Father’s Day is June 21. Stumped on what to get Dad, other than a day all to himself? We’ve rounded up 19 ideas, including picks for his wardrobe, the home bar, the patio, and more.
A water-resistant watch
Bonus points if the timepiece doesn’t require a second mortgage. Each of these Citizen styles is designed to withstand splashing, showering, swimming, and the occasional beer spill. From left: $195, $275, and $295 at Moyer Fine Jewelers. Open for in-store shopping.
A Wine of the Month membership
Talk about bottle service. Dad can discover a new favorite in a monthly haul from Greg Hardesty’s culinary play space, Studio C ($40 for two bottles; options are red, white, or a variety), or from Goose the Market ($34 for one red and one white or $49 for one red, one white, and a mystery bottle of wine, beer, sake, or other libation). Order both online.
A cocktail kit
If he’s more likely to shake up a cocktail than pour some Cabernet, West Fork Whiskey is now operating as a carryout bottle shop where you’ll find 12-ounce cocktail mixers (left; $10 or $20) or whiskey bundles (prices vary). Order online.
Tinker Coffee subscription
Dad can be properly caffeinated all month long with a subscription box from this local roaster. Choose from two ($30), three ($42), or four ($50) bags that are delivered to your door. They’ll grind the beans for you, too. Order online.
A new book
Supporting an independent bookstore AND giving Dad the perfect accompaniment while he sips his wine, cocktail, or coffee is an all-around win. There might still be time to order from one of Indiana’s black-owned bookshops, Brain Lair Books and Beyond Barcodes Bookstore. Indy Reads Books has numerous titles online for curbside pickup. Irvington Vinyl & Books opens for in-store browsing June 15, but you can also email owner Elysia Lucinda Smith to see if the store carries your desired picks. And in Zionsville, Black Dog Books is open for in-store shopping, too.
A good-cause T-shirt
Indy-based Sky Outfitters has a buy-one-give-one model to provide clothing to the homeless. BOGO is also what this soft, light, bamboo-blend Sunset Logo shirt ($28) says in Greek. The idea is that people will ask what it means and you’ll spread the word about Sky’s mission.
New running shoes
If quarantine has Dad musing about starting running, a pair of On shoes might finally get him moving. The brand has earned praise for its “CloudTec” technology that both cushions the blow when you land and helps propel you when taking off. $130 at Raleigh Limited Menswear. Open for in-store shopping.
Cool Dad shoes
Now that the running wardrobe has gotten an upgrade, maybe it’s time for the other pairs in his collection to receive 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 a lightweight option in a whimsical, seasonally appropriate pattern. The cocktails (left; $79) and flamingo ($63.20) styles are from Heritage Clothier & Home, while the Taylor Stitch “Hawthorne” in Flower Field (right; $125) is from James Dant. Shop James Dant online or schedule an appointment for in-store shopping.
A leather valet tray
Handcrafted pieces from Indy-based The Path Less Traveled, available in various sizes and leather and fastener colors ($22 to $26.50), give Dad a place 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. Find dinner inspiration in the form of baked macaroni and cheese, easy orange chicken, and, for after eating, gin and juice. $25 at Silver in the City. Another option: Trejo’s Tacos ($25), in which actor Danny Trejo shares 75 recipes for tacos, doughnuts, and more. Shop online or in store at two locations.
Newfangled Confections’ Father’s Day Gift Box
From the maker of Frittle comes an assortment of goodies featuring two new items: Hoptimist Crunch, a pretzel and beer peanut brittle, and bacon caramels, of which you receive 12. Also included are six truffles and a box of Frittle. $55 from Newfangled Confections. Order online.
The newest Corkcicle offering
Beers stay cold for up to three hours with the Arctican, a stainless-steel koozie that chills your beverage, not your hand. $20 at Silver in the City.
If camping or hiking adventures are on the docket this summer, Dad probably would appreciate a new bag with multiple compartments 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 order via phone and pick up curbside.
A pizza stone
The ceramic Weber Grilling Stone distributes heat evenly (essential for pizza), and is designed for gas, charcoal, and electric grills. $60 at Ace Hardware locations. Shop in store or online.
A Big Green Egg
Maybe Dad doesn’t want a pizza stone, he wants an entirely new grill. And if he’s been dropping hints about a Big Green Egg, now’s the time: The line is currently 20 percent off at O’Malia’s Living. Shop in store or call 317-846-6812.
Already have a BGE? Consider a new accessory, like the rib and roast rack, or acacia wood Egg Mates, to give the grillmaster more space. Prices vary by grill size.
A fire pit
Dad gets a fire pit, and you get a handy way to make s’mores all summer long. Everyone benefits. Bond Olivera 28-inch gas fire pit, $230 at Sullivan Hardware & Garden. Shop in store or order online for in-store pickup.
Swaying in the shade, beverage in hand, sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Castaway Duracord striped quilted hammock, $160 at Sullivan Hardware & Garden. Stand sold separately.