It's Father's Day, and it’s time to celebrate the first man in your life. You know, the one who helped you ride your first bike (no training wheels!), walked you down the aisle and taught you many life lessons. From traditional gifts like cologne to experiences including a Microbrews Cruise, and a few things in between, here are a few gifts that will make it a [Happy ital] Father’s Day! On the Course
Stop by Dick's Sporting Goods, pick out your dad's favorite brand of golf balls and have them personalized with a special message just for him. You can commemorate the holiday by adding the date, your dad’s name or a special message (up to three lines) to the golf balls. $19.99-39.99. Prices vary depending on golf balls purchased – personalization is free for most options. Dick's Sporting Goods, SouthPark mall. www.dickssportinggoods.com.
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At the ballgame
We are lucky to have hometown team Charlotte Knights playing Father's Day weekend, so treat your dad to a day at the ballpark. You can take in the game at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Beer Garden or enjoy it from the stands. After the game, kids are encouraged to play catch with dear ole' Dad in the Knights outfield. Don't forget your ball and mitt! $7-9 per ticket, general admission. Charlotte Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, S.C. www.charlotteknights.com.
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Sit back & relax
Try a “King for a Day” package at Emerson Joseph, a grooming salon for men. The package includes a full-service cut, pedicure and 60-minute Swedish massage, perfect for the on-the-go dad who doesn't take much time for himself. What a great way to spoil him a bit! The grooming salon also encourages a relaxed environment with pool tables and flat screen TVs. $160. Emerson Joseph (locations in Uptown and Ballantyne). www.emersonjoseph.com.
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Boats & brews
Send the “World's Best Dad” on the best kind of cruise... one that includes beer! The Microbrews Cruise takes place at the U.S. National Whitewater Center and includes flatwater kayaking on the Catawba River, a fireside dinner and craft beer tastings. Representatives from local breweries will be on hand to answer your questions while you sample their brews. $55. U.S National Whitewater Center. www.usnwc.org.
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In a bright red bottle, Rouge cannot be missed, and the scent should not be either. Designed with their polo shirts in mind, the bottle includes their signature alligator logo and the scent is energetic yet clean. With notes of ginger, black pepper, cardamom and iced red tea, this cologne brings a delightful mix of masculinity and spice. $62. LACOSTE, SouthPark mall.
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This Evans Zip Passcase from Fossil allows the essentials to be in the right spot at the right time. The slim leather wallet has an interior zip pocket and slots for cards and cash, and of course a few pictures of the kids. The wallet lies flat, unlike the bulkiness of wallets from yesteryear, and also comes in black. $38. Belk, SouthPark mall. www.belk.com.
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These cufflinks by Donald Trump show the playful side of business and can be a true conversation-starter. One cufflink states "You're hired" in green while the other states "You're fired" in red. “The Don” is no joke in the boardroom, but these cufflinks are sure to give the staff at your dad’s job a chuckle or two. $45. Macys, SouthPark mall. www.macys.com.
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This kit allows for easy grooming at home or while traveling for business or pleasure. These products pay close attention to sensitive skin and other shaving issues, so Dad not only gets a close shave but also soothed skin. The collection includes pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm and a shaving brush. $50. Nordstrom, SouthPark mall. www.nordstrom.com.
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The only difference between this remote helicopter and a real aircraft is the size. It’s ready for battle with real-flight maneuvers, shooting sounds and infrared shots to get the bad guys. Your dad, while a grown-up, can have some child-like fun! In addition, you can battle anyone who also has one of these combat RC Copters but be careful, after three "hits" from your counterpart, your copter will make a landing and your remote will be deactivated – game over! Included with your purchase is a remote (that doubles as the charger) and a spare-parts repair kit. $69.99 each or 2 for $120. Brookstone, SouthPark mall. www.brookstone.com.
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Does your father think he is the grill-master but every time he fires up the grill, the meat is more charred than delicious? Let's help him out this Father's Day with a gourmet gadget that that takes the guesswork out of barbecuing. Using the Grill Alert Talking Remote Thermometer is easy. You simply put the stainless steel probes in the center of the meat, choose how you would like the meat cooked and it will alert you with a voice prompt when the meat is done. The "chef of the yard" is no longer tied down to the grill and can now mix and mingle with the guests. $69.99. Brookstone, SouthPark mall. www.brookstone.com.
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