With all the hullabaloo this weekend surrounding the Food and Wine Classic, it can be easy to lose yourself amongst the aisles and aisles of world-class libations and gastronomic wonders. But don’t forget to take a moment to honor that special guy in your life: Dad.
Luckily for me, my dad happens to be coming into town, so celebrating him for Father’s Day on Sunday will not only include his favorite strawberry-rhubarb pie, but some Grand Tasting Pavilion time as well. However, once the bottles are drained, the burners are turned off and the tents come down Sunday afternoon, we’ll be gathering for a bit more of a small-scale celebration. But whether your father is near or far, here are some well-deserved gifts that Dad will enjoy.
- Best Made Co. Straight-Hold Hatchet – The man who founded Best Made Co. is a former art director at the New York Times, a graphic-design Grammy winner and author who decided to start making high-quality axes. That expanded into additional tools, outdoor apparel and camping accessories as he aspired to be an “Alaskan Charles Eames.” The beauty and thought put into all Best Made Co.’s products definitely nods to his design roots. This hatchet, practically a work of art, has a head forged in the U.S. with Appalachian hickory on its striking painted handle. It will be a well-crafted favorite for dad at home and at the campsite. $88
- YETI Roadie 20 – Coolers are a no-brainer for dad. I think my dad has as many coolers as he does welders (five). He just can’t get enough. YETI has long proven itself worthy of being at the top of the list when it comes to great coolers, and the Roadie is no exception. It’s built like its big brother, the Tundra, with its locking mechanism and extra-thick insulating walls. Small but mighty, the Roadie is festival and tailgate approved. $200
- Wyoming Whiskey – No celebration of my dad is without its whiskey. Wyoming Whiskey is distilled, barreled and bottled in Kirby, Wyo., and was founded by a man who previously distilled for 33 years for Maker’s Mark. With an excellent price point, brown sugar and cinnamon on the nose and its balance of spicy and sweet, I can’t wait for my dad to give it a try. $39 (750ml)
- FjallRaven No. 6 Duffel Medium – I love the retro look of FjallRaven’s bags. This one almost has a military feel to it. The No. 6 is a spacious 70-liter travel bag constructed with FjallRaven’s heavy-duty eco fabric and is designed for comfortable carrying and easy handling. It can also be carried as a backpack. Classy yet functional, the No. 6 will up your dad’s duffel game. $225
- OluKai Ni’o Shoe – Branded as “Island Inspired,” Olukai is a leader in comfortable summer shoes. The Ni’o (translated in Hawaiian to mean “reach the pinnacle”) has a U.S.-made leather upper with a drop-in heel feature that allows the shoe to convert to a slip-on style. This way, your dad can dress up or down with its versatility. Another plus is that OluKai gives a portion of all sales to a foundation preserving the cultural heritage of Hawaii. $175