20 Fun Father’s Day Ideas: Gifts of Experience

Father’s Day is almost here! Are you ready? Most of us are not. Father’s Day always seems to sneak up on us in the shadow of Memorial weekend, graduations, the end of school, and the start of summer. Somehow it seems Dad’s day doesn’t have quite the same commanding presence as Mother’s Day. What’s up with that? Dad is just as loved and just as important, and thankfully the time is almost here to show him.

You did get Dad a gift, didn’t you? Oh, you didn’t? That’s okay – we have some ideas to help you along.

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Father’s Day Cocktails and Drink Ideas

kentucky derbyDads deserve a special day to be pampered just like moms, and what better way than with a great day of food and drinks to celebrate? Consider treating Dad to his own barbecue or make him a feast fit for a king. While you’re at it, be sure to serve up a cocktail featuring his favorite spirit—vodka, rum, tequila, whisky, or even a beer themed cocktail. Consider these great Father’s Day cocktails and drink ideas so you can help Dad celebrate in style.

Gather all the ingredients and follow these easy steps to create delicious and festive Father’s Day drinks for Dad:

Father’s Day Vodka Drinks

Backyard Barbeque Cider

backyard-bbq-ciderIngredients:
1.5 oz. Vikingfjord Vodka
0.5 oz. Allspice Dram
0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
1.5 oz. Apple Cider
Dash of Baked Apple Bitters

Instructions:

1. Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake with ice.

3. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice.

4. Add a red apple slice for garnish.

 

The Happy Dad

happy-dadIngredients:
2 oz. Vikingfjord Vodka
2 oz. Blood Orange Juice
1 oz. Champagne / Dry Prosecco
0.5 oz. Aperol

Instructions:

1. Press two blood orange slices into bottom of wine glass.

2. Add 1/3 full of crushed ice.

3. Add blood orange juice, Aperol, and Vikingfjord vodka.

4. Fill another 1/3 with crushed ice.

5. Add champagne.

6. Top with crushed ice and add a straw.

 

Ginger Man

ginger-manIngredients:
1.5 oz. Vikingfjord Apple Vodka
0.5 oz. Apple Brandy
Fever Tree Ginger Beer
2 Pressed Lime Wheels

Instructions:

1. Press two lime wheels into bottom of Collins glass.

2. Add ice, then Vikingfjord Apple vodka, and apple brandy.

3. Top with ginger beer.

4. Garnish with green apple slice and candied ginger.

 

Papacito

papacitoIngredients:

2 oz. Vikingfjord Apple Vodka
0.75 oz. EO Pomegranate Grenadine
0.75 oz. Lime Juice
1 Bar Spoon of Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake with ice and strain into a cinnamon sugar rimmed cocktail glass.

Above recipes courtesy of Vikingfjord Vodka and mixologist Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law Room

 

The “Bloody Maryland”

bloody marylandIngredients:
1.5 oz. THE BAY Vodka
4 oz. tomato juice
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
0.5 oz. lemon juice
1 celery stalk

Instructions:

1. Add The Bay Seasoned Vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire Sauce, lemon juice.

2. Pour back and forth between two mixing glasses.

3. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass.

Courtesy of “The Bay” seasoned vodka

 

Pearanha

Pearanha 3Ingredients:
1.0 oz of Smirnoff Pear
1.0 oz of St. Germaine
0.5 oz of Lillet
0.5 Spiced Rum infused with orange spiced tea and vanilla

Instructions:

1. Brew tea and mix 50/50 with your favorite spiced rum.

2. Include a few fresh vanilla beans and let sit in your fridge for at least 2 days. The longer the better, up to 30 days!

3. In a shaker with ice mix rum mixture, Smirnoff Pear, St. Germain and Lillet.

4. Strain and pour into a martini glass.

5. Garnish with an orange rind.

Courtesy of 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Best Father’s Day Gifts for Any Dad (and Presents for Dad on Birthday, Christmas, or Other Holidays)

Forget the tired ties and aftershave. Get Dad a gift that he’s sure to love. Usually the best Father’s Day gifts are the ones that come from the heart. Consider your dad’s favorite things as you think about the best Father’s Day presents you could possibly give to show your love and appreciation for your pops.  Here are a few suggestions for Father’s Day gifts to give your dad this year.

