Figuring out what to buy for Father’s Day on the East End is easy. Not jewelry or flowers or perfume, obvi. East End boutiques and shops have lots more to offer. And then there’s the interwebs. (In fact, The Outnet is now offering Hamptons same-day premier shipping.) Here are just a few wildly appropriate suggestions:
Montauk Rumrunners. Need we say more? Local booze with a rich history. And it comes in three “sizes”—gin, whiskey and rum. Which one suits your dad best? Is he a boat guy? Rum. Fancy himself a mixologist? Gin. Does he whittle or “meditate” while taking long, pensive gazes out the window? Whiskey. Montauk Rumrunners products are available at liquor stores throughout Long Island, find outlets and details at montaukrumrunners.com.
Speaking of…Lord Byron said that nothing calms the spirit like rum. Rum: The Manual by Dave Broom is a book about how to drink rums of all kinds and about enjoying rum in a way you never thought possible. Looking for local flair? Try Montauk Rumrunners coconut flavored rum or Montauk Rum or Sag Harbor Rum. Or one of each—you love dad, right? Broom is also the author of the award winning Whiskey: the Manual. Bottoms up!
Does Dad want to wear the same pair of shoes to work, for a walk on the beach, while washing the car, or just around the house? Then Swims Loafers—versatile, stylish, water-resistant and comfortable—are it. He’ll never lace up shoes again! swims.com
Hoka One One sneakers might not come with the immediate brand recognition of a Nike, but if you want to get dad a lightweight comfortable shoe for working out or just walking around, well, then, Hoka One One’s Speed Instinct is the shoe that fits. That soft heel will have him thanking you next year, too. hokaoneone.com
Did your dad vote for Bernie last year? You might not be able to get him single payer healthcare or a livable wage for workers this year, but there are plenty of gifts worthy of a far left intellectual. A subscription to Jacobin Magazine (jacobinmag.com) perhaps? Maybe a lifetime membership to the Democratic Socialist Party of America (dsausa.org)? Or you could check out Verso Books at versobooks.com for that perfect tome from leading left-leaning luminaries.
Want to ease the burden of yard work? One essential item you need is the Metal Garden Hose. Water is a necessity for a garden to flourish, and the Metal Garden Hose stands out among the rest. It won’t burst or spray you, and it won’t get tangled. Made of stainless steel, the Metal Garden Hose is the world’s toughest garden hose. It’s tangle-free, lightweight and easy to transport and store. For sale at K-Mart in Bridgehampton, metalgardenhose.com
Face it, Dad’s not getting any younger. If he doesn’t already have one, he needs a good overnight cream. He might try Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream. It’s not too “girly” and it goes on like a dream—thick and smooth. A dab’ll do ya. chudaskincare.com
Did we mention that the annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival is this weekend, June 15–18? On Father’s Day this Sunday, June 18, dads get in for free when accompanying a paid child… mattituckstrawberryfestival.org
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Pandemonium Boutique is more than a women’s clothing boutique, it’s a destination for women with discriminating taste—and now it’s at 9 Windmill Lane in Southampton. The boutique, with another location at 220 Deer Park Avenue in Babylon Village, is a beautiful oasis featuring the latest styles and a wide variety of clothing, accessories, jewelry and gift items.
The Beginning Apparel is located at The Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River. A unique boutique that represents the North Fork of Long Island, where you will find ready-to-wear East End themed apparel and accessories for everyone in the family. Original art and designs are all inspired by the incredible environment that we are surrounded by on the North Fork; wineries, farmstands, beaches, state parks, wildlife, and so much more. Mention you saw this for a 10% discount on your entire purchase.