Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Annual Last-Minute Father's Day Gift Guide! Part One

Shock Dad with these awesome gifts!

Once again it’s on!

Time is ticking away and you need that “Last Minute” buzzer-beater before June 17th hits, right? Well I’m giving you a week and change to consider these great Father’s Day gift ideas below. As always, I hit the streets, surf the Net, get a ton of submissions, and utilize my long list of resources to make sure the dad you hook up won’t silently cuss you out when your back is turned.
As most of you know, there is no mediocrity on this site, and the following gadgets, beer-themed accessories, apps, trips, cars, smell goods, beverages, books, and events confirm it: I only want the best for my readers! In fact, I did so much work that this guide has to be in Two Parts!
So check out what I posted below in Part One including everything from kickass Frye products to slick book bags by Herschel, a spa date at the Mandarin HotelCREED cologne to make Dad smell like royalty, a 2016 Ford Mustang GT…man, anything you pick will be sincerely appreciated. Honestly, this is the best Last-Minute Gift Guide yet!
To all the dads who deserve it, Happy Father’s Day!
Now get your shoppin' on!

Your homey,

The FRYE Company Gift Card
Getting anything made by FRYE is a win. This boot, bag and shoe authority continues to make America proud and the stylish consistently happy since 1863. Add Dad to that list with a gift card and send him on his way to shopping bliss whether it’s online or at one of their fine stores throughout the U.S. Atlanta's in the Ponce City Market is awesome!

Herschel Supply Co. Backpacks
One look at these moderately priced book bags and you can see why Herschel is blowing up worldwide. Based in Vancouver, Canada, this hot tote supplier has something for everyone from hipsters to corporate executives who want to make a statement rocking these joints over their shoulders. Their color combinations are extra dope. Period.

CREED Cologne
Originating in London, England, the CREED family has created some of the most extraordinary colognes and perfumes worldwide for generations using some of the most exotic ingredients. It's no wonder everyone from celebrities to royalty swear by them. Honestly, I love 'em because they last a long time on your skin, how eccentric their scents are, and the compliments received regularly. My favorites are their Himalaya and Aventus fragrances, but I need to try them all. Trust me, a bottle of anything by CREED will beat other smell goods by a nose every time.

Barnsley Resort Sporting Clay Instruction
Be it stress, a love for sports, or simply wanting to blast something, hook Dad up with clay shooting lessons at one of Georgia's most revered destinations, Barnsley Resort. I have been there numerous times and I strongly recommend hanging at their heavily stocked beer garden and maybe an overnight stay after. Try and say hello to the celebrated Fairy Godmother while you are out there. She is awesome!
They Say: For visitors seeking to ignite a sense of adventure or sharpen skills, the challenging clay shooting course features 15 stations with a diverse layout of shots ranging from an open field to the forest as well as over reclaimed bauxite mine ponds. Partnering with Caesar Guerini, a leading manufacturer of Italian made over and under shotguns, Barnsley Resort offers a world-class shooting school with NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) certified instructors and is led by Skip Smith, one of only a few Level III certified instructors in the United States, who brings unparalleled experience and technique to his classes. Sporting clay rates are $60 for 100 targets.  Private shooting instruction is $135 per hour and includes gun rental.  The one-day shooting school is $475 and the two-day is $950, with rates including equipment, guns, ammunition, lunch, and eye/ear protection.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
Who doesn’t love to woosah? I had the chance to get full-body massage at one of Atlanta’s ritziest hotels, the Mandarin Oriental, and almost cried when my 80-minute session concluded. It was that good! 
Give Dad that same experience along with a steam bath, whirlpool, private pool, and other gems their state-of-the-art spa provides. To add, there is a 1 hour 20 minute Age Rebel Men’s Facial special where patroons receive a 20 percent discount on any products purchased from the ESPA Men’s Product Line through June 30th. The facial includes a steam, deep cleanse, and enzyme peel, plus a neck and shoulder massage. For reservations, call (404) 995 7526 or email Believe me, Pops will love you even more!

Homebrew Supply
Does Dad brew or is at least considering to? A kit by Homebrew Supply Company will get him prepared to be the next Sam Calagione in no time! From recipes for a refreshing Summer Nights Grapefruit Pale Ale to a robust, hearty Peanut Butter Cup Stout, watch Pop’s face light up when you take a sip of one of his sudsy masterpieces. They have all the supplies, instructions, and ingredients as well (including a home-distilling kit), so it’s a one-stop shop!

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
With the ridiculous traffic in especially Atlanta, Georgia, letting loose a little steam in an Andretti hi-speed kart, plus an array of games, beers, wines, cocktails, sports on the multiple flat screen TVs, and house-made grub will lower Dad’s blood pressure for sure! Providing two locations, take him out for a day or hook him up with a membership featuring monthly coupons!

The Biltmore
I had the pleasure of experiencing the Biltmore’s Land Rover Driving School in Asheville, NC, where you take some of the best automobiles SUVs known to man and test out the various terrains their 8,000 acres of land have to offer. From crossing streams to heavy duty off-roading, it was simply unforgettable. My bucket list includes me going back to enjoy the numerous other activities and dining options this historic estate boasts. Oh yeah, Dad will love the Biltmore, too.  I got carried away!
They Say: Adventure craving families can stay on the go with a multitude of options from biking, rafting, fly fishing, sporting clays, a Land Rover Driving School and traverse 8,000 acres of land. Give dad a break from the grill and plan a perfect meal on the grounds with plenty of scenic spots to picnic in the summer gardens or make a reservation at Deerpark’s Father’s Day Brunch held between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For children of age, take a winery tour with Dad and taste award-winning wines from the estate. The curious-minded are sure to be satisfied with one of the many tours Biltmore offers, a particular favorite the Rooftop tour, will show Dad exquisite views of the mountains and estate. Turn Father’s Day into a weekend at the newly opened Village Inn, centrally located in Antler Hill Village, a quaint area with shopping and dining options galore. With so many activities to share with Dad, guests will not have to worry about spending the day doing the same thing twice.

HTC 10
Picture this: Dad smiling when he gets handed the new Verizon HTC 10 phone that claims being the world's first OIS front and back. With crystal clear photos that would make National Geographic blush thanks to 12 million UltraPixels and faster laser focus, this mobile gem will make his memories that much fonder for years to come.

2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible California Special
If you are really balling, can imagine that lucky father walking outside and seeing this baby in his driveway? Terrorizing the streets and highways courtesy of a 5.0L, V-8 engine powered by 435 horsepower, Ford did a solid job maintaining the Mustang tradition with some welcomed enhancements. This is especially true in the California package sporting 19-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, a black rear spoiler, a custom grille and gas cap, black side mirrors, and gangster racing stripes. The results include seemingly countless accolades from the most discerning auto journalists such as myself.

Make sure you check out Part Two of the Last-Minute Gift Guide for more ideas!


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