With Father’s Day right around the corner (June 17th, y’all!), it’s high time to pick out the perfect present for the father figures in our lives who deserve some special recognition. For those of us lucky enough to live in Austin, the question of what to get dad for Father’s Day is easy as pie to answer: whatever he wants! In such a creative mecca, there’s no shortage of locally-crafted gifts and experiences to fit the bill. Read on for our 2018 Father’s Day gift guide for some dad-tastic inspiration.
Leather Goods from Noah Marion
From his backpacks and wallets to his belts and camera straps, Noah Marion‘s natural vegetable-dyed leather goods are all works of art. If you’ve ever noticed the cool bespoke check holders at beloved spots like Fresa’s and June’s All Day, well… this is the man who made them. Stop into his studio and general store inside the WORK collective at South Lamar and Oltorf to see them up close and choose something for dear old dad (plus, maybe, something for yourself). While you’re there, get an Instagram shot of whatever cheeky phrase is currently gracing the sign out front, grab a handcrafted jolt of caffeine from the coffee counter inside, and chat with Noah himself, who isn’t only a master craftsman — he’s also the wearer of the coolest glasses in the game.
A Treaty Oak Distillery Tour & Tasting
Sometimes, you just need to tour one of the oldest distilleries in Texas, enjoy some amazing bites and sips, and kick back in the countryside. For that, there’s no better place this Father’s Day weekend than Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch, where you can treat Pops to all of the above. Be sure to book your expert-led Saturday tour in advance to secure your spots for the 45-minute experience, after which you can take your time enjoying Treaty Oak’s delicious beer, bourbon, rum or gin along with snacks, meats, sides and desserts at the Ghost Hill Restaurant & Bar onsite. If you’re headed there on Father’s Day proper, make sure to RSVP for a special Sunday brunch. Don’t leave the gift shop & tasting room without picking up a commemorative bottle or two of Dad’s favorite spirit — if you’re nice to him, maybe he’ll share.
An Exhilarating COTA Experience
If he’s the kinda guy who feels the need for speed, then Austin’s own Circuit of the Americas holds the exact kind of thrill he’s seeking. Depending on how daring he is, you can opt for a simple shuttle tour, a go-karting experience on the track, or the honest-to-goodness adrenaline spike of an Audi track discovery day, which puts him behind the wheel of a finely crafted machine on one of the world’s most famous racetracks and lets him put the pedal to the metal. Of course, if he wants to see the masters in action, you could always give him tickets to the F1 Grand Prix in October, which comes complete with Bruno Mars and Britney Spears bringing all the danceable pop tunes the man can handle. Go ahead… give him the whole enchilada and let him show off those dad moves.
Texan Must-Haves from Allens Boots
Are you really a Texan if you live in Texas but don’t own a proper pair of boots? Further, can you ever own too many? Whatever the case, if you’re in the market to give someone the coolest pair of kicks, Allen’s Boots on South Congress is bound to have what you’re after. Since boot-buying is a personal experience, consider making an event out of the gift, taking him into the store and letting him choose his favorite pair from the thousands of Luccheses, Ariats, Fryes and more available onsite. Then, grab dinner at the SoCo eatery of his choice, and end the day on a high note at the Continental Club for a classic Austin evening filled with good music. You never know — maybe famous local dad (and, sure, world-class musician) Gary Clark, Jr. will pop by for an impromptu set.
An Excursion with Austin Detours
For a side of the city Dad may not have seen before, treat him to an Austin Detours excursion tailored to fit his favorite way to spend a day. These local experts know everything there is to know about this lovely locale of ours, and they offer no fewer than two dozen private specialty tours and four public tours to choose from. Ranging from a Gruene getaway and hill country wine & BBQ tastings to a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of Austin’s most hallowed musical grounds, they’ve got something for every kind of Austinite or Austin visitor. Whether he’s into brew & ‘cue, keeping it weird or following in LBJ’s footsteps, Detours has just the experience for him. Make a day of it with the whole family or take him out on the town for some one-on-one time. Either way, it’ll be a Father’s Day to remember.
Once you’ve given dear old dad the star treatment, give the Kennedy crew a shout if you’re planning a large-scale event or executive occasion. From concept to completion, we’ve got you covered.