receive one of the Gucci x Angelica Hicks limited-edition t-shirts, which go on sale May 25. I’m not sure if they come in men’s sizes, but maybe the artist might take a special commission from her dear old dad.”

The collection, a collaboration with Gucci and Ashley’s daughter Angelica, will include 11 designs with only 100 pieces of each design being made. Each T-shirt comes in a vintage-style metal box and will have a label detailing its edition number.

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Will Bryant

Artist and designer at Will Bryant Studio, @willbryantplz

“I’m hoping for a very, very chill day by the pool where my daughter is content playing in the water and my wife lets herself relax. If I need to mingle with American consumerism…I’d really love some Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones for the studio or a goofy necktie. I have been joking with my wife about growing my patterned necktie collection each year as a novelty dad move. Honestly, I’d be pretty happy with some beers and tacos!”