Beyond 'The Tie' — Dad's Day Gift Ideas

Need some fresh ideas for gifting the man who has everything? Read on!

When I was a kid, we had a pretty limited list of items on our Father's Day menu of gifts.

Dad could look forward each year to a new bottle of Old Spice or Aqua Velva, a pack of white short-sleeved Hanes Beefy T's, a box of handkerchiefs, or — wait for it — a new tie.

Fast forward a generation, and my husband and dad have both exhausted a updated list of tried-and-true manly gifts: trail mix, boutique beers, grilling accoutrements, pro-baseball/hockey/basketball tickets.

And they both have so many neckties that they could easily string them together to form a span across the Grand Canyon — twice.

It's time to think outside the (tie) box. Here's a few local and semi-local ideas  — plus a handful of dad gifts from the internet:

  • Learn 'Knife Skills' — Dad can take courses in Knife Skills, Italian Boot Camp, Wine Tasting and more at Classic Thyme Cooking School. There's also a Kids Cooking School if dad (and mom) need a break! — Westfield
  • Let Dad drive an exotic car — Zoom, zoom! Exotic driving experiences start at six laps with a professional driving instructor in the passenger seat providing coaching and feedback. Dad can choose from Porsches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Drives start at $169. — Englishtown, NJ
  • Tour a local brewery with DadClimax Brewery was at the forefront of the microbrewing craze (Dave Hoffmann previously owned The Brewmeister, a homebrew-supply store located in Cranford) and continues to brew some of the best beers around. Call (908) 620-9585 to schedule a tour. – Roselle Park, NJ

Instead of purchasing a present, do you want to make something out of the box for dad?


And from the Internet (you may need to pay extra for on-time delivery at this point!):

Finally, my personal favorite: 


Did we miss a great non-necktie Father's Day gift? Tell us in the comments!

- Thanks to Kathy Pigott for compiling most of this list!


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