Dads always seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to Father’s Day gifts.
Another tie? Another grilling tool?
So this Father’s Day, why not get him something he can really appreciate – something the two of you can do together.
Go Columbia rounded up three gifts for three distinct kinds of dads. Take note, and take your Father’s Day gift-giving up a notch.
For the hot dog and home run dad
If your dad is a baseball fan, a Lexington County Blowfish baseball game is a pitch-perfect idea.
On Father’s Day, the Blowfish play the Florence RedWolves. So far this season, the RedWolves have taken a bite out of the Blowfish four of the four games they’ve played. But maybe the fifth time will be the charm? See for yourself that night.
Tickets are under $10, so they won’t break the bank. You can take to the field and play catch with dad before the game – and, the first 500 kids in with their dads get free ice cream.
WHERE: 474 Ball Park Road, Lexington
WHEN: 7:05 p.m. Sunday, June 18
And more baseball: While the Columbia Fireflies are on the road for Father’s Day, two solid events for dad fans are coming up soon after – the Home Run Derby on Monday, June 19, and the South vs. North All-Star game on Tuesday, June 20.
For the dapper dad
Frank’s Gentlemen’s Salon is for any man who enjoys the civility of a salon experience without the added pressure of feeling judged.
Here is a place designed with men in mind – hardwood floors and wood paneling throughout, classic leather barber’s chairs and a “man cave” complete with TVs and a selection of cigars. While you wait, enjoy a beer or cocktail. Services include haircuts with a scalp massage and hot towel face wrap, straight razor shave, brow waxing and manicures and pedicures. Need a cleanup between hair appointments? It’s complimentary.
WHERE: 717 Lady St.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday-Monday.
COST: Varies by service
For the do-it-yourself dad
If your dad likes beer, then he’ll love the D.I.Y. Brewhouse, where he can choose from kits ranging from ales to porters to stouts, with specialty blends in between.
Not a big beer guy? There are do-it-yourself kits for making wine and hard ciders, too.
Owner Kevin Deaton offers new brewers a one-on-one tutorial on how to get started with each kit purchase, taking some of the “yourself” (and learning curve) off your shoulders. You can even brew and store your beer at the shop.
And at the end of each month, the location hosts a customer brew party, so you can share your suds with other like-minded DIY guys (and gals).
WHERE: 10509 Two Notch Road, Elgin
WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
COST: Basic beer kit, $79; other kit prices vary. (Mention that you saw this Father’s Day story in Go Columbia, and you can take 15 percent off your ingredients or kit.)