Anyone else think that Father’s Day is the hardest holiday to shop for? I know that it shouldn’t be, but breaking out of the grilling/ice chest/another insulated tumbler rut seems to get harder every year. As Father’s Day quickly approaches, here are some out-of-the-box (or maybe they’re in the box but different than what you came up with!) ideas for your own dad or that hunk your kids call Dad.
What do you get the man who has everything? An experience! A tour of his favorite ball team’s practice facility, a taste of a rare wine, or more practically, one of these experiences to be had in and around San Antonio:
Golf Lesson + Tee Time
Treat Dad to a one-on-one lesson with a golf pro and a couple of hours perfecting his form. No country club in sight? Top Golf has an in-house golf pro, so you can sign up for a lesson and then stay to practice while enjoying a date night.
Maybe an afternoon learning about beer brewing is more his style, and luckily, San Antonio has several breweries to choose from! From full-on tours to small batch tastings, here are some of our picks: Blue Star Brewing Company, Freetail Brewing Co., Alamo Beer Company, Busted Sandal Brewing Company, and Branchline Brewing.
If Dad is an aspiring musician or hasn’t pulled his beloved guitar out of the closet in a while, send him to School of Rock for lessons (they aren’t just for the kids!) and some creative “me time.”
Glass Blowing Demo
Art aficionado dad? This one is for you! Glass blowing is one of those things that is fascinating and mesmerizing all at once; it’s super intense, and the process is pretty cool. Visit Garcia Art Glass to watch a demo and pick out a piece together!
The Wind Beneath His Wings
Avid skydivers and newbies alike will be energized by this indoor experience (so we’ve been told!). Take Dad for an indoor skydiving date at iFly. Bonus: This would be a fun family activity with older kids!
Jazz, TX is a gem in the San Antonio live music scene, and if Dad loves a good live set, this might just be the place for him! Reservations strongly suggested.
Does Dad need to slow down and take a little time for himself? These self care gifts just keep on giving!
A Little Off the Top
If he’s not a fan of the usual salon atmosphere, perhaps a haircut in a rad airstream trailer will do it? Set up an appointment with Traveler Barbershop for a spiffy gift.
A Close Shave
Harry’s is a shaving company by guys for guys—they value quality craftsmanship and reasonable pricing so every guy can have a great shave. Spoil Dad with their special edition Father’s Day Gift Set.
A Dude's Massage
Is Dad always talking about his sore muscles or aching feet? Set him up with a deep tissue massage at your favorite place.
The Full Treatment
Man-friendly haircuts, shaves, massages, face treatments, and other grooming services await Dad at the Boardroom Salon for Men.
Clothes and Accessories
For the guy who likes something dapper, handmade, or one of a kind, any of these choices are winners!
If Dad appreciates handcrafted leather goods, he’ll surely love anything from Gonzalez Handmade. You’ll find everything from key chains to coasters. We love the cigar pouches for a decadent dad treat.
Why should mommy and me outfits get all the glory? Outfit your guys in matching guayaberas from Dos Carolinas, and they’ll be dapper all summer.
Make a Statement
Does the art in Dad’s office need a little updating and the kids aren’t into another photo shoot? These foiled State prints from Minted make a statement without being overly bossy. Choose Texas or another state dear to his heart.
Sleek and Slim
Even if he’s trying to bulk up, help Dad slim down in the wallet department. These space-efficient wallets from The Ridge are a cool update to his worn-out wallet.
Tie to Toes
Sporting District‘s motto—”Provisions for Manly Pursuits”—sums it up nicely. If it’s manly, they have it—from head to toe!
There is no shortage of good food in San Antonio (in fact, we could do a whole other ACMB Eats post!), but these are three of our team’s favorite places to treat their special guys to a fun meal.
Arguably one of the most iconic burger joints in San Antonio, Chris Madrid’s is a home run as a gift-meal. Treat him with the fam or grab a gift card and let him enjoy at will.
The debate is hot on this one: Best BBQ in San Antonio? Texas? Go see for yourself! Find 2M Smokehouse on Facebook and in downtown San Antonio.
The Granary 'Cue and Brew
We know better than to assume that all dads like BBQ…but don’t they? Another contributor-dad-and-husband favorite, The Granary ‘Cue and Brew is becoming a staple in our restaurant rounds.
A Boxing Match
Simply can’t narrow it down? These box subscriptions are the gift that keeps on giving. Choose how long you want it to go (from one time to a year or more!) and let the gifts roll in!
Know a guy who takes his coffee seriously? Misto Box might be the most perfect gift of all time. Their coffee gift subscriptions are noted as the “World’s Best,” just like your dad.
“The Box of Awesome” sums up Bespoke Post pretty well. If Dad has half as much fun receiving his monthly box as I did shopping on their site, we’re good to go.
From project kits to enthusiast specific gifts to jerky delivered in an actual wooden crate, Man Crates should literally have something for everyone.
Local gifting guru Sweet Endings has a wide variety of boxed gifts suitable for a range of dads. Keep them on your radar because they also have gifts for just about everyone else in your life, too!