I tried to find gift ideas that might be a bit different—no ties or golf-related items {wink}. Links to resources in the product names.

Home made hot sauce

Homemade Hot Sauce

For those of you who like to cook, this could really be a special gift, it won’t cost a lot or take a lot of time. And personal touches such as custom labels and special bottles or jars take it to the next level (check Ikea, TJ Maxx, Home Goods or even WalMart). A couple of recipes I found:

Bacon Bourbon Brittle

Homemade Bourbon Bacon Brittle

I had initially found an artisanal shop that offered boozy brittles and gourmet marshmallows, but sadly they only do local catering now. But I wanted some of their brittle! So here’s another homemade item that would surely be appreciated by dad (or mom…or just about anyone). Gift packaging idea: wrap brittle within sheets of tissue paper and put into a cigar box.

On the Rocks Chillers set

On the Rocks Drink Chillers

Serve drinks literally “on the rocks.” Smooth, circular granite disks made from polished rocks found on New England beaches, these chill dad’s drink of choice without diluting it. Set of six stones with a hardwood storage tray and two recycled glass tumblers.
Retail: $34

Insulated Growler

DrinkTanks® Insulated Growler

Premium Stainless steel construction (BPA-free) with double walled vacuum insulation keeps beer—or any beverage—cold for 24+ hours or hot for 12+ hours. Made in Oregon, dishwasher safe, durable and leakproof with lifetime warranty. (To turn your growler into a mini keg, get the keg cap accessory kit, which includes a cap, CO2 injector and two CO2 cartridges: $45)
128 oz  Retail: $109-114 — (depends upon color)
64 oz. Retail: $69-74 (depends upon color)

Shaving soap and brush

Dirty Deeds Soaps Shaving Set

Give the gift of classic grooming: handmade beer shaving soap, boar-bristle brush and round beechwood soap dish. Shaving soap is made in small batches with natural ingredient—ensuring a big lather but without chemicals that can dry skin out—and a large variety of scents from which to choose (unscented also available). Additional 3-packs of shaving soap bars also offered. Made in Texas.
Retail: $25

Sawyer Water Filtration System

Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System

For the outdoorsman or prepper, this item fits into the palm of your hand and cleans 99.9999% of bacteria and other harmful organisms out of water—10 times more than EPA-accepted standards. Kit includes mini water filter with tip cap, 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch, drinking straw and cleaning plunger (syringe).
Retail: $18-21 (depends upon color)

RAVPower Portable Charger

RAVPower Portable Charger

In keeping with the camping/hiking/outdoorsy theme, the RAVPower has 20100 mAh battery and three ports (including USB-C/Type-C ports). The powerful Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 chipset boasts up to 75% faster charging and recharging than competitors. It isn’t exactly pocket-sized, but for an entire week this could keep a phone or tablet charged when you’re off-grid in the woods somewhere.
Retail: $56

Cooler on wheels with speakers

Collapsible Cooler on Wheels with Speakers

Cooler has a retractable handle, heavy-duty wheels and water-resistant AM/FM radio panel. Input jack and cables allow you hook up an iPod, MP3 player or other device so you can listen to your favorite tunes while grilling, camping, chilling at the beach, tailgating…. Cooler keeps up to 60 cans ice cold. Uses one 9V battery.
On Sale: $50

Chops on ManGrates

ManGrate Cast Iron Grill Grates

Know a guy who likes to grill? Even if he’s not exactly Bobby Flay, these babies make grilling easy. Heavy-duty, American-made cast iron provide even heat distribution, and the patented design virtually eliminates flare-ups. Each grate measures 4.25” x 15”, so they are placed side-by-side on top of the existing grill grates.  
40% OFF grates & brushes: Use Code DAD40


Photo at top by Eugene Spiegel