Father’s Day Gift Guide

Sons and daughters, it’s time to throw in the tie. It’s that time of year to show your appreciation for dear ol’ dad, and this year, neck adornment just isn’t going to cut it.

Don’t know what to get for dad? The Sacramento Press has compiled a list of places to shop and unique gift ideas for Father’s Day, whether your dad is a music buff, a bike aficionado, a comic book nerd, a beer nut or a hip young pop.

Phono Select: for the music man

Phono Select is an indie record shop located at 2312 K St. in the heart of Midtown. This is the spot that local DJs and music lovers can go to to dig for records new and old.

The store is artsy, clean and organized based on music style – punk, rock, hip hop, jazz and more.

Not only does the store specialize in records, but it also has a wide collection of CDs, record players, turntables, trinkets and good music reads.

Phono Select has you covered if your dad is a record collector with all your record needs— record cleaner, album sleeves and record wall displays.

Store owner Nick Phono, 29, said the store has more than 5,000 different kinds of records to choose from. The records range from $20 – $50, and there are tons of throwbacks and boxed sets. It even has a dollar bin full of random records and musical gems.

There is an entire section dedicated to classic rock featuring records from Bob Dylan, The Beatles and The Bee Gees, which are likely to be dad favorites.

Owner Nick Phono with a music almanac

“It depends on what kind of dad you have,” Phono said. “We have gift certificates if he wants to pick it out himself. We’ve also got music almanacs and books on the history of music and records, which dads like a lot,” he added. 

Big Brother Comics: for the comic-con man

Big Brother Comics is a hidden treasure at 1722 J St. for the avid comic book fan. You’re never too old for comics here.

The store features classic comics like “Batman,” “Watchmen,” “The Punisher,” and also has niche comics like Japanese anime, Warcraft and DC comic genres featuring popular super heroes like The Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman.

Employee Tyson Smith, 36, said, “If you’re into comics, this is the place most people come.”

He said people usually will come in to browse or pick up comics for other people, but, in general, the clientele is comic book readers.

The cost for a single comic book issue is $2.99 and higher. The more expensive comic books are the graphic novels, which are $16. Smith said the store tends to focus more on graphic novels.

He said the most popular comic right now is “The Walking Dead,” which is a current comic-turned-TV show featured on A&E. He said the television show has sparked more interest in the comic book.

Whether your dad likes to keep up with the comic book times or longs for the nostalgia of old comic favorites, Big Brother Comics has him covered. It might transport your dad back to his teenage days of laying on his bed paging through an old copy of a “Spiderman” or “Star Wars” comic.

IkonCycles: for the bike buff

IkonCycles is a small bicycle shop located at 1126 18th St. doing big things. The shop specializes in bicycles, accessories, apparel, custom bike fitting and fitness testing.

If your dad loves to bike, then this is a nice local spot to go to, because they care as much about biking as you care about your dad. After all, their slogan is: “Where fit really matters.”

Employee John Kewin, 17, said the business is more of a workshop than a store.

“We have workshops and do fits to figure out which bike is good for you,” he said. “We have people coming in to get stuff for other people too, mostly the clothing."

The clothing, which is high-quality bike gear, can range from $50 for a jersey shirt, and can easily go up to $300 depending on the caliber of the clothing brand, like Campagnolo, Canari and Louis Garneau. A good biking shoe can go for as low as $130, and a better shoe can be $300. 

Kewin said a bike pump is a nice gift option. They are sleek with a dark wooden frame and cast iron pump, and would definitely be good for a father’s biking needs. They are $60.

If a bike is the gift route you want to take, they’ve got beautiful bicycles. The cheapest bike is a $320 beach cruiser, and the most expensive, the colorful handmade metal bikes from Italy, are $1,000.

First Edition: for the young hip pop

First Edition is a men’s clothing shop located at 2524 J. St. It’s got urban digs for the “cool” urban dad.

The store features everything from shirts to shoes, and hats to accessories. Store owner Aaron Hearing, 22, said he’s pushing this style trend of “American work wear.”

Jeans range from $59 – $115, and they are high-quality denim with a nice wash from light to dark. Shirts come in a variety of styles – plain and simple T-shirts, graphic T-shirts, button-ups, and tank tops, ranging from $40 – $89.

Hearing said the Native shoes are a really popular item and would be great for dads because they are the same material as a Croc, but with more style.

They can be used for comfort and river walking. They are a more wearable style and have familiar brand titles like Sperry Topsiders and Keds.

The best Father’s Day gift selection in the store for a modern dad would have to be the line of Baxter men’s skincare, which features men’s facial scrub, aftershave balm, face wash and moisturizer for $10 – $20.

Going along with the Americana trend, the store features a double-edged safety razor for $65 in its Baxter line. It comes with five extra derby blades and an instruction manual of how to use it properly.

If your dad travels, Hearing suggested the Baxter Travel Kit for $55, which features a small army-green travel bag with moisturizer, shampoo, aftershave and face wash.

