Hell, he just wanted me to be interested in sports.
Unfortunately, I was the furthest thing from sporty. First of all, I was bookish. I wore thick-framed glasses before they were cool, and while I wasn’t terrible at basketball or softball, I chose a path he did not agree with whatsoever: cheerleading.
His competitive nature was at odds with the glitter and pompoms that came with his consent for me to pursue my passions. Much to his disappointment, I made the squad every year.
Although I wasn’t hitting walk-off home runs or game-winning three pointers, I knew he was proud of me. And he still is.
My dad and I don’t have a lot in common besides DNA and love. Because of this, shopping for a Father’s Day gift is a little stressful every year.
Yeah, it’s Sunday.
“Dad, what do you want for [insert holiday here]?” “Ah, I don’t know. Tools?” “Do I look like a girl who knows about tools?” This conversation usually happens about three times a year: Father’s Day, his birthday and Christmas. It generally ends in him laughing at me attempting to purchase tools, getting frustrated, then buying him a gift card.
This year, I decided to dig deeper and find some out-of-the-box ideas.
Kamber’s (7308 N. Western; 840- 2122) has an array of gifts that could work for just about any dad. If your dad travels much, consider getting him a nice carry-on piece by Dorado.
Kamber’s has beautiful, camelcolored leather bags that will be the perfect size for a business trip or short vacation. They’re excellent quality for the price and highly functional.
Kamber’s also has a collection of shave kits, wallets, and wine and bar accessories.
The Beef Jerky Emporium (4405 S.W. Third; 949-9000) is an interesting stop. Personally, dried meat weirds me out a little, but some people are jerky-crazy, my father included.
Grab Dad some Dr Pepper beef jerky or a package of the exotic Wild West alligator jerky. From hot sauces to cuts of meat, this place is a griller’s dream come true. It also carries fruit butters, sauces and all things Cajun.
Your dad doesn’t travel and he’s vegetarian? Got you covered. Vintage Stock & Movie Trading Company (7407 N. May; 843-5480) is an impressive shop that sells video games, movies, comics and other media-related items. Take him shopping or buy him a full season of a show you know he doesn’t have.
Whether you and your dad are two peas in a pod or opposite ends of the spectrum, finding a gift that brings him a little joy is what’s it’s all about.
Let’s shop, OKC!