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Finding a gift for dear ol’ Dad

Jill Beathardjbeathard@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Jill BeathardPaint your own mug, beer stein or piece of your choice for Dad at the Alpine Arts Center.

Consider yourself warned: you have just over a week to find the perfect gift to make Dad’s day. Instead of getting him another tie, try one of these unique gifts from stores right here in the Vail Valley.

Price: Varies for each piece. Mug $18, stein $28, sports ball $26. Available at: Alpine Arts Center, Edwards.Paint your own mug, beer stein or piece of your choice for Dad at the Alpine Arts Center. Add a personal message or a handprint from the little ones to really get the old softie. Paint the pottery during normal business hours by Wednesday (June 15) to have it fired and ready to be picked up by Father’s Day, or come in for the workshop at 3 p.m. today (June 11).

Price: $89.99.Available at: Ace Hardware, Vail.The starter kit contains all the equipment Dad needs to brew his own beer. Pick out his favorite malt and grab some yeast from the fridge inside Ace Hardware in Vail so he can get started right away.

Price: $109.99.Available at: Sports Authority, Avon; Bag & Pack Shop, Avon and Vail; Colorado Footwear, Avon and Vail; Ptarmigan Sports, Edwards; Double Diamond Ski & Sport, Vail; Christy Sports, Vail; Pepi Sports, Vail.The Trail Glove has the shape and sole of a barefoot running shoe but also enough protection for the trail. If Dad prefers his shoe to fit like a glove but not look like one, this is the perfect pick.

Price: $47.99.Available at: Grappa Fine Wines & Spirits, Vail.This luxury single malt whisky from the distillery of the same name in Speyside, Scotland, is available in limited quantities, especially in the U.S., making it a unique gift for a Scotch lover.

Price: $299.Available at: Christy Sports, Vail Village; Gorsuch, Vail Village; Pepi Sports, Vail Village; Alpine Eyewear, Vail Village; Eye Pieces of Vail, Vail Village and Lionshead; Burton; Ski Base, Lionshead; Double Diamond Ski Shop, Lionshead; Vail Sports; One Track Mind, Lionshead; Ptarmigan Sports, Edwards; Alpine Quest Sports, Edwards. The Go Pro camera takes 5 megapixel pictures as well as full high-def video, and includes all the accessories to attach to a helmet. It’s also waterproof and covered in a polycarbonate casing, so it’s ready for a bike race, a kayaking trip, a ski run, or whatever adventure Dad wants to remember.

Price: Free.When: 5:30 p.m., June 18 at the Vail MarriottSomething fun to do for Father’s Day is a book signing at the Vail Marriott with Steve Friedman, author of “Driving Lessons: A Father, A Son, And the Healing Power of Golf.” You can buy Dad dinner and drinks and also purchase a copy of the book. If your dad lives out of town, you might also be interested in the Father’s Day Golf Package offered by the Marriott and Manor Vail. The weekend includes the book signing as well as one night lodging, one round of golf for two at the Vail Golf Club, discounts and a free driving lesson for $209. Or if you’ve made plans but still need a gift, the book is available in hardback for $15 at the Bookworm of Edwards. Jill Beathard is an intern at the Vail Daily. Email comments about this story to

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