Gift Guide: 100 Ways to Celebrate Dad for Once

What better time than the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20) to have 100 ideas for celebrating the one you call Dad? Sure, it’s tough when he doesn’t want anything but a nap and the remote, but there’s a way to celebrate any Dad you’ve got, whether he’s dodging attention or hinting for a sports car. Check out the list to find something your old guy would enjoy:

1. Take him fishing.

2. Bait his hooks.

3. Feed him raw fish. Brag about ones that got away while you eat.

Sushi from KoKo Japanese Grill

These folks have mastered hibachi-style Japanese food cooked fresh and fast! Best of all, you and your pop can catch one of their daily Chef Sushi Specials or half-off sushi nights—and takeout to eat in front of the History Channel is another option.

KOKO JAPANESE GRILL 8883 Town & Country Circle, 692-8163

4. Buy his favorite color of jelly beans.

5. Let him eat sausage.

6. Organize his sock drawer.

7. Hire a babysitter and send him out with his wife.

Dinner at Chez Liberty

Fancy but affordable, Chez Liberty oozes French charm. The menu includes mussels, foie grass, all manner of savory cheeses, Truffle Lobster Pie and the like, and excels at the top aged steaks that simply scream, “We love you, Dad.”

CHEZ LIBERTY 5200 Kingston Pike, 330-9862,

8. Hire a babysitter and fix him up on a date.

Gift Certificate to Side Splitters

What a great date concept! Let Dad have the last laugh with a gift certificate he and a friend can use for an upcoming show at Side Splitters Comedy Club. You print the certificate at home after ordering online, and Dad heads out for an evening with, say, comedic hypnotist Tony Lucero, who’s performing July 1-3 (Saturday at 10 p.m. is the “Extreme Rated” show), or Tim Wilson from John Boy & Billy, who’s coming in August. One of the gift certificate options includes a complete night out—admission, drinks, and gratuity, or the Side Splitters T-shirt for $30, which covers one admission and then a complimentary drink any time Dad wears it to other general shows.

SIDE SPLITTERS COMEDY CLUB 9246 Parkwest Boulevard, 934-LAFF (5233),

9. Tell him one of his own favorite jokes. Change the punchline.

10. Tag along and be an audience at the barber’s.

Shave and Haircut at Frank’s Barbershop

Okay, it may run you a little more than two bits, but Frank’s is a guy’s guy kind of place. A fresh mix of uptown and old school, Frank’s gives classic cuts and shaves, or the father figure can also catch a massage or a manicure there. Plus it’s a great place to catch up on guy talk. Or guy silence.

FRANK’S BARBER SHOP, 304 Northshore Dr., 588-4001,

11. Breakfast at Pete’s Coffee Shop.

12. Breakfast at Long’s Drug Store.

13. Dinner at the Orangery—hey, your Dad can be classy.

This is the good stuff—and the white table cloth service. And nowhere else in town can you savor escargot in puff pastry, lobster flamed in cognac and buffalo with fresh foie gras. Reservations encouraged.

THE ORANGERY 5412 Kingston Pike, 588-2964,

14. Cut him loose.

Wahoo Zip Line Adventure

An excursion with Wahoo Ziplines will have your father zipping through the treelines of the Smokies at speeds up to 40 miles per hour, while suspended up to 250 feet in the air, and give you the chance to see if he’s telling the truth about his love of heights. Wahoo Ziplines, located in Sevierville, provides six mountain ziplines with over two miles of cable. A general admission pass provides him with access to all six of their signature ziplines, and reduced passes are also available from Half-Off Depot ( Reservations required. Mailing address: Wahoo Ziplines, 605 Stockton Dr., Sevierville, TN 37876. General admission: $89 + tax


15. Press all his shirts.

16. Coffee and donut. To start. Then turn it into a trip to the mountains.

17. Make him a cake, candle-free.

18. Serve him a cupcake, guilt-free.

Cupcake from Cafe 4

Luscious and the right serving size not to derail Dad’s so-called diet, an oversized cupcake from Cafe 4 is just the thing. Try one to go, or go people watch with Dad over some coffee in Cafe 4’s casual, comfortable patio on Market Square.

