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Last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas for any dad

Almost forgot Father’s Day? The Elkhart Truth has a few ideas to make sure you don’t celebrate Dad empty-handed on Sunday, June 15.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

If you didn’t remember Father’s Day is coming up Sunday, June 15, you may not be alone. People spend 75% more worldwide on Mother’s Day than they do on Father’s Day, reported the Huffington Post. But this year is an opportunity to change that.

From gifts to events, here are a few gifts to celebrate the dads across Elkhart County – even if you’ve run out of time to shop.

For the event-goer: Whether it’s a concert at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart or a Notre Dame football game in August, tickets to a sporting event, concert or play adds a day to look forward to – perhaps with the whole family along. Write a homemade card with the date and time, and all you have to do is order the advance tickets.

For the restaurant lover: Want to give Dad a break from firing up the grill? Foodies will appreciate a certificate to their favorite area restaurant for a good meal out. Most restaurants, such as Colombo’s Family Restaurant, The Chubby Trout and Miles Lab Burger Bar in Elkhart are open through Saturday evening for a gift card run. See Flavor 574’s restaurant guide for more ideas.

For the beer fan: What’s better for a relaxing Sunday afternoon than a local drink? Mad Anthony’s Lake City Tap House in Warsaw sells six-packs of their blond, auburn, IPA and pale ale beers for $8.99. If you want one to take home, make sure you go before Sunday, when the restaurant allows only in-house beer-drinking. Evil Czech Brewery in Mishawaka makes all their brews available to take home in a growler, a 64-ounce portable container that costs $5 for the cup and anywhere from $10-20 more depending on the beer.

For the sweet tooth: Pick up a box of homemade chocolates at The Nut Shoppe (open until 4 p.m. Saturday) or The Olympia Candy Kitchen (open until 3 p.m. Saturday) in Goshen. If cupcakes or cookies are preferable, try Dutch Maid Bakery in Goshen (open until 9 p.m. Saturday).

For a day out: Give the gift of time with these simple events. Take a picnic to Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart; watch the South Bend Silver Hawks play against West Michigan in an afternoon baseball game; see Father’s Day messages at the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend; or eat a Thresher dinner at Amish Acres Restaurant in Nappanee (dads eat free with a family of four or more).


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