The Pleasures of Fatherhood (detail). Louis Philibert Debucourt (French, 1755–1832). Etching and aquatint, printed in color. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935 (35.100.34)
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King for a Day: Our Father’s Day Gift Guide

On June 17, consider sculptures, watches, socks, and other illustrious gift ideas

He’s warm. He’s loving. He’s sophisticated. And he’s impossible to shop for. Don’t fret—simply broaden your gift-giving horizons this Father’s Day with a few ideas from The Met Store that combine practicality with art-infused flair. We have choices to suit a range of tastes and personalities, with options as diverse as The Met collection itself.

For aficionados of hippos, Egyptians, and the color blue:

Left: William Men’s Socks, $24. Right: Hippopotamus (“William”). Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12. Faience, ca. 1961–1878 B.C. Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1917 (17.9.1)

William the Hippo, The Met’s unofficial mascot, graces these just-arrived socks. This pop of color is enough to brighten up any suit-and-wingtips combo—and bring a smile to Dad’s face every time he looks at his feet.

For those who approach life from a modern angle:

Left: Mondrian Composition Watch, $48. Right: Composition. Piet Mondrian ( (Dutch, 1872–1944). Oil on canvas, 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in., 1921. Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998 (1999.363.57)

There’s always time for Piet Mondrian’s primary colors and rigorous geometry. Our fun watch provides a signal that the wearer is one modern(ist) man indeed.

For whiskey-drinking Renaissance men:

Left: Imperial Strapwork Tumbler, $16. Right: Morion. German, Nuremberg. Steel, silver, pigment, brass, gold, glass, late 16th century. Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913 (14.25.650)

Will a dram of Scotch ever find a better-looking vessel than this? The striking strapwork pattern on this tumbler will ensure that each sip will go down extra smooth—whether neat or on the rocks.

For self-confident jewelry-wearing types:

Left: Talisman Ring, $250. Right: Seal ring with inscription. Attributed to Iran or Central Asia. Gold, cast and chased; nephrite, carved; late 15th–early 16th century. Rogers Fund, 1912 (12.224.6)

A big personality demands a big ring. And this beautiful example—inspired by a 600-year-old seal ring from Central Asia—announces both supreme confidence and high style.

For monumental bibliophiles:

Left: Assyrian Palace Guard Bookends, $135. Right: Human-headed winged bull (lamassu). Neo-Assyrian. Gypsum alabaster, H. 123 1/2 x W. 26 1/2 x D. 122 in., ca. 883–859 B.C. Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1932 (32.143.1)

His library bespeaks decades of learning—but piled high all over his office, his collection of books looks like it’s destined for a tag sale. In the form of palace-protecting Assyrian guardian figures, these striking sculptures add grandeur to any bookshelf.

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