CAFE 4 4 Market Square, 544-4144,

19. Rock out without Raffi (or Glee, or the symphony, you get the picture)

Music From Disc Exchange

Good music for the car can fill the dead air between a commuting Dad’s ears and the sounds of the motor revving. But what do you get Dad to produce these desired results? The staff at the Disc Exchange has a few recommendations:

• Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Mojo: Disc Exchange says Tom Petty tops the musical selections for Dad this Father’s Day. The “loud rockin’ blues” from the band’s 2010 release will please.

• The Drive-By Truckers - Big To-Do: Fresh off their performance at Sundown in the City, the Drive-By Truckers might already be familiar to Dad. Disc Exchange says their great live performance at Sundown, coupled with Drive-By Truckers’ “hard-hitting alt-country” style, makes for the perfect mix.

• Steve Miller Band - Bingo!: Though it may be disappointing not to get an album full of original material, Steve Miller’s first new recordings in 17 years feature covers of blues legends like B.B. King.

• Crazy Heart soundtrack: To anyone who saw the movie, this choice requires no description. The look of Jeff Bridges just embodies the old-school father figure of the South. Sure, it may be an alcoholic, irresponsible version, but still! Crazy Heart was a critically acclaimed movie with excellent music that Dad is sure to love. It’s “old-school outlaw country,” Disc Exchange says.

• Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden - Jasmine: Rounding out the list, Disc Exchange staff say these two provide “late-night chill jazz” that Dad will love, a nice way to wind down from the rigors of the 9-5 job.

DISC EXCHANGE 2615 Chapman Hwy., 573-5710,

20. Take him to the river.

River Sports Rigs

Get it in gear and get Dad out on the river for some fishing or kayaking. River Sports sells about anything you could need, from outerwear and water shoes to really cool ways to contain liquids for the adventure. Paddle on, or chill out!

RIVER SPORTS OUTFITTERS 2918 Sutherland Ave., 523-0066,

21. Remind him time’s on his side.

Breitling Watch

A serious timepiece for a quality-minded Dad, since 1884, Breitling watches have been at the forefront of Swiss precision instruments. Credited with providing pilots with the first wrist instruments, Breitling has enjoyed a rich history of chronographs in aviation—and the company has continued to innovate with the introduction of the self-winding chronograph movement. Breitling is exclusively available at Markman’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry on Kingston Pike in West Knoxville.

MARKMAN’S DIAMONDS & FINE JEWELRY (West) 6932 Kingston Pike, (East) Near Lowe’s At Isaiah’s Landing 1-800-757-0247,

22. Make him laugh.

Father’s Day Luau and Laughs

On Sunday June 20, Side Splitters Comedy Club presents a Father’s Day Luau to “Get Lei’d with April Macie.” Macie was voted Hottest Funniest Chick on Howard Stern and has appeared on Last Comic Standing. Tickets for the show range from $6-$12 depending on when and how the tickets are purchased. Or go easy on yourself and just make it a Father’s Day package, including admission to the show, a free gift from Strike & Spare bowling and a buffet dinner pre-show. Coconut shrimp, mango guava cake, kalua pork—you know Dad’s gonna throw down on that.

SIDE SPLITTERS COMEDY CLUB 9246 Parkwest Boulevard 934-LAFF(5233)

23. Hire a cab and share a six-pack.

24. Catch a ballgame together.

25. Throw a ball together.

26. Throw back a beer together.

Evening at Irish Times Pub & Restaurant

No pressure, just warmth, an outing to Irish Times’ authentic Irish restaurant. Quaff a beer, enjoy the staff’s genuine brogue, eat a snack. Dad’s happy, you’re happy, and you didn’t even have to mow the lawn.

