Father's Day Gift Ideas

It's the day before Father's day and you've got nothing to give the old man.  Buying a gift for pops is tough enough as it is, let alone the day before- but try not to panic... I got you.  Here's a list of ideas I came up with to save the day. 

Surprise your dad with a daycation 

Living in Miami has it's perks; and a day trip to the keys is definitely something to take advantage of if you live in South Florida.  My dad loves the water, lemonade & cool gadgets to use outdoors. If you don't live anywhere near a beach or island don't fret, he'll be just as happy at the park, lake, pier, etc., with the whole family.  In spirit of the island life theme my family decided to go with this year, I thought it would be nice to give my dad a couple other nice things perfect for the occasion. 

Get him a Dopp Kit so he can start the packing process :) 

 Made with recycled fire hose:  Oxgut Co. 

Made with recycled fire hose: Oxgut Co. 

Give him a crafted tote 

For all his staycation, vacation and no-cation needs.  Perfect for the beach or anything, really, a tote bag is something your dad will be able to use almost every single day. Lately I've been loving the Ian James New York collection.  Each bag is handmade by Ian James himself using locally sourced materials. His emphasis on clean lines & strong geometric shapes make for timeless pieces every dad can enjoy for years to come.   I know mine will :) 

 Courtesy of IanJamesNewYork 

Courtesy of IanJamesNewYork 

A nice cooler? 

For the love of God, please tell me my dad (and brother) are NOT the only ones on this planet that freak out over a nice cooler.  I'm assuming this is an obsession amongst the male population.  I don't get it, but I think it's a thing.  The folks at IceMule sent over a cooler to my house the same day my dad took my brother fishing- and let's just say they've kept it from me since, Lol.  Reasons why it rocks: holds ice intact for up to 24 hours (even in 100 degree Miami heat), has PolarLayer insulation, easy to carry, and it FLOATS! :D 

Get him a hammock

Because, who the hell doesn't love a hammock, right?  What's even better is if you can get a sustainable hammock made from recycled fire hose.  Yes, you read right.  The average lifespan for a fire hose used in fire departments is 10 years... Once retired they just take up space in landfills since they are not biodegradable.  But the folks at Oxgut Co. are putting decommissioned fire hoses to good use by upcycling them into handcrafted designs for home, office and life. Exhibit A:

 Courtesy of  Oxgut Co.  

Courtesy of Oxgut Co. 

Does he like something a little more sedentary?  A lounge chair for the backyard or patio works just as great- I promise. 

 Courtesy of Oxgut Co. 

Courtesy of Oxgut Co. 

FYI did I mention they make rugs too?! Let me just say that Oxgut originally sent over this mat as a Mother's Day gift but my DAD ended up calling dibs as soon as we opened the box, lol.  He's had it placed perfectly in front of the garage and couldn't send me a blog worthy picture to save his life while I was out of town- so here's what I got: 

Make him a drink

When it comes to drinks my dad will always drink three things: spiked lemonade, long island iced tea, and whiskey.  Since we're spending father's day outside by the water, it only makes sense we did something light & fresh... Spiked Lemonade it is :) 

I decided to take a twist on the traditional lemonade & infuse it with Basil using an easy to make Basil simple syrup. 



  • 4 cups fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 8 ounces Vodka
  • 6 ounces Basil Simple Syrup
  • Soda Water to finish
  • Basil Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed Basil Leaves