Father’s Day Gift Guide

World's End, image from "Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands"

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of original gift ideas – face it, Dad doesn’t need yet another tie. The Union Park Press staff has put our heads together to come up with the best presents so you don’t have to. Whether your father is a sports lover, an outdoorsman, or simply loves to grill – we’ve got you covered.

For the Dad who Likes Sports
Consider splurging on Red Sox tickets. There’s no better (or more traditional) way of spending Father’s Day in these parts than grabbing a hot dog and a beer with dear old dad and watching the Sox struggle to maintain a .500 winning percentage. If you don’t want to spend tons of money—a trip to Fenway can really add up—think about catching a minor league game. You’ll  get to see future all star—the Lowell Spinners have turned out Major League stars such as Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury—and the concession stand prices are less likely to break the bank. Either way, don’t forget to consult your copy of The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston. It will provide you with all the background information about the area’s sports teams you could ever need, and it’s full of useful tips for planning a trip to see a game.

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For the Dad who Likes to Barbeque
You’ve probably heard of the CSA—community supported agriculture—where participants receive big boxes of farm fresh veggies each week. But did you know that there are now meat and fish CSAs? For your grill-worshiping father, this just might be the perfect gift that keeps giving. Check this list of meat and fish CSAs in and around Boston, or this one to find a meat or fish CSA near you. While you’re at it, pick up some specialty cedar planks, which will add to the flavor and ease to many things he cooks. Most importantly, don’t forget the cheesy apron!

For the Dad who Likes the Outdoors
Plan a trip to the Boston Harbor Islands. These 36 hidden gems are often overlooked by Bostonians and visitors to the city, but many of them are just a quick ferry ride away! Ferry tickets are available through Boston’s Best Cruises, and boats leave from Boston, Quincy and Hingham. The islands offer outdoor adventures like hiking, camping, kayaking, and fishing. If your dad is a history buff, consider signing up for the July 1st walking tour of the newly revitalized Peddocks Island. The tour will be led by Christopher Klein, author of Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands. Be sure to bring your copy of his book, which is an indispensable resource for planning your visit. Read up early and impress your dad with your new-found knowledge of the history of the Harbor Islands.

For the Dad who Likes to Golf
If your dad likes to hit the links, consider treating him to a round of golf at his favorite course. It’s a great opportunity to bond with the man who tolerated your shenanigans during those formative teen years, and even if golf isn’t your thing, it’s a good excuse to get outside and be active. Or pay for him to have a lesson with a pro so he can figure out why the ball always seems to hook when he swings. If these options are a little beyond your price range, order him some personalized golf balls so he can track his on the fairway.

For the Dad who Likes Cape Cod
Is your dad a Cape-aholic? Does he regularly take on the crazy traffic deadlocks that plague the area each weekend in the summer? Then get him a copy of Under Cape Cod Waters, a stunning coffee table book by award-winning photojournalist Ethan Daniels. The book’s images of life below the waterline are stunning, and Daniels offers scientific insight into the coastal ecosystems that surround the peninsula. While you’re at it, consider taking him on any of these Cape Cod adventures suggested by Ethan Daniels. An outdoor adventure on Cape Cod with his beloved offspring? Sounds like the perfect Father’s Day to us!

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