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Father's Day: Searching for The Perfect Gift

by on June 15, 2015 1:00 PM

It's that time of the year again. Father's Day is coming up on June 21 and the last thing you want to do is get your dad the same boring gift you got him last time.

We've come up with some gift ideas that just might bring a smile to dear old dad's face.

If you want to go the traditional route and buy your dad a gift that you can wrap, there are lots of possibilities.

Has your dad been wearing the same beat up shorts he's had for years? Maybe it's time for a wardrobe change. How about some two-in-one shorts from Harpers Shop for Men?

"These shorts are one of coolest things we have in our store," says owner Brian Cohen. "You can choose which side you want to wear first and then flip them inside out to show the other side on another day."

The shorts cost around $98 but you're pretty much getting two shorts for the price of one.


If your dad is a beer loving kinda guy, how about some locally-brewed suds? Otto's Pub & Brewery sells a variety of homegrown beer with intriguing names such as Keewaydin Hard Cherry Cider and Red Mo Ale. Depending on your dad's thirst you can purchase Otto's beer by the six pack or the case -- or even a keg. You can get you dad his very own growler, a jug that holds a half gallon of beer.

"Growlers are a pretty good gift to get," says Neil Tomnay, merchandise manager at Otto's. "To fill them it's $13 but if you come between 4:30 to 6 on Monday thorough Friday you can fill it for $11."

And if your dad really, really loves beer, Otto's also sells beer scented soap for $6.50.

Several other local breweries also sell craft brew including Home D Pizza and Happy Valley Brewing Co. If your dad's taste are slightly more upscale you can buy your pa a bottle of wine from area wineries such as Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery and Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery.


If your dad loves sports and tools, combine the two and get him his very own NFL toolbox with the logo of his favorite team emblazoned on it. Those toolboxes will be on sale at Ace Hardware on June 17 for $30.

Even if Dad isn't big on tools you can still go the sports route with a football that shows off his team spirit.

"My dad loves football so I got him a customized Father's Day football," says 20-year-old Nico Peloro. "It says happy Father's Day on the side with the Eagles logo." We went online and found customized footballs from Wilson start at $79. (You have to order by June 15 for delivery by Father's Day!)


Is your dad a hardworking father who could use some R&R? Maybe you could give him the gift of relaxation by getting him a Father's Day special package at ESSpa Kozmetika at The Carnegie Inn. Natalie Immel, the general manager, says a spa day is something that any dad can appreciate.

"The biggest misconception is that spas are only for women," says Immel. "But stress reduction is a service that everyone needs. Even if you come in for a pedicure or a facial, you feel relaxed and less stressed after it."

According to Immel, the two most popular packages the spa offers for Father's Day are the Esquire package, which costs $275.00, and the Excellence Package at $299.00. Both packages are three hours long and include a deep tissue massage, a European facial, a manicure and a pedicure. The Excellence package also includes champagne and lunch.


Maybe your dad would like a night on the town. If he enjoys live performances you can take him to see a show.

You can buy tickets to productions at a number of local theaters from drama to comedy and more. You can see what's playing at these websites: The State Theatre, State College Community Theatre, Nittany Theatre at the Barn, Center for Performing Arts, Penn State School of Theatre, Bryce Jordan Center and Fuse Productions.


Of course, showing dad how much he means doesn't have to cost a lot of money. You can give dad a meaningful gift that comes from your heart and not the store.

If dad lives close by, you can purchase some cleaning supplies and a big sponge, put them in a basket and give them to dad, along with a promise to wash his car.

Your time is something your dad will always appreciate. Why not take dad out to Stone Valley Recreation Center, rent a canoe and spend an afternoon paddling around Lake Perez? Canoes cost $9 an hour.

Does your dad love to barbeque? Why not invite him over to watch you cook up a Father's Day feast on your grill?


Make it easy for dad to hold onto the good ol' days by gathering up some of your family pictures and making him a photo collage or putting together a photo album filled with great memories.

You can even capture the love in one picture and give that as a present. That's exactly what 21-year-old Mike Nguyen did for his dad. "I got one of our family pictures framed," says Nguyen. "And I'm going to give him that on Father's Day"

Sometimes, the best way to show dad that you care is to make your own Father's Day card. Just tell dad what makes him so special and how you feel about him!

A great idea for younger kids comes from 13-year-old Sarah Dowd. "I got him rocks and I painted 'you rock dad' on them," she says.

No matter what you decide to do, make sure your dad knows -- he rocks.

Abhar Shah is an intern with A senior broadcast journalism major at Penn State University Shah is part of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. Abhar is also involved with THON and the Penn State Cricket team.
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