Father's Day Gift Guide, a Nashville Edition
Father’s Day – a day that we pause to celebrate that special guy in your life. Maybe he’s the one who raised you, or maybe he’s the one you are working with to shape some little humans of your own. Or maybe he’s just been your rock forever and it doesn’t even matter that there is no shared DNA because that is just a technicality. Whatever your situation, don’t forget to take some time out to recognize him!
Below are some father’s day gift suggestions here in Nashville that we think any man would appreciate.
1. A Growler - or 10
A growler of beer says, take the afternoon, kick your feet up, and relax. A variety of growlers says, let’s taste test and maybe get wasted. We really love the American Pale Ale at Yee Haw Brewing Co. and the Knockout IPA at Fat Bottom Brewing. Or for a one stop shop, The Filling Station offers more than 20 excellent options at any one time -- plus they have a location on the East side and in 12S, so it’s convenient no matter which side of the river your hood is on.
2. Taking a Class
A class is a thoughtful gift, because you are either pushing dad to try something he’s always wanted to do or you are telling him you always thought he would enjoy something that maybe he didn’t think of. There are so many cool options out there! Here are some of our favorites:
a. HilltownTN – Enjoy some beautiful scenery as you travel to Hilltown, Tennessee, and attend an axe class, a photography class, or even a dendrology class (that's a class about trees, folks). These classes are taught by Sarah and Patrick Gilliam, who enjoy sharing their land and their love of nature with other interesting folks.
b. USN Evening Classes – From cooking to criminal psychology, literature to pottery, USN Evening Classes truly offer some of the most dynamic courses led by some of the most interesting folks in town. It’s really hard to pick just one – which is probably why the evening classes have been around for 25 years now! They run January through March, so you'll have to give dad an IOU, but we can guarantee there will be some classes worth waiting for.
c. Work it out dad. From yoga to boxing, are lots of different types of workout classes offered at TITLE Boxing Club , so keep that in mind when deciding what you think might compliment dad’s demeanor.
Nothing says dad like leather! There are some really cool local folks making some really amazing leather products that dad would love. Arch and Bevel makes this affordable leather key clip that we can’t get enough of. A trip to the Peter Nappi Studio in Germantown is like a gift in and of itself, and we like so many things we can’t pick just one. Maybe dad is a rockstar and needs some new boots, or maybe he is more frugal in nature and wants a nice wallet to contain his paper – Peter Nappi can help you with all that and more. I also learned that Peter Nappi Studio is hosting a special Father's Day Happy Hour event on Friday, June 15 and Saturday June 16, from 4-6 pm with local brewery Bearded Iris offering complimentary drafts, plus 15% off Peter Nappi's special Father's Day Collection. So go ahead and combine #1 and #3 and call your efforts to win the Child of the Year Award successful.)
This might be gifted by simply preparing a nice meal for dad, or perhaps you buy him a gift card so he can handle the preparations. Regardless, Bare Bones Butcher has plenty to offer for the man who loves meat. With beef, chicken, lamb and pork, dad can select the cuthe most prefers, but you still come out looking like the hero. After all, you know the saying – a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
5. A Good Book
Timeless and thoughtful, you can’t go wrong with a book that reflects dad’s personality and interests. From the history buff to the music junkie, from the mystery lover to the budding (or not-so-budding) entrepreneur, a book is the perfect gift for any personality. We love Parnassus Books and dream of spending the night cozied up in a chair there. (Seriously, Parnassus, if you are reading this, there is an idea for a silent auction donation for you. Just let me know where you donate it so I can bid!)
Hopefully these suggestions give you some ideas as to how you can really treat your dad for Father’s Day. The most important thing is to let him know what he means to you, which actually doesn’t require anything at all other than your love...and we all know that is really the best gift possible.