Don't Give Dad Another Dud

LOCAL Father's Day gifts that he might actually want


"Business casual" has ruined Father's Day gift-giving for many lazy offspring who can no longer rely on the last-minute, go-to necktie. (Unfortunately, my brother and I didn't even have that option since our dad never wore a tie to work. Our fall-back gift was a Hickory Farms summer sausage gift box).

Dads also get gypped in the present department because their children probably spent their last penny/ounce of creativity on a Mother's Day gift. So this year, I've made a concerted effort to give Pops something: 1) he actually wants, 2) is available close to home and 3) won't raise his cholesterol.

Here are 30 of my picks in a variety of price ranges. And you're welcome.

Big bucksNASCAR driving experience at Daytona International Speedway ($549+)
Bargain Go-kart driving at Adventure Landing ($7) 

Big bucks: Round of golf at TPC Sawgrass with a caddie (+$350)
Bargain: Round of glow-in-the-dark/3-D miniature golf at Batt Family Fun Center 

Big bucks: Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 new logo helmet ($319.95)
Bargain: Jacksonville Jaguars football player toothbrush ($5.95)

Big bucks: "The Sports Classic" massage and body scrub at The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club ($215+)
Bargain: manicure at Parisian Spa Institute aka Parisian Beauty School ($8)

Big bucks: Chef's adventure at Matthew's with wine pairings ($125 per person)
Bargain: Rib sandwich paired with sweet tea ($9) from Jenkins Quality Barbecue


10 under $50

1. Cooking class at Publix Apron's Cooking School ($40+)

2. Historic pub crawl in St. Augustine ($39)

3. Old City Helicopters tour of North Beach ($39)

4. "Adopted" animal at the Jacksonville Zoo ($35+)

5. The GodFATHER's Day Film and Feast at Sun-Ray Cinema ($30)

6. Old-fashioned neck shave at The Art of Shaving ($35+)

7. "High-speed expedition" on El Conquistador Speed Boat ($25+)

8. Beer & Baseball at European Street Beer Garden during Jacksonville Suns games June 22, July 13 and August 31 ($20)

9. Bottle of wine rated 90 points or better (by global wine experts) from W90+ ($8+)

10. And as a last resort, there's always Hickory Farms Summer Sausage trio ($23). Overnight delivery is available.


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