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Fatherly Advice 

Gift Ideas that will meet with Dad's approval

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All tied up -- Make sure Dad looks great every day with brightly colored, striped silk ties: a purple twill Italian silk tie has bands of green, salmon, gold, red and blue and is handmade by Breuer, $100; a gold dotted French tie has maroon and royal blue stripes by XMI, $98.50; and a textured pistachio silk tie has orange, purple and gold diagonal stripes by Robert T. Talbott, $79; all from M. Goldberg for Men & Boys (502 Leontine St., 891-1119).
On the cuff -- Your father's style will always stand out when he's wearing custom cipher-design, sculpted shadow-box cufflinks available in any precious metal or combinations of precious metals or with an antique motif and diamonds. Price depends on materials and gems chosen. From Symmetry Jewelers (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925).

The right tools -- Make his dresser a work of art, whether he's at home or traveling with a twill tie with black-and-blue diagonals and gold fleur de lis by Lee Allison Four In Hands, $90; a black leather night tray with brass snaps at the corners that lays flat in a suitcase by Budd Leather, $120; sterling silver collar stays, $50; a man's brush made with naturally cast-off horn from England by Abbeyhorn, $70, and a matching comb, $20; all from Aidan Gill For Men (2026 Magazine St., 587-9090).
Loud and clear -- Give your father the ultimate music and movie experience at home with the new Martin Logan "Summit" electrostatic loudspeakers. Housed within a radical billet and extruded aluminum enclosure, a panel of energized see-through film flawlessly reproduces high fidelity sound, $10,000 a pair, available exclusively at Audio Resource (3133 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 885-6988;
For the shutterbug -- Help save the great memories with an all-weather Olympus Stylus 500 5.0 megapixel digital camera that features a 2.5-inch hypercrystal LCD screen, a 12x zoom, 21 shooting modes, a lithium ion rechargeable battery, XD picture card and "PictBridge" printer technology, $349, from Bennett's Camera (3230 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-9050;
Proper grooming -- So he can always look (and feel) his best, supply your father with The Ideal Shave Kit by Peter Thomas Roth. It comes with a gray wool felt shave bag that holds botanical buffing beads, anti-aging cleansing gel, anti-shine mattifying gel, matte lip balm, after-shave balm, conditioning after-shave tonic, shave cream and cucumber gel masque, $75.95, from Earthsavers (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-0225; 5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 3414 U.S. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133).
Cooking al fresco -- Equip Dad for weekend grill warrior duties in a beige denim apron embroidered with "Cajun Creole Cooking" and Louisiana culinary icons by CatStudio, $42. Help him protect his assets with the right tools: a barbecue knife with a light and a heat shield on the handle, $22, and a battery-operated marshmallow roaster that holds (and twirls) three of the sugary confections for even roasting, $20, both by Grill Tek; all from Gentry Corporation (6047 Magazine St., 899-4223).
That's a wrap -- A white cotton waffle robe has textured beige trim around the front, neck and front pockets and three-quarter-length sleeves for comfort by Peacock Alley, $145. Lounging will be even more relaxing (or invigorating) with "Black Martini" modern lounge music CD, $21.95, both from Intimate Home (4121 Magazine St., 269-8020;
Refined taste -- Play to his sophistication with uncommon single-malt Scotch like Bunnahabhain, $34.99, or Tobermory, $24.99. Wrap them up with two Austrian crystal Scotch glasses by Riedel Tyrol, $15.99 each, and the premier authority on Scotch: Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch -- A Connoisseur's Guide to the Single Malt Whiskies of Scotland, $27.50; all from Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 899-7411; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300).
Picture this -- Photographer Karen Sulzer Rodomista specializes in candid black-and-white portraits of children and families, shot in a comfortable setting to capture the subjects' lifestyle. Sitting fee $150 for about 75 images from which you can choose. Call for an appointment. Mon Ami Photography (4122 Magazine St., 891-2904).
Daddy warbucks -- Let him know that all the green he hands you is appreciated with fashionable shirts the color of money. A drab olive square-bottom short-sleeve shirt has dollar signs, squares and "Relax, It's Only Money" woven into the fabric by Tommy Bahama, $110, or be more subtle with a lime short-sleeve vintage-cut shirt with diamonds and zigzags embroidered on the front by Nat Nast, $129.95; both from Ocean Eddie's Resort Wear (831 Royal St., 523-7722).
Manly sunscreens -- Protect his visions with stylish sunglasses such as (top left to right) brown frame wraparounds by Oliver Peoples, $335; rimless wraparound glasses with artistic brown cut-out earpieces by Gianfranco Ferre, $245; (bottom left to right) gold metal-framed glasses with amber lenses by Oliver Peoples, $325; or silver wraparound frames with small, brown lenses and cut-out metal earpieces by Alain Mikli, $328; all from St. Charles Vision (8040 St. Charles Ave., 866-6311 or 861-8064; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020; 138 Carondelet St., 522-0826; Northshore Shopping Center, 1844 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-8103; Hammond Square Mall, 2000 SW Railroad Ave., Hammond, 985-542-9410).


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