In case you’ve forgotten (for shame), Father’s Day is this weekend, and sure enough, there a few of you reading who still haven’t figured out what to get your dad for his special day.
Luckily, Utah County is full of local businesses and products that can meet the wishes of the father, grandfather or important man in your life.
Here are 11 last-minute locally-based Father’s Day gift ideas.
Punch card for local golf course
There are about a dozen golf courses in Utah County, from Gladstan in Payson to Thanksgiving Point Golf Course in Lehi. Many of them such as East Bay in Provo or Spanish Oaks in Spanish Fork, offer punch cards. These cards are good for 10 or 20 rounds and make it easy for those who golf every other day to save on green fees by paying more upfront. It’s less of a commitment than a season pass.
Check your local course’s website to see punch card offers.
PGA Golf Passbook
Or, if your dad is more in the mood of traveling and experiencing multiple golf courses, buy him the PGA Golf Pass.
This Pass gives the owner access to seven free rounds of golf at seven courses across the state, including the Thanksgiving Point course. There are dozens of other offers included in the Pass that are honestly, too great to list here. Just check it out for yourself.
One of the worst parts about wearing belts is when the notch you’ve been stuck at for a year is no longer big enough, and the self-conscious emotions set in.
With the Mission Belt, you don’t have to worry about that ever happening because it doesn’t have holes. The ratcheting belt locks every 1/4-inch, making the custom fit comfortable every time.
Mission belts start at $35 on their online shop and are also available at retailers such as Deseret Book and Mr. Mac.
Every dad has had this problem: You wake up at 3 a.m. to use the bathroom and you can’t see an inch in front of your face. You don’t dare turn on the lights because that will wake your light-sleeper of a spouse, so you stub your toe on the baseboard, and then again on the toilet bowl. And then, you’re shooting blind while using the facilities and yep, you’ve made a mess that you now have to clean in the middle of the night.
If you gave your father an Illumibowl, he’d be emptying the tank without the fuss of questioning his aim. The Illumibowl turns on automatically, thanks to its motion sensor, and lights up the toilet bowl for optimal targeting. Your dad can now refresh himself without refreshing the floor.
The Illumibowl starts at $9.99 on their online store.
If your dad is really into the toilet humor, or just wants a little relief when he relieves himself, you have to try the Squatty Potty. The little bench positions around your toilet, which Squatty Potty claims helps make going No. 2 make you feel like No. 1.
You can purchase a Squatty Potty at stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target and Walmart.
Dowdle puzzle of LaVell Edwards Stadium
For some, puzzles are a relaxing way to de-stress and create something beautiful. For others, they’re mind-numbingly annoying and are vile, jagged pieces of cardboard. If your father falls into the prior camp, grab him one of Dowdle Folk Art’s puzzles depicting the many sites of Utah County, like LaVell Edwards Stadium or Thanksgiving Point.
Puzzles are available on the Dowdle Folk Art website and start at $25.
Rafting or tubing trip down Provo River
For the daring father, a rafting trip down the Provo River is an exhilarating, heart-racing adventure. But for the chill dad, a nice float down the river can be just as satisfying.
Visit High Country Adventure to schedule your next aquatic adventure. Be sure to check the water levels before heading out to float down the river.
Paragliding at the Point of the Mountain
It’s hard not to drive by the Point of the Mountain and gaze enviously at the paragliders floating hundreds of feet above the ground; surely your dad has done it. Make his dream come true this year and buy him a day of flying.
Contact Point of the Mountain paragliding for more details.
BBQ Pit Stop gear
If your father is dead-set that he’s the ultimate, unteachable grill-master, maybe he just needs some more tools in his box of grilling gear.
The BBQ Pit Stop in Lehi offers everything a dad could need to rule the BBQ, from rubs and sauces to high quality smokers and grills.
A dad on the go doesn't have time to fuss with a half Windsor knot, let alone a full Windsor.
So rather than giving dad an old-fashioned necktie, give him a Modern Tie, which comes with a "knot" made of plastic or metal and an interchangeable "tie" that can be attached magnetically.
Modern Ties can be purchased at moderntie.com with sets starting at about $45.
We all know the dad who's had the same leather wallet for five years that is starting to resemble George Costanza's overstuffed penny pouch.
So get him something he actually needs, a new, functional, BASICS wallet. This minimalist wallet holds all his cards in a slim profile with 4-5 easily acceptable with just a tug of a strap.
The BASICS Wallet is available on their site for just $20. Be sure to check out their luggage, gear and other minimalist essentials as well.