5 Father’s Day Gifts Dad Will Actually Love

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Father’s Day is just around the corner.  A round of golf, a six pack of beer or even just a handmade card are all sure fire winners.  If you’re looking for something a little out of the norm, however, perhaps Dad will get a kick out of one of these less conventional ideas.

1.  State Traditions
Founded on the idea of a creative way to showcase their state pride, Alabama based State Traditions creates high quality state and country-inspired apparel and accessories that are a perfect way to show your game day pride.  Belts, hats, polo shirts, cuff links and koozies, State Traditions carries a bevy of personal items reflecting the overall personality of each state.  My boys look quite dapper in their coordinating Carolina Blue polos.

2.  Make Him Something

Hiho Batik is an experiential retail store and art space offering people of all ages one-of-a-kind products in a mass produced world.  Hiho’s wide variety of garments, accessories and designs are all handmade on site in their Brooklyn, NYC, retail space, using 100% cotton materials.  Through a fun and unique on line store, you can bring to life your own customized gift for Dad.   Select from a t-shirt, tote bag, or throw pillow, or shop their already created one-of-a-kind pieces of art inspired by every day experiences. 

3.  Straight Razor Shave
For a real treat, give Dad the gift of a straight razor shave at an old school barber shop.  The hot foam shaving lather and steam from the hot towel will be a pampering experience of a bygone era.  Unlike a regular salon, old school barber shops tend to employ men who are experienced at cutting hair with clippers versus scissors.  Chances are they have worked at the shop for a long time and have a few interesting stories to share.  This father son activity will be a bonding experience for all. For an old school vibe, try City Barbers, located Uptown and in Highland Creek. 

4.  Brew Ha Ha In The Mountains
If Dad is a beer aficionado, this one is right up is alley. Named Beer City USA in 2010, Asheville, NC,  plays host to one of the most entertaining beer tours around.  Since 2006, Brews Cruise has taken thousands of beer fans on in-depth tours of hip Asheville’s brew scene, by way of bus or foot tour.  Dad’s not able to get away for the weekend?  Brews Cruise now hosts tours of over 10 craft breweries right here in the Queen City.

5.  A Weekend With Dad
My husband and oldest son, six years old, just returned from a weekend at YMCA Camp Harrison, located between Lenoir and North Wilkesboro, in the mountains of North Carolina.  Over the course of the weekend, the activities they participated in together included everything from archery and riflery to canoeing and fishing, hiking, playing basketball, singing songs, going on pony rides, challenging themselves on the high ropes course and riding the water zip line.  I’m not sure who had more fun, my son or my husband, and the weekend together provided for an amazing bonding experience.

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