FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Fathers can be hard to buy for, which is why going local is often best. You're not only doing good by supporting area businesses, you're treating dad to something unique to Fairfield County. What follows is a sampling of options. Feel free to add more ideas on our Facebook pages.
For the Hard To Shop For Dad: The Fairfield Museum & History Center not only offers a great way to spend the day - and learn about Fairfield County in the process -- but the gift shop offers one-of-a-kind items including summer ties with designs including sailboats, flags, anchors and honeybees, Fairfield baseball caps, autographed copies of Nat Philbrick books ("Heart of the Sea", "Mayflower" and the new "Valiant Ambition"), books about local beer and food and "Down the Hatch" flasks made with a vintage aesthetic. Shop Dad: 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield, (203) 259-1598, www.fairfieldhistory.org/.
For the Stressed Out Dad: The recenty expanded spa at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor in Greenwich features Amethyst BioMats on some of the treatments which lulls and relaxes while also delivering powerful healing to both mind and body. They also feature a couples massage complete with champagne. Shop Dad: 500 Steamboat Rd, Greenwich, (203) 661-9800, www.spaatdelmar.com/.
For the Beer Lover: Toast Dad with a gift card to Two Roads Brewery Co. in Stratford. Or sign him up for one of their many events. There's even a Father's Day Patio Party on Sunday, June 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Joey C's Boathouse (955 Ferry Blvd., Stratford). All info is on their website. Shop Dad: 1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford, :(203) 335-2010, www.tworoadsbrewing.com/.
For the Music Lover: Surprise Dad with some old-time rock and roll -- or something else of his choosing. There's always something going on at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Upcoming performances include Delta Rae and Gabe Dixon, Joe Jackson and the Bacon Brothers. Shop Dad: 80 E Ridge Rd., Ridgefield, (203) 438-5795, www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/.
For the Connoisseur of Fine Liquors: Dad like whiskey? Wine? Or both? You'll find everything you need and then some at Norwalk's Total Wine & More where beer is also a big part of the selection. And yes, they do gift cards so Dad can pick out his own stash. Shop Dad: 380 Main Ave., Norwalk, (203) 840-0007, www.totalwine.com/.
For the Sportsman: Pedigree Ski Shop in Stamford offers a variety of items for the sporty Dad. Just in: Lacoste men's tennis collection. Or, opt to record all his favorite moments with the GoPro. Shop Dad: 350 Bedford St., Stamford, (203) 324-2200, www.pedigreeskishop.com/.
For the Bookworm: Look no further than the Father's Day table at Elm Street Books in New Canaan where you'll find, among others, "Hot Coals" by Big Green Egg Cookbook, "The Eat Like A Man Guide To Feeding A Crowd," "The Only Game In Town: Sportswriting from The New Yorker," and "The Ryder Cup: The Complete History of Golf's Greatest Competition," among other books. Shop Dad: 35 Elm St., New Canaan, (203) 966-4545, www.elmstreetbooks.com/.
For the Foodie: With grilling season upon us, why not get Dad a bunch of dry rubs and barbecue sauces? There's lots to choose from at Spic and Span Market in Southport. Shop Dad: 329 Pequot Ave., Southport, (203) 259-1688, www.spicandspanmarket.com/.
For the Dad Who Needs Pampering: Give him the professional barber shop experience at home with Mënaji Advanced Men’s Skincare products such as aftershave and face scrub. The company, based in Southport, features a lineup of innovative skincare specifically formulated for a man’s skin. Shop Dad: (800) 551-5067; www.menaji.com/.
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