“It’s set to go from buying it in a store and throwing it in a carry-on and going from there. Everything is under three ounces for flying, and it even has a Ziploc bag so you can whip it out easily,” Hearing said.

Brew it up with dad

Brew It Up!, located at 801 14th St., has the ultimate brewing experience for your dad this Father’s Day.

Brew it Up! is offering a Father’s Day Brewing certificate with a $350 value for only $299. This certificate includes a brewing experience where fathers can come in and create six cases of their own personally labeled beer, don a Brew it Up! T-shirt, and it includes a $50 dining certificate.

Owner Mike Costello said Brew It Up! has been brewing beer for 15 years, and it is a huge part of what Brew It Up! does as an establishment.

“It’s a very hands-on experience and a lot of fun,” Costello said. “It’s a very personalized experience. You can make any kind of beer you want, and it’s 100 percent guaranteed, so if you don’t like it, you can come back and make another.”

The establishment has more than 100 types of beers to choose from, but Costello said the fun part is creating your own beer with the flavors you like. He said people come in with ideas all of the time.

Brewing is a three-hour process, and there are four -10 people per batch. It takes two to six weeks for the beer to ferment. After the waiting period, your father can come back and bottle and label his very own beer and take it home.

You can buy the certificate and schedule to come in on Father’s Day, or you have your dad come in and brew whenever he wants.

Brew it Up! is open seven days a week, all year round. Brewing takes place from 2 – 7 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information visit the website.

Citizen Hotel and Grange Restaurant Father’s Day package deals

Treat your father to a special stay-cation for Father’s Day at The Citizen Hotel and Grange Restaurant, located at 926 J St.

The Citizen Hotel is offering two great deals for fathers: The “Wheelin’ & Dealin’ Perfect Getaway” and “The Perfect Gift” – a personalized bottle of a one-of-a-kind Joie de Vivre tequila.

The Wheelin’ & Dealin’ package includes a one-night stay at The Citizen Hotel, a two-hour bicycle rental from Bikes and Bites in Midtown that comes with a map of the city and a picnic lunch including cheese, salami, house-made crostini and two half bottles of wine, one red and one white. Everything is included in a Citizen Hotel-Grange Restaurant tote bag.

Ashlee Gadd public relations manager of The Citizen Hotel, said this is something the hotel has never done before, and it will be a nice way for people to see what Sacramento has to offer.

“It’s nice to have a local getaway,” Gadd said. “It’s cheaper than getting out of the city, and it would definitely make a nice gift for a husband and wife.”

The packages start at $189 for weekday reservations and $289 for weekend stays.

As a separate package, Grange Restaurant is offering a personalized bottle of Joie de Vivre tequila from the Casa Herradura distillery handpicked in Guadalajara, Mexico, by the Joie de Vivre food and beverage team for $65.

The bottle can be personalized with an etching of the gift recipient’s name. Gadd said this would make a great gift for the tequila connoisseur father because it was made specially for Grange Restaurant, and can be made special for your father, too. 

Father’s Day with the River Cats

What better way to spend Father’s Day than at Raley Field with your dad and the River Cats? The River Cats have a special Father’s Day package for their home game against the Fresno Grizzlies at 1 p.m.

Each ticket in the package includes a pregame barbecue in right field with plenty of food – tri-tip, hamburgers, hot dogs, sides and one drink ticket.

Each ticket in the package will also be entered in a drawing to have a special Father’s Day greeting for one lucky father on the baseline warning track, and the chance to throw the first pitch. The winner will be determined before the game.

The package is $36 for adults and $30 for children and will be available for purchase until 6 p.m. Thursday at the box office and online until midnight.

Nick Lozito, media coordinator for the River Cats, said it is a great value with the meal and the ticket.

In addition, fathers will be able to play catch with their families on the field after the game and fun-loving performance by Whiplash The Famous Cowboy Monkey, a monkey that rides a dog dressed like a cowboy in a rodeo fashion.

“It will be nice to have the memory of playing catch on a real field,” Lozito said. “We are trying to enhance the family experience and baseball memories other than the actual game.”

Still don’t know what to get? For fathers, it seems time is the best gift. John Hoge, 55, agreed.

“I don’t want anything,” Hoge said. “I have my children. That’s all I need. They’re the greatest gift.”

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there from The Sacramento Press! 

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June 14, 2011 | 12:20 AM

Thank you for the gift ideas, Ciera! I never know what to get my dad. He’s on his feet a lot so I am forever buying him socks and sandals. Maybe it’s finally time to branch out where father’s day is concerned!

June 14, 2011 | 9:13 AM

**correction: For The Citizen Hotel and Grange Restaurant package rates start at $189 Weekends, and are $259 on Weekdays, and includes TWO, two hour bike rides**

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June 14, 2011 | 6:41 PM

This is a GREAT round-up. Thank you!

June 25, 2011 | 7:50 PM

Thank your for this article, it’s one of the few insightful articles about giving Fathers Day gifts to the modern dad & looking forward to finding more articles for the gen X’er dad. Cool.

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