Forget the tie, this Father's Day get your dad a basket of goodies that he'll definitely use. Pick out a theme for the basket, and then fill it with his favorite things. Here are five ideas to get you started, all with a few smaller items, and one or two bigger items to fill out that basket.
Encourage your dad's handyman side with a gift basket of tools, or grab a toolbox and fill it with items he needs. You can mix up what's in the basket by doing smaller ticket items like wrenches, hammers, measuring tape, and knives, and pair it with a bigger ticket item he's had his eye on. You can crown the toolbox with a cordless drill or a sander, depending on what he needs and wants in his garage.
Beer Or Cocktail Basket
Does your dad like a stocked bar? Give him a gift that he'll enjoy to the very last drop. For the beer aficionados, grab a variety of craft beers— and challenge yourself to find ones he's never tried before—along with a fun, unique pint glass or two. Or, if he's more into liquor, grab a bottle of his favorite spirit along with some creative mixers for him to create his own concoctions. A shot glass, or two, along with a cocktail recipe book could help round out this gift basket, too.
Game Day Basket
Help your dad cheer on his favorite sports team—whether it's baseball, hockey, or soccer —by putting together a basket of some must-have items to use and wear while he watches the latest game. In addition to clothing gear, like a jersey and a cap, be sure he's stocked with his favorite snacks and drinks, too. Does he need help keeping those drinks cool? Get him an Icemule cooler, which is a soft-side cooler that's easily transportable. Bonus, if his team is in season, get him a pair of tickets for you and him to catch a game or match together.
For the dad that likes to be on the move, get him everything he needs to keep exercising, or to motivate him to get started. Start by considering his favorite exercises and sports. If he's a runner, grab him new running shoes and shorts. Swimmer? A matching set of swim trunks for him and your son could be fun. Yogi? A yoga mat and towel. Or, if he's more into strength training, dumb bells are a great option. And don't forget to get (or renew) his gym membership! Other must-haves for a workout basket are a good set of earbuds, as well as a fitness tracker like a Fitbit or Jawbone UP24.
Encourage your dad's summer culinary efforts by assembling a tasty barbecue and grill basket. For starters, put in some flavorful barbecue salts, rubs, and sauces along with some meaty recipes to go with them. Since he'll need some new tools, too, update his collection with a new basting brush, BBQ mitts, meat injectors, and meat thermometer. Other fun (and bigger) ticket items could include a cast iron pan so he can test out other grilling methods. And don't forget a fun apron to go with it!
Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she's working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at Examiner.com.
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