The ugly tie has become a Father's Day cliché -- the gift-giving equivalent of getting your mom scented hand lotion for Mother's Day. But you don't have to skip the style for dear old Dad, just skip the novelty neckwear.

Instead of another hilarious tie featuring the Budweiser frogs, look for a fashion accessory with a little more flair.

The ugly tie has become a Father's Day cliche -- the gift-giving equivalent of getting your mom scented hand lotion for Mother's Day. (Please, stop giving your mom scented hand lotion for Mother's Day.) But you don't have to skip the style for dear old Dad, just skip the novelty neckwear.

Instead of another hilarious tie featuring the Budweiser frogs, look for a fashion accessory with a little more flair. You've got a month, yes, but if you stew now and shop soon, you won't be stuck offering a last-minute, lackluster gift.

Custom suit

For a man, nothing feels more indulgent than getting fitted for a custom suit. With Astor & Black Custom Clothiers, you don't even have to go to a store -- they come to you, to create a fit that's all your own. Gift-card packages range from $125 for a custom shirt and silk hand-sewn tie, to $1,595 for a custom suit, cashmere sweater, three shirts, tie and bench-made shoes.


Astor & Black Custom Clothiers
614-857-9000
www.astorandblack.com Skull cuff links

These cuff links from Deakin & Francis ($5,500) are perfect for the impish dad who wants to sneak his dark side into the boardroom. As the skulls' jaws open and close, the diamond eyes roll back into the 18k gold craniums.


Star Jewelers of Bexley
2260 E. Main St., Bexley
614-235-4333
www.starjewelersofbexley.com Borsalino straw hat

Just because the sun is shining doesn't mean you have to leave your style inside. Borsalino's straw hats ($150-$300) will keep your man looking cool and feeling cool. (Hat & Sole also carries Borsalino's line of classic fur felt fedoras, though they may be a little warm for summer.)


Hat & Sole
2378 E. Main St., Bexley
614-235-2719
hatandsole.com "Dad" money clip

Wallets are so 20th century. Help your man stay sleek and stylish by keeping his greenbacks secured with a sterling silver money clip ($115).


Tiffany & Co.
4140 The Strand, Easton
614-934-2835
tiffany.com