Men can be really hard to shop for, and dads in particular. It’s easy to fall for that old platitude, “it’s the thought that counts,” which quickly turns into an excuse for taking the lazy way out. While thoughtfulness is important, there are different depths of thought. I have fleeting, pointless thoughts all day long. Maybe I’m sentimental, but your dad deserves better than that for Father’s Day this year. I know that thinking for longer than a Facebook update or Tweet is hard these days. There are so many pictures of food to look at, who has time to think about what to get dear old dad?
Me. I love giving gifts. I thought long and hard about the father that enjoys his drink, and found a couple of cool ideas out there.
Chuao Chocolatier chocolate and beer pairing set
Chuao Chocolatier has delicious and high quality chocolates. Chef Michael Antonorsi, creator of the delicious bonbons, worked with Stone Brewing Company to pair the chocolate morsels with a select craft beer. For the beer, they chose Arrogant Bastard Ale, whose undertone of sweet, syrupy malts and creamy texture expertly complements the salty flavors of the four choice chocolates (chipotle caramel, olive oil, macadamia chipotle, olive oil ganache).
Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia
Since 1995, Reserva de la Familia has annually offered extra-añejo tequila in a collectible case. Each year, the family hand picks an artist to design the commemorative case. This year’s artwork comes from Mexican artist Enrique Rosas, who has made a name for himself by blending the mediums of technology and art.
LavAzza Rivolution Gift Set
For the tired dad who appreciates a great shot of espresso over a shot of tequila, the LavAzza Rivolution gift set offers the best of the Keurig machine with LavAzza’s 100 years of coffee making experience. The capsule system allows for even the amateur barista to make a delightful cup of Italian Espresso.
Veuve Clicquot Ice Letter with Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Inside
This year, write dad a letter. And if that letter keeps his fancy champagne cold and is a reusable case for ice, so much the better! This simple accessory is both sweet and functional, and you can actually write on it. And Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is, of course, one of the best champagnes out there.
DIY Beer Coasters
Concept by Post Grad Crafting
This DIY idea is really cute, free, and best of all, handmade by you! Take your dad’s favorite beer boxes and turn them into coasters. You have to be a little bit crafty (you’re basically joining the cardboard boxes to ceramic tiles), but it’s not too difficult. And if it doesn’t turn out successful, your mom will still put it on the fridge like she did with your horrendous kindergarten drawings.