This coming September 1st, fathers all around the country will be waking up to the smell of frying bacon and freshly-brewed coffee. It’s the day we appreciate the ones who held us up on their shoulders when we could barely reach their knees, the ones who shuddered through teaching us to drive, the ones who taught us how to get someone into an armbar before we could take a good swing. (Was that last one just me? 😅 )
Either way, we love our dads! And if your family situation is outside of the typical, then not to worry, this is an excellent chance for you to celebrate the people who have helped you through life—father or otherwise.
The problem is, when asked for what they want for Father’s Day, so many dads simply shake their heads and say “nothing”. Nope, unacceptable. Money might not buy happiness, but we can use it to show our parents and guardians that we know them, care for them, and appreciate all that they have done for us.
So, today we’re going to take a look at five of the coolest gift options for your khaki-wearing guardian angel.
Personalised Beer Glasses
Getting your dad something personalised is a great way to say that you really thought about the gift, and going that one step further to purchase something matching demonstrates how much you value your connection. Make sure to pick up a solid Belgian stout to fill the glasses on your way over, and toast your dad for all his hard work.
Beer glasses are a fairly cool option because they’re decorative while also remaining practical, but if your dad’s not a drinker then maybe consider something else in the personalisation realm. There are hundreds of options out there, and they’re all a great way to say “I love you”.
Scotchbox Whiskey Subscriptions
There’s a new subscription box on the block, and this one quite possibly beats out all the rest. Scotchbox is a heaven-sent gift, with options for monthly, three-month or six-month subscriptions to some of the best whiskies out there. Every month a box with four 30ml whisky samplers is sent to your father’s doorstep, and they’re not just cheapies either!
Some of the featured whiskies so far have included a 12-year old Royal Lochnagar Single-Malt Scotch, a 13-year old Johnnie Walker Green Label, and even a 16-year old Single-Malt from Lagavulin. If you know your dad has a certain preference you can skip the subscription and go straight to the store where the singles and tasting boxes are – there’s even a 40-year old Teaninich Cárn Mór up for grabs. Insane.
The Perfect Fishing Charter
If your dad is the type of person to head out to the coast on the dreariest of days with his rod and tackle, then a private fishing charter will have him doing cartwheels.
We live on an island, so no matter where you are it won’t be hard to find a respectable, experienced fisherman to take your dad (and even you, if you’re into that) into the big water. Although many fishermen enjoy the coast, many of the best catches happen in deeper waters that are hard to reach without a proper vessel. Give your dad the chance to do a full day of some really solid fishing, and he’ll come home with a mega-watt smile on his face.
The Gift of Good, Classic Music
There’s a joke that classic rock is just for dads, and that’s for very good reason. Most fathers these days grew up in the golden age of rock and roll, and if they have a love for the sound of guitars tripping through their homes then this would be a great gift.
Go past a place like Real Groovy and pick up a digital turntable, some of your dad’s favourite records, and even a few speakers (if that’s in your budget). There’s a certain quality to old vinyl music that really brings any nostalgia to the fore, and if there’s one thing our dads can appreciate, it’s nostalgia.
A Day with You!
Now, this sounds cheesy, but trust me when I say that the one thing many parents want is a day spent with their children where they aren’t responsible for the proceedings. Kill two birds with one stone here: lift the burden of planning an event from his shoulders, and gift both yourself and him with some good old-fashioned quality time.
Think about the things that make both of your hearts sing. Do you both like movies? Check out a marathon event at your local theatre. Love a good drink? There are whiskey bars all over the country that will provide a tasting day. Maybe you’re both into cars? There’s a Beach Hop happening most weekends somewhere along the coast, or experiences to be purchased behind the wheel of a classic V8.
The most important thing is that this gift comes from the heart, not how much it costs. So, trust your gut, and take the time to show your dad how much he’s loved.
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