Dads are notoriously picky about buying gifts. With Father’s Day fast approaching, many of you may be freaking out over the best way to show the dads and father figures in your life how much you love and appreciate them. Is a department store tie enough? What about a pack of golf balls? If you feel the pressure, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with our list of made-in-Alabama gifts that will wow dad and support our community of local designers.
beard care Left Hand Soap Company
Keep dad proud of his facial hair with handmade beard care products from Tuscaloosa-born Birmingham Left Hand Soap Company, which has been keeping Alabama clean since 1999. Create your own kit complete with beard balm, butter, and oil. If dad has a clean cut, try the shaving soap bar.
Tensaw Jacket Tom Beckbe
If dad deserves something special this Father’s Day, there’s no gift more timeless or treasured than a well-made outerwear piece from Tom Beckbe. Winner of Garden & Gun’s Made in the South Awards 2017, the waxed canvas hunting-style Tensaw Jacket will quickly become dad’s favorite jacket.
Tie or bow tie from Lindsay Brook Designs
For the stylish men in your life, a tie or bow tie made in Alabama by Birmingham designer and seamstress Lindsay Brook is the perfect gift. Patterns range from classic checks to funky florals.
Tensaw jacket by Tom Beckbe. (Facebook)
Bow ties by Lindsay Brook Designs. (contributed)
People often joke about getting socks as a gift, but when they’re as special as zkano’s, everyone swallows their words. Made in Fort Payne – once the sock capital of the world – zkano socks are comfortable, durable and eco-friendly, and come in fun patterns and styles.
leather goods Leather Holtz
Nothing screams dad like leather goods. This Huntsville-based leather goods company offers a full line of Father’s Day gifts, from belts branded with a customizable message for Dad to a rocks glass and a set of leather sleeves.
Graphic T-shirt from Creative Yellowhammer
For undeniably cool comfort and style, get dad a hand-printed t-shirt from Yellowhammer Creative. Ultra-soft vintage-style shirts come in a variety of retro styles with Birmingham and Alabama landmark names like Sloss Furnaces, Vulcan, and Railroad Park. There are special lines for Alabama, Auburn, and UAB football.
Socks by zkano. (Facebook)
A whiskey glass and leather pouch by Holtz Leather. (Facebook)
T-shirt by Yellowhammer Creative. (Facebook)
embroidery of Asher Riley
If Dad has a preppy streak, a handmade needlepoint product from Asher Riley will definitely do the trick. From belts and coolers to wallets, cufflinks, sunglasses straps and even flasks, you can’t go wrong with any of these classic designs that feature some of Dad’s favorite things: the golf, fishing and American flags.
Duffel bag from Flint Leather Co.
For the father of the jet set (or the road trip), you can’t go wrong with a beautifully crafted duffel or wash bag from Flint Leather Co. The minimalist masculine design will remain a classic for years to come.
Spirits of John Emerald Distillation
For the spirits lover in your life, a beautiful bottle of single malt whisky, double oak bourbon or double wood rye is the gift that will last for months and months to come. John Emerald Distilling based in Opelika also offers rum, vodka and gin if he’s not a big fan of dark spirits.
Tapestry by Asher Riley. (Facebook)
Duffle bags by Flint Leather. (Facebook)
Assorted spirits from John Emerald Distilling Company. (Facebook)
Seasonings, sauces and marinades by Pilleteri
When summer hits, there’s nothing dad loves more than a backyard barbecue and time spent with his grill. Step up his grilling game with sauces, marinades, seasonings and spices made in Alabama by Pilleteri’s, created at Hoover’s legendary Mr. P’s Deli. Try the Grill Master Gift Set for the perfect variety.
Coffee of Domestic Coffee
If Dad loves a quality cup of coffee in the morning, add a bag of single origin or specialty blend coffee from Domestique Coffee to his collection. It is roasted in Birmingham and grown in places like Guatemala, Ethiopia, Peru and Bolivia. So you can give dad a taste of the world with a simple bag of coffee.
Domestic Coffee is grown everywhere and roasted in Birmingham. (Domestic)
Pursell Farms’ Orvis Range of Sporting Clays. (contributed)
Birmingham Legion is one of several professional sports teams based in Alabama. (contributed)
Travel to Pursell Farms
For the dad who has everything, how about a once-in-a-lifetime experience? At Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Dad can play a round of golf, clay shoot at Orvis Shooting Grounds, try fly fishing or go on an adventure in a UTV. We guarantee it will be an unforgettable day or weekend.
Tickets for a sports match
The possibilities are endless when it comes to this gift idea. If dad is a football fan, a ticket to the USFL Birmingham Stallions match at the protection stadium is in order. If he prefers other football, how about tickets for a Birmingham Legion match? Many baseball games are minor league stadiums across the state and, of course, the World Games come to the Magic City in July, offering 10 days of jam-packed sporting events to choose from.
This story was originally published on the SoulGrown website.