Father’s Day happens in a little over a week, so it’s time to start planning.
You want to show Dad all the love he deserves, but you can no longer get away with a painted macaroni pencil holder or a coupon for free hugs. You’re willing to spend the cash, but dads can be notoriously difficult to buy for. Does he really need another golf shirt or bottle of cologne?
We’ve come up with a few ideas that we think many dads will love come June 21. And, as is often our goal, the gifts here support local businesses – so you can hand over your gift with pride.
Chill out, pops
These colorful Sluice Hammocks, made right here in Raleigh, will give Dad the perfect means to chill in the backyard any ole time he wants. They come in several color combinations and can even be personalized with initials or emblems through the Sluice Etsy shop (special “local” editions with N.C. or Raleigh logos are available at DECO Raleigh for $69.95). Available in single, double and kids’ sizes. You can order the hammocks online or pick one up at the indoor shop at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Flea Market (weekends 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). The nice people at Sluice are even offering a 10 percent discount code for N&O readers who purchase online through June 21. Use the promo code RelaxDad. $50-$85. sluicegear.com.
If Dad’s passion involves weekends spent perfecting his barbecue sauce recipe or tenderly fussing over a pork butt in his beloved smoker (which he has probably named), you can honor his pitmaster aspirations with this design from Oak City Collective, available on etched glass mugs, coffee mugs and T-shirts. Oak City Collective makes the mugs and tees locally, and they’re available in Raleigh at DECO Raleigh, Ornamentea, NoFo and Green Monkey; or in Cary at Made. Also online at oakcitycollective.org. T-shirt: $24.50-$27.50; Haworth mug: $20.
Say Dad’s into his team – and we mean, really into his team – chances are he’ll love getting some new gear. Whether his passion is for college sports or the pros, Game Day Sports, a mom and pop (appropriately) shop in North Raleigh, has him covered. Not only does it stock the local ACC schools, it also has a great selection of ECU and Appalachian State gear, as well as NFL, MLB, NBA and even pro soccer. Seen here: an App State grill spatula ($24.99), an ECU T-shirt ($20), an N.C. State cap ($20), a UNC watch ($29.99) and a Duke wallet ($24.99-$29.99). 6625 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh; 919-602-0551; gamedaysportsoutlet.com.
Pop the top, padre
These unique sunglasses with a built-in bottle opener in the arm are made by Brewsees, which is headquartered in Raleigh. The website says the shades are “invented for the inner party animal in all of us.” Maybe that sounds like your dad, maybe not. But who wouldn’t appreciate the convenience of being able to pop a top on demand? He’ll be the coolest dad on the deck! Plus, the styles all have clever names such as the Ron Brewgundys, the Walter Whites, the Brewfin Tunas and the Brewhamas. Coming to local stores soon, but right now, online only. $49.50. brewsees.com.
Take a tour, daddio
The Triangle is loaded (pun intended) with great breweries – why not send Dad on a tour of them? Beltline Brew Tours offers guided brewery tours in Durham, Raleigh, Southwest Wake and Johnston County. The Durham tour, for example, starts with a Beer 101 class at Bull City Burger & Brewery, then on to Triangle Brewing Company for an hour of touring and beer sampling. Then back on the bus for a visit at Fullsteam, for a tour of the facility and a tasting. Then you’re back at Bull City Burger (get a burger!). $47, beltlinebrewtours.com.