For their sons and daughters, dads often are teachers and friends—and many would argue—superheroes. Each summer families salute their own #1 Dad for Father’s Day, which will fall this year on Sunday, June 21st. We rounded up some of the best gifts for Pop this year, from the grill master to the boating enthusiast.
In Mayfaire Community Center, the new Dick’s Sporting Goods offers an array of fun for outdoorsmen and sports lovers alike. In fact, the store is running its biggest golf sale of the year right now. Discover a plethora of golf balls, clubs and bags just for dad with huge discounts for you. For instance, to get Dad started with golf, try the Top Flite Tour Men’s 19-piece Complete Golf Set, just $399.99 (originally $499.99!). It includes driver, 3 and 5 woods, 3-4 hybrids, 5-9 irons, pitching wedge, sand wedge, putter, a lightweight cart bag, and headcovers, all designed for men’s preferred performance.
If Dad already has the best golf set in town, step up his game with a brand new cart bag. Dick’s offers a huge selection varying in dozens of colors and styles—and many are on sale right now.
And for a unique twist on golf, get Pop started with a new game: disc golf. Sets are just $29.99, or discs can be bought separately for $9.99-17.99. Bags range from $29.99 to $59.99. In Wilmington, there are courses near Monkey Junction, Castle Hayne, and Kure Beach. There are additional courses near Jacksonville or in Brunswick County, too. Check out www.dgcoursereview.com for more information on disc golf in our area.
A great Father’s Day gift is one Dad can enjoy with the whole family. At Dick’s, boating fun is covered with plenty of kayaks ($199.99-599.99) and canoes ($399.99-799.99), but there is also a great selection of tubes for weekend fun with motor boats.
The Livewire 2 is on sale for $90 off, now $259.99. The O’Brien Relax 2 is $229.99 and the Rave Sports Razor 2 is $109.99. Tube tow ropes range from $21.99 to $39.99.
Likewise, if Dad is a fisherman or camper, he’ll love a new Yeti cooler. We haven’t met a guy who didn’t wish for Yeti! The brand is touted for being able to keep ice for days, and its most recognized design, the Tundra, is described by Dick’s website as, “Tough enough for everything outdoors, the large, all-purpose YETI® Tundra Chest Cooler outperforms the competition. Ultimately the strongest of its kind, it has an extra-thick FatWall® design with twice the insulation, and a ColdLock™ Gasket to lock out heat and seal in the cold. The Tundra™ features a rack to separate dry foods from the ice so sandwiches won’t get soggy, and two different grips for easy hauling.” The Tundra coolers range from $299.99-479.99.
Dick’s Sporting Goods also carries Yeti’s Tank ice bucket ($249.99) and the Hopper cooler bag ($349.99).
For the music lovers, hhgregg offers an array of wireless speakers, from stylish wood-grain ensembles to rugged, water-resistant units for the super active.
TDK’s TREK Max Wireless Speaker ($109.95, suggested $149.95) not only produces high-quality sound through Bluetooth streaming technology, it also offers an integrated microphone for speakerphone functionality for hands-free calls. It’s got a weatherized design and allows up to eight hours of battery life.
Its cousin the TREK Wireless Portable Speaker has room-filling sound and up to six hours of playback in a weatherized design for $79.95. The TREK Micro Wireless Speaker offers the same weather-resistant design and six hours of battery life, but in a much smaller package for maximum portability ($19.95, suggested $59.95).
The Homedics House of Marley Get Together Bluetooth Portable Audio System is beautiful in natural bamboo front and back panels. It’s covered with Marley-exclusive REWIND fabric composed of hemp, organic cotton, and recycled plastic bottles. With 3.5″ high-output woofers and 1″ tweeters, it performs with strong output but clean-sounding details. Use it wirelessly with your Bluetooth or plug in phone or music device with the auxiliary input. Not only does the speaker offer eight hours of playback, it also provides a USB power output for charging devices. It retails at $219.99 but hhgregg’s everyday low price is $179.99.
As well, Samsung’s new Curved 4k Ultra-HD 3D Smart TV is a true electronic beauty! (And it would upgrade any man-cave). Neuro-crystal color technology and an auto-depth enhancer create more lifelike pictures at four times the resolution of full HD. hhgregg carries several versions, but the 65″ Class goes for $3,497.99 (suggested $4.997.99).
Dad can master the grill this summer and take cooking to the next level with gourmet gifts from Williams-Sonoma. Start him off with the basics of grilling with a Non-stick BBQ Tool Set packaged in a metal carrying case (on sale for $79.96, suggested $99.95). The set comes with a fork, tongs, slotted spatula and basting brush. Up the ante with LeCreuset Skinny Grills ($99.95-199.95), enameled cast-iron grill pans which are ideal for vegetables and seafood while elevating food from fatty drippings. Likewise, Williams-Sonoma offers plenty of non-stick outdoor cookware, such as a roaster, fry pan and griddle all for use on the grill ($44.95-49.95).
For the craft beer lover, pair Dad’s favorite sudsy beverage with selections from Williams-Sonoma’s line of craft beer BBQ sauces. Try versions made with Shiner’s dark lager or Belgian white ale, Boulevard’s pilsner, or Southern Tier’s Pale Ale. Sampler packs are $29.95, or opt for a larger bottle and a Beer Brisket Rub for $23.90. Also try Williams-Sonoma’s dozens of sauces, from Ghost Chili Garlic BBQ Sauce to Spicy Sambal Sauce, $12.95 each.
Story and photos by Bethany Turner