Dads are notoriously hard to buy gifts for. With Father’s Day right around the corner, many of you may be panicking over the best way to show the dads and father figures in your life just how much you love and appreciate them. Does a department-store tie suffice? What about a pack of golf balls? If you’re feeling the pressure, don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with our list of Alabama-made gifts that will wow dad and support our local maker community.
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Beard Care from Left Hand Soap Company
Keep dad proud of his facial hair with handmade beard care products from Birmingham-based, Tuscaloosa-born Left Hand Soap Company, which has been keeping Alabama clean since 1999. Create your own kit complete with beard balm, butter, and oil. If dad’s clean cut, try the shaving soap bar.
Tensaw Jacket from Tom Beckbe
If dad deserves something extra special this Father’s Day, there’s no gift more timeless or treasured than a well-made piece of outerwear from Tom Beckbe. The winner of Garden & Gun’s 2017 Made in the South Awards, the waxed canvas hunting-style Tensaw jacket will quickly become dad’s favorite jacket.
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Tie or Bowtie from Lindsay Brook Designs
For the stylish men in your life, an Alabama-made tie or bowtie from Birmingham designer and seamstress Lindsay Brook is the perfect gift. Patterns range from classic checkers to funky florals.
Socks from zkano
People often joke about receiving socks as a gift, but when they’re a pair as special as the ones at zkano, everyone will be eating their words. Made in Fort Payne, Alabama—once the Sock Capital of the World—zkano socks are comfortable, durable, environmentally friendly, and come in fun patterns and styles.
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Leather goods from Holtz Leather
Nothing screams dad like leather goods. This Huntsville-based leather goods company has an entire line of Father’s Day gifts that include everything from belts branded with a customizable message for dad to a whiskey glass and leather sleeve set.
Graphic Tee from Yellowhammer Creative
For comfort and undeniably cool style, get dad a handprinted tee from Yellowhammer Creative. The vintage-style, uber soft T-shirts come in a variety of retro styles featuring names of Birmingham and Alabama landmarks like Sloss Furnaces, Vulcan, Railroad Park, and more. There are even special lines for Alabama, Auburn, and UAB football.
Needlepoint Goods from Asher Riley
If dad has a preppy streak, a handmade needlepoint product from Asher Riley will certainly fit the bill. From belts and can coolers to wallets, cuff links, sunglasses straps, and even flasks, you can’t go wrong with one of these classic designs that feature some of dad’s favorite things: golfing, fishing, and American flags.
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Duffel Bag from Flint Leather Co.
For the jet setting (or road tripping) dad, you can’t go wrong with a beautifully crafted duffel or toiletry bag from Flint Leather Co. The minimal masculine design will remain a classic for years to come.
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Spirits from John Emerald Distilling
For the spirits enthusiasts in your life, a nice bottle of single-malt whiskey, double oak bourbon, or double wood rye is the gift that will keep on giving for months and months to come. Auburn-based John Emerald Distilling also offers rum, vodka, and gin if he isn’t a huge fan of dark spirits.
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Seasonings, Sauces, and Marinades from Pilleteri’s
When summer begins, there’s nothing dad loves more than a backyard barbecue and time spent with his grill. Level up his grilling game with Alabama made sauces, marinades, seasoning rubs, and spices from Pilleteri’s, created at Hoover’s legendary Mr. P’s Deli. Try the grill master gift box for the perfect variety.
Coffee from Domestique Coffee
If dad loves a quality cup of joe in the morning, add to his collection with a bag of single origin or specialty blended coffee from Domestique Coffee. Roasted locally in Birmingham and grown in Guatemala, Ethiopia, Peru, Bolivia, and more, you can give dad a taste of the world with a simple bag of coffee.
Trip to Pursell Farms
For the dad who has everything, how about a one-of-a-kind experience? At Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, dad can play a round of golf, go clay shooting at an Orvis Shooting Grounds, try fly fishing, or even take a UTV adventure. We guarantee it’ll be a day or weekend to remember.
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Tickets to a Sports Game
The possibilities are endless when it comes to this gift idea. If dad is a football fan, a ticket to a USFL Birmingham Stallions game at Protective Stadium is in order. If her prefers the other football, how about tickets to a Legion match. Baseball games are plentiful at minor league stadiums across the state, and of course, the World Games are coming to the Magic City in July providing 10 days of jam-packed sporting events to choose from.