Father’s Day is soon approaching, and for many, finding a gift for dad is a point of contention. What do you get the guy who has everything? More socks, undershirts, a new wallet? In my opinion, material items are never the answer to your gifting-conundrum, especially if you’re looking for something unique. Given my love for local, I wanted to share some unique gift ideas for Dad that are more that just things — but experiences!
- Espresso Class at a Ceremony Coffee Roasters. If you’ve got a dad who’s into coffee, consider taking a hands-on experience with him this Father’s Day! Ceremony Coffee hosts educational classes for baristas and coffee-enthusiasts alike. 2 hours of their Intro Barista: Essential Espresso Bar class teaches you all the ins-and-outs of bean and milk prep. Aaaaand provides your caffeine-fix in the process.
- Distillery Tour & Tasting at Sagamore Spirit. Sagamore Spirit offers a variety of events and experiences at their Port Covington distillery including tours of their space followed by a rye tasting of Baltimore’s finest for $15. You can find a list of all of Sagamore Spirit’s upcoming experiences here, including their scenic Sunset Ride collaboration with the Baltimore Water Taxi.
- Grooming services from Hammer and Nails: Owings Mills. Know a guy who needs to take some time for himself? But like in a manly way? Hammer and Nails in Owings Mills has a man cave that’s perfect for a little repair and a lot of relaxing. Offering basic manicures and pedicures, haircuts and beard trims, the shop prioritizes self-care, something often overlooked by men due to limited options. You can find the full list of their services here; they’re offering a Father’s Day Package that includes a classic cut, repair pedicure, and repair manicure for $100. A serious steal.
- DIY Baltimore Brewery Tour. Did I hear that pops is a craft beer enthusiast? Lucky for you, there are a enough breweries in the city limits (as well as out in the county) for you to curate a DIY Brewery Tour experience for your old man. Click here to plan your own! Your real gift to him? Being his DD.
- Dinner at The Charleston. Dinner for a holiday or birthday seems like a cliche suggestion, but dinner at The Charleston is anything but ordinary. On the contrary, it’s a dining experience. If dad has an adventurous palate and/or appreciates food-wine pairings, a multi-course dinner is a Father’s Day dinner and gift all rolled into one. Kill two birds with one stone and make a reservation at Cindy Wolf’s award-winning restaurant.
- Food Tour with Bite of Baltimore. If you’re looking to treat dad to a more casual dining experience with a hint of Baltimore history, gift him a tour with Bite of Baltimore. I had such a blast touring the Fells Point food scene and learned a lot about the history of Fells Point and Charm City. Snag your tour tickets here!
- Plant Workshops with B.Willow. Is dad a plant-master? Or mom wishes he were one? Fear not, Baltimore’s prime plant procurement-shop is B.Willow; not only do they offer a gorgeous selection of potted-beauties but classes for dad to learn how to take care of his own! Give dad a chance to perfect his green thumb while you BYOB and book a plant care workshop here.
Don’t worry, I’ve got you procrastinators covered. Most of these experiences can be purchased online before Sunday. And you can print out tickets & stick ’em in that funny card you have yet to buy from CVS.
What do you have planned for Father’s Day this year? Any other local experiences you have or would gift to Dad? Let me know in the comments below!