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Gift Guide: Cool Local Father’s Day Finds for Dad

He's sure to love these.

By The Editors June 17, 2020

Sometimes all he wants is quality time with loved ones.

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On the Water

Take Dad—and the rest of the family—out for a sightseeing excursion with fourth-generation Cortezian Captain Kathe and her first mate, cocker spaniel Pup-Pup. It’s a chance to spot dolphins, manatees and other sea creatures with the help of an expert, on a two-hour charter that starts leaving the docks in Cortez from 10 a.m. on and ends up on a sandbar, which might provide a nice opportunity for a picnic (bring whatever food and drink you like aboard). It’s $30 per person; under 3 is free. (941) 812-3241,

A handmade bowtie from Dapper Bowtique

A handmade bowtie from Dapper Bowtique

Tie One On

At his Dapper Bowtique, Travis Ray makes handcrafted bowties that are sure to add a pop of personality to any outfit. The brand's mission is to celebrate African culture through color and pattern and merge those principles with what Ray calls "classic debonair flair." Options include flowers, stripes, polka-dots, animal prints, music notes and more—there's truly a bowtie for everyone.

This week, Ray is also offering 21 percent off and free shipping on Father's Day orders—you can browse options and order at

Take a Discover Flight lesson at Cirrus Aviation

Take a Discover Flight lesson at Cirrus Aviation

Fly Away

If your dad has always been enamored with flight, give him a one-hour Discover Flight lesson at Cirrus Aviation inside Dolphin Aviation at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. He’ll start with a half hour in a simulator to get the feel of take offs, flying and landings. Then he goes up with a flight instructor in a four-seater Piper Warrior or a Cessna 172 where he’ll have a chance to take the controls and fly along the coast to Siesta Key and back. The introductory lesson is $199, but be warned; if Dad gets bitten by the flying bug and wants his pilot’s license, the cost can be $15,000 and more. Call Cirrus to schedule the Discovery Flight, (941) 360-9074,

Drum Circle Distilling's award-winning Siesta Key rums are a worthy addition to a Father's Day gift basket.

Drum Circle Distilling's award-winning Siesta Key rums are a worthy addition to a Father's Day gift basket.

Local Beer and Booze Gift Basket

Whether your dad prefers a pint of cold beer or a glass of rum, neat, you can cobble together a fun gift basket of local products he'll love. To start, grab a four-pack of Calusa Brewing's hop-heavy Citronious India Pale Ale ($16) and a couple bottles of its tart Totemic saison ($7), or mix and match from any of the area's other excellent beer makers. Finally, swing by the liquor store to pick up a bottle of Drum Circle Distilling's award-winning rum ($26.99) and Anney's Blade vodka from Loaded Cannon Distillery ($23.49).

A sharp gift: the Benchmark gentlemen's pocketknife.

A sharp gift in every way: the Benchmark gentlemen's pocketknife.

Pocket Art

Many men carry a pocketknife every day, and one of the most popular utilitarian knives is the Benchmade Proper. Called the gentlemen’s pocketknife, it’s revered for its design, engineering and handmade parts. “It’s like piece of art,” says Carter Tracht, co-owner of Environeers, which carries the brand. It can go from light use (like cleaning your fingernails, yuck) to the more manly, serious task of opening cardboard boxes. Slim, lightweight and stylish, it starts at $150 at Environeers Adventure Outfitters, 5373 Fruitville Road, Sarasota,

Give Dad the gift of good grooming.

Give Dad the gift of good grooming.

Skin Deep

Good grooming needn’t go downhill while you’re cooped up in quarantine. To pamper Dad on Father’s Day, Modern Gents Premier Barbershop and Bar at UTC Mall suggests you gift him  a set of Revitalize shampoo and conditioner from its own line of skin care products—Enaré by MG. The invigorating menthol aroma comes from peppermint oil and tea tree oil, and leaves the scalp with a refreshing tingly feeling. Finish up with Revitalize mint pomade, made with peppermint oil and vitamins A, C and E.

 Modern Gents is offering several Father’s Day promotions. If you purchase $50 in gift cards, you get an extra $10 gift card; the purchase of a $100 gift card gets you an extra $25 gift card. On June 20, it’s offering domestic beers for $3 and craft beers and wine for $5; and Naughty Monk Brewery will be on hand that day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free tastings. 8233 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 315-8012,

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