Father’s Day is June 21st. You don’t know what to bring dad, except for a day all to yourself? We have put together 19 ideas, including tips for your wardrobe, the house bar, the terrace and much more.
A waterproof watch
Bonus points if the watch does not require a second mortgage. Each of these Citizen styles are designed to withstand splashes, showers, swimming, and the occasional beer spill. From left: $ 195, $ 275, and $ 295 at Moyer Fine Jewelers. Open for in-store purchases.
A wine of the month membership
Talk about bottle service. Dad can spot a new favorite on a monthly turn at Greg Hardesty’s Culinary Play Area, Studio C ($ 40 for two bottles; options are red, white, or one variety) or at Goose the Market ($ 34 for one red and one white, or) $ 49 for one red, one white, and one mysterious bottle of wine, beer, sake, or other libations). Order both online.
A cocktail kit
If he’s shaking up a cocktail rather than pouring Cabernet, West Fork Whiskey now functions as a carryout bottle store, selling 12-ounce cocktail mixers (left; $ 10 or $ 20) or whiskey bundles (prices vary). Order online.
Tinker Coffee subscription
Dad can get really caffeinated all month long with a subscription box from this local roaster. Choose from two ($ 30), three ($ 42), or four ($ 50) bags delivered to your door. They will grind the beans for you too. Order online.
A new book
It’s an all-round win to support an independent bookstore AND give dad the perfect accompaniment while sipping his wine, cocktail or coffee. You may still have time to order from one of Indiana black bookstores, Brain Lair Books and Beyond Barcodes Bookstore. Indy Reads Books has numerous online titles for roadside pickup. Irvington Vinyl & Books will open for browsing on June 15th. However, you can also email the owner, Elysia Lucinda Smith, to see if the store has the offers you want. And in Zionsville, Black Dog Books is also open for in-store purchases.
A t-shirt for a good cause
Sky Outfitters, based in Indy, has a buy-one-give-one model to provide clothing for the homeless. BOGO is also what this soft, lightweight bamboo-blend Sunset logo shirt ($ 28) says in Greek. The idea is for people to ask what it means and for you to spread the word about Sky’s mission.
New running shoes
If quarantined dad is considering starting running, a pair of On shoes could finally get him moving. The brand was praised for its “CloudTec” technology, which both cushions the impact on landing and propels you on takeoff. $ 130 at Raleigh Limited Menswear. Open for in-store purchases.
Cool dad shoes
Now that the running wardrobe has been upgraded, it may be time for the other couples in his collection to get the same treatment. Enter the Stacy Adams “Halden” sneaker / loafer hybrid. $ 89 at Heritage Clothier & Home. Shop online or in-store.
A summer-ready shirt
Dad could probably use an easy option in a whimsical, seasonally appropriate pattern. The cocktails (left; USD 79) and Flamingo (USD 63.20) are from Heritage Clothier & Home, while the Taylor Stitch “Hawthorne” in Flower Field (right; USD 125) is from James Dant. Shop James Dant online or make an appointment to shop in store.
A leather valet tray
Handcrafted pieces by The Path Less Traveled from Indy, available in a variety of sizes and leather and clasp colors ($ 22-26.50), provide dad with a way to stash his phone, keys, and other essentials. Personalize the tray for free. Order online.
A cookbook or two
Yes, Snoop Dogg has a cookbook. We blame his friendship with Martha Stewart. Be inspired by baked macaroni and cheese, simple orange chicken at dinner, and gin and juice after dinner. $ 25 at Silver in the City. Another option: Trejos Tacos ($ 25), in which actor Danny Trejo shares 75 recipes for tacos, donuts, and more. Shop online or in-store from two locations.
Father’s Day gift box from Newfangled Confections
From the maker of Frittle comes a selection of goodies with two new items: Hoptimist Crunch, a pretzel and beer peanut brittle, and bacon caramels, of which you get 12. Also includes six truffles and a box of frittle. $ 55 from Newfangled Confections. Order online.
The newest corkcicle offering
With the Arctican, a stainless steel koozie that cools your drink, not your hand, the beers stay cold for up to three hours. $ 20 at Silver in the City.
If camping or hiking adventures are on the agenda this summer, Dad would probably appreciate a new multi-compartment bag for all of his essential gear. Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24 Backpack, $ 165 at Rusted Moon Outfitters. Shop in-store or call 317-253-4453 to phone to order and curbside pickup.
A pizza stone
The ceramic Weber grill stone distributes the heat evenly (important for pizza) and is designed for gas, charcoal and electric grills. $ 60 at Ace Hardware locations. Buy in store or online.
A big green egg
Maybe dad doesn’t want a pizza stone, he wants a completely new grill. And if he’s dropped any hints of a big green egg, now’s the time: the line at O’Malia’s Living is currently reduced by 20 percent. Shop in the store or call 317-846-6812.
Do you already have a UBI? Consider a new accessory like the rib and roast rack or Egg Mates made of acacia wood to give the grill master more space. The prices vary depending on the grill size.
Dad gets a fire pit and you get a handy way to do s’mores all summer. Everyone benefits. Bond Olivera 28 inch gas fire, $ 230 at Sullivan Hardware & Garden. Shop in-store or order online for in-store pickup.
Staggering in the shade, drink in hand, sounds nice, doesn’t it? Castaway Duracord striped quilted hammock, $ 160 at Sullivan Hardware & Garden. Stand sold separately.