The Ultimate Father's Day Gift-Giving Guide

Ladies and Gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to guest blogger, the yin to my yang, zig to my zag, the most comprehensive gift-giver I've ever come across, Kerin O'Toole:

When it comes to gifting, I’m your girl.  My dream job is to curate gifts for anyone and everyone (does that exist?).  Sean humored me when he coined my title at Cape Cloth - Head Gift Giver, which has changed many times – most recently it was Politeness Controller…but that is a different story for a different day.  You can say I wear many [Cape Cloth] hats but this is my favorite.  I hope you and the men in your life enjoy my Father’s Day Gift Guide. No matter Dad's personality, I've got you covered. Click the names of items to find out more 

1.  Cape Cloth Keelson ($30) – Designed to spell CAPE in nautical letters, the Keelson cap is comfortable sailing the bay, tanning on teak, or keeping you cool during cocktails.  When the Cape’s on your mind, you should be even keel.

2.  Sperry Baitfish Thong ($50) – Girls have it easy…..when it comes to the sandal department.  When I stepped foot in my Sperry flip flops, I told anyone who would listen that they needed to go get themselves a pair!  Pick up a pair of these for your Dad, and his feet will thank you.  Bonus – they are not only super comfortable but the non-marking rubber soles deliver the ultimate wet traction on both wet and dry surfaces – boat shoe meets flip flop!

3.  Hoyle Clear Plastic Playing Cards ($8) – These clear, waterproof, durable cards are a must for anyone’s beach bag!  No need to worry about your gin rummy game being spoiled by a passing shower or a big wave.

4.  Bushnell Marine Binoculars ($149) - Because we know that life at sea can be unpredictable.  These waterproof binoculars are a must for any aquatic adventure!

5.  iHome Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker ($99) – Don’t worry about a thing….cause every little thing, gonna be alright….Blast your favorite tunes, carefree, with this waterproof speaker.  It connects with any Bluetooth wireless audio device and has a built-in rechargeable battery.   Bonus – since it’s his day, tell him he can pick the music!

6.  Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. & Cape Cod Beer, Growler ($ depends) – Beer and boating go hand in hand, right?  Shop local and show up with a fresh growler from your local brewery.  Even better, both Devil's Purse and Cape Cod Beer offer brewery tours.  Why not take your Dad on one?  

1.  Cape Cloth Bodhi ($30) - Inspired by a lifetime of Cape sunrises, sunsets, and the most philosophical (albeit fictional) surfer to remind you what life's all about.  

2.  Densmore Oyster Knife ($-$$$) – Sam Densmore works out of a shop located in North Falmouth, and his knives are spreading around Cape Cod and beyond, largely because they make such wonderful gifts for the gardener, the sailor, the carpenter, the cook, the handyman, or anyone who appreciates a beautiful marriage of form and function.  All of his knives are custom made, so they take a few weeks to turn around.  We especially love his oyster knife, well worth the wait!  

3.  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance ($12) -  In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Pirsig explores the meaning and concept of quality, a term he deems to be undefinable. Pirsig's thesis is that to truly experience quality one must both embrace and apply it as best fits the requirements of the situation. According to Pirsig, such an approach would avoid a great deal of frustration and dissatisfaction common to modern life.

4.  Bocce Ball Set ($89) - Whether you're playing under the lights in the North End, on Bayview beach in Dennis or at the annual Labor Day Tourney in Brewster (where Sean and I were robbed in the first round last year - I'm planning my comeback), a bocce ball set is the gift that keeps on giving.   Coming from someone who never knew they had a competitive bone in their body - bocce is a leisurely game that can spark those juices!  Bonus - you can have a cold beer in one hand while throwing with the other!

5.  Beard Products Saint Patrick’s Beard Oil ($16) – Another local guy doing great things!  Owner Jason Small coins himself a mixologist, alchemist and expert Beardsman. This guy knows his stuff! Sean uses this every day and I can tell you that it not only smells great, it does a beard well! 

6.  Farmhouse Pottery Wax Canvas Snap Trug ($125) – I had to include something from my favorite pottery spot (second to Scargo).  This trug is the ultimate accessory for foraging firewood, veggies from the garden or just looking really pretty in your home.

1.  Cape Cloth Foreshore ($30) – This is the hat that I am always reaching for.  Show the fisherman in your life that you support his hobby (or profession) whether or not he brings home his “catch of the day” for dinner!  Bonus – maybe he’ll let you borrow it too!

2.  FishAye Trading Company Print ($30-$140) – Even if the man in your life isn’t a purveyor of the fine arts; I guarantee he will love these unique prints.  Originally done to document species and sizes of fish, John Doherty (Owner, Artist, Fisherman) uses a process called Gyotaku, or Fish Rubbing to create these amazing pieces of art.  Sean and I first learned about John’s work while visiting our favorite shop in Hyannis – The Little Beach Gallery.  We scored an original tray, donned with reclaimed wood and boat hook handles, that has been a great addition to our bar cart.  When you pick up your FishAye piece, turn it over and you’ll see what kind of fish you now own, when it was caught and where!  

