Gifts for Father’s Day

Parents have enough on their plate to have to worry about finding a super gift for the super dad in their life.
Thankfully, an easy way to celebrate is to order Dad some flowers. Hop flowers, that is. At least, that’s the reasoning behind why the Samuel Adams gift basket is available at But the gift is more than just a simple jar of Bavarian Noble hops, which are one of the most important parts of the beer brewing process – and interesting to examine if you’ve never seen or smelled them before on their own.
Included in a masculine black box trimmed with white stitching and lined with felt (reusable perhaps as a catch-all for wallet, phone, keys, etc.) are a few grilling items: Northern White Cedar mini grilling planks from Afire and Beef and Burger Rub in red pepper and garlic from Urban Accents; tools to assist in noshing while grilling, including a sturdy Samuel Adams bottle opener, a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass (‘designed to showcase the beer as brewers intended’) and a dried fruit and nut mix; and some sun protection in the form of a navy Samuel Adams baseball cap.
Pair the Hoppy Father’s Day gift basket, on sale for $33.99, with a six-pack of beer and it’s an easy and useful gift for a beer-loving dad. Also available is a Deluxe Hoppy Father’s Day gift basket, on sale for $55.24.

Gifts for Father's Day
Father's Day.

Father’s Day is June 19, presenting the perfect excuse to go shopping – to find the right gift to express your appreciation for the Dad in your life, whether he’s your father or the father of your children. Here’s a head start: our favorite picks to show Dad he’s rad.
1 – For the traditionalist.
If you must adhere to the age-old tradition of presenting Dad with a tie for Father’s Day, make it a family affair, with a matching neck tie baby onesie ($12.99) for new Dads, or T-shirts ($14.99, sizes up to 5T) for the rest of the brood, from Seattle designer Tara Hale’s etsy store, Fabricate. Like father, like son.
2 – For the rocker Dad.
Does your kids’ Dad rock? I mean, really rock? Take him back the days when he jammed in a band with the Guitar Pick Key Chain ($48) from Rovis & the Bean, hand-stamped with the message, “You rock, Dad.” It can also be personalized with the kids’ names. For rockers on a budget, there’s the Rockstar Dad ceramic mug, sure to get his mornings off on the right note ($12, exclusively at Uncommon Goods).
3 – For the multi-tasking Dad.
The hand forged cog belt buckle with a working bottle-opener ($45) by local blacksmith Erica Gordon of Steel Toe Studios is two gifts in one, for the ever-practical Dad on the go. Pair it with a belt made of recycled bike tubes ($40) to give him a rugged, urban look.
4 – For the hungry Dad.
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – and that can be doubly true when he’s a Dad. “Eat Like a Man: The Only Cookbook a Man Will Ever Need” – by Esquire food editor Ryan D’Agostino ($17.64 on Amazon) includes mouth-watering recipes from chefs across America, including Kevin Davis of Seattle’s own Steelhead Diner. Duck fat potatoes, anyone?
5 – For the hardworking Dad
Celebrate your father’s work ethic with a T-shirt bearing the motto, “Good work ain’t cheap. Cheap work ain’t good” ($24 at new menswear and home décor shop Jax Joon). The soft cotton tee, made in the U.S.A., is part of the Sailor Jerry line, featuring the designs of the father of classic tattoo art, Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins. This saying was displayed on a sign in Sailor Jerry’s tattoo studio.

Fashionable dad.
Better than a fanny-pack: Sprayground backpacks are perfect for the hip dad. These backpacks were originally designed for street artists in NYC to carry their spray cans. They have now evolved into one of the hippest backpack lines, most known for their “hello my name is” design. These backpacks have a modern shape, fit and feel. Price: $48. Available – Online at
1 – Sports tees. For the sport-loving dad, try Junk Food Clothing NFL vintage T-shirts. They have a unique look compared to the traditional NFL shirts dad already wears. These shirts are screen-printed on high-quality fabric and made with a chic, vintage look. Price: $32-$38. Available – Urban Outfitters or
2 – Sunglasses. Dad will surely love a new pair of Converse sunglasses for Father’s Day. My 4-year-old son has broken three pairs of glasses, but his Converse pair have been the only ones to survive. If they’re sturdy enough for a preschooler, then they are perfect for any dad. Converse glasses are long lasting and have a high-quality frame. Price: $100-$120 Available – Online at or Sunglass Hut.
3 – For the money. When I found The Craftmen shop on Etsy, I knew this was exactly what my husband would love. They have wallets, business card holders and belts. All of their leather items are hand-stitched, making each piece special and unique. The store has items that are made by two different leather craftsmen. They also include a custom-made gift bag with purchase. The Craftmen is located in New York, so make sure and order at least a week in advance. Price: about $35-$45. Available – Online at
Tech dad.
iPhone-obssessed. For the high-tech dad, the OtterBox case will keep his iPhone or Ipad in perfect condition. The Otterbox even has a light coating that covers the screen to resist fingerprints. The case is like the military tanker of electronic cases. Price: $19.95-$49.95 (iPhone) and $89.95 (iPad). Available – Online at

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