Don't Give Dad Another Dud

LOCAL Father's Day gifts that he might actually want


Kerry Speckman shares her unique perspective and observations on people, places and events on the First Coast and beyond. She's also the 2012 winner of Jacksonville Dancing With the Stars, so she's got that going for her.

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"Business casual" has ruined Father's Day gift-giving for many lazy offspring who can no longer rely on the last-minute, go-to necktie. (Unfortunately, my brother and I didn't even have that option since our dad never wore a tie to work. Our fall-back gift was a Hickory Farms summer sausage gift box).

Dads also get gypped in the present department because their children probably spent their last penny/ounce of creativity on a Mother's Day gift. So this year, I've made a concerted effort to give Pops something: 1) he actually wants, 2) is available close to home and 3) won't raise his cholesterol.

Here are 30 of my picks in a variety of price ranges. And you're welcome.

Big bucksNASCAR driving experience at Daytona International Speedway ($549+)
Bargain Go-kart driving at Adventure Landing ($7) 

Big bucks: Round of golf at TPC Sawgrass with a caddie (+$350)
Bargain: Round of glow-in-the-dark/3-D miniature golf at Batt Family Fun Center 

Big bucks: Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 new logo helmet ($319.95)
Bargain: Jacksonville Jaguars football player toothbrush ($5.95)

Big bucks: "The Sports Classic" massage and body scrub at The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club ($215+)
Bargain: manicure at Parisian Spa Institute aka Parisian Beauty School ($8)

Big bucks: Chef's adventure at Matthew's with wine pairings ($125 per person)
Bargain: Rib sandwich paired with sweet tea ($9) from Jenkins Quality Barbecue


10 under $50

1. Cooking class at Publix Apron's Cooking School ($40+)

2. Historic pub crawl in St. Augustine ($39)

3. Old City Helicopters tour of North Beach ($39)

4. "Adopted" animal at the Jacksonville Zoo ($35+)

5. The GodFATHER's Day Film and Feast at Sun-Ray Cinema ($30)

6. Old-fashioned neck shave at The Art of Shaving ($35+)

7. "High-speed expedition" on El Conquistador Speed Boat ($25+)

8. Beer & Baseball at European Street Beer Garden during Jacksonville Suns games June 22, July 13 and August 31 ($20)

9. Bottle of wine rated 90 points or better (by global wine experts) from W90+ ($8+)

10. And as a last resort, there's always Hickory Farms Summer Sausage trio ($23). Overnight delivery is available.


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