IRISH TIMES PUB & RESTAURANT 11348 Parkside Dr., 675-8800

27. Take out the garbage. For a whole year.

28. Make a homemade card.

29. Make him get carded.

30. Ante up for him to play cards.

Poker at Club LeConte

Sundays at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), the posh, private Club LeConte throws open its doors (and relaxes its dress code somewhat) for a free-roll Texas Hold ’Em tournament managed by the Knox Vegas Poker League. Check it out with Dad; you just might find a new hobby in common. Pocket aces, anyone?

KNOX VEGAS POKER LEAGUE, MJ at 607-2246,; Club LeConte is located at the top of the First Tennessee Plaza Building (800 S. Gay St.)

31. Play the lottery.

32. Play the odds.

Harrah’s Casino Night

Slip over the state line for video gaming, table gaming, and, of course, slot machines. If you really want to go all out, check out some of the new restaurants at Harrah’s—including Paula Deen’s Kitchen—and remember it now serves beer, wine, and spirits.

HARRAH’S CHEROKEE HOTEL & CASINO, 777 Casino Dr., Cherokee, NC, 828-497-7777,

33. Help him become a guitar hero. Or a banjo hero, you know.

Music Lessons at The Parlor

Vintage music and vintage instruments are on sale at this quaint-but-hip deli/music store. But wouldn’t Dad enjoy it that much more if he could play his own music? There are lessons for that—from a collection of Knoxville performers and low-key instructors. They match their teaching style to each student’s unique goals, learning style, and dedication level. Didn’t Dad pay for your lessons at one time?

THE PARLOR 726 Chickamauga Ave., 456-3458,, e-mail to schedule lessons

34. Give him a call, even though it’s (gasp!) after 9 p.m. Ask him, do you have any idea what time it is?

Citizen’s Watch Eco-Drive Collection

A gadget-loving or Earth-friendly father is going to love the ecologically friendly Citizen Watch’s Eco-Drive collection of light-powered watches available at Markman’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry at Isaiah’s Landing near Lowe’s in East Knoxville. With models ranging from dress to sport to professional dive watches, Citizen Eco-Drive timepieces run continuously in any kind of natural or artificial light.

MARKMAN’S DIAMONDS & FINE JEWELRY (West) 6932 Kingston Pike, (East) Near Lowe’s At Isaiah’s Landing 1-800-757-0247,

35. Give him a call to say, How ’Bout Them Vols?

36. Give him a call to talk about the World Cup, and pretend you like his team.

37. Let him do the calling.

How about you buy the old guy a phone for a real turnaround? A super-nice choice is the LG Mystique from U.S. Cellular, a flip phone that does all that’s worth doing with its full QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera that has autofocus and video recording, Bluetooth, microUSB for charging and a microSD card slot that can support cards of up to 16GB in size. And icing on the cake: a music player with external controls and dual speakers, video player, and image editor.


38. Buy him a grill.

39. Skip the grill and just buy the barbecue.

Barbecue To Go from RouXbarb

Chef Bruce Bogartz is selling smokin’ delicious barbecue to go from his cozy-but-classy restaurant, RouXbarb, right next to Union Jack’s. Dad’s gonna savor the pit flavor.

ROUXBARB 130 South Northshore Dr., 212-0024,

40. Mow the lawn.

41. Fix the lawn mower first.

42. Weed the garden.

43. Make him a BLT and sun tea.

Old-Time Bacon

Just like old times: buying bacon from the general store, and Mast’s selection is all smoke-cured and peppery. And if Dad’s also in the market for a pan to fry it up in, check out the Lodge Cast Iron skillet, one aisle over.

