What to Get the (Local) Guy Who Doesn’t Want Anything for Father’s Day …

If your husband is anything like mine, he’s pretty rough to shop for. After racking my brain for every holiday and birthday of his, I eventually cave and ask him what he wants. Ninety-five percent of the time, his reply sounds something like, “Nothing. Don’t spend any money.” But there’s always something in me that just can’t let it go; the kids and I need a way to show him how much we appreciate what he does for the four of us, especially on Father’s Day.

A guy can only have so many work or golf shirts. The gifts I end up getting for him always tend to be on the practical side; this year, I’m still going for something that he needs, but it’s “extra-special”, and I wanted to share this idea with all of you. Every guy needs a haircut, right? I found a place that does just that, but takes the whole experience to another level.

Open since late 2016, The Ridgewood Man (please note that there is also The Hoboken Man, their original location) is a modern-day, full-service barbershop located on East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Their menu of services includes a variety of haircuts and shaves, color services, beard and mustache trims, waxing, facials, massages, spa manicures and pedicures. Packages, gift certificates and memberships are also available. Both upscale barbershops use and sell the award winning, PETA approved, Australian-born haircare line, Muk. (We took some home to test out and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty MUK-ing fabulous. Sorry. I had to.)

I took my husband and our 9 year-old son there on Tuesday night (they offer a father-son package for $60) to check the shop out and get my guys some “handsome haircuts.” The beautiful and historical tin ceilings, wood-paneled walls, and dark leather seating give the shop a luxurious, country-club vibe. There are HD flat-screen TVs hanging pretty much everywhere in sight, and the vintage Playboy covers hanging near the sinks finish off the masculine feel of the shop. In the back, there are separate rooms where men can enjoy a calming massage or a spa manicure and pedicure.

   

There are so many salons in the area; The Ridgewood Man is unique in that it offers salon and spa services, but caters specifically to men. We met with one of the shop’s owners and Ridgewood resident, Dan Hood, who told us that he has groups of guys who meet at The Ridgewood Man multiple times throughout the month. It’s an awesome, “manly” place to hangout and they all leave looking and feeling their best. Whether you’re heading there in a group or flying solo, it’s definitely a place worth checking out.

Note the smile on my son’s face while he’s getting his shampoo after his cut … the guy was in heaven. He usually leaves haircuts, ripping his shirt off on his way out the door, literally itching for a shower. On his way out the door this time, he looked up at me with those big blue eyes of his and said, “Mom … I still want to take a shower before I go to bed, but I’m only washing my body. I don’t want to mess ‘this’ up.”

L XO

“My guys” looking handsome, post-cuts

P.S. Right now, I’m pleased to work with Dan to offer TWO $50 gift certificates to Stylish Mama followers … one to The Ridgewood Man and one to The Hoboken Man! For details, visit my Instagram page. Contest ends this Sunday, June 17th (Father’s Day).

P.P.S. Take advantage of these current Father’s Day specials at The Ridgewood Man:

  • Silver Membership: Unlimited haircuts and 10% off all other services and products (3 months for $195)
  • $125 gift certificate for $100 / $75 gift certificate for $60
Dan Hood and some of his staff (Sandy, Michelle & Brandon). There are 18 stylists/barbers between both locations. Sandy, the stylist who gave my guys their awesome cuts, has been a loyal employee since they opened, 9 years ago!

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