From Panama Jack — June 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

7 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dad

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It’s time to celebrate Dad!

The third Sunday of June officially marks Father’s Day in many countries throughout the world. It’s a day to show your dad that you’re grateful for everything that he does. A heartfelt note goes a long way, but you might also want to toss in a token of your appreciation in the form of a gift.

This is often easier said than done—dads are notoriously difficult to shop for. Luckily, with Father’s Day coinciding with the official start of summer, there are plenty of sun-inspired gifts that you can give your dad to help him make the most of his summer. Here are a few ideas.

BBQ Gear
Summer means outdoor grilling, and lots of it! Get inspired by the grill: pick up a new set of barbeque tools so that dad has everything he needs to fix a feast. Pair it with a cookbook (try Weber’s Way to Grill), or go all out with a customized branding iron with dad’s monogram so that he can officially give steaks his stamp of approval.

Cap It Off
Keep dad cool, both literally and figuratively, with a stylish hat. If your dad is the sporty type, opt for a traditional ball cap style or visor. You can never go wrong with the classics: whether your dad is a golfer, gardener, outdoorsman, or urban dweller, the Original Canvas Safari Hat is a sure bet.

And the Beer of the Month is…
For the father who appreciates a fine brew, treat him to the gift that keeps on giving: a membership to the Beer of the Month Club. Every month, your father will receive a hand-picked twelve-pack of assorted beers that fit the theme you’ve chosen, whether it’s U.S. Microbrews, Rare Beers, or International Beers.

Made From the Heart
Feeling creative? Work your magic in the kitchen to create some one-of-a-kind concoctions for your dad. Try mixing up homemade sauces and marinades to be slathered on grilled veggies and meats. For the cocktail-loving dad, create DIY infusions with vodka (or a spirit of your choice) paired with spices, herbs, or fruits. Serve chilled on a sunny deck for the optimal experience.

Customized Jerky
For an outdoorsy dad who needs to keep snacks on hand while hiking, canoeing, or fishing, surprise him with some customized jerky created just for him. Starting with a base of grass-fed beef, Slant Shack Jerky allows you to build the ultimate beef jerky suited specially to dad’s palette: pick a marinade, a rub, and a glaze that will leave your father’s mouth watering.

Sit Back and Relax
Give your dad the means to enjoy those long, lazy days of summer. A quality Adirondack chair is the perfect out-of-the-box gift idea for the dad who insists he doesn’t need anything. Whether he’s reading the paper, doing the crossword, or just watching the world go by, he’ll truly appreciate the classic looks and comfort of a traditional Adirondack.

The Gift of Time
For the dad who truly does have everything and is known to toss gifts into the back of his closet, give him something intangible: your time. Gather your mom and siblings and treat dad to lunch, a beer on the patio, or an extra long walk with the dog. Sometimes, creating a memory is the best gift you can give.

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