Father's Day is coming up -- on Sunday, June 19, to be exact. The beauty of Father’s Day gift-giving is that it has always allowed for a wide range of gift choices.
Sure, candy (you know Dad has a sweet tooth) and greeting cards are allowed, but gift-giving for Dad needn’t be so limited.
If there’s a trick to Father’s Day gift-giving, then it's probably knowing what kind of gifts your dad will appreciate most. Does he love entertainment? Is he a guy who likes being outdoors and can’t get enough of nature? Or is your father someone who would appreciate the latest electronic gadget?
This year, Belmont Patch provides you with a wide range of gift choices to select from. With any luck, you’ll find a gift that Dad will enjoy and remember fondly years from now.
Is your father a movie fan?
Whether your father is looking forward to seeing big Hollywood movies such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon, or Cowboys and Aliens, or prefers smaller films such as Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, a movie gift card enables him to go to his favorite theater to enjoy a movie and perhaps swing past the concession stand for popcorn.
Movie cards from theater chains such as Regal and Cinemark are available online or in local stores including and
With the summer movie season now in full swing, this will be the perfect gift for a dad who loves movies.
A Hardcover Book
Dad might have a library stocked with great books, but chances are he does not have some of the newer and interesting titles now in stores.
Whether he is looking for something to read at the beach or while sitting quietly in the family room, there are plenty of good book titles out there.
Notable new books include the following: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (The Devil in the White City), Manning Marable’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin.
Some men prefer the hottest things in electronics. And it doesn’t get any hotter than e-readers such as the Kindle and the Nook.
With the Kindle’s ability to store 3,500 books, Dad should have enough reading material to last a lifetime.
Both the Nook and the Kindle are priced around $139, depending on model selected.
The Nook may be purchased at the Barnes and Noble in San Mateo and the Kindle can be purchased directly from Amazon.com.
Okay, maybe Dad will not appreciate the new Lady Gaga, but there's lots of new and interesting music available for him.
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two by The Beastie Boys
The Ultimate Collection by Sade
McCartney II (Original Recording Remastered, Deluxe Edition) by Paul McCartney
What’s Going On: 40th Anniversary (Super Deluxe Edition Box Set) by Marvin Gaye
OUTDOORS AND NATURE
Grill Tools and Grill Accessories
For the Dad who has manned the family BBQ grill for years with the same old tools, surprise him with something new. There’s certainly a variety of grill tools to fit any budget.
After all, Dad probably doesn’t have a shiny new grill basket just waiting for summer vegetables.
A variety of grill tools can be purchased for less than $20 at in the Carlmont Shopping Center and at Walgreens.
BBQ Branding Iron
If Dad is a steak man (some are) then a branding iron allows him to brand his steak with his favorite team or even the old alma mater.
For the dad who loves nature, how about a hummingbird feeder? Ace Hardware has several models, all under $20.
AN ASSORTMENT OF GIFTS
A framed photo of the kids just might make the perfect accessory for Dad’s desk at the office or at home. A stylish yet inexpensive frame can be purchased for as little as $10 at local stores such as Walgreens.
Perhaps that photo that’s been sitting on Dad’s desk at work is a tad dated and here’s an opportunity to give him an update that takes little work on his part.
Buy a frame, insert a recent picture and wrap it for the big guy.
Ah, nothing says party like a tub full of cold beverages. Get Dad his own beverage tub. Don’t forget to stock it with plenty of bottles of beer or cans of soda.
Tubs can be purchased at Walgreens for under $20 (beer and soda not included).
A Bottle of Whiskey
Belmont is lucky to have several retail outlets that stock a wide selection of whiskey. Don’t just get Dad just any bottle of whiskey. How about a bottle of the good stuff (within reason, of course)?
The following super premium brands are available for purchase in Belmont: Johnnie Walker Green Label, Gentleman Jack, and Pebble Beach Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Whether you are looking to get Dad flowers, a plant, or a fruit basket, has a number of options to help brighten your father’s day.
There are plenty of options in the $40-60 range.