Celebrating Dad (and all the male role models in our lives) is pretty darned easy – these are the guys, the dudes, the fathers, the step-dads, the brothers and sons who show up for us and support us with their hugs and counsel. Yeah, they may tell some corny jokes from time-to-time but they always make us smile.
Herewith, our Father’s Day Gift Guide for spoiling these men who matter.
Go big or go home with this gift. Steve and Sandy Schoettle hand-craft these backyard beauties in their coastal Georgia forge. Each piece can be modified to be the entertaining showstopper your dad wants. Add on the pig-tail poker or skewer set to secure your place as the favorite child.
From Bainbridge, Georgia, Eldrick Jacobs makes custom hats that might just be your king’s new crown. Dad can choose from a number of materials and adornments to make this lid all his.
This Bloody Mary mix from Nat Hendricks’ Atlanta-based Sister’s Sauce is the perfect balance of tart, savory and complex – kinda like Dad himself. Pull together all the traditional accompaniments (stuffed olives, pickled okra, maybe a strip of crispy bacon) and you have the makings of a great front porch catch-up session with Dad.
Speaking of great cocktails, if your father-figure enjoys a pre-prandial libation, he probably appreciates a proper set-up on the home bar. Round out his beverage choices with a piece or two of vintage bar ware from J. Earl & Sons. Rattan ice buckets, tartan plaid cocktail napkins and one-of-a-kind vintage finds (think equestrian-themed bottle openers, antler-handled wine pulls, pewter catch-all trays) are a few of the items that purveyor Jeff Parrott has on offer.
Dads with green thumbs (or those who aspire to have them) will find scads of inspiration in this new book from Ohio-based garden designers Nick & Allison McCullough. Featuring modern and classic gardens, coast-to-coast, there is green inspiration on every page.
Designed in Owensboro, KY and made in America, the Brit & Blue Signature Jacket is soon to become the most worn item in Dad’s closet. The company’s tagline reads “Half a cup of Bond, half a cup of Dutton” which tells you almost everything you need to know about the jacket’s versatility. Available in ready-to-wear and made-to-measure options, this expertly tailored sport coat is constructed of hard-working duck cloth, a material that only gets better with every wear. He’ll pair it with olive-green khakis, white or dark denim, and a simple button-down. Just tell him to get ready to be noticed.
Opelika, AL-based wildlife artist Andrew Lee is known for the stunning artwork he creates celebrating the sporting life. Clients can commission paintings of their family hound on a hunt or choose an original watercolor or pencil drawing of an outdoor pursuit they love. Lee even has a selection of gifts under $30 – notepads, fly-fishing lure prints, bespoke oyster-shucking knives, notecards and more – for even the most budget-minded gift-giver.
If “nippers, clamps and bobbins” are part of your dad’s vocabulary, he will be excited to receive new gear from the folks at Dr. Slick Co., purveyors of some of the best fly-fishing tools and accessories out there. Their clamp gift sets are an ideal starting point and you can build out from there.
Something truly exceptional is happening on The Plains. Open since just last fall, The Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Sciences Center on the campus of Auburn University is home to the Horst Schulze School of Hospitality Management. Yes, this is where culinary and event management students take classes but The Rane Center is also the site of ultra-luxury The Laurel Hotel & Spa, 1856 – Culinary Residence restaurant, a microbrewery, food hall, rooftop garden and full poolside cabana service. Gift Dad a weekend away when The Rane Center offers Epicurean Experiences curated by the annual Chef-in-Residence, classes with a Master Sommelier, or just a little rest and relaxation.