Here’s Looking at You Dad!

10 Handcrafted Gifts for the Man Who’s Always Looked After You

Father’s Day is the one time of the year we stop and recognize the impact dad has had on us. And while dad deserves celebrating, no two dads are alike. So, using the expertise of the McCrea’s Candies team, who is always on the lookout for one-of-a-kind gifts, we’ve put together a list of ten made-in-New England ideas that we think fathers all over the country will love.  And, it’s completely tie free… although there is a belt!

For the Dad Who’s Looking for a Good Time

For the dad who enjoys games and the outdoors, we recommend a custom cornhole game from Rustic MarlinHandcrafted in Massachusetts, Rustic Marlin designs and builds all products from reclaimed or repurposed wood and upcycled materials. The company got its start by creating custom wood signs, and now adds a personal touch to furniture, art pieces and your favorite tailgating accessory.  Choose from among beach, lake and college themes to get dad the game that suits him best.

For the Dad Who Want to Look His Best

Dad works hard and deserves to be pampered.  Treat the old man to grooming essentials that will keep him looking good, feeling good and smelling good. Badger offers organic grooming products for men so that dad can sooth, refresh, restore and improve his skin and hair naturally. This small, family-owned and family-run company, nestled in the woods of Gilsum, New Hampshire, offers everything from hair pomade to beard balms and combs.

For the Dad Who Always Looks on the Bright Side of Life

Dad definitely lights up our life. Light up his with a specially designed laser-cut Birch wood lamp from Vermont Lamps.  Each design is hand drawn by Vermont artist Peter Katz, a father himself.  Peter has been creating for as long as he could walk.  His lamps come in an array of motifs spanning land, sea and air. Transform your father’s special place into a beautiful and well-lit sanctuary.

For the Dad Who Looks Beneath the Surface

You can’t fool dad… although you can try.  For the father who see’s through all your antics, we’ve found the ideal repurposed present: a candle from Liquor Wicks.  Candles from this Massachusetts-based company started out as beer, wine and spirits bottles.  The company gives these containers new life by transforming them into wonderfully-scented all-natural candles. Each one is made to order using organic soy wax, cotton core wicks and oils. We’re partial to Liquor Wicks’ Mandarin Mimosa scent.

For the Dad Whose Future Looks Bright

Got a new- or soon-to-be-dad on your list?  Simply Chickie of Newport, Rhode Island, has just what you need.  Simply Chickie makes organic cotton clothes for baby boys, baby girls, toddlers and their parents. The company’s colorful, whimsical and quirky clothes are all made and printed in America in small batches using eco-friendly, water-based ink. 

For the Dad Who Wants to Look Like a Million Bucks

Dad foots the bill… a lot!  Make sure he looks good paying for ALL the things with a recycled sailcloth bifold wallet from Flowfold.  This remarkably thin wallet is crafted from one of the world's strongest and lightest materials: high performance racing boat sails. Based in a workshop near Portland, Maine, Flowfold makes minimalist gear for everyday adventures. No bells, no whistles, just high-quality outdoor gear you can use every single day. Every item is handmade in the USA and  comes with a lifetime warranty.

For the Dad Who Looks Good on Paper

Dads have a lot of weekend “honey do” lists…. Trust us.  Help him keep track of all he needs to do with a magnetic notepad from Woodfield Press.  Or gift him a set of note cards from the same company so he can dash out thank you notes to friends and colleagues.  We love the maker’s "Old Sport" design featuring a golfing fox.  All of Woodfield’s products are printed using a high-quality, state-of-the-art Heidelberg press in Alstead, New Hampshire.

For the Dad Who Likes to Toast:  Here’s Looking at You Kid!

Whether it's dad who’s doing the toasting or you who’s saluting pops, McCrea’s Candies’ Single Malt Scotch caramel is the ideal way to tip your hat to the man you love.  Our slow-cooked, handcrafted caramel takes two of dad’s favorite things (sweet caramel and whisky) and fuses them into a smoky and flavorful bite.  Made with Ardmore scotch, this treat will truly satisfy dad’s sweet tooth.

For the Dad Who Looks Picture Perfect

Dad always looks good and now his walls can look equally handsome.  Dress up his special space with a fun and unique print from Lobstering is An Art.   The maker offers a continually evolving collection of unique and unusual lobster designs and illustrations by native Maine artist Andrew M. Cook. His “Lobster Brewery" design, for example, is a nod to the many beer entrepreneurs in Maine turning barley, water, hops and magic into everyone’s favorite beverage. And, his “Lobster Summer" print showcases all the fun things there are to do, besides eating lobster, during the summer months.

For the Dad Who Looks and Dresses the Part

We promised no ties, but we are recommending a belt from the Belted Cow Company.  The Yarmouth, Maine-based manufacturer creates unique American-made belts, flip-flops, canvas totes, pet collars and leashes that will help dad stand out from the herd.  They offer many designs, including three golf-related creations that would pair perfectly with the Woodfield notecards mentioned above. Any of them will really give dad something unique to buckle on.

With this list there’s no need to look high and low for the perfect gift for dad.  We’ve done all the heavy lifting for you. Any of these gift ideas will have both dad -- AND you --  looking your best this Father’s Day.

 

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