Father's Day and the gift dilemma

Area businesses can help

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  • Car caddy Courtesy of Flowers in the Attic

  • Truck clock Courtesy of Flowers in the Attic

  • Trout puzzle box Courtesy of Flowers in the Attci

  • A gift that keeps on giving. The reporrter's husband, Guy Gordon, this week in last year's Father's Day gift. Photo by Laurie Gordon

By Laurie Gordon

— It's coming. This weekend brings Father's Day and sometimes it can be a little tricky figuring out what to give dad. Here are some ideas.

Head to White Deer Plaza, in Sparta, to give your dad the gift of being a sharped dressed man. Onore Clothing designs clothes with your dad's individual sense and style in mind. “Every little detail counts,” said owner Richard Cintron. “Onore Clothing will customize your order using any type of color stitching and button hole design to individualize your wardrobe and reflect your unique personality.” He said, “For Father's Day we are featuring sales of 20 to 50 percent offf and also custom clothing at 30 percent off. We also have gift certificates which are a great present because then dad can come in and we'll work with his tastes to customize something for him. Many may not know but we also carry men's cologne and jewelry, as well as the basics of socks and underwear.”

Newton is home to three big box stores where you can either find dad a gift or leave it up to him with a gift card. Lowes, Home Depot and Sears Outlet are right around the corner from one another. The RoadTrip Portable Gas Grill by Coleman is available right at Kohls, another local big box store. What makes this grill unique is that it folds up and goes where dad goes. Over at Harmon's, in Newton, there are a host of gifts to make dad smell good including even a beer soap by the Duke Cannon Supply Co.

Giving dad a gift is great, but how about doing something with him. Spring Valley Horse Farm, on Paulins Kill Road in Newton, offers pristine trail rides from the farm down the Paulins Kill trail with stunning views of the lake. You can also grab a couple of passes to Camelbeach or Mountcreek water parks and hit the slides with dad for a day. The Sussex County Minors baseball is another great way to spend time with dad or keep it simple and spend the afternoon at one of our area's lakes.

Flowers in the Attic is located in Upper Lake Plaza, in Sparta. Owner Phyllis Flanagan said, “We have some wonderful Father's Day gifts. We have elegant weighted clocks made with great detail and in styles in a variety of shapes from BBQ's to Drum sets. These are the perfect gift for your favorite professional hobbyist and are made of alloy metal."

Flanagan said there are wine bottles made from recycled bottles and "handmade wooden puzzle trinket boxes in a variety of sport shapes. These includes golf, hunting, fishing, etc. Another big hit for Father's Day are our men's adjustable copper and leather bracelets. They're casual with much detail.”

If dad is into golf, this is your lucky place to live. Links including Farmstead, Crystal Spring and Turkey Swamp are all popular golf courses and all offer gift certificates.

A gift that keeps on giving is a subscription to one of those razor companies. Both Harrys and Dollar Shave Club will hook dad up with a razor and then replacement blades will magically appear in the mail just when he's ready all year long.

A traditional watch is always a great idea, but now there are some pretty awesome options in time pieces featuring fitness trackers and text/e-mail notifications.

Dads can be a little tough at times. How about finding his sweet spot with the gift of chocolate or candy? The Chocolate Parfait and The Chocolate Goat are two perfect local options for a great sweet treat.

Andover Hunt and Fish and Simon Peter Sports are both located on Route 206 in the Newton/Andover area and are chock full of all kinds of gifts for the dad who loves the outdoors. A kayak is a great gift for dad to take in the area lakes or how about a hammock for some seriously relaxation time.

Pampering dad can be a great option. Book him a massage at one of our many area salons or day spas. If you want to make it super convenient, contact the local The Wizard of Aaahhz (on Facebook) and they'll show up with their massage bus right in your own driveway.

Treat your dad to a homemade dinner. Even if you're not too spectacular in the kitchen, this can work. Order take out and bring it in for a nice meal with dad. Another culinary gift is making his favorite dessert. If you want to go more expensive, take him out to his favorite restaurant. A number of establishments in our area offer outdoor dining. The Carriage House offers dining on Culver Lake, The Boat House is right on Swartswood Lake and Ristorante iL Porto is right on Lake Mohawk. Heading out of the county, there are several restaurants on nearby Lake Hopatcong.

If you're going on-line, one really unique, really neat idea is to get your dad or husband a Man Crate. Go to www.mancrates.com/gifts-for-men for more information about these clever creations. The crates are filled with snacks, gadgets, gear and video games and then sealed with (literally) a crowbar. Dad gets to open it with the crowbar. You can also borrow the idea and create your own similar gift.

Perhaps Danielle Tooker, a Sandyston resident who teaches and coaches at Kittatinny Regional High School, had the best gift idea. “Spending time with dad because you don't get those years back, kayaking, fishing, or hiking,” she said. “Anything that allows quality time.”

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