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Correction: The article originally contained an error in the price of books, etc. at Gardner’s Used Books Music, Inc. The story has been corrected.
A phone call, a heartfelt “I Love You,” a card or even just a hug will tell your Dad or father figure how much you appreciate him on Father’s Day, June 19.
“Give Dad a shirt (like the Roundtree York Performance knit shirt $40) that can take him from a morning meeting to an afternoon playing golf,” said Dockery. “The performance features will keep him looking sharp all day.”
Or how about the gift of time with a watch ($145 $275), he suggests.
“The Fossil blue collection features the perfect timepiece with a hint of fashion.”
Shoes like the Polo Canvas ($59) from Dillard’s add the finishing touch to shorts and tees and are “great for an afternoon in the park or date night with Mom,” he added.
Or how about a Polo fragrance ($65 $105) with “scents for all generations from the classic Polo to the freshness of Polo Blue?”
And for the man who likes to cook his own dinner, what about a grill set ($75)?
“A box set of stainless steel utensils are essential for every dad to fire up the grill for a summer BBQ feast,” advises Dockery, a father of two sons.
If Dad lives to grill and cost is not an issue, get him the new Weber Summit charcoal grill or Summit charcoal grilling center (MSRP $1,699 and $2,299, respectively). For those on a budget, what about the “Weber’s New American Barbecue Cookbook” by Jamie Purviance ($24.99)? It contains more than 120 recipes with a fresh perspective on what’s happening on the grill today.
Erin Edwards, owner and founder of Tulsa’s The Vintage Pearl, 8144 B S. Lewis Ave., suggests getting more personal to make the gift memorable.
Gift ideas include sterling silver monogrammed cufflinks engraved with any three initials ($48).
“Another idea is a chunky keychain ($22) handstamped with your kids’ names or a special message to remind him how much you love him,” said Edwards,
Also an option, she suggested, is a custom photo keychain ($35), a gift that will hold memories for years to come, or maybe a message ring ($49).
“It’s a sterling silver ring handcrafted from start to finish in our Tulsa studio just for you, and you can place names or a hidden message to remind him how much you care inside,” she said.
The Vintage Pearl also offers a thin leather cuff ($32) that can be handstamped with names, a date or the coordinates of a special place plus a custom vintage keychain ($29) made with vintage maps of any city in the world that is special to your dad.
Another personal gift one that will pamper Dad is one offered by Belvedere Barber Company in the Main Park Plaza lobby, 410 S. Main St. Owner David Nienhuis can provide your dad with a “classic 1950s” personal care appointment for $60.
The “Gift of Relaxation” includes a men’s haircut or straight razor head shave;
a straight razor face shave or a beard trim and razor edge up; a hot towel face treatment including a scalp, neck and shoulder massage; and a shoeshine to boot. It’s valued at more than $100. Call or text 918 978 4477 for an appointment that is convenient for your dad. Other services available.
Another way to show your father you love him might be a gift certificate to his favorite restaurant. What dad wouldn’t appreciate a free lunch (Theta Burger with onion rings and drink, anyone? $9.73 including tax) from Billy’s on the Square, on the corner of Fifth and Main Streets downtown. Or how about fan favorite Tulsa Style ribs dinner ($13.99) or a full slab ($19.99) plus tax from Albert G’s, 28th and Harvard Avenue or First Street and Elgin Avenue, or Burnt Ends ($14.99 with a side and drink good on Wednesdays only) or a big order of ribs with a side and drink for $17 at Burn Co. Barbecue, 1738 S. Boston Ave. Sharing the meal with him will make it even more special. Orders placed this week can be custom made and shipped to you in time for the big day. The covers, made from wood veneers walnut, ash, bamboo and ebony or leather, can be customized for phone, tablet, laptop or game console with laser engraved text, logos, designs, original artwork or an avatar.
If he’s into books and DVDs, check out the more than 26,000 books and thousands of DVDs, CDs, records and comics at Gardner’s Used Books Music, 4421 S. Mingo Road. Most sell for $1 $2 or $8 $20.
Most of all, remember what they say, 80 percent of success is just showing up, so make that happen this Father’s Day. You and he will be glad you did.
Pay a visit, eat a meal with him, send him a card and then, at the very least, make that phone call. Being remembered and appreciated is the best gift ever.