Give It To The Man

To paraphrase the hit song I Enjoy Being a Girl from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical Flower Drum Song (also later covered by Peggy Lee), I enjoy being a guy. What’s not to like, especially in the month of June when we celebrate Father’s Day? No matter a guy’s age, it’s understood that he requires some “man toys” in his life.

Now, make no mistake: Father’s Day pales in comparison to the commotion we make five weeks earlier for Mother’s Day.

Why? It’s a guy thing. Sure, we like a little recognition, but flowers, candy, spa treatment and a meal out for most of us is just way too much. (And on Father’s Day, who usually pays for a meal out anyway? Right, dear old Dad, if he’s not grilling for the family at home.)

Personally, I’m pleased with a card – always humorous, never schmaltzy – and a new cap, shirt or box of golf balls from my kids. That, a hug and simple “Thanks, Dad” really does it for me.

With that special day in mind, this June-July issue of HILuxury includes lots of gift ideas for the dads and other guys in your life, from watches designed for the active sportsman, to the latest in golf driver technology, to the coolest garage in Hawaii and the ultimate game room.

We’re very pleased to present athlete-model-actress-wife-mom Gabrielle Reece. She is very much the modern woman – strong, intelligent and independent – among the many women who have helped change the way we define femininity. But I think that with her husband and equal partner Laird Hamilton, the huge-wave surfer, Gabby can appreciate the final stanza of I Enjoy Being a Girl:

I’m strictly a female female And my future I hope will be In the home of a brave and free male Who’ll enjoy being a guy having a girl… like … me.

Gabby and Laird are building that dream house together, by the way, on Kauai.

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