MAST GENERAL STORE 402 S Gay St., 546-1336,

44. Sweeten him up without making him grumpy.

Brunch and Deep Fried Moonpie at Big Fatty’s

Oh hell yeah! Luxuriate with Lisa Smith’s Father’s Day Brunch Menu; the Big Fatty’s regular plus a few new specials, including French toast stuffed with ham, pineapple and sweet cheese; a ribeye with au poivre sauce; or a mixed grill with barbecue ribs, jerk chicken, and smoked sausage. And all the fellas get a deep-fried Moon Pie with ice cream! Bring it.

BIG FATTY’S 5005 Kingston Pike, 219-8317

45. Buy him something scented with Bay Rum. Even if he doesn’t shave.

46. Buy him his own razors.

47. Roast some peanuts in the shell.

48. Bowl a game.

49. Take a hike.

50. Read him his horoscope. But only if it’s good.

51. Shoot a few rounds.

Home on the Indoor Shooting Range

Learn to shoot or remember a dormant skill with a few rounds at this 10-lane, 25-yard, climate-controlled indoor range. Coal Creek Armory is also the only full-service firearms dealer in East Tennessee, with three certified gunsmiths and all top brands of guns, knives, and accessories.

COAL CREEK ARMORY 10737 Dutchtown Rd., 966-4545,

52. Do some shooters. Fireflies made with Sweet Tea vodka are nice.

53. Sail away and be back in time to watch Deadliest Catch on DVD.

Vol Princess Father’s Day Cruise

So smooth and relaxing, with great food to boot, the Father’s Day Brunch Cruise down the Mighty Tennessee on the luxury yacht Volunteer Princess. The eats include an egg casserole and loads of bacon and sausage, along with some champagne and a Very Berry Tart or New York Cheesecake. Boarding begins at 1:30 p.m., and the cruise lasts an hour. $37 per adult, $19 per child

VOLUNTEER PRINCESS CRUISES 956 Volunteer Landing Lane, 541-4556,

54. Give him a real Dad belt.

55. Take him the newspaper. With a side order of bacon and eggs.

56. Do the crossword together.

57. Let him know you think he’s sharp.

Hand-crafted Knives from Santa Fe Stoneworks

Doug Hanson’s attention to detail and love for fine objects is evident in his selection of these hand-crafted knives, men’s gifts, table and kitchen cutlery from Santa Fe Stoneworks for Hanson Gallery. Unique examples of cutler’s art, they convey the quintessential marriage of fine steels with gemstones, shell, dinosaur bone, or intricate marquetry. ($40-$350)

HANSON GALLERY 5607 Kingston Pike, 584-6097,

58. Buy him many beers, but only drink a couple at a time.

Mug Club at Downtown Grill & Brewery

Dad can celebrate Father’s Day throughout the year with a membership in the Downtown Grill & Brewery’s Mug Club. Here’s how it works: a flat fee yields a one logo-emblazoned mug to use at home, a key chain for identification, a free first fill, and then access to mugs whenever he orders drafts at the DG & B. The sweet thing is the mug holds 25 percent more than the regular pint but costs the same. And, every Wednesday, Mug Club members get $2 pints all day plus a 10-percent food discount. Here’s to you, Dad!

DOWNTOWN GRILL & BREWERY 424 South Gay St., 633-8111,

59. Buy him champagne, if he likes that better.

60. Sip some whiskey, if he likes that best of all.

61. Remind him, Life is Good. And getting better.

Life Is Good Goods

Celebrate Dad with some cool stuff from Life According to Jake, your Life is Good® Genuine Neighborhood Shoppe. From shirts to caps, water bottles to golf gear, Life According to Jake has the laid-back gear and clothing you need to make Dad feel like No. 1. Life According to Jake is located at Turkey Creek, next to Best Buy, and at the Village Shops in Gatlinburg.

