How many #1 Dad mugs does the world really need? If it’s time to upgrade beyond gag gifts, we’ve got some great ideas that will show dad you really care. Sure, that World’s Greatest Father tee-shirt would say it all, but we’ve got six way better gifts that definitely won’t end up shoved in the back of his closet.
1. Oyster bottle opener
Perfect for any Dad who loves oysters, the ocean, beer, or all three, Andrew Mau‘s handmade oyster bottle openers (pictured at top) are cast in bronze using the lost-wax technique. Finding just the right shell from Matunuck Oyster Farm to use as a model took the artist – who paid painstaking attention to texture and form – almost a year. Talk about commitment and dedication – kind of like how dad has always been there for you. Find the openers locally at Duris Studios, or on Andrew’s website.
Read more: The Art of Loving Oysters
2. Board shorts from CK Bradley
Help Dad be the best dressed guy at the beach with CK Bradley’s colorful swim line for men. The suits come in two styles: Skinny Dipper trunks are relaxed baggies with a shorter inseam, while Birthday board shorts have a longer inseam for surfing types. Feel like getting really cute? Pick up a matching pair for Dad’s mini-me – these swimming trunks come in infants’ sizes, too.
3. Collection of craft beer
Every guy needs to kick back and relax from time to time, so why not treat him to a curated collection of craft beers? But don’t just grab any six-pack off the shelf, mix and match to make a gift bag worthy of dear old Dad. Many shops have increasingly good selections, but if you need some help choosing, the offerings and staffs at Bellevue Wine & Spirits and Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet are among the finest on the island. Combine with gift idea #1 above to treat dad to a totally cool package.
Read more: 5 Bars We Love for Craft Beer
4. Season passes to the Newport Gulls
There’s no better gift than the gift of time – unless that time is filled with sports, of course, and season tickets Newport Gulls would do the trick. As a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the team is made up of seriously good players. Plus, the Gulls play at Cardine’s Field, where Pop can have an old-timey baseball outing – popcorn, peanuts, hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, and all. Season pass holders get tickets to all 22 home games, and receive a 45 percent discount off of general admission tickets, as well, so maybe he’ll take you out to the ball game, too.
5. A round at Newport National Golf ClubIn our Mother’s Day gift guide, we recommended tea time at Spring Seasons. For Dad, we’re recommending the same thing, but now it’s tee time at Newport National Golf Club. With views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Sakonnet River, this 18-hole links-style course is the perfect place to take golf-loving dads. Accolades for this gorgeous place include being named the number one public-access course in New England and being listed among the 20 top U.S. courses.