Fathers aren’t always the easiest ones to shop for. Even the corny jokes on Father’s Day cards make it hard to find one worthwhile. They can pretty much be boiled down to golfing, sitting watching tv, hogging the remote, having gas, and kids asking, “Dad, give me money.” But Father’s Day can be about more than that.
So let’s take a look at how we can at least get a little more creative with gift-giving this Father’s Day, even if the cards will still be run-of-the-mill. How will we do this? By looking local or online. Obviously, it’s important to support local businesses if you can, but if you’re running out of ideas from these stores, you might have to resort online for your Father’s day gift. Sometimes, personalized gifts can be unique, so it might be worth looking for some customized gifts. These days, you can put any photo on wallet, so it might be worth getting your dad a new wallet if he’s in need of one. Alternatively, you could look elsewhere online for other gifts. Be sure to look at our local gift list first! Below is a list with short descriptions of local finds dad is sure to love.
1. Cosmic Bath and Beauty Hops of Wrath Beer Soap. Michelle Adams at Cosmic Bath and Beauty of Turlock makes soap using Dust Bowl’s Hops of Wrath beer, also made in Turlock. No, to answer your question, you will not smell strongly of beer. Instead, the soap has a subtle, hearty smell that leaves skin smelling clean. As Adams describes it, “No additional colors or fragrances [are] added, so you just get the natural goodness beer imparts in the soap.” To make the product, Adams substitutes water with beer in her soap-making recipe. One growler from Dust Bowl is good for one batch of soap. Customers can find her beer soap (and some other Cosmic goodies) at Vintage Market 210 E. Main St. or I AM YOGA at 2031 Geer Rd., while supplies last. Her entire assortment of creations can also be found online at CosmicBathandBeauty.com.
2. Dust Bowl Growler. The Dust Bowl growler, available at Dust Bowl Brewing Company and Taproom, located at 200 W. Main St., is not for the faint-of-heart-beer-drinker, but it’s a good deal if dad really loves brews. Customers can buy the 64 oz. growler, a dark glass jug filled with dad’s choice of a house brew they have on tap at the time, and subsequently return with their emptied jug for beer refills at a lesser price. Prices vary from beer to beer. An initial growler for one of the “standard” beers will cost $16, with a refill price of $11. An initial growler for one of the “big beers” is $25, with a $20 refill price. Discounts are also available every Wednesday on growlers; $2 is taken off of the growler price or refill price (of either category of beer). Standard brews include: Hops of Wrath IPA, Crystal Wheat, Experimental Pale Ale, Chasin’ Shade, British Mild, Red IPA, or Stout. Big beers include: Sticke Alt and Black IPA.
3. Woods Furniture Flexsteel Recliners. Woods Furniture, located off the Highway 99 and Taylor Road exit at 4918 Taylor Ct., features various styles and price-points of quality furniture and accessories. Like clockwork, recliners are selling more than usual for Father’s Day gifts. Woods Furniture is holding a Flexsteel “Power Up” sale just in time to get dad his new favorite game seat.
4. The Greenery Seasonings and Sauces. The Greenery, located in Downtown Turlock at 742 East Olive Ave., sells a variety of specialty seasonings, sauces, and condiments perfect for a day at the barbecue or some gourmet dishes in the kitchen. Some of the assortment include products from Stonewall Kitchen, like the Blue Cheese Herb Mustard. Other items are made especially for The Greenery though, including the jar of Corn Relish or Chile Relleno Salsa each with The Greenery label.
5. Treasure Hunters Vintage Items. Located at 300 E. Main St., Treasure Hunters has plenty of treasures for the dad who loves antiques, vintage items, and collectibles. The store has great gift ideas for dads young and old from treasures like antique beer signs and gas pumps, to Star Wars memorabilia, vintage pipes and ash trays. Some of the collectibles are functional, but others are just for show– depending on dad. Currently Treasure Hunters has items from 19 vendors on display.
6. Sky High Comics Comic Books. Sky High Comics, located at 120 W. Main St., offers comic books for every kind of dad-fan, allowing customers to choose the perfect book based on dad’s unique preferences. Comic books provide a fun gift for dads of all ages, and for many dads, there is that certain issue they have been waiting or searching for for ages. Sky High Comics recently had a customer come in and purchase a $100 book for his dad, as the issue was the one “missing jewel” in his collection.
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15.