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14 June 2011, 2:00 pm 6 Comments

Advice: The New Gay Dad

Submission by Brent Almond, TNG first-time contributor. Almond  is the owner and creative director of Design Nut, a graphic design studio in the Washington DC Metro area. He and his husband live just outside DC, where they are dads to an 18-month-old human boy and a 5-year-old Portuguese Water Dog. Brent writes about the intersections of all these roles on his blog, Designer Daddy.

For Dad's sake, give a more creative gift this Father's Day; c. Pumbaa80, Wikimedia Commons

Just like there’s every kind of gay, there’s every kind of gay dad. Unfortunately, every group also has its stereotypes. And thanks to Modern Family, every two-father family apparently consists of a couple of well-off suburbanites (one queeny, one slightly less so) and an adorably exotic child, adopted from a distant land. You think I’m joking? We have at least two friends who refer to our son as Lily. Mainly because they can’t remember his name, (it’s Jon) but still…

Certainly there are worse stereotypes to be had, but with Father’s Day coming up, I felt it was my duty to represent a wider array of gay daddies, so that not all of us end up with the same (high-end and fashion-forward) necktie.

For the Leather Daddy

The chaps and harnesses may be gathering dust, but leather-lovers can still look studly in these subtle – yet still butch – assortment of belts. Suitable for trips to the pediatrician or a (rare) night on the town.

Burberry, $495

Bluefly, $54

Nieman Marcus, $128

FCUK, $38

For the Foodie Father

Every Dad’s Day gift list has to include a grill, so why not show up the breeders with a tasty, tricked-out O-Grill 3000? This James Bond-sounding propane grill is compact, has a push-button igniter, and comes in six delicious colors. Pair it with an All-Clad BBQ tool set, and Dads will be serving it with style.

O-Grill 3000, $172.80

All-Clad BBQ Tool Set, $119.95

For the Musical Daddy

Give your fave gay dads a handsome (and high-quality) way to drown out Dora, Elmo, and the goddamn Wiggles with a set of headphones or earplugs from Urbanears. Particularly nifty are the Bagis earplugs, as the earpieces snap together around your neck for when the kiddo needs to be heard. Four different models. Thirteen fabulous colors. Musical genius.

Available at Urbanears or Amazon, $40-$60

For the Jock Papa

Yes, Virginia, there are gay men who like sports. With these snazzy cufflinks Dad can simultaneously sport some style and his love of the game.

Hockey rink, $80

Repurposed classic baseball stadium seats, $160-190

Auto racing flags, $70 a pair

Reclaimed basketball court, $150

For the Green Dad

New dad? Eco-friendly dad? Done. Here’s a handy-dandy starter kit that includes an earthy-colored diaper bag made from 100% post-consumer water bottles, the smartly written and designed Baby Owner’s Manual for first-year maintenance and care, and a onesie for daddy’s budding localvore made of soft rayon fabric with bamboo.
Recycled Dad-To-Be Set, $98

For the Preppy Pop

Why should creepy pageant mommies and their unfortunate offspring be the only ones who get to wear matching outfits? Get these unbearably cute ties (either neck or bow) for Dads and Junior. Guaranteed to look smashing at Father’s Day brunch.
The Silly Wagon, $22.95 for boys, $29.95 for dads (Photo shows Pond collection. Search keyword “necktie” to see all styles)

For the Mac Daddy

If your favorite dads are also Apple disciples, it will be hard finding them something i-related they don’t already own. But we think we’ve got it covered with these beautifully unique iPhone and iPad cases and skins from Grove. Handmade from leather or bamboo, these covers are ultra-thin, ultra-sturdy, and ultra-customizable. Or you can opt for one of the pre-designed cases from this creative company based in Portland, OR.

iPhone cases and iPad covers, starting at $69

iPad cases, starting at $99

iPad skins, starting at $29

For the Papa Bear

Whether you’re shopping for a scruffy hipster or an old-school daddy bear, nobody likes a rough patch on their papa. Beardsley’s beard shampoo & conditioner keeps dad’s beard soft and baby’s face razor-burn free. Tastes yummy, too!
Beardsley’s Beard Shampoo or Conditioner, $9.98 each

For the Sugar Daddy

So what do you get for the man who has everything? His youth! Appeal to his sense of nostalgia AND his sweet tooth (Sugar Daddy, get it?) with vintage candy. Bazooka, Bit-O-Honey, Mallo Cups, and tons more available from NostalgicCandy.com Buy in bulk or packaged in an Elvis lunchbox or Yellow Submarine tin.

NostalgicCandy.com, various

For the Doggie Dad

Not all babies are human, but they’re all adorable as hell. This collection of 51 Puppy Tricks is especially helpful for the single daddy looking to score a husband to help raise Spot.

Qbookshop, $14.24

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  • Adrianne said:

    Love the humor in this post! Great gift recommendations for ALL dads who appreciate style!

  • Brent said:

    Thanks Adrianne! I’m hoping Nick reads this article carefully. :)

  • Frank Butterfield said:

    Great tips here Brent! I particularly like the Beard Shampoo (I know at least one person who would love it) as well as the cufflinks made from stadium seats.

  • Noah Moore-Goad said:

    Really great article!!! Sigh, I wish I had a gay dad… :\

  • Brent said:

    @Frank: Thanks! Everything on this list I either have, want, or have bought for someone else. :)

    @Noah: Thanks! And that wish is for a whole different list. :)

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