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Father's Day gifts for all dads

Friday, May 23, 2008 by Jacqui Pini

Father's Day GiftsFather’s day is June 15 and rather than get dad another set of golf balls or a coffee mug, let’s buy him something indulgent. It doesn’t matter what your dad is like… there is something for every dad.

The traveling dad: The “Grab + Go Portables” kit, by Anthony Logistics For Men, is essentially everything dad needs for a trip. A bonus is they are small enough and in a zip lock case so he can buzz right through airport security. The kit includes facial cleanser, facial scrub, cleansing gel, shampoo, astringent after shave, shave cream, and a zip top bag. $35, Sephora.

The dad who loves to chill: Neiman Marcus has a decadent cashmere robe in charcoal or navy for $950. If that is a little pricey for you, Brookstone has a spa robe for men made of their exclusive “NapSoft” material for $89.99. It comes in camel or white. Also -if the gift you bought mom for Mother's Day was bad- you can get her one too because they have women’s as well.

The stylish dad: Looking good is always indulgent so why not update dad for the next 12 months with the necktie of the month club. These ties are handpicked by fashion professionals on a monthly basis. $21.95 per month at Amazing clubs.

The eco-friendly dad: Try Burts Bees Bay Rum Men's Shaving Kit. Whisk him away with the scents of the tropics and comfort him with soothing aloe vera with this five-piece kit. It includes Bay Rum Shaving Soap, Bay Rum Aftershave Balm, Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, Porcelain Shaving Mug and a Natural Bristle Shaving Brush.

The tech-savvy dad: Give dad the gift of clean teeth (and fresh breath) with the Oral B Triumph with Smart Guide. This electric toothbrush wirelessly transmits information, including if you’re brushing too hard, what areas of the mouth have been cleaned, a timer and more, to a small LCD monitor.

The indecisive dad: Calvin Klein Coffret (photo below) features four miniature-sized Calvin Klein for Men fragrances. It includes Euphoria, Obsession, Eternity, and CK One in a gift box. $32, Sephora.

Calvin Klein Fragrances

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Wii can all get in shape

Thursday, May 15, 2008 by Jacqui Pini

Christy Brinkley on XboxHow indulgent is it that in the middle of a rainy day we can hold everything from tennis tournaments to dance-offs in our living rooms? From ---flashback to the 1980s--- Nintendo’s PowerPad to today’s Xbox and Wii, exercising is actually starting to become entertaining. Even supermodel Christie Brinkley got her moves going in “Dance, Dance Revolution” (above) at a nationwide event last weekend to promote healthy lifestyles for children.

Nintendo has taken the Wii as a fitness craze and run with it. This week they began selling the “Wii Fit” in U.S. stores. The “Wii Fit” is a $90 kit containing software and a balance board. The program, designed by Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of “Donkey Kong” and “Super Mario Bros.”), uses the board in combination with a training program. People can choose from programs that range from yoga to aerobics to strength games to balance. There is also an option to determine you “Wii Fit” Age,” which is determined by your BMI, balance and body control; all measured by your balance board. The best part is you can compete against your friends and family and track you own results.

In an article on the “Wii Fit” in USA Today, an analyst predicts the U.S. sales of the “Wii Fit” will be comparable to Japan’s with about 30% of U.S. Wii owners purchasing it. That calculates to about 2.5 million off the bat and potential for another 5 million over Wii's existence.

Wii Fit

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Top European spas

Friday, May 9, 2008 by Jacqui Pini

Conde Nast Traveler has put out its “Hot List” of 2008. Among their featured spas are E'Space 1898 in Venice, Italy ... need I say more? It is in the Hilton Molino Stucky, a new hotel housed in a former flour mill and features a Molino Flour Scrub, $137, which uses Indian corn, to polish skin.

In Northern Ireland, the Galgorm Resort and Spa was also a favorite of Conde Nast. They have quite a few men’s treatments available including a samunprai massage (a hot Thai massage), a head and face treatment and the Men's Ginger & Black Pepper Hand Treatment.

In Austria, the Auriga Spa has signature treatments that correspond with the lunar cycle. For example, the new moon features the color green to represent new beginnings and has a seaweed wrap, a eucalyptus massage and more. Each treatment is only offered when the moon is in that particular phase.

Lunar spa treatments

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