Father’s Day 2021 is definitely looking way better than last year —all the more reason to celebrate Dad on his day. And to make this one he’ll remember, why not give him something he’ll appreciate and support local biz at the same time? Whether it’s his favorite beverage and swag from a local brewery or distillery, tickets to a National Golf Tournament at an NJ club, or a token for his love of the Garden State, we’ve got 12 ideas to give to all the men in your life (new dad, dad-to-be, grandpa, uncle or father figure) to make his day even more special.
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12 Gifts To Celebrate Every Dad this Father’s Day
Get into the spirit(s)
Spirits are always a good idea, and a handcrafted small-batch one from Corgi Spirits in Jersey City distillery puts a spin on the usual. Inspired by Great Britain, their Earl Grey Gin ($30) has all the refinement of its namesake tea (it’s distilled with the tea and zingy bergamot) and mixes well with a dash of club soda, lemon, and a bit of honey. Pair it with on-the-rocks tumblers (we are partial to these with a map of Hoboken in keeping with the Hudson County theme), and you’ve got a gift he’ll enjoy on his off-duty hours.
Elevate his frame game
Get on board
The family-run Greenlines from Fair Haven (where they also have a flagship store) has classic boardshorts with a purpose in mind—to be environmentally conscious. These comfy and quick-drying board shorts (made with recycled plastic bottles) use a process that emits less energy and CO2 than polyester ones, and the company donates profits back to beach and ocean conservation. And, of course, the cool design with bright colors and surfer stripes is perfect for looking snappy at the shore or backyard pool (there are kid sizes for dad and lad photo ops too).
Bring his favorite shore spot home
What’s almost as good as being at the shore? Seeing it on your wall at home. Find his go-to shore place in a sky shot taken by Asbury-based aerial photographer Claudia Chloe. With a bird’s eye view of every shore area from Sandy Hook to Cape May, a wall photo or mini in a frame will give him all the summer feels even in the dead of winter.
Give him a rest
Prep his travel gear
Keep it real cool
Savor the taste of a local
Put pizza on the menu anytime, anywhere
Watch the pros play
A gift of watching the pros play at one of the top golf courses in the country? Yes, please. Any dad that loves golf will appreciate a pass to witness the world’s best at the only PGA Tour in the NJ/NY area this year—the opening event of the FedExCup Playoffs. The Northern Trust will feature 125 of the top-ranked players at Liberty National Golf Course on August 18-22, and dad can spend the day on the front rope lines for a close-up view or admire from afar while sipping a glass of wine along the 16th tee at the Meomi Wine Garden. You can buy tickets now (starting at $30) and for a real treat, book him in the Ultra Club, stadium-style seating overlooking the competition on the final hole with food offerings and premium beverages for sale.
Spend the day on the swells
For the dad who always loves an adventure or maybe just wants to brush up on his skills—a gift of private surfing lessons from a local pro can make a day at the shore that much more exciting. Get out on the ocean with the Hammer Surf School, founded by Sam Hammer, a Lavellete born and notable East Coast surfer with a roster of pro competitions under his belt and unbeatable knowledge about the shore. Private and adult group lessons are available in Spring Lake, Lavallette, and Seaside Park for all skill levels, and for that dad who’s (almost) pro-level, one-on-one coaching sessions with Sam are available too.
Got a dad who loves a good cigar? Give him a box of his favorites and a day pass to the clubby Davidoff Lounge at The Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood. At this smoking lounge, he can take puffs on a custom leather smoking chair and unwind by the 8-foot enclosed fireplace while debating the finer points of a quality stogie. And if he’s a real aficionado, spring for a club membership, which offers amenities like a personal humidor and monthly cigar credit.