Still stumped on what to buy dad for Father’s Day on June 15? It’s not too late to get a one-of-a-kind gift. From laid-back dads to thrill seekers, wine lovers or sports fans, here are some last-minute ideas in the LA area to help you avoid store lines and really impress your papa with something he might actually use.
THRILL SEEKERS: If Dad likes to press on the gas, why not let him rev up a Ferrari or stock car? A racing experience ($139, reg. $449) is much more affordable than a midlife crisis car purchase. Or, dad might enjoy feeling like he’s on top of the world with a gift of a half-off helicopter ride over OC ($79), F-16 flight simulator day ($45, reg. $89), or private flying lesson with sights of Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach and Long Beach ($99, reg. $230).
SIP & SWIRL: Wine buff dads will feel spoiled with passes for two to a tasting at Toretti Family Vineyard in Los Olivos ($29, reg. $62), dinner with a bottle of wine at LA Prime ($125, reg. $229) or a wine tour ($35, reg. $75) in Temecula ($85, reg. $164). Even if he already knows wine, dad will have some laughs when learning from The California Wine Guy ($55 for two, reg. $120).
MANLY MEALS: Give dad some meat, man. How about dinner for two at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse ($39, reg. $78) in Redondo Beach, half off dinner at Agaves Kitchen ($25) in Long Beach or downtown’s Portofino Cucina Italiana ($69, reg. $150). If dad watches the Food Network, he’ll be impressed with dinner for two at Gusto, named one of LA’s best new restaurants by Esquire in 2012.
BIG HITS: Baseball tickets are always a home run, so give dad tickets to an Angels game ($9.50 and up). A winning gift for golfers will be to stay on a championship course in Indian Wells at the Hyatt Regency ($109 per night, reg. $222). Or go really big with July Fourth concert tickets to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ($25, reg. $39) in Irvine with a fireworks show.
EASY DOES IT: Dad can take it easy on a whale watching ($15, reg. $30) cruise in Marina del Rey or when deep sea fishing trip at Davey’s Locker ($20, reg. $42) or Freelance Newport Beach ($39, reg. $82). For a great getaway gift, let him spend the night in Lake Arrowhead ($115 per night, reg. $239).
To find even more great gifts for dad check out Travelzoo's Gift Guide for Him.