Unique Gift Ideas for Dear Ole Dad

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Just when you think you have Father’s Day figured out, an Amazon Prime email arrives that your grand gift idea is already on its way. Nothing is worse than your husband or dad beating you to the punch by getting what they really want or need all on their own.  And even if they don’t, do they really need another overpriced tie or more power tools?  Here are a few of our unique ideas to go beyond the usual Father’s Day gift staples.

Nice Catch: Vintage Sports Memorabilia and Hobby
Although this one may be already on your list, we urge you to think vintage when it comes to this gift idea.  A signed baseball of a childhood favorite player, vintage fishing lures, or an old wooden tennis racket would be a wonderfully unexpected gift.   Ebay, Etsy or antique stores would be great sources, however, check for signs of authenticity and seller’s feedback and ratings before purchasing.

Stock the Bar: Vintage Barware
Whether your man enjoys an occasional beer or unwinds with a bourbon on the rocks, vintage decanters, ice buckets and lowball glasses are perfect for celebrating Father’s Day.  Pair your vintage finds with a 6-pack or bottle of wine and you are good to go!

Park It: Bowls, Trays and More
Cool retro ashtrays, medium brass trays and old wooden bowls are all stylish valet options for coins, keys, and cell phones. To us, this is a win/win- keeps them organized and us women in their lives happy. Let’s be honest- we are who they turn to when their keys are missing.

Spruce Up the Cave: Home Decor (Yes, even men appreciate a good room.)
A sleek leather desk chair, a book shelf for all that sports memorabilia or a large midcentury sideboard for an upgraded TV make good options for the hard to buy for. Up-cycle or reupholster a family piece from a special relative or that passed down treasure might be perfect styled out as a bar. Add to the walls with an artist depiction or a framed vintage photograph of their favorite fishing hole or sports venue. For their office or man cave, these vintage pieces are great ways to say “thanks” for all these dads do.

Whether the gift is big or small it’s the thought that counts, and with a little creativity and patience you can give the dad in your life a gift they will treasure for many years to come.

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Missy Connor and Julie Israel are the duo behind Found. Their eclectic blend of southern and bohemian styles bring modern layers to homes with their curated vintage pieces. Missy and Julie have a retail space at Cottage Grove Vintage Market and online at chairish.com/shop/found. To see more, follow along on Instagram @foundgreenville, Facebook @foundsc or at foundlayers.com. Profile picture courtesy of Amy Randall Photography
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