If you find yourself scrambling for last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas in Orlando, fear not. You don’t need to look far to find quality presents for your special man here in Orlando. Here are six ideas to show your dad, husband or grandfather that you care.
Freehand Goods, located within East End Market, features a range of handmade products. (Patrick Connolly / Orlando Sentinel)
In case you hadn’t already heard, handmade products are back in style. Local artisans are coming out of the woodwork in droves with stylish, made-from-scratch products in what some have dubbed the “maker movement.” Seth Daniels, owner and leathersmith of Freehand Goods, makes and sells leather wallets and men’s grooming products in the East End Market. That is to say – you can watch Daniels make a wallet that you could, in theory, purchase just an hour or two later. A wallet will set you back $45 to $80. Belts cost $55. Grooming products range from $4 to $40.
HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm ADDRESS: 3201 Corrine Dr. Ste. 109, Orlando MORE INFO: www.freehandgoods.com
Gideon’s Bakehouse crusts their cookies with chocolates, nuts and other treats. (Lauren Delgado / Orlando Sentinel)
If your dad or special man has a sweet tooth, stop by Gideon’s Bakehouse, which shares a home with Freehand Goods within Audubon Park’s East End Market. The cookies might cost $5, but each takes hours upon hours to prepare and weights almost half a pound. Current flavors range from “coffee cake cookie” to “pistachio toffee dark chocolate,” so there’s certainly a cookie for most flavor preferences. Gideon’s also sells deluxe cakes (with flavors such as “Chocolate Everything” and “Peanut Butter Cup”) that cost $50-$60.
HOURS: Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. or until sell out each day. ADDRESS: 3201 Corrine Dr., Orlando MORE INFO:gideonsbakehouse.com
The Owl’s Attic features vintage shirts, sports memorabilia and bowties for the fashionable dad. (Patrick Connolly / Orlando Sentinel)
Located just across the street from East End Market, Owl’s Attic has a little something for everyone. You can find anything from cowboy boots to Hawaiian shirts to flasks and bowties for your special man on Father’s Day. Buying from a vintage store also means you’ll be getting him something totally unique.
“It kind of makes the gift more meaningful, too – the fact that it’s not something that everybody is buying their dad or husband for Father’s Day. They’ve got the only one,” Brittany Sulser, co-owner of the store, said.
Regular ties are $10, and vintage bowties cost $20. Shirts, suspenders, flasks, cufflinks and other accessories range in price.
HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. (ish) – 6 p.m. (ish); Sunday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.. ADDRESS: 3106 Corrine Dr., Orlando MORE INFO: www.theowlsattic.com
Players enter the pitch before the North Carolina Courage at Orlando Pride professional women’s soccer game at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday, June 1, 2019. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel) (Stephen M. Dowell / Orlando Sentinel)
If your dad happens to be a sports fan, treat him to a local sporting event like an Orlando City match. Orlando is hosting three games in July and three in August at the newly-named Exploria Stadium, so there are plenty of opportunities to treat your special man with tickets to a soccer match. Tickets generally start under $20, so it can be an affordable outing as well.
Retro vinyl, rock and roll t-shirts and memorabilia abound at one of the city’s centrally-located record stores. (Patrick Connolly / Orlando Sentinel)
If your dad, grandfather or husband grew up anytime during the 50s through the 80s, and he still has a record player, this would be the ideal place to find a gift for him. Help him “let the good times roll” by spicing up his vinyl collection with one of those records he swore he had but probably lost when moving out of his childhood home in the 70s. Expect to spend an average of $15 or $20 per record, but it depends on the condition and scarcity of the LP.
HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ADDRESS: 1814 N Orange Ave, Orlando MORE INFO: rock-n-rollheaven.com
Disc Golf Center in DeBary boasts an inventory of 20,000-plus discs for dads looking to try out a new sports. (Patrick Connolly / Orlando Sentinel)
You probably didn’t know that DeBary, just 30 minutes north of Orlando, is home to what claims to be the world’s largest disc golf store. Wade Parkhurst, manager of the store, said that a starter set including a driver, a mid-range disc and a putter is perfect for a beginner. Disc golf also has a lower barrier to entry than regular golf, he said.
“”The sport is a lot of fun. It basically makes a nice walk through the park something a little more enjoyable, a little more competitive,” Parkhurst said. “One of the best parts is it’s a whole lot cheaper than regular golf.”
A basic set including three discs ranges from $22 to $35 at the center.
HOURS: 7 days a week, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ADDRESS: 889 S Charles R Beall Blvd Ste 303, DeBary MORE INFO / ORDER ONLINE: www.discgolfcenter.com
Comic books, action figures and games can be found at Gods & Monsters on International Drive. (Patrick Connolly / Orlando Sentinel)
Heading the other direction on I-4 to International Drive, you’ll find Gods & Monsters, an Orlando staple for everything nerdy. They sell comic books, superhero action figures and games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Todd Fisher, one of the owners of Gods & Monsters, said that games like D&D can be especially beneficial for family bonding. Bonus: If you’re of age, you can grab a drink with dad in the back at the store’s bar, Vault 5421.
Prices vary depending on what you’re looking for.
HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-12 a.m. (midnight). ADDRESS: 5421 International Dr., Orlando MORE INFO: www.godmonsters.com
Winter Park Distilling Co. offers a selection of craft distilled liquors for purchase at their “Brewstillery.” (Patrick Connolly / Orlando Sentinel)
Winter Park Distilling Company
If you head over to Winter Park, you’ll find Florida’s first “brewstillery,” which houses the operations of Winter Park Distilling Co. and The Bear & Peacock Brewery under one roof. There, you can find craft spirits for those who enjoy a nice bottle of bourbon, rum or vodka.
A bottle of Genius Vodka or Dog Island Silver Rum will cost you $20. The Bear Gully Reserve Bourbon is $43 and the Classic Bonfire Bourbon is $49. You could also buy a brewstillery tour for $11 a ticket.
HOURS: Sunday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Friday: 4 p.m.-12 a.m. (midnight); Saturday: 11 a.m.-12 am (midnight). ADDRESS: 1288 N Orange Ave, Winter Park MORE INFO: wpdistilling.com
A long-exposure photo shows the bioluminescent blue glow of dinoflagellates beneath kayaks outside of Titusville on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (Patrick Connolly / Orlando Sentinel)
Go for a local kayak tour
If your dad enjoys spending time out on the water, take him for a local kayak tour. Companies such as Peace of Mind Kayak Tours and Adventures in Florida conduct tours on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes and also hosts experiences with bioluminescence on Florida’s east coast.