Five Last-Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas

Still trying to decide what to buy dad? Plainfield Patch offers a few suggestions.

My father always tells me not to buy him a thing. Doesn’t matter what the occasion is: Father’s Day, Christmas or even his birthday.

If anyone does buy him clothes, the shirts better be a medium. If someone happens to insult him by giving him a large, he will refuse to even look at it.

Needless to say, I’m still considering what to buy my dad for Father’s Day. He will probably get a shirt—size medium—and a book.

If you are still trying to decide on the perfect gift, we have a few ideas for you.

For the athlete

 not only sells the latest in running shoes, they also have gadgets, gizmos and goodies. From heart rate monitors to earphones for runners to sunglasses and rollers meant to get the kinks out. But if your dad is an outdoorsman, then is the place to go. The store has a wide variety of items – even books – which are the perfect gift for someone who spends time with Mother Nature.

The best part? Both stores are having Father's Day sales! 

Click HERE for Sports Authority's ad. And HERE for Bass Pro Shops' ad.

For the golfer

If your dad is like mine, when Father's Day rolls around, you can find him on the golf course. So why not give a gift that allows him to indulge in his hobby?

Head over to , or pick up a gift certificate from the Joliet Park District to fund your dad's golf habit.

You can also check out the selection at . The downtown Plainfield shop offers $50 indoor golf memberships so Dad can golf year round. 

For the thinker

If your father likes a challenge and can think on his feet or in his seat, why not consider some of the brainteaser games and books offered at , which has a variety of games, puzzles, crosswords and other items for sale. This is a great option if dad rides the train and needs a gift to keep him busy while stuck on the the train or even while lounging outside on a nice summer day.

For the after-hours lounger

During a trip overseas, I stopped at a duty free shop and found my dad some Scotch whiskey. I don’t remember how much the booze cost, but it was one of the best gifts I ever gave my dad. He loved the smooth taste. If your dad enjoys a craft beer or a great glass of wine, check out  or , where they can set you up with a gift dad will remember. 

For the man cave man

Does your dad own an interest in duct tape? Does he take to his man cave for projects on a regular basis? Does he clean his tools and neatly organize them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to hit the hardware store, whether you stop in at  (Plainfield has two!) or , it is a good guess that anything project related will please your father. Maybe a new wrench, an impact driver or even a new level.

If none of these ideas suits you there are always gift cards, books, music and clothing. Or, as one Facebook friend mentioned, she took a photo of her son with the cut-out word "Papa" and will frame it for his grandfather. Sounds like the perfect gift.


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