Best Father’s Day Gifts for the Outdoorsman
Lots of fathers enjoy time outside, whether hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, playing sports, or another outdoor activity. Consider these best gifts for Father’s Day for the athletic or outdoorsman type dad.

–    Camping Gear – a new tent, fancy lanterns, cool camping gadgets, camping cooler, camping utensils, and more

–    Fishing Gear – a new fishing pole, tackle box, bait and lures, mounted prize fish, waders or boots, fishing net, fish finder watch, or other fishing gadgets and gear

–    Hunting Gear – new camouflage gear, hats and gloves, animal calls, targets, arrows or bullets, or a gift certificate to his favorite hunting shop

–    Sports Equipment – a new football, baseball glove, soccer ball, volleyball, workout clothing, runner’s watch, new running shoes, hockey stick, rollerblades, ice skates, or any number of other cool sporting goods

Best Father’s Day Gifts for the Techie Dad
Tech savvy dads will love gifts of gadgets and electronics above most else. Consider these suggestions for best gift ideas for techie dads.

–    Digital Camera or Video Camera – consider some of the top models in digital cameras and digital video cameras, including Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20K 14.1 MP Digital Camera, Canon PowerShot A3000IS 10 MP Digital Camera, Flip UltraHD Video Camera, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V 10.2MP, Canon PowerShot ELPH, or Canon SX30IS 14.1MP Digital Camera.

–    iPod Touch – any dad who loves music and gadgets will love an iPod Touch or other iPod device that fits within your budget.

–    GPS System – consider the wildly popular Garmin nüvi devices, TomTom XXL, and even the GPS watches like Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor.

–    Kindle Reading Device – help dad read inside or outside with ease using Amazon’s Kindle, a bestseller on Amazon.com.

–    Mobile Phone – upgrade Dad’s cell phone with a cool new Android device!

–    Netbook or other Laptop – Dad will love the ability to surf the Web or do other tasks on the fly with a new Netbook or other cool laptop model.

–    Video Game System or Blu-ray / DVD Player – What Dad doesn’t love video games and movies? Consider getting Dad a Roku XDS Streaming Player so he can watch movies on TV, streamed from the Internet. You might also like the Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Integrated-Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player, Sony DVP-SR200P/B DVD Player, LG BD630 Network Blu-ray Disc Player, or LG BD670 3D Wireless Network Blu-ray Disc Player with Smart TV. A Coby TFDVD7009 7-Inch Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player is another fun option for Dad!

Best Father’s Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad
Dads who love food are sure to appreciate any number of the best Father’s Day gifts you can think of related to sweets and treats, gourmet food, cool cooking gadgets or small kitchen appliances, and even gift cards to Dad’s favorite restaurant. Here are a few ideas for presents you can buy for the foodie dad.

–    Sweets and Treatschocolate covered pretzels, Italian butter coo
kies, cheesecake, homemade cookies, chocolate chip cookies, donuts and Danish, candies or chocolates

–    Snack Gift Sets – gift sets of assorted nuts, gourmet popcorn, gift basket of salty snacks, beef jerky, or other fun snacks for Dad

–    Small Kitchen Appliances – fun gifts for the dad who likes to cook, such as quesadilla maker, popcorn popper, ice cream maker, deep fryer, sandwich press, George Foreman grill, Belgian waffle iron, breakfast sandwich toaster, or other fun kitchen gadgets

–    Gourmet Food Clubs – get Dad a membership to a gourmet food club that he would love, like hot sauce of the month, jam or jelly of the month, cookie of the month, fruit of the month, spice of the month, and so many others

–    Gift Cards to Restaurants – pick Dad’s favorite place and set him up for a free meal. Consider steakhouses, Brazilian Barbecue restaurants, seafood places, buffet style restaurants, and others

Best Father’s Day Gifts for the Traveler
Gifts for dads who enjoy traveling are available across a wide spectrum. Here are a few ideas for the best travel themed gifts.

