Father’s Day is almost here, which means it’s time to buy dear old dad a gift. Over the years of talking to friends and family, I’ve heard one recurring theme: dads, for some reason, are always hard to shop for. Well, stay stumped no longer! Here is a list of gifts that’s sure to have something amazing for every dad, stepfather and grandpa in your life.
Treat your father to a pair of coasters that show off his colorful sense of humor, while protecting his solid oak coffee table. While life may be too short for cheap bourbon, it’s likely to be even shorter if you ruin his furniture.
These coasters can be purchased at Quirks for $6.95 a piece. Quirks is open Monday-Saturday10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
2. Handmade mug
Rather than another “world’s best dad” mug opt for a handmade mug from A Touch of Earth. This rustic looking mug is stylish enough that he won’t feel embarrassed using it in the office, and most of the stoneware in the store is handcrafted by artists in Virginia.
This handcrafted mug can be purchased from A Touch of Earth for $39. The store is open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
3. A trip to Revolution Golf and Grille
Whether golf is a pastime your dad does not have the budget for or something he’s always wanted to try, Revolution Golf and Grille is just the spot for him. The restaurant has six virtual golf stations, where dad can practice his putt at more than 32 golf courses from around the world. No clubs? No problem. The restaurant has gear they are happy to loan out.
After or while swinging away, Revolution Golf and Grill is also a restaurant with a full menu and bar. With 35 craft beers on tap, there’s sure to be something he’ll love.
Games are $20 an hour Monday-Thursday, and $35 an hour Friday-Sunday. Equipment rental is $10 a period. Revolution Golf and Grille is open from Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11-12 a.m.
4. Restored Book
Perhaps your father has a religious scripture passed down from his grandfather, or a novel from his childhood that has definitely seen better days. This Father’s Day surprise him by getting his favorite book restored. Davie Burgdorf at Colonial Folk Art can conserve, restore and bind your father’s old book. With a caring hand and a passion for the craft, he’ll take great care of dad’s favorite read.
Depending on the damage and services needed, restoring a book may cost anywhere from under $100 to somewhere in the thousands. There are also already restored books by Burgadof at Colonial Folk Art Gallery you can purchase. Most of these are around $125.The shop is open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
5. Brie Baker
My dad and his friends often host scotch and cigar parties, where they hang out and watch football. One thing my dad loves to do when he hosts is put out a spread of impressive snacks. His go-to is the assorted cheese plate, which is why I was so drawn to this brie baker. It’s a different take on a classic appetizer. Bake any brie or Camembert in the oven and your dad has a warm indulgent snack for his guests.
The brie baker can be purchased from A Touch of Earth for $28. The store is open 30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from noon.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday noon.-5 p.m.
6. “A Link Among the Days”
If your dad is a history buff consider buying him “A Link Among the Days: The Life and Times of the Reverand Doctor W. A. R. Goodwin and the Father of Colonial Williamsburg” by Dennis Montgomery. This is the true story of how Goodwin helped create and preserve Colonial Williamsburg for future generations to enjoy and learn from.
This book can be purchased at the Bruton Parish Gift Shop for $19.95. The Bruton Parish Gift Shop is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
7. Something to snack on
If there’s one thing everyone can appreciate it’s good food. Find your dad the perfect snack at the Peanut Shop. While you can find salted peanuts at any grocery store or gas station, the Peanut Shop has unique flavors from hot wasabi and honey mustard to a special pub mix featuring the Dog Street Pub’s logo.
Prices range from $2.99 for four ounces of peanuts to $17.99 for 32 ounces of peanuts. The medium size is 10 ounces of peanuts for $6.99. The Peanut Shop is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
8. Local brew
Williamsburg is lucky in that it has a rich local brewery presence. From the small-batch brews at Aleworks Brewing Company to the sweet honey mead of Silver Hand Meadery, there are plenty of choices. Most local breweries in the area are happy to fill up a growler for you with their house beer or ale, making the perfect gift for a father with a discerning taste.
A bottle of mead will cost $21-24, but they give free samples to help you make the right choice. Silver Hand Meadery is open Monday-Thursday noon-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday noon-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. To fill a 64-ounce growler at Aleworks Brewing Company with their four main brews will cost $12-16. The taproom is open Monday-Saturday noon-9 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m.
9. A new best friend
Is your dad lonely? Maybe a lot of his buddies have moved or he’s just lost his significant other. They say you can’t buy friends, but you sure can adopt them at the Heritage Humane Society. You can find him anything from man’s best friend to an energetic rabbit.
The Humane Society is open Tuesday-Sunday noon-4:30 p.m. for adoptions.
Amelia Heymann can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on twitter @HeymannAmelia.