3.  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen ($13) – For Dr. Alfred Jones, life is a quiet mixture of civil service at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence and marriage to Mary—an ambitious, no-nonsense financier. But a strange turn of fate from an unexpected direction forces Jones to upend his existence and spend all of his time in pursuit of another man’s ludicrous dream. Can there be salmon in the Yemen? Science says no. But if resources are limitless and the visionary is inspired, maybe salmon fishing in the Yemen isn’t impossible. Then again, maybe nothing is.  Call your local bookstore and see if they have it!  

4.  Lures ($-$$$)- Check Goose Hummock down on the Cape or visit your local bait shop depending on what your fishing for :)

5.  Cole and Mason Electric Salt and Pepper Mills - What guy doesn't like electronics....and food?  Get your guy these electronic salt and pepper mills and you're guaranteed well seasoned food to come.  

6.  Burger Press ($25) – When their fish tale is bigger than what they caught, don’t worry, a burger on the grill will be just as delicious as fresh ahi tuna (or at least that’s what we will tell them!).

1.  Cape Cloth Medalist ($30) - Master your course with this Limited Edition color Medalist. Your competition will never see you sweat because the Medalist is so light and breathable, it doesn't even feel like you're wearing it! A cool-tech®, moisture-wicking sweatband and MicroVelcro®  closure keep your head in the game, focused on shooting your best round. You have to (barely) feel it to believe it. Only 50 made in this color way. Envy Green/Yellow

2.  Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die ($25) – There's an incredible similarity between the mechanics of a fly cast and the swing of a golf club. Perhaps that's why Chris Santella, author of Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, can be found on the links when he's not on the stream. With Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die, Santella gives voice to his other sporting passion, interviewing 50 people intimately connected to the sport about some of their favorite courses around the world.

3.  Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls ($40) – If your Dad is anything like mine, he will say these Titleist Golf Balls are too nice for him to use.  Isn't that the best gift to give someone?  The item they wouldn't buy themselves?  Because no matter how much he won't admit it, he always needs more.  Why not give him the best!

4.  Cape Cod Carver Cribbage Board ($50) – I have to say, playing cribbage got us through this long snowy winter.  These original boards are handcrafted on Cape Cod at an affordable price.  I can’t wait to bring our board outdoors.  I’m envisioning summer nights, glass of rose, music on, fire pit cranking and cribbage – perfection!  Bonus – your Dad will be thrilled to teach you how to play.  It’s fun, I swear!

5.  Caddyshack DVD ($15) – When I told Sean I had never seen Caddyshack (and The Godfather series now that I think about it), he was appalled.  Needless to say I have now watched Caddyshack multiple times (and all three GodFathers for that matter and I think the first one is the best one) and I can now understand all of Sean’s crazy references.  Pick up a copy of this with some golf balls and I am sure your Dad will love it.  Bonus – pop some popcorn and watch it with him!  If you hear someone randomly yelling “Tears in his eyes, he's a Cinderella boy” around town, it’s probably Sean.  Say hi!

6.  Automatic Putting Green ($34) – It’s all about the putt (and base!).  Sean has one of these and I can tell you from experience, it will keep them busy for hours.

1.  Cape Cloth Classic ($25) - The original Hat that Gives Back that started it all. Breaks-in extremely fast and becomes your instant go-to before heading out: from morning errands to a day on the beach to a night on the town: keep a Cape state of mind!

2.  Cape Cod Cornhole Board ($Call) – Creator of Cape Cod Cornhole, Steve Cayer, builds the best boards around with your choice of graphics and bag colors, etc. A Cape Cod beach or lawn staple. 

3.  Vinturi Red Wine Aerator ($30) – Pair this with a bottle of Truro Vineyards cabernet and you've got yourself a great gift!  

4.  Mallmann on Fire: 100 Recipes ($28) – If you haven’t watched Chef’s Table on Netflix, I highly suggest you tune in!  Each episode focuses on a single world renowned chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.  Francis Mallmann's episode was especially interesting.  He lives on an isolated Patagonian island (I mean, come on!) and really celebrates his wild, open-fire cooking style.  This cookbook will captivate him with the recipes as well as the amazing photography.  Check out his other popular cookbook Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way.  You can't go wrong here!

5.  Cape Brewed Gear (start at $30) – These wall mounted bottle openers are a great addition to any back deck.  Their laser engraver allows you to customize the wood to show off his favorite team, fish, beer etc. AND! There's no bottle-cap catch because each wall-mounted opener is outfitted with a magnet to "magically" stick the caps to the wood. 

6.  Owen and Fred Dopp Kit ($68) - Because staying put together never goes out of style and let's be honest, guys have products that they don't leave home without.  Hey Handsome!