–    New Luggage – get Dad a new set of luggage, or a single piece such as a laptop bag, carryon bag, toiletries storage bag, or other fun luggage item.

–    Travel Pillow – find a nice travel pillow for Dad so he can sleep on the plane!

–    Gift Certificates for Travel – consider airline gift cards, hotel stays, cruises, bed and breakfast stays, and more

Best Father’s Day Gifts for Any Dad
Sometimes it seems like Dad has everything. Other times it may seem completely impossible to shop for him for one reason or another. Sometimes the gift of experience can be the best gift of all, as long as you are able to spend time with your dad. Consider these ideas for the best Father’s Day gifts of experience.

–    Brewery Tour – Take Dad on a tour and tasting for a nearby brewery. You can also check for distilleries and wineries, depending on your dad’s tastes.

–    Fishing Trip – Rent a boat or get on a charter or party boat and take Dad out to catch Big Charlie.

–    Tee Time – Take your dad out for some chip ‘n putt, miniature golf, or even a few rounds at your local golf course.

These are just a few suggestions for the best Father’s Day gifts you should consider for your Dad based on his particular interests and hobbies. If you have other ideas for great gifts for dads, for Father’s Day or even Christmas, birthday, or another holiday, please leave your suggestions in our comments below.

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide for Dads of All Ages

Is that smile on your dad’s face real or is he just pretending to like the gift you have given him? Showing your dad how much you love him is important every day of the year, but even more so on that special day of all days the world has set aside for fathers of all ages- Father’s Day. Gifts that show your appreciation and respect for your father can run the gamut from indulgent twists on necessities to sweet treats to tasty liquors to engaging books to useful, enjoyable electronics to hobby items to so much more!

While Father’s Day might have originally been intended for dads with children of their own, it has grown into a holiday that celebrates biological dads, step dads, grandfathers, and men who stand in for dads that can no longer be there. Father’s Day is also the perfect time to celebrate men who lavish their love on their pets, nephews, or nieces. Anyone who acts as a dad can be loved and honored on Father’s Day, the day for dads of all kinds and ages. Celebrate the dads in your life this Father’s Day with a thoughtful gift selection, a sentimental card, and a sweet smile!

Pampering dad is something you can do in a number of ways depending on the type of dad you have. If you want to choose the perfect gift for Father’s Day, just think about your dad, his background, his hobbies, and how much you love him. Then, check out this Father’s Day gift guide for some really unusual suggestions for pleasing dad on his special day.

SNACKS AND SWEETS

Women aren’t the only ones with a sweet tooth. Many dads have a special confectionary that they enjoy even if they can’t afford the calories. A wonderful Father’s Day gift is easily created simply by gathering a few treats together into a basket for that special man in your life.

The Vermont Country Store Orton Copper Kettle Fudge Sampler: Sweets and treats are the perfect solution for a Father’s Day gift that encourages a smile to widen into a grin. The Vermont Country Store Orton Copper Kettle Fudge Sampler offers a delightful taste of four popular flavors for dads everywhere to enjoy. Orton Copper Kettle Fudge is creamy and delicious down to the last morsel. Visit www.vermontcountrystore.com for more information or to take a look at some of their other items.

The Vermont Country Store Cookie Buttons: Whether dad drinks coffee, tea, or milk, the sweet taste of cookies is almost always a true pleasure. The Vermont Country Store Cookie Buttons offer an all-natural treat with a “purely” maple taste. Made in Vermont, Vermont Cookie Buttons are also sold in Snappy Ginger, Double Vanilla, Spicy Cinnamon, Zesty Lemon, and Peanut Butter.

