Father's Day is fast approaching, and I of course do not have a gift for my deserving husband. I have received numerous e-mails with Father's Day gift ideas, but nothing seems to fit him. The Sunday New York Times was loaded with ads for beautiful ties, cuff links and watches. That all seems too traditional for my husband, who takes "California Casual" to heart. He didn't even own a suit until a recent trip to China. Monogrammed BBQ tools seem like a good idea, but once again, just not his style. With a few days left, I am deciding between a few options.
Timbuk 2 makes great bags right here in San Francisco. I can visit the Hayes St. shop, or design my own bag online. Another design your own option is for a pair of Converse. (This is what my husband wears as dress shoes.) If you are not feeling creative, S.F. based retailer, Gap, has an awesome collection of Product Red shirts in the store right now. You can look cool, and help fight aids in Africa.
There are too many local food options for me to choose from. Going out to eat is always a treat in the Bay Area. We will be up in the Wine Country, so many places to eat. Blue Bottle Coffee is a way to make sure Dad's have the energy they need.My husband has a sweet tooth, so a visit to Miette in the city, or Bouchon in Yountville for macaroons is in order.Local wines are always a hit, and I often turn to the San Francisco Chronicle for their weekly suggestions.
Father's Day weekend also happens to be the opening weekend for two outstanding art exhibits. We can visit the Chihuly at the de Young for free on June 14th and 15th. Frida Kahlo opens at SFMOMA. Both museums have great cafes to visit. You can also plan a post Father's Day outing to hear the SF Opera at the ball park on June 19th for free.
My sister is planning to enjoy one of the Bay Area's best free options- the outdoors. Take a hike, pack a picnic filled with local goodies. The options here are plentiful, even for the non traditional types like my husband.