Shop Local Challenge

Shopping local for gift giving is actually one of the easiest things for me to do; my challenge this month is not where to get my Father’s Day gift, but what to get for my Father’s Day gift.
There is a corner in my father’s home office where presents I have given him for Christmases, birthdays and Father’s Days past have gone to die. And by die, I mean never opened, used, or taken out of the box.

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These are not ugly ties or badly formed handmade pottery. They were thoughtful and sometimes expensive gifts. All of these ideas I had in years past – sweaters from Puritan Cape Cod (he likes bright colors), funky and useful gadgets from Red Fish Blue Fish, gizmos from Bradford’s Hardware and Nantucket Sound, hours of play at Golf 365, gift certificates to local golf courses, and coffee fromBeanstock Coffee and Cape Cod Coffee Roasters – might actually be great for your dad, husband or brother.

But instead of getting angry with my dad or adding to the pile, this year I have tried to take a different approach to gift giving with him.
Some of my favorite memories as a little girl are going out to breakfast with my dad. So, I have decided to let him choose a spot for breakfast – perhaps Moonakis Café in East Falmouth, Hangar B in Chatham, Sea Street Café in Hyannis or Morning Glory Café in Marstons Mills, and actually spend time with him – what a concept!

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