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June 9, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Father’s Day: Thank Dad with a gift that suits his interests and personality


By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market

Maybe he taught you how to handle your money or throw a football, or how to talk to a girl or stand up for yourself. Whatever life lessons Dad provided, the least you can do is buy him a cool gift for Father’s Day.

If you haven’t taken care of that yet, don’t stress. We have ideas for all types of fathers.

Active dad

Score your dad some Mariners tickets for the Father’s Day game against the Texas Rangers. To really hit it out of the park, pair it with some new fan gear, such as the Seattle Mariners Replica Robinson Cano Jersey ($100 at Mariners Team Store).

If he spends a lot of time on the green, replace his range finder with the Garmin Approach S4 GPS Golf Watch ($300 at Dad can use the touch screen to find out distances at more than 30,000 courses. And it connects via Bluetooth, so he can receive texts and emails without having to pull out his phone.

For the dad who dabbles in downward dog, the olive green Defy Military Tent Shanti Yoga Bag ($64 at Hammer + Awl, Madrona) is a more masculine mat carrier. Handmade in the U.S., the bag is made from vintage military tent canvas, with an adjustable strap and exterior pocket.

Want to spend some time recreating together? Sign up the two of you for a 5K and wrap up the flier along with some workout gear, such as Nike’s Epic Knit Shorts ($30 at Nordstrom). Then plan a training routine — complete with breakfast after each run, of course.

Dapper dad

Whether he’s a hipster or a mountain man, you can help Dad maintain his facial hair with a new grooming set. The locally made Herbivore Botanicals Beard Tonic Sampler Kit ($22 at Glasswing, Capitol Hill) includes two small tonics made with natural plant oils packed in a handsome travel tin.

If Dad is a suit-and-tie kind of guy, give him something more casual but still classy for the weekend, such as Thomas Dean’s Red Plaid Short Sleeve Button Down ($95 at The 100-percent-cotton shirt is part of the local menswear company’s new summer collection.

Help your hardworking dad kick back and relax after work with the stylish  Ralph Lauren Glen Plaid Double Old Fashioned Glasses ($60 for four at Macy’s). Package the set with a bottle of his favorite top-shelf liquor for a gift he just might share.

Outdoorsy dad

Is he a sportsman? Get him something handy, such as the Son of a Sailor Whiskey Folding Knife ($68 at Hammer & Awl). The French Opinel stainless steel pocketknife has a walnut handle with hand-painted color blocks inspired by signal flags.

Give Dad the nicest seat at the campfire with the Filson Chelan Folding Chair  ($118 at Filson, Sodo). The chair features a folding ash frame, polyester back, leather carrying strap and built-in bottle opener.

Stay-at-home dad

Dads who like to lounge on the weekends need a couple pieces that are comfy but not too embarrassing when running out to grab the paper. The  Eddie Bauer Wool-Lined Loafer Slippers ($70) have a rubber outsole for trips down the driveway and fleece lining for cozy comfort.

Add a lightweight robe, such as the Polo Ralph Lauren Men’s Kimono Velour Robe ($67 at Macy’s), for an extra layer that he’ll wear year-round.

Have a handy man in the house? Encourage him to put those skills to work behind the bar with the Barbuzzo Bar Tools Set ($40 at Nordstrom). It includes all the tools needed to create craft cocktails, cleverly shaped as a hammer, saw, screwdriver and more, and packaged in a traditional hard-sided tool case.

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