In my house, Father’s Day always meant a trip to our small-town drugstore gift shop to buy whatever tie- or golf-themed kitsch waited for us on the shelf. Poor Dad. He, and all the great fathers out there, deserved more. So, more they shall get, starting with this list.

For those with thousands to drop on Dad’s footwear, Wheeler Boot Company makes a killer pair of custom cowboy boots—and you’d better get on the list now, because as of 2015, the master boot-maker will only serve existing customers. While we’re talking custom—how about a crisp, perfect-fitting shirt? Q Custom Clothier makes theirs to measure, while sister (brother?) store Rye 51 makes small-batch shirts, which are slightly more affordable, in standard sizes. 

First Father’s Day, you say? Get him the rare diaper bag covered neither in polka dots nor pink paisley, and throw in some forest-scented Throne Spray from local merchant Manready Mercantile. It is what it says, but it’s also great for the car, the office, and most definitely the nursery. 

And finally, if you can’t entirely buck tradition, try a wall hanging from modern dance pioneer–turned–Houston tie artist Roberta Stokes. An encounter with Stokes’s surprising work just might inspire him to find a use for that closetful of drugstore neckwear. 

Image: Audra Oden

Custom shirt ($170–450), Q Custom Clothier

Tie art by Roberta Stokes ($500), contact Art League Houston for purchase

Diaper bag by Diaper Dude ($59.99), Baby’s First Furniture

Custom cowboy boots ($2,300 and up), Wheeler Boot Company

Throne spray by The Noble Series ($18), Manready Mercantile

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