Dads & Grads Gift Guide: 6 Titanium Gifts to Bridge the Generational Divide

Dads & Grads Gift Guide: 6 Titanium Gifts to Bridge the Generational Divide

This lightweight, hard-wearing material is also perfect for enduring presents that celebrate fathers and scholars every day of the year.

By Rhonda Riche

A friend recently shared a photo of her dad’s everyday watch, which he received as a graduation present in the 1960s. It is a beautiful timepiece. And while it has seen a lot of wear, it is still ticking. With a new strap and a little cleaning, she plans to make it her daily wearer.

Since Father’s Day and graduation season are right around the corner, this story reminded us that time is a continuum and that the greatest gifts are things that celebrate our milestones year-round.

So, to ensure that your present will last well into the future, we looked at objects crafted from titanium. Why? Because it’s tough, long-lasting, and lightweight. The perfect material for everyday carry.

For Dad: Citizen Super Titanium Attesa

Is your dad a silver fox? Well, you’re in luck because since its 1987 launch, the Attesa collection from Citizen has delivered dependable performance via expert titanium-processing know-how and innovative technology, and the latest addition to the collection has an equally distinguished look thanks to its all-gray DLC-coated case and bracelet. Meanwhile, its dark dial and vertical chronograph configuration completes the minimalist, monochromatic aesthetic as sharp, silver-tone details provide maximum legibility.

This highly functional 41mm timepiece also offers 100 meters of water resistance and is powered by Citizen’s famed Eco-Drive technology, so he’ll never have to change a battery, making this an ultimate daily-wearing watch.

For the Grad: Citizen Super Titanium Garrison

Citizen has been working with titanium longer than other watchmakers, launching the world’s first solid titanium timepiece, the X-8 Cosmotron Chronometer, in 1970. The culmination of the brand's many innovations in this space has led to its proprietary Super Titanium technology, which is featured in many of the brand's current offerings.

That is why we recommend getting this casual yet sporty-styled Super Titanium Garrison model powered by the brand’s forward-thinking Eco-Drive technology for your grad. Trendy yet timeless, this sporty 42mm ultralight timepiece features a day and date display at 3 o’clock and an always-in-style black dial protected by a scratch-proof sapphire crystal.

For Dad: Porsche Design P’8688 Sunglasses

As you probably know, titanium is the space-age material used in Formula 1 cars. Well, now, you can tell your Grand Prix-loving father figure they are in your winner’s circle with a pair of classic black sunglasses.

Inspired by the silhouette of the Porsche 911, the P’8688 Liquid Titanium sunnies from Porsche Design will never go out of style, making them a gift to last generations.

For the Grad: Tiffany & Co. Paloma’s Groove Ring

Designed by Paloma Picasso, the Paloma’s Groove jewelry line made by Tiffany & Co. honors the power of deep connections. And what could be better for the grad setting out into the world than a compelling yet elegant reminder of home they can wear every day?

Our favorite piece is this striking, sculptural titanium ring that is both a statement ring and a fidget toy so they can work out any nervous energy.

For Dad: James Brand Stilwell Titanium Compact Pen

Ted Lasso fans may have noticed that the stylish Trent Akron wears nice suit jackets. Meanwhile, fashion-conscious viewers will also have noticed that the fictional journalist keeps a couple of pens in his breast pocket.

That’s because you should always have a good writing instrument on hand for signing documents, writing poetry, or jotting down important ideas. That is why we recommend the Stilwell model from The James Brand. Made from annealed titanium and sporting a brushed finish, this compact pen won’t get in your dad’s way as he goes about his day, but it will deliver the goods when inspiration strikes.

For the Grad: Helix Folding Bike

Whether you’re a new grad or a well-established adult, everyone wants to know they are still going places. That is why we recommend getting your grad this easy-to-carry, foldable bicycle from Helix.

Perfect for city-dwellers with limited storage space, the Helix folding-bike is also great for suburbanites who travel on commuter trains to work and need to store their bikes at the office.

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