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Make Dad's day with special gifts

Tiger Time -- Functional and great looking at the same time is a Louisiana State University Elite watch with a silver and gold band and a commemoration of the LSU Tigers' 2003 national football championship on the face, $94.99, from Tyger Gifts (3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-6579).

Music's in the Air -- Dad can hear his favorite tunes anywhere with easy-to-mount weatherproof speakers in black or white (this photo is a view from the side) for the patio, deck or poolside, from B&W's WM Series, starting at $300 a pair; available exclusively at Audio Resource (3133 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 885-6988;

Fashion Links -- Your favorite guy will feel -- and look -- extra special in beautifully crafted 14-karat white and yellow gold "Cypher" monogrammed, shadow-box cufflinks designed by jewelry artist Tom Mathis, $650, from Symmetry (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925).

Head-to-Toe Comfort -- Beautiful anywhere, but perfect for a room that needs a masculine touch are a vegetable-dyed wool Kilim rug from Turkey that measures more than 2 feet by 3 feet, $200; and pillows made from Kilim rugs from Turkey in a variety of designs, $50 each; all from New Orleans Fine Rugs (6117 Magazine St., 899-1595).

Thrill of the Hunt -- Play to the sportsman for Father's Day with a painted iron umbrella rack with a sculpted English foxhunter and dog on it, $125, from Royal Crescent Interiors (4118 Magazine St., 891-5600).

Island Hopper -- Give him a taste of Hawaii, no matter where he is, with a 100 percent silk shirt with beige, gold and brown scenes of palm trees and mountains by Tommy Bahama, $100; and make him well-heeled in olive suede and brown leather top-sider shoes by Tommy Bahama, $94.95; from Ocean Eddie's Resort Wear (600 Decatur St., Jackson Brewery, 523-7722).

Stayin' Sharp -- Give Dad a gadget he'll love: A two-stage Diamond Hone™ commercial electric knife sharpener that even sharpens serrated knives and has a module that's dishwasher safe by Chef's Choice, $360; and add an 8-inch stainless-steel forged chef's knife with a black wood handle by Mundial, $34.99; both from Loubat Equipment Co. Inc. (4141 Bienville Ave., 482-2554;

A Shot in the Park -- With the Nikon Coolpix 3700 camera, you can shoot anywhere and get a picture worth at least a thousand words. Its compact, all-metal body weighs less than 5 ounces and is easy to maneuver. It comes with 15 scene modes to cover all situations, matrix metering to give you perfect exposure and white balance, a 3x optical zoom lens, and 3.2 megapixels for a resolution high enough to give you attractive prints as large as 11-by-14 inches, $299.95 after a $100 mail-in rebate that's good through July; from Bennett's Camera & Video (3230 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-9050;

Put Your Feet Up -- He can lounge in style with his feet perched on an aged Kilim rug from Turkey stretched over padding atop a solid-wood stool, $160, from American Aquatic Gardens (621 Elysian Fields Ave., 944-0410).

Cuff Him -- He'll not mind a little metal around the wrists if it comes in the form of cufflinks such as these: large sapphire-colored Swarovski square crystals framed with sterling silver, by Ian Flaherty of London, $110; or mother-of-pearl designs on a black background, including a round version with a flower design, a rectangle of stripes or a rectangle within a rectangle, all by Simon Carter, all $70 a pair; from Aidan Gill For Men (2026 Magazine St., 587-9090).

The Weather's Fine -- Intriguing blown-glass weather instruments known as radiometers are imported from Germany and measure the intensity of natural light. Inside the vacuum-sealed glass bubble are carbon-coated diamonds that spin as natural light hits them (they also will spin under incandescent light bulbs but not under florescent) by Andre Cipin Glass. Available in various colors and styles: shown here are a clear globe with violet base with a hole in it and a blue globe with a clear spiral stem, $75 each; from Objets Trouves (3713 Magazine St., 897-5066).

Box Him In -- Buy Dad a pair of shorts bearing the logo of the historic New Orleans Athletic Club (NOAC), $15, and a matching tank, $15, (both come in several colors), then make sure he works out with a membership to NOAC, where he can play his favorite sport, whether it's boxing, basketball, racquetball or something else. From New Orleans Athletic Club (222 N. Rampart St., 525-2375; www.neworleans

Wear It Well -- Dad will look dashing and stylish in a chocolate shirt with pistachio inserts on the front, a blazing tiki applique and cool silver tiki buttons by Steady Last Call, $52, from Winky's (2038 Magazine St., 568-1020).

Cozy Up -- Everyone needs a little luxury at bath time, so wrap him in it with a white cotton robe with a waffle texture, two front pockets and a tie waist by Bellora, $149; and some masculinely scented soaps by Rancé L'Homme, $7.25 a bar; all from Intimate Home (4121 Magazine St., 269-8020; 218 Lee Lane, Covington, 985-875-7600;

Traveling Man -- Get your favorite guy ready for any road trip with an On-The-Road Travel Pack by Jack Black that includes a black bag filled with Beard Lube conditioning shave cream, a tube of lip balm, Industrial Strength Hand Healer, Double-Duty Face Moisturizer, All-Over Wash for the face, hair and body and Face Buff energizing scrub, $45.95; and add a bottle of Jack Black's signature cologne, $42.95; all from Earthsavers (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-0225; 5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 434 Chartres St., 581-4999; 3414 U.S. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133).


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