LIFE ACCORDING TO JAKE Turkey Creek, Next To Best Buy, 671-3589

62. Take a family photo. But don’t make him put on a tie first.

63. Frame a photo of his big catch. Or his little girl.

64. Tell him you’ve finally found a job. But only if it’s true.

65. Insist he rest in the hammock. And bring him lemonade.

Thrillers to Read on Lazy Days

And while Dad’s relaxing, how about providing a stash of books he’d actually like to read, from McKay’s bountiful selection of mysteries, thrillers, or history buff stuff? It’s all so affordable, being that they’re gently used, and if you’re short on cash, you can bring in some of your old paperbacks, DVDs, CDs and such and see if you can’t work up enough trade credit for, say, some John Grisham or Louis L’Amour.

MCKAY USED BOOKS 230 Papermill Place Way, 588-0331,

66. Buy him a hammock to rest in.

67. Go Italian-o. But not today, ’cause he’s probably going to grill out.

Get Saucy at Savelli’s on Saturday

If your Dad is the type to spend Father’s Day behind the barbecue in the backyard, then make sure to treat him the day before with the Dad-friendly Italian cuisine at Savelli’s. Sure, they’ve got great pizza and pasta, but for sandwich aficionados, they’ve got awesome subs to boot: blackened grouper, tuna with pesto mayonnaise, and the hot Italian. For desert, don’t forget Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.

SAVELLI’S 3055 Sutherland Ave., 521-9085

68. Grind his coffee.

69. Shine his work or church shoes.

70. Take a load of stuff from the garage to the dump.

71. Wash his dogs. Let them dry before they come back in the house.

72. Go tool shopping at the flea market. No need to make a purchase.

73. Buy him an extra Turtle Wax, Armor All, and WD-40.

74. Wash the car.

75. Put air in his tires.

76. Challenge him to World of Warcraft. Let him win if necessary.

77. Play a game of chess. Pretend not to notice that he’s letting you stay alive so you can keep playing.

78. Make him a CD.

79. Alphabetize his DVDS. And then watch the ones he’s never opened.

DVDS from McKay

Play catchup on those HBO series like The Wire and The Sopranos, catch some oldies, or just relax with a dumb Will Ferrell flick or two. They’re all available at super-good, gently used prices at McKay. While you’re in there, check out the video games and cookbooks—Dad is well rounded, and your gift could be, too.

MCKAY USED BOOKS 230 Papermill Place Way, 588-0331,

80. Watch a Humphrey Bogart movie together. How about The Maltese Falcon?

81. Let Bogie remind you of stogies.

Serious Smokes from Smoke Pit

All the sophisticated cigars and extras are a little easier on the wallet this Father’s Day, so indulge: pipes are 25-40 percent off, humidors 40 percent off, and all pipe and cigar accessories 25 percent off.

SMOKE PIT CIGARS 7316 Norris Fwy., 925-2337,

82. Take a hike. House Mountain is close by and nice for an hour hike; no need to go all Appalachian Trail on Pop.

83. Ask him to teach you how to whistle.

84. Take a ride by his childhood home. Especially if it’s right in town.

85. Shoot some hoops.

86. Set up the badminton net.

87. Play croquet.

88. Ask Dad about his Dad.

89. Shop for some kitchen gadgets.

90. Clean out the garage. Or at least one shelf.

91. Watch the sunset. On a lake. From a fishing boat. With a cooler.

92. Shoot some rapids.

Ocoee River Rafting

Is Dad a thrill seeker or water buff? Remind him with a white-water rafting excursion down the Ocoee; you go, too! Full and half-day excursions are available on the Chattooga, with several options for different experience levels. Close enough to do in one day, far away enough to make that break with reality, have a splash with Ocoee Adventure Company.

OCOEE ADVENTURE COMPANY 5637 Hwy 411S, Benton, Tenn., 888-723-8622,

93. Shoot some pool.

94. Eat a burger. Maybe for breakfast.

95. Arm wrestle.

96. Thumb wrestle.

97. Help him figure out how to sell some of his old stuff on eBay.

98. Help him buy some of that stuff he always wanted as a kid on eBay.

99. Play army men.

100. Give him A hug. Say “I love you.” Really mean it.

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