10 gifts for dad under $100
June 8, 2008
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado Dad doesnt want another golf shirt. Or an ugly tie. Or even, astonishingly enough, a paperweight for his desk. Pictures of the fam are nice, and Im sure that those Dennys gift certificates are appreciated, but how about getting him something he doesnt expect? If you havent heard, Fathers Day is Sunday. That gives you six days (seven if you really want to push it) to find pops the perfect present. After quizzing local coffee barristas, shopkeepers, high school students and staff members, weve got a few ideas to help you score big. And no, despite getting a few vasectomy suggestions, minor surgery gift certificates didnt make the cut.
Every Man Jack Beginners Luck Kit, $25The Every Man Jack line of body and face soaps and lotions is good for the dad who appreciates quality product, called goop by some men. The Beginners Luck Kit ($25) includes body wash, three body bars, face wash, shave gel and face lotion, all in the Signature Mint scent and all with faux-wood lids. Theres even a brown toiletry bag to stick all the new stuff in. This line of products even passed the scent test, according to a few willing male office mates who tested the lotion. I like it, its pretty neutral. Its not too pungent, said Vail Daily Sports Reporter Ian Cropp. Every Man Jack products are available in Target stores or online at http://www.everymanjack.com (shipping is $5).
Tickets to the 2008 U.S. Senior Open in Colorado Springs, individual tickets to Championship rounds start at $40More than 150,000 spectators are expected to flock to Colorado Springs for the open, which takes place July 28 through Aug. 3. See past PGA Tour championship winners like Hale Irwin, Craig Stadler (the Walrus), Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller and Mark OMeara show that theyre just as good as when they were on the regular tour. Even in their 50s and 60s, theyre still likely better than your dad will ever be but he can still dream. If youre really feeling spendy, book him a night at the fancy Broadmoor Hotel.To purchase tickets, call 877-281-OPEN or visit http://usso.broadmoor.com.Golf Day brand golf ball retriever, $19.99If dad tends to shank balls in the rough, do him a favor and get him a golf ball retriever, which he can use to rescue balls from streams, lakes, ponds or even out of a tree if hes really good. Even better, for dads who dont want their kids to drop a lot of dough on a present, the retriever is the ultimate frugal gift: its cheap for you and itll save him money on golf balls. Those things pay for themselves, trust me, said Sports Editor and golfer extraordinare Chris Freud. Sports Authority in Avon carries two Golf Day brand expandable retrievers one 6 feet, one 12 feet, both for $19.99. If your dad keeps his balls on the course, dont worry, the store has plenty of other golf-oriented options, everything from clubs and tees to hats, shoes and golf bags. But get in there soon.Fathers Day is the companys third busiest holiday and the golf department is likely the busiest of all the sections, said Chad MacKenzie, a manager.Call Sports Authority at 970-748-0086 for more information.
Tickets to Creedence Clearwater Revisted at the Vilar Center, $75-$125 each, based on seatsIf your dad was a late-60s, early70s era rocker, he probably appreciates a good CCR tune. If you can stand to hear him sing along to Fortunate Son one more time, take him to see Creedence Clearwater Revisted at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek on Aug. 17. Warning: It doesnt have CCR lead singer John Fogerty. Call 970-845-TIXS or visit http://www.vilarpac.org for more information.
Tickets to the Rochester Philharmonic on June 29 and July 2, $23-$59 based on seats; or Columbus Jazz Orchestra tickets for June 25, $23 for lawn seating and kids 12 and under are freeThe ever-entertaining Maestro Christopher Seaman will be conducting both nights, with pieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and Brahms. The strikingly young and magnetic performer Olga Kern on piano doesnt hurt, either.If jazz is more dads thing, consider tickets to the Columbus Jazz Orchestra with trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling on June 25. The theme of the night is Sounds of New Orleans and with lawn seating only $23 (children 12 and under are free) its a good way for the whole family to celebrate with dad.Call 877-812-5700 or visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org for more information.
For the dad who fancies himself a car geek, get him a subscription to Car and Driver (24 issues for $16, http://www.caranddriver.com) or Road & Track (24 issues for $16, http://www.roadandtrack.com) magazines. If your dad is more interested in say Kosovos future or corporal punishment, maybe a subscription to the Economist is in order (24 issues for $59.76, http://www.economistsubscriptions.com).Give dad a good dose of guy wisdom with a subscription to Mens Health (10 issues for $24.94, http://www.menshealth.com). Baby boomer dads will likely enjoy the latest tech info in Wired (12 issues for $10, http://www.wired.com).
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Jetboil personal iso-butane cooking system, $79.95 to $89.95At around the size of a Nalgene bottle and weighing in at 15 ounces, the Jetboil personal cooking system is perfect for adventure-loving dads who want to heat, eat or drink somewhere other than in their kitchen. Its so light and compact, its perfect for single person adventures and a lot of the dads I know are cramming it in in the little spare time they have so they want to go light and fast when they do, said Dan Bogardus, sales associate at Bag and Pack in Avon. Ptarmigan Sports in Edwards (970-926-8144) and Bag and Pack in Avon (970-949-4927) both carry Jetboil products.
Ron Matusalem Rum Gran Reserva, $32.99This rum, first produced in Santiago de Cuba in 1872, was the most sought-after rum during Cubas Golden Age. Its now produced in the Dominican Republic but its still known for its distinctive flavor and smoothness. The rum is available at West Vail Liquor Mart; call 970-476-2675 for more information. Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, aged 10 years, $51This whisky hails from Islay, Scotland and is known for its smoky characteristic as well as for being quite smooth, said Clay Williams, assistant manager of Alpine Wine and Spirits in West Vail. Even better, a gift of Laphroaig Scotch whisky comes with the unique opportunity to register the recipient for a lifetime lease on their personal square foot of land at the Laphroaig distillery. Visit http://www.laphroaig.com and enter the barcode from the bottle to claim the lifetime lease and receive a certificate of land ownership. Each plot is registered and the owner may view it on the members Web site or even visit it in person if their travels should ever take them to Scotland. Friends of Laphroiag members can collect their rent a dram of the finest when they visit the distillery.Laphroiag is available at Alpine Wine and Spirits in West Vail; call 970-479-8116 for more information.
Stephen Bedford, manager of the Bookworm of Edwards, offered up a few books dad might enjoy.For the sports fan, Everything They Had: Sports writings from David Halberstam, $24.95 David Halberstam was perhaps the most decorated journalist and historian until his untimely death last summer, Bedford said. He was also a sports nut, producing several books analyzing iconic athletes and coaches such as Michael Jordan, Bill Belichick, and the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry following World War II. This anthology includes excerpts from his books as well articles published by ESPN and Sports Illustrated. He was also an avid outdoorsman, and wrote extensively about fishing. For the politico, The Great Derangement, by Matt Taibbi, $24Taibbi, a Rolling Stone political writer, takes an eye-opening, mouth-gaping journey through red state strongholds in what is jockeying to become the most controversial book of the year. Taibbi levels his wit at the ultra-conservative right wingers, Bedford said. For the history buff, The Man Who Loved China, by Simon Winchester, $27.95Winchester chronicles the adventures of Cambridge professor Joseph Needham, whose journeys to China unlocked some of the Orients most fascinating inventions, from fireworks to toilet paper. This account is part travel log and part science exploration, and credits the Chinese with some of the worlds vital creations.These books are available at the Bookworm of Edwards. Call 970-926-READ for more information. High Life editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.