12 Products for Your Favorite Florida Dad
Blanking on what to get for Father’s Day? Look no further than these perfect gifts made by Floridians
Now more than ever, it’s important that we take the time to show our family members how much we love them. With Father’s Day quickly approaching (June 21 for those who haven’t marked their calendar yet), we’ve curated a list of Florida-made goods so you can shower your main man with the Sunshine State. No matter his interests, whether that be relaxing with a good book or pampering his beloved beard, we have something for even the pickiest of pops.
If your dad is known to always have a cold one in tow, this St. Augustine-based brand offers endless varieties of high-performance, hands-free coolers. Opt for the Icemule Pro backpack cooler if you’ve got an adventurous guy on your hands or try the traveler version if your dad is more of the beach bum type.
CAT TALE: THE WILD, WEIRD BATTLE TO SAVE THE FLORIDA PANTHER BY CRAIG PITTMAN
Looking for something to appease your bookworm? If your dad just wants to settle down with a fascinating read this Father’s Day, get him Craig Pittman’s wonderfully witty nonfiction book about the fight to save the Florida panther.
$19 on Amazon or check your local bookstore
CONGAREE AND PENN GRITS
Is your father the family chef? These Jupiter Rice Grits from restaurant-favorite, family-owned farm Congaree and Penn in Jacksonville will have them whipping up the best shrimp and grits they’ve ever made.
LE CLUB SWIM SHORTS
Celebrating at the pool or beach? Miami-based swimwear company Le Club produces high-quality shorts with playful tropical patterns inspired by the 305. Our favorite part about this gift? Fathers and sons can take on the water in style with their matching swim shorts collection “My Father, My Hero,” which is on sale just in time for the holiday.
BROTT’S BEARD CARE SET
This Orlando-based company crafts all-natural beard oil, beard balm and beard soap for the fathers who dote on their facial hair like it’s another child. Order the beard care set, which includes their beard oil and beard balm, for the ultimate at-home spa experience. You can even choose from fun scents like creamsicle and key lime.
CORKCICLE WHISKEY WEDGE AND FLAMINGO CANTEEN
Whiskey is meant to be savored, but if your guy sips so slowly that the melted ice waters down his favorite spirit, this product will be his savior. The Whiskey Wedge from Corckcicle includes a silicone ice wedge that freezes to one side of the glass, keeping his beverage cool without watering it down. Your pops isn’t a whiskey drinker? No worries. Grab a Corkcicle canteen water bottle with his favorite Florida magazine on it (yeah, we might be a little biased).
FARM RUCK SACK FROM MAKR
Get your favorite guy a gift for the long haul from this Winter Park design studio that produces hand-stitched sophisticated designs. From wallets and totes to phone cases and journals, these goods are not only beautifully designed, but also made to last. This stylish and sturdy navy backpack is made with canvas and natural Horween Horse Strip leather straps and accents.
ELLA BING BOW TIES
The dapper dad will definitely appreciate this new addition to his impressive neckwear collection from the Tampa haberdashery. Family-owned Ella Bing elevates the traditional Father’s Day tie gift by combining patterned fabric with laser-cut wood for a playful design. The best part? You never have to worry about tying his bow tie again.
SMILING GOAT SHRUB AND WINTER PARK DISTILLERY VODKA
If your dad enjoys a cocktail, consider venturing out with a shrub, also known as a drinking vinegar. The concentrated formula can be added to cocktails and mocktails for additional flavor or even used in the kitchen as a marinade. Browse the Smiling Goat’s website to see all the flavors, but we recommend Bee’s Knees, a blend of juniper, citrus, local honey, coriander and chamomile. You’ll find it goes great with vodka, and you should consider pairing it with WP Distillery’s Peacock Vodka, distilled right here in Winter Park.
$24 for the shrubs, find a list of stores on their website
Does your dad read Flamingo cover-to-cover? Then you can’t go wrong with this ultra-comfortable, cotton T-shirt supporting local Florida journalism. Machine washable for when he spills barbecue sauce on it (just our dads?).
CORK BELT FROM OVER UNDER
The environmentally conscious will appreciate not only the artistry in this cork belt crafted by Jacksonville brand Over Under, but also its sustainability, since harvesting cork doesn’t require chopping down the tree. With the owner’s background in a haberdashery shop, Over Under products are finely made to stand the test of time.
WALLET AND CARABINER MUG FROM FREEHAND GOODS
This brand specializes in leather goods, which they make entirely in-house. You can find the owners at work in their East End Market shop, hand cutting, dying and sewing each item one at a time. Splurge on the snap leather wallet or go a bit more economical with the Camp Carabiner Mug (the Gators in your life will especially like this one!).