Father’s Day is just around the corner and this year I wanted to pay special homage to the dual-father families out there. How exciting this day must be! You get double the breakfast in bed, double the tacky ties, and double the steak dinners. There are so many ways to celebrate as a family and commemorate this day with something truly special, so I decided to put together a dual-dad gift guide of my favorite items from our shop…
OK, I’ll admit it: I put my very favorite idea first. These collar stays are such a unique gift and would be a beautiful sentiment for any father. I love the idea of engraving birth dates on these — one for each child, if you have two kiddos. Get a pair in 14-karat white gold and a pair in 14-karat yellow gold for a coordinating gift, or go matchy-matchy if your dads have the same taste. You could also add names instead of the dates — or really, whatever you want — but there is something subtly refined about roman numeral dates, if you ask me. Customizable Collar Stays, ~$283-$1,112, depending on metal choice
Money clips are the perfect gift for the dads who have everything, and with these coordinating but not quite matching options you can honor the unique style of each of your dads while still giving a practical but elegant gift. Our sterling silver money clips can be hand-engraved to the lettering of your choice. Another idea? Get two of the basic clips and let us add a personalized matte or hammered finish to each of them. Classic Sterling Silver Money Clip, $125 | Striped Sterling Silver Money Clip, $138
OK, this is admittedly an extravagant gift. But, if you are looking for a way to honor your two dads who probably went through a lot of trouble to make your family what it is today, this would be an ideal way to do it. These cups are perfect for everyday use because they are super durable — if dropped, they never break — but their fine sterling silver construction renders them appropriate for more elegant occasions as well. If you’re looking for an extra-extra special way to say “thank-you” to your parents, you’ve found your answer. Matching Jefferson Style Cups, $925 each
Alexandria & Company is an Old Town-based workshop and design studio specializing in creating and restoring fine jewelry and silver hollowware. They are the in-the-know jewelers of Alexandria and have been serving clients out of their small workshop for decades. Tucked in their historic building on South Royal Street, the team at Alx&Co. brings a personalized, modern approach to their craft – this is not your average stodgy jeweler or antique shop. Visit them during their walk-in hours or online to view their collection of handmade fine jewelry or to drop off a repair project; or, if you’re feeling creative, make an appointment to talk about that custom design project you’ve been imagining.
121-B South Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Design Studio Walk-In Hours (all jewelry services): Wednesday – Saturday 12-6pm
Silver Workshop Walk-In Hours (all silver repair and restoration services): Wednesday or Friday 12-6pm, or by appointment
Appointments encouraged for custom design.