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World's Greatest Dad 

Father's Day Gifts That Show You Care

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A dashing visage -- Brown linen pants with aqua pinstripes have a button waistband and front zipper along with a drawstring for a good fit, $98. A good match is a white, button-front, short-sleeve shirt with an aqua flower print, $59, both by Penguin for Munsingwear, both from Style Lab for Men (3641 Magazine St., 304 5072).
Shovel it in (or out) -- Wolverine shovels are constructed for longevity with high-carbon chromoly steel, all-steel handles and mill-sharpened blades that are heat-treated for extra strength, $59.25 for the blue-handled shovel with a padded handle top or $97.92 for a red all-steel extra-long handle; both from Green Parrot Nursery (4920 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-1100).
The write stuff -- A handsome black lacquer casing is made more special with a highly detailed silver redfish on the clip; it has a rollerball writing tip, $65, from Mignon Faget Ltd. (3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; 333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, 524-2973; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-2244; www.mignonfaget.com).
Pride of the city -- Dad will love sporting his love of New Orleans with a sterling silver fleur de lis tie tack, $125. Matching cufflinks (not shown) also are available for $200; all from Symmetry Jewelers (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925; www.symmetryjewelers.com).
Buckle up -- Belts and buckles are always a good gift for a fashionable father. Here is a buckle designed exclusively for Belladonna Day Spa: a silver, red white and blue buckle that has "New Orleans" in a fleur de lis in the middle and the words "The Soul Never Dies" up top and "The Heart Never Forgets" at the bottom and a leather belt with a stamped fleur de lis pattern on it, $90; available exclusively at Belladonna Day Spa (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com).
Natural choices -- Make his job more luxurious with Mont Blanc pens: the new Starwalker, a black pen with a sterling silver window-pane design, $355, or the ultra-luxurious Meislerstuck Solitaire, a gold-plated casing with citrine lacquer top casing, $755. Add a beautifully smooth brown alligator wallet by Bosca, $460; all from Rubensteins (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666; www.rubensteinsfashion.com).
Links to fashion -- Help Dad wear his fashion sense on his sleeve with manly cufflinks that set him apart: wonderfully sculpted sterling silver fleur de lis, $100 a pair; square sterling silver cufflinks with NOLA set on a black background, $100; or distinctive "flat links," slim rectangles of sterling silver with lapis lazuli insets by Stewart Stand, $100; all from Aidan Gill for Men (2026 Magazine St., 587-9090; www.aidangillformen.com).
Deep-sea fishing -- He won't want to hook these dolphins in the literal sense, but he'll love having them around. Give him a pewter dolphin sculpture with a wave that forms a circle, $30; from the gift shop at the recently reopened Aquarium of the Americas (1 Canal St., 378-2708; www.auduboninstitute.org).
Master of the grill -- Outfit your father with the accoutrements for a great session at the grill, starting with a cream canvas apron embroidered with lively characters and symbols of cooking in New Orleans from the World Culinary Series of aprons by CatStudio, $42; and arm him with a guide to doing his best with the cookbook Killer Ribs: Mouthwatering Recipes from North America's Best Rib Joints by Nancy Davidson, $16.95; both from Gentry Corporation (6047 Magazine St., 899-4223).
Delightful smells -- Let daddy-o enjoy the essences of New Orleans with hand-poured soy-wax candles imbued with the sweet smells of the city in natural essential oils, $13 each or three for $33, from French Quarter Candles (512 Wilkinson Row, 587-7049; www.frenchquartercandles.com).
Lookin' good -- A navy polo shirt by Lacoste, $72; is a great topper for a pair of blue, green and yellow plaid Bermuda shorts by Berle, $70, from M. Goldberg for Men & Boys (502 Leontine St., 891-1119; www.mgoldbergclothier.com).

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