Father’s Day

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The Power of Dad’s Cologne: We Honor Father’s Day with Our Favorite Scent Memories

Some of our most potent scent memories can be traced back to childhood events. Whether it’s Mom’s homemade cookies, fresh from the oven—the aroma of vanilla and chocolate still wending its way along the neurotransmitters in our brain—or the smell of a mowed lawn after a spring rainstorm, the fragrant recollection of wet cut grass lingering heavy in our nostrils even now. So when we think of Dad, it’s only natural that we instinctively recall his personal scent at the same time we remember curling into his lap to read a book or pressing into the crook of his neck for a much-needed hug. While not every dad wears cologne, it’s an easy marker to identify—and much easier to package and give to the man on Father’s Day than, say, the formative smells of a tobacco pipe or summer sweat.

Since Father’s Day is June 17, the Nordstrom Fashion Office is celebrating the men who helped raise us by sharing some of our favorite dad cologne memories. Ahead, a tabulation of olfactive flashbacks of our fathers and their fragrances.

 

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Poet Tyler Knott Gregson Discusses Poetry & Baseball with His Dad

The poet and photographer Tyler Knott Gregson publishes a snapshot of his mind on his Instagram account daily—actually, he publishes two. One features a haiku exploring love, usually written in ink on a torn page. The second, a brief stanza or two typed on a scrap of paper, is part of his ongoing Typewriter Series. Gregson’s poetry attracts an active social following that has earned him several book deals. To date, the Helena, Montana, resident has published three (well-received) collections of his unvarnished, frank musings.

We were in the room when Tyler wrote a Father’s Day poem for his dad, Glenn “Goose” Gregson, a Boston Red Sox Latin American pitching coordinator and former minor league baseball pitcher. Pretty sweet, right? So was the conversation that followed.

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From Our Friends at Who What Wear: Father’s Day Gifts He’ll Definitely Use

For this year’s round of Father’s Day inspiration, the Who What Wear editors were assembled and asked to share what they plan on giving their dads on June 18.

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Unsurprisingly, they already had the ideal gifts picked out, and their explanations for their picks are even more perfect. So if you’re finding yourself at a dead end or simply haven’t even thought about what your dad might want this year, we give you full permission to copy our genius gift ideas. From a brand-new card case to the perfect casual button-down, get ready to shop the best Father’s Day gifts on the market.

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Father and Sun: Dad’s Day Gifts for the Summer Months

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Father’s Day is perfectly timed. The holiday comes at the onset of summer, when the days are longer, barbecues are stoked and microbreweries release refreshing new ales. So what to get the guy who pitched our first tent in the backyard, built a campfire on the beach, mastered grilling salmon and shot hoops in the glow of the porch light? (He’s pretty much the best.)

We’ve got you covered with a curated list of gifts that will encourage the dad in your life to soak up the sun in style.

dad_originalmusk_201606Kiehl’s Since 1851 Original Musk bath & shower liquid body cleanser

Refresh Dad’s grooming routine by swapping out his bar of soap with Kiehl’s richly foaming body wash. Its subtle woodsy scent guarantees this will be a gift he uses to the last drop.

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Grooming Gifts for Dad

Just a little reminder:

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In case you haven’t selected something to make Pop feel extra special, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite—and best smelling—grooming products. After all, Dad takes after you: he’s a looker.

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Father’s Day: Something Special for Dad

Don’t forget Dad! Father’s Day is June 16, and we’ve got you covered with plenty of presents for Pop in our Father’s Day Gifts Shop.

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Shop by price or item type, and browse our top 25 favorites or top-rated gifts by customers. And speaking of Father’s Day, check out what’s going on over at our Men’s Shop Daily Blog—a nostalgic salute to some memorable dads of employees right here at Nordstrom HQ.

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