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Friday, Jun 15, 2012 - Urban Scout Handbook

Father's Day gifts for cool dads

Get your dad something he'll actually like

By Alex Zaragoza
wallets Necktie wallets from Mixture. Dad approved.
You love your dad. He taught you how to do things, like argue with cellphone carriers and properly hang picture frames. And, hopefully, he never challenged his paternity by taking your mom on Maury. For the guy that decided your gender with his magical Y chromosome and taught you right from wrong, here are some cool gifts for Father's Day.

During the week, dad is all business at the office. That doesn't mean he's not fun. Little Italy home decor and accessories boutique, Mixture, has a twist on the old standby gift—the necktie—with wallets made out of classic necktie fabrics ($42). There are striped ones and others with cool '70s prints that will give pops a dose of cool when buying his morning coffee. It's a wink for the professional father who's not too professional to have some fun. The shop also sells mod-looking calendars ($26) to spruce up his desk and round stainless steel flasks ($28-$32) with "Put some hair on your chest" engraved into them that may help him get through a late meeting.

Graffiti Beach, the latest boutique to open up in South Park, has everything for the hip, young dad with style. They've got cool newsboy caps for $35, awesome wood panels for his office that look like cassette tapes or classic-rock records (both $68) or, if you're still stuck on the old necktie, there are versions that have cool screen-printed images. Think Honest Abe for the history buff poppa, circuit boards for nerdy dads or old musical instruments for the musical father.

Seeing as you probably drive your dad to drink, why not help him out by filling growlers of his favorite craft brews at Stone Brewing Co. tasting room, Mission Brewery or any of the other hundred million breweries in San Diego? You can even get him tickets for a brewery tour with Brewing Tours of San Diego. Nothing says "quality time" like getting sloshed with your pops. Tours are $75 per person and include visits to three breweries, beer tastings, lunch at Pizza Port and other goodies. Dad will love spending the day with you and seeing that he can still drink you under the table.
 
 
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