That’s Caring Hard at Work Snacks and Sweets Collection: Most dads spend quite a lot of their lives hard at work so they can provide for their family. Why not show your appreciation to dad this Father’s Day with a gift choice from That’s Caring Hard at Work Snacks and Sweets Collection? The original version of the That’s Caring Hard at Work gift includes a delicious assortment of Fleur de Sel Caramel Corn, Brent & Sams Cookies in two flavors, Lake Champlain Chocolate in 2 assorted bars, Roasted Salted Cashews, and Roasted Almonds with Sea Salt- all of which is tucked into a white hard hat. This is a sweet tasting, decorative gift that should perk up any dad’s smile easily enough. This particular gift sells for $38.99, but you can check out their website, www.thatscaring.com, for other options.

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What man doesn’t deserve…

 


Father’s Day Messages: Greetings, Letters, and Comments for Dad, Stepfather, Father-in-Law, and Grandfather

Keep these tips in mind for creating the best Father's Day messages for Dad.Father’s Day is a fun time to get together with Dad and make some great memories. Whether you choose to go out to dinner, barbeque at home, or take a fishing trip, your Father’s Day will likely be memorable and enjoyable. In addition to spending special time with dad, stepdad, or father-in-law, be sure to choose a Father’s Day card that summarizes your feelings for the special men in your life.

You can browse the Father’s Day cards at the store, choose a funny Father’s Day ecard, or make your own greeting card for Dad’s Day. You can also show your love and appreciation with Father’s Day messages, greeting cards, letters, e-mails, and comments in person.

To help you come up with the perfect sentiments, greetings, messages, or comments for Father’s Day, consider this list of things you can say to your dad, stepdad, father-in-law, or grandfather on the special day. You can also show a little appreciation for your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s dad or grandfather on this family focused holiday.

A Special Father’s Day Wish for Dad
To show your dad how much you care, prepare a special wish for Dad on Father’s Day. You can enclose your wish for your dad in a sealed letter or greeting card, you can write it into a poem or song, or you can simply mention your special wish aloud to Dad. You can also share a special Father’s Day wish with your stepfather, father-in-law, grandfather, or your girlfriend’s dad or boyfriend’s dad.

As you prepare your special sentiments for your dad, think about how much he means to you. Compose a special wish that lets him know how important he is and how much you enjoy spending time with him. You can also wish for things for him, like lots of love, relaxation, success, happiness, and good health.

Consider these things you can say to Dad on Father's Day.Here are some Father’s Day phrases and comments you can include in a greeting for Dad:

–    Wishing you only the best this day and always, Dad!
–    Hoping you enjoy a day of relaxation and fun. Happy Father’s Day!
–    Sending you special wishes for a memorable Father’s Day.
–    Happy Father’s Day to the best Dad in the world!
–    Dad, you have been such a strong and positive influence on my life. I cannot thank you enough for all you’ve done.

Heartfelt Father’s Day Sentiments for Your Stepfather
Father’s Day is an important time to recognize and appreciate the paternal figures in our lives, including stepdads. To show your stepfather how much you care on Father’s Day, prepare a special stepdad greeting. You can find a Father’s Day greeting card especially for stepdads, or you can find one that is somewhat generic if you don’t want to overdo it on the “Dad” and “Father” theme.

Sometimes it may be difficult to express feelings on family holidays to a stepparent and other times it may come entirely naturally. The important thing is that you do what feels most comfortable and natural to you in this situation. If your family situation is a bit more delicate than the next, simply take your time and proceed with caution. You don’t absolutely have to send a Father’s Day card to your stepfather if you don’t want to do it, but it would be nice to send a note or make a phone call to show how much you care if you have a good relationship.

Consider some of these suggestions for stepdad messages and sentiments on Father’s Day:

–    Thanks for all that you do… you are a very important and special part of my life.
–    Thinking of you on Father’s Day and wishing you a memorable and enjoyable day.
–    Happy Father’s Day! Just wanted you to know I appreciate all that you do. With Love, [name]

Thoughtful Father’s Day Greeting for Father-in-Law and Grandfather…