We all know that one of the hardest days to plan and celebrate with gifts rolls around in the summer...Father’s Day. Don’t worry, you still have a week and a half to figure it out, but if you haven’t either thought of or bought him a gift by now, you probably won’t (or you’ll get him a nice Hallmark card and call it a day). Just admit it, Father’s Day was easy growing up when you just had to throw on matching outfits with your siblings, take a picture, and bring it to that kiosk at the mall that turned it into one of those t-shirts or mugs with the caption, “World’s Best Dad.” But then you start to grow up and realize the truth: your mom resorted to that sentimental (cheesy) gift because whenever he wanted something (every other day of the year except the one holiday honoring him), he went out and bought it himself. Because that’s a common theme among fathers, we’ve provided some guidance for a genuine and personal Father’s Day gift (and hopefully you'll rise about the gift card game).
If he’s outdoorsy…
Whether you are super granola or would rather pull your hair out than spend an afternoon in nature, we’ve got you covered.
Hiking Trails: Raven Cliffs Falls Trail, Mount Yonah, Panther Creek Falls Trail, and Tallulah Gorge are some of our favorites for different levels of difficulty and crazy beautiful scenery.
Kayak down the Chattahoochee: Don’t feel like you have to be a professional kayak-er to participate! You can raft, float, canoe, or kayak down the river, get a tan (or sunburn), and have a nice conversation or competition with your dad.
REI & Cabelas: take him shopping here, and he will be like a kid on Christmas morning (the amount of nature gear and supplies is a big enough dose of the outdoors for me)
If his ideal meal involves a meat, a veggie, and a side...
Because food and good company together is always a great gift.
Kevin Rathbun Steak: If steak is the way to his heart, you’ve come to the right place. This upscale and nationally recognized restaurant located in Inman Park has all kinds of top-of-the line options and gives large enough portions for Dad (and delicious left overs for you).
Swallow at the Hollow: Ribs, Brunswick Stew, Mac N Cheese, this BBQ brunch and dinner spot in Roswell was made to be the dream testosterone meal.
The Optimist: Ford Fry's seafood wonderland located on Howell Mill Road will satisfy his seaside appetite with Duck Fat Poached Swordfish, Cured Salmon Toast, and Seafood Gumbo, just to name a few of our favorites.
If he likes to read...
The New York Times and I both agree on these recommendations so you really can't go wrong.
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough: If he is at all interested in history and the stories of people who, without a doubt, significantly changed America, check out this biography of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: A must read for not only anyone in the business world but really, anybody and everybody.
Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy Seal Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm: the title does not give this gut wrenching account of Adam Brown justice, and there is a good chance your dad will shed some tears.
The Closer by Mariano Rivera (with Wayne Coffey): listed as a top-five Yankee of all time, Mo tells the story of his 19 seasons with the New York Yankees, but there is much more to the story than pitching, rivalries, and championships. If your dad is a baseball or sports fan in general, he won’t put this book down.
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