With the world of the online shopping opening up a universe of options, there’s no excuse for the same-old, same-old, boring Fathers’ Day gift for Dad. Herewith, some suggestions.
Does Dad bowl or play golf or tennis? A sports massage can improve flexibility and help soothe muscular aches and pains. At Massage Envy (hundreds of locations nationwide), a special Father’s Day gift card for $75 pays for any one-hour massage (Sports, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone or Trigger Point Therapy), including gratuity. But before making a decision, be sure to check Groupon’s massage deals. You can save 50% on massages … sometimes more.
Or, if you love discounts, now through June 16, you can buy a $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week for $84.99 at Spa Week. These cards are good for any type of spa treatment, are redeemable year-round at more than 8,000 spa and wellness locations across North America and never expire.
For dads who love their grills, gifts from Omaha Steaks, the nation’s largest direct marketer of steaks, are likely to please. For $59.99 plus shipping (reg. $155) the Dad’s Day Dinner Combo includes two 24-oz. T-Bone steaks, one 16-oz. package of fries, four 4-oz. caramel apple tartlets and one 1-oz. jar of steak seasoning.
To go along with those steaks, Wine Country Gift Baskets offers the Hole in One Cabernet Collection at $49 (plus shipping). It includes a golf cooler bag packed with four bottles of Bricklane cabernet, Daniele salame piccante, stone ground mustard, garlic herb cheese spread, sea salt olive crackers, dried fruit and nuts, mozzarella cheese swirls and garlic herb dip mix – plus a bamboo cutting board, cheese knife and wine stopper.
If Dad’s culinary preference runs to succulent Maine lobster, The Lobster Guy can ship a four-pack of live lobsters, with cooking instructions, overnight, for $61.99 (1 1/4 pounds) or $73.99 ( 1 1/2 pounds); Fedex overnight shipping is extra.
From Harry and David, you can send Dad a box of luscious pears and cherries for $49.95 – or a decadent tasting of chocolate-covered strawberries ($32.95), both plus shipping.
Is your dad an eBay junkie? An eBay gift card gives him the opportunity to shop on this addictive site “for free,” sort of, for anything from baseball cards to tools to sports equipment.
Similarly, an Amazon gift card (which comes in an attractive greeting card) lets him choose whatever he wants, but without the thrill of the chase.
Does Dad’s face take on a wistful expression when watches the Indy 500? You could make his speed demon fantasy come true if you live near one of the 270 Great American Days locations. Here you can choose from 266 adrenalin-pumping experiences: for example, a stock car ride-along at the Mobile International Speedway ($89) or an Indy Car ride-along at the Kentucky Speedway ($130).
Bottom Line: A recent survey showed that dads prefer two kinds of gifts: gift cards, so they can choose what they like, or time with their kids. Why not give him both?