If there’s one silver lining that’s emerged from quarantine, it’s spending a lot of quality family time together with dad. And when you’re thinking about how to shower him with love this Father’s Day, why not turn to local to find that perfect something that says how much you and the kids appreciate him? We’ve got you covered with ideas from local NJ places that will deliver, ship, or have curbside pick up to make it easy for you to give dad the day he deserves.
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Show Dad Some Extra NJ Love This Father’s Day
Here’s how to take that mommy and me idea to a daddy and me level: Daddy’s Little Dress Shirts is a genius idea of customizing dad’s fave shirt into an adorable outfit for your daughter or son. To get that matchy-matchy look, buy two shirts, keep one for dad and send the other in their custom kit—just be sure to allow 3 to 4 weeks for your order to be made.
A new suit can be just the thing to shake off those quarantine blues and gear up for a season by the shore. Greenlines is a Fair Haven-based swim designer who makes classic high-quality boardshorts in bright tones with an eco-conscious slant—each suit is made from recycled plastic bottles and a portion of the sale is donated back to beach preservation. They also have sweatshirts, t-shirts, and more (plus styles for mom too, wink, wink).
The beer-loving dad will surely love a bunch of local brews to imbibe at home. Kane Brewing in Ocean will deliver to most counties and with new pints to try, including the creamy Golden Feelings and bourbon-aged-honey-based Nightmare At Sea. Also be sure to hit up Alementary Brewing Company for their Make Your Own Biergarten kit, a six-pack of the award-winning Hacksack Lager, and more. Other breweries for delivery or pick up we love: Untied Brewing Company in New Providence, Ghost Hawk Brewing in Clifton, Departed Soles Brewing Co in Jersey City, Bradley Brew Project in Bradley Beach, and Twin Elephant Brewing Company in Chatham.
For the dad who loves the local brewery, this bundle from Mudhen Brewing Co. in Wildwood will be good for now and later once reopening happens. It features a brewery t-shirt, a growler full of dad’s choice and a $25 gift card he can use towards food, merch, and of course, more beer.
If dad is more of a wine guy than a beer one, help support this local black-owned New Jersey business by gifting him wine from Lovelee Wine. Try the latest libation, a sparkling rosé that pairs beautifully with seafood, lite bites, and a cheese board (like the one below).
Get dad ready for some with some new pieces from Jetty, a coastal clothing brand that features graphic tees, sweatshirts, trunks, and our favorite— UV protection shirts. They have a ton of things for the whole fam, too. Plus you’ll get 10% off your first order when you sign up for their newsletter.
Who doesn’t love pie? Treat dad to a freshly baked, mail-order pie by Mr. Tod’s Pies. Try a classic like blueberry crumb or peach cobbler, or speak to dad’s fun side with a Reese’s or Oreo cream pie–dessert is served.
Celebrate dad with a wine and cheese hour—these artfully displayed boards from Farm To Board feature all local cheeses and charcuterie, and better yet, they’re available for contact-free delivery, so the only work you’ll need to do is open the bottle of wine (see above).
There will come a day when we will travel again, which is why giving him a travel bag now will make those future trips seem that much closer. A customized weekend bag from The Monogram Corner is roomy enough to bring on a family jaunt or quick business trip, and if he’s already covered in the luggage department, look for other monogrammed goods, including travel kits, carving boards, coffee mugs, and glass beer mugs.
What dad wouldn’t love a beer mug just for him—especially one declaring that he’s the Best Dad Ever or a “Rad Dad”. Mama + Three By The Sea has these and even wine glasses that can be customized if he’s more a wine guy. Pair it with his favorite six-pack or bottle for cheers on Father’s Day and every day after.
Known for their ax-throwing happy hours, Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Green Brook has guy-themed gifts sets with leather coasters, bottle openers, baseball caps, a pint glass, and a gift card he can use for the future reopening.
Want a great social distance summer activity? A standup paddleboard will let him hang solo by the shore or on a lake (and great for anyone in the fam too). Sandy Hook Kayaks has the latest in paddleboard designs as well as specials just in time for Father’s Day to get him geared up this season.