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Great gifts for Dad's special day

Safety first -- Keep Dad well protected and looking good with special products for his skin from Dr. Marilyn Pelias' medi-spa. Start with Obagi Nu-Derm SPF 35 daily sunscreen, $38 for 3 oz.; Cffectives EyeContour Vitamin C Serum to smooth underneath his eyes and his crow's feet, $40; Cffectives High-potency Vitamin C Serum for his face, neck and chest, $70; and Replenix Green Tea Serum with antioxidants to minimize free radicals-induced skin damage, $43; all from Skin & Hair Clinic of New Orleans (324 Chartres St., 566-1706).


Cleverly put -- Fathers love a good play on words, and they can wear them well in clever fashions with a playful twist such as boxers emblazoned with glow-in-the-dark "How Merlot Can You Go?", $15.99; a T-shirt that proclaims Dad is the "Chairman of the Bordeaux," $17.99; and a philosophical burgundy canvas bib apron that says "Que Shiraz Shiraz," $17.99; all from Wearable Vegetables (5306 Canal Blvd., 486-1117;


High technology -- Sportsmen, athletic types and just plain old gadget hounds will all love the wrist-top computer watch by Suunto that no only gives the wearer the correct time, but also includes a stopwatch for recording lap and split times, an altitude indicator that also measures inclines, heart-rate monitor, barometer, compass, an alarm to alert you to rapid drops in pressure, target altitudes and ascent speed, water resistance, a memory for logging the information, plus software that allows you to interface with a computer, $429, from Massey's Professional Outfitters (3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-1144; 816 Hwy. 190, Covington, 985-809 7544;


A close shave -- Every dad needs the proper shaving accoutrements to make him feel manly and comfortable at the same time. Give his shaving duties style (and a great fragrance) with a classic shaving mug that has an image of a vintage 1895 Lanchester automobile on one side and an 1886 Daimler on the other, $28; to put inside, try small vetivert-scented shaving soaps, $7 each; and finish with a pure badger-hair German travel shaving brush in an aluminum case, $30; as well as bars of soap in vetivert and tea olive scents, $6 a bar; all from Hove Parfumeur Ltd. (824 Royal St., 525-7827;


Pampered dad -- First introduced in the 1930s, Acqua di Parma became a classic Italian line of manly scents made from natural essences with an eye toward pampering, including the after shave, $66. The company has updated its offering with a unisex aromatherapy line Blu Mediterraneo that draws its inspiration from the Italian landscape, including Mandorlo di Sicilia body wash, $32; and Quercia Marina eau de toilette, $52, all available exclusively at Rubensteins. Wrap up the well-dressed look for Dad with a brown snakeskin belt with a silver buckle, $345, all from Rubensteins (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666;


The right tools for the job -- Make certain Dad has the tools he needs to get through the day with joy: a kit of milk chocolate and dark chocolate tools that include a saw, wrench, hammer, screwdriver, and spark plugs, $14; and give him something to work on, a milk chocolate motorcycle, $11. For other jobs, he'll love the dark and milk chocolate paintbrush, $2.50; all from Blue Frog Chocolates (5707 Magazine St., 269-5707;


Jewel of a guy -- Show your father he's special with sterling silver pieces from local jewelry artist Ruby Ann Bertram-Harker's New Orleans Collection, including fleur de lis cufflinks, $78, (shirt button studs also available); a matching lapel pin, $38; and a coordinating money clip, $95; or a Marie Laveau's Tomb cufflink set, $78; and a coordinating wide money clip, $130; all from Ruby Ann Bertram-Harker (3005 Magazine St., 897-0811; 304 Chartres St., 525-0150;


All play and no work -- Give Dad a break from all his responsibilities with a dashing looking game board that's even magnetized so he won't lose any of the playing pieces. The stainless steel board by Justus comes with game board overlays for chess, backgammon and checkers and stainless steel game pieces, $92, from Big Life Toys (3109 Magazine St., 895-8695).


The beauty of history -- Take a cue from Mignon Faget's signature Louisiana Purchase Collection with a sterling silver key ring commemorating the treaty signed by Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon in 1803 and bearing their signatures on the flip side, $135, from Mignon Faget Ltd. (710 Dublin St., 865-7361; 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).


Mellow yellow -- Put a little color and pizzazz in your father's life with a snazzy wrist watch with a mustard-colored leather band and rectangular black face in stainless steel casing with glow-in-the-dark numbers by Simon Carter of London, $250. Dress up his sleeves with cufflinks in a variety of patterns, including multi-color plaid, $35; yellow flowers or vintage fruit prints, $40 a pair; all from Aidan Gill for Men (2026 Magazine St., 587-9090).


The perfect fish tale -- What could be better than fly-fishing lessons for dad? How about a two-for-one special that allows you to attend with him --for the cost of a single admission. Uptown Angler is offering the special Introduction to Fly Fishing School to teach the necessary skills to get started in the sport, $150; from Uptown Angler (601 Julia St., 529-3597).


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