I know you didn’t leave getting Dad a little something to show your appreciation—on top of your time and attention this Sunday, of course—until the last minute, but, just in case, here are a few ideas that won’t cost you what he paid for a semester of your college career (despite well-meaning protests like, “Remind me what kind of job you’re going to get with a Philosophy degree…”) in overnight shipping. Just one more reason—or five—to shop local.
Hit It Out of the Park
With these cufflinks made from a baseball used in a real-life MLB game; he’ll love looking up the history of where and when his was in play. (Available in store now: Yankees, Mets, Cardinals, Red Sox, and Tigers; other teams by order if you want to go the hug-and-an-IOU route)
The Silk Road, Bronxville
Image: The Silk Road
For the Grill Master
In a nutshell: The ingenious motorized Grillbot cleans up his pride and joy post-cookout at the push of a button. Pro: No more hours scraping the Weber to death. Con: He’ll have to take out his work-related aggression elsewhere.
Charles Department Store, Katonah
Long Story Short
The whole family can agree he needs a new pair; a reversible Tailor Vintage style is like giving him two, fashionably bridging the gap between his work pants and yard-work cargo shorts.
$95 to $125
O2 @ outerluxe, Larchmont
Image: Tailor Vintage
Best of Both Worlds
The Spa & Golf Package is an oldie but a goodie—and it’s specially priced for the big guy this holiday: a one-on-one pro golf lesson plus a 60-minute Swedish massage equals one happy weekend. (Skip the trip to purchase and get the gift card emailed to you or him.)
$195 for Father’s Day ($235 value)
Oasis Day Spa, Dobbs Ferry
Image: Oasis Day Spa
When All Else Fails
…feed him. Pair these delectable Chappaqua-made nuts (a personal favorite)—in savory-sweet or spicy flavors—with a good read from your neighborhood bookseller, a show you just know he’d love on DVD, or a save-the-date for a day of hiking, just the two of you.
$3.49, Grab & Go bag; $10, 8-oz Mason jar; $36, 32-oz party-size jar
Image: Bobbysue’s Nuts