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Last-Minute Father’s Day Ideas

Helpful tips for activities and gifts

By Kimberly Cunningham

Psst. Father’s Day is on Sunday…

In case it slipped your mind, or you’re still not sure what to get the man who gave you life, here are a few handy suggestions.

Last-Minute Father’s Day Ideas

Art of Shaving kit

Gift ideas:

In the ‘nick’ of time

Does your dad always complain about shaving? Or maybe you’re sick of staring at that beard he’s been growing for the last few months. Try this ultra-luxe kit by the Art of Shaving. The Four Elements of the Perfect Shave sandalwood kit works well for sensitive skin, and helps prevent ingrowns. $115. Available at Nordstrom.

Last-Minute Father’s Day Ideas

Rip Curl boardshorts

Trunkin’ it

Swing by the newly opened Rip Curl by Hansen’s store, just down the street from the original Hansen’s surf shop, and pick up a pair of trunks. Nothing says summer like boardshorts. It’s a fail-safe gift. And in San Diego, this Mirage Aggrolite style is a best-seller all year long. $70. 1131 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

Last-Minute Father’s Day Ideas

Last Bag Golf Travel Bag

Golf on the go

This golf bag, made by SoCal-based company Club Glove, is used by more than 90 percent of golfers on the PGA tour. It makes a great gift for the dad who loves to golf and travels often for work or pleasure. With this bag, he can take his clubs with him. This collapsible version fits nearly any golf bag with room for shoes and accessories, and comes with thick foam padding for extra durability. Rentals be damned! Last Bag Golf Travel Bag by Club Glove, $299.

Last-Minute Father’s Day Ideas

Saint Archer beer bottles

Have a cold one

Have you heard about Saint Archer yet? It’s a new local brewery that’s getting lots of buzz. We love all three of its brews, from the blonde and pale ales to the Saint Archer IPA. Get a Dad a bottle or six-pack for Father’s Day. Because maybe, a cold beer and little downtime is all he really wants. $10 per six-pack. Available at BevMo! More info at


Last-Minute Father’s Day Ideas

Penguin plaid shirt

Style him out

You’re not reinventing the wheel with this one, but most dads always need new clothes. Father’s Day is a great excuse to help your pops amp up his personal style. We like this trim-fit, short-sleeve plaid button-down by Penguin. It feels fresh for summer, and looks “cool”—without trying too hard to be cool (if you know what we mean). $79. Available at Nordstrom.

The gift of golf

Maderas Golf Club is hosting a Father’s Day special that includes a dozen Titleist ProV1s, golf, and lunch for $199. The BBQ menu includes a selection of salads, traditional accompaniments and entrees including baby back ribs with Maderas BBQ sauce and grilled tiger shrimp with lime and ginger, plus desserts and more. Make your tee time online or call the golf shop at (858) 451-8100.

The Callaway Golf Experience Package at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort is custom-made for the golf enthusiast. Guests can experience award-winning golf in San Diego, VIP service and accommodations, and go home with the ultimate souvenir: a custom-fitted Callaway driver. The package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club and Spa
  • Unlimited golf for one guest at the Aviara Golf Club
  • Daily breakfast for two at California Bistro
  • Private sedan service to/from Callaway Golf’s world headquarters
  • 90-minute custom fitting session at Callaway Golf
  • New Callaway Driver (valued at $300)

Prices start at $800 for the first night; $395 per night thereafter.

What to do on Sunday:

Westgate Hotel and Stone Brewing Company tasting

Experience this award-winning Sunday Brunch featuring an exquisite beer tasting with renowned local Stone Brewery—plus live music. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$52. Call (619) 557-3655 for reservations.

Last-Minute Father’s Day Ideas


Polite Provisions

Take your pops to Polite Provisions, the new and super-hip North Park hot spot. All dads receive a complimentary boilermaker (a beer and a shot) comprised of AleSmith Brewing Company’s AleSmith X & shot of Old Forester bourbon. 4696 30th Avenue, North Park


And here’s another freebie! Downtown restaurant Neighborhood is offering the following special: Any dad that buys a glass of the Danish Red Lager from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. (a great Sunday day drinking beer) gets a shot of Old Grand-Dad bourbon on the house. 777 G Street, East Village

Padres vs. Diamondbacks

Take Dad to Petco and watch the Pads face off against the Arizona Diamondbacks. If you haven’t been to a game this season, there’s all kinds of new stuff to enjoy at the ballpark. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. Here’s to Father’s Day done right!

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