Hi everyone! You guys are all ready for Father’s Day, right? You began to make your personalized gifts months ago, shipped them economy in May, and wrapped them last weekend? That was me on our first Father’s Day in 2015, but now I’m lucky if I can get my act together the week before. This time I'm bailing you out. I've researched where to get the perfect thing for that great dad in time for his big day. Below are some ideas for gifts you can pull together by Sunday the 18th.
But first, mark your calendars because BabyGotChat is hosting a Parent & Child meetup at The Play Place in Elmsford on Tuesday, June 13 between 9 and 11am. Come anytime, but if you can arrive before 9:30, admission is only $5. Siblings under a year are free with a paid child. If you haven’t been to The Play Place, it’s a fun spot with spaces for infants and toddlers and sports areas that even older kids will like. There are also tables and benches for when you want to take a break. Click here for more details. Hope to see you there!
Now, on to our gift list...
Category 1: Tickets
Maybe it’s too late to snag seats to Hamilton, but here are some next (okay, more like next-next-next) best things:
Dads ride free on Father’s Day! With $15 admission for everyone else. They are open from noon to 8pm, so let him sleep in and head over for low-key fun. Click here for more info.
Here are some events coming up that you can pass off as “For Father’s Day”:
Billy Joel at MSG
Dave Matthews Band at Jones Beach and Holmdel, NJ
Bob Dylan at the Capitol Theatre in Portchester
Neil Diamond at MSG
Grateful Dead tribute band at the Capitol Theatre
Pink Floyd tribute band at the Tarrytown Music Hall
Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater (if you haven’t been, this is a must-do)
Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theatre
Category 2: Personalized Gifts
Okay, so you're out of time to make him a personalized board book that you wrote and designed with custom photos of them (which is what I did for my husband on his first Father’s Day), but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in on some homemade fun.
Walgreens Photo Magnets
The Walgreens on Central Avenue near Ardsley Road prints photo magnets in store for same day pickup. This works out very well if, say, you are on a momcation cruise by yourself and miss the critical week before Mother’s Day to order a gift for Grandma. Check out this and other photo items available to print in store. Click here for more info.
Why make him a gift when your LO can do it for you? There are a few places in the area where you can bring your child to get crafty.
Paint Your Own Pottery: Located in the Midway Shopping Center on Central Avenue near Great Play in Scarsdale. Call to confirm hours and pricing. Click here for more info.
Fun Craft: Also on Central Avenue in Scarsdale, they accommodate walk-ins, but call to confirm. Click here for more info.
Plaster Palace: Located in Larchmont, this is another great place to create a masterpiece. They post their hours each week on their website. Click here for more info.
Putmeinthestory.com is just one of many online companies that will create a personalized story with your child's name and photo. This is a Father's Day present that does double duty as a gift for your kid. It's going to cost you a bit in expedited shipping, but if you act fast it can arrive in time! Click here for more info.
Category 3: Manly Gifts
Sure, these are closer to your typical gift ideas, but clichés exist for a reason, right?
Get him a growler of local beer from one of these watering holes:
Growler’s in Tuckahoe
Broken Bow Brewery in Tuckahoe
Beer Noggin in Bronxville
Craftsman Ale House in Harrison
Peekskill Brewery in Peekskill
Barnes & Noble in Eastchester has a well-curated Father’s Day display table with plenty of options. Or pick out a book from the local authors wall.
The Art of Shaving at the Westchester Mall has fancy shaving notions and lotions.
Rothman's in Scarsdale and their smaller store, Harry, in Bronxville are one of a handful of mens shops still around in the area. Click here for more info.
You can shop from your couch, but the money you save in time and gas you'll spend on fast shipping. The items below are all available to arrive before Father’s Day.
The Northwest Company has a fun selection of sports-themed bean bags, throw rugs, floor mats for the car, gym bags, and even window panels for his man cave. Not into sports? They also carry Marvel, Star Wars, and other entertainment-themed items.
Diaper Bag For Him
My husband hates holding my Vera Bradley bright purple quilted duffel, and he can’t be the only dad out there made to carry his wife's feminine diaper bag. So how about getting him his own? Skiphop has a version that's cute but rugged. Click here for more info.
Beer Cap Display Piece
Does he like beer...and a state? Uncommon Goods has a Beer Cap State wall plaque to for him to collect and display his favorite pours on his favorite state. Click here for more info.
Just what they sound like.... Enjoy a bevvy of items shipped in a wooden crate, because he's too macho for a cardboard box. They have themes like Exotic Meats, Whiskey Appreciation, and even a gift card that comes encased in concrete for him to smash open. Because you're married to a cave man. Click here for more info.
Etsy always has lots of sentimental, fun, and funny gifts. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Papa bear keychain. Customize with birth years.
If You Can Read This Bring Me a Beer socks. Printed on the bottom so everyone knows when his feet are up, he's off duty.
First Father's Day Onesie. Bottles up!
I hope this list gives you some good ideas! If you still can’t find something he’d like, then pop a $20 in a Snoopy card and call it a day.
See you next time!